NFL Draft Projections for the Top 25 Players in the 2013 Senior Bowl

Wes StueveContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2013

NFL Draft Projections for the Top 25 Players in the 2013 Senior Bowl

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    The 2013 Senior Bowl is gaining a lot of attention right now and deservedly so. The Senior Bowl remains an integral part of the NFL draft process, and many of its participants will be early-round draft picks.

    Playing in the Senior Bowl are potential Top 10 picks, first-rounders and of course, some late-round or even undrafted players. There's a wide spectrum to be sure.

    But which players reign supreme in Mobile? Just who will be the first of the Senior Bowl participants to come off the board, and who will be the best in the NFL?

25. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern

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    A massive, run-stuffing nose tackle, Brandon Williams will be limited in the NFL. It's difficult to imagine the 6'2", 341-pounder playing anywhere but as a 3-4 nose tackle.

    Despite this limitation, Williams does offer some value. He could be an excellent two-down player in a 3-4 where his size, leverage and power would be valuable. His lack of athleticism and versatility will hurt his stock, however.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Fourth Round

24. Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina

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    A stout run defender, Kevin Reddick lacks the athleticism of great linebacker prospects. He is still a good player with a future in the NFL, though.

    Reddick's discipline, strength and instincts all give him a shot at becoming a valuable player. His inability to play sideline-to-sideline hurts, no doubt, but it doesn't eliminate his strengths. 

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Fourth Round

23. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois

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    A great athlete, Michael Buchanan has legitimate upside moving forward. The 6'5", 251-pounder struggled some as a senior, but his potential hasn't changed.

    Buchanan needs to work on adding pass-rush moves and beating offensive linemen. His natural length, burst and quickness are all solid enough that he should be drafted fairly high, despite his rawness.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Fourth Round

22. Kyle Long, OG, Oregon

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    Kyle Long is an incredibly athletic lineman whose short arms may force him to kick inside to guard in the NFL. At 6'6", 304 pounds, Long could stand to bulk up, but his quickness is his best asset. 

    Long does a great job of blocking in space and could develop into an excellent pulling guard. He will struggle some at the point of attack, though his athleticism and intelligence should help to mitigate that.


21. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

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    Cobi Hamilton is the standard deep threat with straight-line speed who struggles in other areas. Hamilton especially struggles when it comes to catching the ball, as he uses his body far too often.

    Hamilton's pure speed is a valuable asset, though. Defenses will have to provide coverage over the top, and he can burn just about any cornerback simply by running straight.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Fourth Round

20. Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

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    A former safety, Khaseem Greene is superb in coverage and offers dynamic playmaking ability. His ability to take on blocks hurts him, but his sideline-to-sideline play is a huge asset.

    Greene isn't going to be a great run defender, but he's almost like a defensive back on the field, and he will run down running backs from behind. Greene's NFL team will love him for his ability to move around and make plays.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

19. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

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    Terrance Williams has a knack for getting behind defensive backs. His 6'2", 201-pound frame is solid, and he's a great blocker on the outside.

    Williams needs to improve as a route-runner, and he can be overpowered by defensive backs. However, few players offer the deep-threat ability Williams does, and that will take him off the board fairly early.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

18. Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State

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    Leon McFadden is a physical cornerback with smooth hips and solid ball skills. McFadden's two biggest flaws are his sub-5'10" height and lack of elite speed. 

    These are certainly issues, but McFadden's violent play and ability to hang with even the quickest of wideouts make up for them. He has starter potential on the outside and could develop into a long-term player.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

17. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

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    At 6'3", 203 pounds, Aaron Dobson has a unique combination of great size and speed. Few players in the draft can compete with him as far as straight-line speed goes.

    Dobson is also incredibly explosive, and he gets up to full speed surprisingly quickly. He isn't a complete receiver, but his ability to separate is incredible.


16. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

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    At 6'4", 359 pounds, John Jenkins is a big man. Jenkins is exclusively a 3-4 nose tackle, but he could be quite good in that capacity.

    For someone so massive, Jenkins is surprisingly athletic and nimble. His biggest problem may actually be a tendency to play somewhat softly.

    In a few years, Jenkins could be a dominant run-stopping nose tackle—or he could be a complete bust.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

15. Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

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    A massive, road-grading guard, Larry Warford has serious potential. The 6'3", 333-pounder is strong and can drive back the most powerful of defensive tackles.

    Though he may not be the most athletic guard, Warford is quick enough to pull, and he can block in the open field. His primary value, however, comes from his ability to overpower at the point of attack.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

14. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

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    Jordan Poyer is a technically sound cornerback who is much stronger than 182-pounders generally are. The Oregon State product does a good job of mirroring wideouts and is quick-hipped, but he lacks great speed.

    Poyer's ball skills aren't amazing by any stretch, and his speed could lead to him getting burned in the NFL. On the whole, though, there is a lot to like about his ability to play in the NFL. He is ready to contribute now.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

13. Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

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    A tall, thin quarterback with a huge arm, Mike Glennon draws both ire and praise. Glennon is certainly loaded with potential, but his inaccuracy and tendency to throw interceptions are both problematic.

