The 2013 NFL draft is loaded with talent at positions like left tackle, defensive end and outside linebacker. We all at least have a good idea of the top players by now, but who are the most exciting players in this year’s class?

Here’s a look at some of the players I’m most excited about scouting over the next three months. This isn’t a look at the 12 best players in the 2013 class, but a look at the guys who are the most fun to break down on the coaches' film.


The NFL draft is all about hope and change. Fans hope their teams make the moves needed to either make the playoffs, extend their run or win them another Super Bowl. No other event in the NFL pulls people together like the draft does. It's because of that hope that each fan carries with them into late April.

With the No. 1 overall pick, the Kansas City Chiefs will get things started, but what happens next? Making a full seven-round mock draft in early February can be dangerous, but this is a look at what teams need right now—before free agency—and where players stack up right now before the NFL scouting combine and pro days.

So, who will your team go after in all seven rounds?


**Draft order is complete as of February 3. Please note that some trades are not yet determined by NFL office due to playing time and other conditions.**

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The 2013 NFL Draft already has an embarrassment of riches at the wide receiver position. Judging by the performance of the wideouts at this week's Texas vs. the Nation all-star game, that overabundance will extend well into the third day of the draft and even to the group of undrafted free agents. Each squad features multiple receivers who displayed NFL quality talent in some aspect of their game during the week of practices. Who are the names to know from the list of prospects who are trying to impress pro scouts in Allen, Texas this week?


TJ Moe, Missouri—Moe's game was very reminiscent of a wide receiver I watched at this game in 2008—former Texas Tech Red Raider Danny Amendola. Blaine Gabbert's favorite target in 2010 does everything with great intent and precision. His breaks and variation of speed in his routes create easy separation, and Moe had the most reliable hands of any receiver in Allen this week.

Moe has better size (5'11 1/4", 201 lbs.) than Amendola, and he might be a little faster than the current NFL free agent, too. Amendola went undrafted, but with the increasing value of slot receivers in a pass-happy league, Moe should hear his name called on the third day of the draft.

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Of all the offensive skill prospects at the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game practices in Allen, Texas, none created more intrigue coming in than Minnesota quarterback/wide receiver/tight end MarQueis Gray.

Gray entered Minnesota as a 4-star, top-15 national quarterback recruit, and went on to start at wide receiver and quarterback during his four years with the Gophers.

At the weigh-in on Monday, Gray measured 6'3 5/8" and 239 pounds, with ideal 10 1/8" hands and a very impressive 80 3/4" wingspan. He has the pedigree and measureables to fit well in 21st century NFL pass offenses that use athletic tight ends as downfield weapons to create mismatches against slower linebackers or smaller safeties.

Gray was mostly lined up in the slot for the Tuesday Nation practice, which was moved inside because of inclement weather. While he flashed fluid athleticism for such a big man, just about everything else in his game belonged on a blooper reel.


NFL teams have packed up their bags and grabbed their Mardi Gras beads en route to the airport. For all intents and purposes, the 2013 Senior Bowl is wrapped up. What'd we learn?

This wasn't an exceptionally great group if you love watching quarterbacks, but for X's and O's savants who crave line play and secondary technique, this was a fun week. Many players from those units helped solidify their draft stock with a great week of practices.

It's time to open the scouting notebook one last time. Here's my position-by-position rundown of the week.


Day 3 of the 2013 Senior Bowl is in the bag—and I have the sunburn to prove it.

The weather has been beautiful for scouting and analysis this week, making the job that much easier while watching the top 100 seniors in college football.

Who made the most noise on the third day? Both the North and South squads took to the field with varying levels of intensity and success, and many of the players we've been tracking all week continued to flash on the field.

Here's a look at my notes from the day.


Day two is in the bag from Mobile, where we're camped out all week for Senior Bowl practices. What's worth noting from today's sessions?

It's important to watch from day one to day two to see how guys are responding mentally and physically to the practices. Are players sore? Are they tired? Have they developed in the two days of coaching from NFL staffs? Who is emerging as a leader on each squad?

Here's a look inside my scouting notebook for day two.


The Senior Bowl is called the NFL's largest job interview—and on Day 1 it's obvious that the 2013 class is under pressure.

Who stood out on Day 1? With practices running side-by-side, my notes for today will focus largely on the North squad, as well as the morning weigh-in. Thankfully, Bleacher Report's Andrew Garda is also here with me and was able to cover the South practices.

Each day this week I'll unload my scouting notes for you. Here's Day 1.


With the 2013 NFL draft order all but set heading into the Super Bowl, it's time to take a fresh look at the players teams are targeting.

A mock draft is much more than just assigning the best player to the next team on the list. When sitting down to write a mock draft, I'm taking my own personal evaluations of players plus news and notes from NFL scouts and executives that I'm in contact with.

Picks are assigned with free agency, team needs and team schemes in mind. Who should your team be looking at? Find out in our new three-round mock draft. 

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Scandals. Lies. Fake girlfriends. Fake deaths.

Amid a scandal unlike anything we’ve ever seen in college football, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has a lot on his mind, and at least one of those things is the upcoming 2013 NFL draft.

A one-time lock as a first-round pick, Te’o now faces intense scrutiny from NFL front offices that are infamous for their background checks. What has the "Catfish" scandal done to the Heisman candidate’s draft stock?

Before the story broke, I had Te’o as a mid-first-round pick. Now, it’s likely that a scandal of this proportion will indeed drive his stock down.

Based on conversations I’ve had in the last 24 hours with NFL personnel, a conservative estimate will be that Te’o falls one full round. That puts him closer to the middle of Round 2.

We’re used to NFL draft prospects having baggage, but it’s usually arrests or family issues. This is unprecedented, and you can bet it will affect Te’o’s stock negatively.

In speaking with one NFL player this morning, he told me, “(I) don’t think the casual or even hard-core draft people understand how big this is. Could be devastating. Like worse than finding injury/illness.”