Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft

The 2014 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The draft is one of the most important times of year for NFL teams because it could potentially set the tone for how the pre-season and season will go and what direction certain teams will take. 

Every draft class is filled with “Booms” and “Busts” and it’s up to the team’s scouts and coaching staff to do the best job possible and hand pick the player(s) they need most and the players that will benefit their team. 

This mock draft focuses on which NFL teams need what type of positional player and which positional player will best suit that team.
Pick #
NFL Team
Player
School
1
Houston Texans
Blake Bortles - QB

University of Central Florida
2
St. Louis Rams
Jake Matthews - OT
Texas A&M
3
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jadeveon Clowney - DE
South Carolina
4
Cleveland Browns
Teddy Bridgewater - QB
Louisville
5
Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins - WR
Clemson
6
Atlanta Falcons
Greg Robinson - OT
Auburn
7
Tampa Bay Bucs
Mike Evans – WR
Texas A&M
8
Minnesota Vikings
Johnny Manziel – QB
Texas A&M
9
Buffalo Bills
Eric Ebron – TE
North Carolina
10
Detroit Lions
Justin Gilbert – CB
Oklahoma State
11
Tennessee Titans
Khalil Mack – OLB
Buffalo
12
New York Giants
Taylor Lewan – OT
Michigan
13
St. Louis Rams
Hesean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix – FS
Alabama
14
Chicago Bears
Aaron Donald – DT
Pittsburgh
15
Pittsburgh Steelers
Darqueze Dennard – CB
Michigan State
16
Dallas Cowboys
Timmy Jernigan – DT
Florida State
17
Baltimore Ravens
Cyrus Kouandjio – OT
Alabama
18
New York Jets
Brandin Cooks – WR
Oregon State
19
Miami Dolphins
Zack Martin – OG
Notre Dame
20
Arizona Cardinals
Dee Ford – DE
Auburn
21
Green Bay Packers
Calvin Pryor – FS
Louisville
22
Philadelphia Eagles
Bradley Roby – CB
Ohio State
23
Kansas City Chiefs
Odell Beckham Jr. – WR
Louisiana State University
24
Cincinnati Bengals
Anthony Barr – OLB
UCLA
25
San Diego Chargers
Louis Nix III – DT
Notre Dame
26
Cleveland Browns
Kyle Fuller – CB
Virginia Tech
27
New Orleans Saints
Kony Ealy – DE
Missouri
28
Carolina Panthers
Marqise Lee – WR
University of Southern California
29
New England Patriots
Jason Verrett – CB
Texas Christan University
30
San Francisco 49ers
Donte Moncrief – WR
Ole Miss
31
Denver Broncos
Lamarcus Joyner – CB
Florida State
32
Seattle Seahawks
Kelvin Benjamin – WR
Florida State
**Pick 2 St. Louis Rams from Washington Redskins
**Pick 26 Cleveland Browns from Indianapolis Colts

Matt Kassabian
Twitter: @PassDaKassabian

Friday, March 7, 2014

2014 NFL Scouting Combine - Top Performers

Rich Eisen giving it a shot
At this year's NFL Scouting Combine there was an array of talented players at every position. Every year college football's best players gather in Indianapolis, Indiana to perform drills and activities in an effort to peek the interest of the NFL's best coaches and scouting staff. Some players shine in the spotlight and others can’t handle the pressure of being put under a microscope.

Every year there are NFL prospects that go into the combine that will have a positive impact on whatever NFL team they land on, regardless of how they perform at the Combine. For the other players, the somewhat "unknown" ones, the Combine is their chance to shine; it’s their chance to prove to the scouts that they can play, that they can “ball” with the big boys in the NFL if they're given the chance! Coaches and scouts alike look for that diamond in the rough, that player that might have gone to a smaller school but can really play and has the right tools to become a great football player.

Here is a list of the top performers at this year's NFL Scouting Combine broken down by position. These top performers definitely improved their draft stock after their performances.

Top Performers by Position

Quarterbacks

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
4.68 seconds

31.5 inches
113 inches
6.75 seconds
4.03 seconds

Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech
4.61 seconds

35.5 inches
118 inches
7.05 seconds
4.18 seconds

Connor Shaw - South Carolina
4.66 seconds

34 inches
116 inches
7.07 seconds


Derek Carr - Fresno State
4.69 seconds

34.5 inches
110 inches

4.20 seconds

Blake Bortles - UCF
4.93 seconds

32.5 inches
115 inches
7.08 seconds
4.21 seconds



Running Backs

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Dri Archer - Kent State
4.68 seconds

38 inches

6.86 seconds
4.06 seconds



Jerick Mckinnon - Georgia Southern
4.41 seconds
32 reps
40.5 inches
132 inches
6.83 seconds
4.12 seconds

Bishop Sankey - Washington
4.49 seconds
26 reps

126 inches
6.75 seconds
4.00 seconds

Andre Williams - Boston College
4.56 seconds


129 inches

4.06 seconds
11.62 seconds

Henry Josey - Missouri
4.43 seconds




4.13 seconds
11.67 seconds

Honorable Running Back mentions: Tyler Gaffney - Stanford, Tre Mason - Auburn, Lache Seastrunk - Baylor.


