2013 NFL Mock Draft: Preseason Projections for College Football's Top Players
The 2012 college football season is now just a matter of weeks away, which means that it's time to start really focusing in on the top NFL prospects to watch this fall.
USC QB Matt Barkley may not be considered the same type of sure-thing prospect that this year's No. 1 overall pick, Colts QB Andrew Luck, was pumped up to be by the media last summer. Nevertheless, Barkley will still enter the season as the early face of the 2013 draft class.
This is a group that was hit hard by a record 65 early underclassmen entrants for the 2012 draft. Still, with so many potential star underclassmen coming up through the ranks, this has the chance to be just as deep of a class as the one we saw this year.
It's obviously too early to predict with any semblance of certainty what will happen next April, but when it comes to the NFL draft, it's never too early to start preparing.
With that in mind, here's a look at some early preseason 2013 NFL draft first-round projections for some of college football's top pro prospects.
1. Miami Dolphins: WR Keenan Allen
Pro Comparison: Miles Austin
The Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill to be their quarterback of the future with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft. The problem I had with the move is that no matter who starts at quarterback this season, whether it's David Garrard or Tannehill, the Dolphins are still going to be one of the worst teams in the league.
Given the fact that there will probably be at least five quarterbacks in the 2013 draft that will have higher ceilings than Tannehill, you have to wonder if Miami will ultimately find itself in a position that will have them regretting pulling the trigger on their supposed franchise savior a year too early.
For better or for worse, the team has to pin its hopes for a future turnaround on Tannehill's shoulders.
In order for him to fully succeed in the NFL, however, the Dolphins are going to have to find him a go-to No. 1 receiver, since neither of the team's top two current receivers—Davone Bess and Brian Hartline—can be counted on to fill that role.
That's why it will be interesting to see if Miami will be able to get its hands on next year's top receiver prospect Cal's Keenan Allen.
Allen is a rare physical specimen who possesses a terrific combination of size, speed, hands, instincts, explosiveness and overall playmaking ability.
The Pac-12 pass-catcher has all of the physical skills to develop into an elite receiver at the next level, and he could even be worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL draft.
2. Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley
Pro Comparison: Drew Brees
Knowing for most of the season that they would hold a high pick in the 2012 draft, the Minnesota Vikings probably did some considerable homework on Matt Barkley back in 2011 just in case he did declare for the draft like many were expecting.
The Vikings already have Christian Ponder, but there's simply no comparing the difference in levels of potential that both prospects possess.
Barkley isn't the same caliber of player as the big three recent quarterback prospects—Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton—but he's just a notch below them.
If Ponder struggles in 2012, and the team goes off the rails without RB Adrian Peterson, the opportunity to land Barkley somewhere in the top 5 could definitely be an option for Minnesota next April.
3. Indianapolis Colts: OLB Barkevious Mingo
Pro Comparison: Cameron Wake
The Colts boosted their offense in the 2012 draft with picks such as QB Andrew Luck, RB Vick Ballard, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen and receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill.
2013 will have to be more defensive focused, and one key area that will need to be addressed is outside linebacker, since aging starters Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney aren't exactly perfect fits for a 3-4 scheme.
There are plenty of potential end-outside linebacker tweeners that will be available, but the top 3-4 edge-rusher in the class will likely be LSU's Barkevious Mingo.
Mingo, who has only been playing organized football since his junior year in high school, is still a raw and unrefined talent. However, he's the type of unbelievable off-the-charts physical specimen that could go flying up draft boards this season.
4. Seattle Seahawks: RB Marcus Lattimore
School: South Carolina
Pro Comparison: Fred Jackson
Physically, Marcus Lattimore is a better overall running back prospect than Adrian Peterson and Trent Richardson, the two most heralded backs to come out of the college ranks in the last decade.
Lattimore has a freakish combination of strength, power, explosiveness, vision and instincts, and he's a better overall back right now at this stage in his development than most of the backs in the NFL.
If Lattimore's knee holds up, he could definitely elevate himself into the top 5 conversation for the 2013 draft, and that's where a running back hungry team like Seattle could be waiting.
Starting back Marshawn Lynch is running out of chances and if he screws up again, the Seahawks could go looking for his replacement, and they won't be able to find a better pure running back prospect than Lattimore in 2013.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Johnthan Banks
School: Mississippi State
Pro Comparison: Chris Gamble
If the Jaguars didn't trade up for WR Justin Blackmon in this year's draft, and instead chose to stay at the seventh slot, there's a good chance they would have selected South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Since they took Blackmon instead of Gilmore, there's still a noticeable hole at the cornerback position. Rashean Mathis will be 32 this season and Derek Cox will be in the last year of his contract.
Jacksonville could be looking for a big, athletic corner like Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks to come in and defend some of the bigger, more physical receivers in the AFC such as Stevie Johnson, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Dwayne Bowe and Kenny Britt.
Banks has started 32 games over the last three years, racking up 12 interceptions, four sacks and 158 total tackles during his outstanding collegiate career.
Look for the Mississippi State cover artist to compete with N.C. State's David Amerson to be considered the top overall cornerback prospect in the 2013 draft.
6. St. Louis Rams: OT D.J. Fluker
Pro Comparison: Orlando Franklin
The Rams failed to address their pass-protection problem early on in this year's draft. Now, they'll be forced to again rely on Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith, who were both huge disappointments in 2011, to protect quarterback Sam Bradford.
St. Louis could use a reliable right tackle, and Alabama's D.J. Fluker would be a solid solution.
Fluker is one of college football's strongest run-blockers and he's a good enough pass-blocker to start from day one of his rookie season.
If Smith doesn't take major strides and make major improvements in 2012, the Rams will be forced to look in another direction with one of their two first-round picks next April.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB David Amerson
School: N.C. State
Pro Comparison: Jimmy Smith
Tampa Bay could have taken highly regarded LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the fifth overall pick in this year's NFL draft, but instead, the Bucs traded back and picked up safety Mark Barron.
Barron is the new leader in the defensive backfield, but the current cornerback combo of new overpaid free agent Eric Wright and constant off-the-field headache Aqib Talib has some evident flaws.
If Tampa Bay ends up with a top-10 pick again in next year's draft, the Bucs could choose to select one of the two elite cornerback prospects—Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks or N.C. State's David Amerson.
Amerson is a big, athletic ball-hawk who would be an ideal fix for Tampa Bay's secondary struggles.
8. Cleveland Browns: DE Bjoern Werner
School: Florida State
Pro Comparison: Justin Smith
The Cleveland Browns have one of the most talented young pass-rushers in the NFL, Jabaal Sheard, to unleash off the edge of their four-man front in 2012. However, besides Sheard, there really isn't another true starting caliber defensive end on the roster.
Cleveland improved dramatically on offense by adding the duo of QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson in this year's draft. But now the Browns have to find another run-stuffing defensive end to complement Sheard on the other side of the line.
One end who could fit that need is Florida's Bjoern Werner.
The German native is one of the strongest, smartest, most instinctive and physical defensive lineman in college football, and he should really begin to tap into his true top-10 potential in 2012.
9. Arizona Cardinals: QB Logan Thomas
School: Virginia Tech
Pro Comparison: Josh Freeman
Right now, Arizona has two backup quarterbacks—Kevin Kolb and John Skelton—competing to be the 2012 starter. The Cardinals could use a young starting quarterback to build around in the years to come, as they still try to recover from missing on Matt Leinart back in 2006 and losing Kurt Warner after the 2010 season.
Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas is a junior signal-caller that could cause quite a stir in 2012, and he's the type of young elite quarterback prospect that a team like Arizona would love to have.
While he may not be the same kind of dynamic playmaker that Cam Newton is, Thomas is an extremely mobile and athletic quarterback who could be a part of the new wave of dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks we're starting to see wash up on NFL shores these days.
10. New York Jets: WR Robert Woods
Pro Comparison: Hakeem Nicks
The Jets are going to struggle mightily offensively in 2012 and neither of the two highly publicized quarterbacks—Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow—will be to blame.
Instead, it will be the Jets' lack of playmaking receivers that will be their eventual offensive undoing.
Santonio Holmes is not a legitimate No. 1 target, Jeremy Kerley is talented but nowhere near ready for the type of role he'll be asked to play this year, Stephen Hill is one of the rawest rookies in this class and Chaz Schillens is Chaz Schillens.
Luckily for the Jets, there will be plenty of potential first-round wide receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL draft, and one of them will likely be USC's Robert Woods.
Woods was one of the most productive receivers in the nation last season, catching 111 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he has the potential to be a game-changing No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
11. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins): LB Jarvis Jones
Pro Comparison: Von Miller
Von Miller was considered a perfect physical fit to be a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL. Miller eventually ended up in a 4-3 system in Denver, though, but he proved that he could flourish even if he wasn't in the perfect scheme for his skill set.
