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2014 NFL Draft: The Top 15 Prospects After Day 2

2014 NFL Draft: The Top 15 Prospects After Day 2

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Rounds 4-7 of the draft are what separate pretenders from contenders, and here is a group of 15 players who could be in line to make a big impact for whichever team that drafts them.

15. Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

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15. Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

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This talented and athletic corner comes into the draft with some injury issues that pushed his draft stock down. Not only is he recovering from an ACL tear that he suffered during the Senior Bowl, he also missed games in his senior year due to a concussion. Getting clearance for the concussion problem is the bigger of the two and if he does, he can definitely be a late-round steal who contributes in 2-3 seasons.

14. De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon

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14. De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon

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Get this young man in space and watch the show. Whichever team drafts this guy has to use his speed and elusiveness to their advantage, if that means lining him up in the slot or handing the ball to him on reverses. The success of former coach Chip Kelly and his fast-break offense should have his name called pretty soon on the third day.

13. Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

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13. Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

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Overshadowed by his teammate Sammy Watkins, Bryant is no slouch himself. He possesses the size that a lot of teams covet, but he doesn't have the consistency that many look for and expect out of the position. He should find his way onto a team just because he is a jump ball threat.

12. Christian Jones OLB Florida St.

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12. Christian Jones OLB Florida St.

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He looks the part of a NFL linebacker, but some scouts are scared that he looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane due to slow reaction times and flexibility issues. He tends to be around a lot of plays without registering an impact. He has shown the ability to play multiple linebacker positions and could slide down to defensive end in a pinch which adds value, but he must show he can produce at the next level.

11. Andre Williams RB Boston College

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11. Andre Williams RB Boston College

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The former Heisman finalist is the poster child of how NFL scouts value combine information over production. He ran for 2,133 yards for a BC team that had no other options and because he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, experts began to devalue him. He is the ideal thunder for a team that already has its "lightning" back, and will definitely be on the radar of FFL fans looking for a short-yardage TD stealer.

10. A.J. McCarron QB Alabama

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10. A.J. McCarron QB Alabama

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All he did is win while in Tuscaloosa, but some feel he was a product of the talent around him. He has the size and is a good decision-maker. He may fall into that dreaded "game manager" category, but for a team that has an established starter, that may not be a bad thing.

9. Cameron Fleming OT Stanford

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9. Cameron Fleming OT Stanford

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As part of one of the more talented offensive line units in the nation, Fleming showed the consistency by being a stalwart on the right side of the line for the last 28 games of his career. He is more effective in the run game than the pass, but shows the ability to recognize stunts/blitzes. He has the agility to adjust accordingly. He can be in contention to start if he gets stronger.

8. Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

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8. Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

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He fits the mold of what a lot of teams are looking for in a cornerback size-wise, and while his 40 yard dash at 4.59 didn't blow anyone away, his showed enough speed to be able to stay with some of the more talented receivers. The biggest question is how he will handle the the level of competition, but he he has the skills to be a no. 2 cornerback in the league.

7. Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona

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7. Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona

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His off-field trouble will be the one thing that prevents this talented back from being drafted sooner than his talent dictates. He has the vision, instincts and toughness that you want out of a starting back, but NFL teams have to wonder if they can trust him when he is off the the field. If so, they will be getting a talented runner who could contend for carries in the right situation.

6. Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

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6. Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

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He has all the tools to be a NFL starting quarterback, but he is recovering from a knee injury and some question his off-field antics. His arm strength will get him drafted, but his intelligence will determine the length of his NFL career.

5. Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson

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5. Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson

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One of the better athletes left on the board, Breeland shows a willingness to play rush defense that will make him one of the first names called today. His lack of bulk and limitations to only play the boundary side are the only things that have scared off teams up to this point.

4. Keith McGill CB Utah

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4. Keith McGill CB Utah

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The biggest cornerback in this year's draft at 6-foot-3, McGill showed he had the speed at 4.51 to stay with many wide receivers. Many question his ability to stay low due to his height. His age, 25, is also a concern for some who don't think he is ready to play right away.

3. Daquan Jones DT Penn St.

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3. Daquan Jones DT Penn St.

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As with many interior lineman, his weight will determine his level of success. He is currently listed at 322 and if he can stay around that size, that should allow him to maintain the quickness and ability to change directions that made him effective in Happy Valley, if not he, will be relegated to a two-down lineman who has to come off the field during pass rush situations.

2. David Yankey OG Stanford

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2. David Yankey OG Stanford

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One of the biggest surprises left on the board. Yankey was once considered the top guard on many boards. If he is able to fix his technique that caused him to struggle against faster interior linemen, he will be a starter going into the upcoming season.

1. Tom Savage QB Pitt

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1. Tom Savage QB Pitt

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This is the most complete quarterback left on the board. He has the size, strength and ability to be a serious threat for any team he faces.