31. De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon*
One word perfectly describes De’Anthony Thomas, explosive. If he touches the ball, he can easily take it to the end zone. Some draft analysts do not have Thomas in their top five running backs. Personally, I think that is crazy. Watch Thomas shine this year and be a first round prospect.
32. Will Sutton, DE, Arizona State
Sutton is small for defensive tackles, but makes up for it with his strength and toughness. He reads screen plays well and tracks down ball carriers great. Sutton can split a double team in cheetah-like speed. Amazing potential.
33. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Verrett is another cornerback on the rise for this 2014 draft class. He is smooth in coverage and has playmaking ability to jump in front of balls and take them the distance. Keep an eye on Verrett and watch him shoot up even higher on some boards later on.
34. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State*
Even at 6’2″, Jernigan is still a big game-wrecker. He can really push the pocket and rush the passer inside the tackles. Jernigan is one of the more special talents in this draft. Timmy could be top 10 by the end of the year, so watch out for him.
35. Antonio Richardson, LT, Tennessee*
He is powerful and has strong hands to maintain his lock on rushers. He has a nice anchor as well in pass-protection situations. Another note on Richardson is that he did pretty well against Jadeveon Clowney last year, my highest-graded prospect of all time.
36. A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee*
Johnson is another intriguing prospect. He has great instincts and vision to flow to the ball carrier. Also, another note on Johnson is that he was a runner in Tennessee’s wildcat formation last year. Johnson could rise into my top-20 if he continues to progress this season.
37. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
Murphy is a three-down player who can do well against both the run and pass. He can be a havoc off the edge with his raw power and deceptive speed. His lack of skills in pass-rush though worry me. If he can correct those reads and mistakes, he could be a first-round pick in 2014.
38. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Coleman is a raw prospect. At 6’6″, he is a true specimen scouts will fall in love with. An issue with Coleman is that he fails to high-point the ball as well as he should with his height. Brandon can make the double-move and pull away from defenders down the field.
39. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida*
Purifoy is already making noise as a top cornerback for 2014. He is a physical corner that loves to take on the challenge of the best wideouts in the SEC. Mel Kiper Jr. put Purifoy at No. 10 in his first big board.
40. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor*
Seastrunk is an explosive runner that could be a dark-horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy this upcoming season. He has an explosive burst and could take any run to the end zone, like De’Anthony Thomas. They will be battling for the top spot for running back on my board all season.
41. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri*
Ealy has massive potential and athletic ability to take over any game. If Ealy can put his game together and have a big year, he could jump into the frame as a first-round pick.
42. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
I was having a debate if whether to put McCarron here or insert someone like Marcus Mariota or Brett Hundley. I decided to keep McCarron in this spot though. He is used as a game-manager quarterback most of the time in Alabama’s offense, but has the potential to be a lot more. If he reaches and wins another championship, his draft stock will soar.
43. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Jackson has great length and fluidity in coverage. He has the potential to shoot up boards with more productivity. If he is able to put up a top corner-like year at Notre Dame, then he will likely be a top-20 pick next year.
44. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona*
Carey has breakaway speed to go outside the tackles and take it the distance for the score. He has the ability to also catch out of the backfield. Ka’Deem reminds me well of a Brian Westbrook/C.J. Spiller hybrid player.
45. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU*
It is becoming a tradition to go to LSU and be a star defensive lineman. Anthony Johnson is the next one on the list to do so. He has the potential to be the best LSU defensive lineman to come out in a long time. He could skyrocket up boards into the 15-20′s come the end of the year.
46. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State*
Outside of Jernigan, Jones is the underrated prospect on the Seminoles defense. He is very good at reading plays and reacting well to them as he flows to the ball. Jones is also good at tackling as well. His pass-rushing skills also are on the rise and could help vault him up my board a few months down the line.
47. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M*
Evans is a former basketball player standing at 6’5″ and weighing 218 pounds. He can go up for the ball at its high point and can get some nice YAC on short routes. Evans is oozing potential and is the top wideout in Johnny Manziel’s arsenal next season.
48. Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas*
Diggs has the quickness and size that should entice many teams’ scouts. He does well in man coverage and has fluid hips to help him stay with wideouts down field. His height might hamper him, but his tenacity on the field helps him out a lot to ignore that negative.
49. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon*
Mariota is a top 50 prospect and I had to fit him in here somehow. He is bigger and has an even better arm then Manziel. If he continues to make improvements next year, he could squeak into the first round to a quarterback-needy team in the final few picks. Mariota is truly a player that could star in the NFL with his high potential.
50. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State*
Irving has even bigger potential than another project from last year’s draft, Terron Armstead. At 6’6″ and 309 pounds, Erving looks like he will be a Day 2 pick on tape. With his size and potential, there was no way I could not keep Erving off of my top 50. Mel Kiper Jr. put him at 19 on his big board.
There are still a lot of top prospects not mentioned that are great players. 2014 is a talented and deep draft class, maybe one of the best ones we have seen in a long time.
Check back soon to Buffalo Bills Draft for the second installment of Evan’s 2014 NFL draft big board (51-100).