Top 32 prospects for 2014 draft
Top five holds steady, and a big-play receivers joins the rankings
We are now five weeks from the 2014 NFL draft, and many prospects' pro day workouts are behind us (including the four I've attended in the past three weeks). Our draft board has remained the same at several key spots, including among the top five prospects, but there is still some movement as we gather more information on guys and finish up our tape study. In this week's version, we see a safety and an offensive tackle make big moves up the board, a quarterback slide a few spots and a big-play wide receiver join the fray.
Here is our ranking of the top 32 prospects in the 2014 NFL draft.
(Note: The scouting reports will largely stay the same for each edition of these rankings, but we'll update as needed based on news developments.)
Analysis: I attended Clowney's pro day workout Wednesday and wrote up an article on how I thought he performed, which you can read here. But in short, I think Clowney is in his own class, a step above the other three elite prospects in this class, and I think it's going to be really hard for the Texans to pass him up with the No. 1 pick. He has a rare blend of size, athleticism, strength and speed, and he can beat opponents with his speed rush or his bull rush. I also think he's capable of dropping into coverage when he's asked to do so.
Analysis: Robinson is the most dominant blocker at the point of attack that I've ever evaluated on tape. He'll need time to develop as a pass-blocker, but, because he is so remarkably athletic for his big frame, he should be able to hold his own right away, with the potential to become a very good pass protector over time.