Updated NFL prospect rankings

The market for quarterbacks has shifted, with none among top 10 prospects

Originally Published: November 14, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Kenny VaccaroJohn Albright/Icon SMITexas safety Kenny Vaccaro has been a bright spot in a disappointing season in Austin.

This week, a handful of new names are on the Big Board. One of them, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, is on the board for the first time, and he has a chance to be a lock for the first round. As for moves, the quarterback class doesn't offer a prospect higher than No. 14 after the top two quarterbacks dip again this week.

As you read below, the scouting perspective will remain similar week to week, but I'll note performance and matchup highlights. Plus, here are my junior prospect rankings and my senior prospect rankings. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


1
Jarvis Jones *
AGE: 23
DOB: 10/13/89
HT: 6-3
WT: 241
POS: OLB
Tkl 56
Sack 10.5
Int 1

An explosive, disciplined, relentless edge rusher who profiles as a 3-4 OLB but doesn't need to come off the field. He has a quick first step and violent hands; he tackles well and closes fast. Solid against the run and can really cover. A dominant stretch since his groin has been healthy.

LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD

2
Manti Te'o
AGE: 21
DOB: 1/26/91
HT: 6-2
WT: 255
POS: LB
Tkl 92
Sack 1.5
Int 6

Te'o is the driving force of his team along with a young, talented D-line. The top interior linebacker in the 2013 draft class, he has exceptional instincts and can attack the backfield. Te'o is a big, strong, prepared tackling presence in the middle of the field. Reads plays well and gets through traffic.

LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD

3
Star Lotulelei
AGE: 22
DOB: 12/20/89
HT: 6-4
WT: 325
POS: DT
Tkl 33
Sack 4.0
Int 0

Consistently at the center of what opposing offenses must work around, he absorbs so much blocking help. Demands double-teams and clogs the middle of the field. A great sense for disrupting the run game, with power to bull rush. Quick off the ball with great upper-body strength. Coaches rave about him.

LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD

4
Damontre Moore *
AGE: 20
DOB: 9/11/92
HT: 6-4
WT: 248
POS: DE
Tkl 74
Sack 12.5
Int 0

Had a sack against Bama, making that six straight games with one and nine of 10 games overall. Consistent performer. Versatile, Moore has 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 bother tackles.

LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD

5
Luke Joeckel *
AGE: 21
DOB: 11/6/91
HT: 6-6
WT: 310
POS: OT
GP 10
GS 10

Gave Johnny Manziel consistent protection, and his stock is as high as it's been. Joeckel has a lot of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. Best in pass protection and won't get rattled by speed or secondary moves at this level. Not an elite athlete, but a good technician who can move really well.

LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst