With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine officially in the books, now seems like the perfect time to take a detailed look at the draft class which NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock recently told reporters was "the deepest and best draft class" he had seen in probably 10 years, via Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk.
Impressive combine measurables do not always translate to NFL success, and many analysts (myself included) feel that actual game tape provides a much more accurate measurement of a player's ability. However, pairing some of the spectacular results of this past week with each prospect's collegiate production does give us an idea of just how impressive this draft class actually is.
Every draft class seems to have its fair share of big-name prospects, but this class feels special because of the sheer amount of value and depth that exists at almost every individual position.
Which position groups hold the best combination of talent and depth? That's a very relevant question for teams with specific needs (and for the fans of those teams), and it's a question we will try to determine over the next few pages.
Since we are grading position groups and not individual players, our system will be based purely upon on-field potential (character, legal and medical concerns will not be considered). Also, some groups will be combined for simplicity's sake (pass-rushers, for example, will be grouped together, regardless of position).
Groups will be given an overall grade based on top-end talent and depth and then will be ranked accordingly.
* All combine results and round projections courtesy of NFL.com, unless otherwise noted.