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Matt Miller's 2013 NFL Draft Big Board

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 3, 2017

Matt Miller's 2013 NFL Draft Big Board

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    Who are the top players for the 2013 NFL draft?

    In a year dominated by top talent at offensive tackle and defensive end, the 2013 NFL draft is heavy on the offensive and defensive lines and thin at marquee positions like quarterback, running back and wide receiver. That doesn't mean this is a bad or weak draft.

    Where will college football studs like Manti Te'o, Geno Smith, Montee Ball and others find themselves drafted? We have our running Top 300 posted here—overall and by position—for your NFL draft needs.

    Bookmark it, print it, read it now and read it later. Here's your one-stop shop for NFL draft info.

    *Big Board last updated March 20, 2013*

Top 100 Overall Players

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    Ovr Pos Player School Ht Wt Rd
    1 OT Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 6'6" 310 1
    2 OG Chance Warmack Alabama 6'2" 322 1
    3 DT Sharrif Floyd Florida 6'3" 303 1
    4 OT Eric Fisher Central Michigan 6'7" 305 1
    5 DE Cornellius Carradine Florida State 6'4" 265 1
    6 WR Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee 6'3" 205 1
    7 DT Star Lotulelei Utah 6'3" 320 1
    8 DE Dion Jordan Oregon 6'6" 243 1
    9 DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri 6'3" 295 1
    10 FS Kenny Vaccaro Texas 6'1" 218 1
    11 DE Ezekiel Ansah Brigham Young 6'5" 270 1
    12 OT Lane Johnson Oklahoma 6'6" 303 1
    13 CB Dee Milliner Alabama 6'1" 198 1
    14 OLB Jarvis Jones Georgia 6'2" 242 1
    15 QB Geno Smith West Virginia 6'3" 220 1
    16 DE Bjoern Werner Florida State 6'4" 256 1
    17 OLB Barkevious Mingo LSU 6'4" 240 1
    18 DE Datone Jones UCLA 6'4'' 275 1
    19 ILB Arthur Brown Kansas State 6'1" 228 1
    20 OG Jonathan Cooper North Carolina 6'3" 310 1
    21 DE Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6'4" 250 1
    22 DE Alex Okafor Texas 6'5" 265 1
    23 CB Desmond Trufant Washington 6'0" 186 1
    24 SS Jonathan Cyprien Florida International 6'0" 210 1
    25 WR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5'9" 175 1
    26 ILB Alec Ogletree Georgia 6'3" 234 1
    27 CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State 6'1" 217 1
    28 TE Zach Ertz Stanford 6'6" 252 1
    29 TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 6'5" 252 1
    30 QB Matt Barkley USC 6'2" 230 1
    31 CB Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 6'1" 185 1
    32 RB Eddie Lacy Alabama

    5'10"

