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    Richner: Top 35 Prospects

    by Matt Richner, NFL Draft Expert
    Last Updated: 1/18/2015 8:58 PM ET
    With the draft just right around the corner, and after months of player evaluations, we have reached the final Top-35 prospect rankings. We have ranked each player using statistical analysis of their performance both this season and in past seasons. I'm sure you all know by now that we take an objective viewpoint, focusing more on a player's stats and performance with little to no weight on their 40-yard dash times or the number of bench press totals. These rankings don't reflect the actual order I believe the players will get drafted.

    The final rankings have six defensive players ranked in the top ten, led by Khalil Mack. The outside linebacker position, with five players,has the most ranked players of any position group in this year's draft. The first quarterback on the big board is Teddy Bridgewater who fell five spots to the eighth spot.

    There are eleven new players who make their first appearance on the big board, led by Jimmie Ward (FS, Northern Illinois) and Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Boise State). Ward was a dynamic playmaker, and a consistent producer the last couple of years. He has steadily risen up the draft board and finds himself in the top fifteen. Lawrence is just a two year starter for Boise State, and while he has some off field issues, he has been one of the most productive players when he steps out on to the field.

    Matt Richner's Top 35 NFL Draft Prospects for 2014
    Rank Player Position School Previous Ranking
    1 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo 4
    2 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 9
    3 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina 5
    4 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 1
    5 Jake Matthews LT Texas A&M 2
    6 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 6
    7 Greg Robinson OG Auburn 16
    8 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville 3
    9 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St. 10
    10 C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 26
    11 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State NR
    12 Jimmie Ward FS Northern Illinois NR
    13 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State NR
    14 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St 27
    15 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State NR
    16 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona 22
    17 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington 19
    18 Trent Murphy DE Stanford 15
    19 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 17
    20 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech NR
    21 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin NR
    22 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 23
    23 David Yankey OG Stanford 18
    24 Deone Bucannon S Washington State NR
    25 Jason Verrett CB TCU NR
    26 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State NR
    27 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor 31
    28 Justin Gilbert DB Oklahoma State 12
    29 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU 11
    30 Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama 13
    31 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State 20
    32 DaQuan Jones DT Penn State NR
    33 Bishop Sankey RB Washington NR
    34 Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State 29
    35 Aaron Murray QB Georgia 24
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