Complete Bowl Game Guide to 2013 NFL Draft Prospects
As we all sit down to watch bowl games, many of us will be thinking about the 2013 NFL draft. But what good is thinking about the draft if you don't know who to watch?
To that end, here's a complete list of draft prospects in each game. After all, they could be future members of your favorite team.
So don't simply sit back and watch the games; scout the players who will be entering the 2013 NFL draft.
You'll know just who to watch.
Dri Archer, RB, Kent State—Archer, an undersized but explosive running back, contributes all over the field. He is incredibly elusive and a threat to score on any play. He also plays some receiver and returns kicks. Archer could go off the board in the middle rounds.
Brian Winters, OT, Kent State—An athletic tackle, Winters could find himself drafted in the middle rounds. He isn't a perfect player by any means, but his 6'5", 310-pound frame and athletic ability make him an intriguing option.
Josh Jarboe, WR, Arkansas State—Jarboe is a terrific athlete with excellent size, but he isn't much of a wide receiver. He probably goes undrafted.
BBVA Compass Bowl
Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh—Returning from an injury in 2012, Graham hasn't retained quite the same shiftiness and burst. However, he is still a capable player with potential, and he could come off the board on Day 2 of the draft
Jarred Holley, S, Pittsburgh—Weighing in at just 190 pounds, Holley is undersized, but he is fast enough and good enough in coverage to possibly warrant a late-round selection.
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma—Johnson is a big offensive tackle who lacks the athleticism to start in the NFL. He is probably a mid- to late-round pick.
Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma—A junior safety, Jefferson possesses good size and is a fairly complete player. If he declares for the draft, he could be selected on Day 2.
Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma—Stills is considered a mid-round pick by most due to his lack of an elite size-and-speed combination. He isn't physically impressive enough to go higher.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma—A longtime starter, Jones has often flashed potential but is too inconsistent to project as a starter. He is a project and shouldn't go higher than the middle rounds.
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M—Few offensive tackles possess Joeckel's level of athleticism, and that's why he is a likely top-five pick. The A&M left tackle is a star.
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M—Matthews isn't quite as athletic as Joeckel, but he's more physical and is a top-10 talent himself. Both linemen are potential blindside protectors in the NFL.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M—Moore is a talented pass-rusher who could go in the top 10. What Moore lacks in elite burst, he makes up for with power, and he could appeal to a wide variety of teams.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M—A solid athlete, Swope doesn't have too much deep speed, but he can accelerate and get open. There isn't huge upside, given his lack of defining characteristics, but there is decent upside.
Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M—After a disappointing season, Porter's stock has dropped, and he is no longer in the early-round discussion. The undersized pass-rusher isn't dynamic enough to go earlier than the late rounds.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon—An explosive athlete with terrific length, Jordan is a premier pass-rushing prospect. He has incredible upside and could be an all-around beast in a 3-4 defense, where he could also drop back in coverage.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon—Alonso is athletically limited and probably isn't a starter in the NFL. He could, however, be a versatile backup, capable of filling in at multiple positions.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon—More quick than fast, Barner isn't an every-down back in the NFL, but he could be a change-of-pace guy. His lateral movement is rare, even among players his size.
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State—Brown is an explosive linebacker who makes plays all over the field, showcasing his athleticism. Though undersized and somewhat flawed, Brown could go in the upper half of the first round.
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State—A bulky and somewhat shorter wide receiver, Harper has some yards-after-catch ability but isn't a vertical threat. He is a mid- to late-round pick best utilized on underneath routes.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mario Benavides, C, Louisville—A tall center, Benavides is lanky and lacks the bulk to start in the NFL. His only chance is as a versatile backup.
Adrian Bushell, CB, Louisville—Bushell has decent size but is only an average athlete. He lacks great cover skills and should go in the late rounds.
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida—Floyd is an athletic defensive tackle who, if he enters the draft, could go as high as the second round. He's still raw but full of potential.
