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Old 05-13-2012, 12:42 PM  
Dan in Lafayette Dan in Lafayette is offline
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Mike Detillier's Top Players for the 2013 NFL Draft

Top Players for the 2013 NFL Draft

by Mike Detillier

I know it’s early, but here is my look at the top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft

1. Matt Barkley-Quarterback 6-2, 222 USC

Matt is starting to live up to his very lofty high school rankings when he came out of Mater Dei High School in California. He is a very accurate passer in the pocket, he throws a very catchable pass and he can make every throw needed to excel at the next level. He also does a good job buying time with his feet. His 88 touchdown passes, just 33 interceptions, and a completion rate of 64% at USC shows just effective a passer he is. Barkley reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers when he came out of California.

2. Logan Thomas-Quarterback 6-5 , 255 Virginia Tech

*** Two years ago it was Cam Newton, last season it was Robert Griffin III and watch if it is not Logan Thomas to blossom into a big time college performer and NFL prospect this season. Thomas was recruited to VT as a tight end, but he is quite the passer. He has great size, a super strong arm, he is accurate throwing from the pocket and he is a dangerous open field runner. Needs some work on his techniques and foot work, but Thomas has immense physical gifts.

3. Jarvis Jones-Outside Linebacker 6-3, 240 Georgia

*** Jones was the most dominant front-seven player in the SEC last season and that is saying a mouthful. He has great size, he is physical at the point of attack and he has off the charts pass rush skills. Is very similar to former Texas A&M and current Denver Broncos pass rush ace Von Miller. His 19 tackles for losses, 26 QB hurries and 13 QB sacks in 2011 despite getting double-teamed weekly says it all.

4. Sam Montgomery-Defensive End 6-5, 265 LSU

*** Montgomery has lived up to the lofty high school billing when he came out of South Carolina as one of the elite defensive linemen in prep football. His quick step off the snap is eye-catching and he has a burning hot motor when out on the field. His speed, great length and football instincts are outstanding and last season he racked up 49 tackles, 13 tackles for losses and 9 QB. sacks, despite seeing a lot of double-team action.

5. Taylor Lewan-Offensive Tackle 6-7, 305 Michigan

*** He isn’t in the Jake Long category yet, but he is a very impressive left tackle prospect with great length, quick feet, an aggressive nature as a run blocker and he does a very good job finishing off his man at the point of attack.

6. Barkevious Mingo-Outside Linebacker 6-4 , 245 LSU

*** Fast, aggressive, super quick off the snap and he is quite a defensive playmaker. His edge pass rush skills are impressive and last season Mingo recorded 46 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, 11 QB. hurries and 8 QB. sacks. He reminds me so much of former Texas and current Washington Redskins standout Brian Orakpo.

7. Tyler Wilson- Quarterback 6-3, 220 Arkansas

Most thought the Hogs would have a big drop-off at the quarterback slot after Ryan Mallett took his game to the NFL, but Wilson really lit up the skies in the SEC last season. I was impressed with his touch, accuracy, his ability to hang tough in the pocket and he developed excellent rapport with his receivers. Expect Tyler to again have another strong season and reminds me a lot of Houston Texans gunslinger Matt Schaub.

8. Robert Woods-Wide Receiver 6-1, 188 USC

*** Woods is the most feared skilled-player in the nation. He can turn the game around with a catch or a return on special teams in a flash. Robert has great speed, excellent eye hand coordination and he is like a bigger version of Philadelphia Eagles WR./PR. DeSean Jackson when he was at California.

9. Star Lotulelei-Defensive Tackle 6-3 , 328 Utah

This big guy is quite a force in the middle. He was in on 44 tackles and had 9 tackles for losses in 2011, but those stats don’t tell you how dominant he was in 2011. He clogs up the interior rushing lanes, ties up multiple blockers and Star does an excellent job pushing the inside pocket.

10. Eric Reid-Free Safety 6-2, 210 LSU

*** The most underrated player on a very talented Tiger defense. He is superb in run support, a sure open field tackler and a very good pass cover safety. Eric has great range and he is a ball hawk playing centerfield. In the same zip code of a player as Mark Barron was at Alabama.

11. David Amerson-Cornerback 6-2 , 190 North Carolina State

*** I really love cornerbacks with great size, long arms and 1st rate ball reaction skills. Amerson has those traits. David intercepted 13 passes last season. He plays the ball like a wide receiver and he is in the hip-pocket of receivers when running downfield.

12. Barrett Jones-Offensive Center 6-4, 315 Alabama

Barrett is the most dominant offensive lineman in college football. He has started at center, left tackle, right tackle and left guard for the Crimson Tide and excelled at each spot. Outstanding pass protector and a powerhouse run blocker.

13. Marcus Lattimore-Halfback 5-11 , 225 South Carolina

*** When healthy Marcus is the best all-purpose running back in college football. He is coming off of surgery for a torn ligament in his knee, but he has rare football cutback skills, he has another gear to kick into out in space, he can run with both power and speed and he is an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield.

14. Bennie Logan-Defensive Tackle 6-2, 290 LSU

*** In my opinion Logan is a better football player than Michael Brockers who the St. Louis Rams selected in Round 1 of the recent April draft. He doesn’t have Brockers’ size, but he is a technically better football player, quicker off the snap and he has a motor that never quits. Has some Glenn Dorsey-type college traits to his game.

15. Johnathan Hankins-Defensive Tackle 6-3, 330 Ohio State

*** This big man has only scratched the surface of his skills. Tremendous run-stuffer, who has learned how to use his hands better to defeat his man at the point of attack. Johnathan’s 67 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and 3 QB sacks don’t tell you the impact he had in the middle in 2011 for the Buckeyes.

16. Chris Faulk-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 322 LSU

*** Chris is the best left tackle in the SEC. Faulk has quick feet, he adjusts well to movement upfront and drives defenders out to the very edge when protecting the QB. Chris needs to get stronger and develop more of a “power” game as a run blocker, but he has immense talents as a left tackle.

17. Ricky Wagner-Offensive Tackle 6-6, 318 Wisconsin

Wagner is another top offensive line prospect to come out of Wisconsin. Ricky has great size, long arms and he has really excelled protecting the quarterback. He has flashed dominant traits as a drive blocker, but the huge left tackle needs to stay lower and get under the pads of a defender better.

18. Keenan Allen-Wide Receiver 6-2 , 210 California

*** I love wide receivers with size and strong run after catch skills and Allen has those features. He has excellent concentration skills, catches the ball out front with his hands and Allen knows how to use his big body well to post up downfield. Keenan’s run after catch skills are tremendous and he is a real weapon in the red zone.

19. Landry Jones-Quarterback 6-3 , 228 Oklahoma

His production and accuracy tailed off late last season with wide receiver Ryan Broyles out of the lineup, but I like his toughness in the pocket, he has a quick release, he is accurate throwing from the pocket and Landry is a great team leader.

20. Jackson Jeffcoat-Defensive End 6-4, 260 Texas

*** Jackson has a strong pedigree. His father, Jim, was a standout defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He has excellent pass rush skills and he is a disruptive edge force. Jeffcoat recorded 71 tackles, 21 tackles for losses, 8 QB sacks and 9 quarterback pressures last season.

21. Johnthan Banks-Cornerback 6-1, 189 Mississippi State

Banks is one of the best one-on-one cover cornerbacks in the country. Smart, very instinctive player who has excellent ball reaction skills and he plays the ball like a wide receiver. He is also very good in run support.

22. Dominique Easley-Defensive Tackle 6-2, 290 Florida

*** He is coming off of an ACL injury, but when healthy he has shown the skills to be a dominant inside player. He has a very quick initial surge up the field and he has 1st rate track down skills.

23. Luke Joeckel-Offensive Tackle 6-6, 315 Texas A&M

*** Smart, technically sound left tackle that moves fluidly for such a big man. He did an excellent job protecting the blind side of Ryan Tannehill. Very underrated player.

24. D.J. Fluker-Offensive Tackle 6-6, 322 Alabama

*** Huge man, who moves well for such a massive player and he does a fine job in pass protection sets from the right side. Needs to learn how to stay lower and get better leverage on defenders as a run blocker, but once he gets his hands on you, you are out of the play.

25. Manti Te’O-Inside Linebacker 6-2, 250 Notre Dame

Tough, hard-nosed middle linebacker, who has superb football instincts and he is a sure open field tackler. Manti has the speed and range to be effective in coverage also.

26. William Gholston-Defensive End 6-6, 275 Michigan State

*** Has the long arms, a super quick initial burst off the snap and bend-edge ability the NFL covets. In my opinion he is a better player than Quinton Coples was at North Carolina and the New York Jets selected him in the 1st round last month. Gholston registered 70 tackles, 16 tackles for losses and 5 quarterback sacks in 2011.

