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NFL Draft Big Board 2014: Matt Miller's Final Rankings

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterMay 6, 2014

NFL Draft Big Board 2014: Matt Miller's Final Rankings

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    The 2014 NFL draft is finally here. Now, who are the best players available in this loaded class? 

    This year's draft is unique in that 102 underclassmen have added to an already talented group of senior players. That's made this class the deepest I've seen in my 10 years covering the draft. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called it the "deepest draft in 30 years" at the NFL Scouting Combine. In a class this good, there are an incredible number of instant-impact players available.

    The depth of this class cannot be overstated. There are six elite players who deserve to draw top-pick consideration in a "normal" year. Add in a number of quarterbacks not ranked inside the top 10 (Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr) that may also be vying for top-pick status and you have a solid 10 players with top-pick credibility. 

    What you'll find here are my top 365 players for the 2014 draft. This is not a prediction of the order they will be drafted in, but a ranking of which players are the best prospects for the NFL. Taking into consideration film study, character, upside and scheme fits, the rankings are a look at which players should succeed most in the pros. 

Top 100 Players Overall

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    The 2014 draft class will be talked about at length for the amount of talent, potential and depth inside the top 100. And rightfully so.

    The top of the list is anchored by two players with rare grades on my board—Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney. Each scored a 96 (out of 100) in extensive scouting of every college game they played. Measuring positional skills, athleticism and developmental upside, both came out as a elite prospects at their position.

    The talent that follows is equally impressive. Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack are rare prospects at their positions. Jake Matthews is as blue-chip as they come in terms of technique and bloodline for the offensive line. And the rest of the top 100 falls in much the same way—a ridiculous amount of talent in one year.

     

