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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Senior Bowl Projections and Prospect Rankings

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IJanuary 16, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Senior Bowl Projections and Prospect Rankings

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    The college football season may be over. But for hardcore NFL draft fans, the fun is only just beginning. 

    Now that the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL draft has passed, it's time for the all-important offseason evaluation process to begin. 

    Although the NFL combine may still be over a month away, the Senior Bowl is right around the corner. 

    Things are certainly going to change over the next few months before we get to draft weekend, as there will be plenty of prospects who will see their stock rise and fall. Still, it's never too early to start trying to figure out who the top prospects really are. 

    Here's a look at projections and predictions for the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, along with individual prospect rankings and an early look at some of the must-watch returning college prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Star Lotulelei

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    New Kansas City head coach Andy Reid knows he needs to find a new quarterback to build his team around. Unfortunately, there's just no quarterback prospect in this year's draft class that's worthy of the No. 1 pick. That's why Reid will likely look to address one of the team's other weak areas, its run defense, with the top selection.

    Utah's Star Lotulelei, a powerful 6'4'', 320-pound behemoth, may not be the flashiest player in this year's draft class, but he certainly excels at clogging up running lanes and eating up double-teams.

    Lotulelei is a versatile interior player who could line up at either nose tackle or defensive end in Kansas City's 3-4 defensive front.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Luke Joeckel

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    Jacksonville doesn't have its quarterback of the future on its roster right now. However, that doesn't mean that the team should reach for a signal-caller with the No. 2 overall pick, especially since the offensive line is still so shaky at this point.

    The Jaguars gave up 50 sacks in 2012, which was the third highest total in the league.

    Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is this year's coveted franchise offensive tackle prospect. He's the type of anchor and linchpin that the Jaguars need to stick in the trenches in order to keep their future franchise quarterback safe and well protected.

3. Oakland Raiders: DE Bjoern Werner

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    The Raiders managed to total just 25 sacks this season, which was the second lowest total in the league. Oakland needs to find an edge-rusher that can consistently get to the quarterback, which is why the team will likely take a good, long look at Florida State DE Bjoern Werner if he's available with the third pick.

    Werner put together an eye-opening breakout campaign as a junior in 2012. He totaled 13 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups.

    The German native is still raw and unrefined. But he ultimately has the potential to become a Jared Allen-type of difference-maker at the NFL level.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Dee Milliner

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    The Eagles haven't gotten anywhere near the type of production out of either one of their two big cornerback acquisitions of the 2011 offseason, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, that they were expecting.

    That's why it wouldn't be surprising if Philadelphia lets Rodgers-Cromartie walk in free agency this offseason, and tries to replace him with the best cornerback prospect in the 2013 draft class: Alabama's Dee Milliner.

    Milliner finally got the chance to be a full-time starter in 2012, and he certainly made the most of the opportunity. The 6'1'', 199-pound junior racked up 54 tackles, picked off two passes and led the nation with 20 pass breakups.

5. Detroit Lions: DE Damontre Moore

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    Detroit's defense could potentially lose some key contributors this offseason, especially at defensive end, where Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson are both unrestricted free agents. It also doesn't help that over-the-hill 34-year-old end Kyle Vanden Bosch is entering his final year of his contract.

    If the Lions lose Avril, they will likely use their first-round pick on the top pass-rusher available, which could very possibly be Texas A&M's Damontre Moore.

    Like Avril, the 6'4'', 250-pound Moore is undersized for the 4-3 end position. But he makes up for it with his strength, determination and natural pass-rushing instincts.

6. Cleveland Browns: OLB Jarvis Jones

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    Cleveland will likely switch to either a basic 3-4 defense or a hybrid scheme under new head coach Rob Chudzinski.

    The team already has a standout young edge-rusher in Jabaal Sheard. But adding an explosive rush linebacker to the mix certainly wouldn't hurt.

    Georgia's Jarvis Jones could be just the player that Chudzinski and the Browns are looking for.

    The playmaking pass-rusher made a ton of game-changing plays in the SEC over the last two years, as he racked up 28 sacks, 44 tackles for loss and forced nine fumbles.

7. Arizona Cardinals: QB Geno Smith

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    Arizona has arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald. But in order for the Cardinals to get the most out of Fitzgerald, they must first find a quarterback who can get him the ball.

    The 2013 quarterback class certainly pales in comparison to last year's crop. Nevertheless, the face of this year’s group, West Virginia's Geno Smith, is the type of signal-caller that could form a tremendous passing partnership with Fitzgerald.

    Don't listen to the critics who say that Smith is just a product of Dana Holgorsen's pass-heavy Air Raid offensive scheme.

    The 6'3'', 216-pound senior possesses the combination of elite arm talent, intelligence, natural feel for the game and the desire to succeed that you look for in a potential franchise quarterback.

8. Buffalo Bills: OG Chance Warmack

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    OG Andy Levitre has been a reliable and consistent leader for Buffalo's offensive line for the past few years. But there's a good chance that Levitre, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, could be suiting up for another team next season.

    If the Bills lose their best lineman, there's a good possibility that Buffalo could draft the top guard prospect in this year's class, Alabama's Chance Warmack, if he's available.

    Warmack is the type of rare guard that's worthy of a top 10 draft pick. The powerful 6'3'', 320-pound mauler is a dominant run-blocker who could open up some huge holes for CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson.

9. New York Jets: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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    If Rex Ryan picks a quarterback at No. 9, he'll be drafting that quarterback for his future replacement, because he won't last past the 2013 season if he makes such a silly decision. Following two underwhelming seasons, Ryan knows he's on the hot seat, and he knows he needs to win now.

    Adding a rookie quarterback to the mix certainly isn't going to help.

    What will help is adding an explosive playmaker like WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the offense.

    Patterson is a big, supremely athletic and explosive pass-catcher that could come in and instantly add new life to the team's lackluster offense.

10. Tennessee Titans: DE Dion Jordan

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    Tennessee got just 12.5 sacks out of its two starting defensive ends, Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan, this season. Obviously, more was expected from the two of them.

    Morgan, a former first-round pick in 2010, has not developed into the type of dominant pass-rusher that he was expected to become. That's why the team could go looking for another defensive end early in the 2013 draft.

    Oregon's Dion Jordan, a long, athletic 6'7'', 243-pound former tight end is a prospect that could catch the Titans' attention. Jordan is still learning all the nuances of the defensive side of the ball, but he's got remarkable natural physical ability.

11. San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo

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    Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore may be the two most proven defensive ends in the 2013 draft class. However the most intriguing pass-rushing prospect is LSU's Barkevious Mingo.

    Mingo deserves the "physical freak" label, because of the type of rare athleticism and explosiveness he possesses. The 6'5'', 240-pound junior didn't have the type of 2012 campaign that many were expecting. But that will likely be forgotten about after he wows scouts in offseason workouts.

    A team like San Diego, which could potentially lose both Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes in free agency, could definitely be interested in trying to develop the athletic edge-rusher into a star.

12. Miami Dolphins: FS Kenny Vaccaro

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    Miami had one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL this season. The Dolphins ranked 27th in the league in passing defense, giving up an average of 248 yards through the air per game.

    The team obviously could use some more playmakers in the back end of its defense, especially if FS Chris Clemons leaves in free agency. If Miami loses Clemons, it could turn to the draft to find his replacement.

    Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is the latest in a long line of coveted Longhorn defensive back prospects. The instinctive 6'1'', 218-pound senior is an experienced defensive leader who could come in and immediately start for a team like the Dolphins right away as a rookie.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT D.J. Fluker

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    The right tackle position certainly wasn't one of Tampa Bay's strong spots this season. Neither Demar Dotson nor free-agent-to-be Jeremy Trueblood seems like the long-term answer at the position.

    That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bucs draft a top tackle prospect like Alabama's D.J. Fluker with their first pick.

    Fluker may not be the most polished pass-blocker that you'll ever lay your eyes on. But he made a habit of absolutely dominating and overwhelming opposing defenders in the run game during his college days.

    Danny Lee Jesus is loaded with upside, and he has the chance to be a standout starter early in his career.

14. Carolina Panthers: DT Sharrif Floyd

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    Carolina has a great young player to build its defense around in last year's No. 9 overall pick, LB Luke Kuechly. However, in order for Kuechly to reach his full potential in the pros, the team is going to have to put a disruptive defensive tackle in front of him to occupy blockers.

    The Panthers don't exactly have an abundance of great interior players on their roster right now, which is why the team could choose to use its first-round pick on one of this year's top defensive tackles.

    Florida's Sharrif Floyd is the type of active, explosive and physical tackle that can cause havoc for opposing offensive lines.

15. New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Richardson

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    New Orleans had the worst run defense in the NFL this season, allowing 147 yards on the ground per game.

    The Saints would clearly benefit from adding a tough and aggressive tackle to the middle of their defense. One of this year's top defensive prospects who fits that mold is Missouri's Sheldon Richardson.

    Richardson was one of the most productive and disruptive defensive lineman in the country in 2012. The former 5-star recruit displayed a rare combination of power and quickness, as he racked up 75 tackles, including 39 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and forced three fumbles.

16. St. Louis Rams: OT Eric Fisher

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    St. Louis replaced right tackle Jason Smith with Barry Richardson this season. But the Rams could have to replace Richardson this offseason if he leaves in free agency.

    Although the offensive line did a better job of protecting QB Sam Bradford in 2012, the group was far from stellar, allowing 35 sacks and 81 quarterback hits. Finding an upgrade at offensive tackle should be one of the team's top priorities this offseason. It certainly wouldn't be surprising to see the Rams use one of their two first-round picks on a top tackle prospect.

    Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is a polished and physically gifted 6'8'', 300-plus pound tackle who could solve St. Louis' problem at the position.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Jesse Williams

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    Pittsburgh's defense really started to show its age this season, and it's obvious that the Steelers need to start getting younger at certain positions on that side of the ball.

    One of those positions is nose tackle, where 35-year-old Casey Hampton is set to be a free agent.

    Alabama's Jesse Williams is the type of prospect that seems like he could be a perfect replacement for Hampton in the middle of Pittsburgh's defense.

    The 6'4'', 320-pound Williams, a native of Australia, is a former rugby player, who possesses an intriguing combination of size, power, agility and toughness.

18. Dallas Cowboys: DE Ezekiel Ansah

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    In recent years, there has been a super-athletic pass-rusher prospect that has ended up going higher than many originally thought he would (Jason Pierre-Paul in 2010, Aldon Smith in 2011 and then of course Bruce Irvin last year).

    This year, the athletic phenom that scouts will be drooling over is BYU's Ezekiel Ansah. A native of Ghana, Ansah has only been playing football since 2010. However, the 6'6'', 270-pound edge-rusher displayed some extraordinary flashes of his potential as a senior.

    The Cowboys are a team that will likely be looking for an end, now that they're making the switch to a 4-3 scheme under new coordinator Monte Kiffin. Ansah would form a scary tandem with DeMarcus Ware.

19. New York Giants: ILB Kevin Minter

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    Living in New Jersey, I've gotten the chance to see plenty of Giants games over the last few years, and I can assure you that you won't be able to find a starting middle linebacker in the NFL that's any worse than Chase Blackburn.

    There are probably about 20 different college teams that Blackburn wouldn't start for. That's why if New York has the chance to land an inside linebacker like Kevin Minter in the 2013 draft, GM Jerry Reese better make it happen.

    The 6'2'', 245-pound Minter was one of the most underrated defenders in the country this past season. He was a force against the run, leading LSU with 130 tackles, including 55 solo stops and 15 tackles for loss.

20. Chicago Bears: ILB Alec Ogletree

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    Whether LB Brian Urlacher ends up back in Chicago or not next season, it's clear that the Bears need to find a future replacement for the 34-year-old oft-injured soon-to-be free agent.

    Georgia's Alec Ogletree is the type of player that could step in and immediately make an impact as a replacement for Urlacher in 2013.

    Ogletree, who averaged a whopping 11 tackles per game in 2012, is one of the fastest and most athletic inside linebackers to emerge from the college ranks in years.

    The 6'2'', 232-pound junior has the athleticism, instincts and toughness to develop into a Pro Bowl player.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Xavier Rhodes

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    Cincinnati's defense is likely going to be depleted by free agency this offseason, especially in the secondary, where veteran cornerbacks Nate Clements, Adam Jones and Terence Newman will all be free agents.

    Finding a talented young corner to pair with Leon Hall will likely be one of the team's top priorities in the draft, considering last year's first-round pick, Dre Kirkpatrick, looks like he's on the road to Bustville.

    Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is a big, highly athletic cover man, who would be a perfect complement to Hall. The 6'2'', 217-pound still has to work on his coverage skills, but he has a huge future upside.

22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): WR DeAndre Hopkins

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    Sam Bradford has a chance to be a great player in the NFL. But in order for him to reach his full potential in the pros, St. Louis is going to have to find him a true No. 1 receiver.

    Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick are all intriguing young pass-catchers. But none of them has the look of a true go-to target. Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins, on the other hand, does have the potential to develop into that No. 1 wideout that Bradford needs.

    Hopkins had a tremendous junior campaign in 2012, catching 82 passes for over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns. He displayed the type of speed, route-running instincts and hand-eye coordination that you look for in a reliable receiving threat.

23. Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley

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    Luckily for QB Christian Ponder, his struggles and poor play this season were overshadowed by the remarkable performance by RB Adrian Peterson. For the second year in a row, Ponder turned in an average and mediocre showing, and he gave no indication that he's a quarterback that the Vikings could build around for the future.

    If Minnesota has a shot at landing one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft such as QB Matt Barkley, the team will have to think about drafting him, because Ponder just doesn't seem to be "the guy."

    Barkley had a letdown performance as a senior. But he's clearly got the tools and the intangibles to be a successful starter in the NFL.

24. Indianapolis Colts: WR Justin Hunter

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    Indianapolis has a future superstar at quarterback in Andrew Luck. Now all the Colts have to do is surround him with the proper pieces he needs to fully maximize his talents.

    The team's current No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne is coming off a surprisingly successful season in 2012. But the reality is, Wayne will be 35 next season, and his career is starting to wind down.

    Finding Luck a new top target that he can build a relationship with for the future would be a smart move.

    Tennessee's Justin Hunter is a big and supremely gifted wideout, who has the physical skills to develop into a dangerous No. 1 receiving threat.

25. Seattle Seahawks: OG Jonathan Cooper

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    Seattle has the talent in place to consistently compete for championships in the years to come. But the Seahawks could still afford to get stronger in a few certain areas.

    One of those areas is up front on the offensive line. The unit could certainly use a few upgrades, especially at right guard, where Paul McQuistan is nothing more than average.

    The team won't have a shot at Alabama's Chance Warmack. But Seattle might be able to land the second best guard in this year's class, Jonathan Cooper.

    Cooper is an experienced four-year starter, who could come in and compete for a starting job right away.

26. Green Bay Packers: CB Logan Ryan

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    Green Bay's defense showed plenty of signs of vulnerability in the Packers' 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the playoffs. It's obvious that the secondary needs some more help, as there simply isn't a true No. 1 top-flight cornerback currently on the roster. 

    Rutgers' Logan Ryan is the type of young, gifted corner that could come in and instantly solidify the secondary. Ryan looked like a true shut down corner in 2012, as he racked up 94 tackles, picked off four passes and finished tied for third in the nation with 17 pass breakups. 

    The 6'0'', 190-pound junior has all the traits—size, speed, instincts, toughness, coverage ability and ball skills—that you look for in a potential No.1 corner. 

27. Houston Texans: WR Terrance Williams

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    Houston has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Andre Johnson. However, the Texans lack a true No. 2 receiver to complement Johnson and take some of the pressure off of him.

    Luckily the team should be able to find that type of receiver with their first-round pick in the 2013 draft.

    Baylor's Terrance Williams is one such player who would form a dynamic duo with Johnson.

    Williams put together a sensational senior season in 2012, catching 97 passes for 1,837 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6'2'', 205-pound senior should develop into a Victor Cruz-type of weapon in the NFL.

28. Denver Broncos: CB Desmond Trufant

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    If you watched the Denver-Baltimore playoff game, then you know that the Broncos desperately need to add a young, talented player in the secondary. The team's top cornerback, 34-year-old Champ Bailey, looks like he's on his last legs, as he had an absolutely pitiful performance against the Ravens.

    Finding a future replacement for Bailey has to be one of the team's top priorities this offseason, which is why the front office could be looking for a cornerback early in the 2013 draft.

    Desmond Trufant, the younger brother of NFL cornerbacks Marcus and Isaiah Trufant, is the type of highly athletic and instinctive cover man that could give Denver's defensive backfield a big boost.

29. San Francisco 49ers: TE Zach Ertz

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    There were some 49ers fans who thought that Jim Harbaugh would select his former pupil at Stanford, TE Coby Fleener in last year's draft. But San Francisco instead opted to take WR A.J. Jenkins.

    Now, however, with tight end possibly being a bigger need this offseason, given Delanie Walker's impending free agency, Harbaugh could certainly be interested in getting his hands on another one of his former Cardinal tight ends, Zach Ertz, in the 2013 draft.

    The 6'6'', 252-pound Ertz is a huge, athletic target who seems like he's destined to develop into a dangerous red zone weapon at the NFL level.

30. New England Patriots: WR Keenan Allen

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    New England has one of the oldest wide receiver duos in the NFL. The Patriots' top two receivers—Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd—will both turn 32 this summer, and it's no guarantee that Welker, who is set to hit the free agent market, will be back with the team.

    Obviously, it wouldn't hurt to add a young dynamic receiving threat to the mix. Bill Belichick hasn't exactly looked like a genius when it comes to drafting wide receivers (See Chad Jackson, Brandon Tate and Bethel Johnson). However, if he could somehow get his hands on a receiver like Cal's Keenan Allen, that could certainly change.

    Allen is an incredibly athletic 6'3'', 195-pound playmaker, who produced at a high level throughout his collegiate career.

31. Atlanta Falcons: OT David Bakhtiari

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    It will be interesting to see if Atlanta puts a lot of effort into re-signing starting left tackle Sam Baker this offseason, or if the team chooses to look in a new direction.

    If the Falcons let Baker go in free agency, they could turn to the draft to find his replacement, since Lamar Holmes seems like he’s better suited for a backup role.

    One tackle that could work his way into the late first-round discussion during the next few months is Colorado's David Bakhtiari.

