Posts Tagged ‘Positional Breakdowns’

Joe Marino’s Top 501 Prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

While many draft prognosticators have shuffled Teddy Bridgewater down their boards, the Louisville quarterback is Joe Marino’s No. 1 overall prospect for this year’s draft. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Want to know where your favorite prospects stack up in the 2014 NFL draft class? My big board, complete with the top 100 prospects in this year’s draft, is as follows below.

If you want to learn more about any of this year’s 321 prospects who received draftable grades, check out our Positional Breakdowns page, where I provided grades, rankings and analysis for each individual position group.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Safeties

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The need to be able to stop the run out of nickel and dime defensive packages to match up with spread offensive formations has put the safety position in high demand. Having a safety who can come up and play near the line of scrimmage, but also has the range and instincts to play in single-high looks, goes a long way in being able to field an aggressive defensive scheme.

Two prospects in the 2014 NFL draft in particular offer the ability to perform well in both area, and they received first-round grades as a result.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Centers

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

As the top center in this year’s draft class, USC’s Marcus Martin could be a first-round pick. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The importance of having a solid center is trending up in the NFL. The 2014 NFL draft class has a few centers that can come in and start but like most center classes, it lacks overall depth. There are a number of quality, experienced prospects in this year’s draft that have moldable traits for teams looking to add a center.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Cornerbacks

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Justin Gilbert is the standout prospect of this year’s cornerback draft class. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

How many times have you heard NFL coaches and executives say that you can never have enough good cornerbacks? This year’s draft class provides a host of intriguing prospects who could satisfy the league’s demand for talented cover cornerbacks.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Ends

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is the star of this year’s defensive end draft class. (Photo: Jeff Blake — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Perhaps it’s the draftnik in me since I’ve said this about every position, but there is intriguing talent throughout this year’s draft class of defensive ends. In a league where pass-rush and stout defensive line play is at a premium, the defensive end position is among the most important to have a great rotation at.

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