Finally! We're now just days until the 2014 NFL Draft, and while we have a better feel for how the first round will play out, there is still plenty of unknown entering draft week.
My draft board isn't a mock draft or a list prospects based on how I think they will come off the board beginning Thursday. My final board ranks the top 100 players available in this draft based on my scouting over the past year. Some names in my top 100 might surprise, but for better or worse, the eye in the sky doesn't lie.
Final Top 100 Draft Board:
1. Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville (6-2, 214, 4.67, JR): While many have soured on him (or never had him highly rated in the first place), Bridgewater is still my top prospect in this draft because of what he brings to the table with his arm talent, efficient mobility and ability above the neck to play the position at a high level.
2. Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina (6-5, 266, 4.53, JR): A freak athlete who can do things on the football field most on this earth can't, Clowney has awesome potential and a high NFL ceiling, but I still do have questions whether or not his football character between games will allow him to reach his immense upside.
3. Gregory Robinson OT, Auburn (6-5, 332, 4.92, rSO): Not only is he the top run blocker in the draft, but Robinson also has the highest upside of any of the offensive line prospects with his natural athleticism, raw strength and potential to be one of the league's best in a few years.
4. Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo (6-3, 251, 4.65, rSR): A versatile, relentless pass rusher, Mack was extremely productive in college and holds several career NCAA records, including forced fumbles (16) and tackles for loss (75). He is always around the ball with his combination of speed, power and awareness.
5. Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 308, 5.07, SR): Probably the "safest" prospect in this class, Matthews started three seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side in 2013. He had a solid performance at the Combine, which confirmed his athleticism, fundamentally-sound technique and high football character.
6. Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA (6-5, 255, 4.66, 4SR): A former running back, Barr moved to pass rusher last season and excelled at linebacker for the Bruins, totaling 41.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons. He needs to refine some technical aspects of his game, but his speed/strength off the edge is exciting.
7. Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson (6-1, 211, 4.43, JR): With a 4.43 40-yard dash, Watkins showed off his athleticism at the Combine and backed up what his tape tells us as well. He needs some polish in a few areas, but he has above average vision and acceleration and projects as a borderline WR1/WR2 in the NFL.
8. Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M (6-5, 231, 4.53, rSO): A physical, imposing target, Evans was Johnny Football's No. 1 target and safety valve in College Station the past two seasons. He isn't the most fluid athlete, but he boxes out defenders and has a large catching radius to dominate at the catch point.
9. Blake Bortles QB, UCF (6-5, 232, 4.93, rJR): From a physical and mental standpoint, there might not be a more appealing passer in this draft class than Bortles, who has the NFL build, quick feet and the outstanding vision and feel to locate targets and execute down the field.
10. Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan (6-7, 309, 4.87, rSR): While he shows his light feet on tape, Lewan backed it up at the Combine with excellent numbers in the agility and positional drills. He needs to keep his emotions under control on the football field and play with more consistency, but he has all the tools to start at left tackle in the NFL.
11. Zack Martin OG, Notre Dame (6-4, 308, 5.22, rSR): Martin manned the left tackle spot the last four years at Notre Dame, but he projects best inside where he could be a future Pro Bowler. Several teams still view him as a tackle, but regardless, he has the base, punch and smarts to start from day one in the NFL.
12. Aaron Donald DT, Pittsburgh (6-1, 285, 4.68, SR): While Clowney received most of the publicity, Donald had the best Combine performance among the defensive linemen with a 4.68 40-yard dash, 32" vertical jump and 35 reps on the bench press. He's a prototypical 3-technique with disruptive ability.
13. Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina (6-4, 250, 4.60, JR): A wide receiver in a tight end's body, Ebron is a freakish athlete with the ability to make highlight-reel catches look easy. He is a work-in-progress as a blocker and will drop some easy ones, but his fluid athleticism and playmaking ability at the position are near elite.
14. Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame (6-2, 331, 5.42, rJR): An athletic nose tackle, Nix has monster ability, consistently making plays behind, up and down the line of scrimmage. A knee injury contributed to a streaky 2013 season, but he is very active for his size and a double-team magnet - impact doesn't always show in the box score.
15. CJ Mosley OLB/ILB, Alabama (6-2, 234, 4.65, SR): Mosley is a smart, assignment sound player who was the leader of the Alabama defense. He doesn't play a sexy position and durability concerns pushes him down boards, but he has an accurate first step with a consistently disciplined approach to the game.
16. Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville (5-11, 207, 4.58, JR): A heat-seeking missile in the secondary, Pryor has physical take-on strength and wraps and drives through his target with violence. He will freelance too much at times, but he displays the athleticism and fluid change of motion to hold up in the deep half of the field.
17. Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State (5-10, 189, 4.33, JR): A receiver with joystick athleticism, Cooks has lightning-fast feet and jitterbug quickness to create separation and do something after the catch. He'll have some drops with his smaller hands, but Cooks seems to be moving at a different speed than everyone else on the field.
18. Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State (5-11, 199, 4.52, SR): The 2013 winner of the Thorpe Award, Dennard has average speed and size for the position, but he is smart, competitive and confident. If he can eliminate the downfield contact, Dennard has a chance to be a very good cover man in the NFL for a long time.
19. Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech (6-0, 190, 4.49, SR): A versatile defensive back, Fuller is aggressive and smart and the game appears to come natural to him. He is an inconsistent tackler and needs to stay healthy, but he has the smooth hips, transition skills and ballskills to be a NFL starter at cornerback.
20. Jimmie Ward SS, Northern Illinois (5-11, 193, 4.59, SR): The top senior safety on the board, Ward is a versatile defensive back with cornerback movement skills and the physical mentality of a safety. He takes aggressive, confident angles in zone, but also shows the feet and athleticism to play tight in man coverage.
21. Jason Verrett CB, TCU (5-9, 189, 4.38, SR): Although undersized and currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, Verrett is a feisty and physical player with ballhawking read/react quickness. He is ideally suited to be an inside corner with his swivel hips and physical nature to cover the slot and be reliable vs. the run.
22. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS, Alabama (6-1, 208, 4.58, JR): A rangy, fluid athlete, Clinton-Dix covers a lot of ground against both the pass and the run and projects to either free or strong safety. He has the aggressive nature to attack ballcarriers and shows the read/react quickness to diagnose and take accurate angles in coverage.