    Top 100 Rankings
    RankPlayerPos.SchoolHeightWeightTeamPick
    1Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville6'2"214 MIN 1.32
    2Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina6'5"266 HOU 1.1
    3Sammy WatkinsWRClemson6'1"211 BUF 1.4
    4Greg RobinsonOTAuburn6'5"332 STL 1.2
    5Khalil MackOLBBuffalo6'3"251 OAK 1.5
    6Jake MatthewsOTTexas A&M6'5"308 ATL 1.6
    7Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State6'0"202 CLE 1.8
    8Mike EvansWRTexas A&M6'5"231 TB 1.7
    9Kony EalyDEMissouri6'4"273 CAR 2.28
    10C.J. MosleyILBAlabama6'2"234 BAL 1.17
    11Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh6'1"285 STL 1.13
    12Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M6'0"207 CLE 1.22
    13Eric EbronTENorth Carolina6'4"250 DET 1.10
    14Anthony BarrOLBUCLA6'5"255 MIN 1.9
    15Derek CarrQBFresno State6'2"214 OAK 2.4
    16Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-DixFSAlabama6'1"208 GB 1.21
    17Odell Beckham Jr.WRLSU5'11"198 NYG 1.12
    18Kyle FullerCBVirginia Tech6'0"190 CHI 1.14
    19Dominique EasleyDTFlorida6'2"288 NE 1.29
    20Jason VerrettCBTCU5'9"189 SD 1.25
    21Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida6'5"232 JAX 1.3
    22Taylor LewanOTMichigan6'7"309 TEN 1.11
    23Darqueze DennardCBMichigan State5'11"199 CIN 1.24
    24Dee FordDEAuburn6'2"252 KC 1.23
    25Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State6'2"299 BAL 2.16
    26Zack MartinOTNotre Dame6'4"308 DAL 1.16
    27Carlos HydeRBOhio State6'0"230 SF 2.25
    28Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama6'7"322 BUF 2.12
    29Calvin PryorSSLouisville5'11"207 NYJ 1.18
    30Jimmie WardFSNorthern Illinois5'11"193 SF 1.30
    31Brandin CooksWROregon State5'10"189 NO 1.20
    32Bradley RobyCBOhio State5'11"194 DEN 1.31
    33Jace AmaroTETexas Tech6'5"265 NYG 2.17
    34Cody LatimerWRIndiana6'2"215 DEN 2.24
    35Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU6'3"243 DET 2.8
    36Davante AdamsWRFresno State6'1"212 GB 2.21
    37Ryan ShazierOLBOhio State6'1"237 PIT 1.15
    38Morgan MosesOTVirginia6'6"314 WAS 3.2
    39Xavier Su'a-FiloOGUCLA6'4"307 HOU 2.1
    40Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech6'3"252 SD 2.18
    41Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State6'3"251 DAL 2.2
    42Marcus MartinCUSC6'3"320 SF 3.6
    43Weston RichburgCColorado State6'3"298 NYG 2.11
    44Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota6'6"310 ATL 2.5
    45Charles SimsRBWest Virginia6'0"214 TB 3.5
    46Zach MettenbergerQBLSU6'5"224 TEN 6.2
    47Louis NixDTNotre Dame6'2"331 HOU 3.19
    48Will SuttonDTArizona State6'0"303 CHI 3.18
    49Pierre DesirCBLindenwood6'1"198 CLE 4.27
    50Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington6'5"262 TB 2.6
    51Antonio RichardsonOTTennessee6'6"336  
    52Joel BitonioOTNevada6'4"302 CLE 2.3
    53Tre MasonRBAuburn5'8"207 STL 3.11
    54Bishop SankeyRBWashington5'9"209 TEN 2.22
    55Scott CrichtonDEOregon State6'3"273 MIN 3.8
    56Donte MoncriefWRMississippi6'2"221 IND 3.26
    57Chris BorlandILBWisconsin6'0"248 SF 3.13
    58Jarvis LandryWRLSU5'11"205 MIA 2.31
    59Ja'Wuan JamesOTTennessee6'6"311 MIA 1.19
    60Lamarcus JoynerCBFlorida State5'8"184 STL 2.9
    61Allen RobinsonWRPenn State6'2"220 JAX 2.29
    62Marqise LeeWRUSC6'0"192 JAX 2.7
    63Phillip GainesCBRice6'0"193 KC 3.23
    64Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia6'0"207 KC 5.23
    65Jimmy GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois6'2"226 NE 2.30
    66Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida5'11"194 PHI 4.1
    67Martavis BryantWRClemson6'4"211 PIT 4.18
    68Terrence BrooksFSFlorida State5'11"198 BAL 3.15
    69Deone BucannonSSWashington State6'1"211 ARI 1.27
    70Trent MurphyDEStanford6'5"250 WAS 2.15
    71Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida6'0"209 JAX 7.7
    72Trai TurnerOGLSU6'3"310 CAR 3.28
    73Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State5'8"206 ATL 4.3
    74Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State6'5"240 CAR 1.28
    75Troy NiklasTENotre Dame6'6"270 ARI 2.20
    76Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina5'9"197 SF 4.6
    77Jackson JeffcoatDETexas6'3"247  
    78Kareem MartinDENorth Carolina6'6"272 ARI 3.20
    79Marcus SmithDELouisville6'3"251 PHI 1.26
    80Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt6'3"212 PHI 2.10
    81Jeremy HillRBLSU6'1"233 CIN 2.23
    82A.J. McCarronQBAlabama6'3"220 CIN 5.24
    83Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama6'2"198 SEA 4.23
    84Terrance WestRBTowson5'9"225 CLE 3.30
    85Robert HerronWRWyoming5'9"193 TB 6.9
    86Jordan TrippOLBMontana6'3"234 MIA 5.31
    87Stephon TuittDTNotre Dame6'5"304 PIT 2.14
    88George UkoDTUSC6'3"284  
    89Paul RichardsonWRColorado6'0"175 SEA 2.13
    90Carl BradfordOLBArizona State6'1"250 GB 4.21
    91Telvin SmithOLBFlorida State6'3"218 JAX 5.4
    92Kevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College6'0"232 SEA 4.32
    93Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State6'3"336 OAK 3.17
    94Ed ReynoldsFSStanford6'1"207 PHI 5.22
    95Christian KirkseyOLBIowa6'2"233 CLE 3.7
    96Jack MewhortOTOhio State6'6"309 IND 2.27
    97Ego FergusonDTLSU6'3"315 CHI 2.19
    98DaQuan JonesDTPenn State6'4"322 TEN 4.12
    99Ahmad DixonSSBaylor6'0"212 DAL 7.33
    100Marcus RobersonCBFlorida6'0"191  

Quarterbacks

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    John Raoux

    Best Prospect: Teddy Bridgewater

    Most NFL-Ready: Teddy Bridgewater

    Best Arm: Logan Thomas

    Best Runner: Johnny Manziel

    Best Potential: Johnny Manziel

    Biggest Bust Potential: Blake Bortles

    Biggest Sleeper: Garrett Gilbert

    Biggest Risk: Johnny Manziel

    Lowest Risk: Teddy Bridgewater 

     

    2014 Quarterback Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Teddy BridgewaterLouisville6'2"2141 MIN 1.32
    2Johnny ManzielTexas A&M6'0"20712 CLE 1.22
    3Derek CarrFresno State6'2"21415 OAK 2.4
    4Blake BortlesCentral Florida6'5"23221 JAX 1.3
    5Zach MettenbergerLSU6'5"22446 TEN 6.2
    6Aaron MurrayGeorgia6'0"20764 KC 5.23
    7Jimmy GaroppoloEastern Illinois 6'2"22665 NE 2.30
    8AJ McCarronAlabama6'3"22082 CIN 5.24
    9Logan ThomasVirginia Tech6'6"248118 ARI 4.20
    10Garrett GilbertSMU6'3"223154 STL 6.38
    11Tom SavagePittsburgh6'4"228169 HOU 4.35
    12Tajh BoydClemson6'1"222179 NYJ 6.37
    13David FalesSan Jose State   6'2"212194 CHI 6.7
    14Brett SmithWyoming6'2"206213  
    15Connor ShawSouth Carolina6'0"206215  
    16Keith WenningBall State6'3"218217 BAL 6.18
    17Stephen MorrisMiami (Fla.)6'2"213256  
    18Jeff MathewsCornell6'4"223258  
    19Bryn RennerNorth Carolina6'3"228305  
    20Dustin VaughanWest Texas A&M6'5"235320  
    21Keith PriceWashington6'1"196358  

