College Football’s Top 10 Passing Tandems For 2014

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There were some truly outstanding quarterback-wide receiver tandems on display during the 2013 college football season. Unfortunately, college fans we’ll never again get another chance to see powerful passing partnerships like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Davante Adams, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Odell Beckham, since all those talented playmakers have moved on to the NFL.

Luckily, though, there are still plenty of intriguing passing combinations to get excited about.

Here’s a look at college football’s top 10 passing tandems for the 2014 season.

Predicting College Football’s Breakout Stars of 2014

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It’s a question that inevitably gets asked before the start of every college football season: Who are the potential breakout stars to watch out for this year?

Which players are ready to elevate their game from pretty good to great?

Who are the players who are ready to transform from being solid to spectacular?

Last year, we saw an abundance of players who deserved the term “breakout star.” Jameis Winston, Greg Robinson, Blake Bortles, Andre Williams, Michael Sam, Brandin Cooks, Vic Beasley, Tre Mason, Mike Evans and Justin Gilbert are just a few of the many notable names who put together eye-opening performances and became household names in 2013.

Those players deserved all of the celebratory accolades they received for their stellar seasons. However, it’s now time to look toward the future and try to pinpoint which fast-rising talents are ready to step into the national spotlight and emerge as the breakout stars of the 2014 season.

For this list, I chose players who have yet to earn either first- or second-team All-Conference honors but who have shown signs of taking steps toward stardom with their prior performances.

Here are the players who are destined to be a part of college football’s next wave of breakout stars.

2015 NFL Draft Preview: The Early Bird Special

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With many analysts dubbing the 2014 NFL draft class the deepest and most talented group that they’ve seen in at least a decade, it’s clear that the 2015 draft class is going to have a mighty tough precedent to live up to.

Since a record 98 underclassmen—including big-name stars such as JadeveonClowney, Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins and Teddy Bridgewater—chose to declare for the 2014 draft, college football has obviously taken a major talent hit. Luckily, though, the sport still has plenty of established impact players and plenty more up-and-coming talents that NFL scouts should be excited about.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi, UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Nebraska DE Randy Gregory are just a few of the high-profile prospects who bypassed the chance to earn millions as high picks in the 2014 draft in order to return to school and continue honing their skills on the collegiate level.

They’ll be some of the must-watch prospects to keep an eye on this fall, but there will be plenty of other notable names to watch out for as well.

Admittedly, trying to rank and project draft prospects this early in the process is simply an impossible task. Every year, we always end up seeing a few unheralded prospects rise from relative obscurity and become household names, while we also see highly touted commodities fail to live up to their preseason hype.

At this time last year, who would have thought that Blake Bortles would be picked ahead of Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater? Or that Greg Robinson would be the top offensive tackle taken? Or that once overlooked prospects like Ja’Wuan James, Dee Ford, Marcus Smith, Deone Bucannon and Jimmie Ward would all end up being selected in the first round?

So much is bound to happen over the next 12 months that will change the complexion of the 2015 draft class. Still, it’s never too early to get a jump on evaluating and discerning the next wave of top prospects.

Here’s a very early, preliminary look at college football’s top prospects for the 2015 NFL draft.

2014 NFL Draft: Predicting The Top 100 Picks

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s apparently not an old adage that the NFL brass adheres to.

The league’s decision to push its most anticipated event of the offseason—the NFL draft—back from its usual spot in late April to early May has been met with universal criticism and backlash from fans.

You would think that maybe the silver lining would be that the extra time would provide us all with more clarity for what’s going to actually happen in this year’s draft. But the opposite has happened. Rumors, smokescreens and innuendo have dominated the headlines for weeks, leaving fans wary, scornful and in the mood to give in and say, “Let’s go already.”

Luckily, the day that we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived.

Yes, draft day is here.

With a record number of underclassmen declaring for the 2014 NFL draft, this year’s draft class has been labeled as the deepest and most talent-stocked group we’ve seen in quite some time.

Big names like Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins have been at the forefront throughout the process. However, this year’s class runs much deeper than just the big star names.

As we prepare for tonight’s much-awaited kickoff to the festivities, there are still plenty of questions about what to expect over the next few days.

This year’s draft may feature much more star power than last year’s affair. Somehow, though, it’s managed to remain more unpredictable and mysterious.

I certainly can’t say for sure how it will all transpire, but I can at least attempt to venture a quality guess as to how the first three rounds will unfold. Here are my final predictions for how the top 100 picks of the 2014 NFL draft will play out.