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Who to pick when there’s no No. 1

Published: Thursday, April 24th, 2014

 

My absolute favorite sports event that isn’t an actual game itself commences May 8 when the first round of the 2014 NFLâ��Draft kicks off. I’m one of those nerds who watches not only the first round, but each and every round. Iâ��love the chess match of general managers and coaches trying to build their teams with young talent and trying to find that diamond in the rough, such as Tom Brady, whom we will never forget (because talking heads and NFL Films won’t let us) was taken with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.
This year should be an especially interesting draft because, allegedly, this is as deep a draft as we have seen in 20 years, and there is no clear-cut, consensus No. 1 pick. This won’t be one of those drafts where a team works out a deal with the player it is going to select No. 1 overall before the draft even takes place. I will be on the edge of my seat to see who Houston takes with that first pick. I doubt they even know what they are going to do with it at this point.
Draftniks seem to agree there are four “elite” prospects in this draft:
• Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
• Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
• Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
• Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
After that, there are a lot of good to great players that are forcing a lot of general managers to stay up late at night, particularly those teams that need a quarterback.
People are going crazy about which quarterback should be selected first, which quarterback is overrated and whether or not there are even any franchise quarterbacks in this draft.
The consensus seems to be there are three quarterbacks who are bunched together and could go in any order:
• Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
• Blake Bortles, Central Florida
• Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville.

My absolute favorite sports event that isn’t an actual game itself commences May 8 when the first round of the 2014 NFLâ��Draft kicks off. I’m one of those nerds who watches not only the first round, but each and every round. Iâ��love the chess match of general managers and coaches trying to build their teams with young talent and trying to find that diamond in the rough, such as Tom Brady, whom we will never forget (because talking heads and NFL Films won’t let us) was taken with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.

This year should be an especially interesting draft because, allegedly, this is as deep a draft as we have seen in 20 years, and there is no clear-cut, consensus No. 1 pick. This won’t be one of those drafts where a team works out a deal with the player it is going to select No. 1 overall before the draft even takes place. I will be on the edge of my seat to see who Houston takes with that first pick. I doubt they even know what they are going to do with it at this point.

Draftniks seem to agree there are four “elite” prospects in this draft:

• Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

• Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

• Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

• Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

After that, there are a lot of good to great players that are forcing a lot of general managers to stay up late at night, particularly those teams that need a quarterback.

People are going crazy about which quarterback should be selected first, which quarterback is overrated and whether or not there are even any franchise quarterbacks in this draft.

The consensus seems to be there are three quarterbacks who are bunched together and could go in any order:

• Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

• Blake Bortles, Central Florida

• Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville.

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