Tracking the 2014 NFL Draft

Hey all. I finally have time after about a 5 month layoff to start posting on the board again. Finally all settled in at Boston College and have found a couple hours a week in my schedule to start looking towards the draft.

This is going to be a weekly feature where I profile some of the guys I think we may be looking at based on our record and where I think we will be picking

Let me start with what I think we need. Plain and simple, we need playmakers. Whether it is on offense or defense we need players who can come in and change the game. I am projecting us to pick in the top 10 next year as of now so the players you see listed here will all be big time playmakers.

Let me start with a top 15 prospects list (regardless of our needs)

  1. Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  2. Terry Bridgewater, QB, Lousiville
  3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
  5. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  6. Marquise Lee, WR, USC
  7. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
  8. Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
  9. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
  10. Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
  11. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
  12. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
  13. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
  14. Ra-shed Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
  15. Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
With that list compiled lets take a look at my top five choices for the Steelers and how they played last week
  1. Jadaveon Clowney - He is far and away the biggest play maker in college football and even though the Steelers DL is the strength of their team right now, he would come in and be an instant turnover force similar to J.J. Watt of the Texans. Stats: 9/14 vs. Vanderbilt - 4 tackles, 1 sack
  2. Sammy Watkins - Watkins is plain and simple a total animal. He is uncoverable, impossible to tackle in the open field and flat out electric with the ball in his hands. At 6'1" 205 pounds he has the size necesarry to be a great WR and he along with the other receivers the Steelers have would be fun to watch. Stats: 9/19 vs. NC State - 10 Rec, 96 Yards
  3. Marquise Lee - If Watkins was off the board, Lee would be a phenomenal consolation prize. Lee is a phenomenal route runner and has great hands. He has good speed and size but his numbers will suffer this year because USC has dreadful QB play. Stats: 9/21 vs. Utah State - 6 Rec, 72 Yards
  4. Jake Matthews - I know I said I want playmakers but if we are picking in the top 5 to 10 and none of the other three players above Matthews are available, he would be a great pick. The offensive tackle play has been dreadful this year and Matthews is a legitamate franchise left tackle
  5. Khalil Mack - Mack had an unreal game vs. Ohio State to open the season and while he has not had the splash plays he had in that game the past couple weeks, he has still been making plays. At 6'3", 248 pounds he has great size and his explosiveness is phenomenal. Stats (vs. Ohio State to open the season): 9 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT returned for a TD
So there you have it. My top 5 choices as of now for the 2014 draft. I will be posting at least once a week on the draft, maybe more if I get time. So what do you think?
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