Top 100 Prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft
The evaluation process of the 2013 NFL draft has come to a conclusion. On Thursday, the decision process will begin, with teams deciding which player off their board should be their draft pick when they are on the clock with their first pick.
Each team’s war room will include a board, which ranks all of the prospects the team is considering in order of preference.
Those boards, of course, take into consideration how each prospect fits into a specific team’s scheme, philosophy and needs. This board is not team-specific but instead takes an overall look at which players have emerged as my top 100 players at the conclusion of a year of prospect evaluations to determine which players should be the top picks in the 2013 NFL draft.
Note: These rankings are based upon personal scouting evaluations and are not a projection of how I expect the players to actually come off the board. For example, while I do not believe Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan or BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah are close to being among the 10 best prospects in this draft class, both are very much expected to be top-10 draft choices, as most draft prognosticators rate them more highly.
All measurables courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise noted.
The following players all grade out as solid fourth-round talents but just missed the cut of the top 100 in a class that will be deep with talent in the middle rounds.
110. Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Talented small-school cornerback who dominated opponents at the FCS level. Athletic cornerback who is physical with opposing receivers and plays the ball well. Drops on board due to medical concerns (Crohn’s disease), intelligence questions (struggled to understand coverages, per his defensive coordinator in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and level of collegiate competition.
109. Nickell Robey, CB, USC
Very small (5’7”, 169 lbs.), but he plays bigger than his stature. Physical defensive back who tackles well considering his size and is also an explosive and fluid athlete who plays the ball well. Limited to playing slot cornerback and on special teams in NFL due to lack of size.
108. D.J. Swearinger, FS/SS, South Carolina
Athletic safety known for making big plays and big hits. He does not have great measurables for an NFL safety (5’10”, 4.67 40-yard dash at NFL Scouting Combine), but he is a solid cover safety who is an aggressive enforcer in run support. He has starting potential at both free and strong safety.
107. Denard Robinson, RB/WR, Michigan
Collegiate quarterback who can take advantage of his athleticism and has high upside as a skill-position player. Robinson projects best as a running back, as he is a skilled runner with great speed, quickness and a willingness to take on contact between the tackles, but he will be viewed as a slot receiver by many NFL teams. He needs to become a better hands catcher to make it in the NFL as a receiver but should be a creative piece in an NFL offense, as he can also be used in Wildcat quarterback packages and as a kickoff or punt returner.
106. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Explosive athlete who projects as a situational scatback at the next level. He is more quick than fast but is a dangerous player in the open field with his ability to make defenders miss with sharp cuts. He is a skilled route-runner and pass-catcher as a receiver out of the backfield but is limited as a between-the-tackles runner and pass-protector.
105. Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
Edwards was a rotational player behind two top-100 defensive ends at LSU, but he is an NFL player in his own right. Very good combination of size and athleticism (6’4”, 277 pounds, 35.5” arms, 4.80 40-yard dash) and is skilled as both an edge-rusher and setting the edge as a run defender. Should be able to play a similar role to his role at LSU as a third defensive end in an NFL rotation.
104. John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State
Physical, high-motor player who has very good pass-rush technique and is a strong run defender. Simon is short for a defensive end at only 6’1” and does not currently have the coverage skills needed to play outside linebacker. Not an explosive athlete but will be able to make up for some of his shortcomings with his refined technique, toughness and work ethic.
103. Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Taylor has a rare combination of size (6’7”, 266 pounds, 36” arms) and explosive athleticism but plays stiff and fails to take advantage of his full athletic potential. Not a fluid edge-rusher, but he is an impactful run defender who has inside rushing potential. Has high upside as a 4-3 defensive end, but also projects as a candidate to bulk up and play 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4.
102. B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Webb is another small-school cornerback who was a star against FCS competition. Explosive athlete with good range in coverage and great ball skills who has potential as both an outside and slot cornerback, but he needs to become better in man-to-man coverage and become a stronger tackler.
101. Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
McFadden is a very good fit to play as a nickel slot cornerback in the NFL. He does not have great size (5’10”, 193 pounds) or strength, but he is physical nonetheless and is a fluid athlete with good technique who is very good at making plays on the ball.
