2013 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 100 Players on the Board

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIDecember 21, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Star Lotulelei #92 of the Utah Ute's celebrates a sack during a game against the USC Trojans during the second half of a college football game on October 4, 2012 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. USC beat Utah 38-28. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL draft will be interesting.

Maybe not so for teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, who are a year late on the "Class of 2012 Quarterback Sweepstakes" and don't have much elite quarterback talent to look at this year.

The top 18 players in my rankings consist of offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and just one cornerback. You have to dig down all the way to the 19th ranked player on my list to find the top-ranked quarterback.

This is obviously much different from last year's situation, as three quarterbacks were off the board after the Top 10 picks.

It would be difficult for a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, who are expected to be drafting first, to take a guy ranked outside of the Top 10 players available.

If you are up first on the podium, you take the best player available, and that's defensive tackle Star Lotulelei out of Utah. Star is a 6'4", 320-pound defensive tackle who is a nightmare for running backs. He can clog the hole and make it nearly impossible for running backs to have success between the tackles. 

The only issue is his speed and ability to rush the passer. He is definitely worthy of the first overall pick in this draft. The issue here is that Kansas City needs to improve its offense much more than its defense.

Although I have Geno Smith ranked as my 19th best player, it is very likely the Chiefs could take him with the first pick (assuming they lose their last two games). It wouldn't be too bad watching Geno develop alongside Jamaal Charles. That running game would be ridiculous to watch.

As far as other quarterbacks go, we got word today that Tyler Bray out of Tennessee would be entering the draft. I don't know what to make of that right now.

Matt Barkley was projected in the 2012 preseason to be the first guy taken in this year's draft, but a poor season for the USC Trojans has his stock declining downhill at a 90-degree angle.

However, I still think Barkley, with the right coaching, could develop into a star quarterback in the NFL. I have seen him make some tremendous throws rolling to his left that are extremely difficult to make. He may have had a poor season this year, but I still am not sold on the fact that he will turn out to be a bust.

At other key offensive positions, the best guys available are Tennessee's wide receiver Justin Hunter, West Virginia's wide receiver Tavon Austin, North Carolina's running back Giovani Bernard and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell.

You will be able to see that it is a defense-heavy Top 10, in my opinion. Unfortunately, most of the teams that will likely be positioned to draft in the Top 10 are struggling more on offense.

We could see teams such as the Buffalo Bills take advantage of guys like Manti Te'o being available somewhere around the eighth pick, while teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, who are in desperate need of help on their offensive line, could go after Luke Joeckel or Chance Warmack.

I am not saying by any means that this is not a solid draft class.

Every draft class brings plenty of surprises. What I am saying is that there isn't nearly as much offensive talent in this draft that there was last year. 

Below you will find the top 100 players, in my opinion, who are likely to be available come April.


Rank Name Position School
1 Star Lotulelei DT Utah
2 Chance Warmack OG Alabama
3 Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
4 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
5 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
6 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
7 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
8 Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
9 Dee Milliner CB Alabama
10 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
11 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
12 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
13 Dion Jordan DE Oregon
14 Jonathan Jenkins DT Georgia
15 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
16 Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia
17 Sam Montgomery DE LSU
18 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
19 Geno Smith QB West Virginia
20 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
21 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
22 Ezekiel Ansah DE Brigham Young
23 C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama
24 Zach Ertz TE Stanford
25 Matt Barkley QB USC
26 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
27 Corey Lemonier DE Auburn
28 Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame
29 Kawann Short DT Purdue
30 Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State
31 Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
32 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
33 Keenan Allen WR Cal
34 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
35 Mike Glennon QB North Carolina State
36 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
37 Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
38 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
39 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
40 Kevin Minter ILB LSU
41 Robert Woods WR USC
42 Matt Elam S Florida
43 Logan Ryan CB Rutgers
44 Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee
45 Jesse Williams DT Alabama
46 Eric Reid S LSU
47 David Amerson CB North Carolina State
48 Akeem Spence DT Illinois
49 Oday Aboushi OT Virginia
50 Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Connecticut
51 Bennie Logan DT LSU
52 Terrance Williams WR Baylor
53 Shawn Williams S Georgia
54 Everett Dawkins DT Florida State
55 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
56 Tony Jefferson S Oklahoma
57 Justin Pugh OT Syracuse
58 Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina
59 Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
60 Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
61 Brennan Williams OT North Carolina
62 Aaron Dobson WR Marshall
63 Desmond Trufant CB Washington
64 Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
65 Brian Winters OG Kent State
66 Chase Thomas OLB Stanford
67 Kevin Reddick ILB North Carolina
68 Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
69 Alex Okafor DE Texas
70 Jelani Jenkins OLB Florida
71 Brandon Jenkins OLB Florida State
72 Barrett Jones OG Alabama
73 Arthur Brown ILB Kansas State
74 Cobi Hamilton WR Arkansas
75 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
76 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State
77 Shamarko Thomas S Syracuse
78 William Gholston DE Michigan State
79 Kaleb Ramsey DT Boston College
80 DeVonte Holloman S South Carolina
81 Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
82 Malliciah Goodman DE Clemson
83 Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin
84 Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
85 Larry Warford OG Kentucky
86 Khaled Holmes OG USC
87 Denard Robinson WR Michigan
88 Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State
89 Da'Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech
90 Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
91 Dion Sims TE Michigan State
92 Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers
93 Andre Ellington RB Clemson
94 Sheldon Price CB UCLA
95 Tavarres King WR Georgia
96 Hugh Thornton OG Illinois
97 Kapron Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame
98 Kenjon Barner RB Oregon
99 Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
100 EJ Manuel QB Florida State