Updated – Top 40 NFL Draft Prospects
With less than a month until the 2014 NFL Draft and with most of the pro days gone it’s time to reevaluate the top prospects. There have been some surprising player developments with the most notable being Teddy Bridgewater’s saga. Bridgewater who was once projected to be a possible top overall selection has seen his stock plummet after a poor pro day performance and subsequent individual workouts. He has dropped so much that there is a decent buzz around the NFL that he could slip out of the first round.
Jadeveon Clowney, the clear top prospect in the draft turned in an outstanding pro day showing he could physically handle the switch to a 3-4 outside linebacker position if needed. That didn’t stop one anonymous NFC executive from questioning Clowney’s work ethic, however, calling him spoiled, lazy and even saying he has not worked a hard day in his life. That’s just the type of rhetoric you can expect to hear as draft day looms near. Players will be torn down and others built up as NFL general managers and coaches try to play coy as to what their true intentions are in selecting a player.
Some of your late risers include LSU wide-out Odell Beckham, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, Indiana wide-out Cody Latimer and Boise State defensive-end/outside linebacker Demarcus Lawrence. Prospects sliding as draft day approaches include the aforementioned Bridgewater, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Florida State defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.
With all that said here’s my second look at the Top 40 draft prospects for the upcoming May 8th NFL Draft.
The Fantastic Four!
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
3. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
4. Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
Rounding out the Top 10 prospects.
5. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
6. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
7. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
8. Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
9. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
10. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Best of the rest…
11. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
12. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
13. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
14. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
15. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
16. Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State
17. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
18. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
19. Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20. Odell Beckham, WR, Louisiana State
Just outside the Top 20.
21. Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
22. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
23. Bradley Roby, DB, Ohio State
24. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
25. Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
26. Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
27. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
28. Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
29. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
31. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
32. Jason Verrett, DB, TCU
33. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
34. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
35. Stephon Truitt, DT, Notre Dame
36. Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
37. DeMarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State
38. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
39. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
40. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State