Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) drops back to pass as the Cardinals beat the Miami Hurricanes 36-9 to win the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Top Five NFL Draft Player Rankings By Position: Offense

Last week here on Ramblin’ Fan we gave our top 30 big board and earlier this week gave our latest St. Louis Rams mock draft. Now here are our NFL Draft offensive player rankings by position.

 

Quarterback

1. LOU Teddy Bridgewater

2. UCF Blake Bortles

3. A&M Johnny Manziel

4. Fres Derek Carr

5. Ala A.J. McCarron

The top three in this group are pretty set to go in the top five barring any surprises. Bridgewater may be the most accurate and pro ready of the group, Bortles is pretty raw, but has some upside if a team is willing to give him time, and Manziel is a playmaker that is unpredictable.

 

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Running Back

1. OSU Carlos Hyde

2.WAS Bishop Sankey

3. ARI Ka’Deem Carey

4. AU Tre Mason

5. LSU Jeremy Hill

 

This is another draft where we might go the entire first round without a running back being chosen. The running back position just isn’t valued like it once was. Hyde has the size, strength, and speed that teams like in a feature back. Sankey, Carey and Mason will go in the 2nd-4th rounds.

 

 

Oct 26, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) tackled following his catch by Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver

1. Clem Sammy Watkins

2. A&M Mike Evans

3. USC Marqise Lee

4. FSU Kelvin Benjamin

5. OSU Brandin Cooks

The wide receiver position is possibly the deepest position in this year’s draft. All of these players will bring something different to the table and all of them could possibly go in the first round.

 

Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End

1. UNC Eric Ebron

2. TT Jason Amaro

3. WAS Austin Seferian-Jenkins

4. ND Troy Niklas

5. Iowa C.J. Fiedorowicz

While the running back position may be going downhill, the tight end position is on its way up. Every team is looking for that mismatch and all of these guy bring that mismatch that teams are looking for in the slot.

 

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers guard Alex Kozan (63) tries to hear the play call while in the huddle with tackle Greg Robinson (73) center Reese Dismukes (50) and tackle Avery Young (56) against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Tackle

1. AU Greg Robinson

2. A&M Jake Matthews

3. Mich Taylor Lewan

4. ND Zack Martin

5. ALA Cyrus Kouandjio

Offensive tackle is another position that is very deep in this year’s draft. The top four are pretty set, but everybody after that is free game. Robinson has climbed up boards in recent weeks and  Matthews comes with a pretty good pedigree.

 

Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive linesman Gabe Jackson (61) in the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Guard

1. UCLA Xavier Su’a-Filo

2. Miss St. Gabe Jackson

3. Stan David Yankey

4. Clem Brandon Thomas

5. Bay Cyril Richardson

Offensive guard isn’t as deep as offensive tackle, but there are still some pretty good players in the group. Su’a-Filo is a pretty good pass blocker, while Jackson has great size but lacks power.

 

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as Southern California Trojans center Marcus Martin (66) snaps the ball to quarterback Cody Kessler (6) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Center

1. USC Marcus Martin

2. Col St. Weston Richburgh

3. Ark Travis Swanson

4. UNC Russell Bodine

5. Fla St. Bryan Stork

You probably won’t see a center go in the first round or two, but after that the center will start to fall off the board. Martin is the best out of the group as he has plenty of experience, is a food anchor in pass protection, and can dig his cleats in the ground and can match defenders size for size. his downfall is that he’s not very aggressive and has average quickness.

 

 

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