Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M
Joeckel seems like the safe bet now that the Chiefs are out of the QB market after trading a 2013 second-round pick and 2014 conditional mid-rounder to the 49ers for Alex Smith.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Smith is the top quarterback in a weak class that also includes USC's Matt Barkley, FSU's E.J. Manuel, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and NC State's Mike Glennon.
3. Oakland Raiders
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Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
An explosive 3-technique tackle in the mold of Warren Sapp, Floyd is flying up draft boards due to his size, athleticism and relatively few red flags compared to his 2013 peers.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
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Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Chip Kelly wants to play a 3-4 defense and knows just what kind of player Jordan can be. A perfect fit both schematically and in terms of familiarity with the coaching staff.
5. Detroit Lions
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Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan
There may not be much of a talent gap between Fisher and Texas A&M's projected No. 1 pick Luke Joeckel. Fisher is a plug and play left tackle from Day One.
6. Cleveland Browns
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Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The consensus top cornerback in the draft is the best player on the board for the Browns, who could also make a surprise splash by reaching for a quarterback to compete with Brandon Weeden.
7. Arizona Cardinals
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Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Cardinals have been fans of Barkley throughout the draft evaluation process. Even with the acquisition of Carson Palmer, Arizona could still use a quarterback of the future to build on.
8. Buffalo Bills
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Ezekiel Ansah, DE-LB, BYU
"Ziggy" is long-striding up draft boards after showing elite athleticism at the Combine and Senior Bowl. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, who started for new Bills coach Doug Marrone, is also an option at either No. 8 or in the second round at No. 41.
9. New York Jets
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Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
"Keke" is a boom or bust edge-rush prospect who has shown more potential than production to date. But Mingo's upside provides the J-E-T-S good value if they are sold on sticking with Mark Sanchez rather than taking a shot at a QB at No. 9.
10. Tennessee Titans
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Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Hall of Fame guards Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews are now the Titans' head coach and O-line coach, respectively. If anyone knows Warmack's value, it's those two.
11. San Diego Chargers
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Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
There may not be much of a talent gap between Texas A&M's projected No. 1 pick Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Johnson. As a result, the former high school quarterback may not be around when the Bolts are on the clock.
12. Miami Dolphins
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Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Two of the better guard prospects of the past decade are in this year's draft, in Alabama's Chance Warmack and Cooper, whose quick feet and overall athleticism are rare for an interior lineman.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The latest in a long line of Seminole corners, the X-man looks the part and would fill a need for the Buccaneers, who remain players in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes.
14. Carolina Panthers
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Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
A heart condition discovered during medical screenings at the Combine has caused Star's shine to fade. But the Panthers would pounce on this top-5 talent if he fell.
15. New Orleans Saints
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Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Another health risk with top-5 potential, Jones' spinal stenosis has scared off some teams. On tape, Jones is the top 3-4 outside linebacker and a perfect fit for the Saints.
16. St. Louis Rams
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Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The St. Louis native has the size and swagger to be the type of distruptive D-lineman coach Jeff Fisher loves.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
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Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
One of the potential surprises come draft night, Eifert could be selected much higher than expected due to his status as the clear-cut top tight end available.
18. Dallas Cowboys
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D.J. Fluker, RT, Alabama
The big man is a mauler at right tackle and likely could kick inside to guard with similar results. The Boys need O-line help and Fluker would certainly provide that.
19. New York Giants
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Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia
A pre-Combine DUI has teams scratching their heads regarding the knucklehead factor with Ogletree, the top middle linebacker in a solid class of inside backers.
20. Chicago Bears
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Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
Brian Urlacher's replacement going to the heart of Fighting Irish territory? That's too good to be true. But still not as hard to believe as the Te'o tale of internet love gone wrong.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
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Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The top safety in the class has a wide range of landing spots, starting in the early teens and going into the twentysomethings. Cincy is a club where team need meets prospect value.
22. St. Louis Rams
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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The pick acquired as part of last year's blockbuster Robert Griffin III trade with the Redskins should be used to add a downfield weapon for Rams former No. 1 overall pick quarterback Sam Bradford.
23. Minnesota Vikings
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Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
One of the fastest players and fastest risers in this year's draft, Austin made Geno Smith look good. The triple-threat would slide right into Percy Harvin's old role in Minny.
24. Indianapolis Colts
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Menelik Watson, RT, Florida State
Protecting Andrew Luck is priority No. 1 for the Colts. Watson is raw but possesses the type of frame and feet expected from a former college basketball player turned O-tackle.
25. Minnesota Vikings
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Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Once thought to be a potential top 5-10 pick, Werner's stock has taken a dip because the Berlin-born pass rusher can't dip his hips. What Werner lacks in fluid athleticism he makes up for in effort.
26. Green Bay Packers
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Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has become a trendy pick for the Pack. But finding a desperate trade partner looking to get back into the first round (looking at you Buffalo, J-Ville, Philly...) or taking best available big seem like more realistic options.
27. Houston Texans
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EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Another likely trade destination for a team looking to snag one of the QBs in the late first round. Manuel, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and possibly even USC's Matt Barkley could prompt a flurry of late-round movement.
28. Denver Broncos
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Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The longer the predraft process goes on, the better Trufant looks. If the draft were held in late May, he might be picked in the teens. Denver would love to pick off a polished cornerback this late in the round.
29. New England Patriots
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Robert Woods, WR, USC
Although he was overshadowed by Biletnikoff Award-winning Trojan teammate Marqise Lee (No. 9), Woods is still a top-flight playmaker in his own right.
30. Atlanta Falcons
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Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Once thought of as the "next Von Miller," at least in terms of draft stock, Moore has taken a tumble down the board, going from top-10 to back-half of the first.
31. San Francisco 49ers
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Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
The "Eastern Block" is a 6'8" monster who could be a long-term replacement option to the aging warrior Justin Smith at end in the Niners' dominant 3-4 scheme.
32. Baltimore Ravens
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Matt Elam, S, Florida
An underrated hammer who can catch the ball if it's thrown his way, Elam is a sneaky good player who might slip to the second round but is well worth the final pick of the first round's prime time show on Thursday night, April 25.
LSU's Barkevious Mingo was a gold medalist at the NFL's "Underwear Olympics" in Indianapolis.
Millions of dollars were made at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where the top prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft ran, jumped, lifted and interviewed in the most important job interview of their lives. These are the 10 biggest money-makers with the best performances at this year’s Combine.
If this doesn't inspire you (to smile), nothing will
The NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, where athletes of all shapes and sizes come to impress. Some are more impressive than others, but one thing that always holds true: we love watching the pudgy linemen run the 40. And what could possibly make it better? Apparently adding the theme music from "Chariots of Fire".
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith ran a 4.59 and threw the ball well at the Combine.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith entered the NFL Scouting Combine already perceived as the best passer in a clustered Class of 2013 — a group of signal-callers that includes USC’s Matt Barkley, NC State’s Mike Glennon, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Tennessee’s Tyler Bray.
Notre Dame’s golden boy turned catfish story performed swimmingly in front of the media.
Manti Te’o went from being Notre Dame’s golden boy, Heisman Trophy runner-up, BCS National Championship Game captain, to being a national laughingstock who was either a naïve 21-year-old who fell for a Catfish story or an egomaniac who basked in the spotlight of a tall tale he knew to be false — or both.
Alabama first-round prospects Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker weighed in at the Combine.
There were a few surprises when the fat guys along the offensive line weighed in at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. Alabama has three first-round prospects along the front five — guard Chance Warmack, tackle D.J. Fluker and center Barrett Jones. Two of the trio raised eyebrows once they hit the room with the tape measurers, scales and NFL decision-makers.
Who are the most interesting players to watch in Indianapolis?
Millions of dollars are made and lost at the NFL Combine and 2013 won’t be any different. Player interviews, mental acumen, agility, strength and speed tests all help NFL scouts, executives and coaches attempt to quantify over 300 different prospects over one weekend in Indianapolis.