    220 1
    33 ILB Manti Te'o Notre Dame 6'2" 255 2
    34 ILB Kevin Minter LSU 6'1" 245 2
    35 WR Keenan Allen California 6'3" 210 2
    36 OT Kyle Long Oregon 6'7" 312 2
    37 WR DeAndre Hopkins Clemson 6'1" 200 2
    38 DT Kawann Short Purdue 6'3" 315 2
    39 DT Jesse Williams Alabama 6'3" 320 2
    40 OT D.J. Fluker Alabama 6'6" 335 2
    41 FS Eric Reid LSU 6'2" 212 2
    42 WR Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech 6'2" 195 2
    43 QB Ryan Nassib Syracuse 6'2" 228 2
    44 DE Sam Montgomery LSU 6'5" 260 2
    45 OT Menelik Watson Florida State 6'5" 320 2
    46 OG Larry Warford Kentucky 6'3" 343 2
    47 CB Jordan Poyer Oregon State 5'11" 190 2
    48 WR Justin Hunter Tennessee 6'4" 200 2
    49 FS Philip Thomas Fresno State 6'1" 215 2
    50 OT Dallas Thomas Tennessee 6'5" 310 2
    51 WR Markus Wheaton Oregon State 6'0" 182 2
    52 FS D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 5'11" 210 2
    53 CB Jamar Taylor Boise State 5'11" 198 2
    54 QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas 6'2" 218 2
    55 SS Matt Elam Florida 5'10" 202 2
    56 WR Robert Woods USC 6'1" 190 2
    57 DE Margus Hunt Southern Methodist 6'7" 280 2
    58 WR Marquise Goodwin Texas 5'9" 180 2
    59 OLB Khaseem Greene Rutgers 6'1" 234 2
    60 WR Terrance Williams Baylor 6'2" 205 2
    61 DE Corey Lemonier Auburn 6'3" 242 2
    62 OT Justin Pugh Syracuse 6'5'' 298 2
    63 QB E.J. Manuel Florida State 6'4" 240 2
    64 RB Giovani Bernard North Carolina 5'10" 205 2
    65 TE Jordan Reed Florida 6'3" 243 3
    66 CB David Amerson North Carolina State 6'2" 194 3
    67 WR Stedman Bailey West Virginia 5'10" 195 3
    68 FS Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5'11" 212 3
    69 CB Darius Slay Mississippi State 6'1" 190 3
    70 WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M 6'0" 206 3
    71 RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 6'0" 220 3
    72 CB Logan Ryan Rutgers 6'0" 190 3
    73 C Barrett Jones Alabama 6'4" 305 3
    74 DT Brandon Williams Missouri Southern St. 6'2" 328 3
    75 OLB Jamie Collins Southern Miss 6'3" 240 3
    76 ILB Kiko Alonso Oregon 6'3" 242 3
    77 CB Dwayne Gratz Connecticut 5'11" 197 3
    78 DT Sylvester Williams North Carolina 6'3" 320 3
    79 DE Quanterus Smith Western Kentucky 6'5" 248 3
    80 WR Josh Boyce TCU 5'11" 203 3
    81 RB Johnathan Franklin UCLA 5'10" 198 3
    82 TE Vance McDonald Rice 6'4" 260 3
    83 ILB Jon Bostic Florida 6'1" 246 3
    84 DT John Jenkins Georgia 6'3" 358 3
    85 QB Tyler Bray Tennessee 6'5" 215 3
    86 DT Johnathan Hankins Ohio State 6'3" 320 3
    87 RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State 6'0" 200 3
    88 WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma 6'0" 190 3
    89 TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati 6'5" 260 3
    90 WR Aaron Dobson Marshall 6'2" 204 3
    91 OT Oday Aboushi Virginia 6'6" 310 3
    92 CB Will Davis Utah State 6'0" 186 3
    93 CB Sanders Commings Georgia 6'1" 216 3
    94 C Travis Frederick Wisconsin 6'4" 338 3
    95 WR Da'Rick Rogers Tennessee Tech 6'3" 206 3
    96 SS Shamarko Thomas Syracuse 5'10" 208 3
    97 OLB Chase Thomas Stanford 6'4" 248 4
    98 RB Andre Ellington Clemson 5'9" 192 4
    99 TE Gavin Escobar San Diego State 6'5" 255 4
    100 DE Cornelius Washington Georgia 6'4" 268 4

Quarterbacks

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    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Geno Smith West Virginia 6'3" 220 15
    2 Matt Barkley USC 6'2" 230 30
    3 Ryan Nassib Syracuse 6'2" 228 43
    4 Tyler Wilson Arkansas 6'2" 218 54
    5 EJ Manuel Florida State 6'4" 240 63
    6 Tyler Bray Tennessee 6'5" 215 85
    7 Mike Glennon NC State 6'5" 232 105
    8 Zac Dysert Miami (Ohio) 6'3" 228 110
    9 Landry Jones Oklahoma 6'4" 220 112
    10 Matt Scott Arizona 6'2" 198 126
    11 Sean Renfree Duke 6'3" 219 192
    12 Brad Sorensen Southern Utah 6'4" 235 194
    13 James Vandenberg Iowa 6'3" 226 231
    14 Colby Cameron Louisiana Tech 6'1" 205 234
    15 Jordan Rodgers Vanderbilt 6'1" 212 248
    16 Collin Klein Kansas State 6'5" 226 258
    17 Jeff Tuel Washington State 6'3" 221 272
    18 Nick Florence Baylor 6'0" 205 292
    19 Alex Carder Western Michigan 6'2" 218 310

Running Backs

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    No running back should be drafted in the first round of the 2013 class, but not only based on the talent level of the backs available.

    The continued success of non-first-round running backs has paved the way for the devaluing of the position. Gone are the days of ground-and-pound football winning championships. The four teams playing for conference championships—San Francisco, Baltimore, New England and Atlanta—spent zero first-round picks on the running backs on their rosters.

    Eddie Lacy headlines a class of big, powerful runners who can play early in their NFL careers, but reaching for a back in Round 1 would be foolish.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Eddie Lacy Alabama 5'10'' 220 32
    2 Giovani Bernard North Carolina 5'10" 205 64
    3 Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 6'0" 220 71
    4Johnathan FranklinUCLA5'10'19881
    5 Joseph Randle Oklahoma State 6'0" 200 87
    6 Andre Ellington Clemson 5'9" 192 98
    7 Montee Ball
    Wisconsin
    5'11"
    215 104
    8 Le'Veon Bell Michigan State 6'2" 244 117
    9 Mike Gillislee Florida 5'11" 210 123
    10 Kenjon Barner Oregon 5'11" 192 130
    11 Stepfan Taylor Stanford 5'11" 215 138
    12 Knile Davis Arkansas 6'0" 226 152
    13 Ray Graham Pittsburgh 5'9" 192 172
    14 Christine Michael Texas A&M 5'11" 220 178
    15 Theo Riddick Notre Dame 5'11" 200 186
    16Dennis JohnsonArkansas5'8"212189
    17Zac StacyVanderbilt5'8"216190
    18 Rex Burkhead Nebraska 5'11" 210 200
    19Miguel MaysonetStony Brook5'9"209205
    20Jawan JamisonRutgers5'8"200208
    21 Cierre Wood Notre Dame 6'0" 215 267
    22 Robbie Rouse Fresno State 5'7" 190 271
    23 Montel Harris Temple 5'9" 208 309

Fullbacks

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    The fullback position may be a lost art, but the evolution of NFL offenses to include more zone-read and more versatile formations has been good for big, blocking backs who can also run the ball.

    Only five players carry a draftable grade at the position this year, but those five are all talented enough to be dual threats at the next level.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Lonnie Pryor Florida State 6'0" 230 171
    2 Zach Line Southern Methodist 6'1" 230 193
    3 Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest 6'2" 245 217
    4 Zach Boren Ohio State 6'0" 245 236
    5 Braden Wilson Kansas State 6'3" 254 293

Wide Receivers

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    Teams needing wide receivers will find a talented crop at the position in this year's draft.

    There are big receivers, small receivers, fast receivers, tough receivers—something for every offense and every position. The noteworthy players of the class specialize in running after the catch—Keenan Allen and Tavon Austin especially—while bigger targets Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter have the size that NFL general managers fall in love with.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee 6'3" 205 6
    2 Tavon Austin West Virginia 5'9" 175 25
    3 Keenan Allen California 6'3" 210 35
    4DeAndre HopkinsClemson6'1"20037
    5 Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech 6'2" 195 42
    6Justin HunterTennessee6'4"20048
    7Markus WheatonOregon State6'0"18251
    8 Robert Woods USC 6'1" 190 56
    9 Marquise Goodwin Texas 5'9" 180 58
    10 Terrance Williams Baylor 6'2" 205 60
    11 Stedman Bailey West Virginia 5'10" 195 67
    12Ryan SwopeTexas A&M6'0"20670
    13Josh BoyceTCU5'11"20380
    14 Kenny Stills Oklahoma 6'0" 190 88
    15Aaron DobsonMarshall6'2"20490
    16 Da'Rick Rogers Tennessee Tech 6'3" 206 95
    17 Conner Vernon Duke 6'1" 200 107
    18 Cobi Hamilton Arkansas 6'2" 209 116
    19 Chris Harper Kansas State 6'1" 228 120
    20 Alec Lemon Syracuse 6'1" 202 151
    21 Aaron Mellette Elon

    6'3"

    218 180
    22 Denard Robinsin Michigan 5'11" 197 185
    23 Tavarres King Georgia 6'1" 200 194
    24 Brandon Kaufman Eastern Washington 6'4" 214 202
    25 Rodney Smith Florida State 6'5" 219 211
    26 Uzoma Nwachukwu Texas A&M 6'0" 195 222
    27 Marcus Davis Virginia Tech 6'4" 232 224
    28 Zach Rogers Tennessee 6'0" 172 226
    29 Onterio McCalleb Auburn 5'10" 168 241
    30T.J. MoeMissouri5'11"204252
    31 Corey Fuller Virginia Tech 6'2" 196 253
    32 Marquess Wilson Washington State 6'3" 188 257
    33 DeVonte Christopher Utah 6'1" 200 268
    34 Dan Buckner Arizona 6'3" 215 269
    35 Tyrone Goard Eastern Kentucky 6'3" 196 279
    36 Mark Harrison Rutgers 6'3" 234 290
    37 Jasper Collins Mount Union 5'11'' 190 301

Tight Ends

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    The tight end position has been undergoing a change over the past few seasons. Teams now want athletes who are more dangerous as receivers than blockers—but that doesn't mean blocking isn't necessary. 

