To this point, the 2014 NFL Draft has had a clear top tier of three prospects – at least for us at SB Nation. That has been South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. Some have taken issue with Clowney because his stats were down this season.
There are also some who aren't as high on Bridgewater. In his latest podcast, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports had Charles Davis of Fox and NFL Network and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network as guests. While Davis didn't outwardly rip Bridgewater, the praise was light. Here's what Davis had to say:
"I like him a bunch. I'm not sure he's a top 10 guy, but I think he may get picked in the top 10. I think that's where we are in the league. If you don't have (a quarterback), you're in trouble. I think sometimes we artificially boost these guys up because people are just terrified. What's the alternative? What do we do? Where do we go? What's in Teddy Bridgewater's favor, to me, is a mental and physical toughness about this young guy that I don't see with a lot of other guys."
While Davis isn't sure (at this point) if Bridgewater is a top 10 player, he doesn't necessarily say anything negative about him. But there is a vast difference in being a top 10 player and being a possible No. 1 pick. I would have liked to hear a little more from Davis on why he doesn't have Bridgewater as a top pick. Here's what Jeremiah had to say about Bridgewater:
"I think he's got a feel for the game; a comfort level in the pocket and you see him go through his progressions, he's accurate. I don't think he has a huge arm, but it's plenty good enough. He's not in the same class as some of the elite guys we've seen come out over the last few years. He's not Cam (Newton), he's not Andrew Luck, I liked RG3 better when he came out as well. I do like him better than anyone we had in last year's draft class. If he does come out, I see him getting elevated above his ability."
The two-part podcast is worth the two hours. Jeremiah breaks down the scouting process, both reveal their highest scouting grades ever given, why Vontaze Burfict fell out of the draft and a lot more.
Houston should do what?
It's likely the Houston Texans will have the No. 1 pick in the draft. Considering the play of Matt Schaub and Case Keenum, most believe Houston should take a quarterback first overall. Not Mel Kiper. In a chat, Kiper said the Texans should take Clowney or UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. Until Houston decides on a new head coach, and what kind of defense the team runs, it will be hard to project anything other than a quarterback to Houston.
The perils of trading picks
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated takes a look at the ups and downs of being an NFL general manager. As his post starts, remember when Bill Polian was a genius? The overlying theme is how dangerous it is for general managers to trade future picks for players. For instance, Ryan Grigson of Indianapolis took a big chance trading a first-round pick next year for Trent Richardson. How that will impact Indianapolis in future season is something to follow.
Shrine Game filling up
The East-West Shrine Game is putting together and impressive roster. The all-star game announced today that Southern California's Devon Kennard will participate. Kennard has had a bounce-back season with 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Oregon defensive lineman Taylor Hart, Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon and intriguing Bloomsburg defense end Larry Webster have recently been added to the game as well. The best thing, though? (Uncle) Romeo Crennel is one of the head coaches. Jerry Glanville is the other.
The people running the Shrine Game are announcing the rosters on Twitter @Shrine_Game.
Ka'Deem Carey considering NFL
As you'd expect, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is considering entering the draft following his junior season. He's submitted paperwork to the NFL Draft advisory committee and told the Arizona Daily Star that he'll go pro if he gets a first- or second-round grade back. After missing the first game of the season, Carey had 1,716 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns this season.