2013 NFL Draft: 3 Prospects Who Improved Their Stock in Week 8

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2012

Oct 20, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Damontre Moore (94) hits LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) during the third quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell
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The NFL draft landscape is ever-changing this time of year. Draft stocks rise and fall each week, especially now that most teams have entered the heart of their conference schedule.

Here are three prospects who made a positive impression in Week 8 of the college football season.


Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M 

Texas A&M is just 2-2 in the SEC, but they've been in every game and have proven they aren't overmatched in the nation's toughest conference. One of the keys to their success has been Moore, who has emerged as one of the premier pass-rushers in the nation.

Moore was a terror against LSU, leading the Aggies with 10 tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss. 

This is a deep class of defensive linemen, but Moore will definitely be in the first-round mix if he chooses to skip his senior year and enter the 2013 draft. 


Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

We've known for awhile that Hankins is a legitimate top-10 pick, and he showed why on Saturday against Purdue. Late in the second half, Purdue ran a screen to the wide receiver, who broke a tackle and ran about 15 yards down the sideline before Hankins took him down. 

There aren't many defensive tackles in the country who could put themselves in position to make that play, let alone a guy who is (very conservatively) listed at 6'3", 322 pounds.

On that play alone, Hankins demonstrated why he is a special talent and why he could be in the conversation to go number one overall in April's draft. 


Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

When Mike Mayock talks NFL draft, people listen. And Mayock gave Ansah high praise on Saturday, calling him a potential first-round pick. 

BYU's game against Notre Dame was Ansah's first chance to shine on the national stage this year, and he took advantage of the opportunity, recording six tackles, including one for a loss. 

Ansah, a former track star who is relatively new to football, is still developing, but he held his own against Notre Dame's physical offensive line. He has a long way to go before he's ready to excel at the next level, but he clearly has the attention of NFL scouts and could continue to rise up draft boards.