The 2014 NFL draft is only a week away. For draft analysts and many football fans, this time of year is as exciting as the Super Bowl. However, there are two things when it comes to the draft that will send a fan into a rage.
First, if their favorite team passes on “their guy.” We all know how that works. Maybe he went to your favorite college or is just a prospect you got to watch more than others. When your favorite team lets him pass, it is truly a dark day.
However, there is one thing a team can do that is even worse. The reach. No one wants to have his or her team go for a player too early. We watch it every season, as players are drafted far too early for their talent. The reasons for it are varied, and mysterious. Sometimes it is simply a case of a franchise panicking out of need for a particular position. Other times, it is an example of pulling the trigger early for fear of missing out on that player later on.
Regardless of the reason, 2014 is going to be no different. For all the talent in this draft, there are still plenty of players destined to be drafted far too high. That’s not to say every player on this list can’t be a good pro. Well, almost all of them can be good pros. Nevertheless, some of these prospects are on course to be drafted above their individual talent level and ahead of better players.
For some of these prospects, I am going to reference mock drafts by the cbssports.com NFL draft staff as well as ESPN's draft tandem of Mel Kiper Jr., and Todd McShay. You can see the CBS Sports mocks here, and the ESPN ones here and here (subscription required).