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2014 NFL Draft: Top offensive prospects

The combine is underway - running backs, wide receivers, and quarterbacks work out today - so let's look at some of the top offensive prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Auburn OL Greg Robinson
Auburn OL Greg Robinson
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NFL Coaches, GM's and Scouts are in Indianapolis this weekend to watch this years top NFL Prospect participate in the 2014 NFL Combine. I give you a look at the top prospects at each position on the offensive side of the ball, and if the Broncos will/should have interest in them.


  1. Teddy Bridgewater, 6'3 218lbs, Louisville
  2. Blake Bortles, 6'4 230lbs, UCF
  3. Johnny Manziel, 6'1 200lbs, Texas A&M
  4. Derek Carr, 6'3 212lbs, Fresno St.
  5. Zach Mettenberger, 6'5 230lbs, LSU

Other Notables: Tajh Boyd, Stephen Morris, A.J McCarron and Brett Smith


This group will be closely watched in the coming weeks and months. As of Bridgewater is the top prospect, and probably number one overall pick. However a strong showing throughout the process from UCF Blake Bortles(who is being compared to Big Ben) could overtake Bridgewater as the top QB prospect.

Now one name who we're going to hear about all offseason will be Johnny Manziel. Is he tall enough to be a NFL Quarterback? Is he big enough to take hits in the NFL? Will his maturity and off the field issues scare some teams off? and Is he a top 5 pick? Well some view him as the number one pick in the draft. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming weeks and months.

Derek Carr is the brother of former number one overall pick David Carr. It will be interesting to see if that helps, hurts or has no effect on his status amongst teams. Zach Mettenberger would be higher on this list if he did not tear his ACL.

Will The Broncos Have Interest?:

Unless Peyton Manning surprisingly retires(terrible thoughts) I don't see the Broncos having any interest in any of the top QB prospects. They do have two young QB's on their roster in former 2nd round pick Brock Osweiler, and rookie Zac Dysert. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos have interest in any mid to late round QB's.

Running Backs:

  1. Ka'Deem Carey, 5'10 196lbs, Arizona
  2. Lache Seastrunk, 5'10 210lbs, Baylor
  3. Bishop Sankey, 5'10 203lbs, Washington
  4. Carlos Hyde, 6'0 242lbs, Ohio St.
  5. Charlie Sims, 6'0 213lbs, West Virginia

Other notables: Tre Mason, Devonta Freeman, Storm Johnson, and Jeremy Hill


There's no legit top pick amongst this group once again this year. A lot of good players, but no Adrian Peterson type player. The top prospect according too Mocking The Draft is Arizona's Ke'Deem Carey. Despite his size he's not easy to bring down, and has some impressive speed. Seastrunk and Sankey will be talked about as top prospects as well. Carlos Hyde is the big bruiser of the group who has some speed.

This is always one my favorite group of prospects to watch year in and year out, so i'm excited to learn more about this group.

Will The Broncos Have Interest?:

This all comes down too whether or not the Broncos re-sign Knowshon Moreno. If they do the Broncos will roll with Moreno and Montee Ball next season. If they let Moreno walk, I could see them selection a back early once again.

The Other backs on the roster haven't shown anything thus far. Ronnie Hillman hasn't shown that he can be trusted or a productive NFL back, and C.J Anderson has only a handful of career carries. So If Moreno walks, look for another back to be added. The next question is whether it would be via Free Agency or the Draft, but that discussion is for another day.

Wide Receiver:

  1. Sammy Watkins, 6'1 205lbs, Clemson
  2. Mike Evans, 6'5 225lbs, Texas A&M
  3. Marqise Lee, 6'0 195lbs, USC
  4. Kelvin Benjamin, 6'5 235lbs, Florida St.
  5. Allen Robinson, 6'3 210lbs, Penn St.
  6. Odell Beckham Jr., 6'0 193lbs, LSU
  7. Jordan Matthews, 6'3 205lbs, Vanderbilt

Other notables: Paul Richardson, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, and Davante Adams


Sammy Watkins is the top receiver in this class. He doesn't have the elite size that the top receivers in NFL have, but he has big time speed and play making ability. It will be interesting to see if that's an issue for some teams going forward. Mike Evans is a favorite of mine. He's big, has speed and will be a problem for cornerbacks in the NFL. I see a lot of Vincent Jackson in him. Evans figures to be a top 20 pick. Marquise Lee will also go somewhere in the top 25 I believe as well.

