2014 NFL Draft top 100 big board

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The only sure thing from now until April is Jadeveon Clowney.

With the college football season about to start, we wanted to release our first set of rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Throughout the week we've released sets of position rankings culminating in our initial big board. For us, particularly  this time of the year, our rankings are more of a watch list. That's not to say where a player is slotted is meaningless. Instead, it's more of a starting point. Throughout the year, these rankings will be fluid. A player in the top 10 right now could slip down by April. At this time last year, for instance, we were high on Matt Barkley, Johnathan Hankins and Sam Montgomery. Things will change as the season progresses.

Rankings: QB | RB | OW | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | MLB | CB | S

One thing that may not be different in April is the ranking for our No. 1 overall player Jadeveon Clowney. Unless he has a catastrophic injury or a player develops like no other before him, Clowney will be at the top. He's Julius Peppers with a better power base.

Similarly, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater should remain near the top. While there is a tendency to overrate quarterbacks in these sort of lists (there are 10 in the top 100), Bridgewater looks pretty legit if his offensive line holds up.

If you set the rankings up in tiers, as we discussed on our most recent MtD podcast, the obvious first tier would end after UCLA pass rusher Anthony Barr at No. 5. Barr, Bridgewater, Clowney, Jake Matthews of Texas A&M and Louis Nix of Notre Dame all are clearly the best player at their position entering the season.

After that, there is plenty of debate to be had. So have at it in the comments. If you have your own rankings, please share.

