Top prospects who can elevate their teams 

May, 13, 2013
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Jadeveon ClowneyJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesGamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Let's be honest. It's a "contract year" -- a make-or-break season -- for college football standouts who will be eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. As 32 professional teams jockey for the top prospects, the players' sense of urgency could work out well for their current college teams.

Regardless of whether some of college football's top players chose to return to school to boost their draft stocks or to help their teams chase a conference or national title -- or because they weren't yet eligible for the NFL draft -- the top 2014 prospects will likely have a major impact upon their programs in terms of 2013 rankings, recruiting and beyond.

Using the recent 2014 NFL draft Big Boards from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, here are five players who could elevate their college programs before taking off for the NFL.