Running Backs

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    Best Prospect: Carlos Hyde

    Most NFL-Ready: Carlos Hyde

    Best Third-Down Back: Charles Sims

    Best Speed: Jerick McKinnon

    Best Power: Jeremy Hill

    Best Hands: Charles Sims

    Best Potential: Storm Johnson

    Biggest Bust Potential: Tre Mason

    Biggest Sleeper: Marion Grice

    Biggest Risk: Jeremy Hill

     

    2014 Running Back Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Carlos HydeOhio State6'0"23027 SF 2.25
    2Charles SimsWest Virginia6'0"21445 TB 3.5
    3Tre MasonAuburn5'8"20753 STL 3.11
    4Bishop SankeyWashington5'9"20954 TEN 2.22
    5Storm JohnsonUCF6'0"20971 JAX 7.7
    6Devonta FreemanFlorida State5'8"20673 ATL 4.3
    7Jeremy HillLSU6'1"23381 CIN 2.23
    8Terrance WestTowson5'9"22584 CLE 3.30
    9Andre WilliamsBoston College5'11"230105 NYG 4.13
    10Lache SeastrunkBaylor5'9"201113 WAS 6.10
    11Ka'Deem CareyArizona5'9"207139 CHI 4.17
    12Jerick McKinnonGeorgia Southern5'9"209140 MIN 3.32
    13Marion GriceArizona State6'0"208163 SD 6.25
    14Tyler GaffneyStanford6'0"220199 CAR 6.28
    15Isaiah CrowellAlabama State5'11"224220  
    16Henry JoseyMissouri5'8"194225  
    17Lorenzo TaliaferroCoastal Carolina6'0"231230 BAL 4.38
    18Alfred BlueLSU6'2"223232 HOU 6.5
    19Antonio AndrewsWestern Kentucky5'10"225237  
    20LaDarius PerkinsMississippi State5'7"195242  
    21David FluellenToledo5'11"224254  
    22James WhiteWisconsin5'9"204265 NE 4.30
    23James BakerIdaho6'0"237266  
    24Rajion NealTennessee5'11"211279  
    25James WilderFlorida State6'3"232294  
    26George Atkinson IIINotre Dame6'1"218301  
    27Damien WilliamsOklahoma5'11"222311  
    28Silas ReddUSC5'10"212348  
    29Jerome SmithSyracuse5'11"220349  
    30Kapri BibbsColorado State5'9"212352  

Fullbacks

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    Dave Martin

    Most Power: J.C. Copeland

    Best Hands: Gator Hoskins

    Most Versatile: Nikita Whitlock

    Biggest Sleeper: Nikita Whitlock

     

    2014 Fullback Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Jay ProschAuburn6'1"256264 HOU 6.35
    2J.C. Copeland  LSU5'11"271276  
    3Gator HoskinsMarshall6'1"244290  
    4Ryan HewittStanford6'4"246322  
    5Trey MillardOklahoma6'2"247324 SF 7.30
    6Nikita WhitlockWake Forest5'10"252344  
    7Chad AbramFlorida State5'11"230347  
    8Chris CoyleArizona State  6'2"235360  

Wide Receivers

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    Best Prospect: Sammy Watkins

    Most NFL-Ready: Sammy Watkins

    Best Boundary Receiver: Sammy Watkins

    Best Slot Receiver: Odell Beckham, Jr.

    Best Return Man: Odell Beckham, Jr.

    Best Hands: Jarvis Landry

    Best Route-Runner: Marqise Lee

    Best Speed: Brandin Cooks

    Best Potential: Mike Evans

    Biggest Bust Potential: Kelvin Benjamin

    Biggest Sleeper: John Brown

    Lowest Risk: Sammy Watkins

     

