- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
This is a quiet week in terms of moves. I'm in a holding pattern on a few prospects as we wait on pro day performances, and others worked out as expected, keeping their draft stock where it is. At this time of year it can be more about taking closer looks at some guys deeper down the board and talking to teams about their impressions. Consensus builds.
Below, notes on performance traits remain similar week to week so that you have a sense of each player, and we provide updates on players each week as things shift. Please also see my rankings of the top 5 draft prospects at every position. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
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Sharrif Floyd *
There's no promise he'll go No. 1, but he belongs in the discussion. Matches exceptional power and leverage with strong hands and enough athleticism to be tough on even good tackles. He's also still not yet 21. Could be great in a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme. Made major strides as the season progressed, the improvement in part stemming from a positional change and consistently improving technique. Floyd can simply drive linemen into the backfield.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Dee Milliner *
No speed questions anymore, so now it's just a matter of how high he goes. Even if his backpedal needs work, he can clearly turn and run with anybody, and he has time to fix minor technique flaws. A smart player, he has a sharp learning curve, and his raw football skills are exceptional. His physical prowess is a step above that of other corners.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Has dispelled concerns about competition level as his physical profile and strengths as an athlete match his performance. Uses his length really well. Gets in a wide base, uses his arms to absorb pass-rushers and simply doesn't allow guys to get the edge on him. He often made it look easy in the MAC but also looked great when Central Michigan faced top competition. Has worked out well.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Luke Joeckel *
A player who can let the tape answer most questions. At his best, has the ability to just swallow up all kinds of pass-rushers, particularly those who try to beat him off the edge. (He's more susceptible to those who counter inside.) 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 whether he's a big finisher there.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Jarvis Jones *
Jones has a pro day this week. He will not deliver a great 40 time but should be really good everywhere else. He has great positional value and maintained exceptional production during his time at Georgia. He combines explosiveness, discipline, relentless pass-rushing ability, great intangibles and effort. He also can cover. He profiles as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he'll contribute wherever he goes.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Mel Kiper ranks his top 25 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. This week, for the second straight week, Sharrif Floyd is on top.