Power Ranking Every Underclassman Declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft

Ryan RiddleCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2013

Power Ranking Every Underclassman Declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft

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    With the NFL draft now less than 100 days away, the list of underclassmen forgoing their senior season is now finalized.

    Seventy three underclassmen have declared for April's draft, setting a new NFL record.

    As a former NFL player and talent evaluator, I've studied each prospect closely on film and compiled an early power ranking of every guy attempting to enter the NFL early. This list is a work in progress, however, as there is a lot more film to be watched and factors to be considered between now and April.

    To be fair to all prospects, I've disregarded all medical history and character issues, which means the list is based almost exclusively on my personal film analysis.

    In order to quantify position-specific attributes, I applied a numeric grading scale to different categories for each position to give more meaning to my observations. So instead of saying running back X is elusive, I give his elusiveness a numeric grade from 1-10 based on film study.


    To get a better idea of the ranking system I used as a tool to help generate the list, check out the Google Doc here.

No. 75-62

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    76. Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia

    Slow, lumbering body that's constantly pushed back or lying on the turf.

    75. Darrington Sentimore, DT, Tennessee

    Poor athletic skills while lacking the ability to penetrate blockers.

    74. Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada

    Smallish body with poor leg drive and inability to break tackles consistently.

    73. Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford

    Decent blocker with serviceable hands; unfortunately, he may be too slow to get open. Best as a blocking TE.

    72. Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma

    Average attributes all around with reliable hands.

    71. Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers

    Small back with limited top-end speed.

    70. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

    Undersized in terms of bulk for a TE with quick feet. Liability in blocking at the point of attack.

    69. Mike Edwards, CB, Hawaii

    Solid frame with nice playmaking instincts.

    68. Brad Wing, P, LSU

    Averaged 44.8 yards per punt in 2012, good for 12th in the nation.

    67. Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State

    Big, powerful blocking TE with limited targets in the passing game.

    66. Michael Ford, RB, LSU

    North-south runner who won't wow you with moves but can get three to five yards consistently.

    65. Trabis Ward, RB, Tennessee State

    Small-school back with great quickness and productive college career.

    64. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

    Average abilities all around but needs to anchor better against power.

    63. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

    Light and can get pushed around a bit but has decent footwork.

    62. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois

    Decent athlete for an interior lineman but lacks quickness.

No. 61-52

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    61. Joe Kruger, DE, Utah

    Strong, heavy-handed end who makes plays by collapsing the pocket but has slow feet.

    60. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

    Nice size, could be an intriguing project at the next level.

    59. Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame

    Could become a solid backup in the NFL if he can run between the tackles and pass-block.

    58. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

    Impressive athlete with a ton of untapped potential.

    57. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

    Had a letdown year but still can be a game-changer in the right offense.

    56. Chris Faulk, OT, LSU

    Needs to get in better shape and work on his balance, but has good size and tools to work with.

    55. Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma

    Does well dropping into zone coverage but not a very effective blitzer.

    54. Brandon Moore, DT, Texas

    Limited athletically and has a sloppy frame. Anchors fairly well but needs to improve his conditioning.

    53. Terrence Brown, CB, Stanford

    Quick feet and a serviceable tackler, rarely misses. Not a shutdown corner but is generally effective.

    52. Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina

    Smaller back with big-play potential. Shows up big in the clutch and can contribute as a kick returner.

No. 51-42

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    51. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State

    Good athlete with impressive vision and agility. Limited in his top speed but can make you miss.

    50. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

    Very lean and underdeveloped frame for a LB. Has great instincts and long arms.

    49. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

    Big target who can develop into a dangerous red-zone threat. Not very fast or quick but runs decent routes.

    48. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

    A bit on the small side but is extremely quick and can change directions on a dime.

    47. Tharold Simon, CB, LSU

    Tall, lanky corner who fits a trending prototype for the NFL. Needs to be more consistent.

    46. Greg Reid, CB/KR, Valdosta State

    Shifty and best served as a return man.

    45. Steve Williams, CB, California

    Limited ceiling but can make regular contributions to an NFL roster with hard work and solid technique. Also is a good tackler.

    44. Tony Jefferson, Safety, Oklahoma

    Good athlete with impressive size. Makes a ton of tackles at the line of scrimmage.

    43. Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida

    Fast LB but very small for the position. Might be a better strong safety at the next level.

    42. Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

    May never be a star but could very well be an NFL starter some day.

No. 41-32

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    41. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

    Receiving TE who gets pushed around at times in the run game.

    40. Kyle Padron, QB, Eastern Washington

    Has an arm that make all the throws, but he played against marginal talent in college.

    39. Josh Boyce, WR, TCU

    Average skills all around.

    38. Nickell Robey, CB, USC

    Very short for the NFL, but his ability to get the job done makes him hard to ignore.

    37. Travis Frederick, Center, Wisconsin

    Just another solid blocking prospect coming from Wisconsin.