27. Tyler Eifert-Tight End 6-5, 245 Notre Dame

*** Eifert is a former wide receiver who has great size, he is a huge target down the middle of the field and he is a big-time threat after the reception.

28. Justin Gilbert-Cornerback 6-0, 195 Oklahoma State

*** Former high school quarterback who has blossomed into one of the elite cover men in college football. Justin has great speed, he is quick in the hips, and plants and drives hard to the football. He recorded 10 pass break-ups, 5 pass interceptions and 59 tackles as a sophomore. Gilbert also excels as a kickoff return man and he averaged 27.0 yards per runback and brought back 2 for scores in 2011.

29. Dee Milliner-Cornerback 6-1, 190 Alabama

*** Dee has long arms, he has 1st rate ball reaction skills and he flies up the field in a flash in run support. He has also been schooled by one of the game’s best defensive backfield coaches in Nick Saban.

30. Kawann Short-Defensive Tackle 6-3, 315 Purdue

When the spirit moves him Short is a dominant interior player. He gets excellent inside penetration and he is a fine technician. He just needs to play with more of a sense of urgency and rev-up his motor on a more consistent basis.

31. Jesse Williams-Defensive Tackle 6-3, 330 Alabama

Jesse is still learning how to play the game since he grew up in Australia, but he has rare size, strength at the point of attack and he can run the field like a much smaller player. Watch out for Williams in 2012 and is a deluxe run-stuffer.

32. Tyrann Mathieu-Cornerback/Free Safety 5-8 , 182 LSU

*** Short in statue, but he is long on big plays. “Honey Badger” is a tremendous playmaker as a cover man, blitzer and in the return game. I really think his best position in the NFL is at free safety and he has football instincts and ball reaction skills that could be compared to that of Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed.

Best of the Rest

Justin Hunter-Wide Receiver 6-3 , 205 Tennessee ***

Robert Lester-Free Safety 6-1 , 210 Alabama

Kevin Reddick-Middle Linebacker 6-2, 240 North Carolina

C.J. Mosley-Middle Linebacker 6-2, 235 Alabama ***

Brandon Jenkins-Defensive End/OLB 6-3, 265 Florida State

Nico Johnson-Outside Linebacker 6-2, 240 Alabama

Geno Smith-Quarterback 6-3, 220 West Virginia

Chance Warmack-Offensive Guard 6-3, 320 Alabama

Michael Buchanan-Defensive End 6-4, 245 Illinois

Tyler Bray-Quarterback 6-5, 212 Tennessee ***

Keenan Williams-Wide Receiver 6-1, 190 Baylor

Corey Lemonier-Defensive End 6-3, 250 Auburn ***

Chase Thomas-Outside Linebacker 6-3 , 242 Stanford

Justin Pugh-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 305 Syracuse

Khalid Holmes-Offensive Center 6-3, 310 USC

Kwame Geathers-Defensive Tackle 6-5, 340 Georgia ***

Xavier Rhodes-Cornerback 6-1 , 205 Florida State ***

T.J. McDonald-Free Safety 6-2, 205 USC

Desmond Trufant-Cornerback 5-11 , 185 Washington

Knile Davis-Halfback 6-0, 228 Arkansas

Joseph Fauria-Tight End 6-6, 255 UCLA

Tharold Simon-Cornerback 6-2, 215 LSU ***

Montee Ball-Halfback 5-9 , 215 Wisconsin

Shayne Slov-Inside Linebacker 6-3, 245 Stanford

Ray Ray Armstrong-Strong Safety 6-3 , 215 Miami (Fla.)

Micah Hyde-Cornerback 6-0 , 189 Iowa

Eddie Lacy-Halfback 5-10, 218 Alabama

Sean Porter-Outside Linebacker 6-2, 240 Texas A&M

Johnny Adams-Cornerback 5-11, 180 Michigan State

Alex Okafor-Defensive End 6-4, 265 Texas

Cobi Hamilton-Wide Receiver 6-2, 215 Arkansas

Devin Taylor-Defensive End 6-6, 265 South Carolina

Jake Matthews-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 310 Texas A&M ***

Larry Warford-Offensive Guard 6-3, 335 Kentucky

Levin Toilolo-Tight End 6-7 , 262 Stanford ***

Arthur Brown-Inside Linebacker 6-1 , 232 Kansas State

Alex Hurst-Offensive Tackle 6-5, 345 LSU

Andre Ellington-Halfback 5-10, 190 Clemson



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