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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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The 2013 draft saw a record for the first guard taken—Jonathan Cooper to the Arizona Cardinals at pick No. 7. That was followed by Chance Warmack (No. 10 to Tennessee), Kyle Long (No. 20 to Chicago) and Travis Frederick (No. 31 to Dallas). That was quite a year for interior offensive linemen—but don't expect a repeat in 2014.

While the guard class is good, it's not great. The goal of the NFL Draft 100 is to identify the best players 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 production.

Interior linemen are judged on run blocking (40 points), pass blocking (40 points), upside (20) and all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.

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The 2014 draft class is anchored by one of the best defensive end prospects of this era in Jadeveon Clowney. The rest of the class is pretty good too. 

The defensive end class of 2014 comes in all shapes and sizes. There are potential 5-techniques, future outside linebackers and the type of scheme-versatile studs who are ready to be molded into NFL superstars. So who comes in graded as the top overall player?

That’s what the NFL Draft 100 aims to identify. Looking only at the film, who is the best? 

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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We all know that outside pressure on quarterbacks is essential, but not enough people talk about the importance of interior pressure. It's equally effective and, as defenses evolve to keep pace with high-octane offenses, the inside pass rush is becoming more and more crucial.

That makes the value of a good defensive tackle much higher in today's NFL. Looking at the 2014 draft class, who does it best?

That’s what the NFL Draft 100 aims to identify. Looking only at the film, who is the best? 

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.

B/R NFL Draft 100: Top Linebackers

By on April 18, 2014

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Inside linebacker, outside linebacker, rush 'backer. The position has evolved with the NFL looking for more and more speed, but the job requirements remain the same: Get the ball. But with so many different types of athletes and players available in the 2014 draft, who is the best?

That’s what the NFL Draft 100 aims to identify. Looking only at the film, who is the best? 

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 1,000 series, this project factors in upside for each player—as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.

Linebackers are broken into two categories—inside and outside. Inside linebackers are judged on run defense (50 points), pass rush (10), coverage (20) and upside (20). Outside linebackers are graded on pass rush (40 points), coverage (10), run defense (30) and upside (20). Both include these categories and all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.