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Matt LaPan's Top 50 - Version 1.0



Each draft class needs a top-50 rankings. Here is a look at Matt LaPan's first crack at the top-50.
As the 2014 NFL Draft draws ever closer, it is paramount to set up the top 50 "Big Board". It is also paramount to understand that just because a player ranks in one spot in the top-50 does not necessarily mean he will go in that spot in a mock draft.

Think somebody was left off the list? Is your guy too low while another guy is too high? Let Matt know on Twitter: @Matt_LaPan.

1. Jadeveon Clowney - DL - South Carolina
2. Greg Robinson - OL - Auburn
3. Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
4. Jake Matthews - OL - Texas A&M
5. Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
6. Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
7. Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
8. Timmy Jernigan - DL - Florida State
9. C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama
10. Blake Bortles - QB - UCF
11. Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
12. Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
13. Justin Gilbert - DB - Oklahoma State
14. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - DB - Alabama
15. Taylor Lewan - OL - Michigan
16. Darqueze Dennard - DB - Michigan State
17. Louis Nix III - DL - Notre Dame
18. Calvin Pryor - DB - Louisville
19. Stephon Tuitt - DL - Notre Dame
20. Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
21. Zach Martin - OL - Notre Dame
22. Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
23. Dee Ford - DE/LB - Auburn
24. Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
25. Marqise Lee - WR - USC
26. Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida State
27. Ra'Shede Hageman - DL - Minnesota
28. Cyrus Kouandjio - OL - Alabama
29. Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon State
30. Dominique Easley - DL - Florida
31. Aaron Donald - DL - Pittsburgh
32. Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
33. Carlos Hyde - RB - Ohio State
34. Morgan Moses - OL - Virginia
35. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Washington
36. Jason Verrett - DB - TCU
37. Allen Robinson - WR - Penn State
38. Marcus Roberson - DB - Florida
39. Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
40. Troy Niklas - TE - Notre Dame
41. Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
42. Demarcus Lawrence - DE - Boise State
43. Bradley Roby - DB - Ohio State
44. Kyle Fuller - DB - Virginia Tech
45. Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
46. Xavier Su'a-Filo - OL - UCLA
47. Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
48. Odel Beckham Jr. - WR - LSU
49. Lamarcus Joyner - DB - Florida State
50. Jeremiah Attaochu - DE/LB - Georgia Tech



9 Comments

Anthony Barr far too high and Manziel and Kyle Van Noy far too low.

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Lucas Polglaze
Feb 11 2014 10:13 PM

Anthony Barr far too high and Manziel and Kyle Van Noy far too low.

 

Agreed. Aaron Donald too low.

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I know this might sound crazy to some but I am just not a Van Noy guy. I think he has a good skill set but Im not sold on him translating his game to the pro's. And I am 100% aware that is what a lot of people point to with Barr, just personal preference I guess. 

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I know this might sound crazy to some but I am just not a Van Noy guy. I think he has a good skill set but Im not sold on him translating his game to the pro's. And I am 100% aware that is what a lot of people point to with Barr, just personal preference I guess.


What of Van Noys won't translate? He is the best blitzer in the draft, good in coverage, good against the run. He is in my top 10 players.
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Brennen Rupp
Feb 12 2014 02:30 AM

What of Van Noys won't translate? He is the best blitzer in the draft, good in coverage, good against the run. He is in my top 10 players.


I'd easily take Dee Ford over Van Noy. Ford is far more explosive and loaded with far more potential. IMO Van Noy is a borderline 1st rounder. Not that he's a bad player.
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Brennen Rupp
Feb 12 2014 02:45 AM
We all got different rankings though.

I'd easily take Dee Ford over Van Noy. Ford is far more explosive and loaded with far more potential. IMO Van Noy is a borderline 1st rounder. Not that he's a bad player.

Totally different players. Ford is a 3-4 OLB, Van Noy is a 4-3 OLB and a 3-4 ILB. Van Noy far better in coverage and against the run. All Ford can do is rush the QB. That's it.

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Brennen Rupp
Feb 12 2014 03:45 AM

Totally different players. Ford is a 3-4 OLB, Van Noy is a 4-3 OLB and a 3-4 ILB. Van Noy far better in coverage and against the run. All Ford can do is rush the QB. That's it.


That's your opinion. Different players, but you said Van Noy is the best blitzer. I'd take Fords pass rushing ability any day of the week and twice on Sunday over Van Noy.

That's your opinion. Different players, but you said Van Noy is the best blitzer. I'd take Fords pass rushing ability any day of the week and twice on Sunday over Van Noy.

There is a difference between pass rush ability and blitzer. Ford didn't blitz because he was a DE at Auburn. Not comparing the same things.

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