2014 Draft Prospect Stock Report

Joe Robbins

Football is back in all its glory. Before the big boys kickoff, the kids in college gave us a preview of what we are in for come April.

Stocks Up

-Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville-

In my humble opinion, Bridgewater is and should be, the number one pick in April. I know Teddy was going up against the Ohio Bobcats, but that doesn't matter. I wasn't looking at the results, I was looking at his capabilities, and attributes. I was looking for 5 things throughout the game, mobility, nerve, arm strength, accuracy and footwork. I saw a QB who scored highly in all of these categories. Teddy stood tall against pressure, and delivered crisp passes to his receivers. The biggest treat was seeing Bridgewater escape to his left, and throw bombs down the field.

-Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo-

The best pass-rusher of week one was not on S. Carolina. He wasn't on UCLA. He was on Buffalo of all teams. Khalil Mack was a pass rusher that was looking like a second day pick before the season. If he continues to play like he did against OSU, he will be a sure fire 1st rounder. The Ohio State tackles were having fits all day with Mack. His mix of speed and power, was too much for them to handle. He wasn't just an effective pass rusher. He showed great awareness, and athletic ability to recognize a screen pass, and drop into coverage. His pick 6 was a huge play. If it wasn't for a hands to the face penalty, Mack would have also had a strip sack near the end zone.

-Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers-

This draft can possibly be filled with a lot of WR talent. One guy who showed me a few things in week one was Rutger Wideout, Brandon Coleman. This guy is huge. Coleman is 6'6" 220, and can run and catch with the best of them. He doesn't have sub 4.5 speed, but he uses his physicality, and long strides to get open. He finished the game with 10 receptions, 105 yards, and 2 TDs. Keep an eye open for this guy.

Stocks Down

-Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina-

Clowney might be in the "stock down" column, but he is still a top 5 prospect. Coming into the 2014 season, Clowney had some rumors floating around that he has a terrible work ethic, and is out of shape. In week 1, Clowney didn't show anything to prove the rumors are false. For most of the game, Clowney looked gassed, and dead to the world. I am surprised N. Carolina didn't run it more to his side. On running plays, he was being pushed off the line with ease. Did I mention this was all in the 1st half? Clowney is going to have to get into some serious shape if he wants to be more than a situational pass rusher. On the bright side, even while gassed, Clowney was able to show some of that monster we all know and want.

-Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia-

While I watched Murray on Saturday, I kept thinking to myself "Hmm, this guy looks a lot like Sanchez." The more I watched, the more the comparison made more sense. At 6' or 6'1", Murray isn't the tallest QB in the draft. This lack of size seemed to really effect Aaron throughout the game. Murray had a horrible INT, when a D-linemen dropped into coverage. The next thing you knew, the big ugly came down with the pick. We know all too well about D-linemen picking us off. Something else that bothered me, was Murray's inability to keep his composure under pressure. The pressure made Aaron antsy, and resulted in bad throws and decisions. Murray should have come out last year, when the talent was a little weaker at QB.

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