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Monday, May 12, 2014

Sports - 2014 NFL Draft Recap Part 1

This year's draft was very exciting if only because it was unpredictable.  Players fell below their projected draft spots (QB Johnny Manziel, WR Marqis Lee), no running backs were selected in the 1st Round, and three quarterbacks were chosen.  It was the year of superstars; players that can come in and make an immediate impact.  Whatever it was, it was a fun Draft to watch.  Later Rounds were relatively normal, and teams added much needed talent to their rosters.  Let's take a look at the key players selected by each NFL team in the 2014 Draft.

Deone Bucannon - S, WSU - a very fast safety, could start right away.
Troy Niklas - TE, ND - 6'6" 270, a blocking tight end, not fast.
John Brown - WR, Pittsburg St. - very small, very fast.
Logan Thomas - QB, VT - a physically gifted project.

Jake Matthews - OT, Texas A&M - a Day 1 starter at right tackle.
Ra'Shede Hageman - DT, Minnesota - big & strong, a draft steal.
Dezmen Southward - S, Wisconsin - quite fast, a nice backup.
Prince Shembo - LB, ND - a tough backer with some past issues.

C.J. Mosley - LB, Alabama - a plug & play 3-4 inside linebacker.
Timmy Jernigan - DT, FSU - strong for his size, but not that big.
Terrence Brooks - S, FSU - a center-fielder for the defense.
Crockett Gilmore - TE, CSU - 6'6" 260, a two-way tight end.

Sammy Watkins - WR, Clemson - best WR in the Draft, a weapon.
Cyrus Kouandijo - OT, Alabama - 6'7" 320, big & powerful.
Preston Brown - LB, Louisville - great size, not fast.
Ross Cockrell - CB, Duke - very smart, good size, zone guy.

Kelvin Benjamin - WR, FSU - 6'5, a physical red-zone target.
Kony Ealy - DE, Missouri - a lean pass-rusher, a draft steal.
Trai Turner - OG, LSU - a solid interior run-blocker.
Tre Boston - S, UNC - a good, strong, backup defensive back.

Kyle Fuller - CB, VT - a Day 1 nickel package starter.
Ego Ferguson - DT, LSU - raw but athletic, a solid backup.
Will Sutton - DT, ASU - not a huge defensive tackle.
Ka'Deem Carey - RB, Arizona - 5'9", not that fast.

Darqueze Dennard - CB, MSU - a great press-corner.
Jeremy Hill - RB, LSU - big & thick, comes with red flags.
Will Clarke - DE, WVU - 6'6" 270, long & athletic.
A.J. McCarron - QB, Alabama - not flashy but a solid competitor.

Justin Gilbert - CB, OSU - a prototype shutdown corner.
Johnny Manziel - QB, Texas A&M - an electrifying sandlot guy.
Joel Bitonio - OT, Nevada - a solid & athletic tackle.
Terrance West - RB, Towson - 5'9", could share time right away.

Zack Martin - OT, ND - dependable, can play any OL position.
Demarcus Lawrence - DE, BSU - one of the best edge-rushers.
Anthony Hitchens - LB, Iowa - will be a backup/special teamer.
Devin Street - WR, Pittsburgh - good hands, very dependable.

Bradley Roby - CB, OSU - very fast, should start at nickelback.
Cody Latimer - WR, Indiana - a well-build basketball player type.
Michael Schofield - OT, Michigan - 6'6", adds good OL depth.
Lamin Barrow - LB, LSU - fast, smaller, more like a safety.

Eric Ebron - TE, UNC - a big, athletic weapon for Stafford.
Kyle Van Noy - LB, BYU - a versatile linebacker who adds depth.
Travis Swanson - C, Arkansas - a great zone-blocking center.
Larry Webster - DE, Bloomsburg - 6'6" 250, a former TE.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - S, Alabama - a Day 1 starter & a draft steal.
Davante Adams - WR, Fresno St. - big & physical, #3 or #4 WR.
Khyri Thornton - DT, South Miss - a good-sized zone-blitzer.
Richard Rodgers - TE, California - an unpolished, big play guy.

Jadeveon Clowney - DE, SC - 6'6" 260, best player in the draft.
Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG, UCLA - a Day 1 starter inside the line.
Louis Nix - DT, ND - a stout presence in the middle of the DL.
Tom Savage - QB, Pittsburgh - great size & arm, inconsistent.

Trent Richardson - RB, Browns - traded 1st Rd pick for him.
Jack Mewhort - OT, OSU - 6'6" 310, could play many OL spots.
Donte Moncrief - WR, Ole Miss - big bodies, surprisingly fast.
Jonathan Newsome - DE, Ball St. - an edge speed rusher.

Blake Bortles - QB, UCF - big & strong, should sit Year 1.
Marqise Lee - WR, USC - fell into their laps, a great wideout.
Allen Robinson - WR, PSU - another offensive weapon.
Brandon Linder - OG, Miami - 6'6", reliable & durable.

Dee Ford - DE, Auburn - provides pass-rushing depth.
Phillip Gaines - CB, Rice - a developmental guy with speed.
De'Anthony Thomas - RB, Oregon - 5'9", crafty & explosive.
Aaron Murray - QB, Georgia - no more than a #3 right now.

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