The NFL Draft is just around the corner and excitement is high as teams look to draft the next big stars.
Every year there is one player who stands out as the draft’s number one overall pick. But in 2014, there is no clearly defined leader of the pack. There are a number of players who are worthy of the draft’s top spot, but no one stands clearly above the others.
The Houston Texans and new head coach Bill O’ Brian have a tough two weeks ahead of them as they try to figure out who to select with the first pick. Jadeveon Clowney is the one people think of when talking about the first player to be selected.
The former South Carolina Gamecock is the best athlete in the draft and has drawn comparisons to a young Julius Peppers.
Scouts have questioned Clowney’s work ethic and wonder if he will give 100 percent effort at the next level. Regardless of how teams view his work ethic, the chance that he falls past the third pick in the draft is very slim.
The second player getting a lot of pre-draft buzz is former University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles’ draft stock has risen more than any other draft prospect. Bortles is seen as the most NFL ready of this year’s quarterback prospects.
After a very good 2013 junior season at UCF, Bortles showed that season was not just a fluke as he helped lead UCF to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor. Look for Bortles to be selected in the top ten picks.
Last, but certainly not least, is Johnny Manziel. Manziel is the most talked about player in the 2014 draft class and sports in general. Johnny Football is always in the spotlight whether it’s good or bad.
The former Heisman trophy winner is known for his lavish lifestyle and hanging with Lebron and Drake. Manziel did a good job trying to reshape his image this past season and focused more on football.
He had another outstanding season throwing 37 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. Manziel is undoubtedly the most exciting player in this year’s draft with his ability to make ridiculous throws while dodging defenders like a running back.
Manziel is listed at 6’1” tall but he is closer to 5’10”. The question will be if teams will look at Manziel’s top five talent. or his height that otherwise wouldn’t get an opportunity in the NFL.
This year’s draft is going to be a very exciting one. It is one of the deepest drafts in years. No matter where teams are picking, there will be several players who can help them get better.
The draft will be May 8-10 and can be watched on ESPN and NFL Network.