2014 Senior Bowl: Top 32 NFL Prosepcts

Aaron Donald is without a doubt one of the top NFL prospects in Mobile.


NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Even though many of the top prospects declined to play in the Senior Bowl, the vast majority of the players in Mobile this week, will be drafted and have meaningful NFL players. Year in and year out the game produces some of the NFL’s best players, this year we have to dig a little big deeper to find the stars, but they are here in Mobile. Here’s my opinion on the top NFL prospects in the Senior Bowl before the week begins, and we can contrast that to the list at weeks end to analyze who there true winners are.

Here’s a quick look at my Top 32 Senior Bowl Talents. I’ll re-do the list at the end of the week, add notes, scouting reports, and see who moves up or down.

1. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

2. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

3. Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame

4. Derek Carr, Fresno State

5. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

6. Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville

7. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

8. Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

9. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

10. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

11. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

12. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

13. Christian Jones, LB, Florida State

14. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

15. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

16. Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

17. Jimmie Ward, SAF, Northern Illinois

18. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

19. Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (FL)

20. Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas

21. Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

22. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

23. Amhad Dixon, FS, Baylor

24. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

25. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

26. Brent Urban, DT/DE, Virginia

27. Ju’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

28. Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State

29. Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri

30. Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

31. Craig Loston, SAF, LSU

32. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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17 Responses to “2014 Senior Bowl: Top 32 NFL Prosepcts”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    According to Patriots.com, the Pats sign seven players off their practice squad to future contracts, my personal thought is, this might become phase 2 of last years plan of reconstruction? I have a feeling that Edleman will be set off to free agency, Blount, and Talib.

    • acm says:

      nah, that’s more like the first steps of building up the off-season roster than anything else, imo. There is a good chance not a single one of those guys makes the 53 roster for next season.
      The draft and FA is where it’s at with the rebuilding process.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        R.J.Mattes OT 6’6″320 is a guy I think has a great chance at next years roster.

  2. steve earle says:

    Seeing lots of guys putting out their mocks I just can’t resist. I admit I haven’t made big changes from my last just tweeked it some.

    1#29 Trade down for 2nd and 3rd mid or higher.
    2a) Travis Swanson OC
    2b) CJ Fiedorowicz TE
    3a) Ahmad Dixon SS
    3b) DaQuan Jones DT
    4) Deshavor Everette CB
    6a) Aaron Murray QB
    6b) CJ Copland FB/HB
    c6) Spencer Long OG
    7a) Colt Lyerla TE
    c7) Franklin Quiteh RB

  3. Jibri says:

    The Patriots need to think about drafting Stanley Jean-Baptiste, DB, Nebraska scout say he is a Richard Sherman clone! At 6’2 215lbs with grate speed

    • J H TARBORO says:

      He’s my personal choice!

    • acm says:

      Let’s not kid ourselves – not every tall DB would make for the next Sherman or Chancellor. That scout could well be getting paid if someone bit on those words.

      Sherman is a Stanford alum for one and you get in there by being smart too not just with ball skills like in most other programs. RS may run his mouth but the guy understands the game and how and what it means and takes to play his position to near perfection – not only does he read the plays well but he basically uses psychological warfare to unsettle his opponent.

      Similarly with Chancellor, who comes from a program (Virginia Tech) with good scouting at the DB position (in this draft both Fuller and Exum are coming out from there) and he has great understanding of the game.

      If anything, both Chancellor and Sherman were victims in the draft to the constant overvaluing of speed and raw athleticism at the DB position, while overlooking the intangibles, at the same time.
      It’s football IQ and understanding of the game that are the Q marks regarding SJB as a player at the next level. He has the physique and athleticism to be the next sherman/chancellor but it’s not measurables that made them who they are today in the first place.

      One other thing – the DB coaching staff at Seattle is likely head and shoulders above their counterparts at most other NFL teams, including the Pats. On top of that, they play a very agressive style on D (even after Gus Bradley left) and their DB roster is suited to that particular approach. Considering there is only one 1st rounder in theri starting secondary this year, while the rest are 5th and 6th rounders and Browner was an UDFA iirc, I’d say that’s a pretty well defined pattern and not a coincidence one can wright up to luck.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      CB Baptist IQ is a question ,IMO.

  4. Stephen J says:

    Great work Mike keep it up.
    What goes into putting a list like this together and determining where each prospect ranks

  5. steve earle says:

    Surprised to see Pierre Desir from Lindwood climb so high so fast but then again he showed himself well at the NFLBowl. I was kind of hoping he would remain something of a secret so Bill could grab him mid late but that’s what happens with all those blabber mouthed NFL scouts poking around I guess? Well good for the kid, he made himself some money the other day.

    • Bill Spalding says:

      Every time one of these guys climbs into the top 200, that just means there’s 201 good prospects. Its beginning to look like 2014 is a great year for athletes. Theres plenty of buzz in the NBA this year too. One of those great years to drop down and still get quality starters

      • steve earle says:

        Right you are Bill. With 102 underclassmen out that’s 3 full rounds of prospects. Not all are great but given the numbers and talent of many this could be a special draft.

  6. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I feel very proud of Bill , his staff, and the players for working so hard as professionals to put a qualitiy team on the field game in and game out. Injuries are part of the game , but the abilities of back-up/role players to step in and show thier talent to help fill the injury void, is a testiment to Bill’s foresight into the Patriot franchise.
    Bill will now look forward to 2014 now, continued player developement, the draft, free agents, and future team building.

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