2014 NFL Mock Draft: Midseason Projections

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The 2014 NFL draft class is shaping up to be a much stronger and much more star-studded group than the rather weak and much-criticized 2013 draft class.

Though big-name prospects such as Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney have been the headline-makers who have received the bulk of the attention and publicity so far this season, there are plenty of other talented prospects who are worthy of praise as well.

Now that we’ve reached the midpoint of the NFL regular season, there’s enough of a sample size to get a good feel for what each teams’ main weaknesses are, and which areas they’ll likely need to address early in the 2014 draft. Also, the first-round draft order has started to at least take some some semblance of shape, as the true contenders have begun to separate themselves from the pretenders.

While a lot is bound to change between now and May 8th, here’s a look at my current projections for all 32 first-round picks, along with updated prospect rankings for each individual position.

College Football Week 9 Picks: Predictions For Every Saturday Game

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Week 8 of the college football season turned out to be the wildest and most entertaining weekend of the season so far. Big-name contenders like LSU, Texas A&M, Clemson, UCLA and Louisville all tasted defeat in what turned out to be a weekend filled with stunning upsets.

This week, the top three teams in the country—Alabama, Florida State and Oregon—are all heavy favorites. However, other top 10 teams such as Stanford, Missouri and Texas Tech are all facing tough challenges.

So should we expect any more big, standings-shaking upsets this week?

Here’s a look at the predictions and picks for every Saturday game of Week 9.

NFL Week 8 Picks and Predictions

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Week 8 of the NFL season doesn’t feature a true marquee matchup, and it’s a slate of games that admittedly leaves a lot to be desired. Still, while this weekend’s schedule may not seem all that compelling, there are still plenty of intriguing lines that bettors should take a close look at.

Last week,  the dogs were barking, as we saw seven underdogs cover the number, with six of them—the Cowboys, the Redskins, the Jets, the Bills, the Bengals and the Colts—winning outright.

This week, however, it looks like many of the favorites hold a distinct edge.

So which teams are worth backing? Here’s a look at the picks and predictions for every Week 8 game.

2014 NFL Draft: Week 8 Prospect Review

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Week 8 of the college football season featured some excellent performances by some of college football’s top prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. However, there were also a few notable names who didn’t fare quite as well.

So which top prospects shined, and which ones were the most disappointing?

Here’s a look at the key 2014 NFL draft storylines from Week 8.

College Football Week 8 Picks: Predictions For Every Saturday Game

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The much-anticipated ACC showdown between No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Florida State is clearly the biggest and most hyped game of Week 8 of the college football season. However, the battle between the Seminoles and Tigers in Death Valley isn’t the only intriguing matchup on Saturday’s slate.

Other conference clashes such as UCLA vs. Stanford, Washington vs. Arizona State, Florida vs. Missouri and Auburn vs. Texas A&M should all be worth tuning in for as well. There’s certainly plenty of quality action to please the palates of fans this weekend. The question is, which teams will ultimately prevail?

After going 6-0 on my “super six picks” in Week 6, and 5-1 last week, here’s a look at the six bets I like the most for Week 8, along with predictions for every single Saturday game.

Florida State vs. Clemson: The 10 Must-Watch 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

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Saturday night’s huge ACC showdown, pitting No. 3 Clemson against No. 5 Florida State in Death Valley, is not only the biggest game of Week 8, it’s one of the most important battles of the entire college football season. Not only will it have conference championship implications, it will also have an effect on the overall national title race.

Last year’s meeting between these two teams featured 15 players who were ultimately selected in the 2013 NFL draft, including four first-round picks. This year’s game will also feature plenty of star power and a few prospects who have evident first-round potential.

Though the best overall player in this year’s game—Florida State QB Jameis Winston—may not be eligible for the 2014 draft, there are still plenty of other players who scouts will be examining closely.

Here’s a look at the 2014 draft prospects to watch out for on Saturday night.

2014 NFL Draft: Midseason Prospect Rankings

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We’ve reached the midpoint of the college football regular season, which means we now have a pretty good sample size from which to judge the sport’s top eligible NFL prospects.

So far this season, we’ve seen plenty of big-name stars such as Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota all step up and shine. However, we’ve also seen some of the most talked-about players of the offseason such as Jadeveon Clowney and Marqise Lee fail to match their preseason hype.

Since we’ve still got a long way to go before May 8th, obviously, a lot is going to change between now and draft weekend. Nevertheless, this is still a good time to stop and assess where the top prospects rank at this point in the season.

Here’s a look at how the top 25 prospects for the 2014 NFL draft currently stack up, as well as a look at how the top prospects at each individual position stand after seven weeks.

College Football Week 7 Picks and Predictions

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The Saturday slate for Week 7 of the college football season features three intriguing matchups, pitting top-25 teams against each other: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 16 Washington, No. 10 LSU vs. No. 17 Florida and No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 25 Missouri. There are also a few other compelling contests such as No. 5 Stanford vs. Utah, No. 9 Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss, No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas and No. 14 South Carolina vs. Arkansas, which could potentially produce an upset.

The last few weeks have been a little short on drama, and they haven’t exactly featured a ton of great games. However, this Saturday certainly has the chance to make up for the rather ho-hum recent weekends, and it could easily be the best and most entertaining day we’ve seen so far this season.

Here’s a look at the picks and predictions for ever Saturday game of Week 7.

 

NFL Week 6 Picks and Predictions

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The sixth week of the NFL season doesn’t feature a ton of great, marquee matchups besides New Orleans vs. New England. However, this week’s slate of games does feature its fair share of intriguing spreads.

The humongous 27.5-point spread that Denver is laying against Jacksonville is obviously the one that jumps off the card. However, there are much more interesting lines that bettors should take a look at.

So which teams are worth backing this week?

Here’s a look at predictions and picks for every Week 6 game.

Note: All lines courtesy of Covers.com

2014 NFL Draft: Which Top Prospects Have Been the Biggest Disappointments?

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Every season, there are always at least a few heralded college football players who fail to live up to their preseason accolades.

Last year, players like Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and David Amerson all saw their draft stock take a major hit due to sub-par performances.

This year, there are once again a few big-name players who have yet to perform up to expectations.

So who have been the most disappointing 2014 NFL draft prospects so far?

As we continue to inch closer to the halfway point of the 2013 season, here’s a look at a few notable prospects who have yet to live up their hype.