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2013 Draft Prospect Rankings

Hey there ladies and gentlemen. With the 2012 NFL Draft now in the books, it is time for us die-hard draft enthusiasts to prepare and begin scouting the next collegiate season. It is never too early for us to start looking at how next year's draft class will end up looking in 2013.

My rankings below the jump consist of both Senior and (potential) Junior entries for the 2013 NFL draft. I have a total of seven positions for each side of the pigskin below the jump as well that have five Seniors and Juniors per position creating a grand sum of 140 total collegiate players (yes, it took a little bit to accomplish).

All in all, please enjoy taking a look at the position rankings down below. In a few weeks' time I may have each position laid out individually and in depth if you (the reader) want to see some further analysis on some of these players.

Quarterbacks

Seniors

1. Tyler Wilson Arkansas

2. Matt Barkley USC

3. Geno Smith West Virginia

4. Landry Jones Oklahoma

5. Aaron Murray Georgia

Juniors

1. Tyler Bray Tennessee

2. A.J. McCarron Alabama

3. Logan Thomas Virginia Tech

4. Keith Price Washington

5. Bryn Renner North Carolina

Matt Barkley is widely considered to be the best prospect, and potential number one pick, for the 2013 NFL Draft. However, I don't trust USC QB's (I am sure you can tell why with players like Matt Leinart, John David Booty, and Todd Marinovich hailing from USC). With that being said I think the top player in this QB crop will end up being Tyler Bray. Bray is quick with his decisions, has a good arm, and has above-average accuracy. If he can piece together a good Junior season I wouldn't be surprised to see him be the top QB coming off the board in 2013. Geno Smith also has the potential to rise above Barkley in my eyes as well but we will have to see if he can keep up his play this year in West Virginia's first season in the Big 12.

Running Backs

Seniors

1. Montee Ball Wisconsin

2. Kenjon Barner Oregon

3. Ray Graham Pittsburgh

4. Stepfan Taylor Stanford

5. Cameron Marshall Arizona State

Juniors

1. Marcus Lattimore South Carolina

2. Joseph Randle Oklahoma State

3. Spencer Ware LSU

4. Cierre Wood Notre Dame

5. Michael Dyer Auburn

This upcoming draft looks initially like an interesting year for RB's. At first glance the position actually looks pretty deep for the first time in several seasons. At the top of this list has to go to another Junior (like Bray above) and his name would be Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore has a red flag because of last season's injury but if he can stay healthy he should be the top RB prospect of 2013. Montee Ball is also a very intriguing prospect because of the video game numbers he has put up, although a lot of people attribute this to his O-line. Regardless, Ball is a great RB and should not be snuffed at by fans or NFL organizations (I know the Pats wouldn't deny him at all).

Wide Receivers

Seniors

1. Terrance Williams Baylor

2. Cobi Hamilton Arkansas

3. Ryan Swope Texas A&M

4. Tavon Austin West Virginia

5. Tavarres King Georgia

Juniors

1. Robert Woods USC

2. Justin Hunter Tennessee

3. Keenan Allen California

4. Marquess Wilson Washington State

5. Da'Rick Rogers Tennessee

The WR class is incredibly deep for 2013 as 2012 was. Outside of the top 5-8 WR's the overall ability and potential drops off, however there are a few potential superstars available in 2013. Robert Woods is the clear cut best WR available and he should be, he makes Barkley look better than he is. However, another player appears to me that he is going to make a big run at the number one spot on the WR board; Justin Hunter. Hunter is big, physical, and has the potential to be an SEC monstar (no it's not misspelled). Wilson from Washington State also looks like a really good prospect, as long as Washington State won't have that bizarre WR ready position under Mike Leach Wilson could bud into a huge star this season.

Tight Ends

Seniors

1. Joseph Fauria UCLA

2. Jake Stoneburner Ohio State

3. Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn

4. Michael Williams Alabama

5. Ryan Griffin Cincinnati

Juniors

1. Tyler Eifert Notre Dame

2. C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa

3. Dion Sims Michigan State

4. Levin Toilolo Stanford

5. Zach Ertz Stanford

The TE position is a man's position and Joseph Fauria is a six-foot-seven, two-hundred and fifty-two pound, MAN. Now size isn't any reason to get all excited about a TE but it is when they can block on the run and pull down those crucial passes, and Fauria can do all of that. Meanwhile, most might have noticed that two Stanford TE's ended up on this list, personally I don't like Ertz being up this high but a lot of people have him higher so it would be inappropriate not to include him. Toilolo is higher than Ertz though because he seems like a more all-around type TE.

