Michigan's Denard Robinson
The NFL Draft is now only weeks away as both front offices and fans grow anxious to see the route their team takes. Everyone loves when their organization selects an exciting player or someone who can have an instant impact on the field.
Although the 2013 NFL Draft isn’t filled with star names like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, it does have a lot of good talent and potential Pro Bowlers.
Here are the most exciting prospects in this upcoming draft.
LSU's Barkevious Mingo
Barkevious Mingo is one of the best all-around athletes available. The defensive end from LSU is a great pass-rusher, a skill that has become a necessity in today’s NFL.
His draft stock varies on experts’ boards because he’s considered a work in progress but he’ll definitely go in the first round.
Beyond having a very memorable name, Mingo could prove to be a memorable selection by creating havoc for quarterbacks, similar to a DeMarcus Ware.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy is the best running back in this year’s draft.
The big back might not be the most elusive player, but he sure is efficient. Last year Lacy averaged more than six yards per carry for the National Champion Crimson Tide.
Lacy will be a solid every-down back that has a good enough burst to reel off some big-gainers. He’s sure to be a top pick due to the lack in depth of running backs in this draft.
LSU's Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu, better known as the “honey badger”, is one of the biggest wild cards in the draft. Another product of LSU, Mathieu sat out last year due to suspension from a drug charge.
When he played the previous year however, Mathieu showed he was a disruptive force in the secondary despite being undersized.
It’s really uncertain where he’ll land because selecting Mathieu is a risk. Although I do think he will go somewhere, and that team will grab someone with plenty of potential.
Alabama's Dee Milliner
Dee Milliner is another very exciting defensive player in the draft. The Alabama product is the best corner out there and has shown to be a shut-down player.
He was consistently challenged in the National Championship game against Notre Dame, proving his worth every time.
The NFL is becoming more of a passer’s game, so Milliner’s talents are needed just about league wide. He’ll be a top 10 pick.
Georgia's Jarvis Jones
Jarvis Jones is another top pass-rusher. The Georgia Bulldog had more than 14 sacks last year, solidifying him as one of the best linebackers in college football.
Jones is extremely versatile and someone that can have an immediate impact. Some mock drafts have him going as high as the top three.
Michigan's Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson and his future in the National Football League is another big unknown. The superstar athlete played a few seasons for Michigan at quarterback where he showed off his unbelievable speed and playmaking ability.
The question is what he will be doing at the next level. Most scouts don’t think he can play quarterback, so look for Robinson to get involved as some type of receiver or split-back.
Despite where he is on the field, Robinson has an opportunity to make plays with the football and be a great weapon.
USC's Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley is one of the most interesting players in the draft. He had a questionable year last season for the USC Trojans that ended with him missing the final two games due to injury.
In spite of his recent failures, Barkley is one of the top-rated quarterbacks this year in a draft that doesn’t have many.
Barkley is your prototypical NFL quarterback with good enough size to be a productive starter in the league.
South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore
Marcus Lattimore is probably the most exciting player in the draft that more than likely won’t be picked in the first round. The running back out of South Carolina was a monster in college rushing for 10 or more touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
The one problem is durability. Lattimore has now suffered season-ending knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, which is a big red flag for most teams trying to find their next franchise running back.
Some team will take a risk on Lattimore during the middle rounds and potentially find themselves the next Adrian Peterson.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o
Manti Te’o is the most exciting story surrounding the upcoming draft.
He first broke out on the radar because of his stellar play in the middle of Notre Dame’s stout defense. This led him to being voted the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
We then uncovered the story behind him and his scandal involving an imaginary girlfriend.
The end result is a good football player enclosed with a lot of drama. Many teams like to avoid having media frenzies in their locker rooms so it’s unclear how Te’o’s situation will affect his draft stock.
West Virginia's Geno Smith
The most exciting player in the 2013 NFL Draft is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith had a ridiculous statistical year for the Mountaineers in their first season in the Big 12 Conference. He has great athleticism and solid judgment, which led to him passing for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last fall.
After seeing the outbreak of successful athletic quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson last season, teams could be moving up in order to snag Smith.