NFL Draft 2013 Predictions: Big-Name Players Who Won't Be First-Round Picks

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 11, 2013

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Margus Hunt #92 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Every team knows just how important their first-round draft pick could be in the year ahead, and as a result, they'll want to get their opening pick spot on.

2013 will be no different, and it's why we've seen a plethora of mock drafts and different projections about where players will fall. For players that might have been considered first-round locks aren't necessarily being considered that anymore.

That's not to suggest that they can't have successful careers or breakout rookie seasons (e.g. Doug Martin, Russell Wilson from last year), but it does mean that we won't see certain big-name players selected in the first round like we had expected.

Read on to see which big-name players won't be first-round picks in 2013.


Tyler Eifert: TE, Notre Dame

Tyler Eifert is easily the best tight-end in the draft class this year and a very talented player indeed, but he won't see his name called until the second round.

The Notre Dame star is big and physical and is a big assistance in any running game, but Eifert also has excellent hands and speed to help in the passing game.

However, with the depth of talent across the offensive and defensive line this year teams will be more likely to use their No. 1 pick on one of those positions, than they are a tight end. Moreover, if he were to be a first round pick, Eifert would likely fall somewhere in the latter stages—to teams that generally already have a star tight end or two on their roster.

Eifert will make for a big player to watch on day two, however. 


Robert Woods: WR, USC

Robert Woods is a seriously talented receiver who possesses an incredible ability to pick up big-time yards after the catch on almost every single play.

This is a guy who chalked up 2,933 receiving yards for USC, and once you factor in his returning skills as well, definitely makes for a very interesting prospect.

However, like Eifert, this simply isn't a draft where a plethora of receiving-based players are going to go in the first round. And as a result, Woods is incredibly unlikely to see himself picked in the first round this year—most likely falling to the second round.

Woods is just one of a number of very good receivers this year, and with few teams likely to take a receiver early, it's hard to see him being picked.


Margus Hunt: DE, SMU

Margus Hunt should be a first round pick, but he won't be.

The defensive end has the physical skills to play 3-4 defensive end in either a one-gap or two-gap scheme, and after starring at the NFL Scouting Combine with some freakish numbers, Hunt attracted plenty of interest from scouts and teams around the league.

Hunt comes from an athletic background and thus hasn't spent a lot of time playing football—making him more of a work-in-progress type of player. Which, in a draft filled with ready-made prospects who could star in the NFL, could see him slide through the opening round of the draft this year and into the second round, where he'd definitely make a great pickup.

Compare his numbers to Houston Texans' star J.J. Watt from the scouting combine, and you'll see just how good the upside is on the SMU star.

It's just a shame he won't be going in the first round this year.


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