The upcoming 2014 NFL Draft is filled with talent, especially at the top. Prospects like Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville and Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina are each thought to be in contention to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans. Each has a skill-set well-suited for the NFL game, and it’s certainly easy to see why they are both considered to be the highest rated prospects at their respective positions. However, because of their high ratings, it raises the question, who would you rather have, Bridgewater or Clowney?
The Case For Bridgewater
Bridgewater is perhaps the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012, and it’s easy to see why he would be in contention for the No. 1 pick against a player like Clowney. Bridgewater has the ability to step in right away as a day one starter for a team. He’s as safe as they come, and the fact that so many teams need a quarterback in this year’s draft is sure to make Bridgewater’s draft stock continue to skyrocket.
The Case For Clowney
Clowney is an elite defensive prospect and easily the best we’ve seen since Julius Peppers. Like Bridgewater, Clowney has the ability to step in from day one and produce for whatever team he’s on. Clowney has a chance to be a dominant defensive end at the next level, and he can truly change the direction of an entire defense. There are questions about his effort; however, if Clowney’s head is in it, he is the best prospect in this draft.
The Bottom Line
While Bridgewater is a very safe pick and sure to produce, Clowney is the best prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bridgewater may play the most important position in football, but Clowney has a chance to go down in NFL history as one of the best to ever play the defensive end position so long as he is committed to football. It’s a close call, especially because of Bridgewater’s position, but when given the decision between Bridgewater or Clowney, the choice is simple; Clowney is the way to go.