NFL Draft 2013: What Experts Are Saying About Top Prospects
With the 2013 NFL draft just a day away, the buzz surrounding some of the nation's best college players is at an all-time high.
In recent years, we already knew where some of the top players would land before the draft even began, but the 2013 draft has been one of mystery so far.
Because of the tight-lipped and unknown status surrounding the draft, here are a few updates on some of the top prospects of the 2013 class.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Luke Joeckel's name is consistently mentioned as the consensus No. 1 overall pick and best offensive tackle in the 2013 class, but not so fast.
Eric Fisher has quickly soared to the top of big boards and emerged as a potential first pick of the draft, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
As we get closer to draft, hearing more that if Chiefs cant deal Branden Albert, then Eric Fisher will be 1st overall pick ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 24, 2013
It's kind of odd to hear the news that the Kansas City Chiefs favor Fisher over Joeckel if Albert stays in KC, as the departure of Albert shouldn't derail the idea of taking Joeckel No. 1 for the Chiefs.
Either way, ESPN's Adam Schefter believes Joeckel and Fisher will go one and two when the first round begins on Thursday night.
Feeling is OTs Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher will be first two players picked Thursday night. Then Oakland's turn...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2013
Nonetheless, the odds of Fisher going in the top 10 are very high at this point.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
I certainly feel that Tavon Austin is the most talented and dynamic wideout of the 2013 class and apparently I'm not alone, as Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that Austin is likely to be a top 10 pick in the draft.
The New York Jets' trading of Darrell Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—who owned the No. 13 overall pick—is likely what has Austin trending as a top 10 pick. The Jets also have the ninth pick, which is where they could select Austin and then use the 13th pick for another immediate need.
La Canfora speculates that New York could take Austin and Geno Smith with their two first-round picks if they're still on the board when the No. 9 and 13 picks roll around.
Austin could also be a potential candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 4 pick, according to Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com.
It's becoming increasingly clear that Austin is thought of as the top wide receiver in the draft and worthy of a top 10 pick.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner is a definite top five pick and the best corner in the 2013 draft.
Or is he?
ESPN's Kevin Seifert cites that Todd McShay dropped Milliner to the No. 10 pick in his latest mock draft while the NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes D.J. Hayden is the most talented cornerback in the draft over Milliner.
It's possible that Milliner's draft stock could take a hit after Adam Schefter tweeted out this information regarding Milliner's injury history:
Alabama CB Dee Milliner has undergone five surgeries, some not as major as others. Milliner’s surgeries: right... fb.me/2odkyjHKC— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2013
The medical history is alarming but it's hard to ignore the talent and athleticism that Milliner brings to the table.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Milliner's surgeries haven't scared off NFL teams and that the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns could be in the running for the former Alabama corner with the No. 5 and 6 picks.
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