    Teams using two tight ends want a blocker and a receiver, putting more pressure on college prospects to learn both. This year's crop brings size and strength to the NFL, as guys like Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce offer size, strength and hands down the field.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Zach Ertz Stanford 6'6" 252 28
    2 Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 6'5" 252 29
    3 Jordan Reed Florida 6'3" 243 65
    4 Vance McDonald Rice 6'4" 260 82
    5 Travis Kelce Cincinnati 6'5" 260 89
    6Gavin EscobarSan Diego State6'5"25599
    7 Ryan Otten San Jose State
    6'5" 245 145
    8Mychal RiveraTennessee6'3"237155
    9 Dion Sims
    Michigan State 6'5" 285 166
    10 Chris Gragg
    Arkansas
    6'3" 236 169
    11 Michael Williams
    Alabama
    6'5" 272 197
    12Nick KasaColorado6'5"260201
    13 Levine Toilolo
    Stanford
    6'7" 265 212
    14 Jake Stoneburner Ohio State 6'5" 245 247
    15 Joseph Fauria UCLA 6'7" 255 249
    16 Zach Sudfeld Nevada 6'6" 255 255
    17 Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 6'4" 250 295
    18 Lucas Reed New Mexico 6'5" 250 307
    19Matt FurstenbergMaryland6'3"242311
    20D.C. JeffersonRutgers6'6"255312

Offensive Tackles

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    The best offensive tackle of my 11 years scouting will make his way to the NFL courtesy of the 2013 NFL draft. Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel is as elite of a prospect as you'll find at the position, and his athleticism comes just in time for the spread offense's takeover of the NFL.

    Outside of Joeckel this is still a strong class, even with Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews headed back to school for their senior seasons. Eric Fisher is a top-level athlete who can finish blocks and hold his own on the edge. Justin Pugh and Lane Johnson are intriguing options in their own right as future blindside protectors.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 6'6" 310 1
    2 Eric Fisher Central Michigan 6'7" 305 4
    3 Lane Johnson  Oklahoma 6'6" 303 12
    4Kyle LongOregon6'7"31236
    5 D.J. Fluker Alabama 6'6" 335 40
    6Menelik WatsonFSU6'5"29845
    7 Dallas Thomas Tennessee 6'5" 310 50
    8 Justin Pugh Syracuse 6'5" 298 62
    9 Oday Aboushi Virginia 6'6" 310 91
    10 Jordan Mills Louisiana Tech 6'5" 315 109
    11 Chris Faulk LSU 6'5" 323 113
    12 David Bakhtiari Colorado 6'4" 295 115
    13Reid FragelOhio State6'7"298122
    14Terron ArmsteadArkansas-Pine Bluff6'5"305128
    15David QuessenberrySan Jose State6'5"295136
    16 Brian Winters Kent State 6'5" 310 137
    17 Brennan Williams North Carolina 6'7" 315 149
    18 Rick Wagner Wisconsin 6'6" 318 176
    19 Xavier Nixon Florida 6'5" 314 183
    20 Manase Foketi West Texas A&M 6'5" 320 214
    21Garrett GilkeyChadron State6'6"318215
    21 Braden Brown BYU 6'5" 302 245
    22 Tanner Hawkinson Kansas 6'5" 300 294
    23 John Wetzel Boston College 6'7" 308 303

Guards

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    Chance Warmack of Alabama is one of the best guards you'll find coming out of college football in the last decade, and he highlights a strong class of interior offensive linemen in the 2013 class.

    Warmack isn't the only guard to come with high praise. Jonathan Cooper and Larry Warford both project as starters in their first season.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Chance Warmack Alabama 6'2" 322 2
    2 Jonathan Cooper North Carolina 6'3" 310 20
    3 Larry Warford Kentucky 6'3" 343 46
    4 Alvin Bailey Arkansas 6'5" 315 111
    5 Hugh Thornton Illinois 6'4" 310 162
    6 J.C. Tretter Cornell 6'4" 300 168
    7 Omoregie Uzzi Georgia Tech 6'3" 302 177
    8 Sam Brenner Utah 6'4" 305 221
    9 Jeff Baca UCLA 6'3" 298 228
    10 Earl Watford James Madison 6'3" 295 235
    11 Braden Hansen BYU 6'5" 308 239
    12 Blaize Foltz TCU 6'4" 310 261
    13 John Sullen Auburn 6'4" 336 264
    14 Chris Barker Nevada 6'4" 305 287

Centers

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    A weak class of centers gets bolstered by Alabama's Barrett Jones moving from his All-American spot at guard to the middle of the offensive line, as well as an underclassman entry from Travis Frederick. Now there are two centers worthy of the top two rounds and a group behind them fighting for recognition.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Barrett Jones Alabama 6'4" 305 73
    2 Travis Frederick Wisconsin 6'4" 338 94
    3 Brian Schwenke
    California 6'3" 305 167
    4 Khaled Holmes USC 6'3" 305 173
    5 Braxston Cave Notre Dame 6'3" 305 216
    6 Mario Benavides Louisville 6'4" 286 227
    7 Graham Pocic Illinois 6'5" 310 242
    8 Dalton Freeman Clemson 6'4" 286 288

Defensive Ends

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    The 2013 defensive end class features a staggering amount of talent—two of our top three players—and a who's who list from college football's marquee defensive position.

    Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore figure to hear their names called very early in Round 1, but this group is more than just top-heavy. In every round there's an athlete or prospect worth banking on for a bright future, be it in year one or later on as a developmental find.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Cornellius Carradine Florida State 6'4" 265 5
    2 Dion Jordan Oregon 6'6" 243 8
    3 Ezekiel Ansah BYU 6'5" 270 11
    4 Bjoern Werner Florida State 6'4" 256 16
    5 Datone Jones UCLA 6'4" 275 18
    6 Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6'4" 250 21
    7 Alex Okafor
    Texas
    6'5" 265 22
    8 Sam Montgomery LSU 6'5" 260 44
    9 Margus Hunt Southern Methodist 6'7" 280 57
    10 Corey Lemonier Auburn 6'3" 242 61
    11 Quanterus Smith Western Kentucky 6'5" 248 79
    12 Cornelius Washington Georgia 6'4" 268 100
    13 Joe Kruger Utah 6'6" 280 119
    14 Lavar Edwards LSU 6'4" 258 125
    15 Malliciah Goodman Clemson 6'4" 280 143
    16 William Gholston Michigan State 6'6" 278 146
    17 Michael Buchanan Illinois 6'5" 240 160
    18 David Bass Missouri Western State 6'3" 262 165
    19 Devin Taylor South Carolina 6'7" 267 187
    20 Walter Stewart Cincinnati 6'4" 246 188
    21 Tourek Williams FIU 6'3" 260 206
    22 Eric Martin Nebraska 6'2" 250 213
    23 Tremayne Scott Ohio 6'3" 257 256
    24 Craig Roh Michigan 6'4" 280 263
    25 Quinton Dial Alabama 6'5" 304 275
    26 Brad Madison Missouri 6'4" 265 276
    27 Aldrick Fordham South Carolina 6'4" 268 296
    28 Joe Vellano Maryland 6'2" 285 299
    29 Travis Johnson San Jose State 6'3" 245 302
    30 Wes Horton USC 6'5" 255 306

3-4 Defensive Ends

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    A defensive end in a 3-4 scheme must be big enough to handle blockers one-on-one with the strength to stop the run while coming off blocks. That's not an easy combination to find, but the 2013 class has a loaded roster of college players ready to contribute as 5-technique ends in the NFL.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt
    1 Sharrif Floyd Florida 6'3" 303
    2 Star Lotulelei Utah 6'3" 320
    3 Sheldon Richardson Missouri 6'3" 295
    4 Jesse Williams Alabama 6'3" 320
    5 Datone Jones UCLA 6'4" 275
    6 Kawann Short Purdue 6'3" 315
    7 Margus Hunt Southern Methodist 6'7" 280
    8 Johnathan Hankins Ohio State 6'3" 320
    9 Bennie Logan LSU 6'3" 295
    10 Malliciah Goodman Clemson 6'4" 280
    11 Joe Kruger Utah 6'6" 280
    12 Josh Boyd Mississippi State 6'3" 300
    13 William Campbell Michigan 6'5" 308
    14 Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame 6'4" 306
    15 Craig Roh Michigan 6'4" 280
    16 Abry Jones Georgia 6'3" 308
    17 Quinton Dial Alabama 6'5" 304
    18 Joe Vellano Maryland 6'2" 285
    19 Jared Smith New Hampshire 6'3" 302

Defensive Tackles

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    The deepest position in the 2013 draft class is defensive tackle. With as many as six players carrying Round 1 grades, look for the interior defensive linemen to go early and often once the picks start flying.

