NFL Draft 2013: Showcasing Top Game-Changing Defensive Prospects

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

Nov 3, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) warms up before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 NFL Draft is less than three months away, and while players' stock is certain to rise, drop and repeat over the next 12 weeks, the best of the best have already separated themselves from the pack.

On the defensive side of the football this year, there are a plethora of big-time, game-changing prospects. But as is always the case, some are much more promising than others.  

Below we'll showcase a trio of defensive talents set to have their name called this coming April who are best suited to wreak havoc from the moment of their first NFL snap.


Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT

Depending on who you ask, some would say Utah's Star Lotulelei is the No. 1 player coming out this spring.

The 6'3", 320-pound defensive tackle out of Utah is an absolute wall when it comes to run defense, and boasts the athleticism and motor skills to excel at the position at the next level. Lotulelei led the Utes in 2012 with 10 tackles for a loss, including five sacks.

The behemoth defender also broke up four passes and forced three fumbles this past season.

Although he could be better in pass-rushing situations, Lotulelei has more than enough to offer an NFL team right now. He can always improve his fitness and develop an arsenal of pass-rushing moves as a professional.


Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE

Odds are most college football fans were too busy watching Johnny Manziel this past season to notice stellar Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore.

Arguably the best pass-rushing end available this year, the 6'4", 250-pound junior is everything NFL scouts and coaches want and more. He's durable, versatile and is a natural at his position. Moore can transform his body when rushing the quarterback and make up ground in a hurry with his speed. 

Unlike Star Lotulelei, Moore has a wide array of pass-rushing moves, including a fantastic spin move that he's used plenty of times with the Aggies over the years.

He led Texas A&M with 12.5 sacks in 2012, accounting for more than 40 percent of the team's sacks for the year. NFL fans will certainly want to familiarize themselves with Damontre Moore as the 2013 NFL Draft draws nearer.


Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

If you watched Jarvis Jones' performance against the Florida Gators last October, then you know just how dominant the Georgia Bulldogs star can be on the gridiron.

Jones played arguably the best game of his career against Florida, tackling players all over the field, changing the game with sacks, forced fumbles and by falling on loose footballs. But Jones' performance was anything but a fluke. He led the nation in sacks in 2012, recording 14.5 for the season.

A leader by nature, the 6'2", 240-pound linebacker comes with all of the coveted intangibles, as well as the prototypical NFL size and build. Jones' strong frame allows him to wrap up well on most occasions and thrive as a rusher in third-downs or other long-yardage situations.

Many draft scouts and experts view Jones as the best linebacker entering the NFL in 2013, and it's definitely easy to see why.


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