The 2014 NFL Draft is now four months away. We begin our full-blown draft coverage with version 1.0 of the Big Blue View 2014 NFL Draft Big Board.
The board currently lists our take on the top 50 draft-eligible prospects, excluding those who have announced they will be returning to school.
Our methodology in putting together this consensus big board was simple. Each of our three draft gurus -- Jesse Bartolis, Invictus and Raptor22 -- compiled their own Top 50 Big Board. The overall scores were compiled, with rankings based on the point totals accumulated by each draft prospect.
The overall board, and how each of our panelists ranked the prospects on the final board, are shown below. Feel free to analyze and dissect to your heart's content.
There is much more draft content coming. We will soon begin player-by-player draft profiles, will set up a series of mock drafts and -- after the scouting combine -- we will run our annual community mock draft.
Big Blue View 2014 NFL Draft Big Board v. 1.0
|1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina||1||1||1||3|
|2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texs A&M||3||2||2||7|
|3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson||4||3||3||10|
|4. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville||2||5||7||14|
|5. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo||5||6||4||15|
|6. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA||7||4||6||17|
|7. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn||6||7||13||26|
|8. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama||10||16||5||31|
|9. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota||16||15||8||39|
|10. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.||13||8||19||40|
|11. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M||9||22||10||41|
|12. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.||18||11||15||44|
|13. Marquise Lee, WR, USC||15||9||22||46|
|14. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
|15. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame||19||14||14||47|
|16. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M||21||17||11||49|
|17. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina||8||19||27||54|
|18. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M||11||29||18||58|
|19. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama||12||24||23||59|
|20. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri||22||23||17||62|
|21. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech||32||20||11||63|
|22. Kelvin Bernjamin, WR, Florida St.||31||10||30||71|
|23. Antonio Richardson, OL, Tennessee||25||27||24||76|
|24. Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama||30||40||9||79|
|25. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington||20||21||38||79|
|26. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida||26||28||26||80|
|27. Stephen Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame||37||32||16||85|
|28. David Yankey, OG, Stanford||17||26||42||85|
|29. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio St.||27||41||20||88|
|30. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida St.||43||13||33||89|
|31. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi St.||29||38||50||107|
|32. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.||36||50||25||111|
|33. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU||44||34||34||112|
|34. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh||41||30||43||114|
|35. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU||23||33||49||115|
|36. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor||*51||37||28||116|
|37. Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford||34||31||*51||116|
|38. Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame||*51||25||*51||127|
|39. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.||49||*51||29||129|
|40. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford||38||42||*51||131|
|41. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU||47||36||*51||134|
|42. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.||33||*51||*51||135|
|43. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt||45||*51||39||135|
|44. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor||47||36||*51||135|
|45. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor||50||*51||35||136|
|46. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St.||*51||35||*51||137|
|46. La'el Collins, OT, LSU||35||*51||*51||137|
|48. Calvin Pryor, S, Lousiville||*51||*51||36||138|
|49. Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida St.||*51||*51||37||139|
|50. Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri||*51||48||41||140|
* A value of '51' was assigned where a player was not in the top 5 of all three panelists.
[NOTE: Ties were broken based on the player who received the highest placement from one of our panelists].
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida; Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA; LaMarcus Joyner, DB, FSU; Dominique Easley, DL, Florida; Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington; Anthony Johnson, DT. LSU; Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin; Bradley Robey, CB, Ohio State; Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn; Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas.