2013 NFL draft Big Board

Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins jumps into the mix as a top-5 talent

Originally Published: September 5, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

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.


1
Matt Barkley
AGE: 21
DOB: 9/8/90
HT: 6-2
WT: 224
POS: QB
Comp 23
Att 38
Pct 60.5
Yds 372
TD 4
Int 0

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.

LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD

2
Jarvis Jones *
AGE: 22
DOB: 10/13/89
HT: 6-3
WT: 241
POS: OLB
Tkl 8
Sack 1.5
Int 0

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.

LAST WEEK: NA | PLAYER CARD

3
Barkevious Mingo *
AGE: 21
DOB: 10/4/90
HT: 6-5
WT: 242
POS: DE
Tkl 6
Sack 0
Int 0

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.

LAST WEEK: NA | PLAYER CARD

4
Sam Montgomery *
AGE: 21
DOB: 5/25/90
HT: 6-4
WT: 260
POS: DE
Tkl 0
Sack 0
Int 0

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.

LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD

5
Johnathan Hankins *
AGE: 21
DOB:
HT: 6-3
WT: 335
POS: DT
Tkl 2
Sack 0
Int 0

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.

LAST WEEK: 6 | PLAYER CARD


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst