Commentary

Line class still getting stronger

Non-AQ offensive tackle rising; QBs continue to slide

Originally Published: November 21, 2012
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

Things have remained steady at the very top of my board this week, but there is significant shuffling down below in my ranking of the top 32 overall prospects for the 2013 NFL draft.

The biggest move this week belongs to Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher, who is rising quickly and knocking on the door of the top 20. On the flip side, the quarterback class continues to take a hit with West Virginia's Geno Smith falling seven spots and out of the top 15.

Smith's teammate Tavon Austin has moved back into the rankings after shredding Oklahoma last week, while a Pac-12 wideout and an SEC defensive tackle have slipped out of the top 32 this week.

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

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1
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 pass coverage and against the run, and can line up all over the defensive formation. Durability concerns are behind him, and Jones has locked down a spot in the first few picks. Previously: 2

2
DT
6-3
320

Analysis: Lotulelei is the most complete defensive lineman in the class in terms of physical tools. He dominates interior offensive linemen with his blend of quickness and power, shows strong hands, nimble feet and the ability to quickly discard blockers, and has impressive lateral range. He needs some polish as a pass-rusher, but his natural gifts are clearly a cut above. Previously: 1

3
OG
6-2⅜
325

Analysis: Warmack is a big, strong, nasty lineman with good smarts and athleticism. He shows awareness, is an easy mover in pass protection and has power as a run-blocker. The best guard I've evaluated in the past decade, Warmack is the rare interior lineman worthy of a top-10 overall pick. Previously: 4

4
ILB
6-1
248

Analysis: Te'o moves well in space for a player his size, displaying range and playmaking skills in underneath coverage and the ability to hold the point and deliver blows as a run-defender. He is a three-down linebacker with the kind of intangibles teams seek in their defensive leaders. Previously: 3

5
DE
6-4
248

Analysis: He is 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. Moore recorded another sack last week against Alabama and is tied for the lead nationally with 12.5. Previously: 5