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NFL Draft 2013: Tracking the Best Available Players

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 25, 2013

NFL Draft 2013: Tracking the Best Available Players

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    Which 2013 NFL draft prospects are still on the board, ready to be selected?

    Plenty of talent is still available, and this article has you covered.

    These rankings are based on the final positional big board of Bleacher Report's NFL draft lead writer Matt Miller and will be updated throughout the duration of the draft.

Quarterbacks

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    Geno Smith leads what is generally viewed as a weak quarterback class compared to years past, but where the dominoes fall beyond the former West Virginia star largely remains a mystery.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Geno Smith New York Jets West Virginia
    2 Matt Barkley Philadelphia Eagles Southern California
    3 Ryan Nassib New York Giants Syracuse
    4 EJ Manuel Buffalo Bills Florida State
    5 Tyler Wilson Oakland Raiders Arkansas
    6 Tyler Bray
    Tennessee
    7 Mike Glennon Tampa Bay Buccaneers NC State
    8 Matt Scott
    Arizona
    9 Landry Jones Pittsburgh Steelers Oklahoma
    10 Sean Renfree Atlanta Falcons Duke
    11 Zac Dysert Denver Broncos Miami (Ohio)
    12 Jordan Rodgers
    Vanderbilt
    13 Jeff Tuel
    Washington State
    14 Ryan Griffin
    Tulane
    15 Brad Sorensen San Diego Chargers Southern Utah
    16 Colby Cameron
    Louisiana Tech

Running Backs

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    The running back position is fairly deep in this year's class, but without much truly elite talent and with a continued devaluation of the position as a draft priority, don't expect a lot of talent to come off the board early.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Johnathan Franklin Green Bay Packers UCLA
    2 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Alabama
    3 Marcus Lattimore San Francisco 49ers South Carolina
    4 Giovani Bernard Cincinnati Bengals North Carolina
    5 Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers Michigan State
    6 Joseph Randle Dallas Cowboys Oklahoma State
    7 Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals Clemson
    8 Montee Ball Denver Broncos Wisconsin
    9 Christine Michael Seattle Seahawks Texas A&M
    10 Stepfan Taylor Arizona Cardinals Stanford
    11 Knile Davis Kansas City Chiefs Arkansas
    12 Mike Gillislee Miami Dolphins Florida
    13 Kenjon Barner Carolina Panthers Oregon
    14 Jawan Jamison Washington Redskins Rutgers
    15 Dennis Johnson
    Arkansas
    16 Theo Riddick Detroit Lions Notre Dame
    17 Zac Stacy St. Louis Rams Vanderbilt
    18 Kerwynn Williams Indianapolis Colts Utah State
    19 Cierre Wood
    Notre Dame
    20 Miguel Maysonet
    Stony Brook
    21 Ray Graham
    Pittsburgh
    22 Rex Burkhead Cincinnati Bengals Nebraska
    23 Onterio McCalebb
    Auburn
    24 Michael Ford
    LSU

Fullbacks

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    Kyle Juszczyk is an intriguing H-back from the Ivy League, and he actually led his team in receptions in 2012. Florida State's Lonnie Pryor averaged eight yards per carry with eight touchdowns as a senior.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Lonnie Pryor
    Florida State
    2 Kyle Juszczyk Baltimore Ravens Harvard
    3 Tommy Bohanon New York Jets Wake Forest
    4 Zach Line
    Southern Methodist
    5 Kyler Reed
    Nebraska

Wide Receivers

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    Though there may not be much in the way of truly elite talent in this year's wide receiver class, the talent runs deep.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota Vikings Tennessee
    2 Tavon Austin St. Louis Rams West Virginia
    3 Keenan Allen San Diego Chargers California
    4 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Clemson
    5 Robert Woods Buffalo Bills Southern California
    6 Quinton Patton San Francisco 49ers Louisiana Tech
    7 Justin Hunter Tennessee Titans Tennessee
    8 Terrance Williams Dallas Cowboys Baylor
    9 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills Texas
    10 Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Steelers Oregon State
    11 Stedman Bailey Stedman Bailey West Virginia
    12 Kenny Stills New Orleans Saints Oklahoma
    13 Da'Rick Rogers
    Tennessee Tech
    14 Ryan Swope Arizona Cardinals Texas A&M
    15 Aaron Dobson New England Patriots Marshall
    16 Tavarres King Denver Broncos Georgia
    17 Cobi Hamilton Cincinnati Bengals Arkansas
    18 Chris Harper Seattle Seahawks Kansas State
    19 Conner Vernon
    Duke
    20 Josh Boyce New England Patriots TCU
    21 Denard Robinson Jacksonville Jaguars Michigan
    22 Alec Lemon
    Syracuse
    23 Ace Sanders Jacksonville Jaguars South Carolina
    24 Jasper Collins
    Mount Union
    25 Corey Fuller Detroit Lions Virginia Tech
    26 Aaron Mellette Baltimore Ravens Elon
    27 Rodney Smith
    Florida State
    28 Marquess Wilson Chicago Bears Washington State
    29 Brandon Kaufman
    Eastern Washington
    30 Marcus Davis
    Virginia Tech
    31 DeVonte Christopher
    Utah
    32 T.J. Moe
    Missouri
    33 Uzoma Nwachukwu
    Texas A&M
    34 Tyrone Goard
    Eastern Kentucky
    35 Mark Harrison
    Rutgers