Another top linebacker prospect that could be versatile enough to play in either a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 defense at the next level is Georgia's sack machine Jarvis Jones.
Jones, who led the SEC with 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2012, is a nightmare coming off the edge of Georgia's 3-4 defense, but he could fit into a traditional strongside or even weakside role in a 4-3 defensive scheme.
St. Louis is a team that will be looking for help at outside linebacker in the 2013 NFL draft, and the Rams could definitely use one of their two first-round picks to address the issue.
12. Oakland Raiders: QB Geno Smith
School: West Virginia
Pro Comparison: Matt Hasselbeck
This will be the make-or-break year for Carson Palmer to prove himself in Oakland. The Raiders will be carefully monitoring his progress, knowing that he's going to cost a fortune in the last two years of his deal.
If Palmer doesn't show that he can lead this team to the promised land in 2012, the organization may have to part ways with him in order to avoid a salary nightmare.
That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see the Raiders take a look at a quarterback in the first round of next year's draft.
One signal-caller that Oakland could take an interest in is West Virginia's Geno Smith.
Smith has a strong and powerful arm and he's shown that he can be a smart decision-maker in Dana Holgorsen's pass-heavy scheme, throwing 31 touchdowns compared to just seven touchdowns in 2011.
The Mountaineer signal-caller could be the quarterback of the future that Oakland desperately needs. If Smith has a true showcase senior season like he's capable of, the Raiders might consider picking him in the top 15 in 2013.
13. Dallas Cowboys: QB Tyler Wilson
Pro Comparison: Eli Manning
It's just a hunch, but something tells me that the Cowboys will be looking to get their hands on QB Tyler Wilson in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Wilson, who plays for owner Jerry Jones' alma mater Arkansas, shares a lot of the same physical traits as two NFC East quarterbacks Tony Romo and Eli Manning.
The fact is, though, that even at a young age, Wilson's already shown that he can handle pressure-packed situations better than the current Cowboys quarterback.
If Romo fails to lead Dallas to the playoffs yet again in 2012, Jerry Jones could turn his focus to Wilson, who possesses the same type of physical tools that Romo has, only he's younger and more clutch.
14. Carolina Panthers: DE Alex Okafor
Pro Comparison: Justin Tuck
Alex Okafor is the type of humble, hard-working "lunch pail" type of player that scouts usually love.
After making the switch from tackle back out to his more natural position at defensive end last offseason, Okafor excelled in 2011, notching seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 14 quarterback hurries.
One team that could use his strength on the outside of its defensive line is the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers need a proper pass-rushing complement to Charles Johnson, and a top end prospect like Okafor has what it takes to fill that need.
15. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray
Pro Comparison: Andy Dalton
Kansas City will give quarterback Matt Cassel another chance to prove himself in 2012, but Cassel's leash certainly won't be long. Neither Cassel nor backup Brady Quinn seem like they're bound for a Super Bowl appearance any time soon, and most fans can't stand either one of them.
The Chiefs could use a poised pocket-passer who's a legitimate offensive leader, and Georgia's Aaron Murray is just that.
Murray would be an upgrade over Cassel and he might just be the right quarterback to finally lead an otherwise capable Kansas City team to an elusive AFC West crown at some point early in his career.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers: NT Star Lotulelei
Pro Comparison: B.J. Raji
The Steelers would have loved to have gotten their hands on Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe in this year's NFL draft, but the Kansas City Chiefs scooped him up long before Pittsburgh was put on the clock.
It's no secret that the aging Steelers defense could use some youth in a few key areas and nose tackle is one of them.
Utah's monster run-stuffer Star Lotulelei would be an absolutely home-run fit in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defensive scheme.
Lotulelei is destined to be the next high-profile Tongan tackle in the NFL, joining the likes of Haloti Ngata, Stephen Paea and Sione Pouha.
17. Buffalo Bills: S Eric Reid
Pro Comparison: Nate Allen
One of the big rumors in the few days before this year's NFL draft was that Bills coveted Alabama safety Mark Barron. However, Buffalo never got a shot at him, since Tampa Bay snatched him up with the seventh overall pick.
Not to worry, though, because there should again be another big, physical and athletic SEC safety prospect available in the 2013 draft—LSU's Eric Reid.
Reid has the type of size, range, instincts and field awareness that NFL teams are looking for in a standout safety prospect.
