2014 NFL Draft: Mike Loyko’s Big Board

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Early reports on the 2014 NFL Draft class are very promising. Compared to 2013 next year’s draft figures to be much deeper at key positions including Quarterback, Defensive End, Offensive Tackle and Outside Linebacker. The top of the draft especially features franchise players at multiple positions, which 2013 lacked. Each week throughout the year I will update my Big Board to reflect the top draft eligible prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.

My ranking is not meant to be a mock draft or a projection as to where players will be drafted. The rankings reflect my evaluation of talent based on what I have scouted to this point. As the season progresses new names will be added and players will drop off.

Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Draft Big Board

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Franchise caliber defensive end. The most complete pass rusher to enter the league in years. Clowney is the total package with explosive and powerful pass rush ability. Combines his pass rush with a versatile skillset to impact the run game at any alignment on the defensive line.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 

Athletic and strong armed QB prospect. Should be an immediate NFL starter an impact player. Has all the tools NFL teams look for in a #1 pick — size, arm strength, accuracy, mobility and leadership skills. As of right now he is the only player that can knock off Clowney for the first overall pick.

3. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Massive Nose Tackle eats space and double teams. For a player his size he move extremely well and combines quickness with power to be an impact playmaker in the middle of the Irish DL. Nix is the closest thing I’ve seen to Vince Wilfork coming out of the college game.

4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 

Has NFL bloodlines and NFL abilities. Held down the Right Tackle position last season while last year’s #2 overall pick Luke Joeckel played the left side. Matthews gets his chance to protect Johnny Manziel’s blindside and improve his draft stock even further.

5. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Former RB/FB exploded onto the national stage last season. Barr is an incredibly explosive rusher off the edge and should continue to develop as he gets more comfortable at the position. At 6’4/240 with freakish acceleration and closing speed Barr will be highly sought after in next year’s draft.

6. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

7. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama

8. Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

9. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

11. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

12. Cyrus Kounandijo, OT, Alabama

13. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

14. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

15. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

16. Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

17. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

18. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

19. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

20. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

22. De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon

23. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

24. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame 

25. Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

26. Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

27. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

28. Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

29. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

30. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

31. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

32. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

33. Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

34. James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State

35. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

36. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

37. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

38. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

39. Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota

40. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

41. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

42. Seantreal Henderson, OT, Miami (FL)

43. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

44. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

45. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

46. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

47. Stephen Morris, QB, Miami (FL)

48. Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn

49. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State

50. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

51. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

52. Antoine Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech

53. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

54. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

55. Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

56. Zach Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame

57. Craig Loston, S, LSU

58. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

59. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

60. Owamagbe Odighizuwa*, DE, UCLA

61. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

62. AJ Johnson, ILB, Tennessee

63. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

64. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Just Missed: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina/Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State/Morgan Breslin, OLB/DE, USC/Alex Amidon, WR, Boston College

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10 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: Mike Loyko’s Big Board”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    Cleveland Browns just traded RB Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 1st rounds pick! I feel bad for Browns fans and ticket holders to trade your season away for 1st round pick, make the right choice Cleveland or there will be a mutiny in Cleveland, i guarantee it!

    • acm says:

      Richardson wasn’t exactly lighting Cleveland on fire, so I wouldn’t say they are trading their season away by replacing him with Mcgahee (who’ I think is at least as good if not better once he gets into rhythm). Not much of productivity would be lost there considering the bar wasn’t too high to begin with – The Browns problems run deeper than the RB position anyways.
      Obviously they didn’t see TR as an irreplaceable talent, and when you factor in the injuries and the question marks with far from A. Peterson-like productivity, the trade makes sense from the perspective of the Browns’ new management.
      Not sure about the Colts – don’t see how adding TR helps their case considering the weak OL … I’d have rather saved myself that 1st round pick and gone with McGahee, tbh.

  2. steve earle says:

    I looked up Dri Archer, another small very fasy player (4.43/40) Worth keeping an eye on just in case Amendola and Edelman are unable to stay healthy again this year. Archer also appears to have been injured, ankle, so unlikely to play against Penn St this week.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    I will beat the drum for Kent State RB/WR Dri Archer to become a Patriot! Just how i did for Tavon Austin before he became known.

  4. trent says:

    Two positions where we need short-term depth and long-term replacements for aging team leaders are OG (mankins and connolly are 31) and DT/NT (wilfork is 31). I see a lot of prospects at these positions on your big board right now, which is encouraging. Two that I don’t see who I am following are daquan jones (DT penn state) and david yankey (OG stanford). Any thoughts on these two prospects?

    Too bad we won’t be able to get the real vince wilfork replacement in louis nix III. Crossing my fingers he gets hurt or finds another way to fall but he seems like a perfect prospect on and off the field. Thanks.

    • steve earle says:

      From Mike’s list I like a couple OLBs who could reasonable fall into the Pat’s range. Khalili Mack-Buff and Kyle Van Noy- BYU should be worth watching. Scouting reports give both high grades in all aspects of the position. Pats could use some depth at cover LB.

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