    Since he played for such an awful team, Bakhtiari didn't receive the proper recognition he deserved this season. But the 6'4'', 295-pound junior has the size, athleticism, strength and tenacity to be a quality starter at left tackle for a long time in the NFL.

32. Baltimore Ravens: TE Tyler Eifert

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    Both of Baltimore's top two tight ends, Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, will be restricted free agents this offseason. Pitta isn't an elite tight end, but he could definitely draw interest from other teams, especially after the solid showing he had this season.

    If the Ravens lose Pitta, it would be a significant blow to the offense, and they could decide to use their first-round pick on a top tight end prospect like Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert.

    You wouldn't be able to build a much more impressive looking tight end from scratch than Eifert. The highly athletic 6'6'', 251-pound pass-catcher will present plenty of matchup problems for opposing defenses in the NFL.

Round 1 Recap

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    Here's a recap of the first-round projections for the 2013 NFL draft. 

    1. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

    2. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

    3. Oakland Raiders: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

    4. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

    5. Detroit Lions: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

    6. Cleveland Browns: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

    7. Arizona Cardinals: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

    8. Buffalo Bills: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

    9. New York Jets: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

    10. Tennessee Titans: DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

    11. San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

    12. Miami Dolphins: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

    13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

    14. Carolina Panthers: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

    15. New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    16. St. Louis Rams: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

    17. Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

    18. Dallas Cowboys: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

    19. New York Giants: ILB Kevin Minter, LSU

    20. Chicago Bears: ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

    21. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

    22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

    23. Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley, USC

    24. Indianapolis Colts: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

    25. Seattle Seahawks: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

    26. Green Bay Packers: CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

    27. Houston Texans: WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

    28. Denver Broncos: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

    29. San Francisco 49ers: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

    30. New England Patriots: WR Keenan Allen, California

    31. Atlanta Falcons: OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado

    32. Baltimore Ravens: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

Round 2 Projections

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    Here's a look at the second-round projections for the 2013 NFL draft. 

    33. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

    34. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Mike Glennon, NC State

    35. Philadelphia Eagles: OL Barrett Jones, Alabama

    36. Detroit Lions: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

    37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland): ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

    38. Arizona Cardinals: OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford

    39. New York Jets: SS Duke Williams, Nevada

    40. Tennessee Titans: OG Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

    41. Buffalo Bills: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

    42. Miami Dolphins: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

    43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

    44. Carolina Panthers: WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

    45. San Diego Chargers: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

    46. St. Louis Rams: FS Eric Reid, LSU

    47. Dallas Cowboys: OG/C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

    48. Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

    49. New York Giants: DE Margus Hunt, SMU

    50. Chicago Bears: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

    51. Washington Redskins: OT Brian Winters, Kent State

    52. Minnesota Vikings: OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

    53. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Alex Okafor, Texas

    54. Miami Dolphins (From Indianapolis): CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State

    55. Seattle Seahawks: WR Robert Woods, USC

    56. Green Bay Packers: RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

    57. Houston Texans: DT John Jenkins, Georgia

    58. Denver Broncos: ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

    59. San Francisco 49ers: DE William Gholston, Michigan State

    60. New England Patriots: DT Kawann Short, Purdue

    61. Atlanta Falcons: SS Matt Elam, Florida

    62. Baltimore Ravens: FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

    *Cleveland Browns: Forfeited their second-round pick when they selected WR Josh Gordon in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

    *New Orleans Saints: Had their second-round pick stripped as part of punishment for their bounty program.

The Top 25 Quarterback Prospects

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    1. Geno Smith, West Virginia

    2. Matt Barkley, USC


    3. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas


    4. Mike Glennon, NC State


    5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse


    6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma


    7. Tyler Bray, Tennessee


    8. EJ Manuel, Florida State


    9. Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)


    10. Matt Scott, Arizona


    11. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech


    12. Collin Klein, Kansas State


    13. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt


    14. Sean Renfree, Duke


    15. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah


    16. Seth Doege, Texas Tech


    17. Nick Florence, Baylor


    18. Alex Carder, Western Michigan


    19. Matt McGloin, Penn State


    20. Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington


    21. Mike Hermann, RPI


    22. Adam Kennedy, Utah State


    23. Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State


    24. Jeff Tuel, Washington State


    25. Ryan Griffin, Tulane

The Top 25 Running Back Prospects

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    1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama

    2. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina


    3. Montee Ball, Wisconsin


    4. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford


    5. Mike Gillislee, Florida


    6. Kenjon Barner, Oregon


    7. Andre Ellington, Clemson


    8. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina


    9. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA


    10. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State


    11. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State


    12. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers


    13. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame


    14. Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt


    15. Christine Michael, Texas A&M


    16. Ray Graham, Pittsburgh


    17. Robbie Rouse, Fresno State


    18. Kerwynn Williams, Utah State


    19. Knile Davis, Arkansas


    20. Dennis Johnson, Arkansas


    21. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada


    22. Spencer Ware, LSU


    23. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame


    24. D.J. Harper, Boise State


    25. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

The Top 25 Wide Receiver Prospects

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    1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