I think we could see a run on receivers in the late first/early second. Receiver is a very deep position this year.

Will The Broncos Have Interest?:

This all depends on Eric Decker. If the Broncos resign Decker they won't draft a receiver early. Now If they let Decker walk, and do not sign a WR via Free Agency, look for a guy in the first three rounds. As I said it's a deep class, and you could grab a solid prospect in the late second round. I'd love to see Mike Evans as a Bronco if we let Decker go.

Tight Ends:

  1. Jace Amaro, 6'5 260lbs, Texas A&M
  2. Eric Ebron, 6'4 245lbs, North Carolina
  3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6'6 276lbs, Washington
  4. Troy Niklas, 6'6 270lbs, Notre Dame
  5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, 6'7 265lbs, Iowa


Jace Amaro and Eric Ebron are the top TE prospects in this years class. Both figure to be first round/early second round selections in Draft. Jenkins, Niklas and Fiedorowicz figure to be Second Day selections. These guys will need solid showings throughout the process to separate themselves from one another.

Will The Broncos Have Interest?:


The Broncos are deep at Tight End. Julius Thomas finally emerged as one of the top Tight End options in the NFL. Virgil Green has shown to be a solid blocker, and a decent pass catcher as well. The Broncos also have veteran Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen. Both might be potential cap causalities this offseason though.

Offensive Line:

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Jake Matthews, 6'5 305lbs, Texas A&M
  2. Greg Robinson, 6'5 320lbs, Auburn
  3. Taylor Lewan, 6'7 315lbs, Michigan
  4. Cyrus Kouandjio, 6'5 312lbs, Alabama
  5. Zach Martin, 6'4 305lbs, Notre Dame

Other Notables: Antonio Richardson, Joel Bitonio, Jack Mewhort, and Morgan Moses

Offensive Guards:

  1. David Yankey, 6'5 314lbs, Stanford
  2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, 6'3 305lbs, UCLA
  3. Cyril Richardson, 6'5 348lbs, Baylor
  4. Anthony Steen, 6'2 310lbs, Alabama
  5. Gabe Jackson, 6'4 340lbs, Mississippi St.

Other Notables: Spencer Long, Trai Turner, and Chris Burnette


  1. Travis Swanson, 6'5 310lbs, Arkansas
  2. Weston Richburg, 6'4 300lbs, Colorado St.
  3. Gabe Ikard, 6'3 298lbs, Oklahoma
  4. Tyler Larsen, 6'4 317lbs, Utah State
  5. Marcus Martin, 6'3 310lbs, USC


The offensive tackles are the top prospects here. Jake Matthews will be a top 5 or 10 pick in the draft. Robinson, Lewan, and Kouandjio all figure to be top 15-20 picks in the draft as well. The workouts and combine will be huge for all these guys to separate themselves from the field. Zach Martin probably shifts inside in the Pros, but he's a solid all around prospect.

Last year there was two guards taken in the top 15 picks. I do not see this happening this year. David Yankey and Xavier Su'a-Filo are the top guards in this years class. Both figure to be either late first round selections or second day picks. Big Cyril Richardson will be an interesting guy to watch. Baylor offensive line prospects have all been busts in the NFL lately. So that reputation might hurt him going forward. One cannot ignore the mans size. If he tests well, he should go in the second day of the draft.

Travis Swanson is the top center prospect in the draft. It's not a very deep class. Weston Richburg and Gabe Ikard figure to be taken on the third day of the NFL Draft.

Will The Broncos Have Interest?:


Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Manny Ramirez, Louis Vasquez, and Orlando Franklin are all under contract, and are expected back next season. All of them have performed well too, so I do not expect the Broncos to try to improve on any of the guys. Now Zane Beadles is a Free Agent at the end of the season. If the Broncos decide to bring him back, they figure to stay content with what they have at Offensive Line. Now if they let him walk, they could take a Guard or Tackle in the draft. As Pro Football Focus points out, Beadles has been the "weak link" of the Broncos offensive line, so it will be interesting to see what they do there in the offseason.