Matt Elam, S, Florida—A hard-hitting safety, Elam is constantly making highlight-reel plays. His physical play and athleticism make him a potential first-round pick.
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida—It's rare that a defensive tackle has such an explosive first step. Easley is far from a complete player, but his burst makes him an intriguing target in the middle rounds.
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Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State—Werner is a dynamic blindside defensive end with excellent pass-rushing potential. He could come off the board anywhere in the top 10.
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State—A big, athletic cornerback, Rhodes may not declare for the draft, but if he does, he could go in the second round. He's raw, but his potential is alluring.
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State—Manuel isn't a great passer, but he's athletic with tons of talent. This combination could lead to him being drafted in the first or second round.
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Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin—Ball isn't overly dynamic in any way, but he runs with great vision and power. He projects as a solid starter and should be a second- or third-round selection.
Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin—Though he has great size, Wagner lacks great athleticism and is limited to playing right tackle in the NFL. This will push him down some, and he may end up in the third round.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford—Ertz possesses a big frame, weighing in at 6'6", 250 pounds, but isn't athletic enough to make up for his lack of power. His receiving ability still makes him a decent prospect, and he could go in the third round.
Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford—Because of his great instincts, Skov has a chance in the NFL despite lackluster athleticism. He will likely have to play inside in a 3-4 defense, but he could be a solid mid-round pick.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford—At 215 pounds, Taylor has good size and power. However, his lack of speed is troublesome, and he won't be a difference-maker in the NFL.
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford—In many ways Thomas is a solid player, but he lacks athleticism. In the NFL, Thomas won't be quick enough to play in space, and he's probably just a special-teams player.
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina—Swearinger has good size and instincts, but he lacks great speed and athletic ability. However, he could be a solid addition in the middle rounds due to his starter potential.
Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina—A freak athlete with terrific length, Taylor has everything physically. He's never put it together on the field, though, and he seems unlikely to reach his full potential.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan—A nasty, run-blocking tackle, Lewan is a solid athlete who could play left or right tackle in the NFL. He could end up in the top half of the first round due to his physical play.
Denard Robinson, ATH, Michigan—It's hard to say what position Robinson will play in the NFL, but a team might buy into him as high as the second round. There's no denying Robinson's ability with the ball in his hands, and that could make him a high draft pick.
Capital One Bowl
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska—A successful college running back, Burkhead may not have NFL ability in him. He doesn't have great burst or power and relies too much on his vision. He may get drafted, but don't expect big things.
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia—Jones is a pass-rushing linebacker whose talent could put him in the top 10. However, his medical reports could be a huge factor. Regardless, enjoy the show that Jones will likely put on as he plays all over the field.
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia—The massive nose tackle is a superb run-stopper with enough athletic ability to occasionally make an impact against the pass. Jenkins could be selected in the middle of the first round.
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia—Rambo has excellent size but lacks speed. He can still play the pass, however, and he's excellent against the run. Look for Rambo to go in Day 2.
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue—A stout defensive tackle, Short can penetrate the backfield or hold strong against the run. He lacks game-changing ability but is a solid player who should go in the second round.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State—Randle is a solid running back but lacks elite ability. He is average in everything: speed, power, vision. He projects more as a backup than a starter, but he could still go in the fourth round.
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State—A lengthy cornerback, Banks is a surefire first-round pick with shutdown ability. He could go in the top 15 given his upside on the outside.
Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State—Boyd has good size and decent athleticism but isn't really a difference-maker. He profiles as a rotational defensive tackle who won't hurt the team when he's on the field.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU—Mingo is incredibly explosive and possesses great length. He projects best in a 3-4 defense, in which he could be worth a top-five selection.
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU—Not quite as talented as Mingo, Montgomery is a more complete player with less upside. He will probably go in the middle of the first round due to his overall play.
