2013 NFL Draft: 5 Future NFL Stars in Next Year's Draft
Next year's NFL draft will feature more pro-ready talent than I've seen in years.
After watching numerous highlight tapes, I've found five players whom I think will have immediate and profound success in the NFL based on certain characteristics I saw in their film.
This slideshow will inform you about each player, where and what position they play and why I expect them to be dominant in the NFL.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
NFL Player Comparison: Clay Matthews/Von Miller
One of best pass-rushers in the nation, Jones makes NFL scouts everywhere drool.
At 6'3", 241 lbs, Jones is the ideal size for a linebacker. He possesses the rare ability to beat an opposing lineman with both his quickness and with his strength.
However, what really sets Jones apart is his versatility. Jarvis is an impressive athlete who is able to shed blocks and reach the ball-carrier effortlessly while being above average in coverage.
Expect Jones to be a top-five pick in next year's draft—this guy is the complete package.
David Amerson, CB, NC State
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NFL Player Comparison: Patrick Peterson/Charles Woodson
A shutdown cornerback, Amerson is one of the most exciting players in the nation. Having set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13 last season (tied second in FBS history), Amerson defines "ball-hawk" and is a nightmare for any quarterback to compete against.
Amerson has the ability to read the quarterback's eyes, somehow camouflage himself with the rest of the field and seamlessly jump the receiver's route and intercept the ball. After the interception, Amerson is always a threat to turn the other way and take it the distance.
Look for an even more impressive season out of Amerson this year, and expect him to be a top-10 draft pick come next April.
Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
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NFL Player Comparison: Dwayne Bowe
Keenan Allen is hands down the best receiver in the country. Put him on a team with a solid quarterback, and this guy would explode and probably set some FBS records in the process.
At 6'3", 206 lbs, Allen is a rangy receiver who catches any ball thrown within a three-mile radius. Combine that ability with his speed, vision and shiftiness, and you have one of the best all-around pro-prospects in the nation.
Given Cal's track record of producing some of the NFL's best playmakers, it wouldn't surprise me if Allen became its next.
Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
NFL Player Comparison: Jerod Mayo
One of the most intimidating players in all of college football, Skov is an athletic, fiery competitor with great strength and instincts who tends to play his best in big-time situations.
Although coming off a major knee injury, I expect Skov to come back stronger than ever next season. One of the best overall run-defenders in the country, Skov hits with power and limits yards after contact for opposing players.
Combine all that with the fact that Skov is a solid pass defender, and you're left with an exciting pro prospect.
Expect big numbers out of Skov in 2012.
Eric Reid, S, LSU
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NFL Player Comparison: LaRon Landry
Reid is one of the nation's best all-around athletes. An active, physical specimen, Reid is a versatile safety who can play in the box or in open space.
Always quick to locate the level of the ball, Eric has supreme instincts and can close on the ball in a flash.
Combine that ability with his physicality and knack for driving the ball-carrier backward after initial contact, and Reid is a top pro prospect in 2013.