Tight Ends

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    Eifert or Ertz? That's what everyone wants to know. This year's class features a healthy variety of pass-catchers and road-graders.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles Stanford
    2 Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals Notre Dame
    3 Vance McDonald San Francisco 49ers Rice
    4 Gavin Escobar Dallas Cowboys San Diego State
    5 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins Florida
    6 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs Cincinnati
    7 Chris Gragg Buffallo Bills Arkansas
    8 Nick Kasa Oakland Raiders Colorado
    9 Ryan Otten
    San Jose State
    10 Dion Sims Miami Dolphins Michigan State
    11 Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders Tennessee
    12 Michael Williams Detroit Lions Alabama
    13 Zach Sudfeld
    Nevada
    14 Jake Stoneburner
    Ohio State
    15 Lucas Reed
    New Mexico
    16 Levine Toilolo Atlanta Falcons Stanford
    17 Jack Doyle
    Western Kentucky
    18 Joseph Fauria
    UCLA

Offensive Tackles

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    In a trench-heavy draft class, the offensive tackle position is deep and talent-rich.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Luke Joeckel Jacksonville Jaguars Texas A&M
    2 Eric Fisher Kansas City Chiefs Central Michigan
    3 Lane Johnson Philadelphia Eagles Oklahoma
    4 D.J. Fluker San Diego Chargers Alabama
    5 Kyle Long Chicago Bears Oregon
    6 Terron Armstead New Orleans Saints Ark-Pine Bluff
    7 Menelik Watson Oakland Raiders Florida State
    8 Jordan Mills Chicago Bears Louisiana Tech
    9 Dallas Thomas Miami Dolphins Tennessee
    10 David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers Colorado
    11 David Quessenberry Houston Texans San Jose State
    12 Oday Aboushi New York Jets Virginia
    13 Chris Faulk
    LSU
    14 Reid Fragel Cincinnati Cengals Ohio State
    15 Xavier Nixon
    Florida
    16 Brennan Williams Houston Texans North Carolina
    17 Ricky Wagner Baltimore Ravens Wisconsin
    18 Garrett Gilkey Cleveland Browns Chadron State
    19 Jason Weaver
    So. Mississippi
    20 Braden Brown
    Brigham Young
    21 Tanner Hawkinson Cincinnati Bengals Kansas
    22 Roger Gaines
    Tennessee State
    23 Luke Marquardt
    Azusa Pacific

Offensive Guards

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    This year's offensive guard class features some of the best prospects in years.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Chance Warmack Tennessee Titans Alabama
    2 Jonathan Cooper Arizona Cardinals North Carolina
    3 Justin Pugh New York Giants Syracuse
    4 Larry Warford Detroit Lions Kentucky
    5 Brian Winters New York Jets Kent State
    6 J.C. Tretter Green Bay Packers Cornell
    7 Alvin Bailey
    Arkansas
    8 Hugh Thornton Indianapolis Colits Illinois
    9 Earl Watford Arizona Cardinals James Madison
    10 Eric Herman New York Giants Ohio
    11 Ryan Jensen Baltimore Ravens Col State - Pueblo
    12 Jeff Baca Minnesota Vikings UCLA
    13 Sam Brenner
    Utah
    14 Josh Kline
    Kent State

Centers

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    The 2013 NFL draft class features a multitude of versatile center prospects.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Barrett Jones St. Louis Rams Alabama
    2 Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys Wisconsin
    3 Brian Schwenke Tennessee Titans California
    4 Khaled Holmes Indianapolis Colts USC
    5 Braxston Cave
    Notre Dame
    6 P.J. Lonergan
    LSU
    7 Matt Stankiewitch
    Penn State
    8 Dalton Freeman
    Clemson