    A defensive tackle in today's game must be more than a pass-rusher, but that requirement is still first and foremost on the mind of every scout. Where is the next Geno Atkins? He might be here.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Sharrif Floyd Florida 6'3" 303 3
    2 Star Lotulelei Utah 6'3" 320 7
    3 Sheldon Richardson Missouri 6'3" 295 9
    4 Kawann Short Purdue 6'3" 315 38
    5 Jesse Williams Alabama
    6'3" 320 39
    6 Brandon Williams MSSU 6'2" 340 74
    7 Sylvester Williams North Carolina 6'3" 320 78
    8 John Jenkins Georgia 6'3" 358 84
    9 Johnathan Hankins Ohio State 6'3" 320 86
    10 Kwame Geathers Georgia 6'5" 355 108
    11 Akeem Spence Illinois 6'1" 305 114
    12 Bennie Logan LSU 6'3" 295 140
    13 Jordan Hill Penn State 6'1" 296 174
    14 Everett Dawkins Florida State 6'2" 304 181
    15 Josh Boyd Mississippi State 6'3" 300 184
    16 Cory Grissom South Florida 6'2" 316 195
    17 William Campbell Michigan 6'5" 308 210
    18 Anthony McCloud Florida State 6'2" 322 219
    19 Montori Hughes Tennessee-Martin 6'3" 330 225
    20 Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame 6'4" 306 250
    21 Abry Jones Georgia 6'3" 308 273
    22 Gilbert Pena Mississippi 6'2" 338 281
    23 Scott Vallone Rutgers 6'3" 278 304

Nose Tackles

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    Finding a nose tackle isn't as easy as picking the biggest kid and slamming a helmet on him. A great nose tackle must not only be able to push the center back into the quarterback, but he has to be quick enough to generate burst and penetrate the offensive line while keeping his wits about him to stop any inside run plays.

    The 2013 class has a good group of players with size, speed and vision. Teams running a 3-4 defense will be happy.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Jesse Williams Alabama 6'3" 320 39
    2Brandon WilliamsMSSU6'2"34074
    3 John Jenkins Georgia 6'3" 358 84
    4 Sylvester Williams North Carolina 6'3" 320 86
    5 Kwame Geathers Georgia 6'5" 355 108
    6 Anthony McCloud Florida State 6'2" 322 219
    7 Montori Hughes Tennessee-Martin 6'4" 330 225
    8 Gilbert Pena Mississippi 6'4" 317 281

Outside Linebackers

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    A strong outside linebacker class will get stronger when you add in those defensive ends who can also stand up and play in a 3-4 defense. It will also see a boost if Georgia's Jarvis Jones is cleared medically.

    Jones was dismissed from USC after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but he played well the last two years at Georgia—well enough to be considered the top defender available in this class if he's healthy. Jones highlights a strong group that should put as many as three players in the first round.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Jarvis Jones Georgia 6'2" 242 14
    2 Barkevious Mingo LSU 6'4" 240 17
    3 Khaseem Greene Rutgers 6'1" 234 59
    4 Jamie Collins Southern Miss 6'3" 240 75
    5 Chase Thomas Stanford 6'4" 248 97
    6 Brandon Jenkins Florida State 6'3" 260 101
    7 Sean Porter Texas A&M 6'2" 230 102
    8 DeVonte Holloman South Carolina 6'2" 241 106
    9 Meshak Williams Kansas State 6'2" 245 121
    10 Sio Moore Connecticut 6'1" 230 124
    11 Zaviar Gooden Missouri 6'2" 230 127
    12 John Simon Ohio State 6'2" 260 133
    13 Trevardo Williams Connecticut 6'1" 235 146
    14 Lerentee McCray Florida 6'2" 249 147
    15 Travis Long Washington State 6'4" 245 158
    16 Jelani Jenkins Florida 6'0" 237 159
    17 Gerald Hodges Penn State 6'1" 238 164
    18 Michael Mauti Penn State 6'2" 235 175
    19 Keith Pough Hampton 6'2" 239 207
    20 Brandon Sharpe Syracuse 6'1" 253 216
    21 Etienne Sabino Ohio State 6'3" 238 220
    22 Cameron Lawrence Mississippi State 6'2" 230 230
    23 Michael Clay Oregon 5'11" 224 238
    24 Ja'Gared Davis Southern Methodist 6'1" 235 266
    25 Maalik Bomar Cincinnati 6'2" 228 280
    26 John Lotulelei UNLV 6'0" 235 291
    27 Brandon Magee Arizona State 5'11" 234 305
    28 Kenneth Tate Maryland 6'3" 228 308

