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:


Midway through the NFL and college football seasons, certain fanbases are already focusing in on the upcoming 2014 NFL draft. And for good reason.

If you're a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers—two winless teams—then you're already looking forward to next season and the potential talent that may be added this offseason through free agency and the draft. The good news is that it's draft season here, too, and more time will be devoted each week to breaking down the upcoming draft class.

Which players have helped themselves most over the last four weeks? Who is falling down draft boards? We'll keep you updated.


Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III? Eli Manning or Philip Rivers? Vince Young or Matt Leinart? Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? Making the right decision on which quarterback to draft can be the difference between a Super Bowl ring and mediocrity—but in some cases it works out either way. Or doesn't at all.

In the 2014 draft class, once again we have that debate at the top: junior Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville or redshirt sophomore Marcus Mariota of Oregon?

Draft classes are often defined by the potential of the quarterbacks available, and in the 2014 class we have two top-five players with instant-impact ability.

Which player grades out as the better of the two?


Which college players are moving up and down NFL draft boards as we head into October?

Marquee players have been under the microscope in the last month, giving evaluators a clean look at their true ability. The hype of summer is gone—all that's left is production and ability. Some players have shown to be more talented than expected, while others are falling down draft boards due to poor play or injury.

Who is moving up and who moved down?


Stock Up: LSU Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry


Who is the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft?

Heading into Week 5, there are more questions than answers. Which quarterback will teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns be fighting over? Where will superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney land? And perhaps most importantly, which team will be drafting first overall?

There's a lot of football left to be played, but it's always educational (and entertaining) to get a look at how the draft order and player stock look. Heading into Week 5 of the NFL season, here's how the first round would shake out.

And as always, the draft order here is taken from Bovada Super Bowl odds and adjusted for playoff seeding.


Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay shocked the world Wednesday by announcing his team had traded a 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson. The same Trent Richardson the Browns had just traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft for.

We know what the Colts get out of this trade; they get an elite-level running back who is just 23 years old and barely into his second NFL season. What do the Browns get in trading away their best offensive building block?

It is fair to assume at this point that the Browns' own first-rounder in 2014 will be a high one—likely in the top five. With Richardson gone and fellow first-round pick from the 2012 class Brandon Weeden struggling more each week, it's safe to say the Browns are in a true rebuilding mode.

The danger in trading for an extra first-round pick in September is that we don't know who will or won't be in the upcoming draft class.

Week 4 College Football Scouting Guide

By on September 18, 2013

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After a big week of college football rivalry games, Week 4 brings us a slightly less stocked schedule. That won't stop NFL teams from hitting the road to check out the best college football prospects battle head-to-head.

Here are the seven games every NFL front office will be watching this weekend.


The Clemson offense won't get a big test against the North Carolina State Wolkpack defense, but the one matchup everyone will be watching is between wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Dontae Johnson. Watkins has justified his No. 1 wide receiver ranking this season and will look to extend his cushion over the competition.


Arizona State had a key game last week when it hosted Wisconsin. It will be under the microscope again this week as marquee running back Marion Grice attempts to make plays against a tough Stanford defense. Quarterback Kevin Hogan has future first-round potential.

Week 3 College Football Scouting Guide

By on September 12, 2013

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Week 3 of the college football season brings marquee matchups sure to affect the rankings, but which games are NFL scouts focused on?

Here are the 10 games every NFL front office will be watching this weekend.


TCU heads to Texas Tech in an in-state showdown, but the players to watch here are tight end Jace Amaro and cornerback Jason Verrett. While the two aren't likely to match up head-to-head, Verrett's physical style of play could bring him in contact with the athletic tight end.


Louisville and Kentucky are bitter rivals, but that hasn't bled over to the football field as much as the basketball courts. This game is likely to be a one-sided battle, but watching quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against Mark Stoops' defense will make this one appointment viewing.


If the NFL draft were today, who would be the No. 1 overall pick?

The easy answer is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but would a team like Jacksonville or Oakland pass on a quarterback for the once-in-a-decade pass-rusher? That's the question we aim to answer.

The first mock draft of the season isn't published for accuracy, but to give an idea of where teams have needs and where players' stock currently sits. Not every underclassman listed here will enter the 2014 NFL draft, but this is an idea of how the draft would look if the top eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores were to enter the lottery.

And as always, the draft order here is taken from Bovada Super Bowl odds and adjusted for playoff seeding.