Consensus Top 100 Prospects in 2013 NFL Draft
With the combine now behind us, NFL draft boards are starting to take shape.
So to determine where prospects stand heading into their pro day, I thought it would be a fun exercise to average the top 100 boards of five respected draft analysts.
To select the five analysts, I used The Huddle Report's top 100 scoring system as a guide to determine who to include in the project.
Here are the five boards averaged to create the consensus top 100:
DraftAce's Ryan McCrystal (myself), ranked No. 1 on the The Huddle Report
DraftCountdown's Scott Wright, ranked No. 2
ESPN's Scouts Inc, ranked No. 6
CBS Sports' NFL Draft Scout, ranked No. 7
1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Average rank: 2.0
Peak: 1 (Miller, Wright, Scouts Inc, NFL Draft Scout)
Low: 6 (McCrystal)
Luke Joeckel is the favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the experts seem to agree that he's the top prospect on the board.
It's worth noting, however, that Joeckel is far from a unanimous choice as the top prospect, and some don't even view him as the top prospect at his position. Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus is among those who prefer Eric Fisher as the top left tackle in this year's class.
2. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Average rank: 3.6
Peak: 2 (NFL Draft Scout, Miller)
Low: 5 (McCrystal, Scouts Inc)
It's rare for an offensive guard to be so highly regarded entering the draft, but Chance Warmack is a special prospect.
Warmack is a powerful run blocker who should immediately rank among the most dominant interior linemen in the game.
It can certainly be argued that a guard isn't worthy of a top-10 pick, but Warmack just may be the safest pick in this year's draft class.
3. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Average rank: 4.6
Peak: 2 (Scouts Inc)
Low: 8 (McCrystal)
Sharrif Floyd has been one of the fastest risers this offseason and has now established himself as the consensus top defensive tackle in this year's class.
His place in the draft is still up in the air due to a lack of teams in need of defensive tackles, but he has been placed in some mock drafts as high as No. 2 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
4. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Average rank: 4.8
Peak: 4 (NFL Draft Scout, Scouts Inc, Miller)
Low: 7 (McCrystal)
Eric Fisher is set to join Byron Leftwich as the only prospects from the MAC to be selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft.
It's tough to imagine Fisher falling any lower than No. 7 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, and he could potentially be in the mix to go No. 1 if the Chiefs prefer him to Luke Joeckel.
5. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Average rank: 6.6
Peak: 1 (McCrystal)
Low: 15 (NFL Draft Scout)
Lotulelei's stock is slipping after his medical exam at the combine turned up a potential heart issue.
But it's worth noting that Lotulelei didn't fail his medical exam, the doctors simply want him to receive more tests to determine what could be causing the results they found.
Until more information is known, I decided to leave him at No. 1 on my board. But others clearly believe there is enough reason for concern to drop him down the board.
Depending on how much is known before the draft, Lotulelei's name could be removed from some teams' draft boards.
6. Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon
Average rank: 7.0
Peak: 2 (McCrystal)
Low: 9 (NFL Draft Scout, Miller)
Dion Jordan's stock has risen steadily this offseason and he has now surpassed Jarvis Jones as the consensus top available pass rusher in this year's class.
Jordan should be considered a lock to come off the board in the top 10, and could go as high as No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
7. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Average rank: 7.4
Peak: 3 (Scouts Inc)
Low: 15 (Miller)
While this is considered a deep class for cornerbacks, Dee Milliner is the only one to appear in the consensus top 15.
Milliner cracks the top 10 on four of the five boards, and appears to be a safe bet to come off the board within the first six picks. Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland could all be in the market for his services.
8. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Average rank: 7.8
Peak: 3 (McCrystal)
Low: 14 (Scouts Inc)
Bjoern Werner isn't the most explosive pass rusher in this class, which likely leads to him being knocked down a few slots compared to the more dangerous Dion Jordan.
But few prospects are better prepared for the NFL than Werner.
There appears to be a wide range of opinions on where he'll go on the draft as he's been mentioned as a candidate to fall out of the top 10, but he is also considered a possibility for the Chiefs at pick No. 1.
9. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Average rank: 11.8
Peak: 2 (Wright)
Low: 20 (Scouts Inc)
We've reached the point of the list where opinions start to dramatically differ.
Like Star Lotulelei, Jones' draft stock hinges on his medical report. And as a result, he could be a top-10 pick on some draft boards but be left off others entirely.
If healthy, he has the potential to be an explosive pass rusher, but a number of teams will likely be scared off based on his past neck injuries.
10. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
Average rank: 13.2
Peak: 6 (Wright)
Low: 27 (McCrystal)
Ezekiel Ansah is one of the most polarizing figures in this year's draft class.
While his raw athleticism is undeniable, he's new to the game of football and his production has been inconsistent as a result.
In five years, Ansah could be one of the most dangerous pass rushers to come from this year's class, but it will take time for him to fully develop.
T-11. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Average rank: 13.6
Peak: 7 (NFL Draft Scout)
Low: 23 (McCrystal)
Once Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher come off the board, Johnson will be the next tackle to hear his name called.
And due to his elite athleticism, Johnson is definitely a candidate to land in the top 10.
The range of opinions on Johnson likely stems from concerns about his readiness for the NFL. He's a former quarterback who converted to defensive end and tight end before finally landing on the offensive line in 2011.
T-11. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Average rank: 13.6
Peak: 9 (McCrystal)
Low: 17 (NFL Draft Scout)
In an incredibly deep class of defensive tackles, the consensus seems to be that Richardson could be the guy to fall.
Despite nearly cracking the top 10 of the consensus rankings, Richardson rarely appears in the top 10 of mock drafts.
One thing Richardson does have going for him is his athleticism, which should make him an option as a three-technique tackle for 4-3 teams and an end for 3-4 teams.
13. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Average rank: 14.4
Peak: 12 (Scouts Inc, Miller)
Low: 18 (NFL Draft Scout)
With mid-to-late first-round prospects, there's usually a range of opinions. But everyone seems to be in agreement on Kenny Vaccaro, who fits into a seven-slot range on all five draft boards.
He's the top-rated safety on all five boards and the only one to rank among the consensus top 40 prospects.
14. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Average rank: 15.6
Peak: 9 (Scouts Inc)
Low: 28 (McCrystal)
Barkevious Mingo is another pass rusher with a wide range of reviews, cracking the top 10 on one board and barely sneaking into the first round on another.
Those that rate Mingo highly have clearly fallen in love with his athleticism, which gives him the potential to develop into an elite pass-rusher.
But others see his limited production at LSU and wonder if he'll ever put it all together and live up to the hype.
15. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Average rank: 16.8
Peak: 11 (Scouts Inc)
Low: 22 (McCrystal)
It's interesting that Cooper is ranked 13 spots below Chance Warmack, because there are multiple reports that certain teams have Cooper as the top-rated guard in this class.
The difference of opinion depends on the type of offense and blocking scheme each team runs.
Cooper is significantly more athletic than Warmack, and would be a better fit for a zone-blocking scheme. Warmack is a stronger, more powerful lineman and would be a great fit for a team looking to improve their power running game.
16. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Average rank: 18.0
Peak: 6 (Miller)
Low: 29 (Scouts Inc)
Apparently, Cordarrelle Patterson is among the most polarizing figures in this class.
There hasn't been much public debate about his stock—at least not compared to prospects such as Ezekiel Ansah and Barkevious Mingo—but his rankings are all over the place.
Patterson appears in the top 10 on two boards, but outside of the top 20 on the other three.
This likely stems from Patterson's lack of experience. He played just one season at Tennessee after transferring from junior college.
17. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Average rank: 20.8
Peak: 8 (NFL Draft Scout)
Low: 54 (McCrystal)
Quarterbacks are almost always among the most polarizing figures, and this year is no exception.
Geno Smith received a top-10 grade on two draft boards, but a second-round grade on another.
His ranking at No. 17 seems to be consistent with the opinion of most NFL scouts.
While some view him as a bust—one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he reminded him of Akili Smith—most seem to view him as a decent prospect, but not a franchise quarterback.
18. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Average rank: 22.2
Peak: 12 (McCrystal)
Low: 33 (Scouts Inc)
Once considered a potential top-five pick, Damontre Moore's stock is in free fall.
But after a poor combine performance, and negative reviews of his work ethic, Moore may struggle to sneak into the first round.
Moore is ranked in the top 20 on just two of the five boards, and outside of the top 32 picks by Scouts Inc.
T-19. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Average rank: 23.4
Peak: 13 (McCrystal)
Low: 40 (Miller)
Tyler Eifert is the consensus top-rated tight end and one of just three skill position players to crack the top 20.
Eifert ranked among the top 25 prospects on four of the five boards, but fell to No. 40 on Matt Miller's board. Miller actually ranked Stanford tight end Zach Ertz 12 spots ahead of Eifert.
T-19. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Average rank: 23.4
Peak: 15 (Scouts Inc)
Low: 36 (McCrystal)
Everyone seems to be in agreement on how the offensive tackles should come off the board.
D.J. Fluker is the fourth-ranked tackle on every board, following Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson.
Fluker ranked among the top 32 prospects on all but one of the five boards.
21. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant is the second cornerback on the list, and he appeared in the top 32 on all five boards.
22. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
The most talked-about prospect in this class received a wide range of grades. He peaked at No. 12 on Scott Wright's board, but was ranked outside of the top 32 on two others.
23. Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
It's fitting that Minter and Te'o appear back-to-back on this list, as they are expected to compete to be first inside linebacker off the board.
24. Keenan Allen, WR, California
Allen was once viewed as a potential top-15 pick, but he now ranks no higher than 21 on any of the five boards. He does, however, appear in the top 32 on four boards.
25. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Prospects with character issues always receive a wide range of grades. Ogletree appears in the top 20 on two boards, but outside the top 32 on the other three.
26. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Rhodes appears outside the top 32 picks on three boards, and is ranked as low as 40th by Scouts Inc. But he gets a nice boost from NFL Draft Scout, who ranked him at No. 14.
27. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short may be the highest rated prospect that doesn't appear in many first-round mock drafts. He does, however, crack the top 32 on three of the five boards.
28. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Specialists such as Austin always generate a range of opinions, which results in a peak of 17th and a low of 47th.
29. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
As a slightly undersized linebacker, Brown sparks some debate in the NFL draft community. He's ranked as high as 15th and as low as 46th.
30. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones, who could be considered a one-year wonder, is ranked in the top 20 on two boards, but ranked 51st and 57th on two others.
31. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Lacy is the first running back to appear on the list, but he barely cracks the top 32 picks. The five boards rank him between 24 and 48.
32. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Barkley is the second quarterback to appear on the consensus big board. He appeared in the top 32 on three boards and peaked at No. 21.
33. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Carradine might be the most polarizing figure in the entire draft due to his knee injury. Matt Miller ranks him at No. 5, but NFL Draft Scout places him all the way down at No. 67.
34. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is the highest rated true nose tackle on the board, but opinions vary greatly. He cracked the top 32 on two boards, but is only ranked 66th by Scouts Inc.
35. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Ertz is the second-rated tight end on most boards. Matt Miller ranks him at No. 28, ahead of Tyler Eifert.
36. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Hopkins is the fourth-ranked receiver, and he ranked in the second round on four of the five boards.
37. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Due due a limited number of nose tackles, Jenkins is a candidate get bumped up into the first round. He falls within the top 32 picks on two of the five boards.
38. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery's stock is in free fall after reports that the LSU staff has been trashing his work ethic. However, he still earned a top-25 ranking from Scott Wright.
39. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
There's a wide range of opinions on Hankins, who earned a top-32 grade on three boards, but was ranked as low as 55th and 72nd on the other two. After a poor combine, he could be falling.
40. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Banks is viewed as a fringe first-round prospect, earning a grade between 30 and 39 on three of the five boards.
41. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Nassib received four second-round grades and one first-round grade, but his stock could be on the rise. He's the third-ranked quarterback on the list, and he could sneak into the late first round.
42. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
There is surprisingly a strong consensus on Hunter in the 40-50 range, as he appears between picks 41 and 48 on three boards. He also cracks the top 32 on Scouts Inc's list.
43. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor is the highest rated prospect to not appear on one of the boards. Four of the five analysts rank Okafor in the top 40, but Scouts Inc left him out of the top 100.
44. Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid narrowly edges out Elam as the No. 2 safety on the list, but there's a wide range of opinions on him. He peaked at No. 28 on Wright's board, but fell all the way to No. 79 on Scouts Inc's list.
45. Matt Elam, S, Florida
Elam is one of the highest rated prospects to not appear in the top 32 on any board. He peaked at No. 38 and had a low of No. 73.
46. Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods entered the year as a potential top-10 pick, but his stock has fallen considerably. He's cracked the top 40 on just one of the five boards.
47. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Williams isn't an elite prospect, but he's viewed as a solid second-round pick. He fell between No. 49 and No. 57 on all five boards.
48. Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Cyprien is the second prospect to be left off one of the lists. He peaked at No. 24 on Miller's list, but failed to crack Scott Wright's top 100.
49. Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Warford is the third interior offensive lineman on the board. He received a second-round grade from four of the five analysts.
50. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Poyer peaked at No. 31 and was ranked no lower than 55th on four of the five boards. But he barely slipped into Scouts Inc's top 100, coming in at No. 98.
51. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Patton appears in the first round in an occasional mock draft, but the consensus seems to be that he's a second-round prospect.
52. Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Greene is quietly a favorite among many draftniks and received a second-round grade on all five boards.
53. Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
Frederick is the top-rated center on the list and fourth among all interior linemen. But there's a wide rage of opinions on him, as he peaked at No. 39 and was ranked as low as No. 81.
54. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams has been a favorite of Todd McShay's, and Scouts Inc ranks him 18th overall. Scott Wright also places him in the top 32, but he's a third-round selection on the other three boards.
55. Margus Hunt, DT, SMU
Hunter is another prospect who appears in a number of first-round mock drafts, but fails to receive a single first-round grade. His placement ranges from No. 46 to No. 75.
56. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
Williams is the first small-school prospect to appear on the list. It's a crowded group at defensive tackle, but Williams is a consensus late-second or third-round selection.
57. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Wilson has been mentioned as a potential first-round selection, but it's clear that no one actually views him as that type of prospect. He falls within the second-round range on four boards, but no higher than 44th.
58. Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Glennon finishes one spot behind Wilson, but has a much wider range of opinions. He peaks at No. 38 but falls to No. 94 on Matt Miller's board.
59. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Opinions on Wheaton vary greatly, as he receives one first-round grade, two second-round grades, a third-round grade and fails to crack the top 100 on Scott Wright's board.
60. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
There seems to be a consensus that Ryan is a fringe second-round prospect. He peaks at No. 52 on two boards but falls between No. 70 and No. 79 on the other three.
61. Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
Long appears on all five boards, but just barely. He came in with a low of No. 100 but cracked the top 50 on two others to narrowly sneak into the second round on the consensus list.
62. Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama
Jones appeared between No. 54 and No. 60 on four of the five boards, but Scouts Inc left him off their top 100 list.
63. Dallas Thomas, OT/OG, Tennessee
Thomas cracked Matt Miller's top 32, but was no higher than 66th on the other boards.
64. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Bernard rounds out the consensus second-round grades. He appeared on all five boards, cracking the top 64 on three.
65. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Due to his impressive athleticism, Watson is popping up in some first-round mock drafts. But he receives a consensus third-round grade, peaking at No. 38 but having two others place him at No. 92 and No. 96.
66. Justin Pugh, OT/OG, Syracuse
Pugh is tackle/guard 'tweener, which likely leads to the range of opinions on him. He appears on all five boards, ranging from No. 36 to No. 97.
67. E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Manuel cracked the top 50 on Scott Wright's board, which helped boost him to a consensus early-third-round grade. But he was left off McCrystal's board altogether and finished no higher than 62nd on the others.
68. David Amerson, CB/S, N.C. State
Amerson may have answered questions about his athleticism with a solid showing at the combine. He appeared on four of the boards, peaking at No. 49.
69. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Taylor appears on four boards, cracking the top 64 on two of them, but was left off Matt Miller's board, which hurt his overall standing.
70. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
Like Taylor, Escobar cracked the top 64 on two of the four boards on which he appeared, but he was left out of Miller's top 100.
71. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Ball is the lowest-rated prospect to appear on all five boards. He peaked at No. 56 with a low of No. 93.
72. D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Swearinger is the highest rated prospect to appear on just three boards. He's supported by McCrystal and Miller, who ranked him 50th and 52nd respectively.
73. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Dobson rounds out the top 10 at the wide-receiver position, appearing on four boards with a peak at No. 50.
74. Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Alford is the second small-school prospect to appear on the list. He's the ranked ninth among cornerbacks and appeared on four boards.
75. Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Despite being left out of the top 100 by Scott Wright and NFL Draft Scout, Lemonier received two second-round grades and rounds out the consensus top 75.
76. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Wilson owes his place on this list to Scouts Inc, who ranked him 31st overall. However, he is at No. 100 on NFL Draft Scout's board and was left off two others.
77. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
The inconsistent Bray earned a second-round grade from Scott Wright, but he is ranked no higher than 80th on any of the other boards.
78. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
Thomas' spot on the list is buoyed by Matt Miller, who ranked him 50th overall, but Thomas appeared on just two other boards.
79. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Kelce is the fourth-ranked tight end on the consensus board. He peaked at No. 56 on McCrystal's board, but he placed in the top 90 on just one other.
80. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Slay joins Johnthan Banks as one of two Mississippi State Bulldogs in the consensus top 100. He appeared on three boards, peaking at No. 61.
81. Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
McDonald's stock has been on the rise since a strong performance at the combine. He's the fifth-ranked tight end on the consensus board.
82. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Reed is the sixth and final tight end on the consensus list. He appeared on just three boards, but he benefits from a second-round grade from Matt Miller.
83. Brian Winters, OT/OG, Kent State
Winters appeared on three boards with a peak at No. 49 on McCrystal's list.
84. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee State
Rogers appeared on four boards but was ranked no higher than 70th.
85. Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut
Moore didn't receive much support, but those who like him served him well. NFL Draft Scout placed him at No. 65 and Scouts Inc ranked him 61st overall.
86. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Randle appeared on three top 100 lists, coming in at No. 76 on two of them and No. 77 on another.
87. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Jones is the eighth quarterback on the consensus list, but it's due almost entirely to Scouts Inc, who placed him 39th overall. Scott Wright was the only other to place Jones in his top 100.
88. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Taylor is the fifth running back on the consensus board, supported by Wright and McCrystal, who each placed him in the top 70.
89. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
Ellington is the lowest rated player to appear on at least four boards. He peaked at No. 74.
90. Brian Schwenke, C, California
Schwenke is one of four centers in the consensus top 100, appearing on three boards and peaking at No. 57.
91. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Armstead was one of the stars of the combine and could be quickly rising up boards. He appeared on just two top-100 lists, but peaked at No. 50 on NFL Draft Scout's board.
92. Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
Aboushi is the 10th-ranked tackle on the consensus board.
93. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
If not for injuries, which will likely force him to miss the 2013 season, Lattimore would be a top-50 prospect. But due to the injuries, he cracked the top 100 on just two boards.
94. Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
Jefferson is the seventh safety to appear in the top 100. He was placed on three boards, peaking at No. 69.
95. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
Logan is one of three LSU defensive linemen ranked in the consensus top 100.
96. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Bailey is one of three West Virginia skill position players in the top 100. He was placed on three boards, with a peak at No. 68.
97. Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Holmes appeared on just two boards, but sneaks onto the list as the fourth center in the top 100.
98. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
The Texas track star is coming off a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and combine and continues to rise. He appeared on just two boards, but peaked at No. 54.
99. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Michael appeared on only one board, but his No. 55 ranking was enough to sneak him into the consensus top 100.
100. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
McDonald is one of four Trojans in the top 100, and actually earned a second-round grade from Scott Wright.