Cannata's Horizontal NFL Draft Board

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The NFL Draft is just days away and it's time to settle in and finalize my rankings. Here is my 2014 horizontal draft board for the NFL Draft. Some teams will use a vertical board, some will use a horizontal board and some will use a combination of both. Feel free to print these out to follow along throughout the draft.

With the NFL Draft just days away, it's time to finalize my rankings and settle in before Thursday. Leading up to this point, you have heard every general manager in the league say they are going to take the best player available when it's their pick. Not one of them has come out and said that they are going to draft for need, even if it means reaching on a few guys.

Are they telling the truth? Some are and some aren't. There are general managers who will almost always take the best player available, regardless of whether or not the team needs a player at that position. This means they are using a vertical draft board, where players are ranked and when it's their time to pick, they pick the highest guy remaining on their board. Other general managers will reach throughout the draft to fill different needs on the team. There are also those who will combine those two factors by creating a horizontal draft board.

A horizontal draft board lists players by each position and ranks them in each round. As each pick goes by, the teams using this type of board cross the names off. When it's their time to pick, they can look at their board and choose from a handful of names. This allows the team to fill needs of their team while picking one of the best players available.

Is this the right way? Some prefer it and some don't. Do teams strictly use a horizontal and vertical board? No. Almost every team uses a combination of both to fill their team on draft day. Each board also allows general managers to see the value in trades and whether or not they should trade up or down while still being able to get a player they want.

With that said, here is my 2014 horizontal draft board. Due to space limitations, it's not horizontally shaped. Instead, I formatted it so it lists each position in rows and names in columns. To properly read this board, read vertically from top to bottom in each specific column as groups of players are ranked in specific parts of each round.

Feel free to print these boards out so you can keep track during the NFL draft. This will help you give a better idea of what teams are using a vertical board, what teams are using a horizontal board, what teams are reaching, why teams are making trades, and more!

Round One: 37 Total Players


Position Early Middle Late
QB None Teddy Bridgewater | Blake Bortles Johnny Manziel
RB None None Carlos Hyde
WR Sammy Watkins | Mike Evans Marqise Lee | Brandin Cooks | Odell Beckham Allen Robinson
TE Eric Ebron Jace Amaro None
OT Greg Robinson | Jake Matthews Taylor Lewan | Zack Martin Morgan Moses
OG / C None None Joel Bitonio | Xavier Su'a-Filo
DE Jadaveon Clowney Dee Ford Kony Easley
DT Aaron Donald Timmy Jernigan | RaShede Hageman Louis Nix
OLB Khalil Mack | Anthony Barr None Ryan Shazier
ILB None None CJ Mosley
CB Justin Gilbert Kyle Fuller | Bradley Roby Darqueze Dennard
S None Ha-Ha Clinton Dix Calvin Pryor | Jimmie Ward


Round Two: 42 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB Derek Carr None Jimmy Garopollo
RB None Bishop Sankey | Tre Mason Jeremy Hill
WR Kelvin Benjamin | Donte Moncrief Jordan Matthews | Cody Lattimer Martavis Bryant | Bruce Ellington
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | Troy Niklas None None
OT JaWuan James | Cyrus Kouandjio Billy Turner Cameron Fleming
OG / C Weston Richburg | David Yankey Marcus Martin Gabe Jackson
DE Marcus Smith | Demarcus Lawrence Scott Crichton Trent Murphy
DT Dominique Easley | Stephen Tuitt DaQuan Jones Kelcy Quarles
OLB Kyle Van Noy | Jeremiah Attaochu None Carl Bradford | Chris Smith
ILB None None Chris Borland
CB Jason Verrett | Lamarcus Joyner Phillip Gaines Keith McGill | Bashaud Breeland
S None Deone Bucannon Terrence Brooks | Brock Vereen