Offensive Tackles

Seniors

1. Ricky Wagner Wisconsin

2. Oday Aboushi Virginia

3. Alex Hurst LSU

4. Justin Pugh Syracuse

5. Xavier Nixon Florida

Juniors

1. Chris Faulk LSU

2. Jake Matthews Texas A&M

3. D.J. Fluker Alabama

4. Luke Joeckel Texas A&M

5. Taylor Lewan Michigan

It's an old-school adage but if you want to move forward and hoist the Lombardi Trophy your team is going to need to have a solid offensive line. And the cornerstone of a solid offensive line usually starts with finding a great OT. I personally don't see all that deep of an OT crop for the next season which means if your team wants an OT they should get one early in next year's draft. Ricky Wagner appears to be the top OT in this next draft and that seems mainly because of the W on his helmet (Wisconsin churns out offensive linemen).

Offensive Guards

Seniors

1. Jonathan Cooper North Carolina

2. Chance Warmack Alabama

3. Larry Warford Kentucky

4. Omoregie Uzzi Georgia Tech

5. Lane Taylor Oklahoma

Juniors

1. Alvin Bailey Arkansas

2. Travis Frederick Wisconsin

3. Josh Williford LSU

4. Andrew Rodriguez Nebraska

5. Mason Walters Texas

The guard position isn't normally drafted all too high in the NFL draft. With that being the case, it is also very difficult to scout a guard for us fans because tape on them is hard to come by despite our enthusiasm (hint hint). But, one man does have my eye and that is; Omoregie Uzzi. With a name like that how could he not be a fantastic offensive lineman? I would love to see some tape on him to see if he stacks up to his amazing name.

Centers

Seniors

1. Barrett Jones Alabama

2. Khaled Holmes USC

3. Dalton Freeman Clemson

4. Graham Pocic Illinois

5. Ben Habern Oklahoma

Juniors

1. Travis Swanson Arkansas

2. Jonotthan Harrison Florida

3. Weston Richburg Colorado State

4. Tyler Larsen Utah State

5. James Stone Tennessee

Centers are another devalued position in the NFL. They normally don't go high (except for the Pouncey twins in 2011 and 2010). I have heard that Barrett Jones is the consensus number one Center in this upcoming draft but I also heard he will most likely be moved to OG this season or later in the Pros. Again, linemen names are amusing and fun and the Colorado State Center (Weston Richburg) sounds like a player that has been rich since birth, kind of like Richie Rich - this has nothing to do with scouting by the way.

Defensive Ends

Seniors

1. Alex Okafor Texas

2. Dion Jordan Oregon

3. Devin Taylor South Carolina

4. John Simon Ohio State

5. Margus Hunt Southern Methodist

Juniors

1. Sam Montgomery LSU

2. Jackson Jeffcoat Texas

3. William Gholston Michigan State

4. Bjoern Werner Florida State

5. Corey Lemonier Auburn

Finally we get to the defensive side of the ball. The DE position feels like to me that it will have another deep class for the upcoming draft class, depending on how many underclassman come out. Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat are more than likely going to end up being the best DE tandem in all of college football this year, they will be turning heads. Meanwhile, Sam Montgomery is already being heralded as the top DE for next season but he may be dethroned if any of these other guys steps up their games, particularly the Texas duo. If Bjoern Werner (the German Wonder) improves his game as well, I wouldn't be surprised for him to turn into a first round talent either.

Defensive Tackles

Seniors

1. Star Lotulelei Utah

2. Kawaan Short Purdue

3. Jesse Williams Alabama

4. Jordan Hill Penn State

5. Sheldon Richardson Missouri

Juniors

1. Johnathon Hankins Ohio State

2. Kwame Geathers Georgia

3. Cassius Marsh UCLA

4. Dominique Easley Florida

5. Akeem Spence Illinois

I do not see too much star potential in this next year's DT class. Having said that, Johnathon Hankins is considered to be a lock for the first round in the next draft. Hankins may be a talented player, and Urban Meyer has a knack for grooming first round defenders, but he still doesn't appear to be part of the superstar DT's we have been witnessing in recent years. But that doesn't mean that a diamond in the rough isn't out there nor does it mean none of these guys will end up being quality players either.

