2013 NFL Draft: Rookies with Pro-Bowl Potential in Year One
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The 2013 NFL draft might not have an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in its class. However, what it does have is an extremely deep group of players ready to step in from day one and contribute at a high level.
Here's a look at rookies that possess Pro-Bowl potential their first year in the league.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner was already considered the top cornerback prospect before absolutely dominating the NFL combine. Now he's considered almost a lock as a top-10 pick, and has a legitimate chance at getting drafted No. 1 overall.
He ran a blazing 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, proving that he has the speed to go along with great coverage skills. While his hands are a little suspect, he should have no troubles slowing down even the best receivers in the league.
With the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions both desperately needing cornerbacks, it's hard to picture Milliner lasting past the fifth pick. However, whoever ends up drafting him will get a legitimate No. 1 cornerback from day one.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
If you're looking for the most special player of the 2013 NFL draft, you probably don't need to look past Austin.
Despite only standing 5'8" and 174 pounds, Austin is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. The reason he isn't commonly talked about as the top receiver prospect is because he's rather limited in where he can line up for an offense.
However, a creative offense that can get the ball in Austin's hands will be extremely dangerous. Look for him to get the ball in a number of ways as a rookie and establish himself as one of the best playmakers in the league right away.
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
It's not often that a guard is considered the best prospect in a draft class, but Warmack is that good of a player.
You have to dig extremely deep just to find a weakness in his game. Even when you do find it, it's a weakness that is easily fixed like the need to get a little stronger. He'll certainly do that once he gets to the NFL and is a part of his team's workout program.
Warmack's unique combination of athleticism and fantastic technique make him a near lock to be a premier offensive guard as a rookie.
Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
It's not very often that you find a safety with the man-coverage skills that Vaccaro possesses. That's both a good thing and a bad thing for Vaccaro.
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If he wants to succeed in the NFL, he's going to need to learn to become more of a center fielder in the secondary. He's certainly got the athleticism to play that role, but he'll need to hone his skills to reach his maximum potential.
As long as Vaccaro develops quickly at covering the back half of the field, he has Pro Bowler written all over him.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
While Luke Joeckel may be the No. 1 overall pick come April, Fisher might be the better NFL player in year one.
Fisher is a more polished prospect than Joeckel, despite playing against a lower level of competition. In fact, not playing against elite players is really the only knock against Fisher as an NFL prospect.
He's got the size, length and strength to be a dominant player at either left or right tackle. While Joeckel may ultimately be the better long-term player, Fisher has a better chance of making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
A term you're going to want to remember about Jordan is "freak of nature". At 6'6" and 248 pounds, Jordan can literally line up all over the field for a defense.
He's got a ridiculous amount of athleticism to combine with great speed and strength. He can rush the quarterback, play the run and even drop into coverage against slot receivers.
Jordan has been sidelined with a shoulder injury that will require surgery. However, if he can get healthy quickly enough, Jordan could take the league by storm in 2013.
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