Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadum. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
So it’s training camp, the players have had a chance to shine. Which draftee from 2014 is getting noticed and whose not so much? To keep things fair I’ll break this down how they were drafted. That means yes, Jadeveon Clowney is up first. This installment will look at the top five players drafted this year.
Jadeveon Clowney OLF South Carolina
He’s been through surgery on a sports hernia, he’s still not going full speed yet he’s surprising everyone with his speed and agility. Not once has a report surfaced of him slacking off. That was a concern going into the draft, but while it’s yet early in the camp, there has been no sign such is actually the case now.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG UCLA.
For an offense lineman, you can’t really stand out until the pads go on. Su’a-Filo has been spending most of his time right now with the second team unit, but with the rash of injuries and the unfortunate cancer diagnoses to Quessenberry the line is lacking depth. I expect as we move forward you’ll see Su’a-Filo make the starting roster.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Iowa
Early on C.J.’s name didn’t really pop up. All the focus was on Graham and Griffen. Sold as a blocking TE, C.J. Has been flashing some pretty good pass catching skills. Big, fast, hard hitting tight end? Yeah, C.J.’s gonna get his shot at playing this season. O’Brien likes to use multiple tight end formations, here’s hoping whomever is guarding C.J. Thinks he just there to run or pass block!
Louis Nix NT Notre Dame
A big, funny, tough player drafted later then initially anticipated to fill a crucial role as the Texans nose tackle. Sadly, Nix has been sidelined by knee issues and has yet to do anything. This is unfortunate and not an unforeseen possibility. In 2013 he was seen a low first round, high second round possibility. However he’s knees acted up and he dropped into the Texans lap in the third round. As a backup plan the Texans picked up UH product David Hunter to provide depth at nose tackle. Starter is yet to be determined.
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Tom Savage QB Pittsburg
Savage is listed for now as the third string quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and is trying to move last years replacement start Case Keenum as Fitzpatrick’s back up. The best word to describe Savage so far is raw. He’s got a big arm, a big frame and a lot of raw potential. Expect to see him stay at number three at least through the bye week.
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