For the next five days, the eyes of the football world will be focused on Indianapolis, where the sport’s much-anticipated annual survival of the fittest showcase—the NFL Combine—will take place. 335 NFL hopefuls have descended upon the city, looking to show off their skills for scouts, coaches and key front-office personnel to see.
With a record 98 underclassmen having declared for the 2014 draft, this year’s class is arguably the deepest and most talented group of prospects we’ve seen in at least a decade. That’s what makes this year’s combine so intriguing and exciting.
Plenty of big-name stars should shine during workouts, but as always, there will likely be a few lesser-known breakout performers who make a name for themselves on the big stage as well.
So what are the key storylines to watch out for?
Which players are poised to post the best results in the highly scrutinized physical tests?
And most importantly, which prospects will ultimately cause the biggest buzz?
Here’s a look at the predictions for the 2014 NFL combine.
The college football world lost a tremendous amount of star power this offseason, with a record 98 underclassmen declaring for the 2014 NFL draft, including heralded headline-makers such as Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and Sammy Watkins.
While many of the top performers from the 2013 season may be moving on to the pros, there are still plenty of players left on the collegiate level who are worth getting excited about.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman winner, will be college football’s new cover boy this offseason. However, there are plenty of other players who deserve their fair share of recognition as well.
That’s why I wanted to put together a preliminary preseason look at the top players to watch out for this fall.
There were many factors I considered when putting together these rankings. Physical ability, pro potential and past production were all weighed into the equation, but ultimately, the main word and general idea I focused on when putting together the list was impact.
These are the players who I feel have what it takes to make the biggest individual impact at their respective positions this season.
Here’s a look at the top 50 college football players for the 2014 season.