Thoughts on the 2014 NFL Draft


Photo by Marques Stewart via Flickr.

Photo by Marques Stewart via Flickr.

It’s NFL draft day. While I no longer spend the entire weekend watching the draft and discussing my picks, I still have thoughts on some players and my favorite teams. Because nobody asked, here they are.

Who’s the best QB in the draft?

Easy, Teddy Bridgewater. It’s not a great year for quarterbacks, but the top few are easily better than anyone who played the position and was drafted in 2013. Bridgewater has the arm and the accuracy, and whomever ends up with him on their team will be thankful.

Second best in my opinion is Zach Mettenberger. Without an injury in the last game of the season, you’d hear his name mentioned as a first round choice. Still, maturity issues make him a bit risky.

So what about Johnny Manziel?

Manziel to me is a giant enigma. It seems you either love him or hate him. I want to call him the next Tim Tebow. Still, he knows how to win, and has a better arm than Tebow. However, teams will be more prepared in the NFL for his elusiveness, and make Johnny Football beat them with his arm. I think he’ll play in the league for a while, but never live up to the hype.

What do I make of Jadeveon Clowney?

Was he just bored with college football in 2013? Trying to save himself for the draft? Or does he really have no work ethic? I think the Atlanta Falcons will be the team to find out, and they’ll be pleasantly surprised, but he won’t be the best defensive player in the draft.

Who are the top five players in this draft 5 years from now.

In five years, the class of 2014 will be free agents. The top players from this class will be:

1. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

2. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

4. Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Five players who are not first round picks, but will be Pro Bowl players:

1. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

2. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

3. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

4. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

5. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

Who will the Packers take in the first three rounds?

First Round: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. Last year the Packers drafted an Alabama product who fell due to injury concerns. Eddie Lacy dominated, and so will Mosley.

Second Round: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU. Another weapon for Aaron Rodgers

Third round (first pick): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood. Ted Thompson loves his small school studs. Desir can play both corner and safety, the perfect player for the Packers defense.

Third Round (second pick): C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa. The Packers get the most complete TE in the draft.

Who will the Jets take in the first three rounds?

First Round: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. The WR’s they covet are gone, as is TE Eric Ebron. The Jets use this pick to fill another glaring hole.

Second Round: Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt. IN the second, they get a very good WR to fill a need.

Third Round: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame. Did I mention the Jets offense needs as much help as possible?


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