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The 2013 NFL regular season isn't over—we've still got three weeks of great professional football left—but fans of eliminated teams are already chomping at the bit for draft coverage. So much so on Twitter that a new mock draft was demanded Sunday night.

You asked, and I'm at your beck and call. 

With more information coming in daily about which underclassmen will enter the 2014 draft, which will return to school and how the draft order will look, a projection of the first round is much clearer than it was three months ago. Of course there is still plenty of time between now and the May draft, but this is a picture of how the 2014 draft would look as of today.

The draft order is up to date as of December 8 and courtesy of Draft Falcons. There are no projected trades (nor will there ever be in my mock drafts), and players are either seniors, already declared for the draft or expected to be by the January 15 deadline.

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The week before conference championship games is usually a quiet one for NFL draft fans, but not this week. Instead, it's been a roller coaster of information and analysis.

We've lost two quarterbacks to season-ending ACL injuries. The No. 2 overall player in the class decided to head back to school. And as NFL teams dig in on prospects, concerns are growing about the No. 1 player in the class.

This and so much more awaits you in this week's Scouting Notebook. 

— Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota announced he will return to school for his redshirt junior season. The 20-year-old dual-threat star ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the draft before his announcement and will head into next season as the No. 1 prospect. Mariota's decision to return is a wise one, and it's something I talked about here last week. He still has room to grow and the reality is his age and lack of experience would have been a negative in the draft process. Now, Mariota can work on his game while making a run at a national title and a Heisman Trophy season in 2014. 

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It's NFL draft season, folks. 

Whether you're a fan of a team out of playoff contention or one fighting for a Super Bowl, you can start looking ahead to the 2014 NFL draft with more certainty heading into Week 13. As the draft order comes into focus, and as underclassmen start making their intentions known for next season, there's a ton of information to digest.

Each Thursday morning you can get all the updates, analysis and rumors you need to keep on top of the craziness that is draft season.

Let's get started.



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If you find yourself ready for the 2014 NFL draft but aren’t sure where to go for updated information and analysis, you’ve found the right place. Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly column—my NFL draft scouting notebook.

This column will serve as a type of mind dump of all pertinent NFL draft news from the previous week. No one person can keep track of every player, every storyline and every injury, but here you will get the biggest news and how that news affects draft stock, team needs and other draft-related possibilities.

Every Thursday morning—from now until the draft—you’ll get analysis, insider information, personal scouting notes and hopefully a few interesting nuggets.

Let’s get started.


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If you're a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars or Houston Texans, you're already looking ahead to the 2014 NFL draft and wondering who your team will add to the depth chart. If you're a team like the Carolina Panthers, who are oh-so-close to a playoff run, the 2014 draft will be about grabbing the one or two players needed to become a consistent competitor.

Whether you're rooting for a team in major need of a rebuild or a team looking to merely upgrade its already loaded talent, the 2014 draft will be a big one. Who brings home Teddy Bridgewater to lead the franchise? Who's going to get lucky enough to nab defensive end Jadeveon Clowney?

Find out with a full two-round mock draft.


*Draft order courtesy of Over the Cap*

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The 2014 NFL draft will be heavy on quarterback prospects ready to step into the pros and run an offense. But who are these quarterbacks?

We all know about Johnny Manziel—maybe too much actually, thanks to his Heisman Trophy season and summer of off-field antics. But what do we know about his game? And aside from Manziel and perceived top quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who are the other top players at the game's most important position?

There are seniors, juniors and even redshirt sophomores who have caught the attention of the NFL this fall. Six of those quarterbacks carry a first-round grade as the college season comes to a close.

Let's learn who they are.


Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville


Throughout the season, NFL teams are doing self-evaluations to determine which positions need an upgrade, which need more depth and which are strong headed into the offseason.

At Bleacher Report, we're doing the same thing.

Each team's roster has been scouted over the course of the first half of the NFL season with an eye on where improvements can be made. For some teams, it's a key free agent they must re-sign. For others, it's a lack of talent or youth at a certain position.

The following look at team needs is based on the roster as it stands today, with pending free agents taken into account. And personnel fits are based on the current coaching staff. There will obviously be coaching changes that alter those fits, and the list will be updated accordingly.


How would the 2013 NFL draft look if we were able to do it all over again right now? To be blunt, it wouldn't look the same at all.

The Kansas City Chiefs would love the chance to swap Eric Fisher out for a more dependable player. Had we known what EJ Manuel and Geno Smith would look like, multiple teams would jump at the chance to have them on their roster.

Unfortunately the NFL doesn't allow a midseason re-draft, but we do.


A few ground rules:


Midway through the 2013 NFL season, and it's already time to start looking ahead to the 2014 draft class.

If you're a fan of the winless Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the upcoming NFL draft is really all you have to look forward to. You're pinning your hopes of future success on a franchise quarterback, cornerstone left tackle or 10-sack defensive end. Even in October, the NFL draft is huge.

Taking a look at what the first two rounds of the May draft will look like this early is dangerous, and you, the reader, should know that this is only to show where teams would be drafting currently, what their pre-free-agency needs are and where the top players are projected to be drafted. This is not a prediction of what will happen in May, but a prediction of what would happen if the draft were today.

With that in mind, I've included top underclassmen (redshirt sophomores and juniors) who are likely to enter the 2014 draft. This is just a prediction, and some of them will definitely return to school rather than enter the draft.


Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday night in Lane County, Ore.

Multiple sources, including Lane County Sheriff's department officials, confirm that the former Oregon Duck was arrested for "possession and interfering." Sergeant Steve French, the office's public information officer, has confirmed that the former Oregon football player was arrested on the evening of Oct. 23 in Eugene, Ore., and charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer

Here's an excerpt from the department's press release:

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif supplied Lyerla's mugshot via the Lane County Sheriff's Office: