With the 2013 NFL draft just a few hours away, we have a good idea of prospects' talents and what they can offer at the next level.
After some big moves in free agency, prospects have been evaluated via pro days, and everyone has their big boards ready to roll tonight.
There's considerable buzz surrounding Barkley after his pro day, but will it translate to a first round pick? Here's a look at where I see him landing, as well as 31 other prospects in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Despite franchising Branden Albert, the Chiefs could use a starter on the other end. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher may have the athleticism, but Luke Joeckel has the better overall game.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
It's becoming increasingly difficult for me to not put Dion Jordan here. He's a perfect fit for the Jaguars "Leo" linebacker position and his athleticism is off the charts.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Free agent signings Vance Walker and Pat Sims provide depth, but Sharrif Floyd could outshine both of them in no time. Floyd has the combination of strength and athleticism to stuff the run and collapse the pocket.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
After tackling some issues in free agency, there is still one glaring issue staring the Eagles right in the face: the need for better pass protection. Eric Fisher has soared up draft boards after he ranked second in the broad jump (116.0 inches) and tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle (4.44 seconds) among offensive linemen at the combine.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
The Lions "replaced" Cliff Avril with Jason Jones at defensive end during free agency. Jones is a decent player, but a physical specimen like Ezekiel Ansah could provide the explosive pass-rushing off the edge the Lions covet.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner—widely regarded as the best cornerback in the class—would be an excellent addition to the Browns' secondary. He's just who Cleveland needs to plop opposite Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
A lot has been made about the Cardinals potentially passing up a quarterback here, but I don't buy it. Geno Smith is one of the few quarterbacks in this class that jumps out at me. Yes, he is a work in progress and he needs to be more consistent with his accuracy, but his arm strength and mobility could make him a franchise quarterback for Arizona.
Sure, they have Carson Palmer, but given his recent history, he's hardly an elite signal caller, and his presence gives head coach Bruce Arians the opportunity to groom Smith into the quarterback he wants.
8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
I would give Matt Barkley a second-round grade overall, but a first-round grade in the right system. I still like Barkley's throwing ability on short and intermediate routes, as well as his undeniable intangibles, and I think he could find a home in Buffalo.
9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jarvis Jones doesn't have elite speed, but he's a football player, pure and simple. His ability to anticipate the snap count and break off the line could make him a dynamic pass-rushing option for the Jets off the edge.
10. Tennessee Titans: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Barkevious Mingo is scheduled to meet with the Titans, which makes sense, given he's just the type of athletic weak-side pass-rusher Tennessee has been known to go after. Mingo is raw, but he has the athleticism and burst to potentially become a dynamic weapon for the Titans.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Okahoma
Philip Rivers and the Chargers would love to see Eric Fisher fall to them, but Lane Johnson will do just fine. 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 at the combine.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Dolphins signed Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and re-signed Brian Hartline, finally giving young signal-caller Ryan Tannehill some adequate weapons. Now they must address the ailing secondary. Xavier Rhodes possesses the size, strength and toughness to stack up to the bigger receivers in the NFL.
13. New York Jets (via Buccaneers): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant has the size, athleticism, toughness and coverage skills that could make him a favorite in New York in no time. After the Jets traded away Darrelle Revis, Trufant could immediately fill in. Plus, his brother, Isaiah, plays for the Jets.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
With a need at defensive tackle, I expect the Panthers to go with Sheldon Richardson here. The 6'2", 294-pounder has an intriguing combination of quickness and power at the position.
15. New Orleans Saints: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner isn't a prospect who is going to "wow" you with his explosiveness and athleticism, but I love his combination of football IQ, anticipation and pass-rushing. He would fit a need on the Saints' defensive line.
16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
After losing Craig Dahl and cutting Quintin Mikell during free agency, the Rams would love to add a safety prospect like Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro has the run-stuffing ability and range in coverage to be a dynamic, all-around player at the next level.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Cordarrelle Patterson is certainly raw, but he displayed the athleticism and skill set at Tennessee to be a dynamic weapon for Ben Roethlisberger in due time. The loss of Mike Wallace hurt Pittsburgh.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
There are concerns about a a possible heart condition that could lower Star Lotulelei's stock, but his strength was evident on his pro day on March 20. His 38 reps on the bench press would have tied him for first among defensive linemen at the combine. Lotulelei would be a nice fit in Dallas' new Tampa 2 system.
19. New York Giants: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
With a need on the right side of the line, the Giants would be thrilled to see arguably the best guard in the draft, Alabama's Chance Warmack, fall to them. Warmack has not only displayed the agility to handle quicker defenders, he's also displayed the technique to bolster against power rushers.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree has certainly had his fair share of troubles off the field, but that hasn't stopped at least 10 teams from scheduling private workouts or visits, including the Bears (per Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). A rangy, athletic, explosive prospect, Ogletree could succeed Brian Urlacher in Chicago.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
D.J. Fluker lost 16 pounds from the Senior Bowl to the combine (via Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com), alleviating concerns about his weight. He has the strength and athleticism to be a tackle in the pros, and the Bengals need to add some talent on the line.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Goodbye Danny Amendola, hello Tavon Austin. Austin—who ran the 40-yard dash at the combine in a blazing 4.34 seconds—is the perfect replacement in the slot for the Rams.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams has skyrocketed up draft boards. The 6'3", 315-pounder has the burst to blow up the backfield and the closing speed to drag down ball-carriers. Kevin Williams is due $7.5 million next year and he's declining. Time to find a successor.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
After releasing Dwight Freeney, the Colts would be wise to add a 4-3 defensive end in the mold of Datone Jones. Jones still needs some work on his technique, but he has the combination of quickness and strength to be an impact player in the NFL.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks): Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
The Vikings may have signed veteran receiver Greg Jennings, but they could still stand to add another wideout for the young Christian Ponder, especially after trading away Percy Harvin. If Keenan Allen falls this far (which is entirely possible based on other teams' needs), it would be hard to pass him up. He possesses the size, hands and athleticism to be a solid starter opposite Jennings.
26. Green Bay Packers: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
Arthur Brown has received rave reviews so far. Not only has he displayed the instincts, range and explosiveness to cause chaos on the edge, he also has the intangibles to wrap up the package in a nice, neat little bow. The Packers need to add speed to their defense.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
DeAndre Hopkins isn't blazing fast, but he simply knows how to create separation and pluck balls out of the sky, which has some comparing him to Reggie Wayne and Roddy White. Not a bad guy to pair up with Andre Johnson in Houston.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Johnathan Hankins has the frame and quickness to disrupt against the run and blow up the backfield. If he falls this far, it's going to be hard for the Broncos to pass him up.
29. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC
I think Danny Amendola is going to work out in Foxborough better than people imagine, but the fact of the matter is the Patriots still cut Brandon Lloyd. Robert Woods' combination of fluidity, route-running and hands would make him a nice pick here.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez may be sticking around for another season, but that doesn't mean the Falcons can't develop Tyler Eifert for a year before he succeeds the future Hall of Famer. Eifert possesses the athleticism, hands and leaping ability to be a starter right away in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams would be a nice pick here too, but after losing Dashon Goldson to free agency the 49ers would be wise to fill that hole. Eric Reid is notorious as a run-stopper, but he also showed some range in pass coverage during his pro day.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
After Ray Lewis retired and the Ravens lost Dannell Ellerbe to free agency, Kevin Minter would be the logical choice here. Minter isn't an overwhelming athlete, but his instincts and tackling ability are impressive. He's also a very aggressive, tough player, which is welcome in Baltimore.
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