Mayock's Top 10 v.2.1 Good morning, folks! It's that time again, as I release my top 10 prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. Though we still have a ways to go, it's never too early to get a look in at what we have in store for us come April. A deep WR group headlines my initial top 10. 1. HB Salim Johnson (5’10 204), Rutgers Johnson is an explosive athlete and downhill runner who shows excellent vision, patience, and burst through gaps. He runs with the ferocity of Jim Brown and the grace of Ladanian Tomlinson. While not the biggest running back, he sure runs hard. An early Heisman hopeful, Johnson will have to stay healthy to remain atop my big board. 2. DE Nick Barnes (6’4 275), Wisconsin The more tape I watch, the more I love this kid. Utilizes an excellent swim move and violent hands to get off blocks and wreak havoc in the backfield. Barnes is savvy player with good size, and is excellent at setting the edge against the run. As complete a defensive end as this class has to offer. 3. WR Marvis Greene (6’4 231), Duke Height/weight/speed specimen who has lit up the ACC for the past 2 years. Randy Moss-esque in his ability to get vertical and make a play on the ball in the air. Greene can flat out jump out of the stadium. I have expressed concerns over his character, as he seems to come across as a bit of a diva. Greene’s been routinely seen chewing teammates out in a disrespectful manner, a la Jay Cutler. It’ll be interesting to monitor his maturation process as this season moves along. 4. QB Arnez Boston (6’5 228), Texas A&M Boston is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in this class. The Aggies have become a Quarterback Factory, producing top 10 QBs in consecutive years (Tannehill and Hendrix). While some may question my decision to grade him this high despite not starting a single game in his career, Boston has an outrageous skillset that screams “game-breaking”. In fact, Boston was in a dead heat with Hendrix over the starting spot last season before violating team rules during spring practice. If he can keep his head on straight, there’s no telling how good this guy can be. My take? Better than his two predecessors. 5. WR Tavaris Dawkins (6’1 203), Cal There’s nothing scouts like more than a good bloodline, and that’s exactly what they have in Tavaris Dawkins. Nephew of the former Eagle great Brian Dawkins, Tavaris is a fleet-footed wideout with soft hands and a tenacious demeanor. He attacks the ball in the air, runs crisp routes, and hardly ever drops a pass. What I love about this kid is his willingness to go across the middle and take a few shots. 6. LT Alonzo Wilson (6’5 315), Baylor Wilson is one of those kids that is solid across the board, but doesn’t wow you with any particular facet of his game. I grade him slightly lower than I did former Baylor Bear Jason Smith, as he’s just not quite as athletic or technically sound. Wilson is a hoss, and tears up the weight room. He’ll need to work on his footwork in order to justify a top 10 pick this April. 7. WR Ben Hutson (6’3 208), Michigan Hutson’s not a guy who will jump out at you on tape, but he flat out produces. As smooth a route runner as you’ll find, Hutson’s exceptionally high football IQ and incredible hands make him a nightmare for opposing secondaries. Don’t let him be overshadowed by a very strong WR class, this kid can ball. 8. DT DJ Grime (6’5 325), Nebraska Grimes is a strong, gritty interior player who uses his massive frame and superior strength to bully offensive lineman. He is as good a run stuffer as Bubba McCoy, but isn’t particularly useful as a pass rusher. 9. DE Daryll Hardy (6’5 310), Kansas State Hardy will be a great addition to a 34 scheme, as he uses his big frame, hands, and tremendous strength to overwhelm opposing tackles. His tape is awfully reminiscent of Haloti Ngata – the only other big man I’ve seen move like this kid can. 10. DT Kris Tolbert (6’4 297), LSU Born and raised on the Bayou, Tolbert is just an old school, blue collared player who will bring his lunch pail to work every day. Strong kid who’s lived in the weight room in college, his motor never stops. A deceptively good athlete, he can get after the quarterback and shut down the run. Well folks, that wraps up the first edition of my top 10 for the 2014 NFL Draft. Be on the look out for my Path to the Draft partner Charles Davis to be releasing his top 10 shortly. Rumor has it, his differs from mine quite a bit.