Big Board: A new QB emerges
For the first time in months, there's just one QB on the Big Board -- a new one
For the first time in a couple of months, I've added a new quarterback to the Big Board. As that happens, two other quarterbacks have fallen off, meaning I have just one QB ranked among my top 25 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. That could change, because the draft process, all-star games, combine and individual workouts will offer a lot more information. But suffice to say, this year looks a lot different than 2012 when it comes to the QB class.
Remember, as you read below, the scouting perspective will remain similar week to week, but I'll note performance and matchup highlights, which are now down to the bowl games. Please also see my rankings of top juniors and seniors at every position. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Finished his final college season with another 2.0-sack game against Nebraska. Explosive, disciplined, relentless edge rusher who profiles as a 3-4 OLB and doesn't need to come off the field. A quick first step, violent hands, tackles well and closes fast. Solid against the run and can really cover.
One more game for Te'o. Has exceptional instincts, a ton of experience and the ability to read the game. Can attack the backfield. Te'o is a big, strong, prepared tackling presence in the middle of the field. With off-the-charts intangibles, he is the future leader of an NFL defense.
Lotulelei is ready to be an impact NFL DT now. He absorbs so much blocking help and frees others up, but he's not just a clogger, because he can really move. Has a great sense for disrupting the run game. Quick off the ball with great upper- and lower-body strength. Coaches rave.
Moore says he's in the draft, a boon for teams that need a pass-rusher. 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 bother tackles.
Johnny Manziel will miss Joeckel if he goes. He just eliminates good pass-rushers; there's very little to not like. He 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. Not an elite athlete but moves really well.
To see the rest of Mel Kiper's Big Board, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Browns coach not ready to pick starting QB
- Vikings settle, to donate to gay rights groups
- Former Titan Shaw announces ALS diagnosis
- Steelers sign Gilbert to new 6-year contract