2013 NFL draft Big Board
Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins jumps into the mix as a top-5 talent
It's actually a little hard not to overreact to the first glimpses of the season. Based on what I know a player has been working on, or areas he's improved upon over the summer, it's sort of your instinct to see a great play as a product of growth, or the flipside, a poor performance as evidence of some plateau effect.
So I try to stay pretty conservative when it comes to any initial moves on the Board. Logan Thomas struggled a bit, while Corey Lemonier showed a lot. Le'Veon Bell played his way back on, while a couple of guys dipped on struggles. But a greater sample size is needed, which is why I'm looking forward to a lot more. Regarding my comments: You'll see I don't like to shift the scouting perspective on guys unless real changes on the field require it, because above all, this is a list based on my current scouting reports. I will discuss recent performances that change my views on a kid, or matchups I'm looking forward to.
If there's a player you don't see here, but want some feedback on, I find some time to respond on Twitter. Hit me @MelKiperESPN. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Given what he's working with, Barkley should pile up huge totals. Won't wow evaluators with physical skills, but sound across the board; very good accuracy, poise, leadership skills and a ton of experience. Has improved every year, expanding his skill set.
Off to a fast start, Jones is an explosive, relentless edge rusher for Georgia, and profiles as a 3-4 OLB. Jones has a quick first step and violent hands, tackles well and closes fast. Could improve against the run, but he can really cover, which many don't know.
Will be chasing an athletic QB this weekend. Mingo uses exceptional length and a lightning first step to turn the corner. Pass-rush skills are there, but could diversify. Still learning concepts after late start in football, but reads game well given lack of experience.
Like Mingo, Montgomery doesn't quite have the size of a 4-3 DE at next level, but he's gotten closer, and his frame can handle it. Athleticism and pass-rush skills are there, and he really holds up against the run. Max-effort player, natural athlete, instinctive rusher. Still a lot of projection left.
Started 2012 where he left off, showing explosive first step for a big man. Size allows him to drive blockers into the backfield. Big as a 3-4 nose tackle, but agile enough to be moved around. Very disruptive force on the line, and will draw double-teams all season.
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