An early look at a few 2014 NFL draft prospects

An incredibly premature look at some 2014 NFL Draft prospects

4/30/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

I know the 2013 Draft just ended, but Mel Kiper is already working on his punter rankings for the 2019 draft, so we've got to catch up.  

Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina:

Unless something changes, Clowne will be the first pick of the 2014 Draft.  

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B: He was a first-team All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, finished sixth in Heisman voting as a sophomore and defensive player, and won the Hendricks award, given to the most outstanding defensive end.  Clowney absolutely wreaked havoc on opponents; it was a Lebron in high school situation - just physically unfair to the rest of the kids.

The dude is a freak and if you've never watched him play, make sure you tune in for some Gamecock games this fall.  He likely would've been the top pick this year and he should only get better. 

Teddy Bridgewater. QB, Louisville:

Nov 29, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA;  Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) sets up to pass the ball during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium.  Louisville Cardinals defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY SportsBridgewater had an excellent sophomore season in 2012.  Playing in the Big East, he was overlooked by much of the country, but put up great numbers.  He threw for more than 3,718 yards and 27 TDs while completing 69% of his throws.

He has good size at 6'3" and 218 pounds and has NFL accuracy.  Bridgewater has the athletic ability to move around and make something happen when plays break down and, most importantly, he plays big in the biggest games.

Going into the Sugar Bowl against No. 3 Florida, Louisville was a huge underdog.  Apparently Bridgewater didn't get the memo that Big East teams aren't supposed to beat SEC power houses because he threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the fifth ranked defense in the country in the win.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M:

Matthews has been a starter at right tackle for the Aggies since halfway into his freshman season and has Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies tackle Jake Matthews (75) in action against Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndulue (98) during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.  Texas A&M beat Oklahoma 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sportsbeen a rock ever since.  He played opposite Luke Joeckel and was first-team SEC in his own right.  And now, this year, he will be moving over to the left side to protect Johnny Manziel's blind side.  

He has good bloodlines too.  His father, Bruce Matthews, is in the NFL Hall of Fame and his cousin, Clay Matthews, is an NFL superstar, just to name a few.

Keep an eye on Manziell this year.  He can help his own draft stock this year and if he is able to match last year's success, expect Matthews to be a big reason why.
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