The 2013 NFL Draft Big Board, ranking the top prospects from #32 all the way down to #1.
The Hogs had a rough go of it this season, but that doesn’t mean Wilson can’t thrive at the next level. A good pocket passer, Wilson has no fear of stepping up in the pocket and delivering the strikes down field. His delivery could use a little work, but he has great leadership qualities and if I were an NFL GM at the end of Round 1 with a QB need (I know this is rare), I’d take my chances with Wilson.
He has the size of an NFL defensive end already, gets off the ball well, and packs a great punch with his arm extension, making him a tough block for the opposing side. He possesses the ability to get low and cut down running backs kicking to the outside. Probably best used as a strong side end in a 4-3 defense, Okafor will tempt many scouts with his ability.
Good athleticism and quickness for his size. Keeps feet moving after initial contact, which NFL scouts love about him. Due to him playing QB in high school, Johnson does lack experience at the position. However, his great hands and his length make him a natural and in my opinion, worth taking late in Round 1.
A captain this past season, Eifert’s size makes him a big problem for defenders. Has ability to make tough catches in traffic and nab the ball in tight spaces. Can make adjustments mid-air unlike many other tight ends out there. Does have the build of a WR more then a TE, though, and could have a tough time blocking big physical NFL defensive players.
Yet another member of the Crimson Tide’s National Championship team makes it into the top 32. An Australian native, Williams is a great two-gap defender who has no trouble getting into the backfield. Has some quickness for a DT, just enough to get the jump on opposing O-Linemen, but isn’t the greatest athlete out of the Tide’s Championship crew.
Austin, Geno Smith’s go-to man at West Virginia, has a set of wheels on him. A candidate for fastest 40 at the combine, Austin uses his speed to separate from defenders who, due to his height (5′9”), usually stand taller then him. Has great versatility and WVU even used him out of the backfield at times.
A big safety, Reid is an all-around defender who is able to affect the game in many aspects. He is a great run stopper for a DB, rushing up to the line many a time for the Tigers this year, and he obviously has great pass coverage skill being a top DB in the draft. One weakness of Reid’s is that he can be a little overaggressive at times, which could leave him to get burned.
Started as a true freshman, so competition jumps aren’t an issue for him. Nicknamed “Big Hank,” he does a great job stopping the run and shrugging off opposing blockers. Great tackler for a DT, and is a bit taller than normal which helps his game. Doesn’t have the great first step like many elite pass rushers in this draft, but is a load of man and very tough to deal with in the middle.
Solid number 1 WR prospect. Can run any type of route, usually coming from the slot. Good but not great speed, and is able to separate easily on vertical routes. Has a drop here or there but nothing major. His height plays in his favor and he can still get down to make a grab on a low throw.
Ansah is going to put on a show at the combine due to his size (6’6”, 270 lbs), foot speed, and length. He’s still very raw and has a bit of a stamina issue. However, teams will definitely jump at the chance to take him just because of the his potential. A good comparison can be made to Justin Tuck of the New York Giants.
Fluker, who will most likely play right tackle in the NFL, has great size that gives him an advantage on many defenders. Good enough footwork that he can move around and meet the oncoming rush instead of waiting for it to come to him. Tends to give up the secondary rush, which needs to be improved. Overall, though, Fluker should be a mid-late 1st Round pick having proven he can play at a high level against rugged SEC defenses.
Rhodes is a press corner with great size for the position. He is coming off a knee injury from 2011, but that shouldn’t hurt his stock. Definitely a top-5 DB in this draft, he is great at making contact right away off the line of scrimmage and isn’t a afraid to mix it up either. Great strength for a corner and has a knack for finding the football.
Cooper’s a great pass protector and unusually athletic for a guard. Great on his feet and takes oncoming tacklers head on with good strength. Not the ideal height NFL teams are looking for, but his skill may get him drafted very high, possibly in the top-ten.
Brother of Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, Arthur is a solid player. Great tackler, able to stop running backs in their tracks. May be a bit undersized, but whomever drafts Brown will get a hard worker who will earn his way onto the field due to his extremely competitive nature.
Hopkins has definitely been over shadowed by the big-time playmaker Sammy Watkins, but this past season was Hopkins’ time to shine. He set a school record in receiving yards. Great at running routes, great hands in traffic and deep down the field. He is a bit small for an outside WR threat, but Hopkins is a big time player who should be one of, if not the first, WR of the board.
Obviously the recent DUI arrest will hurt Ogletree’s stock, but that doesn’t move his spot on this board. He played safety as a freshman, but after being moved to LB, he really thrived alongside Jarvis Jones on a mean Georgia defense. A very speedy LB, he can beat blocks with his quickness and is great at chasing down and making tackles from behind. Also, still has the skill to drop back into coverage, even as a safety again.
Vaccaro was a big time player on a Texas defense with a lot of stars this past season. He was often used as a nickel even though he is a larger safety. Can come up to line and cover slot receivers, but is sometimes caught freelancing which will hurt his secondary. After Milliner, expect Vaccaro to be the 2nd DB taken