1. Jadeveon Clowney | 6'6, 272 pounds | Defensive end | South Carolina * - Preseason notes
2. Teddy Bridgewater | 6'3, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Louisville * - Preseason notes
3. Jake Matthews | 6'5, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | Texas A&M - Preseason notes
4. Louis Nix | 6'3, 326 pounds | Defensive tackle | Notre Dame - Preseason notes
5. Anthony Barr | 6'4, 248 pounds | Outside Linebacker | UCLA - Preseason notes
6. Cyrus Kouandjio | 6'5, 312 pounds | Offensive tackle | Alabama * - Preseason notes
7. Marqise Lee | 6'0, 195 pounds | Wide Receiver | Southern California * - Preseason notes
8. C.J. Mosley | 6'2, 232 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama - Preseason notes
9. Bradley Roby | 5'11, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Ohio State * - Preseason notes
10. Taylor Lewan | 6'7, 310 pounds | Offensive tackle | Michigan - Preseason notes
11. Sammy Watkins | 6'1, 200 pounds | Wide receiver | Clemson * - Preseason notes
12. Jason Verrett | 5'10, 176 pounds | Cornerback | TCU - Preseason notes
13. Stephon Tuitt | 6'5, 303 pounds | Defensive end/tackle | Notre Dame - Preseason notes
14. Tajh Boyd | 6'1, 225 pounds | Quarterback | Clemson - Preseason notes
15. Will Sutton | 6'1, 305 pounds | Defensive tackle | Arizona State
16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins | 6'6, 276 pounds | Tight end | Washington * - Preseason notes
17. Lache Seastrunk | 510, 210 pounds | Running back | Baylor * - Preseason notes
18. Mike Evans | 6'5, 225 pounds | Wide Receiver | Texas A&M **
19. Antonio Richardson | 6'6, 332 pounds | Offensive tackle | Tennessee * - Preseason notes
20. Aaron Lynch | 6'6, 244 pounds | Defensive end | South Florida **
21. Anthony Johnson | 6'3, 304 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
22. Adrian Hubbard | 6'5, 260 pounds | Outside linebacker | Alabama - Preseason notes
23. Hasean "Haha" Clinton-Dix | 6'1, 208 pounds | Safety | Alabama * - Preseason notes
24. David Yankey | 6'5, 313 pounds | Guard | Stanford - Preseason notes
25. Khalil Mack | 6'3, 244 pounds | Outside linebacker | Buffalo - Preseason notes
26. Loucheiz Purifoy | 6'1, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Florida *
27. Jackson Jeffcoat | 6'5, 250 pounds | Defensive End | Texas - Preseason notes
28. Brett Hundley | 6'3, 222 pounds | Quarterback | UCLA **
29. Daniel McCullers | 6'6, 377 pounds | Defensive Tackle Tennessee
30. Christian Jones | 6'4, 232 pounds | Outside linebacker | Florida State - Preseason notes
31. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | 5'10, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon *
32. Ryan Shazier | 6'2, 222 pounds | Outside linebacker | Ohio State * - Preseason notes
33. Kevin Hogan | 6'4, 228 pounds | Quarterback | Stanford **
34. Ka'Deem Carey | 5'10, 196 pounds | Running back | Arizona * - Preseason notes
35. De'Anthony Thomas | 5'9, 176 pounds | Offensive weapon | Oregon * - Preseason notes
36. Ra'Shede Hageman | 6'6, 311 pounds | Defensive tackle | Minnesota
37. Gabe Jackson | 6'4, 320 pounds | Guard | Mississippi State
38. Justin Gilbert | 6'0, 200 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma State - Preseason notes
39. Colt Lyerla | 6'5, 246 pounds | Tight end | Oregon *
40. Jordan Matthews | 6'3, 205 pounds | Wide receiver | Vanderbilt - Preseason notes
41. James Wilder Jr. | 6'2, 229 pounds | Running back | Florida State *
42. Stephen Morris | 6'2, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Miami
43. Brandon Coleman | 6'6, 220 pounds | Wide receiver | Rutgers * - Preseason notes
44. Kareem Martin | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina - Preseason notes
45. Dri Archer | 5'8, 175 pounds | Offensive weapon | Kent State
46. Kyle Van Noy | 6'3, 235 pounds | Outside linebacker | BYU - Preseason notes
47. Cyril Richardson | 6'5, 335 pounds | Guard | Baylor
48. Dominique Easley | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive end | Florida
49. David Fales | 6'3, 220 pounds | Quarterback | San Jose State - Preseason notes
50. A.J. Johnson | 6'2, 240 pounds | Outside linebacker | Tennessee - Preseason notes
51. Trey Depriest | 6'2, 245 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama *
52. Aaron Colvin | 6'0, 192 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma - Preseason notes
53. C.J. Barnett | 6'0, 202 pounds | Safety | Ohio State
54. Charles Sims | 6'0, 213 pounds | Running back | West Virginia
55. Devin Gardner | 6'4, 210 pounds | Quarterback | Michigan *
56. Kasen Williams | 6'2, 212 pounds | Wide receiver | Washington *
57. Bishop Sankey | 5'10, 203 pounds | Running back | Washington *
58. Tim Jernigan 6'2, 298 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida State *
59. Xavier Su'a-Filo | 6'3, 305 pounds | Guard | UCLA *
60. Andrew Jackson | 6'1, 265 pounds | Middle linebacker | Western Kentucky
61. Jeremiah Attaochu | 6'3, 240 pounds | Outside linebacker | Georgia Tech
62. Cassius Marsh | 6'2, 270 pounds | Defensive end | UCLA
63. James Hurst | 6'7, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | North Carolina
64. DaQuan Jones | 6'3, 318 pounds | Defensive tackle | Penn State
65. Trent Murphy | 6'6, 261 pounds | Outside linebacker | Stanford
66. Cameron Erving | 6'6, 320 pounds | Offensive tackle | Florida State *
67. Yawin Smallwood | 6'3, 244 pounds | Middle linebacker | Connecticut
68. Seantrel Henderson | 6'8, 345 pounds | Offensive tackle | Miami
69. Cody Hoffman | 6'3, 215 pounds | Wide receiver | BYU
70. Darqueze Dennard | 5'11, 197 pounds | Cornerback | Michigan State
71. Donte Moncrief | 6'2, 215 pounds | Wide Receiver | Ole Miss **
72. Marcus Mariota | 6'4, 211 pounds | Quarterback | Oregon **
73. Jack Mewhort | 6'7, 308 pounds | Offensive tackle | Ohio State
74. Morgan Breslin | 6'2, 250 pounds | Outside linebacker | Southern California - Preseason notes
75. Ed Reynolds | 6'2, 206 pounds | Free safety | Stanford
76. Calvin Barnett | 6'2, 300 pounds | Defensive tackle | Oklahoma State
77. Max Bullough | 6'3, 242 pounds | Middle linebacker | Michigan State
78. C.J. Fiedorowicz | 6'7, 265 pounds | Tight end | Iowa
79. Quandre Diggs | 5'10, 200 pounds | Cornerback | Texas *
80. Tre Boston | 6'1, 205 pounds | Safety | North Carolina
81. Jalen Saunders | 5'9, 157 pounds | Wide receiver | Oklahoma
82. Henry Anderson | 6'6, 295 pounds | Defensive end | Stanford *
83. Marion Grice | 6'0, 205 pounds | Running back | Arizona State
84. A.J. McCarron | 6'2, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Alabama
85. Shayne Skov | 6'3, 245 pounds | Middle linebacker | Stanford
86. Antone Exum | 6'1, 220 pounds | Cornerback | Virginia Tech
87. Scott Crichton | 6'3, 265 pounds | Defensive end | Oregon State *
88. Xavier Grimble | 6'5, 250 pounds | Tight end | Southern California *
89. Deion Barnes | 6'4, 249 pounds | Defensive end | Penn State **
90. Lamarcus Joyner | 5'8, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Florida State
91. Damien Williams | 5'11, 211 pounds | Running back | Oklahoma
92. James Gayle | 6'4, 255 pounds | Defensive end | Virginia Tech
93. Eric Ebron | 6'4, 245 pounds | Tight end | North Carolina *
94. Anthony Steen | 6'2, 312 pounds | Guard | Alabama
95. Marcus Roberson | 6'0, 186 pounds | Cornerback | Florida *
96. Derek Carr | 6'3, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Fresno State - Preseason notes
97. Spencer Long | 6'4, 315 pounds | Guard | Nebraska
98. Damian Swann | 5'11, 189 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia *
99. Bryan Stork | 6'3, 312 pounds | Center | Florida State
100. Allen Robinson | 6'3, 211 pounds | Wide receiver | Penn State *

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