Since the Super Bowl a lot has changed in terms of player rankings ahead of the 2014 NFL draft. This year’s elongated buildup has only increased the extent to which player draft stock has risen and fallen in the eyes of the media and scouts. But as the dust settles and the draft itself draws close, here are some of the movers and shakers who will most likely have their names called through the initial rounds.
Aaron Donald – DT – PittsburghA steady riser who has seen his stock rise from a mid-to-late to now possible top 10 selection. At 6-foot-1, 285 pounds Donald lacks the ideal size, but speed off the snap and a knack for penetrating the backfield gives him value in the modern day pass-heavy NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU
In a deep wide receiver class and with the fanfare surrounding Sammy Watkins and the 6-foot-5, 231 pound Mike Evans, the talented Odell Beckham Jr. has had to wait for his turn to be featured. An all-around skill-set and natural athleticism would be a fit for the likes of the Philadephia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio St.
Another player lacking the ideal dimensions for his position (6-foot-1, 237 pounds). However, a history of consistently disrupting vs. both the run and pass combined with raw speed (unofficial 4.36 40-yard dash time at Ohio State’s pro day) ensures a huge upside.