2014 NFL Draft top 64 big board

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina may be the next Julius Peppers. After that, next year's draft is wide open.

The two positions combined, the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft featured just one quarterback and running back. In the 2014 NFL Draft, don't expect that to happen again.

South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney gets all the attention, and rightly so. On film, he's the most physically impressive college football player since Ndamukong Suh turned heads at Nebraska. He's Julius Peppers part two.

But it's the quarterback class for next year that has the most intrigue. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a break out sophomore season in 2012. He has a deft command of the pocket and throws an exceptional ball. What does that mean, though? Just watch the trajectory of his throws compared to other quarterbacks. Bridgewater has a natural release, is a solid athlete and plays with toughness.

After Bridgewater, there is a lot of buzz surrounding Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. He's a good athlete who has improved each season at Clemson as a passer. He's still raw, but the potential is sky high. San Jose State's David Fales came out of nowhere last season and looks like a potential high pick. Of course there are the redshirt sophomores Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota, who we are not currently rating.

The running back group is solid but doesn't feature that one big, obvious first round player. Charles Sims of Houston fits the profile, but he was injured at times last season. He's a big back with excellent receiving skills. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey isn't far behind, but he's a different type of back. He's a Jamaal Charles type with speed and start and stop ability.

There are also some very good left tackle prospects. Taylor Lewan of Michigan and Jake Matthews of Texas A&M were probable top 12 picks had they entered the draft this year.

As we start going back to watch games, here is our very early top 64 big board:

1. Jadeveon Clowney | 6'6, 272 pounds | Defensive end | South Carolina * - Preseason notes
2. Teddy Bridgewater | 6'3, 220 pounds | Quarterback | Louisville * - Preseason notes
3. Taylor Lewan | 6'7, 310 pounds | Offensive tackle | Michigan - Preseason notes
4. Jake Matthews | 6'5, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | Texas A&M - Preseason notes
5. Stephon Tuitt | 6'5, 303 pounds | Defensive end/tackle | Notre Dame * - Preseason notes
6. Bradley Roby | 5'11, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Ohio State * - Preseason notes
7. Louis Nix | 6'3, 326 pounds | Defensive tackle | Notre Dame * - Preseason notes
8. Marqise Lee | 6'0, 195 pounds | Wide receiver | Southern California * - Preseason notes
9. Anthony Barr | 6'4, 238 pounds | Outside linebacker | UCLA - Preseason notes
10. Cyrus Kouandjio | 6'5, 312 pounds | Offensive tackle | Alabama * - Preseason notes
11. C.J. Mosley | 6'2, 232 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama - Preseason notes
12. Sammy Watkins | 6'1, 200 pounds | Wide receiver | Clemson * - Preseason notes
13. Tajh Boyd | 6'1, 225 pounds | Quarterback | Clemson - Preseason notes
14. Austin Seferian-Jenkins | 6'6, 267 pounds | Tight end | Washington - Preseason notes
15. David Yankey | 6'5, 300 pounds | Offensive tackle | Stanford * - Preseason notes
16. Jackson Jeffcoat | 6'5, 245 pounds | Defensive end | Texas - Preseason notes
17. Adrian Hubbard | 6'5, 260 pounds | Outside linebacker | Alabama - Preseason notes
18. Morgan Breslin | 6'2, 250 pounds | Defensive end | Southern California - Preseason notes
19. Kyle Van Noy | 6'3, 235 pounds | Outside linebacker | BYU - Preseason notes
20. Hasean Clinton-Dix | 6'1, 208 pounds | Safety | Alabama * - Preseason notes
21. A.J. Johnson | 6'2, 240 pounds | Outside linebacker | Tennessee - Preseason notes
22. Charles Sims | 6'0, 215 pounds | Running back | Houston West Virginia
23. Aaron Colvin | 6'0, 182 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma - Preseason notes
24. David Fales | 6'3, 220 pounds | Quarterback | San Jose State - Preseason notes
25. Christian Jones | 6'4, 232 pounds | Outside linebacker | Florida State
26. De'Anthony Thomas | 5'9, 176 pounds | Running back | Oregon * - Preseason notes
27. Justin Gilbert | 6'0, 195 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma State - Preseason notes
28. Ka'Deem Carey | 5'10, 197 pounds | Running back | Arizona * - Preseason notes
29. Jordan Matthews | 6'3, 205 pounds | Wide receiver | Vanderbilt - Preseason notes
30. Damien Williams | 5'11, 214 pounds | Running back | Oklahoma
31. Gabe Jackson | 6'4, 320 pounds | Guard | Mississippi State
32. Ryan Shazier | 6'2, 222 pounds | Outside linebacker | Ohio State * - Preseason notes
33. Jason Verrett | 5'10, 182 pounds | Cornerback | TCU - Preseason notes
34. Antonio Richardson | 6'6, 332 pounds | Offensive tackle | Tennessee * - Preseason notes
35. LaDarius Perkins | 5'10, 190 pounds | Running back | Mississippi State
36. A.J. McCarron | 6'2, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Alabama
37. Lache Seastrunk | 5'10, 210 pounds | Running back | Baylor * - Preseason notes
38. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | 5'10, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon *
39. Kareem Martin | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina - Preseason notes
40. Brandon Coleman | 6'6, 220 pounds | Wide receiver | Rutgers * - Preseason notes
41. Dri Archer | 5'8, 175 pounds | Running back | Kent State
42. Dominique Easley | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive end | Florida
43. Colt Lyerla | 6'5, 246 pounds | Tight end | Oregon *
44. Ju'Wuan James | 6'6, 324 pounds | Offensive tackle | Tennessee
45. Louchiez Purifoy | 6'1, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Florida *
46. Trey Depriest | 6'2, 245 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama *
47. C.J. Barnett | 6'0, 202 pounds | Safety | Ohio State
48. Anthony Johnson | 6'3, 304 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
49. Jonathan Brown | 6'1, 235 pounds | Outside linebacker | Illinois
50. James Hurst | 6'7, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | North Carolina
51. Gabe Ikard | 6'3, 288 pounds | Center | Oklahoma
52. Scott Crichton | 6'3, 263 pounds | Defensive end | Oregon State *
53. Trent Murphy | 6'4, 261 pounds | Outside linebacker | Stanford
54. Andrew Jackson | 6'1, 262 pounds | Middle linebacker | Western Kentucky
55. Tim Jernigan 6'2, 298 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida State *
56. Darqueze Dennard | 5'11, 188 pounds | Cornerback | Michigan State
57. Khalil Mack | 6'3, 244 pounds | Outside linebacker | Buffalo
58. Will Sutton | 6'0, 268 pounds | Defensive tackle/end | Arizona State
59. Damian Swann | 5'11, 189 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia *
60. Aaron Murray | 6'1, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Georgia
61. Zack Martin | 6'4, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | Notre Dame
62. Shayne Skov | 6'3, 242 pounds | Middle linebacker | Stanford
63. Cody Hoffman | 6'3, 215 pounds | Wide receiver | BYU
64. Yawin Smallwood | 6'3, 244 pounds | Middle linebacker | Connecticut *
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