NFL Draft 2013 Big Board: Rounding Up Top Experts' Final Rankings

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NFL Draft 2013 Big Board: Rounding Up Top Experts' Final Rankings
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NFL draft experts put together big boards every year to rank prospects entering the NFL draft. 

Unlike mock drafts, which are a collection of educated guesses based upon rumors and team needs, big boards more accurately measure how analysts grade players from an objective standpoint. 

In this column, five of the top draft experts on the web will be featured:

Four of the five have left tackle Luke Joeckel as their top-ranked player, and the consensus is that offensive linemen are the top players in this year's draft. 

After that, however, these men have different ideas about how the top of this year's class stacks up. Raw prospects like Barkevious Mingo are favored by Kiper, Jr., while Miller doesn't have Mingo on his board until No. 29.  

One thing that is consistent is that none of these experts have a particularly high grade on any of the quarterbacks in this year's draft. 

The 2013 class isn't generating the same hype we saw from last year's class, and a lack of elite quarterback prospects has everything to do with it. Most fans have a hard time getting excited about offensive linemen and defensive tackles.

That said, this class features fantastic depth. There isn't a lot of difference talent-wise between the prospect who will be drafted at, say, No. 15 and the one picked up with the first pick of Round 3. 

This depth will make the draft fun to watch after Round 1, provided you take an interest in this sort of thing to begin with. 

Without further ado, I present to you a quintuplet of big boards.

 

Note: Some lists are incomplete, as three of the experts provided big boards for the top 100 players. In those cases, you'll see the top 32 players, with a link provided should you be interested in the entire list. 

 

Mel Kiper, Jr. 

Rank Player Position School
1 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
3 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
4 Dee Milliner CB Alabama
5 Dion Jordan OLB/DE Oregon
6 Barkevious Mingo OLB/DE LSU
7 Star Lotulelei DT Utah
8 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
9 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
10 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
11 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
12 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
13 Chance Warmack OG Alabama
14 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
15 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
17 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
18 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
19 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
20 Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia
21 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
22 John Cyprien S Florida International
23 Zach Ertz TE Stanford
24 Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Geno Smith QB West Virginia

 

Todd McShay's Scouts Inc.

Rank Player Position School Grade
1 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M 96
2 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan 96
3 Dion Jordan OLB/DE Oregon 95
4 Star Lotulelei DT Utah 95
5 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida 95
6 Ezekiel Ansah OLB/DE BYU 95
7 Dee Milliner CB Alabama 95
8 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma 95
9 Chance Warmack OG Alabama 95
10 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina 94
11 Barkevious Mingo OLB/DE LSU 93
12 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri 93
13 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia 93
14 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 93
15 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas 93
16 Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia 92
17 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina 92
18 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama 92
19 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia 91
20 Geno Smith QB West Virginia 91
21 D.J. Hayden CB Houston 91
22 Justin Pugh OT Syracuse 91
23 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame 91
24 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State 90
25 Datone Jones DE UCLA 90
26 Justin Hunter WR Tennessee 90
27 Kyle Long OT Oregon 89
28 Desmond Trufant CB Washington 89
29 Matt Elam S Florida 89
30 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee 89
31 Menelik Watson OT Florida State 89
32 Matt Barkley QB USC 88

 

Mike Mayock

For a full look at Mayock's big board, here's the link once again. Here are his top 32:

Rank  Player Position School
 1 Eric Fisher  OT  Central Michigan 
 2 Sharrif Floyd  DT  Florida 
 3 Luke Joeckel  OT  Texas A&M 
 4 Chance Warmack  OG  Alabama 
 5 Dion Jordan  OLB/DE  Oregon 
 6 Lane Johnson  OT  Oklahoma 
 7 Sheldon Richardson  DT  Missouri 
 8 Jonathan Cooper  OG  North Carolina 
 9 Ezekiel Ansah  OLB/DE  BYU 
 10 Barkevious Mingo  OLB/DE  LSU 
 11 Star Lotulelei  DT  Utah 
 12 Tavon Austin  WR  West Virginia 
 13 Tyler Eifert  TE  Notre Dame 
 14 D.J. Hayden  CB  Houston 
 15 D.J. Fluker  OT  Alabama 
 16 Dee Milliner  CB  Alabama 
 17 Kenny Vaccaro  Texas 
 18 Eddie Lacy  RB  Alabama 
 19 Jarvis Jones  OLB  Georgia 
 20 Xavier Rhodes  CB  Florida State 
 21 Geno Smith  QB  West Virginia 
 22 Sylvester Williams  DT  North Carolina 
 23 Manti Te'o ILB  Notre Dame 
 24 Justin Pugh  OT  Syracuse 
 25 Matt Elam  Florida 
 26 Bjoern Werner  DE  Florida State 
 27 Datone Jones  DE  UCLA 
 28 Eric Reid  LSU 
 29 Kyle Long  OG  Oregon 
 30 Cordarrelle Patterson  WR  Tennessee 
 31 Menelik Watson  OT  Florida State 
 32 Justin Hunter  WR  Tennessee 