Defensive Ends

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    Though the 2013 NFL draft class may lack sexy skill position players, the talent and depth at defensive end is truly staggering.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Cornellius Carradine San Francisco 49ers Florida State
    2 Dion Jordan Miami Dolphins Oregon
    3 Ezekiel Ansah Detroit Lions Brigham Young
    4 Bjoern Werner Indianapolis Colts Florida State
    5 Datone Jones Green Bay Packers UCLA
    6 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals Texas
    7 Damontre Moore New York Giants Texas A&M
    8 Margus Hunt Cincinnati Bengals So. Methodist
    9 Sam Montgomery Houston Texans LSU
    10 Quanterus Smith Denver Broncos Western Kentucky
    11 Michael Buchanan New England Patriots Illinois
    12 John Simon Baltimore Ravens Ohio State
    13 Cornelius Washington Chicago Bears Georgia
    14 Malliciah Goodman Atlanta Falcons Clemson
    15 Devin Taylor Detroit Lions South Carolina
    16 Lavar Edwards Tennessee Titans LSU
    17 David Bass Oakland Raiders MO Western State
    18 William Gholston Tampa Bay Buccaneers Michigan State
    19 Tourek Williams San Diego Chargers Fla. International
    20 Stansly Maponga Atlanta Falcons TCU
    21 Wes Horton
    Southern California
    22 Meshak Williams
    Kansas State
    23 Walter Stewart
    Cincinnati
    24 David King Philadelphia Eagles Oklahoma
    25 Tremayne Scott
    Ohio
    26 Joe Kruger Philadelphia Eagles Utah

Defensive Tackles

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    Similar to defensive end, this year's defensive tackle crop is deep and nasty.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Sharrif Floyd Minnesota Vikings Florida
    2 Star Lotulelei Carolina Panthers Utah
    3 Sheldon Richardson New York Jets Missouri
    4 Jesse Williams Seattle Seahawks Alabama
    5 Kawann Short Carolina Panthers Purdue
    6 Sylvester Williams Denver Broncos North Carolina
    7 Brandon Williams Baltimore Ravens Missouri Southern St.
    8 Johnathan Hankins New York Giants Ohio State
    9 John Jenkins New Orleans Saints Georgia
    10 Akeem Spence Tampa Bay Buccaneers Illinois
    11 Jordan Hill Seattle Seahawks Penn State
    12 Montori Hughes Indianapolis Colts Tennessee-Martin
    13 Bennie Logan Philadelphia Eagles LSU
    14 Kwame Geathers
    Georgia
    15 Everett Dawkins Minnesota Vikings Florida State
    16 T.J. Barnes
    Georgia Tech
    17 Josh Boyd Green Bay Packers Mississippi State
    18 Cory Grissom
    South Florida
    19 Anthony McCloud
    Florida State
    20 Abry Jones
    Georgia
    21 Quinton Dial San Francisco 49ers Alabama
    22 Mike Purcell
    Wyoming
    23 Nicholas Williams Pittsburgh Steelers Samford
    24 Jared Smith
    New Hampshire
    25 Stacy McGee Oakland Raiders Oklahoma

Outside Linebackers

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    Look for a wide assortment of pass-rushers and run-stuffers to emerge from this year's outside linebacker crop.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Jarvis Jones Pittsburgh Steelers Georgia
    2 Alec Ogletree St. Louis Rams Georgia
    3 Arthur Brown Baltimore Ravens Kansas State
    4 Barkevious Mingo Cleveland Browns LSU
    5 Khaseem Greene Chicago Bears Rutgers
    6 Sio Moore Oakland Raiders Connecticut
    7 Jamie Collins New England Patriots Southern Mississippi
    8 Zaviar Gooden Tennessee Titans Missouri
    9 Corey Lemonier San Francisco 49ers Auburn
    10 DeVonte Holloman Dallas Cowboys South Carolina
    11 Chase Thomas
    Stanford
    12 Trevardo Williams Houston Texans Connecticut
    13 Brandon Jenkins Washington Redskins Florida State
    14 Keith Pough
    Howard
    15 Sean Porter Cincinnati Bengals Texas A&M
    16 Gerald Hodges MInnesota Vikings Penn State
    17 Lerentee McCray
    Florida
    18 Jelani Jenkins MIami Dolphins Florida
    19 Etienne Sabino
    Ohio State
    20 Ty Powell Seattle Seahawks Harding
    21 Brandon Magee
    Arizona State
    22 Eric Martin
    Nebraska
    23 John Lotulelei
    UNLV
    24 Travis Johnson
    San Jose State
    25 Michael Clay
    Oregon
    26 Ja'Gared Davis
    Southern Methodist
    27 Herman Lathers
    Tennessee
    28 Travis Long

     

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Inside Linebackers

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    Inside linebackers are talented, but top-heavy, in this year's class.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Manti Te'o San Diego Chargers Notre Dame
    2 Kevin Minter Arizona Cardinals LSU
    3 Kiko Alonso Buffalo Bills Oregon
    4 Jon Bostic Chicago Bears Florida
    5 Nico Johnson Kansas City Chiefs Alabama
    6 Kevin Reddick
    North Carolina
    7 A.J. Klein Carolina Panthers Iowa State
    8 Vince Williams Pittsburgh Steelers Florida State
    9 Michael Mauti Minnesota VIkings Penn State
    10 Jonathan Stewart
    Texas A&M
    11 Steve Beauharnais New England Patriots Rutgers
    12 Albert Rosette
    Nevada

Cornerbacks

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    It's a good year for cornerbacks, or rather, cornerback-needy teams.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Dee Milliner New York Jets Alabama
    2 Desmond Trufant Atlanta Falcons Washington
    3 Johnthan Banks Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mississippi State
    4 Xavier Rhodes Minnesota Vikings Florida State
    5 Jamar Taylor Miami Dolphins Boise State
    6 Jordan Poyer Jordan Poyer Oregon State
    7 David Amerson Washington Redskins North Carolina State
    8 Darius Slay Detroit Lions Mississippi State
    9 D.J. Hayden Oakland Raiders Houston
    10 Logan Ryan New England Patriots Rutgers
    11 Robert Alford Atlanta Falcons Southeastern Louisiana
    12 Dwayne Gratz Jacksonville Jaguars Connecticut
    13 Tyrann Mathieu Arizona Cardinals LSU
    14 Sanders Commings Kansas City Chiefs Georgia
    15 B.W. Webb Dallas Cowboys William & Mary
    16 Blidi Wreh-Wilson Tennessee Titans Connecticut
    17 Will Davis Miami Dolphins Utah State
    18 Tharold Simon Seattle Seahawks LSU
    19 Leon McFadden Cleveland Browns San Diego State
    20 Steve Williams San Diego Chargers California
    21 Brandon McGee St. Louis Rams Miami (Fla.)
    22 Johnny Adams
    Michigan State
    23 Micah Hyde Green Bay Packers Iowa
    24 Nickell Robey
    Southern California
    25 Terry Hawthorne Pittsburgh Steelers Illinois
    26 Josh Johnson
    Purdue
    27 Adrian Bushell
    Louisville
    28 Rod Sweeting
    Georgia Tech
    29 Marc Anthony Baltimore Ravens California
    30 Mike Edwards
    Hawaii
    31 Travis Howard
    Ohio State
    32 Khalid Wooten Tennessee Titans Nevada
    33 Vernon Kearney
    Lane
    34 Kayvon Webster Denver Broncos South Florida
    35 Dax Swanson
    Sam Houston State

Free Safeties

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    This year's safety class lacks an abundance of eye-popping talent, but is solid across the board.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints Texas
    2 D.J. Swearinger Houston Texans South Carolina
    3 Phillip Thomas
    Fresno State
    4 Eric Reid San Francisco 49ers LSU
    5 Bacarri Rambo Washington Redskins Georgia
    6 T.J. McDonald St. Louis Rams Southern California
    7 Tony Jefferson
    Oklahoma
    8 Jakar Hamilton
    South Carolina State
    9 Josh Evans Jacksonville Jaguars Florida
    10 Rontez Miles
    California (PA)
    11 Daimion Stafford Tennessee Titans Nebraska
    12 Bradley McDougald
    Kansas

Strong Safeties

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    One thing this year's strong safety class doesn't lack: hard hitters.

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Jonathan Cyprien Jacksonville Jaguars Florida International
    2 Matt Elam Baltimore Ravens Florida
    3 Shamarko Thomas Pittsburgh Steelers Syracuse
    4 Shawn Williams Cincinnati Bengals Georgia
    5 JJ Wilcox Dallas Cowboys Georgia Southern
    6 Earl Wolff Philadelphia Eagles North Carolina State
    7 Duke Williams Buffalo Bills Nevada
    8 Zeke Motta Atlanta Falcons Notre Dame
    9 Robert Lester
    Alabama
    10 Cody Davis
    Texas Tech
    11 Keelan Johnson
    Arizona State
    12 Cooper Taylor New York Giants Richmond

Specialists

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    Often the forgotten men of any draft class, this year's group simply features an average collection of talent.

     

    Kickers

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Dustin Hopkins Buffalo Bills Florida State
    2 Caleb Sturgis Miami Dolphins Florida
    3 Brett Maher
    Nebraska


    Punters

    Rank Player NFL Team School
    1 Jeff Locke Minnesota Vikings UCLA
    2 Quinn Sharp
    Oklahoma State
    3 Brad Wing
    LSU

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