    2014 Wide Receiver Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Sammy WatkinsClemson6'1"2113 BUF 1.4
    2Mike EvansTexas A&M6'5"2318 TB 1.7
    3Odell Beckham Jr.LSU5'11"19817 NYG 1.12
    4Brandin CooksOregon State5'10"18931 NO 1.20
    5Cody LatimerIndiana6'2"21534 DEN 2.23
    6Davante AdamsFresno State6'1"21236 GB 2.21
    7Donte MoncriefMississippi6'2"22156 IND 3.26
    8Jarvis LandryLSU5'11"20558 MIA 2.31
    9Allen RobinsonPenn State6'2"22061 JAX 2.29
    10Marqise LeeUSC6'0"19262 JAX 2.7
    11Martavis BryantClemson6'4"21167 PIT 4.18
    12Kelvin BenjaminFlorida State6'5"24074 CAR 1.28
    13Bruce EllingtonSouth Carolina5'9"19776 SF 4.6
    14Jordan MatthewsVanderbilt6'3"21280 PHI 2.10
    15Kevin NorwoodAlabama6'2"19883 SEA 4.23
    16Robert HerronWyoming5'9"19385 TB 6.9
    17Paul RichardsonColorado6'0"17589 SEA 2.13
    18Dri ArcherKent State5'8"173117 PIT 3.33
    19Josh HuffOregon5'11"206138 PHI 3.22
    20Devin StreetPittsburgh6'3"198141 DAL 5.6
    21Shaquelle EvansUCLA6'1"213145 NYJ 4.15
    22De'Anthony ThomasOregon5'9"174149 KC 4.24
    23Jared AbbrederisWisconsin6'1"195155 GB 5.36
    24TJ JonesNotre Dame6'0"188165 DET 6.13
    25Brandon ColemanRutgers6'6"225170  
    26Jeff JanisSaginaw Valley St.6'3"219171 GB 7.21
    27John BrownPittsburg State5'10"179185 ARI 3.27
    28Kain ColterNorthwestern5'10"198187  
    29Mike DavisTexas6'0"197192  
    30Ryan GrantTulane6'0"199198 WAS 5.2
    31Cody HoffmanBYU6'4"223209  
    32Solomon PattonFlorida5'8"179226  
    33Tevin ReeseBaylor5'10"163235 SD 7.25
    34Trey BurtonFlorida6'2"224241  
    35Jalen SaundersOklahoma5'9"163246 NYJ 4.4
    36Jeremy GallonMichigan5'7"185257 NE 7.29
    37Bennie FowlerMichigan State6'1"217263  
    38L'Damian Washington  Missouri6'4"195282  
    39Michael CampanaroWake Forest5'9"192285 BAL 7.3
    40Isaiah BurseFresno State5'10"188291  
    41Matt HazelCoastal Carolina6'1"198293 MIA 6.14
    42Willie SneadBall State5'11"195303  
    43Brelan ChancellorNorth Texas5'9"188304  
    44Josh StewartOklahoma State5'10"178323  
    45Austin FranklinNew Mexico State5'11"189331  
    46Marcus LucasMissouri6'4"218357  
    47Noel GrigsbySan Jose State5'10"175359  
    48Quincy EnunwaNebraska6'2"225365 NYJ 6.33

Tight Ends

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    Best Prospect: Eric Ebron

    Most NFL-Ready: Eric Ebron

    Best Slot Tight End: Jace Amaro

    Best Hands: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

    Best Route-Runner: Jace Amaro

    Best Blocker: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

    Best Speed: A.C. Leonard

    Best Power: Troy Niklas

    Biggest Bust Potential: Colt Lyerla

    Biggest Sleeper: Joe Don Duncan

    Lowest Risk: Eric Ebron

     

    2014 Tight End Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Eric EbronNorth Carolina6'4"25013 DET 1.10
    2Jace AmaroTexas Tech6'5"26533 NYJ 2.17
    3Austin Seferian-JenkinsWashington6'5"26250 TB 2.6
    4Troy NiklasNotre Dame6'6"27075 ARI 2.20
    5C.J. FiedorowiczIowa6'6"265112 HOU 3.1
    6Colt LyerlaOregon6'4"242135  
    7Richard RodgersCalifornia6'4"257157 GB 3.34
    8Arthur LynchGeorgia6'5"258177 MIA 5.15
    9Joe Don DuncanDixie State6'3"268196  
    10Crockett GillmoreColorado St.6'6"260202 BAL 3.35
    11Marcel JensenFresno State6'6"259212  
    12A.C. LeonardTennessee St.6'2"252233  
    13Anthony DenhamUtah6'4"235236  
    14Xavier GrimbleUSC6'4"257245  
    15Reggie JordanMO Western6'3"240253  
    16Jake MurphyUtah6'4"249268  
    17Jordan NajvarBaylor6'6"256295  
    18Blake AnnenCincinnati6'4"250300  
    19Rob BlanchflowerMassachusetts6'4"256316 PIT 7.15
    20Jacob PedersenWisconsin6'3"238326  

Offensive Tackles

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    Best Prospect: Greg Robinson

    Most NFL-Ready: Jake Matthews

    Best Run-Blocker: Greg Robinson

    Best Pass-Blocker: Jake Matthews

    Best Potential: Greg Robinson

    Biggest Bust Potential: Cyrus Kouandjio 

    Biggest Sleeper: Donald Hawkins

    Lowest Risk: Jake Matthews

     

