NFL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz Surrounding Top Players Heading into Draft

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IApril 8, 2013

Mar 21, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones participates in drills during Georgia pro day at the University of Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Jarvis Jones, D.J. Fluker and Eric Fisher are among the top players heading into the 2013 NFL draft, but opinions vary as to where they'll end up landing.

All three players had accomplished college careers, and all three have the talent to become an elite player at the next level. 

With so many teams using misdirection at this point to give themselves the best chance at landing their player of choice in Round 1, it's hard to tell truth from fiction. 

Have no fear, we've got you covered with the latest buzz surrounding all three potential NFL superstars. 


Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

There hasn't been a more consistent, dominant pass-rusher in the college game the last two years than Jones. Since the start of the 2011 season, Jones tallied 28 sacks, 44 tackles for a loss, one interception and nine forced fumbles.

This young man knows how to get to the quarterback, but for a while, there were questions about his long-term viability in the NFL, thanks to an old diagnosis of spinal stenosis during his 2009 campaign at USC.

Thankfully, Jones has recently been publicly exonerated by renowned orthopedic surgeon Craig Bringham, who said he didn't see any evidence of spinal stenosis (h/t Dan Pompei of the National Football Post).

Jones' draft stock seemed to take a big hit, however, after his pro day. He ran the 40 in just 4.92 seconds, which is really slow for a man of his size seeking to become an NFL pass-rusher.

This has caused some analysts, like's Gil Brandt, to question whether Jones is a first-round talent:

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport spoke to numerous scouts, however, and he reports they're singing a different tune:

It's hard to imagine a young man like Jones, who's dominated at the highest level of college football, would slip into the second round. Chances are, he'll be long gone before the bottom third make their selections in Round 1. 


Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Fisher's draft stock has been on a meteoric rise since the Senior Bowl, when his elite athleticism and underrated skill was exposed for all to see. 

After the Senior Bowl, Fisher put forth a noteworthy performance at the combine and had an outstanding showing at his pro day.

He's now the top offensive tackle on Mike Mayock's board, and the National Football Post's Pompei reports, "NFL teams have begun to think Fisher can end up the better pro," over Luke Joeckel.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes Fisher would be a perfect fit with the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4:

Fisher would address short-term and long-term issues for the Eagles. He would start at right tackle from Day 1, allowing Todd Herremans to move back to guard, and he could be the eventual replacement for the 31-year-old Jason Peters at left tackle.

Detroit Lions lead writer and team insider Tim Twentyman recently reported that he was "impressed" by Fisher:

Even if Joeckel is selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick, he won't likely fall past the Philadelphia Eagles or Detroit Lions.


D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

One of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft, Fluker is a pure right tackle who could end up becoming one of the league's best. He's a massive man with long, strong arms who is a capable pass-blocker and a devastating run-blocker. 

Right tackles aren't normally as coveted as left tackles, but Fluker's draft stock is not so quietly gaining traction.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen recently reported Fluker as one of the draft's "true rising stars":

Fluker has multiple visits set up with teams that could consider him in the first round, according to CBS Sports' Tony Pauline:

Those teams might not get a chance to land Fluker, though. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post has an insider's take on what the Miami Dolphins (No. 12 overall) might to in the draft, based on what he's heard from super-agent Drew Rosenhaus:

Pauline confirms that report, and he goes one step further as it pertains to Fluker:

If Fluker goes to the Dolphins at No. 12, he could well be the fourth offensive tackle taken in the draft, as Joeckel, Fisher and Lane Johnson will more than likely all be selected before that point. 


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