    2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson


    3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee


    4. Terrance Williams, Baylor


    5. Keenan Allen, California


    6. Tavon Austin, West Virginia


    7. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State


    8. Robert Woods, USC


    9. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia


    10. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech


    11. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M


    12. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas


    13. (QB) Denard Robinson, Michigan


    14. Aaron Dobson, Marshall


    15. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech


    16. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma


    17. Ace Sanders, South Carolina


    18. Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech


    19. Josh Boyce, TCU


    20. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech


    21. Tavarres King, Georgia


    22. Marquess Wilson


    23. Rodney Smith, Florida State


    24. Aaron Mellette, Elon


    25. Conner Vernon, Duke

The Top 25 Tight End Prospects

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    1. Zach Ertz, Stanford

    2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

    3. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

    4. Ryan Otten, San Jose State

    5. Levine Toilolo, Stanford

    6. Jordan Reed, Florida

    7. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

    8. Michael Williams, Alabama

    9. Dion Sims, Michigan State

    10. Zach Sudfeld, Nevada

    11. Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

    12. Vance McDonald, Rice

    13. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

    14. Ryan Griffin, Connecticut

    15. Joseph Fauria, UCLA

    16. Brandon Ford, Clemson

    17. Chris Gragg, Arkansas

    18. (QB) Marqueis Gray, Minnesota

    19. Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky

    20. D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers

    21. Kyler Reed, Nebraska

    22. Chris Pantale, Boston College

    23. Lucas Reed, New Mexico

    24. Nick Kasa, Colorado

    25. Matt Furstenburg, Maryland

The Top 25 Offensive Tackle Prospects

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    1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

    2. D.J. Fluker, Alabama


    3. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan


    4. David Bakhtiari, Colorado


    5. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma


    6. Brian Winters, Kent State


    7. Oday Aboushi, Virginia


    8. Justin Pugh, Syracuse


    9. Reid Fragel, Ohio State


    10. Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M


    11. Brennan Williams, North Carolina


    12. Menelik Watson, Florida State


    13. Chris Faulk, LSU


    14. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin


    15. Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific


    16. Xavier Nixon, Florida


    17. Nick Becton, Virginia Tech


    18. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech


    19. LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech


    20. Braden Brown, BYU


    21. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas


    22. David Quessenberry, San Jose State


    23. John Wetzel, Boston College


    24. Matt Summers-Gavin, California


    25. Dann O’Neill, Western Michigan

The Top 25 Interior Linemen Prospects

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    1. Chance Warmack, Alabama

    2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina


    3. Barrett Jones, Alabama


    4. Dallas Thomas, Tennessee


    5. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin


    6. Larry Warford, Kentucky


    7. Kyle Long, Oregon


    8. Hugh Thornton, Illinois


    9. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas


    10. Khaled Holmes, USC


    11. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech


    12. JC Trotter, Cornell


    13. Braxston Cave, Notre Dame


    14. Jeff Baca, UCLA


    15. Braden Hansen, BYU


    16. Brian Schwenke, California


    17. Chris Barker, Nevada


    18. (OT) Mark Jackson, Glenville State


    19. Graham Pocic, Illinois


    20. Earl Watford, James Madison


    21. Mario Benavides, Louisville


    22. Travis Bond, North Carolina


    23. Eric Kush, California (PA)


    24. Blaize Foltz, TCU


    25. Dalton Freeman, Clemson

The Top 25 Defensive Tackle Prospects

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    1. Star Lotulelei, Utah

    2. Sharrif Floyd, Florida


    3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri


    4. Jesse Williams, Alabama


    5. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State


    6. John Jenkins, Georgia


    7. Kawann Short, Purdue


    8. Bennie Logan, LSU


    9. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina


    10. Everett Dawkins, Florida State


    11. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern


    12. Kwame Geathers, Georgia


    13. Cory Grissom, South Florida


    14. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State


    15. Chris Jones, Bowling Green


    16. Jordan Hill, Penn State


    17. Akeem Spence, Illinois


    18. Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma


    19. William Campbell, Michigan


    20. Brandon Moore, Texas


    21. Quinton Dial, Alabama


    22. Scott Vallone, Rutgers


    23. Aaron Tipoti, California


    24. Joe Vellano, Maryland


    25. Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt

The Top 25 Defensive End Prospects

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    1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State