Eric Reid, S, LSU—Reid is a solid safety who can defend the run or pass. However, he rarely makes impact plays and isn't unbeatable. He's a late first-round or second-round pick.
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU—A flexible, athletic linebacker, Minter can play multiple positions at a high level. He has first-round ability but is more likely to go in the second round.
Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson—Ellington is slightly undersized but has good speed and great quickness. Though not a starter in the NFL, Ellington will find a role, and this could get him drafted in the fourth round.
Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson—At 6'4", 280 pounds, Goodman is a big, run-stopping defensive end. He isn't a great pass-rusher, but his run-stopping ability gives him some value in the middle of the draft.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State—At 6'3", 248 pounds, Klein possesses the size to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. He isn't much of a playmaker, but he's decent against the run and should be a mid-round pick.
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Matt Barkley, QB, USC—Barkley's stock has fallen after a disappointing senior campaign, but he's still a probable first-round pick. The USC star is an accurate, intelligent passer with limited upside. That doesn't mean he can't help a team win.
Robert Woods, WR, USC—Woods lacks the deep speed to compensate for his lack of size, and he's likely to be limited in the NFL. The star wideout isn't a No. 1 receiver, and he won't be drafted until at least the second round.
T.J. McDonald, S, USC—Though opinions on McDonald vary widely, he is undeniably talented. The 6'3", 205-pounder has some work to do on the field, but his potential remains, and it could make him a third-round pick.
Khaled Holmes, C, USC—Holmes isn't a dominant center, but he's solid across the board and can play any interior line position. His lack of brilliant play kicks him out of the first two rounds, but he could go in the third.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State—There may not be a more talented quarterback in this draft, and Glennon's upside is undeniable. The 6'6", 230-pounder has a rocket arm and good mobility, and he is being discussed as the potential No. 1 quarterback in the draft.
David Amerson, CB, N.C. State—A college cornerback, Amerson may make the move to safety due to his size. Amerson struggles to run with wideouts down the sideline, but his ball-hawking ability could make him a second-round free safety prospect.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State—Prior to the 2012 season, many were talking about Gholston, but the talk cooled down. Now, Gholston stands as a high-upside project worthy of maybe a third-round pick.
Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State—Weighing in at 6'5", 285 pounds, Sims is a massive tight end with surprising athleticism. However, he isn't a great receiver and needs work. At this point, he is merely a mid-round pick.
Valero Alamo Bowl
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State—A solid athlete with good size, Poyer possesses above-average cover skills. He isn't so dynamic to warrant a first-round selection, but he could go any time after that.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State—Wheaton was incredibly productive in 2012, as he showcased his talent. The wideout isn't particularly big and possesses merely average speed, so he's probably limited to the slot in the NFL, which will push him to the middle rounds.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas—Okafor is a solid pass-rushing defensive end with the ability to defend the run as well. He isn't elite, but he is complete enough to possibly go in the first round.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas—With good size, Vaccaro is a solid athlete who can play in coverage or against the run. He isn't a dynamic player, though, which will keep him out of the first round.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Will Sutton, DE, Arizona State—With 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in 2012, Sutton had a terrific season, earning first-team All-American honors. Despite the terrific season, questions linger about whether Sutton has a true position—he alternates between defensive tackle and defensive end—and if he has the physical ability to last in the NFL. Should he declare, Sutton is likely a late-round selection.
Brandon Magee, LB, Arizona State—Magee is the only other player in this game close to being drafted, and even he seems unlikely to be selected. The undersized linebacker isn't overly explosive, and he struggles to shed blocks and defend the run.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia—A contender to go No. 1 overall, Smith is talented and possesses great passing ability. He displays excellent movement in the pocket and can throw to all parts of the field. He won't fall out of the top 10.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia—Austin is among the draft's most explosive players, and he offers value out of the backfield, at wideout and on returns. He is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball, and this could put him in the first round.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia—Bailey is another undersized but explosive wide receiver, though he isn't quite as dynamic as Austin. Even so, Bailey could find himself in the second-round discussion should he declare.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse—Undeniably talented, Nassib has a solid arm and good athletic ability. Some have touted him as a first-round pick, but he seems more likely to fall somewhere in the two rounds after.
