The 2014 NFL draft is coming up quickly. Players’ perceived stock will inevitably fluctuate from now until the draft, but the players have done everything they can do solidify themselves within their position class. Let’s take a look at the USC football players likely to be picked in 2014 NFL Draft:
Marqise Lee, WR
Projected mid to late first round, possibly falling to the early second round
Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 192 40 Time: 4.52
Marqise Lee is starting to make some noise in a draft where receiver talent runs deep. He needs to work on the crispness of his routes, but is a good enough athlete to contribute during his rookie year. If a team like the Jets or Panthers drafts him he could establish himself as a potential number one receiver.
Marcus Martin, G/C
Projected second to third round
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 320 40 Time: dnp
Martin should be good enough to start immediately for most teams. With time he has the potential to become a top 10 interior lineman. Whoever drafts him should be satisfied with their pick.
Dion Bailey, S
Projected second to fourth round
Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 201 40 Time: 4.66
Having played linebacker for two seasons, Dion Bailey knows how to hit. Successfully making the switch to safety shows you just how athletic he is. Unfortunately, this raises some concerns. His switch to safety was necessary due to his lack of size at the linebacker position. Because his deep coverage skills are also a concern, he could be labeled a tweener by some teams. The right team will find a fit for him on their defense, but his tweener status will also drop him on other team’s boards.
George Uko, DT
Projected third to fifth round
Height: 6’3 Weight: 284 40 Time:
George Uko can make an impact at the NFL level, but he won’t be an elite player any time soon. He is an average athlete and plays an unpredictable game. He flashes some moves, but too often takes himself out of plays. Look for a team to develop him to contribute in the future.
Xavier Grimble, TE
Projected fifth to sixth round
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 257 40 Time: dnp
Grimble has always had the potential to be a solid tight end. He had some good games at USC, but injuries slowed him down too often. He could have benefitted from staying another year. Grimble is also the cousin of Barkevious Mingo, the Cleveland Browns first round selection last year.
Devon Kennard, OLB
Projected sixth to seventh round
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 249 40 Time: 4.70
Kennard is a solid football player. He is a versatile linebacker with outstanding intangibles, but does not have the special level of athleticism needed for the NFL. He should be able to carve out a role on a team and be a positive presence in the locker room. I think he will be one of those players who is good enough at the game of football to find a spot on a team and overcome any perceived athletic shortcomings.
Silas Redd, RB
Projected to go undrafted
Height: 5′ 10″ Weight: 212 40 Time: 4.70
Redd’s best hope in the NFL is to be part of a committee system. He lacks the speed and athleticism to be a feature back, though he does show the occasional flash that gives him the potential to play on Sundays. If he can find a way to contribute on special teams he can be another player who can force his way on to teams every year.
Morgan Breslin, OLB/DE
Projected to go undrafted
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 240 40 Time: 4.60
Breslin did not receive an invite to the combine, potentially killing his perceived stock. Apparently it left a large chip on his shoulder and that will help him fight to make a team this upcoming year. He is a hard-nosed player, giving hope that he can do some damage in the NFL.