This should be the season that he steps out of teammate Tyrann Mathieu's shadow and shows the college football world that he's truly one of the sport's elite defensive backs.
18. Denver Broncos: RB Knile Davis
Pro Comparison: Matt Forte
Denver may have one of the best quarterbacks of all time under center this season, but the Broncos just don't have the running backs to win a Super Bowl.
Willis McGahee will be 31 in October, Knowshon Moreno is one of the most unreliable backs in the league and Ronnie Hillman has yet to prove himself, although he does have the potential to be a valuable 3rd down slasher.
One running back prospect that could step in and be Denver's featured rusher of the future is Arkansas' Knile Davis.
Davis possesses a rare combination of size, speed, power and vision, and he could end up being one of the most talked about players in college football in 2012.
19. New Orleans Saints: OT Oday Aboushi
Pro Comparison: Michael Roos
The Saints will have a decision to make at the end of the season about whether to re-sign Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who is in the last year of his current contract.
Bushrod has developed into New Orleans' most reliable lineman in the trenches. However, it remains to be seen if an organization that just played contract hardball with the franchise's most valuable player, quarterback Drew Brees, will be willing to match his price.
If the team can't come to terms with Bushrod on a deal of his liking, the Saints could look to the draft to find a young tackle for the future.
One top tackle prospect that could end up in the first round mix by the time the season ends is Virginia's Oday Aboushi.
Aboushi is a big, powerful and surprisingly agile bookend tackle who has the type of frame and physical skills that will really cause a buzz among the NFL scouting community this season.
20. Detroit Lions: RB Montee Ball
Pro Comparison: Pierre Thomas
Detroit may have one of the best passing games in the NFL, but there are still questions surrounding the team's running game, since the team's top two backs—Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure—aren't exactly proven commodities.
If Best and Leshoure can't give the Lions what they're looking for from the ground game in 2012, the team could go searching for a new No. 1 back early in the 2013 draft.
One player who would fit their offense incredibly well is Wisconsin's Montee Ball.
Last year, Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 306 yards and six touchdowns, as he proved that he was one of the most dynamic and explosive backs in the country.
If Ball can replicate his junior success this season, he'll have the chance to crack the top 20 of the 2013 NFL draft.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: ILB C.J. Mosley
Pro Comparison: D’Qwell Jackson
All three of Cincinnati's starting linebackers—Ray Maualuga, Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson—will be free agents after this season, and it's doubtful that the team will be able to re-sign all three.
If the Bengals part ways with Maualuga, they will likely take one of the top inside linebacker prospects early in the 2013 draft.
One player that could entice the team's scouts and coaches is Alabama's C.J. Mosley.
Mosley is the latest in an impressive line of Tide linebackers, and he has as much natural physical ability as any other inside linebacker in the country.
A young linebacker like Mosley would actually be a long-term upgrade over the inconsistent Maualuga.
22. Atlanta Falcons: DE Jackson Jeffcoat
Pro Comparison: Robert Quinn
Atlanta still doesn't have an adequate young replacement for 34-year-old John Abraham, whose best years are clearly behind him.
The Falcons will have plenty of potential impact pass-rushers to choose from in next year's draft, as it should be one of the 2013 class' strongest and deepest positions.
One particular prospect who would have no trouble taking the torch from Abraham in the coming years is Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat.
Jeffcoat—the son of former first-round pick Jim Jeffcoat—has got the explosion and power to develop into a difference-making defender at the NFL level.
23. Tennessee Titans: DE Sam Montgomery
Pro Comparison: LaMarr Woodley
Sam Montgomery isn't just one of the most physically gifted eligible prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, he's also one of the most versatile as well.
Montgomery has the skill-set to make it in the NFL as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 rush linebacker.
One team that could use the talented Tiger's skills at end is the Titans, who haven't gotten the results that they expected from former first-round pick Derrick Morgan yet.
If Morgan doesn't finally put it all together in 2012, Tennessee could attempt to draft a player like Montgomery to boost a less-than-stellar pass-rush.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Tyrann Mathieu
Pro Comparison: Cortland Finnegan
Tyrann Mathieu was one of the biggest breakout stars of the 2011 season, but now he's likely to spend 2012 as one of the most debated about prospects in the upcoming 2013 draft class.
Mathieu rose to prominence after his Honey Badger nickname went viral, but he's now gained critics and doubters who have questioned if he's really as good as his overnight hype.
There's no questioning that the talented playmaking corner is one of the best football players in the country. However, with many questioning his size, his ego, his coverage skills and his overall athleticism, Mathieu is going to be one of the most scrutinized cornerback prospects in recent memory.