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Vance McDonald, TE, Rice—At 6'5", 255 pounds, McDonald has decent but not great size. Unfortunately, he isn't overly athletic and struggles to separate from defenders. At best, McDonald is on the edge of being drafted.
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech—A big safety, Davis struggles in coverage but performs well up close to the line of scrimmage in run support. He probably isn't quite good enough there, though, as he seems unlikely to get drafted.
Russell Athletic Bowl
Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers—A talented cover corner, Ryan utilizes above-average ball skills and athleticism to make plays in coverage. He has second-round ability should he choose to enter the draft as a junior.
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers—Slightly undersized, Greene has a nose for the ball but isn't athletic enough to be a real threat on defense. He still offers backup and special-teams ability, though, so he should be picked in the middle of the draft.
Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech—Fuller weighs in at 6'2", 195 pounds, while possessing above-average speed. His physical ability makes him somewhat intriguing, but he is not at all a complete player and shouldn't be drafted before the fourth round.
Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech—Taylor possesses solid size but isn't overly athletic, which will probably limit him to the inside. It seems unlikely that Taylor will ever be able to start in the NFL, so he probably won't be drafted until later.
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Skyler Allen, C, Ohio—Honestly, Allen isn't at all draft-worthy, but I didn't want to leave this slide blank. The undersized center isn't athletic enough to make it in the NFL given his lack of bulk and strength. He may get a tryout, but that will probably be it.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA—With 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, Barr has clearly made quite the impact in 2012. He projects as a pass-rushing linebacker in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, where he can use his length and athleticism. Expect Barr to go top-20 if he declares.
Datone Jones, DT, UCLA—An undersized defensive tackle, Jones is explosive and fast with the ability to easily penetrate the backfield. He isn't overly stout against the run, but his playmaking ability makes him a second-round value.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA—Franklin is a bit undersized and doesn't have great speed to make up for it. The running back can make some quick cuts, but his lack of power and speed doesn't bode well for him getting drafted prior to the third day.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor—Williams is clearly a fantastic talent, utilizing great size with terrific speed and athleticism. However, he drops too many passes and is still raw as a receiver. He could still be drafted in the second round, though.
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati—A good receiving tight end, Kelce can catch the ball, but he isn't a great athlete. In the NFL, Kelce will struggle to get open, and he isn't a great blocker. It's hard to find much of a role for him, so he'll likely be just a late-round selection.
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke—Vernon is just 6'1" but weighs in at a sturdy 200 pounds. He can catch the football, but he isn't great at getting open and will struggle to separate in the NFL. That's why he is unlikely to be selected before the fifth round.
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David Fales, QB, San Jose State—A big, athletic quarterback, Fales will probably return to school but could prove intriguing if he doesn't. Fales possesses excellent accuracy to go with solid arm strength, so he could be drafted as high as the second round.
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State—Weighing just 245 pounds, Otten is undersized and not overly athletic. Fortunately, he can catch the football, because that's the only reason he may be drafted.
Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green—Jones had a fantastic 2012 campaign but is undersized, measuring in at just 6'1", 291 pounds. He isn't explosive enough to compensate for this lack of length, but he could still be drafted as a situational player.
Little Caesars Bowl
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan—Standing in at 6'8", 310 pounds, Fisher is a great athlete with a superb frame that can handle more weight. Fisher won't gain points for run-blocking, but his pass-protection ability makes him a likely first-round pick.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU—There isn't a bigger freak in this draft class than Hunt. The 6'8", 280-pounder is an excellent athlete, and though he isn't quite there as a football player, he has huge potential. This could get him drafted in the third round.
Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State—Thomas recorded eight interceptions in 2012, showcasing excellent ball-hawking ability. He is still athletically limited, but his ability back deep could get him drafted.
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington—A smooth cornerback, Trufant isn't perfect, but he can turn his hips with the quickest of wideouts, unlike most cornerbacks in this draft. Trufant's flaws are quite noticeable, though, and need correction, so he could fall to Day 3.
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State—Taylor is a solid athlete who relies on his quickness in coverage. However, he isn't particularly strong or technically sound and is probably more of a late-round pick.
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Melvin White, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette—White is a tall cornerback, measuring in at 6'3", 190 pounds. His size and athleticism leave him with plenty of potential—possibly at safety—but he is raw and shouldn't be picked before the late rounds.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State—McFadden is a solid cornerback with good size and athleticism. However, his technique is sloppy, and he lacks great ball skills. With development, McFadden could be decent, but he's probably just a third-day pick right now.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU—An absolute animal, Ansah has played everywhere from nose tackle to outside linebacker and is loaded with potential. Ansah has as much upside as any defensive player in the draft. He could be a top-10 selection.
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Latavius Murray, RB, UCF—Standing at 6'3", 222 pounds, Murray is a big running back. However, he doesn't run as hard as one might think, and he lacks both speed and balance. It's hard to imagine Murray being drafted.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Will Davis, CB, Utah State—Davis has good size, standing in at 6'0", 190 pounds, but his biggest strength is his ball skills. With five interceptions in 2012, Davis did a great job of making plays on the ball while it was in the air. He has some flaws, such as limited athleticism, but he offers big-play potential.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State—At just 189 pounds, Williams is tiny, but he makes up for it in other ways. The running back has great speed and quickness, though not great enough to get him drafted on the second day.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona—Scott is a decent athlete but comes in way undersized at less than 200 pounds. He doesn't have a great arm either. But he's smart and can move in the pocket. However, it would be an upset for Scott to be selected.
Duke Williams, S, Nevada—An excellent athlete, Williams weighs in at 200 pounds and can play in any facet of the game. He likely won't be drafted until Day 3, but his size and athleticism offers some upside to his NFL team.
Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada—At 6'7", 255 pounds, Sudfeld has a terrific frame for a receiving tight end. He's fairly athletic too, so he has some upside. Sudfeld still needs to improve his blocking and catching skills, but he has plenty of potential.
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Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame—A run-stopping animal, Te'o plays with passion and unleashes bone-rattling hits. He doesn't have incredible range, but his overall play makes him a likely top-10 selection.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame—Eifert has great size but only limited athleticism. Few tight ends are better at going up and catching the ball, but Eifert may struggle to get open. He'll still go in the first or second round.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama—Milliner is an athletic cornerback with excellent cover skills. He doesn't have amazing ball skills, but he could still end up in the top 10.
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama—Few guards offer the road-grading run-blocking skills of Warmack combined with above-average pass-blocking ability. The guard is the complete package and is almost guaranteed to go in the first round.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama—Williams is a massive nose tackle who plays with incredible power and surprising finesse. He does a superb job of clogging the run while staying active against the pass. He should end up in the top half of the first round.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama—An active player in all aspects of the game, Mosley can blitz, play the run or defend the pass. He is a fit in any defense, and he seems likely to be selected in the first or second round.
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama—Few linemen are as versatile as Jones, who could conceivably play any of the five offensive line spots. He's best at center, however, where he is probably worth a second-round selection.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama—Fluker is a big, somewhat heavy-footed tackle who will either move to the right side or kick inside to guard at the next level. Either way, he should be fairly successful due to his run-blocking ability. Expect Fluker to go in the second round.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama—Perhaps the draft's top running back, Lacy combines excellent power with great vision. The only thing hindering him is a lack of elite quickness and burst, but Lacy is still a starting running back, worthy of a second-round pick.
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