2013 NFL Draft Prospects with the Most Exciting Game Tape
Every football fan loves excitement on his or her team. And as a general rule, the NFL draft is a great way to add it. The 2013 draft is no exception.
There is a difference between the most exciting and best, however. Some of the players on the list are at the top of the draft. Others aren't quite as elite.
All of these guys do have one thing in common, though. They all make plays, and they all make games more interesting to watch.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
An undersized but explosive player, Tavon Austin weighs in at just 5'9", 172 pounds. Clearly, Austin is a playmaker who can add another dimension to any offense.
The question with Austin is just how he fits in the NFL. The best way is probably similar to how Minnesota uses Percy Harvin. Austin is capable of catching the ball out of the slot, running the ball and returning kicks.
Though he isn't a prototype player by any means, Austin makes plays all over the football field and can be used in a variety of ways.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah's stats aren't anything extra, but he is something to watch. The 6'6", 270-pounder is a freakish athlete with incredible speed, power and burst.
He has 13 tackles for loss on the year but just 4.5 sacks. However, Ansah has played everywhere from nose tackle to defensive end to linebacker, dominating at each.
The stats aren't yet there for Ansah, but he makes an impact on nearly every play. He is all over the field, and he frequently impresses with his physical prowess.
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
An incredible athlete, Sheldon Richardson makes plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The 6'4", 295-pounder has 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks on the year.
At the scouting combine, Richardson could run a sub-4.8 in the 40-yard dash while putting up impressive numbers in the agility drills. More importantly, though, he is big and athletic enough to play anywhere along the defensive line.
Richardson frequently penetrates the backfield, interrupting plays on a regular basis. He terrorizes both running backs and quarterbacks.
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
With 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, Jarvis Jones is obviously a frequent presence in the backfield. That's just what makes the 6'3", 240-pounder such a valued prospect.
Jones plays linebacker, but he specializes in pass-rushing. In the NFL, he will be used like Bruce Irvin, frequently rushing the quarterback but occasionally dropping back in coverage.
Few players in the draft offer the same upside Jones does, with his explosion and pass-rushing ability.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The stats don't show it, but Barkevious Mingo is a dynamic player. With just four sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss on the year, though, he clearly has some work to do when it comes to production.
On the field, Mingo is a freak. The 6'5", 240-pounder combines excellent length with superb burst and speed. Offensive tackles frequently struggle to hold off the LSU star.
Though Mingo hasn't made many plays this year, he has frequently made an impact and shown up on the field. With his physical ability, Mingo is impossible to ignore.
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Arthur Brown is a fantastic linebacker who roams all over the field, making plays on every level. His two interceptions on the year show just how dynamic he can be in coverage.
The 228-pounder possesses sideline-to-sideline speed, but he isn't great at playing in space. Brown has his flaws, and they hinder him as a prospect. His playmaking ability is unparalleled, though.
There isn't another linebacker in this draft with the same ability to make plays in the backfield and dominate the opposing offense.
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
At 6'7", 240 pounds, Dion Jordan isn't a complete player by any means, but he is as dynamic as any in the draft. Jordan plays all over the field, from nickelback to defensive end.
The Oregon star is a beast as a pass-rusher who utilizes incredible length, burst and speed to dominate offensive linemen. Then, in coverage, Jordan is capable of shutting down slot receivers, whether it's a tight end or a wideout.
In a 4-3 defense, Jordan isn't a great fit. However, he is incredibly fun to watch and could be a beast in a 3-4 scheme.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson's stock has dropped some throughout the year, but he is still fun to watch. Wilson isn't afraid to take shots downfield, and he frequently does so successfully.
A great athlete, Wilson can evade pressure and force the ball through tight coverage holes. The Arkansas star frequently shows No. 1 overall pick ability.
When watching Wilson, a viewer will see plenty of mistakes and bad decisions. He will also see some brilliant plays that only a few players in college football can make.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Weighing in at 6'3", 205 pounds, Cordarrelle Patterson is the best athlete of any wideout in the draft. The Tennessee wideout has 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns on the year, while also doing an excellent job on returns.
Of every wideout in the first-round discussion, Patterson may have the most upside. His size, burst and speed make him a potential No. 1 wide receiver.
Patterson makes some huge plays for the Volunteers, showing incredible ability. He isn't a complete player, but his skills make him fun to watch.
Matt Elam, S, Florida
Few safeties lay the type of boom Matt Elam does on a regular basis. Elam has 10 tackles for loss in addition to four interceptions on the year, showing his complete play.
The Florida safety roams all over the field, rocking anyone who dares come across the middle. He isn't just a big-hitter, though, as he can also play in coverage.
Elam has some things to work on, and he is probably just a late-first-round pick, but his hard-hitting play makes him an exciting watch.