Commentary

Pair of Aggies on the rise

Productive pass-rushers are on the move; RB and QB look thin

Originally Published: November 7, 2012
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

The No. 1 spot in my ranking of the top 32 overall prospects for the 2013 NFL draft is still on lockdown, but big names are on the move elsewhere.

The shuffling begins near the top, with Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore jumping seven spots to No. 5. Teammate OT Luke Joeckel moved up seven spots into the top 10 this week.

The biggest riser is Oregon DE Dion Jordan, who has gone from unranked to the top 15 in a matter of weeks. Stanford TE Zach Ertz has worked his way back into the top 32, while USC QB Matt Barkley continues to slide and is on the verge of falling out of the top 20.

From a positional standpoint, linemen on both sides of the ball continue to dominate. Twenty interior players are in this week's rankings, and while only two of those are guards, both land in the top 10.

Meanwhile, there are still no running backs or centers in the first-round mix. Safety (1), quarterback (2) and cornerback (2) are also lacking elite talent at this point.

Here is a look at the entire list, with draft-eligible non-seniors noted with an asterisk:


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1
DT
6-3
320

Analysis: Lotulelei continues to dominate interior offensive linemen with his blend of quickness and power. He has strong hands, nimble feet, the ability to quickly discard blockers and impressive lateral range. Previously: 1

2
OLB
6-2
242

Analysis: Jones is a steady performer on a defense loaded with NFL prospects. He is a good overall athlete and top-notch pass-rusher, has impressive range in both pass coverage and against the run, and can line up all over the defensive formation. Previously: 4

3
ILB
6-1
248

Analysis: Te'o is a three-down linebacker who is strong at the point and delivers a solid hit against the run. He has good range and playmaking ability in underneath coverage. Te'o has impressive movement skills for a player his size, and he sets the tone for his teammates with his leadership and focus. Previously: 6

4
OG
6-2⅜
325

Analysis: Warmack is a big, strong, nasty lineman with good smarts and athleticism. The best guard I've evaluated in the past decade, Warmack is the rare interior lineman worthy of a top-10 overall pick. Previously: 5

5
DE
6-4
248

Analysis: A versatile prospect who can play outside linebacker in a 3-4, right or left end in a 4-3 and even move inside to rush the passer from the interior. Moore is quick and fluid as a pass-rusher, is able to hold up against the run and plays hard. He has at least one sack in eight of nine games this season and is tied for the lead nationally with 11.5 overall. Previously: 12