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Top 5 at Each Position – Post NFL Combine

2013 NFL draft

by Dwayne Wilton

Now that the NFL Combine is over and players are starting to have pro days, I thought now would be a good time to update our top 5 at each position. This is a unique draft in that there isn’t a consensus #1 overall pick yet. I’m not even sure what the Chiefs are going to do at this point. There are several ways they could go. The question still remains on whether or not a quarterback is drafted in the top 10. Lots of questions……

Quarterback:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous ranking

Current Ranking

Geno

Smith

W Virginia

Sr

2

1

Matt

Barkley

USC

Sr

1

2

E.J.

Manuel

Florida State

Sr

4

3

Ryan

Nassib

Syracuse

Sr

4

Mike

Glennon

NC State

Sr

3

5

Analysis: Geno Smith moves ahead of Barkley. He has more physical tools and if any QB has a chance at going in the top 10, it’s Geno. I have Manuel higher than many people right now, but he’s a hot commodity and I believe I’m ahead of the curve. I believe by draft day he will be in the top 3 and maybe even overtake Barkley for the #2 position. I think his size and athleticism will be attractive to many NFL teams.

New: Ryan Nassib

Up: Geno Smith (previously 2)

Down: Matt Barkley (previously 1), Mike Glennon (previously 3)

Out: Tyler Bray

Running Back:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Eddie

Lacy

Alabama

Jr

1

1

Montee

Ball

Wisconsin

Sr

2

2

Johnathan

Franklin

UCLA

Sr

 4

3

Giovani

Bernard

N Carolina

Jr

 3

4

Andre

Ellington

Clemson

Jr

5

Analysis: No change in the top two. Franklin is gaining steam after looking good at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. Stepfan Taylor has dropped due to his slow time at the Combine. He will be under a lot of pressure to run better at this Pro Day.

New: Andre Ellington

Up: Johnathan Franklin (previously 4)

Down: Giovani Bernard (previously 3)

Out:  Stepfan Taylor

Wide Receiver:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Tavon

Austin

W Virginia

Sr

2

1

Cordarrelle

Patterson

Tennessee

Jr

4

2

Keenan

Allen

Cal

Jr

 1

3

Quinton

Patton

La Tech

Sr

 3

4

Justin

Hunter

Tennessee

Jr

5

Analysis: Most people continue to have Cordarrelle Patterson as their #1 receiver, but he is not a natural hands catcher and lets too many balls get in to this body. Austin is small but is extremely explosive (just ask Oklahoma). Keenan Allen and Quinton Patton may be the best all around receivers in this draft.

New: Justin Hunter

Up: Tavon Austin (previously 2), Cordarrelle Patterson (previously 4)

Down: Keenan Allen (previously 1), Quinton Patton (previously 3)

Tight End:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Zach

Ertz

Stanford

Jr

1

1

Tyler

Eifert

Notre Dame

Jr

2

2

Jordan

Reed

Florida

Jr

4

3

Gavin

Escobar

San Diego St

Sr

4

Vance

McDonald

Rice

Sr

5

Analysis: Most scouts still list Eifert above Ertz, but there is very little separating the two. I like Ertz better because he made more plays down the field. Reed and McDonald are both fast athletic guys. Reed is a former QB that played all over for the Gators and McDonald was more of a big slot receiver that was also used on fly sweeps.

New: Gavin Escobar, Vance McDonald

Up: Jordan Reed (previously 4)

Out: Travis Kelce, Dion Sims

Fullback:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Lonnie

Pryor

Florida St

Sr

 1

1

Zach

Line

SMU

Sr

2

2

Kyle

Juszczyk

Harvard

Sr

4

3

Zach

Boren

Ohio State

Sr

3

4

Tommy

Bohanon

Wake Forest

Sr

 5

5

Analysis: Only change is a flip-flop of Juszczyk and Boren. People are in love with Juszczyk after his impressive Senior Bowl.

