Mel Kiper is the godfather of the NFL draft, which means the entire draft world anxiously awaits his projections, analysis and mock draft each year. Now that we've seen a first look at Mr. Kiper's 2013 NFL draft analysis, how does it compare to the scouting and analysis done by Bleacher Report this season?

Kiper was clear to point out that his recent projections are not a mock draft, but rather, a look at team needs and a player who would be a good fit to fill that need. I'll do the same. Again, this isn't a mock draft.

How do my needs and rankings look compared to the godfather's? Not all that different.


The NFL draft is the perfect marriage between college football and the NFL. That doesn't mean that college greatness will translate to NFL success. In fact, some of the greatest college players of all time have failed in the NFL.

Which college stars have a future in the big leagues? Each Friday we take a fresh look at the NFL draft landscape, ranking the top 300 players for the 2013 draft class. Each week, players move up and down based on their performance and health, and each week a fresh new look is here waiting for you.

Who are the favorites at each position as November starts?


If you're a fan of one of the many NFL teams whose seasons look over heading into Week 9, don't worry, the NFL draft is coming soon enough.

As always, fans, coaches, scouts and media members are all looking ahead to what should be a loaded class of prospects entering the 2013 NFL draft. Each week we highlight five players moving up and five players moving down our weekly Big Board. This week brings some familiar names to the forefront.

Is Collin Klein the Next Tim Tebow?

By on October 31, 2012

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If you're a fan of college football, you've undoubtedly heard of Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein. He's a likely Heisman Trophy candidate, and at 6'5" and 226 pounds, a bit of a physical freak under center. 

Klein is one of the best quarterbacks in college football, but what about next season? Does the Wildcat quarterback project to the NFL, or is he another Tim Tebow?

Fans of Tebow must excuse me, but your poster boy has become synonymous with great college quarterbacks who aren't good enough passers to make the transition to the NFL. Klein falls into that category for evaluation, and you can't ignore the sheer physical similarities between the two.

So, is Klein the next Ben Roethlisberger or Tebow?


It seems like every few months we're writing an article updating the world on Tyrann Mathieu's draft stock. This might be the final nail in the coffin. Or rather, it should be.

Mathieu was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 25 and charged with "simple marijuana possession" after officers were dispatched to Mathieu's shared apartment in response to "a complaint about a man attempting to force his way in to the complex through a security gate."

Once officers arrived at that man's door, Mathieu answered. According to the report, officers smelled marijuana and obtained consent from the former LSU cornerback to search the apartment. Inside, they found 10 bags of marijuana, a digital scale and a marijuana grinder.

Mathieu was recently kicked off the LSU football team after failing a drug test, but the standout cornerback was back at LSU this fall attending classes, hoping to be reinstated in the spring for the 2013 season. Mathieu can stop worrying about getting back on the team and start worrying about his future.


This was a fun week to work in the NFL draft industry.

An insider secret is that one man can't watch 300 players each week (shocker, right?). Instead we work off a backlog, seeing games when and where we can. Thankfully, my travel schedule has involved a lot of flying lately, which gives me time to catch up on NFL draft film while not working covering the NFL nationally. The result is a lot of big changes to the Top 300 this week.

Some names to keep an eye on: Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), Dion Jordan (Oregon), Mike Gillislee (Florida) and Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State). These five players flew up the board thanks to several DVDs of games arriving this week. 

On the flipside, plenty of big names are moving down. Tyler Bray, William Gholston and Justin Hunter all step back this week to allow others to move up. 


Asking five NFL-draft writers to agree on anything is tough, which is why I asked four of the best in the business to help me conduct a midseason mock draft.

The results weren't always a consensus, but it does give you, the reader, a ton of insight into where different players may rank as of this writing and what each NFL team's biggest need is perceived to be.

In most cases, we were all in agreement about position groups or need, but in some, we were all over the map. 

Thanks to Jon Dove, Michael Schottey, Sigmund Bloom and Dane Brugler, here is our first consensus mock draft of the season.


Another week of hardcore college football viewing means more big changes. The biggest ever in one week.

What's changed? There is a new player sitting at No. 2 overall. We have a defensive end who soared up from the middle of the second round all the way to No. 10 overall. A first-round wide receiver is moving close to the second round, and one SEC quarterback has assured he'll not be ranked for the 2013 NFL draft.

Just another week in the life of a draft evaluator.


Another week of college football action means more movement up and down the big board for the 2013 NFL draft. What changes can you expect this week?

Injuries to several top prospectsmost notably Jackson Jeffcoathas the Top 20 looking quite a bit different this week. Excellent play by Manti Te'o of Notre Dame has the inside linebacker shooting up the board (again) this week.

And if you love quarterbacks, there's plenty of movement in those rankings for you this week.


Another week of college football is in the books, which means another week of draft prospects doing the football version of the Texas Two Step. 

Based on play, health and production, each week players are moving up and down the draft board. This week we're highlighting five players who have jumped up the board—and in some cases jumped onto our radar—and five players who are dropping down the board.