2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Evan Sidery’s Top 100 Prospects (Part Two)

One of college football’s most explosive playmakers, Kent State’s Dri Archer could rise up the 2014 NFL draft big board. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Evan Sidery

After breaking down the top 50 prospects in my initial top 100 big board, I am back to give you the rest of the top 100 to digest, with many great players still on the board. This draft class has the makings to be one of the best in a long, long time, with all of these players having the potential to work their way up into the top 50.

*Players with remaining eligibility following the 2013 college football season are asterisked

51. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

A pure mauler on the line of scrimmage. Fires off with powerful hands and quick-twitch movements in fundamentals. Has a chance to be a top-20 pick if he can supplant David Yankey on my big board later on.

52. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman’s pure size and raw ability will draw scouts’ eyes right when they pop in the tape on him. Even with his more-than-300-pound frame, he moves like a cat. Hageman is reminiscent of an even more athletically-gifted Montori Hughes (Indianapolis Colts’ 5th-round pick from Tennessee-Martin).

53. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

McCullers is a giant listed at 6’8″ and 360 pounds. He is a pure space-eater that will force teams to double team him on almost every play. He was one of the few who consistently pushed Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones off the line of scrimmage when they played. If he can cut some more weight, he could be a special product in the NFL.

54. Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

A tackling machine who opened up a lot of plays for Denver Broncos fifth-round pick defensive end Quanterus Smith last season. A hard-hitter who should fit on almost any team at the next level.

55. Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

Easley is a hybrid-like defensive end who could also play defensive tackle if he bulked up a little bit more. He fits in well as a 3-tech pass-rusher if he can gain some weight.

56. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon*

A speedy receiver who has nice hands and can pin his ears down and drag defenders a few extra yards. His unique leaping ability also makes him a great target in the red zone. Lyerla is a freak athlete that will be a matchup nightmare for NFL defenses.

57. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Another tackling machine, this time at outside linebacker in Khalil Mack. He can maintain good angles when in pursuit and can rush the quarterback from both the inside and outside. Mack could be a major sleeper who could rise up into the top-20 on my board mid-season. If he can continue to dominate in the MAC, expect Mack to make major noise this season.

58. Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

James is a franchise tackle you could slide in and start right away on the right side. At 6’6″, James can use his height to his advantage with a natural knee bend to leverage defenders. James reminds me a lot of a poor man’s D.J. Fluker you can throw in at right tackle.

59. Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

An explosive running back who could also flank out to the slot and be a major weapon in the return game. He has great balance and amazing acceleration. His versatility to play multiple positions will make him a true mystery on the NFL level. Archer reminds me of a T.Y. Hilton/Ted Ginn Jr. type of player with the running/catching ability of Darren Sproles.

60. Ty Zimmerman, FS, Kansas State

Zimmerman has the range and explosiveness to make a big impact in the NFL. He has great tackling form that helped him clean up the mess alongside Baltimore Ravens second-round pick and inside linebacker Arthur Brown.

61. Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Another plug and play right tackle, Martin likely would not start off the bat like Ja’Wuan James or even James Hurst. Martin does have the swing-like ability to play right guard if needed due to his run-blocking prowess.

62. James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

Hurst has the potential to skyrocket up my board if he performs well at the start of the season. He can play either left or right tackle due to his powerful build and re-anchor ability. His pass-protection skills could be put on a showcase against Jadeveon Clowney in the season opener.

63. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

Skov has prototypical inside linebacker size, listed at 6’3″ and 244 pounds. His skills against the run are superb and Skov’s instincts are another plus that could raise him up my board down the line.

64. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

Martin looks the part standing at 6’5″, but from the 4-3 end position, can he produce without significant help in the middle? That will be one storyline to watch during the season, but I believe Martin could play in the 3-4 as well. Without Sylvester Williams, it will be interesting to see how Martin deals with being the main man on North Carolina’s defense.

65. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State*

Crichton has a nonstop motor that will help him in the eyes of NFL scouts. His pass-rushing skills are also above-average, which makes him a candidate to rush with a hand in the dirt (4-3 defensive end) or standing up (3-4 outside linebacker).

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