Pittsburgh Steelers Draft: AC’s NFL Draft Big Board: 1.0


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Now that the combine is over, the road to the draft is heating up.  After debuting my mock drafts last week, this week I will unveil the first edition of my top 100 big board.  I have included a brief analysis for my top 32.

Rank  Name  Pos.  College  Height  Weight

1) Jadeveon Clowney-DE-South Carolina-6’5″-266

Athletic freak for his size with monstrous upside.  By far the best player in the draft despite criticism.

2) Teddy Bridgewater-QB-Louisville-6’2″-214

Despite criticism he is still the best quarterback in the draft.  Already a top 15 quarterback with top 5 potential.

3) Jake Matthews-OT-Texas A&M-6’5″-308

Not as athletic as Greg Robinson, but he has sound mechanics and can play anywhere along the line.

4) Sammy Watkins-WR-Clemson-6’1″-211

Elite athleticism and good enough size.  Also has great intangibles and is very well rounded.

5) Greg Robinson-OT-Auburn-6’5″-332

Very athletic for his size.  Mostly functioned as a run blocker in college and needs to develop some as a pass blocker

6) Khalil Mack-OLB-Buffalo-6’3″-251

Can line up at DE or OLB in a 4-3 and OLB in a 3-4.  Will flourish wherever he plays because he is so well rounded.

7) Blake Bortles-QB-Central Florida-6’5″-232

Looks like a clone of Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck.  Has a good arm and very good intangibles.

8) C.J. Mosley-ILB-Alabama-6’2″-234

Some questions about his knees and shoulder, but still an outstanding linebacker prospect.

9) Aaron Donald-DT-Pittsburgh-6’1″-285

Very underrated DT prospect.  Has a high motor and requires double-teams on every snap.

10) Kony Ealy-DE-Missouri-6’4″-273

Stands out on tape when playing at Missouri, but he is still very raw.  Big enough to play end in a 3-4 as well.

11) Mike Evans-WR-Texas A&M-6’5″-231

Showed off his athleticism at the combine.  Huge catch radius and great hands.  He made Johnny Manziel.

12) Anthony Barr-OLB-UCLA-6’5″-255

Still very raw, but has outstanding athleticism.  Fits best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.

13) Derek Carr-QB-Fresno State-6’3″-214

Underrated by many people because of his shiftiness in the pocket.  If that can be fixed he has all of the other tools.

14) Eric Ebron-TE-North Carolina-6’4″-250

Very athletic for a tight end.  Ebron is a bigger version of Aaron Hernandez who is also a better blocker

, and doesn’t murder people


15) Taylor Lewan-OT-Michigan-6’7″-309

Big and physical tackle that showed he also has the athleticism at the combine.  Can play both tackle positions.

16) Ha Ha Clinton Dix-S-Alabama-6’1″-208

A free safety prospect who excels playing deep in coverage.  He can also play in the box, though.

17) Louis Nix III-DT-Notre Dame-6’2″-331

His play suffered some this past year because of a knee injury.  If he turns out like his 2013 form he could as good as Vince Wilfork.

18) Dee Ford-OLB-Auburn-6’2″-252

Can play 3-4 OLB and maybe 4-3 DE, but fits best as a LEO in a 4-3.  High motor pass rusher who can also defend the run.

19) Calvin Pryor-S-Louisville-5’11”-207

Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Odell Beckham (3) runs with the ball against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A free safety prospect who excels when defending the run.  Projects as a clone to long time Steeler Ryan Clark.

20) Jason Verrett-CB-TCU-5’9″-189

If he was 2 inches taller he would be by far the best corner in the class.  Excels in areas that the other corners just don’t.

21) Odell Beckham Jr.-WR-LSU-5’11”-198

Despite being 5’11” he has a HUGE catch radius.  Also has outstanding athleticism.  I may have him a bit too low on my board at 22.

22) Justin Gilbert-CB-Oklahoma State-6’0″-202

Varying opinions about him in the media.  Excels in man to man coverage, but can struggle with tackling and run support.

23) Zack Martin-OG-Notre Dame-6’4″-308

Could survive as a good starting left tackle, but projects best at guard.  He has pro bowl skills at whichever he plays.

24) Brandin Cooks-WR-Oregon State-5’10”-189

Showed off his speed at the combine.  Projects very well as a mix between Tavon Austin and Antonio Brown.

25) Marqise Lee-WR-USC-6’0″-192

Had a ridiculously good sophmore season, but struggled with drops as a junior.  If that can be fixed his 25 ranking could be too low.

26) Ra’Shede Hageman-DT-Minnesota-6’6″-310

Athletic freak who projects best as a 5-tech defensive end.  Needs developing but could be a stud at the next level.

27) Jace Amaro-TE-Texas Tech-6’5″-265

A little more well rounded than Ebron.  Amaro is a better blocker but doesn’t have the athleticism or receiving ability.

28) Ryan Shazier-OLB-Ohio State-6’1″-237

Answered the questions about his size at the combine.  Flies to the football and excels in most aspects of the game.

29) Kyle Van Noy-OLB-BYU-6’3″-243

His stock has been a bit of a roller coaster since his junior year bowl game.  Could be an elite 4-3 OLB.

30) Allen Robinson-WR-Penn State-6’3″-220

Big wide receiver who also has deep speed and good hands.  Versatile receiver who will excel in the league.

31) Darqueze Dennard-CB-Michigan State-5’11”-199

Very overrated corner who struggles in downfield coverage because he is so grabby.  Will attract lots of flags in the NFL.

32) Timmy Jernigan-DT-Florida State-6’2″-299

Despite his size he will be a 1-tech DT at the next level.  Outstanding film, but he struggles with fatigue sometimes.

33) Jarvis Landry-WR-LSU-5’11”-205

34) David Yankey-OG-Stanford-6’5″-314

35) Morgan Moses-OT-Virginia-6’6″-314

36) Bradley Roby-CB-Ohio State-5’11”-294

37) Cyrus Kouandijo-OT-Alabama-6’7″-322

38) Trent Murphy-DE-Stanford-6’5″-250

39) Tre Mason-RB-Auburn-5’8″-207

40) Stephon Tuitt-DT-Notre Dame-6’5″-304

41) Kyle Fuller-CB-Virginia Tech-6’0″-190

42) Austin Seferian Jenkins-TE-Washington-6’5″-262

43) Bashaud Breeland-CB-Clemson-5’11”-197

44) Xavier Su’a Filo-OG-UCLA-6’4″-307

45) Jimmy Garappolo-QB-Eastern Illinois-6’2″-226

46) Scott Crichton-DE-Oregon State-6’3″-273

47) Chris Borland-ILB-Wisconsin-5’11”-248

Nov 9, 2013; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) participates during the first half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Florida State defeated Wake Forest 59-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

48) Johnny Manziel-QB-Texas A&M-5’11”-207

49) Lamarcus Joyner-S-Florida State-5’8″-184

50) Davante Adams-WR-Fresno State-6’1″-212

51) Carlos Hyde-RB-Ohio State-6’0″-230

52) Zach Mettenberger-QB-LSU-6’5″-224

53) Jimmie Ward-S-Northern Illinois-5’11”-193

54) Jordan Matthews-WR-Vanderbilt-6’3″-212

55) Antonio Richardson-OT-Tennessee-6’6″-336

56) Dominique Easley-DT-Florida-6’2″-288

57) Jack Mewhort-OT-Ohio State-6’6″-309

58) Shayne Skov-ILB-Stanford-6’2″-245

59) Kelvin Benjamin-WR-Florida State-6’5″-240

60) Pierre Desir-CB-Lindenwood-6’1″-191

61) Travis Swanson-C-Arkansas-6’5″-312

62) Jeremiah Attaochu-OLB-Georgia Tech-6’3″-252

63) Chris Smith-DE-Arkansas-6’1″-266

64) Will Sutton-DT-Arizona State-6’0″-303

65) Deone Bucannon-S-Washington State-6’1″-211

66) Troy Niklas-TE-Notre Dame-6’6″-270

67) Cyril Richardson-OG-Baylor-6’5″-329

68) Marcus Roberson-CB-Florida-6’0″-191

69) Gabe Jackson-OG-Mississippi State-6’3″-336

70) Ka’Deem Carey-RB-Arizona-5’9″-207

71) Demarcus Lawrence-OLB-Boise State-6’3″-251

72) Charles Sims-RB-West Virginia-6’0″-214

73) Joel Bitonio-OT-Boise State-6’4″-302

74) Weston Richburg-C-Colorado State-6’3″-298

75) Lache Seastrunk-RB-Baylor-5’9″-201

76) Billy Turner-OT-North Dakota State-6’5″-315

77) Jackson  Jeffcoat-OLB-Texas-6’3″-247

78) DaQuan Jones-DT-Penn State-6’4″-322

79) Ahmad Dixon-S-Baylor-6’0″-212

80) Telvin Smith-OLB-Florida State-6’3″-218

81) Yawin Smallwood-ILB-Connecticut-6’2″-246

82) Terrence Brooks-S-Florida State-5’11”-198

Nov 8, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers (98) during the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Liberty Bank Stadium. Arkansas State defeated Louisiana Monroe 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

83) Stanley Jean Baptiste-CB-Nebraska-6’3″-218

84) Josh Huff-WR-Oregon-5’11”-206

85) Ryan Carrethers-DT-Arkansas State-6’1″-337

86) Donte Moncrief-WR-Ole Miss-6’2″-221

87) Carl Bradford-OLB-Arizona State-6’1″-250

88) Keith McGill-CB-Utah-6’3″-211

89) Ed Reynolds-S-Stanford-6’1″-207

90) Brandon Thomas-OT-Clemson-6’3″-317

91) Christian Kirksey-OLB-Iowa-6’2″-233

92) Trai Turner-OG-LSU-6’3″-310

93) Bishop Sankey-RB-Washington-5’9″-209

94) CJ Fiedorowicz-TE-Iowa-6’5″-265

95) Paul Richardson-WR-Colorado-6’0″-175

96) Jeremy Hill-RB-LSU-6’1″-233

97) Josh Mauro-DE-Stanford-6’6″-271

98) Jared Abbrederis-WR-Wisconsin-6’1″-189

99) EJ Gaines-CB-Missouri-5’10”-190

100) Jordan Tripp-OLB-Montana-6’3″-234