    2. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M


    3. Dion Jordan, Oregon


    4. Barkevious Mingo, LSU


    5. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU


    6. Sam Montgomery, LSU


    7. Margus Hunt, SMU


    8. Alex Okafor, Texas


    9. William Gholston, Michigan State


    10. Tank Carradine, Florida State


    11. Michael Buchanan, Illinois


    12. Datone Jones, UCLA


    13. Lavar Edwards, LSU


    14. Corey Lemonier, Auburn


    15. John Simon, Ohio State


    16. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson


    17. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State


    18. Joe Kruger, Utah


    19. Devin Taylor, South Carolina


    20. Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame


    21. Stansly Maponga, TCU


    22. Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky


    23. Craig Roh, Michigan


    24. Travis Johnson, San Jose State

    25. Sean Progar, Northern Illinois

The Top 25 Linebacker Prospects

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    1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia

    2. Kevin Minter, LSU


    3. Alec Ogletree, Georgia


    4. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame


    5. Chase Thomas, Stanford


    6. Arthur Brown, Kansas State


    7. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers


    8. Zaviar Gooden, Missouri


    9. Jelani Jenkins, Florida


    10. Kiko Alonso, Oregon


    11. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina


    12. Sean Porter, Texas A&M


    13. (DE) Jamie Collins, Southern Miss


    14. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina


    15. Nico Johnson, Alabama


    16. Jon Bostic, Florida


    17. (DE) Trevardo Williams, Connecticut


    18. Gerald Hodges, Penn State


    19. Jake Knott, Iowa State


    20. Michael Mauti, Penn State


    21. (DE) Ty Powell, Harding

    22. Lerentee McCray, Florida

    23. Travis Long, Washington State


    24. Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers


    25. A.J. Klein, Iowa State

The Top 25 Cornerback Prospects

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    1. Dee Milliner, Alabama

    2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State


    3. Logan Ryan, Rutgers


    4. Desmond Trufant, Washington


    5. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State


    6. Leon McFadden, San Diego State


    7. Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana


    8. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State


    9. Will Davis, Utah State


    10. Nickell Robey, USC


    11. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois


    12. Tharold Simon, LSU


    13. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut


    14. Tyrann Mathieu


    15. Melvin White, Louisiana-Lafayette


    16. Mike Edwards, Hawaii


    17. Johnny Adams, Michigan State


    18. Steve Williams, California


    19. B.W. Webb, William & Mary


    20. Terrence Brown, Stanford


    21. Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut


    22. Marc Anthony, California


    23. Micah Hyde, Iowa


    24. Jamar Taylor, Boise State


    25. Aaron Hester, UCLA

The Top 25 Safety Prospects

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    1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

    2. Duke Williams, Nevada


    3. Eric Reid, LSU


    4. Matt Elam, Florida


    5. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma


    6. Philip Thomas, Fresno State


    7. (CB) David Amerson, NC State


    8. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina


    9. J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern


    10. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse


    11. Jonathan Cyprien, FIU


    12. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame


    13. T.J. McDonald, USC


    14. Shawn Williams, Georgia


    15. Robert Lester, Alabama


    16. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia


    17. Daimion Stafford, Nebraska


    18. Brandon Bishop, NC State


    19. Josh Evans, Florida


    20. Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida


    21. John Boyett, Oregon


    22. Bradley McDougald, Kansas


    23. Kejuan Riley, Alabama State


    24. Brynden Trawick, Troy


    25. Cody Davis, Texas Tech

The Top 10 Kicker Prospects

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    1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State

    2. Dan Conroy, Michigan State


    3. Caleb Sturgis, Florida


    4. Zach Brown, Portland State


    5. Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette


    6. Brandon McManus, Temple


    7. Maikon Bonani, South Florida


    8. Casey Barth, North Carolina


    9. Brett Maher, Nebraska


    10. Matt Weller, Ohio

The Top 10 Punter Prospects

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    1. Brad Wing, LSU

    2. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State


    3. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech


    4. Jeff Locke, UCLA


    5. Dylan Breeding, Arkansas


    6. Jackson Rice, Oregon


    7. Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M


    8. Tress Way, Oklahoma


    9. Bobby Cowan, Idaho


    10. Pete Kontodiakos, Colorado State

Early 2014 NFL Draft Rankings

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    Now that the underclassmen declaration deadline has officially passed, we know which top prospects are leaving for the NFL and which ones are staying in school for another year. 

    That means we can now start taking a look at the top prospects to watch for the 2014 NFL draft. 

    Here's a very early and preliminary look at how at how college football's top returning players stack up at each position. 

    Grade Indicator

    SR. = Seniors

    JR. = Juniors

    R-S. = Redshirt Sophomores

2014 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings

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    1. David Fales, San Jose State (SR.)

    2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson (SR.)