Round Three: 39 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB Tom Savage Zach Mettenberger None
RB Andre Williams Terrance West Ka'Deem Carey | Charles Sims
WR Davante Adams Paul Richardson | Dri Archer Jared Abbrederis | Jarvis Landry
TE CJ Fiedorowicz None Arthur Lynch
OT Jack Mewhort | Antonio Richardson Michael Schofield None
OG / C Dakota Dozier Brandon Thomas Cyril Richardson | Travis Swanson
DE Kareem Martin Will Clarke | Jackson Jeffcoat James Gayle
DT Will Sutton | Caraun Reid Justin Ellis None
OLB Christian Jones Jordan Tripp | Trevor Reilly Telvin Smith
ILB Shayne Skov Preston Brown None
CB Pierre Desir | Stanley Jean-Baptiste Marcus Roberson Jaylen Watkins | Louchiez Purifoy
S Dion Bailey None None


Round Four: 37 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB Aaron Murray | David Fales AJ McCarron None
RB Lache Seasstrunk Jerick McKinnon Devonta Freeman
WR Robert Herron | Devin Street Brandon Coleman | Kevin Norwood Josh Huff | Cody Hoffman
TE Crockett Gilmore None None
OT Seantrel Henderson Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Justin Britt
OG / C Trai Turner Gabe Ikard None
DE Ethan Westbrooks Taylor Hart None
DT Daniel McCullers | Anthony Johnson None George Uko | Deandre Coleman
OLB Tyler Starr | Jordan Zumwalt None Christian Kirksey | Howard Jones
ILB None None None
CB Nevin Lawson | Walt Aikens EJ Gaines | Jemea Thomas Chris Davis
S Dezmen Southward Marqueston Huff | Ed Reynolds Kenny Ladler


Round Five: 37 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB None None Logan Thomas
RB Storm Johnson | James White None Isaiah Crowell
WR John Brown | Ryan Grant Michael Campanaro Jeff Janis | TJ Jones
TE Jake Murphy | Larry Webster None Xavier Grimble
OT None James Hurst Matt Patchan
OG / C Charles Leno Wesley Johnson Anthony Steen | Corey Linsley
DE Brent Urban Aaron Lynch Michael Sam | Josh Mauro
DT Jay Bromley Zack Kerr None
OLB None Adrian Hubbard | Khairi Fortt Kevin Pierre-Louis
ILB Brock Coyle | Lamin Barrow Max Bullough Yawin Smallwood
CB Ross Cockrell | Ricardo Allen Terrance Mitchell Antone Exum
S None None Tre Boston | Craig Loston


Round Six: 40 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB Keith Wenning Stephen Morris Tahj Boyd
RB De'Anthony Thomas Rajion Neal Tyler Gaffney | LaDarius Perkins
WR None Matt Hazel Jalen Saunders
TE AC Leonard Richard Rogers Marcel Jensen | Colt Lyeria
OT Kevin Pamphile None Kevin Graf
OG / C Brandon Linder Jon Halapio Chris Watt | Russell Bodine
DE Ed Stinson Cassius Marsh | Zach Moore Jeoffrey Pagan
DT Khyri Thornton Ken Bishop | Shamar Stephen None
OLB Devon Kennard | Prince Shembo Denicos Allen | Carlos Fields Will Smith
ILB Glenn Carson Avery Williamson None
CB Kendall James Shaquille Richardson Andre Hall
S Vinnie Sunseri Ahmad Dixon Jonathan Dowling | Christian Bryant


Round Seven: 48 Total Players

Position Early Middle Late
QB Connor Shaw Brett Smith Garrett Gilbert
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro Marion Grice Senorise Perry | Jerome Smith
WR Mike Davis | Torrence Allen Shaquelle Evans Chandler Jones | Trey Burton
TE Alex Bayer Blake Annen | Asa Watson Jordan Najvar | Nic Jacobs
OT Cornelius Lucas Bryce Quigley | Matt Hall Chris Martin
OG / C Kadeem Edwards Ryan Groy Andrew Norwell | James Stone
DE None Ben Gardner Travis Mims
DT Kerry Hyder Chris Waley Demonte McAllister
OLB Brandon Watts Kasim Edebali Ronald Powell
ILB Jeremiah George Steele Divitto Marquise Spruill
CB Dontae Johnson | Victor Hampton Bennett Jackson | Travis Carrie Deion Belue | Aaron Colvin
S Daniel Sorensen | Alden Darby Hakeem Smith | Brian Jackson Nat Berhe | Jeremy Deering


Matthew Cannata is a columnist for The Phinsider. Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs

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