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2014 NFL Draft Preview- Top 25 Players

By: Nolan Vasan

We've never been so excited to turn the page on a draft class. 2013 was a poor draft class and we can say goodbye to the drama from Manti Te'o and Geno Smith and move on to the ultra talented 2014 class featuring Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Football and Tajh Boyd.


1) Jadeveon Clowney- DE South Carolina (JR. 6-6 272) Had it not been for the NFL's rule that is forcing him to return to school this year Jadeveon Clowney would have been a 100% lock for the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Jadeveon Clowney 2014 NFL DraftClowney is the best defensive prospect we have seen come out in a great while and we just hope he doesn't get hurt.

2) Tajh Boyd- QB Clemson (SR. 6-2 230) Instead of talking about who is the best of the worst in Geno Smith. E.J Manuel and Ryan Nassib, we can talk about who is the best of the best in 2014. Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and Johnny Manziel will battle all season long to be the top quarterback prospect available.


3) Teddy Bridgewater- QB Louisville (JR. 6-3 218) Once again, if sophomores were allowed to enter the NFL Draft, they probably would have been the first, second and third picks in the 2013 Draft. Forget running the option with Geno Smith or E.J Manuel, Teddy Bridgewater is the real deal. Great athlete, very accurate and intelligent.


4) Marqise Lee- WR USC (JR. 6-0 195) Lee led the country last year with 118 receptions, and was second in the nation with 1,721 yards. He's got blazing speed, is a pristine route runner and catches everything in sight.



4) Cyrus Kouandjio- OT Alabama (JR. 6-6 310) A top five overall recruit from a couple years ago Kouandjio seized the left tackle job last season and dominated, help paving the way for Alabama's National Title run. It's hard to find better athletes than Kouandjio who possesses a freakish combo of size and athleticism.


5) Taylor Lewan- OT Michigan (SR 6-8 308) 2013 saw three of the first four picks be offensive tackles, but had Taylor Lewan decided to enter the draft it likely would have been four of the top five, if not the first four straight up. Lewan is a nasty but athletic left tackle in the mold of former Wolverine Jake Long.

7) Anthony Barr- DE/OLB UCLA (SR. 6-4 245) Anthony Barr was a running back at this time a year ago, but before his junior season he got switched to linebacker and absolutely exploded. Barr racked up 13 sacks and 21 TFL's in his first year on defense. He's set the bar high!!!!!

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8) Johnny Manziel- QB Texas A&M (RS. SO 6-1 200) The only reason Manziel is eighth on this list is because of his mental. I'm not saying anything definitively one way or the other, but I'm not completely sold on his maturity and overall intelligence. Obviously the 2012 Heisman Winner has a rare skill set that will fit in the NFL without question.


9) Stephon Tuitt- DT/DE Notre Dame (JR. 6-6 303) Tuitt has the size of a defensive tackle, but moves like a 250 pound defensive end. As the five technique in Notre Dame's 3-4, Tuitt was a dominating force up from and helped lead the Irish to their National Title run.


10) Anthony Johnson- DT LSU (JR. 6-3 305) Because of LSU's incredible depth along the defensive line last year Anthony Johnson wasn't even a starter, but he still managed to rack up 10 tackles for loss last year. With one more year under his belt, and a starting gig, look for Johnson to be a major presence in the SEC.


11) Jake Matthews- OT Texas A&M (SR. 6-5 305) It's hard to believe that Texas A&M had Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews on the same team last year. Matthews could have entered last year, but with Joeckel gone Matthews can now slide over to left tackle with the chance to be "The Man".


12) Timmy Jernigan- DT Florida State (JR. 6-2 298) Jernigan first caught my eye last year when I was scouting Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine, but I couldn't help but wonder who that crazy athletic defensive tackle was between them. Jernigan is one of the more athletic interior lineman I've seen, and with the two defensive end's gone he can have all the attention to himself.


13) Louis Nix- DT Notre Dame (SR. 6-3 340) The hulking nose tackle was easily the best run stuffer in the entire country last year, and was arguably the single most important player on Notre Dame's team last year. Nobody could run on them, and it's not going to be any easier this year.


14) CJ Mosley- LB Alabama (SR. 6-2 235) It was a little bit of a surprise to see C.J Mosley return to school this year as he could easily have been a first round pick. Mosley excels against the run and against the pass, and like all Alabama linebackers he has off the charts football IQ.


15) Sammy Watkins- WR Clemson (JR. 6-2 205) Some off-field troubles and naggingSammy Watkins 2014 NFL Draft injuries held Watkins back as a sophomore after he posted an explosive freshman campaign. Healthy and ready to go for this year, expect Watkins and Tajh Boyd to put up some huge numbers.
16) Ka'Deem Carey- RB Arizona (JR. 5-10 198) Ka'Deem Carey burst onto the scene last year to lead the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards as a sophomore. Flashing an explosive burst along with the physicality to break tackles and handle a full workload, Carey could be that elusive "Workhorse" running back.
17) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu- CB Oregon (JR. 5-10 190) I can't fully express how excited I am about the 2014 draft class as opposed to 2013's. The only thing I'm not excited about; typing Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on a consistent basis. Olomu broke up 20 passes last year, and loves to hit. Expect to be hearing that name a lot next year.

18) Will Sutton- DT/DE Arizona State (SR. 6-1 288) Will Sutton came out of absolutely nowhere last year to rack up 12 sacks and 23.5 TFLs as a defensive tackle. He's got incredible quickness, and hopefully he shows up bigger and stronger this year without losing any of that athleticism.



19) Antonio Richardson- OT Tennessee (JR. 6-6 322) Nicknamed "Tiny", Richardson was the reason third round pick Dallas Thomas was kicked inside to guard after he played left tackle at a high level for the two prior years. With Butch Davis in town expect Richardson and the Vols to show marked improvement this year.


20) Jason Verrett- CB TCU (SR. 5-10 180) Verrett transferred from JUCO two years ago got off to a rocky start in that infamous "RG3 Game", but a year later Verrett became an All-American after leading the Big 12 with six interceptions and 22 passes defender.


21) David Fales- QB San Jose State (6-3 230) A lot of people have Fales ranked a lot higher and this list, and some feel the San Jose State product could be a top five pick. I'm not 100% sold on him yet however, and I still have questions about his arm slot, but I really look forward to seeing him play this upcoming year.


22) Bradley Roby- CB Ohio State (JR. 5-11 190) Last year's draft was especially strong at cornerback, and this year's class is looking nearly as good. Roby was an All-American last year, helping lead the Buckeyes defense to an undefeated season last year while also leading the nation in passes defended.


23) Kyle Van Noy- OLB BYU (SR. 6-3 235) A prototype 3-4 rush linebacker, Kyle Van Noy has an outstanding combination of length and quickness. Van Noy really came on late in the season last year, and with another year in Jackson Jeffcoat 2014 NFL Draftthe weight room he's only going to improve.


24) Jackson Jeffcoat- DE Texas (JR. 6-5 245) The nation's No. 1 overall recruit from two years ago was having an outstanding season before it was cut short by a shoulder injury after only six games. Now that he's back to 100%, expect Jeffcoat to put up double digit sacks easily this year.


25) Dominique Easley- DE/DT Florida (SR. 6-2 280) At 280 pounds Dominique Easley has the size and strength of a defensive tackle, but has the first step and explosion of a defensive end. His technique needs a lot of work, but Easley's ceiling is limitless.