No. 100-No. 91
100. Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State
A true ball hawk who led the FBS in interceptions (eight) as a senior, Thomas has good size (6’0", 208 pounds) and the potential to be a real playmaker in the middle of an NFL secondary at either safety spot. He does not have great speed (4.65 40-yard dash at the combine) and needs to become both more consistent in coverage and in tackling.
99. Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky
Gifted pass-rusher off the edge who would be higher in these rankings if not coming off of a torn ACL. Smith has been unable to participate in pre-draft workouts, but the tape shows he is an explosive athlete, and he uses his hands well to beat blockers both around the edge and inside. He projects well as a rotational pass-rusher as either a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.
98. Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, Kyle Long’s good genes have helped make him an NFL prospect even though he only played one year of major college football. Played mostly at left guard at Oregon, but he has the footwork, length and power to play both guard and offensive tackle.
97. Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State
Jenkins missed his entire senior season due to a Lisfranc foot injury and has not shown his former athleticism and explosiveness in pre-draft workouts. When healthy, however, Jenkins is a gifted pass-rusher off the edge who was once considered the star of a Florida State defensive end rotation that includes two top-25 prospects.
96. Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut
An athletically gifted pass-rusher who can often make plays around the edge with his speed alone (4.57 combine 40), Williams also has good strength (30 combine bench press reps) and hand technique. Likely scheme-limited to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but he can be a three-down player in that scheme if he becomes more consistent with his pass-rush moves and less reliant upon his speed around the edge.
95. Michael Buchanan, OLB/DE, Illinois
A long, explosive and strong pass-rusher off the edge, Buchanan has high upside but is coming off of a disappointing senior season. He has high upside, though, as both a 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 defensive end prospect, even if only as a situational pass-rusher.
94. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Lattimore was a projected first-round pick and the top running back in the 2013 draft class prior to tearing three ligaments in his right knee. When healthy, he had the power, speed and open-field running ability to be a star back, but it is uncertain whether he will ever return to his prime form after injuries to each of his knees in back-to-back seasons.
93. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Taylor is a powerful, physical, between-the-tackles runner whose stock is hurt by his lack of speed (4.76 combine 40). Aside from lacking speed, he is a well-rounded running back who has great vision to find holes, runs hard through contact and is effective in the passing game as both a receiver out of the backfield and as a pass-protector.
92. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Reed is the best flex H-back tight end prospect in the draft class. He is not much of a blocker and does not have breakaway speed, but he is a crisp route-runner who catches the ball consistently and can make plays happen for his offense in the open field.
91. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery has all of the tools to be a great defensive end, but he has yet to put them all together consistently. He has good size (6’3”, 262 pounds, 33 7/8” arms) and athleticism (4.81 combine 40), is a skilled pass-rusher who can make moves both outside and inside and is a solid run-stopper off the edge but faces serious questions about his effort and work ethic.
No. 90-No. 81
90. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
A cornerback with great length, ball skills and experience in both man and zone coverage, Wreh-Wilson has the potential to develop into a very good starting cornerback in the NFL. He is a decent but unspectacular athlete who needs to become more fluid in his backpedal and transitions.
89. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
Collins is a versatile defensive front-seven prospect with a great combination of size (6’3”, 250 pounds, 33.75” arms) and athleticism (4.64 40, 41.5” vertical jump at combine). He does not have a great first step or polished technique as a pass-rusher and needs to improve upon his coverage skills, but he can play both against the pass and run with his athleticism. Fits best as a 3-4 outside linebacker but could also project to play outside linebacker or defensive end in a 4-3.
88. Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
Bostic is a hard-hitting, athletic inside linebacker who can fly around the field and make plays in the middle. Aggressive blitzer and tackler against the run. Needs to become a more disciplined, less penalized player and become more fluid in coverage.
87. Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Hill is a starting-caliber 3-technique defensive tackle prospect in a 4-3 defense. He is not a great power run-stopper, but he is an explosive interior penetrator who reacts quickly to the snap, uses his hands very well and is a skilled interior pass-rusher.
86. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Bailey does not have prototypical measurables for an NFL wideout (5’10”, 193 pounds, 4.52 combine 40) but makes up for his shortcomings with great hands, clean route-running, good open-field quickness and playing with physicality. He may be best suited to play in the slot, but with his body control and physicality, he could contend as a playmaker on the outside as well.
85. Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
Frederick is a massive and powerful interior offensive lineman who has subpar athleticism for an NFL lineman. Nonetheless, he is a very strong power run-blocker and a decent pass-blocker. He is an experienced center who can play off the snap but has the versatility to play any spot on the interior offensive line.
84. Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
Aggressive playmaker who is skilled in coverage, active in run support and a ball hawk. Speed could be a major concern (4.75 combine 40), but he has enough of a skill set to make up and compete for a starting free safety spot.
83. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Big, athletic wideout who is great at tracking the ball downfield but also shows the ability to extend plays with his open-field running. Hamilton is a long strider who does not have great speed for a downfield target (4.56 combine 40), and is not a great route-runner.
82. Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse
Collegiate left tackle who has good movement skills and plays with physicality but is best suited to kick inside to guard with only 32” arms. He is a skilled pass-blocker who takes advantage of his athleticism and also a strong run-blocker, though he will have to become stronger to handle NFL defensive tackles.
81. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Big, physical between-the-tackles runner who has unusual speed and agility for his size (6’1”, 230 pounds; 4.60 combine 40, 6.75 combine three-cone drill). Not a true power back who will knock defenders over, but he is dangerous in the open field, as he can drive through contact, has the quickness and moves to make defenders miss and is a decent receiver out of the backfield.
No. 80-No. 71
80. Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
A very good run-stopper who has great instincts, tackles well and is good at making plays in space. Effective blitzer and holds up in coverage. Not an explosive athlete or big playmaker but has starting potential as a 4-3 middle or strong-side linebacker and as a 3-4 inside linebacker.
79. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Slay has outstanding measurables for the cornerback position (6’0", 192 pounds, 4.36 combine 40) and translates those to the field with fluid hips and the ability to track down and make plays on the ball in the air. Good run defender and effective tackler. Needs to become physical in his technique.
78. E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Manuel may have the most physical upside of any quarterback in the draft class, with great size (6’5”, 237 pounds), a strong arm, athleticism and dual-threat running ability. Experienced pocket passer with good footwork and mechanics. He can also run the read option and can both extend passing plays with his feet and make plays as a runner. He needs to become a more consistent downfield passer, make better reads and cut down on mistakes to be an NFL starter.
77. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
Both fast and quick, Ellington is a dynamic runner who can make plays in the open field. Best in space and outside the tackles but has the strength to run between the tackles as well. He is not particularly explosive but is a consistent threat as a ball-carrier and also a very good receiver out of the backfield.
76. Keenan Allen, WR, California
Big, physical wide receiver who uses his size (6’2”, 206 pounds) well, is a natural hands catcher, runs great routes and attacks the ball in the air. Good open-field runner, but he is a possession receiver, not a big-play threat. Likely to fall due to concerns about speed (4.71 40 at pro day) and lingering knee injury.
75. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
In-line tight end who has great size (6’5”, 255 pounds), is a good athlete, a big receiving threat over the middle and is a physical run-blocker. Only had one year of significant production at Cincinnati and was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to a team-rules violation.
74. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Physically gifted quarterback who has great size (6’6”, 232 pounds), a terrific arm and the ability to make any throw on the field. Inconsistent collegiate performer who has been set back by inconsistent accuracy, questionable reads and off-field immaturity.
73. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Athletic, aggressive middle linebacker who can blow up plays with well-timed blitzes, covering ground from sideline to sideline and making plays after dropping back in coverage. Has serious character concerns (multiple arrests while at Oregon). Best suited to play 3-4 inside linebacker.
72. Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
Fast, explosive edge-rusher who is quick off the snap, uses his hands well and pursues with speed. Weak as a point-of-attack run defender, so he may be limited to situational pass-rushing as either a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.
71. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Athletic cornerback who is skilled in both man and zone coverage, has great ball skills and is a good tackler and run defender. Has a tendency to squat on routes in off coverage, which sometimes exposes him. He suffered a near-fatal heart injury in practice in November, but he has participated in pre-draft workouts since.
No. 70-No. 61
70. Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
Long, powerful offensive lineman with good feet and the versatility to play both inside at guard and outside at offensive tackle, though he is best suited to kick inside. Strong run-blocker who moves well, has good technique and can make blocks at the next level.
69. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Explosive runner with great burst out of the backfield who runs through contact in the open field. Has good measurables (5’10”, 205 pounds, 4.49 combine 40) and is a productive collegiate back who had fumbling problems over the course of his career.
68. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Gifted athlete with great straight-line speed and open-field quickness. Wheaton has great hands, is a quick route-runner, has the versatility to line up both outside and in the slot and can also be used on running plays. He does not have great size (5’11”, 189 pounds) but is a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands.
67. Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Well-rounded offensive tackle. Faulk is a powerful run-blocker and efficient pass-protector who has great size and length (6’5”, 331 pounds, 34.25” arms). Does not have the desired athleticism of an NFL left tackle and missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, but projects very well as an NFL right tackle.
66. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker has the size, length, power and athleticism to be a very good NFL right tackle. He is a strong run-blocker who can drive his opponents off the line but lacks the footwork to be a pass-protecting left tackle.
65. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Raw talent whose first full season of football at any level was last year as Florida State’s starting right tackle. An impressive blocker with great feet, length and strength, Watson has huge upside as a right tackle and could have long-term developmental potential as a left tackle. Needs to finish his blocks more consistently, but that should come with increased football experience.
64. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
Massive (6’1”, 335 pounds) and powerful nose tackle who has great strength as a run-blocker but is also explosive and quick. Has to make a big leap in competition (Division II to NFL) but has huge upside as an anchoring nose tackle in a 3-4 defense or as a 1-technique nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
63. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Enormous (6’4”, 346 pounds) nose tackle who has rare quickness for a lineman of his size. Although massive, he's not as powerful as he should be and faces endurance and motor questions. Offers little as a pass-rusher but has the potential to become a dominant run-stuffer.
62. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Gifted offensive lineman with a rare combination of size (6’5”, 306 pounds, 34” arms) and athleticism (4.71 combine 40). He has terrific feet and excels as a pass-blocker. Skilled pass-protector with serious upside as a left tackle prospect, but he needs to become a powerful run-blocker and adjust to the level of competition.
61. David Amerson, CB/FS, North Carolina State
Big, athletic cornerback with outstanding ball skills, but his stock plummeted during a disappointing junior season. He lacks physicality in coverage but is a strong tackler. Could be a starting cornerback in a zone coverage scheme, but may project best to playing free safety with his size, athleticism and hitting ability.
No. 60-No. 51
60. Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
Rambo is a playmaking free safety who is a good athlete, is physical in coverage, has great ball skills and strikes his opponents with his hitting. Not particularly fluid in his technique and has character concerns (multiple collegiate suspensions, including a four-game ban last year for a positive drug test).
59. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Athletic, physical cornerback with great instincts and ball skills. Ryan has subpar measurables (5’11”, 191 pounds, 4.56 combine 40) and struggles with backpedals and transitions, but he has the all-around game to be a playmaker in an NFL secondary.
58. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Very solid all-around cornerback who plays with physicality, has great ball skills and instincts and is a sound tackler. There is nothing spectacular about Poyer’s game, but he is consistent and can play both man and zone coverages well. Projects as a solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback.
57. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Dynamic running back who has the agility and moves to make defenders miss in space and is a very good receiver out of the backfield. Bernard is not a powerful between-the-tackles runner and does not have great speed (4.53 combine 40) for a speed back. Has the versatility to line up at slot receiver and as a punt or kickoff returner.
56. Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Enforcer strong safety who can absolutely lay the wood on his opponents with big hits. Aggressive run-support defender who has good athleticism and ball skills, but he is short for a safety (5’10”) and is inconsistent in deep coverage.
55. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
Well-rounded running back who consistently finds holes with his great vision, decisiveness and sharp cuts. Tough runner who takes on contact with his 5’11”, 208-pound frame. Gillislee is not flashy in terms of power or speed, but he is a good receiver out of the backfield and pass-protector and can play on all three downs.
54. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Physically gifted cornerback who stands out for his length and physicality. Excels in press man coverage, is strong against the run and is a good athlete. He struggles with defending double moves in off-man coverage, has tight hips and needs to become less penalty-prone.
53. Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Massive (6’3”, 332 pounds), road-grading guard who excels as a straight-ahead power run-blocker. He is not a fluid athlete but has surprisingly quick feet for his size and projects very well as an NFL right guard.
52. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
Athletic defensive tackle who has very good movement skills and is a quick interior pass-rusher. He is quick off the snap and has good playmaking range but subpar power for a defensive tackle. Projects well as a 3-technique defensive tackle for a 4-3 defense.
51. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Physical, tough runner who consistently gains yardage between the tackles and becomes stronger as a game goes along. He does not have explosive speed or power but has terrific vision and follows his blockers well, is very secure with the ball and consistently falls forward for extra yardage. One of the most productive runners in NCAA history (all-time leader in touchdowns).
No. 50-No. 41
50. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Rangy cornerback who has great size and athleticism (6’, 190, 4.38 combine 40). Excels in zone coverage, though he can also play man and has great ball skills. Needs to become more physical in coverage and a stronger tackler.
49. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Skilled downfield receiving threat who can stretch the field, has great hands and runs smooth routes. Better receiver than blocker, but capable in-line run-blocker. Has good size for the position (6’5”, 249 pounds).
48. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
One of many defensive ends in this range with more potential than production. Has intriguing combination of size (6’6”, 281 pounds) and athleticism. Can rush the passer from both outside and inside, and he is a strong and physical run-stopper. Projects best as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, but could also play defensive end in a 4-3.
47. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Gifted downfield receiver who is great at tracking the ball downfield, accelerates well and runs clean routes. Good size (6’2”, 208 pounds) and enough speed (4.52 combine 40) to separate downfield. Has to prove himself as more than a deep threat and is not a natural hands catcher.
46. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Instinctive linebacker who is consistently around the football, is a sure tackler and is very good at dropping back into coverage. Great at forcing fumbles (six in his senior season). Good athlete who has some pass-rushing ability, but projects as a weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme or inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
45. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Nassib is a strong-armed quarterback who puts great zip on the football, has shown he can make any throw on the field and has very good footwork. He is a tough quarterback with decent athleticism, but he has to become more consistent with his accuracy and reads, and he does not drive the ball downfield the way he should considering his arm strength.
44. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
With a rare combination of athletic abilities and length (6’6”, 33 7/8” arms), Jordan has as much upside and versatility as any prospect in the 2013 draft class. He has rare ability in coverage and in space for a player of his size, as he has great lateral agility and fluid hips, but his only natural positional fit is at 3-4 outside linebacker. To succeed as a pass-rusher at the next level, Jordan has to develop his pass-rush technique and become stronger, rather than relying on his athleticism as much as he does.
43. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Explosive defensive lineman with a rare combination of size (6’4”, 283 pounds) and quickness. Did not always play like a first-round pick at UCLA, but he has the ability to be very effective as both an outside and inside rusher, is a quick penetrator and has the strength to be a very solid run-stuffer. He has very high upside as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.
42. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
Ansah has limited football experience and very raw technique, but he may just be scratching the surface of his potential. Has a rare combination of size (6’5”, 271 pounds) and athleticism and has impressive leaping ability for a defensive end. He makes plays against both the pass and run on sheer athleticism, but needs to develop better technique to duplicate his success at the NFL level. He is best suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme but has versatility off of his rare measurables.
41. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Freak of nature athletically, standing at 6’8” and 277 pounds with 33 3/4” arms; he is an explosive athlete (4.60 combine 40) and is very strong. Explosive as both an outside and inside rusher but relied too much on his measurables at SMU. Needs to become more technically sound and play with better pad level to overcome the inconsistency that defined his collegiate career.