One team that could use Mathieu's talents the most efficiently as a nickel corner is the Philadelphia Eagles, who could use a strong presence in the back end next to Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
25. Baltimore Ravens: ILB Manti Te’o
School: Notre Dame
Pro Comparison: Brian Cushing
Baltimore was lucky that Courtney Upshaw fell as far as he did in this year's draft, because Upshaw was worth considerably more than what the Ravens got him for.
Who knows, maybe the team could benefit from having one of the top inside linebacker prospects in next year's draft fall to them in a similar fashion in 2013.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o would obviously make an outstanding replacement for Ray Lewis, and he would be a perfect fit for Baltimore's 3-4 defensive scheme.
As far as potential and talent are concerned, Te'o is worthy of a top-15 pick. However, since inside linebacker has become a downgraded position in today's pass-happy NFL, he could ultimately slide into the 20's in next year's draft.
26. New England Patriots: DT Johnthan Hankins
School: Ohio State
Pro Comparison: Ahtyba Rubin
New England brought in two very intriguing and talented pass-rushers in this year's draft—Syracuse's Chandler Jones and Arkansas' Jake Bequette. They are two players that should make an immediate impact in 2012.
The Patriots chose to overlook the interior of the defensive line, however, and now they're left with Vince Wilfork as the only true impact player inside.
The 325-pound Wilfork will turn 31 this season, and it could be time to find a young stud to develop and groom as his ultimate replacement.
Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins is the type of strong, smart and active defensive tackle that would fit in well in New England's multi-look defensive system.
The 6'3'', 317-pound Hankins has the combination of size, quickness and power to develop into a Pro Bowl defender at the NFL level.
27. Green Bay Packers: WR Da’Rick Rogers
Pro Comparison: Darrius Heyward-Bey
On the surface, Green Bay's receiver corps seems to be in fine shape. However, when you look deeper, you see that Greg Jennings will soon be a free agent and Donald Driver will soon be retiring.
Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are quality young receivers, but the Packers can never have enough big, speedy receiving weapons on their roster.
Giving Aaron Rodgers a weapon like Tennessee's Da'Rick Rogers would certainly please the Pro Bowl quarterback, and it would give Green Bay's already lethal passing offense and even bigger boost.
Rogers may have some attitude concerns, but his star potential is undeniable.
28. San Francisco 49ers: DE William Gholston
School: Michigan State
Pro Comparison: Calais Campbell
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh certainly doesn't shy away from players who have an edge, and Michigan State's William Gholston is a player who has definitely displayed an edge.
Gholston plays the game with reckless abandon, and he's one of the most tenacious defenders in the country.
Sometimes, though, he lets his emotions get the best of him, as we saw last year with his two inexcusable unsportsmanlike conduct plays against Michigan.
If the big, powerful pass-rusher can learn to control himself, he could develop into one of the top 3-4 defensive ends in the NFL within the next few years.
The 49ers could use an injection of youth on their defensive front , and Harbaugh and his staff could definitely become enamored with a physically impressive prospect like Gholston.
29. Chicago Bears: DE Malliciah Goodman
Pro Comparison: Tamba Hali
The Bears clearly overspent the 19th pick on Boise State's Shea McClellin, who was a late-1st to mid-2nd round prospect, especially with pass-rushers such as Chandler Jones, Nick Perry and Whitney Mercilus still on the board.
McClellin will be a strong situation player but he's a borderline starting talent, and neither he nor Corey Wootton will be able to fully handle replacing Julius Peppers.
Chicago could use a long, athletic freak phenom like Clemson's Malliciah Goodman, who will be one of the most impressive physical specimens in the 2013 class.
Goodman appears to be the next heralded Clemson defensive end prospect, and he has all of the makings of developing into a Jason Pierre-Paul-type of impact player at the NFL level.
30. San Diego Chargers: NT Jesse Williams
Pro Comparison: Haloti Ngata
The Chargers have brought in two young players—Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, who they hope can man the defensive end spots in the team's 3-4 defense for the foreseeable future.
The problem is San Diego is still in need of a young nose tackle, sincecurrent starter Antonio Gary will turn 33 this season.
One of the top nose tackle prospects that will be available in 2013 is Alabama's Jesse Williams.
Williams is a big, athletic and versatile lineman who manned both the defensive end and nose tackle positions for Alabama's top-rated defense last year.
