NFL Draft 2014 - Top 10 available prospects

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The NFL Draft is drawing ever closer, and with the top teams in the order looking for prospects, who are the top 10 available?

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Overview: Outside of Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam, Clowney is the most talked about prospect in the NFL Draft. An incredible physical specimen who looks ready for the NFL had something of a disappointing season by his standards for South Carolina, but NFL teams know that he has the skillset to succeed at the next level. His first step off the line is incredible, and he has the speed and strength to keep himself off blockers, making him an outstanding pass rusher off the edge.

Best fit: Clowney is best used in a four man front either as a left or right defensive end. He could of course be drafted into a 3-4 scheme as the Texans own the #1 pick, where his best position would be to play as an outside linebacker but a versatile prospect like Clowney won't be confined to just one position on the field.

2.Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Overview: Bridgewater might well be the most underrated player in the draft now. People have concerns about his slight frame and only good, but not great arm strength – but in terms of accuracy, pocket manipulation and decision making, no quarterback in this class comes close to Bridgewater. It feels as if many people have become 'bored' at a consensus No. 1 quarterback – just as they did in 2012 with Andrew Luck – and are looking for a new name to rave about, when in fact, Bridgewater is by far the best, pro-ready quarterback available.

Best fit: Many will say that Bridgewater's arm would limit him to a West Coast offense, but his skillset suits most offenses in the NFL, maybe with the exception of a downfield attack like Bruce Arians' in Arizona with the Cardinals.

3. Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M

Overview: Has been pretty much the consensus No. 1 tackle in this class ever since he decided to return for his senior year. Matthews is an excellent technician who shows picture-perfect pass protection but is also strong and aggressive enough to be a force in the run game. There are question marks over how much better he can be at the next level, but Matthews should be a solid left tackle for years to come.

Best fit: Having played at right and left tackle for Texas A&M, but whilst some had speculated that teams were viewing him as a center, Matthews will play at tackle, and is best suited to the left hand side.

4. Greg Robinson, T, Auburn

Overview: Robinson is one of the most dominant players on film from this draft class. Robinson is a monster of a man, and he uses that bulk to devastating effect in the run game. His brute strength is evident for all to see in the run game as he latches on to defenders and drives them back like blocking sleds. He still needs some work on his technique in pass protection, but his athleticism and strength suggest he has a huge amount of potential to work with.

Best fit: May start out at right tackle in the NFL in order to use his incredible run blocking, but he's a developmental prospect at left tackle who will almost certainly slide over to that side in the future.

5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Overview: The top receiver in class, Watkins combines speed with outstanding body control and adjustment to be a threat in short, intermediate and deep areas of the field. His run after catch ability is a huge weapon, but he is also willing to make catches in traffic. There isn't much Watkins can't do, but he may need to get better running his routes in the NFL as he ran a condensed route tree at Clemson – despite this, Watkins should make an instant impact in the NFL.

Best fit: Should fit any offense because of his ability to make plays in all parts of the field. He can also contribute on special teams as a return man, using his speed and open field vision.

6.Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo

Overview: Mack had a great combine, and cemented his position above Anthony Barr in the linebacker/edge player rankings. Mack has a great skillset, showing active, aggressive hands and the ability to turn speed into power. He can also hold the edge against the run and even drop into coverage, making him one of the top players in this draft. There may be some questions over his character after a suspension, but Mack has shown the qualities necessary to be a good NFL player.

Best fit: Mack is so versatile that he could be used as a 3-4 outside linebacker, a 4-3 defensive end or even a 4-3 strongside linebacker, similar to how Denver use Von Miller.

7. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Overview: Mosley is a do-it-all linebacker who was the heartbeat of the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. A rangy linebacker who has great sideline-to-sideline speed, Mosley is effective against the run and the pass, and his all-round game separates him from other linebackers in this class. There may be concerns over his injury history, and that will need to be checked out, but if healthy, Mosley should be a force in the middle of a defense.

Best fit: Will mostly work as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 or a middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.

8. HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Overview: Another key player in Nick Saban's defense, Clinton-Dix looks an ideal fit as a free safety in the NFL. With impressive range, coverage and ball skills, offenses will have to account for the man known as 'HaHa' (real name Ha'Sean), and he isn't afraid to take on the run either, displaying big hits that may not fly in the NFL, but he's an aggressive player in the secondary.

Best fit: Has lined up as a deep safety and up in the box. A clever defensive co-ordinator will use him in both roles as a rounded safety who can do most things at a high level.

9. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Overview: Bortles has been called 'a poor man's Andrew Luck', when in reality he might be a better version of Jake Locker coming out of Washington in 2011. Bortles has prototypical size, excellent pocket presence and mobility, but needs to become more consistent with his accuracy, decision making and mechanics. With good coaching, Bortles can become a star in the NFL but there is still much for him to work on.

Best fit: Much like Bridgewater, Bortles possesses a good but not great arm, but should fit most offensive schemes in the NFL.

10. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Overview: Evans is a matchup nightmare. At 6ft 5in, 231lbs, Evans has made his name in college football by catching contested passes from Johnny Manziel. His greatest asset is his size, but his ability to catch the ball at its highest point and in traffic is what makes him such a good prospect. Evans also moves well for a man his size, but will be asked to run a more complex route tree in the NFL, whilst Manziel's trust in Evans making contested catches led to his huge production – will he get the same respect early on in the NFL?

Best fit: Certainly as an outside receiver, but should be given the chances to show his body control and high pointing ability, like Alshon Jeffery has in Chicago.

*NOTE: These are my own personal rankings and not necessarily the views of other teams or analysts.