 

Rob Rang

For a full look at Rang's big board, here's the link once again. Here are his top 32:

Rank Player Position School
 1 Luke Joeckel  OT  Texas A&M 
 2 Eric Fisher  OT  Central Michigan 
 3 Sharrif Floyd  DT  Florida 
 4 Dee Milliner  CB  Alabama 
 5 Star Lotulelei  DT  Utah 
 6 Ezekiel Ansah  OLB/DE  BYU 
 7 Jonathan Cooper  OG  North Carolina 
 8 Chance Warmack   OG  Alabama 
 9 Lane Johnson  OT  Oklahoma 
 10 Sheldon Richardson  DT  Missouri 
 11 Cordarrelle Patterson  WR  Tennessee 
 12 Jarvis Jones  OLB  Georgia 
 13 Tavon Austin  WR  West Virginia 
 14 Desmond Trufant  CB  Washington 
 15 D.J. Fluker  OT  Alabama 
 16 Xavier Rhodes  CB  Florida State 
 17 Geno Smith  QB  West Virginia 
 18 Matt Barkley  QB  USC 
 19 Tyler Eifert  TE  Notre Dame 
 20 Dion Jordan  OLB/DE  Oregon 
 21 Bjoern Werner  DE  Florida State 
 22 Barkevious Mingo  OLB/DE  LSU 
 23 Keenan Allen  WR  California 
 24 Kenny Vaccaro  Texas 
 25 Robert Woods  WR  USC 
 26 Matt Elam  Florida 
 27 Jamar Taylor  CB  Boise State 
 28 D.J. Hayden  CB  Houston 
 29 Eric Reid LSU 
 30 Damontre Moore  DE/OLB  Texas A&M 
 31 Datone Jones  DE  UCLA 
 32 Margus Hunt  DE  SMU 

 

Matt Miller

For a full look at Miller's big board, here's the link once again. Here are his top 32:

Rank Player Position School
 1 Luke Joeckel  OT  Texas A&M 
 2 Chance Warmack  OG  Alabama 
 3 Eric Fisher  OT  Central Michigan 
 4 Sharrif Floyd  DT  Florida 
 5 Cornellius "Tank" Carradine  DE/OLB  Florida State 
 6 Cordarrelle Patterson  WR  Tennessee 
 7 Star Lotulelei  DT  Utah 
 8 Dion Jordan  OLB/DE  Oregon 
 9 Sheldon Richardson  DT  Missouri 
 10 Kenny Vaccaro  Texas 
 11 Tavon Austin  WR  West Virginia 
 12 Ezekiel Ansah  OLB/DE  BYU 
 13 Lane Johnson  OT  Oklahoma 
 14 Geno Smith  QB  West Virginia 
 15 Dee Milliner  CB  Alabama 
 16 Jarvis Jones  OLB  Georgia 
 17 Desmond Trufant  CB  Washington 
 18 Jonathan Cooper  OG  North Carolina 
 19 Bjoern Werner  DE  Florida State 
 20 Johnthan Banks  CB  Mississippi State 
 21 Alec Ogletree  ILB  Georgia 
 22 Jonathan Cyprien  Florida International 
 23 Datone Jones  DE  UCLA 
 24 Arthur Brown  OLB  Kansas State 
 25 Alex Okafor  DE  Texas 
 26 Keenan Allen  WR  California 
 27 Jesse Williams  DT  Alabama 
 28 Manti Te'o  ILB  Notre Dame 
 29 Barkevious Mingo  OLB/DE  LSU 
 30 Xavier Rhodes  CB  Florida State 
 31 Zach Ertz  TE  Stanford 
 32  Tyler Eifert  TE  Notre Dame 

 

Biggest Takeaway: This Is the Year of the Trenches

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The amount of talent and depth from players on both the offensive and defensive lines is staggering. 

Every expert's big board is loaded at the top with offensive linemen, defensive linemen and pass-rushing linebackers. 

Most teams picking near the top of the draft are in need of quarterback help. It won't surprise anyone to see one or more of the teams in the top 10 reach for a signal-caller, as it's nearly impossible to make it to the playoffs in today's NFL without a franchise quarterback.

That said, games are won and lost in the trenches.

The teams that are comfortable with making a non-sexy pick will end up with excellent players who will be cornerstones upon which to build an offense or a defense in the years to come. 

 

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