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Mayock: Johnny Manziel new No. 1 QB in 2014 NFL Draft


NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has updated his position-by-position draft prospect rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft. After Mayock hit the pro day circuit hard, here are five notable takeaways based on his new rankings:

Manziel rises, Bridgewater slips

Mayock was excited to see Teddy Bridgewater in person at his pro day, but the red flags that came up in Louisville played a part in him dropping from the top quarterback in the draft to the third-best. Johnny Manziel continues to see his momentum rising, with Mayock thinking he's not only a first-round pick but the best quarterback in the draft now. Blake Bortles is nipping on Manziel's heels as the top prospect at the position as well.

Shazier, Murphy rise at OLB

Khalil Mack has been firmly established at the top of the linebacker rankings, but the order behind him continues to shuffle. Mayock agrees with most that Anthony Barr is the second-best linebacker in the draft, but it's Ryan Shazier, Trent Murphy and a surprise name in Marcus Smith that he has filling out his top five. Shazier's speed has scouts buzzing about being a late first-rounder while Murphy's size will be inviting for some defensive coordinator. Smith is overshadowed by former Louisville teammate Calvin Pryor but has certainly caught Mayock's eye during the pre-draft process.

Fuller jumps Gilbert at CB

Choosing the best cornerback in the draft is a question that seems to draw the most debate out of any position, with the exception of quarterback. While Darqueze Dennard holds onto the top spot for Mayock, Kyle Fuller continues to draw praise and slides into the second spot on Mayock's list. Justin Gilbert might have slipped a little but still could be the first cornerback taken in the draft.

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McCullers new name at DT

Mayock is one of many to rave about top-ranked tackle Aaron Donald, and it's no surprise to see him continue to anchor the position rankings. The fifth-best defensive tackle in the draft has been a bit of a revolving door for Mayock, and he's found a new name there in Tennessee's Daniel McCullers. As a 6-foot-7, 352-pounder, McCullers is a bit bigger than Dominique Easley and Kelcy Quarles, a possible factor when evaluating the position ranking.

No changes at several positions

Mayock kept his rankings intact at receiver, tight end, center, offensive tackle and defensive end. You could almost add running back to the list, but Mayock flipped Tre Mason and Andre Williams, with Mason slotted in fourth and Williams in fifth. Despite a challenge from Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins remains the king of receivers in this draft.

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