For teams that missed the boat on offensive talent last year, the 2013 draft will be treacherous waters to traverse.
Lack of depth at several offensive skill positions will undoubtedly push players like Matt Barkley and Geno Smith into the top half of the first round. The NFL needs quarterbacks, but don’t expect 2013 to be anything like this season, which featured the best class of rookie quarterbacks in recent memory.
This year’s draft will be all about defense.
The top of the big board of 2013 talent is packed with big-time playmakers on the defensive side of the football. After a few mediocre classes at the linebacker positions, this may be the year we see linebackers—and not just pass rushers—dominate the first round.
Jarvis Jones, Manti Te’o and Alec Ogletree highlight an exceptional class of linebackers, and even some of the top defensive end candidates may end up at outside linebacker in a hybrid NFL system.
Nine of our top 15 players play on the defensive side of the ball. Some teams will clamor for offensive talent in the first round, which means some of these guys may be available late in the first round.
If you’re looking for flash, don’t look for it in this draft class. What you will find, though, is one of the most talented defensive draft classes in years.
Read on for a full rundown of top-15 talent.