    At times, Glennon will look like a truly elite quarterback prospect. Other times, he won't even look draftable. That's why there is such a wide array of opinions on him, and why he's just No. 13 here.

    Despite the concerns surrounding Glennon, it seems likely that a team will fall in love with him and take him early. He has too much potential for it not to happen.


12. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

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    Alex Okafor is perhaps the most technically sound defensive end in the draft, but his lack of dominant physical ability holds him back.

    That's not to say Okafor is a bad athlete—he isn't—but he doesn't have the burst or quickness of a dominant pass-rusher. He doesn't have great upside, but his hand usage could push him into the first-round discussion.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

11. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

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    A huge playmaker at cornerback, Desmond Trufant blew up during Senior Bowl practices. Trufant's ball skills help him to turn and either knock down or intercept passes with shocking frequency.

    On occasion, Trufant will get beaten deep. His ability on underneath patterns overshadows that, as does his playmaking ability. There may not be a player who benefited more from the week in Mobile than Trufant.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

10. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

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    Margus Hunt's draft stock is all about potential. The 6'8", 277-pounder is a former track star who needs to develop football skills to go along with his natural ability.

    Clearly, Hunt has great size and length. He's also a terrific athlete who could conceivably play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

    The problem is that right now, Hunt simply isn't a great football player. He's shown flashes of dominance, but never consistently. He will need time to develop.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

9. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

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    Quinton Patton isn't the fastest or tallest wideout out there—he's just 6'0"—but he is a good player nonetheless. The Louisiana Tech star's combination of quickness, burst and strong hands makes him a potential first-round selection.

    Patton lacks the physical ability to develop into a true No. 1 wideout. He will be a good, reliable player, though, and there's something to be said for that. Not every first-round pick has to be a star.


8. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

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    Kawann Short is a powerful player who could play a number of interior line positions. The 6'3", 308-pounder is reasonably quick but dominates through his use of strength and leverage.

    Though he isn't overly explosive, Short can penetrate the backfield. His motor runs hot and cold, and he isn't really dynamic, but he's tough to move off the ball. He's the type of player who often goes unappreciated by fans but not by his teammates.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

7. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

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    A fantastic athlete, Lane Johnson saw his stock skyrocket during Senior Bowl week. Johnson is an outstanding athlete with excellent pass-blocking ability.

    However, Johnson weighs in at 6'6", 302 pounds and needs to bulk up. His lack of power is a problem right now, and his natural athleticism is the only thing getting him by.


6. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)

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    Of every quarterback in the draft, Zac Dysert has perhaps the best vertical ability. Dysert's strong arm and superb deep-ball placement make him a deadly threat to defenses.

    Dysert struggled some throughout the week in Mobile, but he still has excellent upside. There is definitely starter potential here, and Dysert may be ready sooner than most analysts think.

    DRAFT PROJECTION: Second Round

5. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

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    A versatile athlete, Datone Jones is capable of playing just about every defensive line position. Jones is athletic enough to rush the passer from defensive end and powerful enough to kick inside to defensive tackle.

    The 6'4", 280-pounder's best fit may come in a 3-4 defense. However, he will probably move around some in the NFL, and he will add value in a number of ways. There is little limit to how he can be used.


4. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

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    Markus Wheaton is yet another deep-threat wide receiver in this draft. His 5'11", 183-pound frame has drawn comparisons to Mike Wallace, but Wheaton is a more complete player than Wallace was entering the NFL.

    Wheaton's ability to track the football and come down with the catch is well above average. His speed, burst and quickness are by far his best attributes, however.

    Wheaton may never be a complete wide receiver who plays on the outside, but he will be a dynamic playmaker.


3. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

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    Eric Fisher's stock jumped significantly after a week in Mobile. The 6'7", 305-pounder is a great natural athlete with excellent ability in pass protection.

    Fisher doesn't always play with great leverage, and he could stand to bulk up. His length and quick feet are rare, though, and they make him a potential franchise left tackle.


2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

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    A disappointing 2012 season hurt Tyler Wilson's stock, but he's still a great quarterback prospect. No other quarterback in this draft offers the combination of athleticism, arm strength, intelligence and ball placement that Wilson does.

    Of every draft-eligible quarterback, Wilson has the highest upside. He has some flaws, such as his tendency to force passes, but he's still a contender for the No. 1 overall pick. There is no denying Wilson's ability.

    Not everyone will like Wilson. However, enough people will that he will come off the board early.


1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

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    Ezekiel Ansah is the epitome of a physical freak. The 6'5", 274-pounder played everywhere from defensive tackle to defensive end to linebacker as a senior. Think about that.

    Ansah demonstrates excellent burst and speed in addition to superb power. He plays with violence and is excellent against the run.

    As a pass-rusher, Ansah needs to add some pass-rush moves to complement his natural burst and speed. If he does that, there is no telling how dominant he could be.


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