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

66. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Dennard excels in man-coverage schemes, so going to an NFL team with a man scheme would help showcase his abilities perfectly. He is a physical corner who loves to get down and dirty by shadowing/locking down an outside wideout. Dennard can step in and be a contributor from day one in an NFL secondary.

67. C.J. Barnett, FS, Ohio State

Barnett has amazing ball-hawking abilities and can freely roam around by reading the offense with correct reads. Barnett could rise up my board if he can make another season of substantial impact with the Buckeyes in 2013.

68. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Aaron Murray is finally the first quarterback in part two of the Big Board. His short-to-intermediate throws are delivered with pinpoint accuracy and is the reason Georgia is back in SEC title contention. Murray is no Kellen Moore; he has the arm strength to deliver throws downfield to win ball games.

69. Brian Blechen, SS, Utah

At 6’2″, Blechen has the size and pure athleticism on tape to be an immediate impact player on the next level. Blechen has good range and has a hard-hitting mentality that is well known in the Mountain West Conference.

70. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Derek Carr made major noise last season in the scouting community with an amazing season. If he can replicate the same or even better numbers, he could rise into the top 30 of many big boards. Carr has a nice release point with great accuracy to set up his wideouts on the run. His pocket mobility is also very underrated.

71. Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Thomas was heralded as a first round pick last year, but was a major dud last season. It was smart by him to come back and work on obvious deficiencies with his reads and mechanics. The 6’6″ Thomas surely has the frame, and if he develops well as a senior, he could be a first-round pick.

72. Deion Belue, CB, Alabama

Belue is a pure man-coverage corner who does not have prototypical size at 5’11″, but Alabama is a cornerback factory and Belue is the next in line.

73. Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut*

Smallwood is a relatively underrated prospect at the moment, but could explode onto the scene in Big East play this upcoming season. He has good instincts and can execute tackles with great effectiveness.

74. Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Attaochu is moving down to defensive end this season for Georgia Tech, but in the NFL he fits better at outside linebacker. He shows great dip in his shoulders to go under the offensive tackles and has an array of underrated pass-rush moves that he uses well. He also could be on the rise by midseason.

75. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA*

Yes, I have Hundley over Kevin Hogan and Johnny Manziel. The reason behind it is due to Hundley’s raw ability, but it is a positive here. Quarterback coaches could actually mold and develop Hundley into a future star in the league. He would sit behind a veteran for a year or two, but Hundley’s arm ability and pocket awareness make him a sleeper to succeed at the next level.

76. Chaz Sutton, DE, South Carolina

Sutton is a much farther under-the-radar player than Jadeveon Clowney on the opposite side of him at South Carolina. Sutton shows pass-rush ability with flashes of good, powerful arrays of bull rush and dip/rip combination moves that I like on tape. Sutton will be single-teamed all season, so he could rise up draft boards mid-season.

77. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford*

Hogan has a powerful arm and great pocket presence that could be developed into one of the best into this class. He has the size, listed at 6’4″ and 220, to have success in the NFL. He is no Andrew Luck, but Hogan could be a great starter down the road for someone looking for a powerful arm.

78. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M*

Finally, Johnny Manziel has arrived on the list here at No. 78. I am in the minority thinking Manziel is a gimmick-like player. Last year, he was used too much in a flash-in-the-pan like offense. If Manziel was in a pro-style system, he would be much higher. He has the talent, but does he have the NFL mind to succeed there?

79. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

Gayle has the size, listed at 6’4″, to could be a scheme fit in both the 4-3 or 3-4. If he can bulk up more, he could fit the 3-4 better I think. Gayle could rise up my board if he shows major flashes of improved pass-rush abilities and better ability to defend the run.

80. Tevin McDonald, FS, Eastern Washington

McDonald was dismissed from UCLA due to violations of team rules, and transferred to Eastern Washington. He has the raw ability to be a ballhawk safety in the back line for any NFL team.

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