While many NFL organizations are focused on the postseason, the rest of the league has focused their attention on the draft and which first-round prospects are bound for stardom.
There are plenty of stellar athletes coming out this season, but few are bona-fide stars. If your team manages to snag any of the names on this list on draft day, prepare for a legacy of greatness.
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
There are plenty of quality defensive ends and outside linebackers coming out this season, but few have the physical size (6’4” and 255 pounds) and raw skill of Florida State Seminoles star Bjoern Werner.
While Werner was stifled against the run for much of the year, he proved just how dangerous he can be against the pass this season by registering 13 sacks and seven passes deflected (stats via ESPN).
The Florida State defensive end is one of the fastest players at his position in the nation, but it’s Werner’s ability to keep control of size size and speed in his pass-rushing that makes him dangerous on every down.
With the proper development in the NFL, Werner is a star in the making.
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The defensive line positions are incredibly deep in this year’s draft, but one of the brightest stars that is getting lost in the shuffle has been Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Jenkins is a run-stopping specialist that can clog up the middle of the field and shut down almost any running back coming his way. With the ability to take two or even three blockers at a time, Jenkins is the ideal player for a 3-4 nose tackle opening in the NFL.
Add in the fact that Jenkins can also shed his blocks and get after the quarterback on passing downs, and he is the all-around star defenses in the NFL are looking to draft.
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
While much of the focus has been on West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley, the best pure quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft is North Carolina State star Mike Glennon.
The 6’6” senior had the best year of his college career this season, amassing 4031 yards and 31 touchdowns, but there are still some legitimate concerns about his interceptions (17) and completion percentage (58.5).
Glennon will likely fall to the middle of the first round, but he will blossom into a star in the NFL because of his strong arm, ability to see the field and keep calm under pressure.
With several teams in the first round looking for a quarterback, coupled with the sheer lack of depth at the position, don’t be surprised if a team snags Glennon within the first 10 picks.