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Draft Players with the most upside.

by alexander.barnhart
Apr 05, 2014 9:19 PM EDT



Every year there are players that are taken early because of their potential and sometimes people pass over obvious talent because of injury or character concerns (Randy Moss comes to mind). So if you were the GM of your favorite team, which player would you select if you were choosing the player who could give you the biggest return on your investment? You are in charge, you are on the clock...

Johnny "Football" Manziel (Texas A&M)

A human highlight reel who makes something out of nothing. Manziel is the most exciting player in the draft. If there is one player who is boom or bust in this draft it's Manziel. He can scramble and has loads of moxie but can he play under control and stay healthy?

Anthony Barr (UCLA)Barr is a fabulous linebacker with great athleticism but has only played defense at the college level for 2 years. He is big and fast but does he have the technique to succeed in the NFL where he won't be able to dominate only because of his ability. He could be the next Lawrence Taylor or he could be the next Aaron Maybin. If you don't know Maybin that was the point.

Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
Everybody loves big fast receivers. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are the gold standard of NFL receivers. Evans has the big body and leaping ability so coveted by NFL scouts and quarterbacks. He lacks the break away speed and polish that top receivers possess. Will he be the next big thing or the next bust?

Greg Robinson (Auburn)

Robinson is a beast on the offensive line. He opened holes all year long for Auburn's running game. He is a huge man who mauls his foes and blows open defensive lines but does he have the ability to pass protect. His ceiling is probably one of the top offensive lineman in the league. Regardless of skill position talent your offense can only go as far as the offensive line will take you. He is probably the best run blocker in the draft but in the NFL you have to be able to pass protect as well as run block. Will he be able to overcome his lack of pass protection experience and become an All Pro or be unable to grasp it and become a pass blocking casualty?

Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)
The undisputed best defensive line prospect of the last decade. Some say he is the most physically gifted defensive end since Julius Peppers. He has the eye popping highlights and the size and speed to be a quarterbacks worst nightmare. Can you take him though with his maturity issues though? Would you take him over everyone? Is he ready to be a leader? Can you count on him to be a professional on and off the field or look for someone else who you know will take your team to the next level?