SITTIN’ AT SWEET SIXTEEN: Ranking the Top-50 NFL Draft Prospects | Dallas Cowboys Draft 2014

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IRVING, Texas – By this point in the draft cycle, you’ve likely heard of most of the guys on this big board. At the same time, you’re bound to notice some big names missing from the list – there’s no Teddy Bridgewater or Kelvin Benjamin to be found here.

After plenty of hours studying the tape, this is simply the 50 best targets in the 2014 NFL Draft – from obvious stars to some lesser-known surprises. This should give some idea of what to expect in the first two rounds of the draft, and who the Cowboys may have a chance of taking.

Barring trades, the Dallas Cowboys pick at #16 and #47 in the first two rounds.

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst/Scout

1

Jadeveon Clowney

South Carolina DE

Explosive, disruptive player off the edge

2

Greg Robinson

Auburn OT

Powerful athlete, gets movement right away

3

Sammy Watkins

Clemson WR

Larry Fitzgerald with speed.

4

Mike Evans

Texas A&M WR

Will give corners problems with his reach

5

Jake Matthews

Texas A&M OT

Smooth in the way he moves. Rarely off balance

6

Anthony Barr

UCLA LB

Perfect 3-4 OLB but could be an End, Jason Taylor?

7

Khalil Mack

Buffalo LB

He or Barr, have feeling that both will make impact

8

Eric Ebron

North Carolina TE

Mismatch nightmare for defenses to have to cover.

9

Aaron Donald

Pittsburgh DT

Super productive, disruptive when on the move.

10

Taylor Lewan

Michigan OT

Tough, closed gap on other Tackles in workouts.

11

Martin, Zack

Notre Dame OT

Tons of starts, position flex along the line.

12

CJ Mosely

Alabama LB

Physical take on and shed, is always in the pile.

13

Odell Beckham

LSU WR

Can line up anywhere and make plays.

14

Calvin Pryor

Louisville S

Plays with range and toughness. Has a nose for ball

15

Timmy Jernigan

Florida State DT

Ideal 1 technique in 4-3 , hold point but can push

16

Blake Bortles

Central Florida QB

Ideal size and arm strength. Working hard on feet

17

Ryan Shazier

Ohio State LB

Impressive in the way he chases the ball, can motor.

18

Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M QB

Can really spin it on the move. Gym rat kind of player

19

Kyle Fuller

Virginia Tech CB

Can play either off or man coverage well, slot too.

20

Justin Gilbert

Oklahoma State CB

Best press man corner in the draft, love way he moves

21

Marquise Lee

USC WR

Knows how to make things happen with ball in hands.

22

Jason Verrett

TCU CB

Short but tough, can cover the slot, tackles well, always around ball

23

Brandin Cooks

Oregon State WR

Better receiver than Tavon Austin but same size

24

Darqueze Dennard

Michigan State CB

Press man all day, gives you something on the blitz

25

Derek Carr

Fresno State QB

Feel he is the most ready to line up and play now.

26

Scott Crichton

Oregon State DE

Pro style body for position, strong at point, can rush .

27

Xavier Su’-a-Filo

UCLA OG

Played Tackle some but needs to be Guard, toughness

28

Jimmie Ward

Northern Illinois S

Converted corner that can carry men all over the field

29

Demarcus Lawrence

Boise State DE

These Boise kids have done well in NFL. He will too

30

Dominique Easley

Florida DT

Very disruptive player, is always going up the field.

31

Dee Ford

Auburn DE

Most likely a 3-4 OLB with some big time rush skills

32

Ra’Shede Hageman

Minnesota DT

When this cat is on, he can be a pain in the rear to block

33

Cody Latimer

Indiana WR

Can break a defense down with his ability. Violent player

34

Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

Alabama S

Showed range in A&M game but would like to see more

35

Kony Ealy

Missouri DE

Might be a better 3 technique than a defensive end.

36

Louis Nix

Notre Dame NT

Best nose man in the draft.

37

Jace Amaro

Texas Tech TE

Lines up all over the place, solid hands, gets down the field

38

Jarvis Landry

LSU WR

Is a thinner Hinds Ward, does everything you want, plus hands

39

Austin Seferian Jenkins

Washington TE

Massive size, moves well, catches everything, some inline work

40

Kareem Martin

North Carolina DE

Like Crichton, has a pro body, can leverage the run, quicks for pass

41

Lamarcus Joyner

Florida State CB / S

Short but tough, can cover the slot, tackles well, always around ball

42

Gabe Jackson

Mississippi State OG

Surprising athletic ability for his size, very powerful, maybe ROT?

43

Will Clarke

West Virginia DE

Nice size and weight, high motor and effort player, can go inside

44

Paul Richardson

Colorado WR

Quarterback did him no favors, slight build but willing to take route inisde

45

Jimmy Garappolo

Eastern Illinois QB

Like his accuracy and smarts, game does not look too big for him on tape.

46

Bradley Roby

Ohio State CB

Press well in the press, is more than a willing tackler to get job done.

47

Jeremy Hill

LSU RB

Is a big, physical back that can come downhill and hurt you, catches well.

48

Brandon Thomas

Clemson OG

Where he will be selected hurt by pre draft knee injury, on tape, solid guy

49

Will Sutton

Arizona State DT

Dont sleep on this guy, weight appears under control, ability is there too.

50

JaWaun James

Tennessee OT

If you havent see this kid play, make sure you go and study him. Ability.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated 05-09-2014 … Bold indicates players that were selected by the Dallas Cowboys 

 

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3 responses

  1. How did bradley roby make top 50? He has all the potential but was EXTREMELY hit and miss.

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    1. Looks like he had more hits, than misses when his game tapes were graded. I show him ranked as the #4 CB, behind three seniors. He’s a very young (redshirt junior) player full of potential (as you said). He’s appeared in the top-50 on all of the draft boards I’ve read.

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    2. Emailed you a good scouting report on him that does a great job of pointing out his weaknesses … particularly, his misses (inconsistency). He’s young, which is appealing … very fast. Height is an issue with him. I think you’ll appreciate the candid evaluation … and why he’ll likely be drafted in the 2nd round.

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