Mike Detillier gives sportsNOLA his early look at the top 33 prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. He is now co-host of the co-host of Ray Brandt Presents The John Fourcade Show Thursdays at 6 p.m. on WHNO-TV 20 New Orleans.
Mike D's Top 33 for 2014
1. Jadeveon Clowney-Defensive End, South Carolina
My highest rated college defensive end since VT's Bruce Smith back in 1985.
2. Teddy Bridgewater-Quarterback, Louisville
His skillset is similar to that of RGIII. QB's are a premium and Teddy B. could well end up being the top overall selection in 2014 and the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.
3. Jake Matthews-Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
The 6-5, 305 pound offensive tackle has been a stellar player upfront for three seasons at right tackle and he has made a smooth transition to the left side in 2013.
4. Marqise Lee-Wide Receiver, USC
The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner is a big play element every time he touches the football. Speed and great body adjustment skills are his greatest points.
5. Taylor Lewan-Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Lewan is the best tackle prospect at Michigan since Jake Long and he will have a similar grade by the end of his senior season.
6. Tajh Boyd-Quarterback, Clemson
Boyd reminds me in so many ways of former Titans QB. Steve McNair.
Tajh is tough, accurate and he can make a ton of plays with his quick feet.
7. Anthony Barr-Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Former running back turned linebacker. Barr racked up 21 1/2 tackles for losses and 13 1/2 QB. sacks in 2012.
8. Sammy Watkins-Wide Receiver, Clemson
Watkins has sprinter's type speed and he is a blur after the reception.
9. Cyrus Kouandijo-Offensive Tackle, Alabama
The 6-5, 310 pound left tackle has lived up to his lofty prep clippings.
10. Stephon Tuitt-Defensive End, Notre Dame
Power-packed player who excels at rushing the QB.. Stephon racked up 13 tackles for losses and 12 QB. sacks last season for the Irish.
11. De'Anthony Thomas-Halfback/Wide Receiver, Oregon
Has the ability to make a mark similar to that of former West Virginia standout Tavon Austin.
12. Brett Hundley-Quarterback, UCLA
This strong-armed passer could be the breakout player out West in 2013.
13. C.J. Mosley-Outside Linebacker, Alabama
C.J. has excellent football instincts versus the run and he is also a top-flight player in pass defense spots. Outstanding all-around defender.
14. Louis Nix III-Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Strong, physical and he does a superb job tying up multiple blockers at the point of attack.
15. Antonio Richardson-Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
Explosive run blocker and a 1st rate pass protector.
16. Kyle Van Noy- Outside Linebacker, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah got all the ink, but Van Noy was the best defensive player for the Cougars last season. Fast, quick footed laterally and he has a nose for the football.
17. Donte Moncrief-Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The most underrated offensive football player in the SEC. Outstanding combination of size, speed and run after catch skills.
18. Bradley Roby-Cornerback, Ohio State
Outstanding one-on-one cover cornerback and he also comes up quickly in run support.
19. Jason Verrett- Cornerback, TCU
The 5-10, 180 pounder is a very good man-to-man cover cornerback and he has a nose for the football. He recorded 16 pass break-ups and 6 pass interceptions in 2012.
20. La'el Collins-Offensive Tackle, LSU
Collins was a standout guard in 2012, but this season he has emerged as a force at left tackle. The most talented offensive player on a very talented Tiger team. Best Tiger OL. since Andrew Whitworth.
21. Anthony Johnson- Defensive Tackle, LSU
"The Freak" is slated for a breakout season in 2013. Has the physical skills to develop into another top D-Lineman for the Tigers.
22. Loucheiz Purifoy-Cornerback Florida
Loucheiz has long arms, excellent size (6-0, 190) and 1st rate tracking skills with the ball in flight. He also excels on special teams and he will "stick-you" good in the openfield as a tackler.
23. Austin Seferian-Jenkins-Tight End, Washington
Austin has had some off the field issues but he has great size (6-6, 235) and terrific eye-hand coordination. He hasn't reached his full ceiling as a player yet and he is the best tight end in college football.
24. Johnny Manziel-Quarterback, Texas A&M
Manziel is cocky, arrogant and has a sense of entitlement, but he is a very accurate passer, has improved as a pocket passer and he is a tremendous improvisational QB. due to his quick feet and running skills.
The NFL is starved for QB's and "Johnny Football" will convince one team to select him in Round One.
25. Will Sutton-Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
Quick off the mark and real terror as an inside pass rusher. He looks a lot like Cincinnati Bengals DT. Geno Atkins, only quicker.
26. Eric Ebron-Tight End, North Carolina
What a hidden talent in Tar Heel Country. The 6-4, 250 pounder has excellent hands, outstanding body adjustment skills and he is a huge target to find over the middle. Eric caught 40 passes for 625 yards and 4 scores in 2012 and he has caught 7 passes for 92 yards in the first two games of 2013.
27. A.J. McCarron-Quarterback, Alabama
Smart, accurate and he is a winner out on the field. Has a lot of the same football traits Matt Ryan had at Boston College.
28. Ryan Shazier-Outside Linebacker, Ohio State
Speedy weakside linebacker who can roam the field with ease. Shazier has excellent trackdown skills and he is also a very good cover linebacker.
29. Adrian Hubbard-Outside Linebacker, Alabama
Long, real lean pass rush specialist and he has outstanding physical gifts getting up the field.
30. Cameron Erving-Offensive Tackle, Florida State
Ervin was a lightly recruited DT. prospect coming out of Colquitt County High School in Georgia. He has blossomed into one of the elite left tackles in college football. Scouts will love his size (6-5 1/2, 320) , size potential and he has cat-quick feet adjusting to movement upfront. He could really vault up the draft charts if he can upgrade his overall techniques.
31. Trent Murphy-Outside Linebacker/Defensive End Stanford
This "Cowboy" off the field is a tremendous athlete and player on it. Trent excelled in track and basketball in high school and he has blossomed into one of the elite pass rushers in the nation. He can get that 6-5 1/2, 260 pound frame moving fast up the field as a pass rusher and he is outstanding in pursuit. Had 10 QB. sacks and 18 tackles for losses last season and he is off to a fast start again in 2013.
32. Khalil Mack-Outside Linebacker, Buffalo
Mack is fast, tough and he possesses 1st rate football instincts. Over the last two seasons the 6-2 3/4, 245 pound Mack has recorded 41 1/2 tackles for losses and forced 9 fumbles. This young man is a playmaker!!
33. Travis Swanson-Offensive Center, Arkansas
Four-year starter at center and he is one tough hombre. The Kingwood High School in Texas product is a rugged run blocker, quick off the snap and a skilled pass protector. At 6-4 1/2, 320 pounds Swanson physically matches up well against the more stout interior defensive linemen in college football.
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