Your favorite NFL team is on the clock and... you don't even know who they drafted. Your friends rave about the team's new quarterback and you haven't even seen him throw a pass.
Well don't worry, your going to find out about the top prospects right here. So without any further ado lets get to it:
1. Jadeveon Clowney (Defensive End - South Carolina) - The undisputed number one prospect in this draft is Clowney, hands down. His sheer athleticism and potential will guarantee that he gets drafted in the first round. Not to mention his physique, 6 foot 6 inches tall and 266 pounds. He also ran a scarily good 40 yard dash time of 4.53 seconds. His 13 sacks in 2012 set him apart from the rest of the crowd, that number did dip down to 3 last year but he is still an extraordinary prospect.
2. Johnny Manziel (Quarterback - Texas A&M) - I can almost bet that anyone reading this has heard of Johnny "Football", but just to be sure I will mention him anyways.
Disregarding his off the field headlines, Manziel is one of the best QBs in this draft bar none. His improvisational skills in the pocket make him a threat to break off and run for daylight at any time. This may pose problems for him in the NFL because of the more aggressive defenses. But of course, time will tell. Expect Manziel to go high in the draft as many teams need quarterbacks.
3. Sammy Watkins (Wide Receiver - Clemson) - Undoubtedly the best receiver in this draft class, many teams will be after his services this year. He is an electric ball-catcher who can make things happen whether it's catching the ball or returning kicks. For any Oakland Raiders fans out there, cross your fingers and hope that Watkins falls to the number five pick because he would help out big time. He caught for 28 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards; so he has proven that he can be a number one option for a team. And he better be ready because he will be a number one its just a matter of on which team.
4. Khalil Mack (Outside Linebacker - Buffalo) - Probably the most fundamentally sound defender in this draft, Mack is a beast in every sense of the word. He can get off of the line quickly and hits with solid contact. His 40 inch vertical is another indicator of his athletic prowess. Expect teams who need young talent or just another defensive force to take Mack.
5. Blake Bortles (Quarterback - Central Florida) - Remember how I mentioned that a lot of teams need QBs? Well this is another guy that those franchises will be looking at for sure. He is very reminiscent of a young Ben Roethlisberger in terms of his arm strength and mobility despite his size (6 foot 5 inches, 232 pounds.) Don't be surprised if the Houston Texans debate between Bortles or Clowney with the 1st overall pick.
6. Justin Gilbert (Cornerback - Oklahoma State) - Best cornerback in the draft. Now that I got that out of the way I will discuss why that is: Speedy, reactive, and good hands. These are the skills you look for in your shutdown corner; can Gilbert be that for teams in this draft?
Sure. Will he? I'm not sure, it will depend on which team he goes to. But if he ends up going to a team that has their number one corner, he will be a scary number two. He ran a 4.37 second 40 yard dash time displaying his speed. One area for concern is that Gilbert doesn't exactly do well in run support but then again many corners don't these days.
That's about it for your crash course, but here are some other names to look into and take note of:
Anthony Barr (Linebacker - UCLA), Jake Matthews (Offensive Tackle - Texas A&M), Greg Robinson (Offensive Tackle - Auburn), Mike Evans (Wide Receiver - Texas A&M)
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