2013 NFL Draft

NFL Draft 2013: Breaking Down Weakest Positions in This Year's Class

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks at the scoreboard after a safety against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

Every year in the NFL draft, there are deep classes and weak classes at certain positions.

The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins were lucky to nab Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, respectively, last year, but quarterback-needy teams may not be as lucky this season.

In a draft boasting a lot of impressive defensive prospects, don't be surprised if more stars come from that side of the ball this year.

Here's a look at the weakest positions in the 2013 NFL draft.

 

Quarterback

There isn't a quarterback in this class who stands out, and that includes Geno Smith. USC's Matt Barkley has dropped down draft boards tremendously since the 2011 season and the jury is out on Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and North Carolina State's Mike Glennon.

If you are looking for another Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year's draft, prepare to be disappointed.

Perhaps Smith develops into a solid starter in the NFL given his dual-threat ability, but I'm not so hot on the other quarterback prospects in the country.

 

Running Back

When South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore sustained yet another season-ending injury in 2012, it was apparent that there wouldn't be any legit first-round prospects at running back in the 2013 NFL draft.

Beyond the injury-prone Lattimore, you have North Carolina's Giovani Bernard, Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Alabama's Eddie Lacy and Oregon's Kenjon Barner.

While these players are legit second-round prospects, it would be shocking if a team wasted a first-round pick on any one of them.

 

Center

Beyond Alabama's Barrett Jones and Wisconsin's Travis Frederick, you don't have much in the way of centers this year. It's probably one of the reasons Frederick decided to depart for the NFL in the first place.

USC's Khaled Holmes and Cal's Brian Schwenke are on the outside looking in on the first two rounds of the draft.

Jones could also be drafted as a guard, given his versatility on the inside of the line, making him an option for teams like the Green Bay Packers at the end of the first round.

 

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