3-4 Outside Linebackers

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    The most impressive, most talented position in the 2013 NFL draft class is at 3-4 outside linebacker. Combine the athletic freaks playing defensive end in college with those linebackers already being asked to rush the quarterback, and you have a class that's ready to take the NFL by storm.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt
    1 Cornellius Carradine Florida State 6'4" 265
    2Dion JordanOregon6'6"243
    3Ezekiel AnsahBYU6'5"270
    4Jarvis JonesGeorgia6'2"242
    5Barkevious MingoLSU6'4"240
    6 Bjoern Werner Florida State 6'4" 256
    7 Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6'4" 250
    8 Alex Okafor Texas 6'5" 265
    9 Corey Lemonier Auburn 6'3" 242
    10 Sam Montgomery LSU 6'5" 260
    11Jamie CollinsSouthern Miss6'3"240
    12Quanterus SmithWestern Kentucky6'5"248
    13 Chase Thomas Stanford 6'4" 248
    14Cornelius WashingtonGeorgia6'4"268
    15 Brandon Jenkins Florida State 6'3" 260
    16 Sean Porter Texas A&M 6'2" 230
    17 DeVonte Holloman South Carolina 6'2" 241
    18Joe KrugerUtah6'6"280
    19Meshak WilliamsKansas State6'2"245
    20Sio MooreConnecticut6'2"230
    21 John Simon Ohio State 6'2" 260
    22 Lavar Edwards LSU 6'4" 258
    23Lerentte McCrayFlorida6'2"249
    24 Travis Long Washington State 6'4" 245
    25 Michael Buchanan Illinois 6'5" 240
    26David BassMissouri Western State6'3"262
    27Devin TaylorSouth Carolina6'7"267
    28Walter StewartCincinnati6'4"246
    29Tourek WilliamsFIU6'3"260
    30 Eric Martin Nebraska 6'2" 250
    31 Brandon Sharpe Syracuse 6'1" 253
    32 Etienne Sabino Ohio State 6'3" 238
    33 Tremayne Scott Ohio 6'3" 257
    34 Brad Madison Missouri 6'4" 265
    35 Aldrick Fordham South Carolina 6'4" 268
    36 Travis Johnson San Jose State 6'3" 245
    37 Wes Horton USC 6'5" 255

Inside Linebackers

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    While Manti Te'o will steal the spotlight, Arthur Brown, Alec Ogletree and Kevin Minter are all first-round-quality linebackers with the talent to play early on Sundays. Brown and Ogletree are both athletic enough to slide outside if needed, while Minter has the size and strength to be a lockdown defender in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Arthur Brown Kansas State 6'1" 240 19
    2 Alec Ogletree Georgia 6'3" 234 26
    3 Manti Te'o Notre Dame 6'2" 255 33
    4 Kevin Minter LSU 6'1" 245 34
    5 Kiko Alonso Oregon 6'3" 242 76
    6 Jon Bostic Florida 6'1" 246 83
    7 Nico Johnson Alabama 6'2" 245 142
    8 Kevin Reddick North Carolina 6'2" 240 179
    9 A.J. Klein Iowa State 6'1" 244 199
    10 Bruce Taylor Virginia Tech 6'2" 244 203
    11 Albert Rosette Nevada 6'2" 240 254
    12 Tom Wort Oklahoma 6'0" 238 274
    13 Nick Clancy Boston College 6'2" 234 284

Cornerbacks

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    The cornerback position continues to see its value rise thanks to new rules that are making the passing game a bigger part of the NFL. Now the pressure is on general managers to find shutdown cornerbacks to combat today's spread offenses.

    The 2013 class is good, but not great. While Dee Milliner has top-10 potential, the middle of the first round will either be empty of cornerbacks or featuring teams reaching to fill a position that has major boom-or-bust potential.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Dee Milliner Alabama 6'1" 198 13
    2 Desmond Trufant Washington 6'0" 186 23
    3 Xavier Rhodes Florida State 6'1" 217 27
    4 Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 6'1" 185 31
    5 Jordan Poyer Oregon State 5'11" 190 47
    6Jamar TaylorBoise State5'11"19853
    7 David Amerson North Carolina State

    6'2''

    194 66
    8Darius SlayMississippi State6'1"19069
    9 Logan Ryan Rutgers 6'0" 190 72
    10 Dwayne Gratz Connecticut 5'11" 197 77
    11 Will Davis Utah State

    6'0"

