2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Evan Sidery’s Initial Top 50

16. Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama*

Hubbard is a natural rusher off the edge to be an instant-impact player. Personally, I was shocked he did not come out for the 2013 draft. In a simple three-down, pass-rushing role Hubbard should thrive in the NFL for many years to come.

17. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington*

Seferian-Jenkins will be my highest graded tight end to come out since Vernon Davis. Even though he has some issues off the field to be worked out, he should still be a top-20 pick next year. His exceptional size and playmaking ability make him an enticing prospect for me and others.

18. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

Jeffcoat has the ability to be a star player, but his injury issues have hampered his ranking here. He has exceptional quickness off the edge and can simply bull his way to the quarterback. Jackson has a high ceiling as a prospect, but keep an eye on his injuries this year. If healthy, he will be a top 15 pick.

19. Trey DePriest, ILB, Alabama*

This might be a little high for DePriest, but I love what I see on his game tape. He is versatile enough to play in both a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. DePriest is one of the best linebackers against the run in this entire draft class.

20. David Yankey, LT/LG, Stanford*

Yankey is moving inside to guard this upcoming season. With a 6’5″ frame, Yankey plays quick enough to move well in space. He is much better in pass-protection then the run, but he could be coveted as a top pass-protecting guard in the 2014 draft.

21. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC

Coming from the JUCO level, Breslin shined at USC his first season at defensive end. If he continues to develop his game and shows 2013 was not a fluke, he could easily be a first-round pick come April 2014.

22. David Fales, QB, San Jose State

Fales has pinpoint accuracy and exceptional ability to read defenses. His size, arm strength, and pocket mobility also make him an intriguing prospect to NFL scouts. Dare I say Fales reminds me a lot of Drew Brees? His cerebral ability to throw the ball makes me very excited about his pro potential.

23. Ha’Sean Clinton DixSS, Alabama*

Clinton-Dix is my top safety in this draft class out of the gate. He was a key difference maker for Alabama to lead them to another national championship. He has great size for a safety at 6’1″ and has exceptional speed and ball hawk-like ability for the football.

24. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon*

I am higher on Ekpre-Olomu then most, but I love his potential as a true shutdown corner. He has the ability to take wideouts completely out of the game with his coverage skills. Keep an eye on Ekpre-Olumu during the season, because he is truly a name rising up early draft boards.

25. Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois

Again, I am high on Brown unlike most draft analysts out there so far. He has great quickness off the edge and can play out in space well. His athleticism is used to his advantage due to his relatively small frame. Brown should rise up boards come mid-season.

26. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Colvin has the potential to be a No. 1 cornerback on most NFL teams. He is a man-to-man coverage specialist, has the skills to shadow most wideouts on the outside. Colvin will shoot up boards if he excels against Big 12 competition this year.

27. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

With a 6’3″ frame, Matthews has the prototypical size to be a starting receiver on the next level. He is ready right now to be an NFL wideout. Matthews has excellent hands and down-field quickness against great competition. Jordan also has great ball skills and can be physical in traffic.

28. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State*

Shazier comes in at 6’2″ and only 222 pounds, meaning he will fit a lot better in a 4-3 defense. He has a high motor and will not stop until the whistle is blown. This is an interesting prospect to watch this upcoming season.

29. Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU

Hoffman has the prototypical NFL size for a wideout at 6’3″ and at 215 pounds. He does an exceptional job at moving up the field and great at running routes. He has the down-field ability to beat safeties, like Watkins. If he is put into the right offense, Hoffman should shine.

30. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert has the size to cover big wideouts and can cover with the best of them. If he can prove his worth in the Big 12, he could jump Colvin mid-season in my rankings. Gilbert is another intriguing prospect on my list to watch closely this upcoming season.

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