    2014 Offensive Tackle Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOveralTeamPick
    1Greg RobinsonAuburn6'5"3324 STL  1.2
    2Jake MatthewsTexas A&M6'5"3086 ATL  1.6
    3Taylor Lewan Michigan6'7"30922 TEN 1.11
    4Zack MartinNotre Dame6'4"30826 DAL 1.16
    5Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama6'7"32228 BUF  2.12
    6Morgan MosesVirginia6'6"31438 WAS 3.2
    7Antonio Richardson  Tennessee6'6"33651  
    8Joel Bitonio Nevada6'4"30252 CLE  2.3
    9 Ja'Wuan JamesTennessee6'6"31159 MIA 1.19
    10Jack Mewhort Ohio State6'6"30996 IND 2.27
    11Billy TurnerNorth Dakota St.6'5"315104 MIA 3.3
    12Laurent Duvernay-Tardif McGill (Canada)6'5"321120 KC 6.24
    13 Seantrel Henderson  Miami (Fla.)6'7"331130 BUF  7.22
    14Cameron FlemingStanford6'5"323133 NE 4.40
    15Wesley JohnsonVanderbilt6'5"297168 PIT 5.33
    16Charles LenoBoise State6'4"304195 CHI 7.31
    17James Hurst North Carolina6'5"296203  
    18Donald HawkinsTexas6'5"301224  
    19Michael Schofield Michigan6'6"301229 DEN 3.31
    20Matt Patchan Boston College6'6"302252  
    21Cornelius LucasKansas State6'8"316281  
    22Justin BrittMissouri6'6"325289 SEA 2.32
    23Kevin GrafUSC6'6"309292  
    24 Kenarious GatesGeorgia6'4"327338  
    25Bryce Quigley San Diego State6'5"300363  
    26Danny Kistler JrMontana6'7"318364  

Offensive Guards

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    Victor Calzada

    Best Prospect: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Most NFL-Ready: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Best Run-Blocker: Trai Turner

    Best Pass-Blocker: Brandon Thomas

    Best Potential: Dakota Dozier

    Biggest Bust Potential: Cyril Richardson

    Biggest Sleeper: Trey Hopkins

    Lowest Risk: Xavier Su'a-Filo

     

    2014 Offensive Guard Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeight;OverallTeamPick
    1Xavier Su'a-FiloUCLA6'4"30739 HOU 2.1
    2Trai TurnerLSU6'3"31072 CAR 3.28
    3Gabe JacksonMississippi St.6'3"33693 OAK 3.17
    4David YankeyStanford6'6"315106 MIN 5.5
    5Dakota DozierFurman6'4"313108 NYJ 4.37
    6Brandon ThomasClemson6'3"317128 SF 3.36
    7Cyril RichardsonBaylor6'5"329137 BUF 5.13
    8Chris WattNotre Dame6'3"310142 SD 3.25
    9Russell BodineNorth Carolina6'3"310172 CIN 4.11
    10Ryan GroyWisconsin6'5"316190  
    11Anthony SteenAlabama6'3"314201  
    12Spencer LongNebraska6'5"320205 WAS 3.14
    13Zach FultonTennessee6'5"316211 KC 6.17
    14Kadeem EdwardsTennessee St.6'4"313219 TB 5.3
    15John UrschelPenn State6'3"313223 BAL 5.35
    16Jon HalapioFlorida6'3"323244 NE 6.3
    17Brandon LinderMiami (Fla.)6'6"311259 JAX 3.29
    18Andrew NorwellOhio State6'6"316302  
    19Trey HopkinsTexas6'3"305355  

Centers

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    Best Prospect: Marcus Martin

    Most NFL-Ready: Weston Richburg

    Best Run-Blocker: Corey Linsley

    Best Pass-Blocker: Weston Richburg

    Best Potential: Marcus Martin

    Biggest Bust Potential: Marcus Martin 

    Biggest Sleeper: Corey Linsley

    Lowest Risk: Weston Richburg

     

    2014 Center Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Marcus MartinUSC6'3"32042 SF 3.6
    2Weston RichburgColorado State6'3"29843 NYG 2.11
    3Travis SwansonArkansas6'5"312123 DET 3.12
    4Tyler LarsenUtah State6'4"313183  
    5Bryan StorkFlorida State6'4"315204 NE 4.5
    6Jonotthan HarrisonFlorida6'3"304227  
    7Gabe IkardOklahoma6'4"304234  
    8Corey LinsleyOhio State6'3"296255 GB 5.21
    9Demetrius RhaneyTennessee St.6'2"301261 STL 7.35
    10James StoneTennessee6'4"306312  
    11Matt ArmstrongGrand Valley St.6'2"302333  
    12Zac KerinToledo6'5"308341  

Defensive Ends

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    Best Prospect: Jadeveon Clowney

    Most NFL-Ready: Jadeveon Clowney

    Best vs. Run: Kony Ealy

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: Josh Mauro

    Best 4-3 Right End: Jadeveon Clowney

    Best 4-3 Left End: Scott Crichton

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Dee Ford

    Best Pass Rush: Jadeveon Clowney

    Best Potential: Jadeveon Clowney

    Biggest Bust Potential: Jadeveon Clowney

    Biggest Sleeper: Zach Moore

    Lowest Risk: Scott Crichton

     