    3. Aaron Murray, Georgia  (SR.)


    4. AJ McCarron, Alabama (SR.)


    5. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (R-S.)


    6. Kevin Hogan, Stanford (R-S.)


    7. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (JR.)


    8. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (SR.)


    9. Marcus Mariota, Oregon (R-S.)

    10. Braxton Miller, Ohio State (JR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Running Back Rankings

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    1. Alfred Blue, LSU (JR.)

    2. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona (JR.)


    3. De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon (JR.)


    4. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (JR.)


    5. Devonta Freeman, Florida State (JR.)


    6. Damien Williams, Oklahoma (SR.)


    7. Bishop Sankey, Washington (JR.)


    8. Silas Redd, USC (SR.)


    9. Michael Dyer, Arkansas Baptist (JR.)


    10. James Wilder, Florida State (JR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings

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    1. Marqise Lee, USC (JR.)

    2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (SR.)

    3. Cody Hoffman, BYU (SR.)

    4. Sammy Watkins, Clemson (JR.)

    5. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (JR.)

    6. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss (JR.)

    7. Odell Beckham, LSU (JR.)

    8. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers (JR.)

    9. DeVante Parker, Louisville (JR.)

    10. Devin Street, Pittsburgh (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Tight End Rankings

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    1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (JR.)

    2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa (SR.)


    3. Eric Ebron, North Carolina (JR.)


    4. Xavier Grimble, USC (JR.)


    5. Jake McGee, Virginia (JR.)


    6. Nick O’Leary, Florida State (JR.)


    7. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (JR.)


    8. Colt Lyerla, Oregon (JR.)


    9. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin (SR.)


    10. Chris Coyle, Arizona State (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Offensive Tackle Rankings

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    1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (SR.)

    2. David Yankey, Stanford (JR.)


    3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan (SR.)


    4. JaWuan James, Tennessee (SR.)


    5. Morgan Moses, Virginia (SR.)


    6. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (JR.)


    7. Zack Martin, Notre Dame (SR.)


    8. Brandon Scherff, Iowa (JR.)


    9. Seantrel Henderson, Miami (SR.)


    10. James Hurst, North Carolina (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Interior Linemen Rankings

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    1. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (SR.)

    2. Trai Turner, LSU (R-S.)


    3. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA (JR.)


    4. Josue Matias, Florida State (JR.)


    5. Cyril Richardson, Baylor (SR.)


    6. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (SR.)


    7. Marcus Martin, USC (JR.)


    8. Anthony Steen, Alabama (SR.)


    9. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern (JR.)


    10. Andrew Norwell, Ohio State (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings

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    1. Louis Nix, Notre Dame (JR.)

    2. Anthony Johnson, LSU (JR.)


    3. Will Sutton, Arizona State (SR.)


    4. Tim Jernigan, Florida State (JR.)


    5. Dominique Easley, Florida (SR.)


    6. Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (SR.)


    7. George Uko, USC (JR.)


    8. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina (JR.)


    9. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota (SR.)


    10. Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings

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    1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (JR.)

    2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (JR.)

    3. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas (SR.)

    4. Scott Crichton, Oregon State (JR.)

    5. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State (JR.)

    6. Kony Ealy, Missouri (JR.)

    7. Kareem Martin, North Carolina (SR.)

    8. Ed Stinson, Alabama (SR.)

    9. James Gayle, Virginia Tech (SR.)

    10. Morgan Breslin, USC (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings

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    1. Kyle Van Noy, BYU (SR.)

    2. C.J. Mosley, Alabama (SR.)


    3. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (JR.)


    4. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (JR.)


    5. Jake Ryan, Michigan (JR.)


    6. Anthony Barr, UCLA (SR.)


    7. Christian Jones, Florida State (SR.)


    8. Shayne Skov, Stanford (SR.)


    9. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut (JR.)

    10. A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (JR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Cornerback Rankings

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    1. Bradley Roby, Ohio State (JR.)

    2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (SR.)


    3. Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (JR.)


    4. Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma (SR.)


    5. Carrington Byndom, Texas (SR.)


    6. Jason Verrett, TCU (SR.)


    7. Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (JR.)


    8. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech (SR.)


    9. Quandre Diggs, Texas (JR.)


    10. Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame (SR.)

2014 NFL Draft: Safety Rankings

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    1. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (SR.)

    2. Ed Reynolds, Stanford (JR.)


    3. Tre Boston, North Carolina (SR.)


    4. Craig Loston, LSU (SR.)


    5. Tevin Mcdonald, UCLA (JR.)


    6. C.J. Barnett, Ohio State (SR.)


    7. Hakeem Smith, Louisville (SR.)


    8. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State (SR.)


    9. Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State (SR.)


    10. Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (SR.)

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