The NFL season starts with 32 fan bases believing they have a shot at the playoffs. That will soon be whittled down to 20 teams on the outside looking in, but already there is a clear picture of which teams will be filling out the top five picks of the 2013 NFL draft. But which players will they be looking at?

Unlike the 2012 draft class, this year's crop has no one truly elite player like Andrew Luck standing solidly above the rest. A lot like this year's NFL season, the 2013 NFL draft is made up of many solid players with them all still vying for the chance to be No. 1.

With the April draft nearing, here's a look at 10 top players and their odds on being the No. 1 overall pick.

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Turn on the TV or radio lately, and there's a good chance if someone is talking about the NFL draft, they are telling you a falsehood about who the top quarterback—and in some cases overall player—is for the 2013 NFL draft.

Because it's not Matt Barkley.

Before the 2012 college football season began, all you heard about the 2013 NFL draft class was Matt Barkley this and Matt Barkley that. It's time to set those myths to bed once and for all. America, Matt Barkley is not your No. 1 overall quarterback. 

This isn't a personal attack on someone who seems to be a very good kid and elite college quarterback, but the record needs to be set straight.

Draftniks and those who worship the annual spring draft religiously need to know that when Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium to announce the first overall pick in the draft, Matt Barkley's name won't even be in consideration—no matter what ESPN or the NFL Network tell you between now and the draft.


Draft season is upon us—did it ever really go away?

Whether you're an NFL fan or a fan of college football, everyone loves the NFL draft. The event is loved especially those fans who are looking ahead to the offseason to see how their team can improve. 

Which players are worth checking out in the final weeks of the college football season? We've got you covered with the Top 300 players eligible for the 2013 NFL draft.


What a difference a week can make.

While USC players find themselves free-falling down the board, Texas A&M's big win over Alabama allowed one of their top prospects to show he belongs in the top-10 conversation, while one of the Crimson Tide defenders also moved himself up the board considerably with a strong showing against the high-flying Aggie offense.

The 2013 NFL draft gets closer and closer, and as it does, here are five players moving up the board and five who find themselves falling this week.

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Being wrong isn't easy. It happens, and quite often in the NFL draft world, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow—especially thanks to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube commenters reminding you of just how wrong you were.

It happens, and the key as a college football and NFL player evaluator is to learn from it. What went wrong, what did I see wrong and what can I learn from this player? Such is the case with Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Before the 2012 NFL draft, Tannehill was ranked as the No. 4 quarterback on my board. That wasn't a prediction of how high he would be drafted, but a projection of which quarterbacks would be the most talented from this class over the long haul. Through 11 weeks, it's clear that Tannehill should have been at No. 3.

What can we learn from Ryan Tannehill's pre-draft scouting report and a look at how he's playing today? Quite a bit.


The 2013 NFL draft class is shaping up, and from the outside looking in, this class appears to be weaker than any in recent memory at the most important position in football: quarterback.

Will the quarterback of college football's best-stocked program find his place in the NFL?

A.J. McCarron has won a national championship. He's been a Heisman Trophy candidate. But how does his NFL future look? Until this writing, McCarron hasn't been looked at on my big board as a potential 2013 prospect due to his status as a junior, but in a weak year of quarterbacks, could McCarron be tempted to head to the NFL?

Before a future as a professional can be considered, just how does McCarron project at the next level?


If you're a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers or Cleveland Browns, chances are you're already scouring the Internet for updates on team needs and mock drafts. You've come to the right place.

Fans of many NFL franchises have just one thing to look forward to as we head into Week 11—the NFL draft. As the NFL landscape starts to unfold, so does the NFL draft picture. Which juniors will be foregoing their final year of eligibility for the draft remains a guessing game at this point, but a good idea can be developed by now. Same for the draft order, which is starting to take shape.

Let's kick off our offseason projections with an updated two-round mock draft and updated team needs. We call that one-stop-shopping.


It won't be long before the NFL season is over for everyone but the 12 teams headed to the playoffs. Once that happens, it's full-steam ahead on NFL draft focus for those teams and fans. We're here to get you a jump start on what to look for.

Who is the best quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft class? How about the best pass rusher in a class that figures to be one of the deepest ever at the position? This year's class lacks an Andrew Luck-type player, but there's no shortage of talent on both sides of the ball. Who comes out on top?


With the NFL season now officially half over, many fans are looking ahead to the playoffs, while others are already thinking about how to fix their team's problems in the 2013 NFL draft. With draft season approaching, here's a look at 10 players making moves up and down our Top 300 players list.

Players are moved up weekly only if their play or an injury warrants a move. For most players, nothing changes from week to week, but for others like Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen, injuries or poor play see them moving down.

Just as players can move down, we're seeing other players emerge as stars in this year's class. If your favorite team is in need of defense, the 2013 draft will be kind to you.


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.