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2014 NFL Draft: Stock Up, Stock Down Following NFL Week 10

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Shayne Skov #11 of the Stanford Cardinal stands on the field before their game against the UCLA Bruins in the Pac-12 Championship game at Stanford Stadium on November 30, 2012 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Garrett BakerSenior Analyst INovember 11, 2013

The landscape of the 2014 NFL draft is really starting to take shape here as we head down the final stretch of the college football season. At the same time, the potential needs of NFL teams are becoming more pronounced following Week 10 of the season.

While we try to figure out exactly which positions NFL teams are going to target, each big late-season college football game can have a large impact on a player's stock.

These top prospects have all seen their stock either increase or decrease substantially because of their performance over the past few weeks.

They all still project as top-100 picks right now, but some are trending in the right direction while others have taken a step or two back.

 

 

Stock Up

 

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Michigan State has risen to 16th in the BCS standings due mostly to their incredible defense. Dennard is one of the leaders of that defense and has been spectacular in his past few matchups.

Following the Spartans' biggest matchup of 2013, CBS Sports named Dennard their Top Prospect of Week 10 for shutting down Jeremy Gallon and Michigan's receiving corps with five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. 

 

Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

Skov has looked great this season after struggling in 2012 following a gruesome injury that required three surgeries to repair a torn ACL, torn MCL and fractured tibia.

The linebacker looks phenomenal again in 2013, playing quicker and with more confidence. He racked up seven tackles and a sack against UCLA on October 19th, but really broke through last Thursday with a nine-tackle effort against Oregon.

The senior was instrumental in shutting down the Ducks' high-powered attack, and that tape will be used by those who argue he's worthy of a top-50 selection.

 

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

In a quarterback class that has been dominated attention-wise by names like Bridgewater, Mariota, Manziel and Hundley, make sure you keep a familiar last name—Carr—on your radar.

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs throws the ball against the San Diego State Aztecs during their game on October 26, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Since October 5th, Carr has 18 passing touchdowns and just one interception. He's also averaging 395.2 yards per game during those five contests. Fresno State is one of the few remaining undefeateds, due in large part to Carr's play and leadership.  

 

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman is an absolute monster in the middle for the Golden Gophers, who are a shocking 8-2 and have won four straight.

He has just 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack during that stretch, but he also has four passes broken up and an interception, which shows just a glimpse of his playmaking potential. The 6'6" senior impacts the game every play just by causing havoc up the middle.

 

 

Stock Down

 

Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

Lynch was a highly regarded prospect coming into the year, albeit a bit of a wild card because of his transfer from Notre Dame.

But he has just one sack this season and has had just three tackles along with no sacks or tackles for loss in his past two games. While there is a lot more to look at than just stats, he has to find a way to produce more against mediocre competition.

 

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson 

After coming out with a huge win against Georgia and storming in with three impressive victories, Boyd's play tailed off in a 24-14 squeaker over Boston College before getting absolutely demolished by Florida State.

His consistent inability to compete with great teams, along with a general lack of dynamic qualities, has caused him to fall behind the pack of guys mentioned above along with Derek Carr. 

 

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Roby came into the year as the cream of the cornerback crop, a bona fide first-round prospect on a talented Ohio State defense.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jared Abbrederis #4 of the Wisconsin Badgers pulls in a 36-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter as Bradley Roby #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jam

But Roby has been a disappointment thus far. He hasn't had an interception since September 28th and has been exposed too often in coverage, and was absolutely shredded by Jared Abbrederis.

 

De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

The Black Mamba has not been particularly dangerous in his first draft-eligible season. After highly productive freshman and sophomore seasons, Thomas has taken a big step back.

He has struggled with injuries all year, but also has not been very productive in the games he's played in. He's been held to just 123 total yards in his past two games against UCLA and Stanford's very good defenses, which makes one question how effective he'll be against quality NFL competition.

 

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