2014 NFL Draft: Full First-Round Mock, Post-Combine Edition
Post-Combine First-Round Mock Draft
With the 2014 NFL Draft about two and a half months away, scouts and prospects flocked to Indianapolis to take part in the 2014 NFL Combine. The event provides NFL hopefuls an opportunity to impress teams, performing various shows of athleticism, strength and speed.
While many will cite the idea that film should trump workout numbers, what NFL prospects do during the Combine can be the difference between a first-round and a third-round pick. It can be the difference between a small-school player going in the fourth-round or not even hearing their name called when the draft rolls around in May.
Basically, it’s the biggest interview in the young lives of these football players.
Most players partake in the 40-yard dash, a test of straight-line speed and acceleration. The results can have a huge impact on where many teams and scouts grade a particular player. Prospects also partake in the bench press, putting up 225 pounds as many times as possible. Other positional drills such as catching balls, mirroring rushers and making drops are watched closely and heavily scrutinized.
As mundane as many of the drills seem, they all have a particular purpose in the evaluation of prospective NFL players. An offensive lineman’s ability to mirror a pass rusher or a defensive backs ability to flip their hip fluidly are some of the miniscule skills that can turn a team on or off of a particular hopeful.
Here’s my latest take on what the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft could look like, with the latest developments from the 2014 NFL Combine factored in.