Outside Linebackers

Seniors

1. Brandon Jenkins Florida State

2. Chase Thomas Stanford

3. Gerald Hodges Penn State

4. Nico Johnson Alabama

5. Sean Porter Texas A&M

Juniors

1. Jarvis Jones Georgia

2. Jelani Jenkins Florida

3. Junior Onyeali Arizona State

4. Barkevious Mingo LSU

5. Jonathan Brown Illinois

Here is an interesting group for OLB's that we all should keep an eye on for next season. Brandon Jenkins is the leader of this group and for good reason, he is the superior prospect with tremendous upside. Junior Onyeali is a player I have personally watched over the last two seasons and he is a big part of the Sun Devils' defense (yes it exists). Onyeali is an undersized DE which is why he will have to move to OLB in the NFL but he can easily do it because of his athleticism. Also Jarvis Jones looks like another SEC beast on the defensive end, pay close attention to him he could dethrone Jenkins as top dog.

Inside Linebackers

Seniors

1. Manti Te'o Notre Dame

2. Shayne Skov Stanford

3. Kevin Reddick North Carolina

4. Arthur Brown Kansas State

5. Bruce Taylor Virginia Tech

Juniors

1. James Morris Iowa

2. Kevin Minter LSU

3. Jordan Zumwalt UCLA

4. Tom Wort Oklahoma

5. Brendan Beal Minnesota

Manti Te'o is the number one ILB in this draft and could end up getting taken higher than Luke Kuechly was this year. Te'o is the ultimate beast and will be a threat for several years if not decades. Outside of Te'o I am feeling that Kevin Minter may wind up being the second best ILB prospect, it's mostly just a hunch but he looks good and is a center piece on a very stellar defensive unit. Brendan Beal also looks like the real deal and is the heart of the Minnesota defense (just like Minter).

Corner Backs

Seniors

1. Johnthan Banks Mississippi State

2. Micah Hyde Iowa

3. Desmond Trufant Washington

4. Johnny Adams Michigan State

5. Jordan Poyer Oregon State

Juniors

1. Xavier Rhodes Florida State

2. David Amerson North Carolina State

3. Tharold Simon LSU

4. Tyrann Mathieu LSU

5. Carrington Byndom Texas

Currently Johnthan Banks is the top player at the CB position for the upcoming season, however, Micah Hyde, Xavier Rhodes, and Desmond Trufant all could claim the top spot by the end of the year. Micah Hyde though is my player to watch for the next season because of his size and ability to play CB and the safety positions for Iowa, trust me; Hyde is going to be climbing boards and the draft because of his versatility and ability. Mathieu isn't high on my board simply because of how undersized he is on the defensive side of the ball, but he is very physical and tenacious (you can never know if that will help him switch to the NFL).

Free Safeties

Seniors

1. T.J. McDonald USC

2. Robert Lester Alabama

3. Baccari Rambo Georgia

4. Vaughn Telemaque Miami (FL)

5. Javon Harris Oklahoma

Juniors

1. Eric Reid LSU

2. Nickoe Whitley Mississippi State

3. LaMarcus Joyner Florida State

4. Tanner Miller Iowa

5. C.J. Barnett Ohio State

Free Safety is another position that isn't taken very high during the NFL draft (normally). T.J. McDonald and Robert Lester will be battling it out to become the first FS to come off the board in 2013. But look out for Vaughn Telemaque to burst onto the scene this year, he usually outplays his partner-in-crime (Ray Ray Armstrong) and should be rising consistently on boards throughout the season.

Strong Safeties

Seniors

1. Ray Ray Armstrong Miami (FL)

2. Kenny Vaccaro Texas

3. Drew Frey Cincinnati

4. DeVonte Holloman South Carolina

5. Orhian Johnson Ohio State

Juniors

1. Hakeem Smith Louisville

2. Matt Elam Florida

3. Isaiah Johnson Georgia Tech

4. Ty Zimmerman Kansas State

5. Marquis Flowers Arizona

I may just have previously said that Ray Ray Armstrong's partner-in-crime has been outplaying him, and it is true. But, Armstrong has incredible potential which will propel him into the first round and hopefully into superstardom. Meanwhile, Matt Elam is considered the best underclassman SS but I have a problem with his height, if he was a FS it wouldn't be as big of a deal but how can he be a physical force at under five-foot-ten? He might surprise me but I don't really see that happening.

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