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2014 NFL Draft Positional Rankings Offense

We have officially entered NFL Draft week. The invited players will be heading to New York City tomorrow to enjoy some time in the Big Apple before they find out where they will start their professional career on Thursday. This draft is one of the deepest ones in a long time. We will take a look at the top five at each offensive position and top each list off with a sleeper.

First up are the quarterbacks. There has been quite a bit of speculation about some of the top quarterbacks. Some feel that there are not any franchise players at this position. Here are my top five:

1. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville
2. Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
3. Blake Bortles Central Florida
4. Derek Carr Fresno State
5. Zac Mettenberger LSU

Under The Radar: David Fales San Jose State
Draft Gem: Keith Wenning Ball State
Rising Prospect: Tom Savage Pittsburgh

The running back position has become one that is given less and less value in the draft. Teams have proven that they can get productive players in the second and third round. This year is more of the same thing.

1. Bishop Sankey Washington
2. Carlos Hyde Ohio State
3. Tre Mason Auburn
4. Jeremy Hill LSU
5. Charles Sims West Virginia

Under The Radar: James White Wisconsin
Draft Gem: Terrence West Towson
Rising Prospect: Lache Seastrunk Baylor

Wide receiver is probably the deepest position in the 2014 NFL draft. Teams will have a variety of styles to chose from this year. There are plenty of yards after the catch receivers, possession receivers along with vertical threats.

1. Sammy Watkins Clemson
2. Mike Evans Texas A&M
3. Marqise Lee USC
4. Brandin Cooks Oregon State
5. Jarvis Landry LSU

Under The Radar: Josh Huff Oregon
Draft Gem: Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley State
Rising Prospect: Cody Latimer Indiana

The NFL has become a game of matchups. One way that offenses have begun to create mismatches is with athletic tight ends. This draft has it’s share of them.

1. Eric Ebron North Carolina
2. Jace Amaro Texas Tech
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
4. C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa
5. Troy Niklas Notre Dame

Under The Radar: Crocket Gilmore Colorado State
Draft Gem: A.C. Leonard Tennessee State
Rising Prospect: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington

There has been a premium placed on protecting the quarterback in what has become a passing league. There are some very athletic tackles in this year’s class.

1. Greg Robinson AUburn
2. Jake Matthews Texas A&M
3. Taylor Lewan Michigan
4. Zack Martin Notre Dame
5. Cyrus Kouandijio Alabama

Under The Radar: Matt Patchan Boston College
Draft Gem: Billy Turner North Dakota State
Rising Prospect: Joel Bitonio Neveda

A pocket that collapses into the quarterback’s lap is kryptonite to any of the league’s best passers. One way to keep this from happening is to protect the quarterback from the interior with offensive guards.

1. Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA
2. Brandon Thomas Clemson
3. Gabe Jackson Mississippi State
4. David Yankey Stanford
5. Cyril Richardson Baylor

Under The Radar: John Hilapio Florida
Draft Gem: Dakota Dozier Furman
Rising Prospect: Trai Turner LSU

Rounding out the offensive positional rankings is the center position. These are the quarterbacks of the offensive line and are responsible for calling protection along with the quarterback.

1. Weston Richburg Colorado State
2. Travis Swanson Arkansas
3. Marcus Martin USC
4. Brian Stork Florida State
5. Tyler Larsen Utah State

Under The Radar: Jonatthan Harrison Flordia
Draft Gem: Matthew Paradis Boise State
Rising Prospect: Marcus Martin USC

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