2014 NFL Draft

Here is where you will be able to access all of the information I’ve put together related to the 2014 NFL draft.

Positional Rankings

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Senorise Perry, RB, Louisville

Bears, UDFA. Came in as a tryout in rookie minicamp, but the Bears signed him afterward.

Positives: Good height for the position. Though his game speed is only adequate, he has good track speed for the position. Finishes runs with power and pops defenders back. Runs with adequate speed. Keeps legs churning after contact. Keeps balance very well, even in the rain. Strong lower body. Above-average vertical leap. OK hands. Adequate pass blocker.

Negatives: Below-average bulk for the position and the height, and looks like he’s built more like a wide receiver. To take advantage of his speed potential, he needs to be more decisive. He also isn’t very creative. Runs too upright behind the line and he needs to get lower to be able to push through first wave of traffic. Below-average acceleration and ability to change directions. Below-average upper-body strength. Injured his knee in 2012 and missed end of season.

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Beau Blankenship, RB, Ohio

UDFA. Was signed by the Jaguars after a May tryout but cut in July. He has some running skills, but doesn’t do anything especially well enough to matter in fantasy leagues. May make an NFL team through special teams.

Positives: Above-average power on straight-ahead runs and is able to churn through contact. Adequate speed. Has quick feet that should make it easier for him to change directions. Above-average burst. Is usually decisive. Though deficient at it, he seems like a willing pass blocker. Protects the ball through the first wave of defenders. Fair balance after contact and gives good effort for extra yards.

Negatives: One-speed runner with little elusiveness. Isn’t easily able to balance himself after contact from the side. Poor pass blocker and is easily knocked off his feet. Though he’s usually decisive, he looks unsure on short-yardage runs – when decisiveness matters. Below-average hands – has trouble adjusting and tends to let passes get to his body. Lowers his head through the line and tends to miss cutback opportunities.

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Glasco Martin, RB/FB, Baylor

UDFA. Was signed by the Cowboys as a UDFA but released in May. His combination of size and power – with enough speed – make him an attractive option as a committee running back with 5 or so touches per game. But he lacks the dynamic traits for much more than that.

Positives: Large enough for a fullback and has adequate speed. Secures ball well through line. Runs low in short yardage and generates power. Fair balance after contact. Patient on most runs, and waits for blocks to develop. Churns well through contact and pushes pile.

Negatives: Uncreative through the line and shows below-average burst. Tends to be less patient on short-yardage runs. Broke foot in 2013 and was affected by it in Summer practices.

Projection: Probably no need to draft, but keep an eye on where, if anywhere, he lands. If he turns into a vulture, he may be worth stashing in deep dynasty leagues.

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Jeff Scott, RB/PR, Mississippi

UDFA. Was signed by the Bengals as a UDFA but released in June  Isn’t built to have a huge fantasy impact as a running back, but he’s worth remembering in return-yardage leagues. Has the outright athleticism to stick on a roster and contribute somewhere – as a return specialist or part of a committee approach.

All-Star Games: South Carolina All-Star Bowl.

Positives: Good quickness and burst. Okay hands. Above-average track speed for the position, and adequate for his size. Agile and has open-field moves. Good speed. Good change-of-direction ability. Okay vision for cutback.

Negatives: Small size. Inconsistent concentration – drops some easy passes. Balanced after contact. Missed 2013 bowl game for personal reasons.

Projection: No need to draft.

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Damian Copeland, WR, Louisville

UDFA. Was signed by Jaguars as UDFA but was waived in August. Has the talent to stick on a roster or practice squad, but not fantasy relevant.

Positives: Adequate hand size. Fair body control when adjusting to errant passes. Adequate track speed for the position. Strong enough to fight through contact and has effective stiff arm. Willing run blocker. Willing to go over the middle. Okay balance after contact. Fairly nimble on the sidelines. Tracks passes well over both of his shoulders. Very good vertical leap, lateral quickness, and ability to change directions in Combine drills.

Negatives: Slightly below-average height and bulk for the position. Inconsistent hands and will let passes get to his body. For his size, it would be helpful if he were faster. Out due to injury most of 2011. Runs a little bit off-balance. Below-average upper body strength.

Projection: Probably won’t ever be fantasy relevant. No need to draft.

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Ryan Lankford, WR, Illinois

UDFA. Was signed by the Dolphins as a college free agent, but was cut a few days later and signed by the Colts and released in August and put on their practice squad.

Positives: Okay change-of-direction ability. Nimble on sidelines. Above-average deep separation and speed. Above-average body control and can adjust to underthrown passes and go to ground for passes. Above-average track speed and overall lower-body explosiveness at pro day workout.

Negatives: Slightly below-average height and very slim build. Below-average hands and drops some passes without pressure. Holds ball too loosely in traffic. Is a little slow off the line. Body catches. Broke shoulder in October 2013 and missed rest of season.

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Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana

UDFA. Signed by Patriots as UDFA but released in August and signed by the Steelers, who also released him in August. But he’s talented enough to stick on some team’s roster or practice squad.

Positives: Adequate height and good bulk for the position. Above-average upper-body strength. Very good vertical leap. Very good vertical leap and overall lower-body explosiveness. Above-average power. Average speed. Patient. Above-average hands and can extend. Churns fairly well through contact. Has good body lean. Protects the ball through the line. Fair balance after contact.

Negatives: His patience borders on indecisiveness. Runs a little bit upright. Better on inside runs than outside runs. Below-average change-of-direction ability and burst. Is a long strider, and his feet don’t look quick.

Projection: No need to draft in fantasy, though.

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Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo

Steelers, UDFA.

Positives: Very good height and adequate bulk for the position. Is an athletic QB with above-average speed who showed adequate overall lower-body explosiveness at pro day workout. Throws with above-average arm strength and velocity and a quick release.

Negatives: Was an only occasional starter for the team. Eyeballs receivers. Lefty QB. Forces ball into coverage consistently. Below-average accuracy. Injured left knee in September 2013 and missed unknown amount of time.

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Jonathan Krause, WR/PR, Vanderbilt

UDFA. Signed as a UDFA by the Browns but was released in August. He has enough receiving ability and returner skills to make some roster or practice squad.

Positives: Above-average speed. Above-average hands catcher who can lay out and catch passes while he’s falling. Above-average downfield blocker. Good effort on off-target passes. Fairly reliable hands as punt returner and shows some patience as a returner. Good track speed. Above-average lower-body explosiveness in pro day drills.

Negatives: Slightly below-average height and bulk for the position. Doesn’t get set up quickly to field punts and makes consistently risky fielding decisions in traffic as a punt returner. Below-average concentration and drops passes when he knows a hit’s coming. Below-average upper-body strength.

Projection: No need to draft.

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Taylor Gabriel, WR/PR, Abilene Christian: FCS Division

Browns, UDFA.

Positives: Above-average speed. Quick feet and is elusive in the open field. Good body control and adjusts well. Smart punt return fielding decisions. Above-average concentration in traffic. Good effort on errant passes. Above-average track speed. Above-average lower-body explosiveness at pro day workout. Above-average upper-body strength.

Negatives: Short and slight for the position. Needs to be more decisive after catching punts – going not so much east and west. Below-average ball security.

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