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Jameis Winston enters the 2014 college football season as the savior of Florida State football, the returning Heisman Trophy winner and an Adonis-like figure at the quarterback position. But does all that add up to a solid NFL prospect?

The summer months are slow for an NFL draft evaluator, and it's during this time when extended film study of previous seasons are so important. Last summer, I sat down with every throw Johnny Manziel had made and walked away a believer in his potential. This week, Winston goes under that same microscope.

Where will Winston be selected in the 2015 or 2016 draft? It's way too early to tell.

But what can be done is a thorough evaluation of his 2013 season and his potential as an NFL quarterback right now. Much can—and likely will—change over the course of his college career. But taking what Winston put on the field (and off the field) in 2013, here's what he needs to work on most before he's ready to be a legitimate No. 1 overall pick.

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The ink on the 2014 NFL draft is still drying, but that won't keep us from looking ahead to the 2015 draft with a fresh mock. 

An early first-round mock draft has to be taken with some context, so here are a few ground rules.

1. Jameis Winston says he's not entering the draft this year, so I'm not putting him in any mock drafts at this time. 

2. The draft order is based on the 2014 draft order (updated for trades). This is the only fair way I know to list draft order so early in the process. Once updated Super Bowl odds come out, I'll begin using those for my draft order.

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The 2014 NFL draft was one of the deepest in recent memory. Next year's crop of talent may not live up to the 2014 class, but it is still a very deep group heading into this fall.

A group loaded at offensive tackle, defensive end and running back will excite fans who love watching the ball in the trenches, but it's the top three quarterbacks who will draw the most attention. Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley will be the driving force for much of the national coverage of this class—and for good reason, as all three have top-five talent.

With these top three signal-callers expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy and the chance to be selected No. 1 overall in 2015, expect plenty of coverage surrounding each of them this season. But what about the rest of the class?

Here's an early look at the top 10 players at each position this season. Think of this as a watch listnot a definitive ranking but a good starting point for the preseason evaluation period.

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The 2014 NFL draft is here. What's the last-minute news being shared from NFL front offices as big boards are set and trade talks heat up? That's what we're covering in this week's Scouting Notebook.

Will the Houston Texans trade out of the top spot? Will the Atlanta Falcons or Detroit Lions make a splashy move up the board? That's what everyone wants to know, and we've got the info for you as the hours until the first pick is made come off the clock.

 

 

My final big board was set last week, but I sent my rankings to five teams this week for feedback and overall scouting philosophy discussion. These are some of the results of whom they felt should move up and down (one up and down per team). Each team scout would speak to his board only on the condition of anonymity for competitive purposes.

You can see where each player is ranked by checking the big board here.

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Who is the best quarterback in the 2014 draft class? 

That's a question that's caused heated debate for months, and yet there is no consensus as to who should be on top. 

There isn't a Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck type of prospect in this class who blows everyone away and checks off every box. But there is a quarterback who sits safely within that next tier of prospects. Who is it?

That's what the NFL Draft 100 identifies. Each list in this series was compiled after looking at the film for the top 100 players on my big board in order to determine who the best prospects are at each position and what they do best.

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When Morgan Moses walked across the stage in the crowded auditorium at the Mobile Convention Center for Senior Bowl weigh-ins, sighs were heard from the collection of NFL media, scouts and coaches. At 6'6" and 314 pounds, Moses defines the physical profile NFL scouts and coaches are looking for. His status as a first-round talent would be cemented in Mobile against the nation's best senior defenders, but his on-field play wouldn't be the only thing in question as the 2014 NFL draft neared.

Question a player's work ethic and the perception of them changes instantly. Moses, the former Parade All-American, arrived at the University of Virginia as a 350-pound freshman with no idea how to properly train for the rigors of a college football season. And yet the big man notched 43 career starts at left or right tackle while working his way down to a svelte 314 pounds in his senior season. Poor work ethic? Those tasked with training Moses for the NFL Scouting Combine are left shaking their heads.

Chip Smith, the man training Moses for the NFL, doesn't believe the reports about a poor work ethic. "I've put 1,300 players in the NFL, with 200 active clients," Smith told me when talking about Moses the player and person. Smith isn't just a hired gun with a player to protect, though, as he has 10 other offensive linemen in his workout groups—each of them vying for draft positioning with Moses. 

Moses put in six hours of work each day with Smith—training on positional work with former NFL offensive tackle Bob Whitfield while also working on things like conditioning, speed work and film study. He's learning how to become a professional under their watch—something many draft prospects learn in the spring before they're drafted after spending just eight hours per week with their college coaches. 

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The running back position isn't valued as highly as it might have been in previous years, but you still need a good running game to win a Super Bowl. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks rode Marshawn Lynch to the Lombardi Trophy this past season, following a recipe the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and others laid the groundwork for in year's past.

We know you need a running back, but does the 2014 draft class have any worth taking?

The goal of the NFL Draft 100 is to look at the film and determine who the best prospects are.

The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player, as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.

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Who are the best pass-catchers in the NFL draft class of 2014? That's a tricky question—especially when you factor in the best tight ends and wide receivers. 

This year's class has elite speed and upside at both positions, and, thanks to the heavy influx of underclassmen added to the group, there is rare talent available. The current record of six wide receivers drafted in the first round could easily fall this year.

But who does it best? That's the goal of the NFL Draft 100. Looking at the film, who is the best prospect?

The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player, as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.

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One year after three offensive tackles were selected within the top five—Eric Fisher to Kansas City, Luke Joeckel to Jacksonville and Lane Johnson to Philadelphia—we're blessed with another fantastic offensive tackle crop in 2014. In fact, give me this year's group over the heavily lauded 2013 class.

With a group headlined by Greg Robinson (Auburn) and Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), who is the best of the bunch? That's what the NFL Draft 100 aims to find out.

The goal of the NFL Draft 100 series is to identify the best players at each position based purely on film study and analysis. 

The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player, as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about past production.

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With just two weeks to go until the Houston Texans officially go on the clock to start the 2014 NFL draft, teams throughout the NFL are finalizing their draft boards and going into draft mode. We're doing the same at Bleacher Report as final workouts take place and last-minute film review is wrapped up.

This week's Scouting Notebook will offer a glimpse behind the curtain as I make my final updates to the top-365-player big board and update team needs post-free agency before compiling a final seven-round mock draft. We're also taking a look at some draft history and passing along the most credible rumors currently making the rounds.

 

 

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