January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper’s 2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Clowney, Bridgewater Highlight Rankings


ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his first big board for the 2014 NFL Draft and there are a few surprises on the list. At the top, it is a shock to no one that South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney occupies the top spot, while Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater comes in at No. 2. Clowney and Bridgewater are clearly the two best prospects going in to the season, so we should get used to seeing them at the top of big boards everwhere.

But what about the rest of the prospects?

Kiper makes a bit of a bold move putting UCLA’s Anthony Barr in the top five and one of the most polarizing quarterback prospects, Johnny Manziel, makes the cut in the top 25.

How does Kiper have the board playing out?

Here is Mel Kiper Jr. discussing his first big board for the 2014 NFL Draft on ESPN’s SportsCenter:

What do you think of Kiper’s initial rankings? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

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