The mammoth interior havoc-wreaker would be a perfect fit in between Liuget and Reyes in San Diego for years to come.
31. Houston Texans: WR Josh Boyce
Pro Comparison: Mike Wallace
Houston has one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, Andre Johnson, but the Texans lack a true No. 2 weapon to complement him properly, as Kevin Walter is simply a glorified No. 3 receiver.
The team could look at one of the many potential top-tier receivers that could be available in 2013, and one in-state product that could catch the front-office's eye is TCU's Josh Boyce.
Now that Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright are gone, Boyce is going to be the Big 12's new "it" receiver, and his stock should go soaring in 2012.
Look for the explosive Horned Frog receiver to have a breakout campaign in his first season going against top-notch BCS competition.
32. New York Giants: ILB Kevin Reddick
School: North Carolina
Pro Comparison: Demeco Ryans
The Giants don't have a tendency to take linebackers early in the draft. In fact, they've taken just one linebacker in the first three rounds just once—Clint Sintim in 2009—in the last six years.
The linebacker corps has now become one of the weakest links of the defense, and the time has come for New York to address the problem early in the draft.
The front office has had a tendency to focus in on ACC players during GM Jerry Reese's tenure, and one of the conference's top linebackers that they could covet is North Carolina's Kevin Reddick.
Reddick is one of the most athletic and instinctive linebackers in the country, and he could man the Mike 'backer position in the team's 4-3 defense for the next decade.
2013 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round Recap
1. Miami: WR Keenan Allen, Cal
2. Minnesota: QB Matt Barkley, USC
3. Indianapolis OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
4. Seattle: RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
5. Jacksonville: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
6. St. Louis: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
7. Tampa Bay: CB David Amerson, N.C. State
8. Cleveland: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
9. Arizona: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
10. New York Jets: WR Robert Woods, USC
11. St. Louis (From Washington): OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
12. Oakland: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
13. Dallas: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
14. Carolina: DE Alex Okafor, Texas
15. Kansas City: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
16. Pittsburgh: NT Star Lotulelei, Utah
17. Buffalo: S Eric Reid, LSU
18. Denver: RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
19. New Orleans: OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia
20. Detroit: RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
21. Cincinnati: ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
22. Atlanta: DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
23. Tennessee: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
24. Philadelphia: CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
25. Baltimore: ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
26. New England DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
27. Green Bay: WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
28. San Francisco: DE William Gholston, Michigan State
29. Chicago: DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
30. San Diego: NT Jesse Williams, Alabama
31. Houston: WR Josh Boyce, TCU
32. New York Giants: ILB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
Other Quarterbacks to Watch
A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Casey Pachall, TCU
Collin Klein, Kansas State
E.J. Manuel, Florida State
James Franklin, Missouri
Keith Price, Washington
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Mike Glennon, N.C. State
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Running Backs to Watch
Andre Ellington, Clemson
Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
Eddie Lacy, Alabama
Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Spencer Ware, LSU
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Wide Receivers to Watch
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Keenan Davis, Iowa
Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Terrance Williams, Baylor
Offensive Tackles to Watch
Alex Hurst, LSU
Chris Faulk, LSU
David Bakhtiari, Colorado
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
James Hurst, North Carolina
Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Morgan Moses, Virginia
Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Interior Linemen to Watch
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Chance Warmack, Alabama
Cyril Richardson, Baylor
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Khaled Holmes, USC
Larry Warford, Kentucky
Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Defensive Tackles to Watch
Akeem Spence, Illinois
Bennie Logan, LSU
Dominique Easley, Florida
Jon Jenkins, Georgia
Kawann Short, Purdue
Kwame Geathers, Georgia
Scott Vallone, Rutgers
Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Defensive Ends to Watch
Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Devin Taylor, South Carolina
Dion Jordan, Oregon
James Gayle, Virginia Tech
John Simon, Ohio State
Margus Hunt, SMU
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Wes Horton, USC
Linebackers to Watch
Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Chase Thomas, Stanford
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Dion Bailey, USC
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Jelani Jenkins, Florida
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Nico Johnson, Alabama
Sean Porter, Texas A&M
Shayne Skov, Stanford
Cornerbacks to Watch
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Carrington Byndom, Texas
Dee MIlliner, Alabama
Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Nickell Robey, USC
Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
Safeties to Watch
D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Hakeem Smith, Louisville
Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech
John Boyett, Oregon
Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Matt Elam, Florida
Robert Lester, Alabama
T.J. McDonald, USC
Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma