The Oregon Ducks should make their mark felt once the 2013 NFL draft kicks off. With more and more success taking place over the years and former Ducks carving out a nice career at the next level, it has helped pave the way for arguably the most promising draft class in the school’s history.
Not just because Oregon is a flashy team on the college level, a lot of the 2013 draft prospects are big boys looking to make some serious noise. Guys such as Dion Jordan, Kyle Long and linebacker Kiko Alonso are all physical players that kind of make you think a little different of the Ducks style of play.
There are plenty of solid prospects coming down from Eugene this season and it will be exciting to see where they end up.
Here is your complete Oregon 2013 NFL draft preview.
Note: This slideshow will be updated as each Duck is selected throughout the NFL draft.
Where He Was Selected: First round - Third Overall to the Miami Dolphins
This was a huge pick for the Miami Dolphins. Cameron Wake needed help with the pass rush and Jordan can step in right away to help out on the line. Jordan is an impact player who will come off the edge and wreak havoc on AFC East quarterbacks for years to come.
Weight: 248 pounds
I think it goes without saying that Dion Jordan is going to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He is somebody who could step on the field right away and provide a team with a true pass-rushing threat, but he is also capable of dropping back into coverage without being a liability.
Jordan has terrific instincts, is solid at tackling in the open field and his athleticism for a guy his size is something you don't see every day. This former Duck should end up being a Top 10 pick and will provide an instant impact on the defensive side of the ball.
Where He Was Selected: First Round - 20th Overall to the Chicago Bears
We knew Long had the potential to sneak into the first round, but seeing him selected with a mid-round pick to the Bears is surprising. The Bears have had issues on the offensive line for years, and Long should be able to step in immediately and help out Jay Cutler in pass protection. A slight reach, but should pay off in the long run.
Weight: 313 pounds
If it wasn't for an injury history and people criticizing his lack of athleticism, Kyle Long may have been able to sniff the first round territory. Well, his numbers during the NFL combine were mighty impressive for a guy that is carrying more than 300 pounds. So the only question that remains is can he remain healthy, as Matt Miller addresses during the video.
Overall, Kyle is a very mobile offensive lineman, with extremely long arms. He also has good footwork, and of course, a long family history of successful football players. Long is terrific in pass protection and should have little trouble becoming a starter at the next level.
Where He Was Selected: Second Round - 46th Overall to the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo needed depth at outside linebacker and Kiko Alonso brings that immediately. A player with a high motor and great pass rushing skills, Alonso will help the Bills get to the quarterback. Buffalo finished last season 19th in the NFL in sacks and Alonso can help increase those numbers once he steps onto the field.
Weight: 238 pounds
Kiko Alonso spent only one season as a full-time starter for the Ducks, but he showed more than enough to earn himself a solid pick in the upcoming draft. He provides an NFL team with options with his combination of size and athleticism.
He played inside linebacker, but due to his speed and explosiveness he could make a transition to outside linebacker in either scheme. As you can see in the video, Matt Miller sees Alonso playing inside linebacker due to his instincts and ability to make plays.
Where He Was Selected: Sixth Round - 182nd Overall to the Carolina Panthers
Over the years the Carolina Panthers have experienced injuries to the running back position. Maybe Kenjon Barner can help turn that luck around and give the Panthers an explosive player in the backfield. A playmaker that has great agility and acceleration, Barner is a threat to score at any time. He is a potential steal in the sixth round.
Weight: 196 pounds
LaMichael James found himself going in the second round, and he has gotten off to a decent start in his NFL career. Kenjon Barner likely won't go nearly as high, but he will be able to take advantage of a weak running back class and have a good chance to make an NFL roster.
Much like James, Barner is an explosive runner that can take it the distance any time the ball is in his hands. Not the biggest back in the world at 5'9", but Barner does have the ability to break free from tackles and pickup yards after impact. You would like to see him improve his catching ability and run a little lower to the ground than he currently does.
Where He Was Selected: Sixth Round - 192nd Overall to the Indianapolis Colts
The Colts needed secondary players and ended up passing on them throughout the draft in order to fill other needs. Not sure John Boyett fits the bill, but he is an aggressive player who will add physicality and speed to the defense. This is a good pick in the late part of the sixth round.
Weight: 204 pounds
If teams can find a way to get over the lack of height John Boyett has at 5'10", he will be worth a pick in the late rounds. The former Duck's safety was never the type of player that knocked you off your chair when watching him play, but his instincts and aggressiveness out there on the field certainly makes him worth a look.
Boyett flies to the football and isn't afraid to lay out the ball carrier, despite his smaller frame for the safety position. He does a good job of reading the quarterbacks eyes, has above-average ball skills and he doesn't mind coming up to help out in run support when needed. While the skills are there, Boyett does have a lengthy injury history that teams should be aware of.
Where He Was Selected: Undrafted Free Agent
Weight: 218 pounds
Thanks to a loaded draft class on the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Michael Clay will likely have to wait a long time before hearing his name called. He may even have to wait to receive an invite from an NFL team if he expects to make a roster.
If a team to going to spend a late round pick on last year's leading tackler, it would be due to the fact Clay is a terrific open field tackler. You hardly ever see him miss a tackle, and he is very disciplined when coming up in run support.
His quickness and great instincts also allow him to be effective in pass coverage. To improve his game, you would like to see him get better with his hand usage so he can do a better job of shedding blockers than he does now.
Matt Miller considers Clay to be the 23rd best outside linebacker in this class.