    2014 Defensive End Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Jadeveon ClowneySouth Carolina6'5"2662 HOU 1.1
    2Kony EalyMissouri6'4"2739 CAR 2.28
    3Dee FordAuburn6'2"25224 KC 1.23
    4Demarcus LawrenceBoise State6'3"25141 DAL 2.2
    5Scott CrichtonOregon State6'3"27355 MIN 3.8
    6Trent MurphyStanford6'6"25270 WAS 2.15
    7Jackson JeffcoatTexas6'3"24777  
    8Kareem MartinNorth Carolina6'6"27278 ARI 3.20
    9Marcus SmithLouisville6'3"25179 PHI 1.26
    10Chris SmithArkansas6'1"266110 JAX 5.19
    11Josh MauroStanford6'6"271114  
    12Ed StinsonAlabama6'3"287121 ARI 5.20
    13Jeoffrey PaganAlabama6'3"310153 HOU 6.1
    14James GayleVirginia Tech6'4"259167  
    15Will ClarkeWest Virginia6'6"271176 CIN 3.24
    16Brent UrbanVirginia6'7"295178 BAL 4.32
    17Cassius MarshUCLA6'4"252180 SEA 4.8
    18Larry WebsterBloomsburg6'6"252188 DET 4.36
    19Michael SamMissouri6'2"261200 STL 7.34
    20Zach MooreConcordia6'5"269206 NE 6.22
    21Taylor HartOregon6'6"281214 PHI 5.1
    22Ethan WestbrooksW. Texas A&M  6'3"267248  
    23Aaron LynchSouth Florida6'5"249249 SF 5.10
    24Jonathan NewsomeBall State6'3"247262 IND 5.26
    25Jamil MerrellRutgers6'4"252284  
    26Ben GardnerStanford6'4"277319 DAL 7.16
    27Chaz SuttonSouth Carolina6'4"263327  
    28IK EnemkpaliLouisiana Tech6'1"261339 NYJ 6.34

Defensive Tackles

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    Keith Srakocic

    Best Prospect: Aaron Donald

    Most NFL-Ready: Aaron Donald

    Best vs. Run: Louis Nix

    Best Nose Tackle: Louis Nix

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: Ra'Shede Hageman

    Best 3-Technique: Aaron Donald

    Best Pass Rush: Aaron Donald

    Best Potential: Dominique Easley

    Biggest Bust Potential: Ra'Shede Hageman

    Biggest Sleeper: George Uko

    Lowest Risk: Aaron Donald

     

    2014 Defensive Tackle Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Aaron DonaldPittsburgh6'1"28511 STL 1.13
    2Dominique EasleyFlorida6'2"28819 NE 1.29
    3Timmy JerniganFlorida State6'2"29825 BAL 2.16
    4Ra'Shede HagemanMinnesota6'6"31044 ATL 2.5
    5Louis NixNotre Dame6'2"33147 HOU 3.19
    6Will SuttonArizona State6'0"30348 CHI 3.18
    7Stephon TuittNotre Dame6'5"30487 PIT 2.14
    8George UkoUSC6'3"28488  
    9Ego FergusonLSU6'3"31597 CHI 2.19
    10DaQuan JonesPenn State6'4"32298 TEN 4.12
    11Anthony JohnsonLSU6'2"308116  
    12Deandre ColemanCalifornia6'5"314122  
    13Caraun ReidPrinceton6'2"302125 DET 5.18
    14Shamar StephenConnecticut6'5"309126 BAL 7.5
    15Daniel McCullersTennessee6'7"352131 PIT 6.39
    16Jay BromleySyracuse6'3"306158 NYG 3.10
    17Justin EllisLouisiana Tech6'2"334159 OAK 4.7
    18Kelcy QuarlesSouth Carolina6'4"297173  
    19Ryan CarrethersArkansas State6'1"337222 SD 5.25
    20Tenny PalepoiUtah6'1"298247  
    21Bruce GastonPurdue6'2"316260  
    22Khyri ThorntonSouthern Miss6'3"304280 GB 3.21
    23Zach KerrDelaware6'1"326297  
    24Lawrence VirgilValdosta State6'5"287298  
    25Chris WhaleyTexas6'3"269306  
    26Calvin BarnettOklahoma St.6'2"300307  
    27Eathyn ManumaleunaBYU6'2"296313  
    28Kerry HyderTexas Tech6'2"290317  
    29Jamie MederAshland6'2"306334  
    30Beau AllenWisconsin6'3"333356 PHI 7.9

Inside Linebackers

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    Butch Dill

    Best Prospect: C.J. Mosley

    Most NFL-Ready: C.J. Mosley

    Best vs. Inside Run: Chris Borland

    Best vs. Outside Run: C.J. Mosley

    Best Pass Rush: Chris Borland

    Best Pass Coverage: C.J. Mosley

    Best Potential: C.J. Mosley

    Biggest Bust Potential: Shayne Skov

    Biggest Sleeper: Avery Williamson

    Lowest Risk: C.J. Mosley

     

