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.
The 2013 NFL Draft saw several talented offensive linemen selected in the first round. It was the first time since Jake Long (Dolphins, 2008) that an offensive tackle was selected with the No.1 pick overall (Eric Fisher, Chiefs). In fact, offensive tackles were both the first AND second overall picks (Luke Joeckel, Jaguars, 1.02).
The amazing part of last year’s offensive tackle domination of round one is that there’s a chance the 2014 NFL Draft will have two players at the position graded HIGHER than Eric Fisher, yet it’s a virtual lock that neither will be the first selection come next May. With the 2014 NFL Draft class showcasing names like JaDeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina) and Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville), it’s likely that the best an offensive tackle can do is No.3 overall. Continue reading …