NFL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz Around Biggest Names

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NFL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz Around Biggest Names
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 NFL combine coming to a close on Tuesday, a lot of prospects have been shuffled around on draft boards across the country.

The athletic freaks of the class have helped their stock (like every year), while the relatively mediocre athletes have fallen.

Here's a look at some of the big names garnering the biggest buzz throughout the NFL after Tuesday's workouts in Indianapolis.

Note: All marks at the combine via NFL.com


Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

What else can you say about Dion Jordan?

The explosive pass-rusher out of Oregon has not only added weight (6'6", 248 pounds), giving him potential at defensive end or outside linebacker in the NFL, he also ran the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.60 seconds on Monday.

A former tight end, Jordan is drawing rave reviews across the country.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated has him going No. 4 overall in the draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com has him going No. 6 overall to the Cleveland Browns. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock compared him to San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, as long as he adds 20 pounds to his frame, per NFL.com.

Jordan was a first-round prospect before the combine, but there's a good chance he's drafted in the top 10 at this point.

 

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Eric Fisher is 6'6", 306 pounds. He tied for first among all offensive linemen in the 20-yard shuttle and ranked second in the broad jump at the position.

That's basically all you need to know to understand why teams are so high on this kid.

Fisher's agility is outstanding for his size, making him a prime left tackle option, and some analysts (including Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com) have him going No. 1 overall ahead of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.

He may be more of a finesse blocker, but one NFL scout said he had the "toughness" to compete with the big boys, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Mike Mayock was calling Sharrif Floyd a top-five pick even before the workouts began in Indianapolis. 

After the former Florida defensive lineman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds at 297 pounds, everyone has taken notice.

Six of the 10 draft analysts on NFL.com now have Floyd going No. 3 overall to the Oakland Raiders. 

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com said that "everybody" in the NFL has Floyd as a top-five player, per Rotoworld.com. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there's no question the explosive, powerful, versatile lineman is highly regarded throughout the nation.

 

Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Barkevious Mingo may never make it as a defensive end in the NFL (he measured in at 241 pounds at the combine and he has trouble setting the edge), but he could be a difference-maker at outside linebacker in the pros.

That was never more evident than when he was labeled a "top performer" by NFL.com in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill in Indianapolis. He ranked in the top five in every one of those workouts among all linebackers and defensive linemen participating.

Mingo is still bit raw when it comes to pass-rushing moves, but he excels in space. He could be a top-10 pick in the draft. Draft analyst Tony Pauline noted "his performance at the combine should cement him as a top-eight selection," per USA Today.

 

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Lane Johnson may be just outside of Joeckel and Fisher in terms of left tackles in the class, but he has risen dramatically since the start of Senior Bowl week.

Johnson ignited the combine. He ranked second in the 40-yard dash, second in the vertical jump, first in the broad jump, second in the three-cone drill and fifth in the 20-yard shuttle among offensive linemen.

The 6'6", 306-pounder may not be a top-10 pick, but many draft experts have him going No. 11 overall to the San Diego Chargers, including Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com and Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com. Johnson's athleticism and strength was on full display in Indianapolis.

 

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