QB – 1 Teddy Bridgewater Louisville – Forget the pro day and watch the tape.
2 Zach Mettenberger LSU – Is the most ready full size NFL QB in the draft.
3 Blake Bortles UCF – Needs to sit at least 1 year. Footwork it main issue.
4 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M – Game may not transfer + injury risk.
5 Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois – Needs 2 years to be ready to start.
Over rated – Derek Carr Fresno State – Wets himself when rushed.
RB – 1 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State – Biggest value in the draft. Better than Lacy last year.
2 Tre Mason RB Auburn – Tough guy that plays bigger than he is.
3 Bishop Sankey RB Washington – 3rd down back that can catch or play in the slot.
4 Jeremy Hill RB LSU – Pushed down due to red flags in his background but talented.
5 Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona – Plays faster than he times but should have stayed in school.
WR – 1 Mike Evans Texas A&M – Has great size and hands, and good speed without red flags.
2 Sammy Watkins Clemson – Best talent but red flags make me think of Blackmon.
3 Odell Beckham Jr. LSU – Size, speed and hands. Will be a starter day 1.
4 Cody Latimer Indiana – Great size and speed. Was doubled on every play but produced.
5 Marqise Lee Southern California – Forget bad 2013. This guy can play at a high level.
Beware – Kelvin Benjamin Florida State – Was “too tired” to work out for a team that traveled to work him out. Is that a guy you trust with a 1st round pick?
TE – 1 Eric Ebron North Carolina – Great receiver but don’t expect him to block.
2 Jace Amaro Texas Tech – A big step down but Jace will block a little.
3 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington – Not as productive as I would like but big potential.
4 Crockett Gillmore Colorado State – Very under rated but a great value in the 4th round.
5 C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa – More blocker than receiver but can be red zone target.
OT – 1 Jake Matthews Texas A&M – Most NFL ready and versatile OT in the draft.
2 Taylor Lewan Michigan – Versatile guy with a BIG nasty streak.
3 Greg Robinson Auburn – Great run blocker that struggles with speed pass rushers.
4 Zack Martin Notre Dame – Big drop from top 3 but Zack can play G or T.
5 Morgan Moses Virginia – Big smart guy that is more athletic than people think.
OG – 1 David Yankey Stanford – Athletic smart player with a will to be the best.
2 Gabe Jackson Mississippi State – Less athletic but very productive guy with 2nd round grade.
3 Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA – Athletic guy that is not as productive as I would like.
4 Dakota Dozier Furman – Under rated guy that can play T or G.
5 Cyril Richardson Baylor – Tough guy that will be better in the NFL than in college.
OC – 1 Travis Swanson Arkansas – 3rd round guy that can pull and run and is solid against the pass.
2 Weston Richburg Colorado State – Smart guy that makes line adjustments and can block.
3 Bryan Stork Florida State – Tough guy that can pull and take NT by himself on the pass.
4 Marcus Martin Southern California – Solid run and pass blocker with a nasty attitude.
5 Tyler Larsen Utah State – Late round pick that can stick and develop into a starter.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think.
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Final List of Top 5 Offensive Positions for the 2014 NFL Draft. by Bill Smith