Monday, May 13, 2013
Looking at 2014 draftable WRs/DEs
By Matt Fortuna
Mel Kiper Jr. is taking the week to look at 2014 NFL draft prospects by position group, and today he starts things off with wide receivers and defensive ends.
The usual suspects from the Big East make the list, with Rutgers' Brandon Coleman ranked as the fourth-best receiver and USF's Aaron Lynch ranked as the third-best end.
Kiper touts Coleman's versatility, and particularly his ability to make a play after the catch . It's worth noting that Coleman had 135 more receiving yards than anyone Scarlet Knights player last season despite coming in second on the team in catches.
Lynch, meanwhile, will be a matchup nightmare, Kiper says . With 5.5 sacks as a freshman at Notre Dame in 2011, it's hard not to imagine having bigger success in the Big East this season, provided that he made the most of sitting out of the 2012 season after transferring.
Insider's Travis Haney also looks at some of the top overall prospects in the 2014 draft who could take their teams to the next level this season . Not surprisingly, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is No. 2 on the list, with the biggest question seemingly centered on whether the Cardinals' weak schedule will help him lift them into the national conversation or, conversely, hurt them since there are few, if any, opportunities for signature wins.
Coleman, Lynch and Bridgewater all will have college eligibility following this fall, too.