2013 NFL Draft: Potential 1st Rounders Rocketing Up Draft Boards

Justin Hussong@@HeatChecksHussContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands at the posium during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL draft is stacked with talent deep into later rounds. Mocks have the same general opinion of who the expected first-round picks will be, but as we have seen in the past, those are to be taken with a grain of salt. After the top-3, it is anybody's guess what will go down.

This group of talents has been steadily climbing up boards since bowl season. With months remaining before the draft, look to see these names possibly climb even higher.


Mike Glennon - QB - N.C. State

Glennon led N.C. State to a pedestrian 7-6 record this season. He impressed throughout with a rocket arm capable of making every throw on the field with relative ease. In addition to his arm strength, he has exhibited the finesse and touch to drop balls right into the hands of his receivers 50+ yards downfield.

He threw for over 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior season with big 5-TD performances against ACC rivals North Carolina and Clemson.

Scouts are growing more and more fond of him each day, as his big arm and poise in the pocket are very appetizing in the pass-happy NFL. His receivers plagued him with dropped passes at times throughout the year, but when his line gave him a solid pocket to operate in, he showed glimpses of his very bright future.

While he may not have RGIII-like ability to make plays with his legs, Glennon makes up for it with an explosive arm that can take the top off of any defense. Multiple teams need young franchise signal-callers, so don't be surprised to see Glennon shoot up the boards even more.


Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida State

Rhodes projects to flourish in press-man coverage in the NFL. He is a big corner at 6'2" and 220 pounds with great intangibles.

He was a huge reason for FSU's dominance on the defensive side of the ball last season, showing true shutdown ability on the outside. Athletically, he is second to nobody.

Rhodes does need to improve upon his instincts, as he was beaten on various routes at times. However, he could end up being the best corner out of this draft a few years down the line.


Bacarri Rambo - S - Georgia

Rambo showed time and again the elite level of talent that he possesses during his career for the 'Dawgs. He is a true ball hawk with a knack for the big play, looking to turn every interception up the field. He picked off 16 passes over four seasons, returning three to the end zone.

The safety also explodes on the ball with top-notch power, consistently making receivers pay for coming across the middle.

It is truly a task when watching Rambo to find flaws in his game, but he could stand to improve upon his football knowledge, as his own aggressive nature got the best of him a couple of times when he attempted to jump so many routes. This is an easily correctable issue that will come over time. He should find himself playing on Sundays for a very long time.


Stedman Bailey - WR - West Virginia

How 'bout the year Bailey just had? He simply came down with 114 catches for 1,622 yards for not one...not two...but 25 touchdowns to lead the nation. Only one other player even had more than 14 receiving touchdowns.

Bailey is a route-running tactician with impeccable hands. There are questions as to whether or not his speed will translate to the NFL game, as teams may see him as more of a slot receiver.

He has shown the ability to shred a defense over the top, going off for huge touchdowns catching passes from Geno Smith. He also exhibited a more refined skill set than counterpart Tavon Austin, albeit with slightly less explosiveness.

Bailey should project at worst as a viable slot receiver in the NFL if given the chance. He is climbing draft boards due to his level of improvement and should be solidified as a first-day pick.