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.