Senior Bowl 2013: Experts Weigh in on Players Bound to Be Drafted in Round 1

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 6:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks throws a pass against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 24-7.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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This isn't Wall Street, but the stocks have been rising and falling all week in Mobile, Ala. at the 2013 Senior Bowl. 

While we've seen multiple players' stocks fall—including Denard Robinson and Robert Lester—there are a handful of guys who are easily first-round draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft.

Let's take a look.


Tyler Wilson, QB

In a relatively shallow quarterback pool this season, Tyler Wilson is sure to be a first-round pick.

CBS Sports ranks Wilson as the third-best QB in the draft, with Geno Smith and Matt Barkley ahead of him.

According to Daniel Jeremiah of, Wilson looked good during his time in Mobile:

Dave Richard of CBS Sports also touches on Wilson's time at the Senior Bowl:

Wilson has been the most consistent and has the smoothest mechanics, so if I had to pick one of the quarterbacks to start a game for my team, he would be the guy... It feels like he's a bit more of a playmaker with experience in a pro offense and that's enough to make him the best passer here.

With the analysts raving over Wilson and a multitude of NFL teams seeking quarterbacks, Wilson is an immediate first-rounder.

Wilson put up NFL-type numbers during his final season at Arkansas, tossing 21 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and totaling 3,387 yards through the air.

At 6'3", he's got great height and doesn't have to be concerned with a lot of his passes being batted down at the line of scrimmage.


Ezekiel Ansah, DE

Ansah has been linked to multiple NFL teams in mock drafts this offseason and is undoubtedly a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

He's an athletic pass rusher who's already drawing comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul, according to CBS Sports' Matt Rybaltowski.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper pins Ansah as a first-rounder, as he has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking the defender with their 17th pick (Insider access required).

Anytime you draw comparisons to one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, you will likely be a high pick in the draft.

Ansah recorded 4.5 sacks at BYU during his senior season and showcased his hands with an interception in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State.

At 6'6", 270 pounds, the defensive end has both great size and speed to make it in the NFL.


Eric Fisher, OT

CBS Sports ranks Fisher as the second-best offensive tackle in the draft while Mel Kiper predicts the San Diego Chargers will take him with their No. 11 pick.

Multiple reports have surfaced from those covering the Senior Bowl down in Alabama regarding Fisher's excellent week in Mobile, including ESPN's Kevin Seifert.

Fisher also had a good day [Tuesday]. He's put together well, with 34-inch arms and a long frame that allows him to carry his weight well. His balance was impressive, and the matchups against [Alex] Okafor and [Datone] Jones were the only times he lost his balance. 

Offensive tackles should be a hit in the draft, with a lot of NFL teams looking for help in the running and pass protection game.

With great reports coming from the writers and analysts in Alabama, there's no doubting the first-round capabilities of these senior players.

It's hard to gauge offensive lineman since there are no real statistics for them, but at 6'8", 305 pounds, Fisher sure seems more than ready for the league based on his size.


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