Wide Receivers

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Bradin Cooks - Oregon State
4.33 seconds
16
36 inches
120 inches
6.76 seconds
3.81 seconds
10.72 seconds
Tevin Reese - Baylor
4.46 seconds

41 inches
132 inches
6.63 seconds
4.18 seconds


Donte Moncrief - Ole Miss
4.40 seconds
13 reps
39.5 inches
132 inches
7.02 seconds
4.30 seconds

Odell Beckham - LSU
4.43 seconds

38.5 inches
122 inches
6.69 inches
3.94 seconds
10.93 seconds
Damian Copeland - Louisville
4.50 seconds
12 reps
40 inches
120 inches
6.53 seconds
3.90 seconds
10.84 seconds

Honorable Wide Receiver mentions: Bruce Ellington - South Carolina, Kevin Norwood - Alabama, Martavius Bryant - Clemson


Tight Ends

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Jace Amaro - Texas Tech
4.74 seconds
28 reps
33 inches
118 inches
7.42 seconds
4.30 seconds
12.26 seconds
Eric Ebron - North Carolina
4.60 seconds
24 reps
32 inches
120 inches



Trey Burton - Florida
4.62 seconds

30 inches
112 inches
7.14 seconds
4.32 seconds

A.C. Leonard - Tennessee State
4.50 seconds
20 reps
34 inches
128 inches



C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa
4.76 seconds
25 reps
31.5 inches
116 inches
7.10 seconds
4.26 seconds


Honorable Tight End mentions: Arthur Lynch - Georgia, Jae Murphy - Utah State, Crockett Gilmore - Colorado State.

Safeties

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Deone Bucannon - Washington State
4.49 Seconds
19 reps
36.5 inches
125 inches
6.96 seconds
4.26 seconds

Terrence Brooks - Florida State
4.42 seconds
10 reps
38 inches
119 inches
7.35 seconds


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama
4.58 seconds
11 reps
33 inches
119 inches
7.16 seconds
4.16 seconds
11.63 seconds
Daniel Sorensen - BYU
4.67 seconds
13 reps
32 inches
114 inches
6.47 seconds
3.95 seconds
10.80 seconds
Brock Vereen - Minnesota
4.47 seconds
25 reps
34 inches
117 inches
6.90 seconds
4.07 seconds


Honorable Safety mentions: Mo Alexander - Utah State, Dion Bailey - USC, Tre Boston - UNC.

Defensive Lineman

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina
4.53 seconds
21 reps
37.5 inches
124 inches
7.27 seconds


Jackson Jeffcoat - Texas
4.63 seconds
18 reps
36 inches
123 inches
6.97 seconds


Howard Jones - Shepard
4.60 seconds
21 reps
40,5 inches
124 inches
7.16 seconds


Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
4.68 seconds
35 reps
32 inches
116 inches
7.11 seconds


James Gayle - Virginia Tech
4.70 seconds
26 reps
37 inches
122 inches
7.19 seconds



Honorable Defensive Lineman mentions: Kareem Martin - UNC, Larry Webster - Bloomsburg

Linebackers

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Kevin Pierre-Louis - Boston College
4.51 seconds
28 reps
39 inches
128 inches
6.92 seconds
4.02 seconds

Khalil Mack - Buffalo
4.65 seconds
23 reps
40 inches
128 inches
7.08 seconds
4.18 seconds

Ryan Shazier - Ohio State

25 reps
42 inches
130 inches
6.91 seconds
4.21 seconds

Lamin Barrow - LSU
4.64 seconds
22 reps
35 inches
123 inches
7.24 seconds
4.35 seconds

Jordan Tripp - Montana
4.67 seconds
22 reps
37.5 inches
120 inches
6.89 seconds
3.96 seconds


Honorable Linebacker mentions: Avery Williams - Kentucky, Boseko Lokombo - Oregon, Anthony Barr - UCLA
Cornerbacks

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma State
4.37 seconds
20 reps
35.5 inches
126 inches
6.92 seconds


Jason Verrett - TCU
4.38 seconds

39 inches
128 inches
6.69 seconds
4.00 seconds

Dontae Johnson - N.C. State
4.45 seconds
12 reps
38.5 inches
124 inches
6.82 seconds
4.24 seconds
11.06 seconds
Bredley Roby - Ohio State
4.39 seconds
17 reps
38.5 inches
124 inches
4.04 seconds


Phlip Gaines - Rice
4.38 seconds
11 reps
36.5 inches
122 inches
6.62 seconds
4.04 seconds


Honorable Cornerback mentions: Bennett Jackson - Notre, Kendall James - Maine, Bene Benwikiere - San Jose State.

Offensive Lineman

Name
40 Yard Dash Time
Bench Press Reps
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
3-Cone Drill time
20-yard Shuttle
60-yard Shuttle
Taylor Lewan - Michigan
4.87 seconds
29 reps
30.5 inches
117 inches
7.39 seconds
4.49 seconds

Joel Bitonio - Nevada
4.97 seconds
22 reps
32 inches
114 inches
7.37 seconds
4.44 seconds


Grg Robinson - Auburn
4.92 seconds
32 reps
28,5 inches
113 inches
7.80 seconds
4.86 seconds

Jake Matthews - Texas A&M
5.07 seconds
24 reps
30,5 inches
105 inches
7.34 seconds
4.47 seconds

Wesley Johnson - Vanderbilt
5.11 seconds
26 reps
29 inches
111 inches
7.40 seconds
4.64 seconds


Honorable Linebacker mentions: Michael Schofield - Michigan, Russell Bodine - North Carolina, Gabe Ekland - Oklahoma

Matt Kassabian
Twitter: @PassDaKassabian