2013 NFL Draft: Final Top 100 draft board
With only hours to go until the 2013 NFL Draft, my final Top 100 draft board is set in stone.
After months of preparation, the 2013 NFL Draft is only hours away.
And as we make final preparations before the commissioner steps to the podium, my Top 100 draft board is finally set. There haven't been too many changes over the past few months, but minor tweaks to narrow down my top 100 players in this year's draft.
Final 2013 Draft Board
1. OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (6-7, 306, 4SR)
Fisher proved in the Senior Bowl and at the combine that he could hang with the big boys and not just dominate MAC competition. He has room to grow, but the upside is undeniable.
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2. OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (6-6, 306, 3JR)
He's a three-year starter, and the game seems to come easy to Joeckel. He is smooth in his movements with a stout base, winning with both quickness and strength.
3. DE Dion Jordan, Oregon (6-6, 248, 5SR)
A rare athlete for his size, Jordan needs to show he can stay healthy and add good weight. His fluid feet and range make him a versatile asset for any defense.
4. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama (6-0, 201, 3JR)
Although he doesn’t have elite speed, Milliner makes up for his lack of quick-twitch athleticism with smooth hips, natural instincts and very good read/react skills.
5. OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (6-6, 303, 5SR)
A personal favorite, Johnson moved to the offensive line in 2011 and is still growing at tackle, but he flashes all the necessary skills to develop into an NFL starting LT.
6. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama (6-2, 317, 4SR)
Warmack is a physical mauler with the natural bend and movement skills to block on the move. He won't be drafted as high as his talent due to positional value.
7. DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida (6-3, 297, 3JR)
A player still coming into his own, Floyd has always been a powerful athlete with natural feet, but he started to play with more consistent anger and technique in 2012.
8. DT Star Lotulelei, Utah (6-3, 311, 5SR)
A coordinated, fluid big man, Lotulelei flashes the get-off quickness and power at the point of attack to dominate games. He just needs to do it for all four quarters.
9. OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU (6-4, 241, 4JR)
Mingo’s draft projection is based more on potential rather than production, but he displays the length, quickness and overall athleticism to be a special edge rusher.
10. DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (6-3, 294, 4JR)
Richardson is a disruptive force when firing on all cylinders. He needs to improve his pad level and stay under control, but his natural athleticism is impressive.
11. OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (6-2, 311, 5SR)
Although he won’t be an ideal fit for everyone due to strength limitations, Cooper has outstanding body control and mobility for an interior offensive lineman.
12. CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (6-2, 210, 4JR)
There are some questions about his long speed, but Rhodes is a true bump-and-run corner who can match up with physical receivers and stay in their hip pocket.
13. DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State (6-3, 266, 3JR)
Although his motor runs hot/cold at times, Werner shows an excellent blend of speed, power and first-step quickness for a player still learning the game.
14. DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU (6-5, 271, 4SR)
A physical marvel, Ansah has only one year of starting experience, didn’t step onto the football field until 2010 but should only develop with more experience.
15. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (6-6, 250, 4JR)
Eifert won’t create a lot of separation, but he’s a better blocker than given credit and one of the best at using his body aggressively to finish contested catches.
16. DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (6-4, 276, 4SR)
An ACL tear in November clouds his draft projection. But when healthy, Carradine is one of the most natural pass rushers this draft class has to offer.
17. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (6-1, 214, 3JR)
Although not the biggest or fastest, Hopkins is able to win and be productive with his ability to change gears in his routes, create space and attack the ball in the air.
18. DE Datone Jones, UCLA (6-4, 283, 5SR)
Although he was often miscast on the Bruins' three-man defensive front, Jones has the quickness and hand strength to win in various ways from multiple positions.
19. WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (5-9, 174, 4SR)
Austin will probably be limited to a slot role in the NFL, but he is an exciting space player with video game-like athleticism and rare change-of-direction skills.
20. OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (6-2, 245, 4JR)
While he was a productive pass rusher in Athens, Jones has a few concerns moving to the next level -- mainly his take-on strength and length to shed blockers.
21. LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State (6-0, 241, 5SR)
His lack of size and growth potential might limit him in some schemes, but Brown quickly diagnoses the action and wastes little time attacking with explosiveness.
22. DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (6-3, 323, 5SR)
Williams has the power and stout anchor to hold up at nose tackle but also has the first-step quickness and motor to play other positions on the defensive line.
23. WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (6-2, 216, 3JR)
Based on potential and natural talent, Patterson has top-10 pick written all over him with his playmaking ability, but he’s still very unpolished in many areas.
24. MLB Kevin Minter, LSU (6-0, 246, 4JR)
Minter is an aggressive thumper and physical presence against the run with enough range to make plays near the sideline but has some holes in pass coverage.
25. S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (6-0, 214, 4SR)
Although he needs to do a better job breaking down and finishing in space, Vaccaro has the physical nature and athleticism to cover in space and defend the run.
26. WR Keenan Allen, California (6-2, 206, 3JR)
A talented all-around pass catcher, Allen has the size, speed and strong hands to be a productive target at the next level. His knee needs to check out medically.
27. DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M (6-5, 250, 3JR)
Moore probably could have used another season in College Station to develop his pass rush moves, but his athleticism and nonstop motor make him intriguing.
28. CB Desmond Trufant, Washington (6-0, 190, 4SR)
There is no question Trufant has the natural fluidity and athleticism to start at the next level, but his technique needs refinement to improve his consistency.
29. DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (6-3, 313, 5SR)
Although he's still relatively new to the game of football, Williams has an athletic skill set with the strength and potential to develop into a quality NFL starter.
30. TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (6-5, 255, 5SR)
The younger brother of Eagles center Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce is the top senior tight end in this class, with the strength and speed to be a consistent receiving and blocking threat.
31. CB D.J. Hayden, Houston (5-11, 191, 4SR)
A serious heart issue ended his 2012 season (and almost his life). But with a clean bill of health, Hayden has first-round tools. Long-term durability is a question mark.
32. S, Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International (6-0, 217, 4SR)
A Louis Delmas-like safety prospect, Cyprien is overaggressive at times and takes a lot of chances. But he is a physical striker with the range to hold up in coverage.
33. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (6-3, 320, 3JR)
Although he battled fatigue issues as an every-down defender in college, Hankins carries his weight well and offers scheme versatility to win with range and power.
34. MLB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (6-1, 241, 4SR)
A determined, smart football player, Te’o has room to improve his on-field anticipation and consistency. Plus, the off-field concerns make his draft stock hazy.
35. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (6-2, 218, 4SR)
Although he can’t be ruled out as the No. 1 overall pick with his passing skill set, Smith isn’t a flawless prospect. And there are concerns about his pro potential.
36. CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State (5-11, 192, 5SR)
Taylor is a quick-footed, fluid corner with loose hips and a professional work ethic. While he needs to get stronger against the run, he has NFL starting potential.
37. OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama (6-5, 339, 4JR)
While there are concerns that he lacks the fluidity to stay on the edges in the NFL, Fluker has the base, length and power to dominate defenders when in position.
38. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (6-2, 185, 4SR)
A ballhawking defensive back, Banks has room to tighten his technique and be more consistent. But he has very good height, length and confidence for the position.
39. CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State (6-1, 190, 4SR)
The "other" cornerback from the Bulldogs' defense, Slay has the higher NFL upside than Banks with his natural athleticism and size.
40. QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (6-2, 227, 5SR)
The second QB on the board, Nassib’s touch and accuracy tend to waver. But he is a strong-armed passer with the feet, smarts and mentality to be an NFL starter.
41. OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 306, 4SR)
An athletic mover, Armstead doesn't have ideal experience against top competition, but is fluid on the move and has NFL teams intrigued with his physical tools.
42. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (6-0, 204, 5SR)
Although he doesn’t look like much physically, Patton has the foot quickness to create after the catch and always seems to be playing fast but under control.
43. OG Larry Warford, Kentucky (6-3, 332, 4SR)
He'll get himself in trouble when he overextends, but Warford moves extremely well for a man his size, blocking well in motion and anchoring in pass protection.
44. RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (5-11, 231, 4JR)
A strongly-built back, Lacy was productive behind a smash-mouth line. But he also created some yards on his own, staying light on his feet and running over tacklers.
