No sooner does 2014 arrive but the top of the 2014 NFL draft is coming together. On New Year's Day Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney have both declared they will enter the draft.
Bridgewater has decided to enter the 2014 Draft according to sources close to ESPN's Brett McMurphy
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has decided to enter NFL Draft source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 1, 2014
South Carolina team played in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day and following the game, Clowney wasted no time in announcing he will enter the 2014 draft.
This is rather unusual considering most players making such a decision either aren't so quickly sure what they will do yet or don't make their intentions known on the field immediately following the game. Yet these players are always asked the question in the hopes of a player like Clowney will simply answer the question honestly.
Clowney is expected to be a top five pick. The only team in the top five who might not be thinking quarterback is the Rams with the number two pick and defensive end is not a top need for them. It would suggest a team could try and trade up to get Clowney.
Also, if the top five worth QB's are gone by the time the Raiders make their pick at five and Clowney is still on the board, they could take a long look at the best defensive player in this draft.
Another such possible top five pick is Johnny Manziel who said following his Texas A&M comeback win on New Year's Eve, that he was not thinking about anything but enjoying his team's win. That's a more typical response to that question. He was already a strong candidate for the top five and after his masterful performance to bring back his team for the win over Duke in Chick-Fil-A Bowl, he may have solidified that projection.