While the NFL Scouting Combine might be more of a glorified track meet than it is a showcase of football ability, it is the only event of the pre-draft cycle at which nearly all of the draft’s top prospects are in attendance each year.
The 2014 NFL draft will be no different. While a deep draft class led to a number of notable combine snubs—including Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and Washington strong safety Sean Parker—there is no one who will be left at home for this year’s combine that stands even close to being a top-50 prospect in this year’s draft class.
As the combine begins this weekend, who should NFL scouts be looking at as this year’s cream of the crop? There’s no shortage of talent coming out of the college football ranks this season, but the following 50 might be the most well-equipped for NFL success.