45. OLB Sio Moore, Connecticut (6-1, 245, 5SR)
A versatile strong-side linebacker, Moore is scheme diverse with the talent to rush the passer, drop in space and hold up in zone coverage.
46. CB Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana (5-10, 186, 5SR)
Alford needs to develop his strength and technique in the NFL. But, if healthy, he has the fluid movement skills to hold up in man coverage at the next level.
47. QB Matt Barkley, USC (6-3, 227, 4SR)
Although his size, athleticism and arm strength are average at best, Barkley has NFL-level skills between his ears that will carry him further than his physical skill set.
48. LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (6-3, 242, 3JR)
A run-and-chase linebacker, Ogletree has a lean build and too often gets hung up in the trash. But his explosive speed and range will push him up most draft boards.
49. WR Robert Woods, USC (6-0, 210, 3JR)
Although he's not the biggest or fastest, Woods is a sharp route runner with very good quickness in his breaks to create separation and do something with the ball.
50. OG Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (6-5, 306, 5SR)
With very good starting experience at both tackle and guard over his collegiate career, Thomas isn't dominant in any one area but plays steady and balanced.
The next 50
51. OT Menelik Watson, Florida State (6-6, 320, 3JR)
52. SS Matt Elam, Florida (5-10, 208, 3JR)
53. WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee (6-4, 200, 3JR)
54. WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State (5-11, 183, 4SR)
55. OG Kyle Long, Oregon (6-6, 304, 5SR)
56. TE Zach Ertz, Stanford (6-6, 250 4JR)
57. CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers (6-0, 190, 4JR)
58. TE Jordan Reed, Florida (6-3, 240, 4JR)
59 DE Alex Okafor, Texas (6-5, 265, 4SR)
60. DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn (6-3, 255, 3JR)
61. TE Vance McDonald, Rice (6-4, 262, 5SR)
62. OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse (6-5, 301, 4JR)
63. RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (5-10, 201, 5SR)
64. QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (6-2, 218, 5SR)
65. S Eric Reid, LSU (6-2, 210, 3JR)
66. C Brian Schwenke, California (6-3, 314, 4SR)
67. DT Kawann Short, Purdue (6-3, 308, 5SR)
68. RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (5-9, 200, 3SO)
69. OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado (6-4, 299, 4JR)
70. SS Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse (5-8, 213, 4SR)
71. DE Margus Hunt, SMU (6-8, 277, 5SR)
72. CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (5-9, 180, 3JR)
73. DB Sanders Commings, Georgia (6-2, 215, 5SR)
74. DT John Jenkins, Georgia (6-4, 359, 4SR)
75. WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (5-10, 195, 4JR)
76. DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern (6-2, 341, 5SR)
77. OG Barrett Jones, Alabama (6-5, 300, 5SR)
78. WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (6-3, 210, 3JR)
79. QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee (6-6, 215, 3JR)
80. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (5-10, 197, 5SR)
81. OT David Quessenberry, San Jose State (6-5, 302, 5SR)
82. CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State (5-10, 193, 4SR)
83. QB Mike Glennon, NC State (6-7, 220, 5SR)
84. S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina (6-0, 210, 4SR)
85. QB Zac Dysert, Miami (OH) (6-3, 224, 5SR)
86. RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State (6-1, 195, 3JR)
87. WR Ace Sanders, South Carolina (5-8, 175, 3JR)
88. OG Brian Winters, Kent State (6-4, 310, 4SR)
89. RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (5-10, 220, 4SR)
90. OL Travis Frederick, Wisconsin (6-4, 312, 4JR)
91. DE Sam Montgomery, LSU (6-3, 262, 4JR)
92. DT Bennie Logan, LSU (6-3, 285, 4JR)
93. WR Terrance Williams, Baylor (6-2, 201, 5SR)
94. LB Jon Bostic, Florida (6-1, 245, 4SR)
95. WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall (6-3, 203, 4SR)
96. OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina (6-7, 315, 5SR)
97. LB Chase Thomas, Stanford (6-3, 244, 5SR)
98. DE William Gholston, Michigan State (6-6, 281, 3JR)
99. OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss (6-4, 250, 4SR)
100. RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford (5-9, 215, 4SR)
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