It’s never too early to start thinking about which prospects could end up being the top-5 picks of the 2014 NFL Draft. And while there are a lot of things that can change a player’s preseason standing (injuries, sub-par performance, surprise players that rise out of nowhere), it’s a useful exercise to start building a “Big Board” of players as the season gets ready to kick off.
The slides that follow will highlight the top five players as according to FRG Scouting’s preseason tape study. It should be noted that not every prospect has been evaluated, so this list could ultimately change. But we’re pretty comfortable that these names, barring the afore-mentioned changes in circumstance, will end up being the top prospects (should they all declare) for the 2014 NFL Draft.
As we march toward the start of the 2013 college football season, the NFL Draft scouting community continues to work to obtain a baseline understanding of the eligible prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.
One of the toughest challenges that an evaluator faces is the assessment of a prospect who is coming back after a year away from the game. Whether due to injury or transfer rules, players that miss the most recent season of action require a combination of film study and overall “gut feeling” when projecting their likely draft value at the start of the new year.
After an impressive freshman season at Notre Dame, Lynch decided to transfer to USF and return to his home state of Florida. As a result, he was forced to sit out the 2012 college football season. Had he played last year in South Bend (and repeated his 2011 performance), it’s conceivable that we’d be talking about him in the same breath as Jadeveon Clowney.Continue reading …