No. 40-No. 31
40. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor is a very good edge-rusher who has excellent technique and uses his hands very well. Turns the corner very well and has a quick first step, although he does not have terrific speed. Better around the corner than he is an inside rusher. Disciplined against the run but does not have great point-of-attack strength. Best suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
39. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Very athletic inside linebacker who is an aggressive attacker in run defense. He is a converted safety who is very effective in dropping back and making plays in coverage. Needs to become more disciplined in his technique and a more consistent tackler and will drop due to character concerns, including a February DUI arrest.
38. Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
Best run-support safety in the draft class. A big, athletic safety who is very active in run defense and has the range to make plays all over the field. Consistent tackler, hard hitter and effective when used as a blitzer. Inconsistent in coverage but has the speed and hips to cover deep and has very good ball skills.
37. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Physically gifted wideout who has outstanding height (6’4”), speed (4.44 combine 40) and leaping ability (39 1/2” vertical jump at combine). Talented outside receiver who is a true deep threat. Can make the challenging catches but has issues with drops and inconsistency and is a sloppy route-runner.
36. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Big defensive tackle (6’3”, 313 pounds) with explosive quickness. Effective penetrator and interior pass-rusher who can blow up plays in the backfield but needs to develop his technique, as he relies too heavily upon his swim move. Strong point-of-attack run defender who should take more advantage of his power as a bull-rusher.
35. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Big (5’11”, 231 pounds) power back who can both run through defenders and make them miss with subtle cuts and spin moves in the open field. Physical, tough between-the-tackles runner who can also make plays on the outside. Coming off of a hamstring injury, which may have led to a disappointing pro day.
34. Kenny Vaccaro, FS/SS, Texas
Athletic safety who is a playmaker in both run support and coverage. He is a hard-hitting safety, has good ball skills and can play slot cornerback in addition to safety. Does not have great speed (4.63 combine 40, may have been dealing with injury) and misses too many tackles.
33. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
With a strong arm, good athletic ability, an exceptional release and good accuracy, West Virginia’s Geno Smith may be the most physically gifted quarterback in the draft class. He has the ability to make any throw on the field but needs to become more consistent with his deep accuracy, adjust to playing under center in a pro-style offense and become better at making quick reads. He is a good athlete who scrambles well outside of the pocket to extend plays, but he has poor footwork and presence inside the pocket.
32. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Wilson has become the forgotten man of the quarterback draft class but is as polished as any passer in the group. He does not have terrific physical tools but throws a good deep ball, is an accurate thrower, is tough in the pocket and has efficient mechanics. He needs to improve upon his decision-making.
31. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Barkley is the most polished and accurate quarterback in the 2013 draft class. He has below-average arm strength and is not a great athlete, but he is an intelligent signal-caller who is very good at hitting throws within 20 yards and has great footwork and clean mechanics. He needs to cut down on mistakes, which plagued his senior season at USC.
No. 30-No. 21
30. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Tough, physical and intelligent offensive lineman who not only played all five offensive line spots at Alabama but also excelled at every spot on the line against SEC competition. He does not overpower opponents but holds his own and is technically sound and has very clean footwork, although not a great athlete. Likely to fall in the draft, as he is coming off of a Lisfranc foot injury, which has prevented him from participating in pre-draft workouts. Best suited to play guard but can also provide depth at center and right tackle.
29. Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Technically sound pass-rusher who has the strength and technique to consistently beat blockers. Very good at stunting inside and rushing from the middle. Needs to bulk up (6’4”, 250 pounds) to play defensive end in the NFL, especially as a point-of-attack run defender. Has very good snap anticipation but is not an explosive athlete. Has a relentless motor and is very active. Experienced playing as both a 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker.
28. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Explosive interior defensive lineman with great quickness but is also a strong run-stuffer. Well-rounded player who can be a three-down force and was very productive at Purdue. Does not have great moves to disengage with, but will be able to beat blocks with his athleticism and power.
27. Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Reid is a fluid athlete who can be an effective center fielder in deep coverage for an NFL secondary. Additionally, he is an aggressive playmaker in run support, though he does have some issues with missed tackles. He is an instinctive player who has shown big-play potential but is not a natural ball hawk.
26. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Patton is a very well-rounded wideout who has strong hands, runs crisp routes and has terrific body control. He does not have exceptional measurables (6’, 204 pounds, 4.53 combine 40), but he has the size, physicality and verticality to play on the outside, and he can also kick inside to the slot if needed. He is a very good intermediate receiver who can track the ball downfield.
25. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Quick, physical cornerback who is exceptional in press man coverage. He does a terrific job jamming receivers at the line and keeping his hands on them, and he is a fluid athlete with great ball skills. Does not have ideal size for an outside cornerback (5’11”, 192 pounds).
24. Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia
A truly dynamic offensive weapon with tremendous straight-line speed (4.34 combine 40) and sharp, smooth cuts in the open field that consistently make defenders miss. Huge potential as a slot receiver, has good hands and runs sharp routes and can also be used as a situational running back and kickoff/punt returner. Limited to the slot as a receiver due to lack of size (5’8”, 174 pounds).
23. Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State
High-upside defensive end prospect who has great size (6’4”, 276 pounds), strength and athleticism. Has a quick first step and is explosive around the edge but needs to become more effective with his hands as a rusher. Strong as a point-of-attack run defender and has the speed to track down running plays in space. Only a one-year starter at Florida State and is coming off of a torn ACL.
22. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Well-rounded wideout who is a terrific route-runner, has great hands, plays through contact and goes up and gets the ball in traffic. Not an explosive athlete but has enough quickness to extend plays in the open field and has adequate size and speed (6’1”, 214 pounds, 4.57 combine 40).
21. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Banks has great length (6’2”, 33 7/8” arms) for the cornerback position and is an instinctive player with experience in both man and zone coverage. He is physical in coverage and has great ball skills. Lack of speed (4.61 combine 40) is a concern.
No. 20-No. 11
20. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Physical, instinctive run-stopping middle linebacker. Not an exceptional athlete or sideline-to-sideline player, but a sound tackler in the middle of a run defense who makes plays on the football and can drop back into coverage.
19. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Patterson has the size and speed of a deep threat (6’2”, 216 pounds, 4.42 combine 40) and the open-field running ability and quickness of a running back or slot receiver. Can be absolutely spectacular with the ball in his hands and can be a downfield playmaker; he can also make big plays out of screen passes, runs out of the backfield and kickoff/punt returns. Has inconsistent hands and needs to do a better job of getting open downfield with his route-running.
18. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Very athletic linebacker who covers ground quickly and makes plays from sideline to sideline. Aggressively attacks blockers at the line of scrimmage in run defense, and he is fluid in pass coverage. Though he played middle linebacker at Kansas State, he is best suited to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense or inside linebacker in a 3-4.
17. Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
Outstanding athlete who explodes off the edge as a pass-rusher with a terrific first step and good pass-rushing moves. He lacks the size (6’4”, 241 pounds) and point-of-attack strength to be a three-down defensive end, but with his ability to make tackles in space and drop back into coverage, he has star potential as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
16. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Big (6’3”, 320 pounds), powerful and strong nose tackle who has the quickness and lateral athleticism to make plays all along the line of scrimmage and penetrate into the backfield. Not an interior pass-rusher but a good fit to anchor a line as a nose tackle in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. Has stamina concerns but good range for a defensive lineman of his size.
15. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Very well-rounded middle linebacker who attacks the backfield effectively as a blitzer, is a terrific tackler and can drop into coverage. He is not an exceptional athlete, but he has great instincts and still covers consistent ground on the field. He is the best run-stopping linebacker in the class and can be on the field for all three downs.
14. Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods does not have exceptional size or speed (6’0", 201 pounds, 4.51 combine 40) but is a very well-rounded wideout. Superb route-runner with natural hands, good open-field quickness, great body control. He also makes tough catches in traffic. Can line up both outside and in the slot and is both a reliable intermediate receiver and big-play threat.
13. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones is a playmaker who is an effective pass-rusher off the edge who uses his hands well around the edge and is a natural bender. He sets the edge effectively in run defense, has great instincts and a high-running motor. Does not have great speed (4.92 40 at his pro day) and is scheme-limited to the 3-4 defense, as he lacks the size to play defensive end and the coverage skills to play outside linebacker.
12. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
He's a 3-technique defensive tackle who is a great athlete for his size (6’3”, 297 pounds, 4.92 combine 40). He is an effective interior penetrator who is also strong and very active with his hands. Could play 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, but he is best suited to playing in a 4-3 defense.
11. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Johnson has absolutely outstanding footwork and athleticism for a left tackle. He has terrific length (35 1/4” arms) and keeps a very strong base. Experienced playing both left and right tackle. Technique and upper-body strength are a work in progress but has star potential.
No. 10-No. 1
10. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Explosive interior penetrator who has great quickness off the snap. Richardson has a good arsenal of inside pass-rushing moves, has great snap anticipation and is terrific in pursuit for an interior defensive lineman. He does not have great strength or power against the run. Projects well as either a 3-technique defensive tackle or 5-technique defensive end.
9. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Powerful guard who can drive defenders back off the line to open up holes with his straight-ahead strength, while he also has good feet and is a skilled pull blocker and second-level blocker. Rarely gets driven back off the line and wears defenders out. Not a great athlete, but holds up well in interior pass protection.
8. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Prototype in-line receiving tight end with great size and speed (6’6”, 251 pounds, 4.68 combine 40), verticality and catching ability. Can stretch the field and be an explosive, go-to, big-play receiving target down the middle of the field. Needs to become a stronger in-line blocker.
7. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Massive nose tackle (6’3”, 323 pounds) who has terrific power and point-of-attack strength and has the skill set to be a dominant run-stuffer. Has rare quickness for his size, can penetrate into the backfield and make plays all along the line of scrimmage. Not a pass-rusher, but he has star potential as an anchoring nose tackle in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
6. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Physical man-to-man cornerback who uses his size and length (6’0", 201 pounds, 32” arms) well. Very good at making plays on the ball but has poor hands. Instinctive cover corner who has the potential to be a shutdown player in NFL. Inconsistent form tackler who needs to become more polished in his backpedal.
5. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Has the length, footwork and technique to be a terrific NFL left tackle. Great size (6’7”, 306 pounds, 34.5" arms) and athleticism for an offensive tackle, moves naturally and places his hands well. Does not have terrific strength, but he has enough to be an effective power run-blocker.
4. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
A very well-rounded defensive end with an explosive first step off the snap and great pass-rushing technique. Uses his hands very well and is a strong run defender who is good at covering ground toward the sideline and making run plays. Does not wow athletically, but he has plenty of speed and quickness, plus good size (6’3”, 266 pounds) for a 4-3 defensive end.
3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei may be the most physically gifted prospect in the entire draft class. He has an outstanding combination of size (6’2”, 311 pounds) and strength with explosive athleticism and quickness. Lotulelei is both a strong and powerful run-stuffer who can occupy blockers and fill gaps, but he is also an effective interior penetrator with some pass-rushing ability. Could play either defensive tackle spot in a 4-3 scheme and any spot on a three-man defensive line. Has since been cleared (per USA Today) after being sent home early from the combine with a heart condition.
2. Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Cooper has outstanding feet and athleticism for a guard prospect, which he uses to combat even the most explosive of pass-rushers while he is terrific at pull blocking and finding blockers at the second level. He is also a great power run-blocker with very good size (6’2”, 311 pounds) and strength (35 bench press reps at combine). He is a complete guard prospect who should compete for All-Pro recognition early in his career.
1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Polished left tackle prospect ready to step in and lead an NFL offensive line immediately. Joeckel has great size and length (6’6”, 303 pounds), very good feet for the position, has great balance and flexibility and is great at getting to the second level in run-blocking. He dominated SEC competition regularly both as a pass-protector and as a run-blocker.
Dan Hope is an NFL draft featured columnist for Bleacher Report, and one of B/R’s national correspondents for the 2013 NFL Draft.
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