    2014 Inside Linebacker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1C.J. MosleyAlabama6'2"23410 BAL 1.17
    2Chris BorlandWisconsin6'0"24857 SF 3.13
    3Yawin SmallwoodConnecticut6'2"246102 ATL 7.38
    4Christian JonesFlorida State6'3"240115  
    5Lamin BarrowLSU6'1"237146 DEN 5.16
    6Preston BrownLouisville6'1"251152 BUF 3.9
    7Shayne SkovStanford6'2"245160  
    8Avery WilliamsonKentucky6'1"246208 TEN 5.11
    9Andrew JacksonWestern Kentucky  6'1"254273 IND 6.27
    10James MorrisIowa6'1"241283  
    11Jeremiah GeorgeIowa State5'11"234299 NYJ 5.14
    12DeDe LattimoreSouth Florida6'0"237335  
    13Glenn CarsonPenn State6'3"244351  
    14Max BulloughMichigan State6'4"249354  

Outside Linebackers

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    Mike Groll

    Best Prospect: Khalil Mack

    Most NFL-Ready: Khalil Mack

    Best 4-3 Weakside Linebacker: Khalil Mack

    Best 4-3 Strongside Linebacker: Kyle Van Noy

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Khalil Mack

    Best vs. Run: Khalil Mack

    Best Pass Rush: Khalil Mack

    Best Pass Coverage: Kyle Van Noy

    Best Potential: Anthony Barr

    Biggest Bust Potential: Anthony Barr

    Biggest Sleeper: Christian Kirksey

    Lowest Risk: Khalil Mack

     

    2014 Outside Linebacker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Khalil MackBuffalo6'3"2515 OAK 1.5
    2Anthony BarrUCLA6'5"25514 MIN 1.9
    3Kyle Van NoyBYU6'3"24335 DET 2.8
    4Ryan ShazierOhio State6'1"23737 PIT 1.15
    5Jeremiah AttaochuGeorgia Tech6'3"25240 SD 2.18
    6Jordan TrippMontana6'3"23486 MIA 5.31
    7Carl BradfordArizona State6'1"25090 GB 4.21
    8Telvin SmithFlorida State6'3"21891 JAX 5.4
    9Kevin Pierre-LouisBoston College6'0"23292 SEA 4.32
    10Christian KirkseyIowa6'2"23395 CLE 3.7
    11Adrian HubbardAlabama6'6"257127  
    12Ronald PowellFlorida6'3"237156 NO 5.29
    13Trevor ReillyUtah6'5"245174 NYJ 7.18
    14Jordan ZumwaltUCLA6'4"235175 PIT 6.16
    15Khairi ForttCalifornia6'2"248184 NO 4.26
    16Prince ShemboNotre Dame6'1"253186 ATL 4.39
    17Howard JonesShepherd6'2"235189  
    18Shaquil BarrettColorado State6'2"260231  
    19Morgan BreslinUSC6'1"250251  
    20Devon KennardUSC6'3"249271 NYG 5.34
    21Tyler StarrSouth Dakota6'4"250274 ATL 7.40
    22Derrell JohnsonEast Carolina6'1"248278  
    23Kasim EdebaliBoston College6'2"253308  
    24Boseko LokomboOregon6'2"225309  
    25Brandon WattsGeorgia Tech6'0"225310 MIN 7.8
    26Jonathan BrownIllinois6'0"238321  
    27Denicos AllenMichigan State5'11"218325  
    28Jayrone ElliottToledo6'3"240342  
    29Brad DalyMontana State6'1"239343  
    30Anthony HitchensIowa6'0"240361 DAL 4.19

Cornerbacks

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    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Best Prospect: Justin Gilbert

    Most NFL-Ready: Kyle Fuller

    Best Slot Cornerback: Jason Verrett

    Best Man Cover: Justin Gilbert

    Best Zone Cover: Bradley Roby

    Best Potential: Justin Gilbert

    Biggest Bust Potential: Bradley Roby

    Biggest Sleeper: Pierre Desir

    Lowest Risk: Darqueze Dennard

     

    2014 Cornerback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Justin GilbertOklahoma St.6'0"2027 CLE 1.8
    2Kyle FullerVirginia Tech6'0"19018 CHI 1.14
    3Jason VerrettTCU5'9"18920 SD 1.25
    4Darqueze DennardMichigan State5'11"19923 CIN 1.24
    5Bradley RobyOhio State5'11"19432 DEN 1.30
    6Pierre DesirLindenwood6'1"19149 CLE 4.27
    7Lamarcus JoynerFlorida State5'8"18460 STL 2.9
    8Phillip GainesRice6'0"19363 KC 3.23
    9Jaylen WatkinsFlorida5'11"19466 PHI 4.1
    10Marcus RobersonFlorida6'0"191100  
    11Bashaud BreelandClemson5'11"197101 WAS 4.2
    12Stanley Jean-BaptisteNebraska6'3"218103 NO 2.26
    13Keith McGillUtah6'3"211107 OAK 4.16
    14E.J. GainesMissouri5'10"190109 STL 6.12
    15Demetri GoodsonBaylor5'11"194119 GB 6.21
    16Rashaad ReynoldsOregon State5'10"189124  
    17Dexter McDougleMaryland5'10"196129 NYJ 3.16
    18Loucheiz PurifoyFlorida5'11"190132  
    19Aaron ColvinOklahoma5'11"177134 JAX 4.14
    20Antone ExumVirginia Tech6'0"213136 MIN 6.6
    21Andre HalVanderbilt5'10"188143 HOU 7.1
    22Travis CarrieOhio6'0"206144 OAK 7.4
    23Terrance MitchellOregon5'11"192147 DAL 7.39
    24Ross CockrellDuke6'0"191148 BUF 4.9
    25Bene BenwikereSan Jose State5'11"195181 CAR 5.8
    26Nevin LawsonUtah State5'9"190191 DET 4.33
    27Chris DavisAuburn5'10"203193  
    28Deion BelueAlabama5'11"182197  
    29Walt AikensLiberty6'1"205207 MIA 4.25
    30Brandon DixonNW Missouri St.6'0"203210 NYJ 6.19
    31Kendall JamesMaine5'10"180221 MIN 6.8
    32Gregory DucreWashington5'10"184228  
    33Bennett JacksonNotre Dame6'0"195238 NYG 6.11
    34Victor HamptonSouth Carolina5'9"197240  
    35Ricardo AllenPurdue5'9"187243 ATL 5.7
    36Lavelle WestbrooksGeorgia Southern5'11"195277 CIN 7.37
    37Todd WashingtonSE Louisiana5'11"196288  
    38Jabari PriceNorth Carolina5'10"200296 MIN 7.10
    39Carrington ByndomTexas5'11"180314  
    40Marcus WilliamsNorth Dakota St.5'11"195328  
    41Charles SawyerMississippi5'10"175332  
    42Ciante EvansNebraska5'10"193346  
    43Shaquille RichardsonArizona6'0"194353 PIT 5.17
    44Osahon IraborArizona State5'11"186362  

Free Safeties

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    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Best Prospect: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Most NFL-Ready: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Best Coverage: Jimmie Ward

    Best vs. Run: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Best Potential: Terrence Brooks

    Biggest Bust Potential: Ed Reynolds

    Biggest Sleeper: Kenny Ladler

    Lowest Risk: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

     

    2014 Free Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Ha Ha Clinton-DixAlabama6'1"20816 GB 1.21
    2Jimmie WardNorthern Illinois5'11"19330 SF 1.30
    3Terrence BrooksFlorida State5'11"19868 BAL 3.15
    4Ed ReynoldsStanford6'1"20794 PHI 5.22
    5Brock VereenMinnesota6'0"199111 CHI 4.31
    6Dontae JohnsonNorth Carolina St.6'2"200150 SF 4.29
    7Kenny LadlerVanderbilt6'0"207161  
    8Dion BaileyUSC6'0"201162  
    9Jonathan DowlingWestern Kentucky6'3"190166 OAK 7.32
    10Marqueston HuffWyoming5'11"196182 TEN 4.22
    11Lonnie BallentineMemphis6'3"219239 HOU 7.41
    12Jemea ThomasGeorgia Tech5'9"192272 NE 6.30
    13Tre BostonNorth Carolina6'0"204287 CAR 4.28
    14Christian BryantOhio State5'9"193318 STL 7.26
    15Nickoe WhitleyMississippi State6'0"205330  
    16Ty ZimmermanKansas State6'1"204350  

Strong Safeties

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    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Best Prospect: Calvin Pryor

    Most NFL-Ready: Calvin Pryor

    Best Coverage: Deone Bucannon

    Best vs. Run: Calvin Pryor

    Best Potential: Calvin Pryor

    Biggest Bust Potential: Vinnie Sunseri

    Biggest Sleeper: Mo Alexander

    Lowest Risk: Calvin Pryor

     

    2014 Strong Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Calvin PryorLouisville5'11"20729 NYJ 1.18
    2Deone BucannonWashington St.6'1"21169 ARI 1.27
    3Ahmad DixonBaylor6'0"21299 DAL 7.33
    4Dezmen SouthwardWisconsin6'0"211151 ATL 3.4
    5Craig LostonLSU6'0"217164  
    6Nat BerheSan Diego St.5'11"193216 NYG 5.12
    7Mo AlexanderUtah State6'1"220218 STL 4.10
    8Isaiah LewisMichigan St.5'10"211250  
    9Vinnie SunseriAlabama5'11"210270 NO 5.27
    10Alden DarbyArizona State5'10"192286  
    11Hakeem SmithLouisville6'0"186329  
    12Sean ParkerWashington5'10"193336  

Special Teams

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    USA TODAY Sports

     

    2014 Kicker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Chris BoswellRice6'2"185269  
    2Anthony FeraTexas6'1"211275  
    3Cairo SantosTulane5'8"164340  

     

     

    2014 Punter Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHeightWeightOverallTeamPick
    1Kirby Van Der KampIowa State6'4"202267  
    2Tom HornseyMemphis6'3"221315  
    3Pat O'DonnellMiami (FL)6'4"220337 CHI 6.15
    4Steven ClarkAuburn6'5"231345  

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