    186 92
    12Sanders CommingsGeorgia6'1"21693
    13Robert AlfordSoutheastern Louisiana5'11"184129
    14Leon McFaddenSan Diego State5'10"190131
    15Terrence BrownStanford6'0"182132
    16 Tharold Simon LSU 6'2" 193 134
    17Blidi Wreh-WilsonConnecticut6'0"190144
    18 Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5'9" 178 150
    19Rod SweetingGeorgia Tech5'11"184154
    20Nickell RobyUSC5'8"168161
    21 B.W. Webb William & Mary 5'10" 180 170
    22Adrian BushellLouisville5'11"187182
    23Steve WilliamsCalifornia5'10"185191
    24 Marc Anthony California 6'0" 200 196
    25 Micah Hyde Iowa 6'1" 190 198
    26 Terry Hawthorne Illinois 6'0" 190 203
    27D.J. HaydenHouston5'11"191204
    28 Johnny Adams Michigan State 5'11" 178 223
    29Cooper TaylorRichmond6'4"229232
    30 Branden Smith Georgia 5'11" 182 237
    31 Demontre Hurst Oklahoma 5'9" 185 246
    32 Josh Johnson Purdue 5'11" 195 259
    33 Travis Howard Ohio State 6'0" 196 265
    34 Khalid Wooten Nevada 6'0" 200 278
    35 Brandon McGee Miami (Fla.) 6'0" 197 282
    36 Ryan Lacy Utah 5'9" 186 298

Free Safeties

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    Free safeties come in all shapes and sizes, and the 2013 class offers versatility for the different needs of individual schemes.

    Kenny Vaccaro comes in as our top-ranked safety due to his ability to play either free or strong safety, but also because of his experience playing slot cornerback. Vaccaro's versatility, and his high level of play at all three positions, makes him the top player available at the position.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Kenny Vaccaro Texas 6'1" 218 10
    2 Eric Reid LSU 6'2" 212 41
    3 Phillip Thomas Fresno State 6'1" 215 49
    4 D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 5'11" 210 52
    5 Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5'11" 212 68
    6 T.J. McDonald USC 6'2" 205 103
    7Zeke MottaNotre Dame6'2"215118
    8 Bacarri Rambo Georgia 6'0" 210 141
    9 Josh Evans Florida 6'1" 200 209
    10Josh BoyettOregon5'10"204233
    11 Bradley McDougald Kansas 6'1" 209 240
    12 Rashard Hall Clemson 6'1" 210 260
    13 Brandan Bishop NC State 6'2" 205 286
    14 Rontez Miles California (Pa.) 6'0" 197 289
    15 Daimion Stafford Nebraska 6'1" 205 297

Strong Safeties

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    While no strong safety prospect ranks as a first-round prospect in 2013, there is plenty of quality here in the form of hard-hitting, rangy players who can make early impacts.

    Johnathan Cyprien left his mark all over the Senior Bowl, especially those receivers and tight ends who dared enter his space on the field. Cyprien is our top strong safety and a potential top-20 pick.

     

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Jonathan Cyprien Florida International 6'0" 210 24
    2 Matt Elam Florida 5'10" 202 55
    3Shamarko ThomasSyracuse5'9"20896
    4 Duke Williams Nevada 6'1" 200 139
    5 Robert Lester Alabama 6'2" 212 153
    6 Shawn Williams Georgia 6'1" 218 156
    7 Earl Wolff NC State 6'0" 208 163
    8 JJ Wilcox Georgia Southern 6'0" 215 229
    9 Jahleel Addae Central Michigan 5'11" 200 251
    10 Cody Davis Texas Tech 6'2" 204 262
    11 Jordan Kovacs Michigan 5'11'' 202 270
    12 Drew Frey Cincinnati 6'3" 212 277

Specialists

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    KICKERS

    There is no Greg Zuerlein in this year's class, but Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins is worthy of a draft pick. After seeing a strong rookie class kicking in 2012, this year's crop of draftable kickers should see a boost in their stock.

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Dustin Hopkins Florida State 6'2" 190 244
    2 Caleb Sturgis Florida 5'10" 185 274
    3 Brett Maher Nebraska 6'0" 185 284

     

    PUNTERS

    LSU's Brad Wing enters the offseason with high stock for a punter, but off-field concerns could push one of the more exciting punting prospects in a long time down the board.

    Rank Player School Ht Wt Overall
    1 Brad Wing LSU 6'2" 197 220
    2 Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State 6'1" 205 243
    3 Ryan Allen Louisiana Tech 6'2" 215 300

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