Everyone seems to do one of these nowadays, and a lot of them look the same. I’ve tried to be different where possible and bring something new to the table. This isn’t a mock draft, it’s not even a definitive list. It’s merely a collection of guys to keep an eye on in 2013. Some will succeed and progress towards the top of next years draft. Others will fail in that quest.
There’s also the chance for others to develop. Who was talking about Robert Griffin III twelve months ago? What about Cam Newton the year before? Things change during a season. One of the high profile absentees is Landry Jones – a player I firmly believe warrants no more than a mid-round grade. His tape was awful last year, and it’s why he didn’t declare despite being ridiculously placed among many top-10 mocks during the year. That’s not to say Jones can’t promote his stock with a good season, but he has it all to prove.
Keep an eye out because over the next few weeks were going to start publishing game tape of this group. You’ll find all the tape by clicking the new menu bar tap titled, unsurprisingly, ‘GAME TAPE’.
#1 Matt Barkley (QB, USC)
Just a fantastic quarterback prospect with elite technical and mental qualities.
#2 Logan Thomas (QB, Virginia Tech)
He could be the #1 pick. Thomas has all the physical tools and looks like Big Ben.
#3 Jarvis Jones (OLB, Georgia)
The best pass rusher in college football, he had 13.5 sacks last season.
#4 Robert Woods (WR, USC)
A bit inconsistent and lacks ideal size, but he should put up big numbers again.
#5 Marcus Lattimore (RB, South Carolina)
The big question here is health. Can he bounce back from a bad knee injury?
#6 Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah)
Elite potential but the motor runs a bit hit and miss. One to watch.
#7 Tyler Wilson (QB, Arkansas)
Slingy release and gets happy feet, but he has all the tools.
#8 Oday Aboushi (OT, Virginia)
He would’ve been a late first or early second round pick this year.
#9 Barrett Jones (OT, Alabama)
Jones can play multiple positions – tackle, guard, center. Teams will want this guy on their team.
#10 Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State)
A player in the JJ Watt mould, he’s perfect for the 3-4.
#11 Knile Davis (RB, Arkansas)
Another running back coming back from injury. It’s easy to forget just how good Davis is.
#12 Montee Ball (RB, Wisconsin)
I love Montee Ball. Watch the tape, he makes things happen.
#13 Ricky Wagner (OT, Wisconsin)
Another tackle off the Wisconsin production line. He could develop into a good one.
#14 John Simon (DE, Ohio State)
Relentless and led the Buckeye’s for sacks last year. Underrated.
#15 DJ Fluker (OT, Alabama)
Massive tackle who looks like Andre Smith in person. Could play tackle or guard.
#16 Keenan Allen (WR, California)
He looks the part of a #1 receiver but may be held back featuring in an offense that lacks explosion.
#17 Jonathan Cooper (OG, North Carolina)
Another prospect who could’ve been a first or second round pick this year.
#18 Barkevious Mingo (OLB, LSU)
He can rush the passer, great speed and lean. Not the biggest but gets the job done.
#19 Dion Jordan (DE, Oregon)
Incredible size but still looks athletic and can round the edge.
#20 Sam Montgomery (OLB, LSU)
A bit inconsistent and may be a linebacker rather than a pure pass rusher.
#21 Tyrann Matheiu (S, LSU)
He’s small, but the guy just makes plays. He’s hard to ignore.
#22 Kevin Reddick (OLB, North Carolina)
Reddick stood out more than Quinton Coples and Zach Brown last year.
#23 Manti Te’o (MLB, Notre Dame)
Just a solid linebacker, not explosive but the league will like him.
#24 TJ McDonald (S, USC)
The best safety going into the 2012 season and should be a first or second round pick.
#25 David Amerson (CB, South Carolina)
13 interceptions in 2011 is incredible, but has is he fast enough to go earlier?
#26 Denicos Allen (OLB, Michigan State)
Underrated linebacker who was fun to watch when scouting MSU last year. He had 10 sacks in 2011.
#27 Jonathan Banks (CB, Mississippi State)
May have more potential than Amerson as a more natural corner. It’s close.
#28 Kawann Short (DT, Purdue)
Athletic tackle who moves well and just needs to ramp it up a notch in 2012.
#29 Jackson Jeffcoat (DE, Texas)
The player I’m looking forward to watching the most for the Longhorns.
#30 Mike Glennon (QB, NC State)
He was a bit hit and miss last year, but this is the guy who replaced Russell Wilson.
#31 Tyler Bray (QB, Tennessee)
Not sure he’ll declare having missed considerable team his first two years. There’s something there.
#32 Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama)
Another Alabama running back who is ready to dominate.
#33 Shayne Skov (OLB, Stanford)
Injuries stopped him from declaring last year. He still has talent.
#34 Eric Reid (S, LSU)
Huge safety who hits and can run. So what the league is looking for right now.
#35 Marquess Wilson (WR, Washington State)
Wilson should thrive under Mike Leach.
#36 Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh)
He looked good last year and was productive with eleven sacks.
#37 Luke Joeckel (OT, Texas A&M)
Could be the big riser at tackle this year. Watch this guy.
#38 Levine Toilolo (TE, Stanford)
Another huge, athletic tight end. He’s 6-8 and can get downfield.
#39 Geno Smith (QB, West Virginia)
Lots of potential here and another year as the starter under Dana Holgorsen should help.
#40 William Gholston (DE, Michigan State)
Big with ideal size, Gholston is ready to have a big year.