2014 NFL Fantasy Prospect
With the 2013 NFL draft coming to a close, it’s time to take an early look ahead to the class of 2014. It is never too early to start getting the upper hand of knowledge on these players, especially for dynasty leagues.
Without further adieu, here are ten prospects to monitor throughout the 2013 college football season.
Marqise Lee,6’1/195, Jr, WR, USC: Lee really burst onto the scene in 2012 leading the country with 118 catches for 1,721 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He completely overshadowed Robert Woods in 2012, who was supposed to be the top receiver on the team. His numbers may take a dip in the 2013 season depending on the quarterback situation, but he has flashed enough talent to warrant being the top receiver taken in 2014.
Aaron Murray,6’1/210, Sr, QB, Georgia: The top senior quarterback in the 2014 class. There was talk about him coming out for this years draft, but he decided to go back to school. Most gave him a round 2-3 grade for this years draft, so he will need to make some obvious improvements.
Teddy Bridgewater, 6’3/218, Jr, QB, Louisville: All the hype going into the 2013 season will center around Teddy Bridgewater. He has definitely made a statement the last two years getting the Louisville program some of the national spotlight. Great physical ability and if he declares, will compete to be the number one overall pick.
Jadeveon Clowney, 6’6/249, DE, South Carolina: In IDP leagues, defensive end has become a premium position. Clowney easily stands a chance of going number one overall. He should be a dominant force in the NFL and could be an instant fantasy contributor. Clowney leaves us with this shot heard around the world from the 2012 season
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6’6/266, Jr,TE, Washington: A physical monster and former basketball player. He set the school career marks for 104 receptions, 1,327 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during his 2012 campaign. May have some character concerns as he was cited for a DUI in March of this year.
Sammy Watkins,6’1/200,Jr, WR, Clemson: Watkins burst onto the scene in 2011 with 82 receptions for 1,219 yards, and 12 touchdowns. His production was hampered in 2012 by numerous things. He was suspended the first two games of 2012 for an offseason drug related arrest. Combined with DeAndre Hopkins emerging as the leading receiver for the Tigers, and a few injuries for Sammy as well. As he takes over as the number one receiver for Clemson headed into 2013, he should see relevance once again, and will compete with Marqise Lee to be the first receiver off the board in 2014.
Tajh Boyd,6’1/225,Sr, QB, Clemson: Boyd has 2 full seasons now as the starter for the Tigers. Considered entering the 2013 draft, but decided to return for his senior season after getting a day two grade. With the “athletic” quarterback being the new craze in the NFL, its not crazy to see Boyd talked up as a top prospect in 2014 if he can remain productive in his senior season.
Silas Redd,5’10/200,Sr, RB, USC: After spending two years at Penn State, Redd transferred to USC for the 2012 season. He is out for the spring practices and games, but will have surgery and be ready for the start of the 2013 season. Redd will have to return with a vengence to avoid getting pushed down on the depth chart.
Ka’Deem Carey,5’10/197,Jr, RB, Arizona: Considered one of the nation’s top running backs. Very productive back breaking school and conference records in the 2012 season. Had three separate run-ins with the law during the 2012 season.
C.J. Fiedorowicz,6’7/265, Sr,TE, Iowa: Another former basketball player, and a massive target. Production was inconsistent in 2012. Has many aspects of his game he MUST improve such as his ability to run routes and beat the Jam off the line of scrimmage, but has physical tools to become a great player.