Week 2 of the college football season is in the books, and with it, the draft stock of juniors and seniors across the country. Which players are up and down after two weeks of play?

In a loaded SEC draft class, LSU and Georgia feature some of the best players in the nation, but their individual draft stock may be faltering due to poor play and/or injuries. For example, offensive tackle Chris Faulk (LSU) is out of the year with a knee injury, putting a once first-round draft grade in question.

Who is up and who is down? We're breaking it down in this week's stock watch.

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Inside linebacker is not a very highly valued position in the NFL draft. A player must have elite tools, instincts and production to get consideration in the first. The name that keeps coming up atop the 2013 NFL draft eligible class is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. The accolades are piling up for Te'o, but what about his play on the field? Is he deserving of a first-round pick next April?



Te'o is a massive linebacker at 6'2", 255 lbs. He is not particularly fast in a straight line, and he does not change direction quickly. In general, he is a little stiff and upright, and he also plays with a deliberate sense about his movements, except when he is moving in a straight line.

Te'o does not have legitimate sideline-to-sideline range, but his size makes him ideal for inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, where range is not as important. He has a decent motor and is generally moving toward the ball until the whistle.

Instincts are not his strength, as Te'o appears to be guessing or reacting to what is happening instead of anticipating on most plays. He often guesses wrong or is a beat late from making a play, but Te'o still disrupts enough to be a catalyst for his teammates to make plays. 


If the first-year success of Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and even Robert Griffin III have taught us anything, it's that first-year quarterbacks are no longer game managers who need their hands held by coaches. 

This is a new NFL, and by trickle-down effect, a new NCAA. Quarterbacks are leaving college more prepared than ever before to take on defenses of the pro variety. Not all quarterbacks are created equal, though. 

Which quarterbacks from the 2013 draft class have the look of early studs?


You'll have no trouble finding scouting reports for the top 2013 NFL Draft-eligible prospects if they play in any of the big six BCS conferences or if they are a big independent like Notre Dame or BYU.

The mid-major conferences in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-A) get much less attention, and at the lower levels, starting with the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-AA), there is scant attention paid to all but the most outstanding pro prospects.

But that doesn't mean that players from these smaller programs will be insignificant during the draft. In fact, every year, more and more players from small schools are getting drafted, and they seem to get drafted higher every year.

Here are the top 20 players outside of the big BCS conferences and big independents that might hear their name called in Radio City Music Hall next April.

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2013 is setting up to be a big year for quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL draft. Matt Barkley has the pro-ready pedigree, Tyler Wilson has the arm and athleticism, and Logan Thomas has the dream set of tools. So what does Tyler Bray of Tennessee have that may make him worth a consideration early in the first round with these elite passing prospects?



Bray is a mantis-like 6'6" 215 lbs. Although his body type hasn't been the mold of too many starting NFL quarterbacks, the whip-like energy his springy, loose body generates sets Bray apart from the typical deliberate, stationary pocket passing long-limbed quarterback prospect. It allows him to put a lot of velocity and accuracy on passes that don't come out of ideal mechanics, such as this throw where Bray perceives pressure and doesn't shift his weight to his front foot:

Bray's most impressive tool besides his arm strength is his mental approach to the game. He sells the play-action fake well with crisp execution and the ability to quickly see the field and reset after turning his back to the defense. He calmly goes through his progressions and finds his checkdown on time.

Bray can see plays develop and lead his receivers to open spots on the field. In general, he has a great feel for the game and lets it come to him instead of forcing the issue or otherwise seeming out of sync. He is always playing calm, relaxed and under control, never exhibiting a sense of being rushed mentally or physically. 


With the NFL season set to kick off, a few things are coming into focus.

Some teams have the look of a hapless franchise in the middle of a multi-year rebuilding plan, while others are still firing on all cylinders. Some are adjusting well to new personnel and coaches; some are still a work in progress, and an early 2013 NFL draft order can be divined from these outward indicators.

Likewise, the first weekend of college football is upon us, and going in we can have a good idea of who sits atop the draft class—at least before the games are played. Put these together, and we can peer into the future and try to guess what kind of help teams will get in the first round of next year's NFL draft.


After a draft that gave up a top-five overall running back pick and two other first-round backs, 2013 might not even yield one runner in the first 32 picks.

Trent Richardson was the best prospect at the position since Adrian Peterson, and Doug Martin was too much like Matt Forte and Ray Rice for teams to make the mistake of letting him fall to the second like the Bears and Ravens studs did in 2008.

David Wilson is already showing the dynamic, explosive play that induced the Giants to take him in the first round in April.

The 2013 draft-eligible class lacks a flagship talent like Richardson, and a handful of the best talents in the group are coming off of serious injuries. As usual, the SEC leads the way, and the Alabama Crimson Tide have yet another potential star in the making carrying the mail.

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College football season is here, which means NFL draft season is here too. The 2013 NFL draft class is loaded with quarterbacks, offensive tackles and pass-rushers who will have an immediate impact in the NFL next season.

But first, how will they look in their college football debut this season?

Here are the key matchups for the weekend that we'll be watching, as well as the top-ranked players for each team.


South Carolina vs Vanderbilt


The NFL season hasn't started yet, but that won't keep fans from looking ahead to see which players they could potentially be looking at in the 2013 NFL draft.

If you're a fan of the Arizona Cardinals, you may catch yourself peeking in at Logan Thomas or Matt Barkley this fall. Miami Dolphins fans can spend their Saturdays watching Robert Woods and Keenan Allen dominate in the Pac-12. 

The season may not be here yet, but it's never too early to look ahead. With the draft order based on my most recent power rankings, here's a look at the first round of the 2013 draft.

Note: Only projected juniors and redshirt sophomores are listed. Not all eligible players are included in this version.

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Just five years ago, the Arkansas Razorbacks backfield contained two future first-rounders (Darren McFadden and Felix Jones) and another running back/fullback 'tweener (Peyton Hillis) who was one of the best backs in the NFL in 2010. In Hillis' big year for the Cleveland Browns, the Hogs unveiled another back with the potential for pro success in his future. Knile Davis tore up the SEC at the ripe old age of 18 in his sophomore year.

Big things were expected from Davis in 2011, including a run at a Heisman Trophy. Instead, he broke the same right ankle he fractured in high school and missed the entire season. He's ready to go full speed to open the 2012 campaign. Obviously, whether Davis can regain everything he had before the injury will greatly affect his 2013 (or 2014) NFL Draft stock, but what exactly did he have before the ankle gave way again?



Davis is built to last, at a shade under 6'0" and 225 pounds. One glance at Davis and you know those numbers are legit. He is a very sturdy back and not top-heavy or high-cut. In fact, the first things you notice when you look at Davis are his tree-trunk thighs:

Davis has a good initial burst for a big back, and he has a second gear. He doesn't have a fifth gear. Davis isn't going to pull away from anyone in the open field. He will get back up to the second gear relatively quickly after contact. Even though his legs are big, Davis is not a heavy-legged plodder. At times, he displays great feet for a big back, but at other times he's clumsy. Still, tight-roping the sideline like this for a touchdown is impressive at any size: