NFL Draft: Top 20 Players Left


Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The beauty of the NFL draft and a deep class like this in particular is that every time a team reaches in the first round, very good players fall in the draft. By my board there are some very good players left and teams are going to get high level contributors today. Here is my top 20 of who is left and some quick hits on who that player is.

  1. Louis Nix (DT, Notre Dame, 7th Overall): Nix is a stud nose guard prospect who can start and disrupt from day one if his injury checks out.
  2. Xavier Su’a Filo (OG, UCLA, 11th Overall): Su’a Filo is a very good athlete and an even better guard.
  3. Joel Bitonio (OL, Nevada, 12th Overall): Bitonio is a relentless, versatile and athletic offensive lineman who is going to make a team very happy in the second.
  4. Derek Carr (QB, Fresno State, 14th Overall): Carr is an athletic, strong armed quarterback. He needs some footwork help, but the sky is the limit for him.
  5. Daquan Jones (DT, Penn State, 15th Overall): Big bodied disruptor who can start all over the place and in various schemes.
  6. Jeremiah Attoachu (OLB, Georgia Tech, 17th Overall): Intelligent, high motor speed rusher who can also play the run and drop into coverage fell to the second. What?
  7. Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Boise State, 19th Overall): An athletic edge rusher with length, strength and run defending skills.
  8. Jodan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt, 20th Overall ): Big bodied, athletic and smart, Jordan Matthews is going to make whichever team takes him very happy. Did I mention he’s my number one wide receiver?
  9. Gabe Jackson (OG, Mississippi State, 22nd Overall): Gigantic, strong guard with some athletic limitations but with enough size and strength to shut down defenders.
  10. Ra’Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota, 23rd Overall): Athletic freak of a player who looks like JJ Watt at times. Motor and tech issues run rampant though.
  11. Colt Lyerla (TE, Formerly of Oregon, 25th Overall): Remember, this is my talent board where Lyerla excels. Off the field issues are probably going to have him go undrafted.
  12. Isaiah Crowell (RB, Alabama State, 26th Overall): A running back with character concerns will probably fall far in this draft, but Crowell is a powerful runner with vision, cutback ability and game breaking speed.
  13. Kony Ealy (DE, Missouri, 28th Overall): One of the surprise drops, Ealy is an athletic speed rusher who creates pressure from all over the formation.
  14. Telvin Smith (LB, Florida State, 29th Overall): Though viewed as undersized, Smith has long arms to defeat blocks with. However, he makes his money in coverage. Ranked higher on my board than Shazier.
  15. Weston Richburg (C, Colorado State, 32nd Overall): A violent technician is a great way to describe Richburg. He knows how to use his hands and feet and will block a guy into the ground.
  16. Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State, 33rd Overall): Incredible pass rusher from the 3-tech position. Ranked higher than Aaron Donald.
  17. Jarvis Landry (WR, LSU, 34th Overall): Agressive wide receiver who has some of the best ball skills in the draft. Who cares about his 40 time?
  18. Morgan Moses (OT, Virginia, 35th Overall): A big, powerful offensive lineman who uses great length and strength to stonewall defenders.
  19. Stanley Jean Baptiste (CB, Nebraska, 37th Overall): A big bodied corner back with long arms, great movement skills and ability to play the ball. Once he learns to use his body a bit better, he could be like a certain  talkative corner in the great north west.
  20. Pierre Desir (CB, Lindenwood, 38th Overall): Desir is an athletic, big bodied corner who is physical and versatile. I don’t care what college he played at, the kid can play some damn good football.