Joe Marino’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft (2/12)

Dee Ford was one of the 2014 draft class’ biggest risers in his senior season. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

26. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: Adams has strong hands and utilizes his body extremely well to gain positioning and win at the catch point. Paired with Derek Carr and Fresno State’s pass-happy offense, Adams had 38 touchdowns and more than 3,000 receiving yards in just the past two seasons.

27. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Coming off a highly-decorated, incredibly productive senior season, Donald consistently gave his opponents trouble with his playmaking ability. Concerns over his smallish frame push him down the board.

28. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Ford came up with big play after big play on an Auburn defense that desperately needed him to. He is an explosive and relentless edge rusher who has risen the most of any player on my board this season.

29. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: The leading receiver among all collegiate tight ends in 2013, Amaro is a matchup nightmare, willing blocker and physical after the catch.

30. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Evans dominated his competition in 2013, and has a massive frame. He has good athletic ability, but despite his playmaking ability, he is a difficult projection coming out of the Texas A&M offense.

31. Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, Notre Dame: Tuitt has the ideal build to play 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. When his motor is running, he can be dominant.

32. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: Bortles has had his share of big moments in his college career while leading comebacks and impressive victories. He has playmaking potential, but it comes with flaws. His arm strength and accuracy because of his inconsistent footwork. He has high upside in the right situation.

33. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: Benjamin is another big-bodied receiver coming off a great season in which he had 15 touchdowns while averaging 18.7 yards per catch. He must develop more consistency in his routes and hands.

34. Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech: Attaochu has the most ability to bend and turn the corner—my most coveted trait of an edge rusher—of any pass-rusher in the 2014 NFL Draft. This, combined with his incredible first-step quickness, makes him a dynamic pass-rusher who can apply consistent pressure on the quarterback.

35. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: Verrett has the most complete skill set of any cornerback in this class. His size limitations push him down the board, but he can be a dynamic slot defender and play outside against certain types of receivers.

36. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton offers scheme versatility and is a relentless pass rusher. He is physical and strong at the point of attack.

37. Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: When Lee is on his game, he is one of the most dynamic players in the country. He is a special talent with the ball in his hands and a game-changing player. His talent is obvious, but his frequency of dropped passes is alarming.

38. E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri: Gaines plays the game with good physicality and an aggressive demeanor. Whether he is defending a screen or run play, Gaines will contribute nicely as a tackler. He is fluid in his motions and has solid quickness and long speed.

39. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Jernigan is a stout run defender who lives making plays near the line of scrimmage. He was a major factor in Florida State’s BCS National Championship Game win this season.

40. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU: Landry has the best hands in the draft class. He could get pushed down the board due to the other great receivers in this year’s class, but he could be a steal in the second round.

41. Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA: Su’a-Filo is a technically sound blocker who offers versatility and has a skill set reminiscent of Tennessee Titans and former Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre. He is a plug-and-play prospect.

42. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois: Ward is an instinctive, playmaking safety who can both cover and come up to play the run. If he were slightly bigger and a bit more athletic, he would be an established first-round prospect.

43. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: Shazier is a rangy and athletic outside linebacker. He has a great ability to read and react, can quickly dissect plays and gets there with great speed and quickness.

44. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina: Martin blossomed into a playmaker in his senior season with 82 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He is a well-balanced defender with a great frame to work with.

45. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Ealy is one of the few players in this draft class with great length, bend and power as an edge defender.

46. Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut: Smallwood can do it all as a middle linebacker. He has terrific size and playmaking ability. He could be a second-round steal like the Bills got from Kiko Alonso in last year’s draft.

47. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Seferian-Jenkins is an all-around talent with a basketball background. If he can put forth consistent effort, he can dominate.

48. Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State: Joyner is a versatile, playmaking defensive back. He can cover, tackle and blitz, making him the perfect hybrid safety/cornerback combination.

49. Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB/DE, Texas: Jeffcoat quietly had a prolific senior season and recaptured the playmaking ability he displayed as a sophomore. He is a disciplined player with good bend as a pass-rusher.

50. Dion Bailey, S, USC: Bailey is a big, in-the-box safety who can cover. He was seemingly everywhere for the Trojans defense in 2013 after moving to safety from outside linebacker. With teams looking to replicate the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks defense, Bailey’s ability is reminiscent of Kam Chancellor.

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