The 2014 NFL Draft is inching closer and former college football athletes are preparing for what could be the biggest day of their careers. Since this day is so monumental in the life of an athlete, it seems necessary to compare some top draft prospects to pros who are already in the league.
Anthony Barr, UCLA
Barr has an incredibly deadly speed and his hands are his biggest threat. He has a solid frame that allows him to weave and bob and when he gets a little stronger in the league, he can easily be compared to DeMarcus Ware, a defensive end currently in free agency.
Ware recently played for the Denver Broncos but he was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as the 11th overall pick in 2005.
Mock Drafts predict Barr to go to the Tennessee Titans since they are expecting a defensive change under Ray Horton. They have a critical need for pass rushers which is why they just might swoop up the former Bruins star. Although he does not rank in the top 10, his incredible mix of speed and agility makes him a dependable linebacker.
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Clowney is a player has the entire package. He’s fast, strong, and huge. He’s a fantastic pass rusher and he can do a lot on his own. It’s because of these qualities that he can be compared to Julius Peppers.
Peppers was very similar to Clowney during his glory days. Not only was he strong and explosive, but Peppers also had some issues with his work ethic, just as Clowney does. Critics say his lack of motivation and will to work could ultimately keep him from becoming a football great.
The latest draft rumors rank Clowney as being the best prospect in the 2014 draft class. Now, he might not be selected at No. 1 but there are plenty of teams salivating over him. The Jaguars are reportedly very interested in Clowney’s talents and NFL.com even says Jacksonville will not let him slide past the 3rd pick.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Bridgewater has his eyes on the No. 1 overall pick and with his competitive edge and drive to succeed, he may very well be selected first. His timing is almost immaculate and he has the patience to deliver the ball to his receivers at the right time. He’s mentally and physically tough which is why he can be compared to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers is one of the best in the position and even boasts a Super Bowl win. He’s a well-known MVP that positions himself well in the pocket and throws with pristine accuracy.
Bridgewater has a little growing up to do but he’s on the right track to quarterback success. The bottom line is that he plays smart. He calculates every move and matches up perfectly with his passers. He can easily become a Pro Bowler with the right coaching staff.