The 2014 NFL Draft is more than five months away, but from now until then there will be plenty to talk about. Trade rumors and free agency will create buzz throughout the league, but outside of the league, we’ll hear tons about potential prospects.
To keep track, we’ll put together updates of the biggest news and any hot rumors concerning the 2014 NFL Draft and it’s top prospects. For Thursday, Tre Mason and Braxton Miller dominate the secondary level of headlines, while Johnny Manziel still holds the top spot after officially declaring for the draft yesterday.
With that, let’s recap the biggest news for Thursday and over the past couple of days concerning May’s draft:
- Auburn running back Tre Mason has officially declared for the draft, according to Joel Erickson via Twitter. Mason was a monster, toting then ball a whopping 109 times in Auburn’s final three games – including the National Championship game against Florida State. Mason is regarded by many as a second or third round prospect.
- Ohio State gets star quarterback Braxton Miller back for the 2014 season. Miller will bypass the draft and return for his senior season as the Buckeyes will again try to chase down a national title. Miller received mid-to-late round grades for the draft and probably wasn’t going to go any higher than the fifth round. He’s an exceptional athlete with good upside, though, so another season could help add some polish and push him higher up the draft in 2015.
- Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will enter the 2014 NFL Draft player pool. He’s one of the better inside defensive linemen in the draft, but is no lock to be a first round pick.
- Alabama loses two stud prospects, as expected, as safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will enter the draft. Clinton-dix is arguably the best safety in the draft, while Kouandjio is among the top tackles. It would be somewhat surprising if either fell out of the first round.
Other than the latest news and rumors regarding the draft, we also like to point out good content we stumble across. Here are some good pieces worth taking a look at for all you draft fiends out there: