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Top 25 2014 NFL Draft prospects

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The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and yes it is already time to start looking ahead to 2014.  Here's a quick primer of the best 25 prospects heading into the summer:

1. Jadeveon Clowney*, DE, South Carolina Everyone's number one prospect coming into 2013, a Heisman hopeful and the best defensive player in college football.  There's also this.

2. Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville Opened plenty of eyes with his Sugar Bowl performance versus Florida.  Bridgewater possess a solid arm and the intangibles necessary to be an NFL quarterback.

3. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M With Luke Joeckel gone Matthews is the next Aggies behemoth everyone will be watching.  Moves from right tackle to left tackle this year.

4. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Experienced left tackle with the necessary size and quickness. All-Big 10 player the last two years.

5. Marquis Lee*, WR, USC A small but quick wide receiver who put up huge numbers in 2012.  The big question is how will he perform without Matt Barkley and Robert Woods.

6. Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA While Datone Jones occupied blockers Barr racked up the sacks, getting to the QB 13.5 times last season.  Looks like a classic edge pass rusher in 3-4 defense.

7. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson Here's the next read-option threat.  Boyd is small by NFL standards but is quick and can throw.  Lit up LSU's stout defense in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

8. Stephon Tuitt*, DE, Notre Dame Plays end in Irish 3-man front.  Tuitt recorded 13 TFLs and 12 sacks in 2012.

9. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama The latest in a very long line of NFL-ready players from Tuscaloosa.  Excellent pass defender and a tackling machine.

10. Bradley Roby*, CB, Ohio State Cover corner with elite speed.  Racked up 19 passes defended last year and led FBS in passes defended per game.

11. Cyrus Kouandjio*, OT, Alabama Started at left tackle last year.  Anchored offensive line that helped Tide roll to nearly 225 rushing yards per game.

12. Sammy Watkins*, WR, Clemson Explosive playmaker with off-the-field issues.  Flashed potential in second half of 2012.

13. Louis Nix*, DT, Notre Dame Classic nose tackle sized player for 3-4 defense.  Has size and strength to eat up space and take on blockers.

14. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU Disruptive outside linebacker.  Registered 13 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and 22 TFLs in 2012.

15. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU On the smallish side but is a cover corner who led Big XII in interceptions and passes defended.

16. Adrian Hubbard*, LB, Alabama Raw strong side linebacker with playmaking potential.  Has ability to get to the quarterback.

17. Antonio Richardson*, OT, Tennessee Massive blocker who earned 2nd team all-SEC in first year as starting left tackle.

18. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC Hybrid DE/OLB.  Big time pass rusher with 13 sacks and 19 1/2 TFLs last season.

19. Ifo Ekepre-Olomu*, CB, Oregon Pac-12 leader in passes defended.  Took a big step forward as a true sophomore in 2012.

20. Austin Seferian-Jenkins*, TE, Washington Led NCAA in receptions per game among tight ends but must now deal with a recent red flag.

21. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State Undersized but extremely quick.  Best inside pass rusher in college football.

22. Christian Jones, LB, Florida State Incredibly athletic tackler.  Moved from strong to weak side last season and recorded more tackled in '12 than in first two seasons combined.

23. Loucheiz Purifoy*, CB, Florida Cover corner who also plays offense and special teams, has a knack for making big plays in big games.

24. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia Has put up huge numbers as a three year starter but struggled in big games prior to 2013 Capital One Bowl.

25. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas Solid outside pass rusher who must overcome season-ending injury from 2012.

*-underclassman

 

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