    36. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

    Sudden and quick for a big man. Also has a quick get-off.

    35. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

    One of the more talented running backs in the draft but has issues holding on to the ball.

    34. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State

    Heavy-handed DE with slow feet. Gholston makes plays with his ability to collapse the pocket.

    33. Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas

    Good awareness and ideal frame for the NFL. Shows decent lateral movement as well.

    32. Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU

    Quick and powerful with nice athleticism. Fluid movements and elite potential, but very raw.

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    31. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

    Ideal frame and graceful strides. Can catch and make you miss. Very dangerous with the ball in his hands.

    30. Matt Elam, Safety, Florida

    A bit on the smaller side but has elite quickness. Unfortunately, Elam takes bad pursuits angles and can miss tackles often, but he can also deliver a hit and is very aggressive.

    29. Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington

    Runs great routes and has impressive size/speed combination.

    28. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

    Good strength despite limited athletic ability. Very crafty as a pass-rusher. Finds a way to beat his blockers.

    27. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

    Powerful and athletic RB. Limited speed but impressive quickness and change of direction.

    26. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

    Gunslinger with big arm. Needs to improve footwork and decision-making.

    25. Tyrann Mathieu, CB/KR, LSU

    Not the best cover corner but can change the game with big plays and a nose for the ball.

    24. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

    Nice build with good power and size but has limited moves and stiff hips.

    23. Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

    Prototypical size, strength and speed. Plays hard and penetrates the backfield consistently.

    22. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

    Good athlete, hard worker and solid in man coverage.

    21. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

    Impressive speed and ability to close ground on a QB but has limited pass-rush moves and a small frame for the NFL.

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    20. Robert Woods, WR, USC

    Elite speed and good hands. Can stretch the field and make plays after the catch.

    19. David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State

    Inconsistent but highly talented athlete with impressive ball skills. Needs to work on the fundamentals of tackling.

    18. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

    Exciting with the ball in his hands. Can make something out of nothing and is always trying to hit a home run.

    17. Eric Reid, Safety, LSU

    Might be the most complete safety in the draft. Hard hitter, good tackler and solid in coverage.

    16. Spencer Ware, RB, LSU

    One of the hardest-running backs in the draft. Breaks tackles and can move a pile. Very tough mentality and appears to love contact.

    15. Keenan Allen, WR, California

    Tall frame with elite agility. Can serve as a big-time deep threat or take a bubble screen 80 yards if necessary. Needs to stay healthy.

    14. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

    Big body and solid anchor. Very impressive athlete for his size and can penetrate into opponent's backfield.

    13. Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

    Strong, fast, tough, smart playmaker who can do it all. Minter is a beast in the middle.

    12. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

    Best route-runner in the draft with good physical tools to compete in the NFL. Great hands and strong competitor.

    11. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

    Very gifted physically and runs with passion. Lattimore is the complete package.

No. 10-5

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    10. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

    Ideal size for the NFL and just so happens to be a fantastic athlete. Has fluid movements and unexpected speed/power combination. Rare prospect.

    9. Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina

    Quick and shifty. One of the most dangerous weapons in the nation.

    8. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

    Great hands and a perfect frame for TE. Can play WR or can be one of the best run-blockers on any team in the NFL. Competitive kid who catches everything that comes his way.

    7. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

    Big, physical athlete with the agility to run step-for-step with any receiver in the nation. Has no problem coming up to tackle and has good ball skills when a QB decides to throw his way.

    6. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    The most underrated player in the draft. He has a great anchor, can power his way into QB's lap, uses his hands better than any defensive lineman I evaluated this year and has unbelievable balance and agility.

    5. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

    An ultimate playmaker at the receiver position. Does not have great size but makes up for it with quickness and fantastic vision in the open field. Bailey is one of the most dangerous guys with the ball in his hands in the entire country, NFL or otherwise. 

No. 4-1

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    4. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    Fluker sets the tone on offense with relentless physicality and power. He is a bully on the field and dominates at the point of attack. His effort and hustle make him a rare treat as an offensive lineman. Few guys finish blocks the way Fluker does, and the impact it has as the game wears on is huge.

    3. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

    Lacy is yet another great back to come out of Alabama during the Nick Saban era. Lacy has outstanding balance that allows him to bounce off of tacklers left and right. His ability to change direction is also rare for a man of his size.

    2. Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

    The sky is the limit for this athlete. He has elite speed for a pass-rusher and has the ideal frame to thrive in the NFL. Mingo is a rare specimen whose best days are ahead of him. Once he learns how to use his hands to beat blockers instead of rushing upfield and out of the play, he will be one of the best in the league.

    1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

    Joeckel has the impressive footwork of Matt Kalil and the aggression of an angry pit bull. He does get beat on occasion, but his ability to either anchor down or dance with a defender all day is what makes him a very hot commodity in the NFL.

    Joeckel has the potential to be the most complete offensive tackle in the NFL. A guy who batters people in the run game and pass-protects like a power forward is a rare combination.