This is my first treatment of the 2013 NFL draft and as relevant and informative as these names may be, I also assert that it is grossly early to start worrying about where different prospects will project and trying to identify who will be the No. 1 overall pick.
From my perspective as a writer/fanalyst, the late summer and early fall is about continuing to deepen the familiarity with hundreds of the top players entering the college football season and building assessments. There is a peculiar culture in the draftnik community about being the first, or "getting in early", to render a certain opinion on a prospect.
I admit that even I have been swept into it a few times over Twitter.
But I have also stated, as I will here, and firmly believe that proper NFL prospect evaluation has little to do with being first and everything to do with being correct.
I read some draftnik writers that have "finished" their evaluations and grades on certain conferences already, based on last year's tape, or by the middle of the fall. This is not the correct approach at all.
Unlike actual professional football teams, we draftniks cannot actually evaluate every single player and write them up. Some of the most popular and well-funded giants in the industry do get pretty damn close, and their work ethic and productivity is astonishing, but at some point the report is done. The point is that should not be in August or even October.
Now that I have fallen (or was I pushed) off my soapbox, let us take a look at the six guys I currently want to power rank for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
While I am not saying there is no value, or only contrary value, it is distinctly possible that none of this sextet ends up being the guy or that one or two of them even fall out of the first round; just so much football to be played.