2013 NFL draft Big Board
Where are all the quarterbacks? Mel Kiper has zero of them inside the top 25
I did make a few moves after Senior Bowl week, but I also think a lot of what took place in Mobile confirmed some things we knew. A guy like Eric Fisher turned heads, but he was already a top-10 player for me. The next big phase is the NFL combine, and this is a year where the onus is really on some offensive players to show well there. The draft class is lacking skill-position talent at the top.
Remember, the scouting perspective below will remain similar week to week unless my evaluation of a player really shifts, but I'll note recent observations and opinions as the draft process continues. Please also see my rankings of the top 5 draft prospects at every position. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Jones should do well at the combine, displaying a wide range of skills. His performance and positional value reflect this ranking, because he combines explosiveness, discipline, relentless pass-rushing ability and great intangibles and effort. He profiles as a 3-4 OLB, but he's also strong against the run and can really cover.
Moore can really rush the passer. He's an athlete, but the production really jumps out. Consistent performer. Adjusted well to playing as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Excels as a pass-rusher, able to dip hips, turn the corner and use quickness and length to beat tackles.
Joeckel has the ability to take away good pass-rushers. There's very little to not like. He has a ton of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. He can really drive people in the run game, even if he gets questions on how nasty he is as a finisher. The feeling now is he's a safe bet to be the first OT taken.
You can't block him with one guy. He's ready to be an impact NFL DT. He absorbs so much blocking help and frees up others, but he's not just a clogger, because he can show off a great burst and the ability to destroy plays. Has a great sense for disrupting the run game. Quick off the ball with great upper- and lower-body strength. Coaches rave about him.
Warmack was the best O-lineman at Alabama, which says a lot considering how stacked that O-line was. He simply takes defenders where he wants them to go, utilizing great power and quickness at his size. A dominant run-blocker, Warmack isn't just massive, but also moves well, with initial power in tight spaces and the ability to seek out LBs on the second level.
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