Several SEC prospects already on the NFL’s radar for 2014

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We’ve barely had enough time to assess the 2013 record-setting draft class, but several SEC players are in the top 30 prospects for 2014’s draft.

Several from the SEC are already on the radar, and Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t No. 1 on this NFL.com list, as that went to Teddy Bridgewater:

2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
5. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
8. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
10. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
12. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
15. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
20. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
22. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
28. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Notably absent from Bucky Brookes’ top 30 prospects is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel’s size and arm strength are knocks, as well as his sandlot play. How does that translate to the NFL?

I’ve contended for a few months that Manziel will get better as a player, but his numbers will decrease production-wise. There is so much upside to him as a passer, and he was merely just scraping the barrel to his passing ability, which looked average at times.

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  • Are you kidding me? I’m a huge Bama fan but having AJ McCarron ranked above Aaron Murray is just plain foolish. McCarron has no pocket presence, he’s the king of “happy feet”. If McCarron does not have to worry about any kind of pressure, he’s a decent QB, but if there is any pass rush at all, McCarron loses his mind.

    Aaron Murray is a much better quarterback than McCarron.

    • I agree with you. But I believe both are too high. If I was any NFL team, I would figure out a way to get the #1 pick. I wouldn’t pass up on a player that is as good as Clowney.

      And by the end of the year. D. Swann will be on that list. He will go pro after this year. He is a great CB. Some mental mistakes but who doesn’t have them.

    • Holy crap!!! Who is this BJ Swope??? Where have you been for the last two years while Ive been swimming amongst Bama fans who can’t seem to grasp that McCarron has NEVER carried the offense. It’s not a knock on Bama…In fact it’s a compliment. It’s the simple fact that completing passes at a high level is a little easier when your OL and running game force everyone to bring their safeties up. Murray finally reaped some of those benefits this past season and put up record numbers.

  • Nothing against Bridgewater or any other QB on this list…but any GM that would pick a hit or miss QB over Clowney is seriously rolling the dice with his employment.