Couple changes to the big board today. I did a re-watch on a couple of first round guys that I had a tough time getting a handle on the first time through. One sold me on his ability (Khalil Mack) and one I still can’t see what’s got people putting him in the top 5 (Blake Bortles). I have to put them somewhere, so they’re plugged in here.
Another change is the addition of Kony Ealy. If I’m making a board that’s reasonably Cowboys-centric, I have to have him on there because they’re going to like the versatility he offers. A guy that can line up at that defensive end spot and in the nickel slide inside and rush from there, the Cowboys will see lots of value in that.
My board is Cowboycentric to a point, except for my inclusion of Jernigan at #6. I’m a huge fan of his, but really don’t believe Cowboys will take a 1 technique DT at #16 overall.
Big Board – Version 4.10.14
1- Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina – He’s the most talented player in the draft.
2 – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn – Can do it all, good anchor in pass pro, moves people in run game.
3 – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson – Attacks the ball, smooth in routes, speed, sure hands.
4 – CJ Mosley – LB – Bama – Smart, quick reactions, plugs holes, plays run, shows awareness and ability in dropping in coverage. Teams have some concerns about the number of things he’s had fixed, but the tape is great.
5 – Khalil Mack – OLB (DE for Boys) – Buffalo – Gets extension to control blockers, has the burst off the edge, hard to get a hold of for OL, can play down the line, stays upright and gets to the ball.
6 – Timmy Jernigan – DT – FSU – Played a reactionary role at FSU and was still very disruptive. Controls gaps in run game, hard to move even with a double or triple team. Really powerful player. Is a 1 technique DT though, so Jerry/Stephen most likely won’t take him.
7 – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan – Size, athleticism and mean streak are a nice combo.
8 – Zack Martin – OG/OT – ND – Like the versatility of OG for one year, then take Free’s job at RT next year.
9 – Anthony Barr – OLB (DE for Boys) – ULCA – Debate will be whether he’s a Sam backer of a weak-side DE if Cowboys take him. Great athlete, can certainly rush the passer. Lots of plays in the backfield.
10 – Jake Matthews – OT – A&M – Certainly a solid NFL OT, but I like some of the other guys better.
11 – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt – Ideal 3 technique. Disruptive up-field guy, lives in the backfield. Despite huge bench press # at combine, you don’t want him at the 1 tech fighting double teams. Can get pushed around in that spot.
12 – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU – Great route runner, feel for holes in defense. Big play threat can play inside or out.
13 – Mike Evans – WR – A&M – Maybe he’s Vincent Jackson. This might even be low for him, but troubles me some that you never see him anywhere but on the right side outside. Nowhere else. Still a big strong guy that’s hard to tackle and will high point the ball.
14 – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville – Aggressive hitter, like his burst once he recognizes where he’s got to be, see him play 1 deep, 2 deep, man at corner, man in the slot. Fluid hips, can cover.
15 – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State – Most NFL ready QB in the draft. In control at the LOS, goes through the reads, solid mechanically, plenty of arm.
16 – Johnny Manziel – QB – A&M – Highest ceiling of the QB’s. Tempted to put him above Carr but the potential for injury is my one hesitation. If you can convince him to get out of bounds, get down, and not try and make the super risky play, he could be special.
17 – Haha Clinton-Dix – S – Bama – Covers a lot of ground in the 1 deep, sure tackler, willing hitter, only issue is you don’t get to see him play man coverage much on tape.
18 – Kyle Fuller – CB – Va Tech – Has good size, 4.4 speed, really tough for WR’s to separate from. Good timing on attacking the ball in the air. See him play press man and off man coverage equally well. Also looks comfortable in zone. See him in slot, out wide, everywhere.
19 – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri – Offers an inside/outside versatility as a pass rusher from DE or the middle in a nickel package that will appeal to the Boys.
20 – Eric Ebron – TE – UNC – Speed, size, hands. The only first round TE I see in this draft. Actually has some fight to him in the run game too.
21 – Justin Gilbert – CB – OSU – Good size, hips, ability to jam at LOS. Plays a ball in the air very well. Only problem is if he lines up in off coverage he gets lost. Gotta play him in press man.
22 – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU – 5’9 is the bad news. The good news is everything else. Hard to separate from, great speed, quickness, feel for the ball. Despite size competes for the ball at the high point.
23 – Darqueze Dennard – CB – MSU – He’s a mauler. Plays super aggressive at the LOS and down the field. Surprised he wasn’t flagged more for it, but if flags stay in pockets, he’s a shut down CB.
24 – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville – Love everything about him until you start going down-field. Short accuracy was fantastic. Slants/outs/drags pinpoint accuracy. Concerns with deep ball arm strength and accuracy.
25 – Marqise Lee – WR – USC – Speedster gets in and out of routes quickly, can hit the home run.
26 – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF – I know I could be wrong on him. He needs a lot of coaching. Anxious in the pocket, feet all over the place, makes throws without being set all the time. See what people love though, he’ll make an opposite sideline 18 yard out throw even with his feet set all wrong or while bailing out to avoid a hit. Arm talent is there, prototype size is there, mechanics just means there’s lots of coaching needed.
End of first round grades
Ryan Shazier, Jimmie Ward, Morgan Moses, Xavier Su’a-Filo are guys I have just on the outside of a first round grade at the moment.
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