Friday, May 3, 2013
Clowney tops early list for 2014 NFL draft
By Edward Aschoff
Now that we've officially kissed the 2013 NFL draft goodbye, it's time to look ahead to 2014 and find out who the NFL stars of tomorrow could be.
Todd McShay has you covered in that department with his list of the top 32 eligible players for next year . Obviously, this is a very, very early list, but don't act like you aren't interested!
First shocker (yeah, not really) of the list is that South Carolina monster defensive end Jadeveon Clowney tops the list. I mean, he's arguably the most athletic player in the country (6-foot-6, 256 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash). Seriously, someone check this man's DNA. I'm still not convinced he's from this planet.
Clowney might not have the ball in his hands on every play, but he's a true game-changer and hasn't even reached his full potential. The scary thing is that he could -- and should -- be even better in 2013. He's a legit Heisman candidate, will most certainly skip his senior season, and has the talent to make an immediate impact with whichever team takes him next year.
After Clowney, McShay has 12 other SEC players on his list, including five Alabama players. Five SEC players are in McShay's top 10. One of those players in the top 10 is Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. He's extremely athletic and makes very good throws on the run, but his size is certainly an issue. The good news is that his elusiveness will help make up for his lack of size at times.
Here's a list of the 13 SEC players in McShay's top 32:
No. 1: Clowney
No. 3: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
No. 6: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
No. 9: Manziel
No. 10: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
No. 12: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
No. 15: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
No. 16: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
No. 19: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
No. 22: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
No. 23: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
No. 24: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
No. 30: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M