Up: Kyle Juszczyk (previously 4)

Down: Zach Boren (previously 3)

Offensive Tackle:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Eric

Fisher

C Michigan

Sr

1

1

Luke

Joeckel

Texas A&M

Jr

2

2

Lane

Johnson

Oklahoma

Sr

3

3

DJ

Fluker

Alabama

Jr

4

4

Menelik

Watson

Florida State

Jr

5

Analysis: Only change is the addition of Menelik Watson who is an athletic freak. He played right tackle but as a former hoops player he should have the ability to also play on the left side.

New: Menelik Watson

Out: Justin Pugh

Guard:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Chance

Warmack

Alabama

Sr

1

1

Jonathan

Cooper

N Carolina

Sr

2

2

Barrett

Jones

Alabama

Sr

3

3

Larry

Warford

Kentucky

Sr

4

4

Kyle

Long

Oregon

Sr

5

Analysis: Only change is the addition of Kyle Long, a one-year starter at Oregon at right tackle. Long has NFL pedigree though, his dad is former Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long.

New: Kyle Long

Out: Brian Winters

Center:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Brian

Schwenke

Cal

Sr

1

1

Travis

Frederick

Wisconsin

Jr

3

2

Khaled

Holmes

USC

Sr

2

3

Braxston

Cave

Notre Dame

Sr

4

J.C.

Tretter

Cornell

Sr

5

Analysis: I have Schwenke ranked above Frederick. I really like his mobility and ability to anchor.

New: Braxston Cave, J.C. Tretter

Out: Mario Benevides, Weston Richburg

Defensive End:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Bjoern

Werner

Florida State

Jr

2

1

Ziggy

Ansah

BYU

Jr

5

2

Datone

Jones

UCLA

Sr

3

Sam

Montgomery

LSU

Jr

4

4

Margus

Hunt

SMU

Sr

5

Analysis: Ansah is moving up quickly on most boards and may even be a top 10 pick. Jones has also created a buzz. He is a versatile player that could either be a 3-4 end or a 4-3 defensive tackle. Margus Hunt is a tall, athletic player that will probably be a 3-4 defensive end. Damontre Moore has a very disappointing Combine workout, only bench pressing 12 reps and running slower than players 50 lbs. heavier than him.

New: Datone Jones, Margus Hunt

Up: Bjoern Werner (previously 2), Ezekiel Ansah (previously 5)

Out: Mingo (moved to the outside linebacker rankings), Damontre Moore

Defensive Tackle:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Sharrif

Floyd

Florida

Jr

4

1

Star

Lotulelei

Utah

Sr

1

2

Sylvester

Williams

N Carolina

Sr

3

3

Kawann

Short

Purdue

Sr

 5

4

Johnathan

Hankins

Ohio State

Jr

 1

5

Analysis: Sharrif Floyd is a player that is shooting up the draft boards. He is a 4-3 defensive tackle similar in style to Warren Sapp. He is likely a top 5 pick and seems to be a sexy pick for the Raiders at #3. At the Combine it was discovered that Lotulelei had a heart issue. Hopefully it is nothing that will keep him from pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL. No matter what, when you hear heart condition, it’s a scary thing.

Up: Sharrif Floyd (previously 2), Kawann Short (previously 5)

Down: Star Lotulelei (previously 1), Johnathan Hankins (previously 2)

Outside Linebacker:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Dion

Jordan

Oregon

Sr

1

Jarvis

Jones

Georgia

Jr

 1

2

Barkevius

Mingo

LSU

Jr

3

Khaseem

Green

Rutgers

Sr

2

4

Jamie

Collins

S Miss

Sr

5

5

Analysis: Dion Jordan is the hot name at outside linebacker after his Combine workout. Jarvis Jones has a neck issue that teams will be looking at closely. If he is cleared to play he will likely be a top 10 pick. Barkevius Mingo is a defensive end that will likely converted to 3-4 outside linebacker. Jamie Collins nearly jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium and should be a day two pick.

New: Dion Jordan, Barkevius Mingo (formerly listed as a defensive end)

Down: Jarvis Jones (previously 1), Khaseem Greene (previously 2)

Out: Chase Thomas, Arthur Brown

Inside Linebacker:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Alec

Ogletree

Georgia

Jr

1

1

Manti

Te’o

Notre Dame

Sr

2

2

Kevin

Minter

LSU

Jr

3

3

Jon

Bostic

Florida

Sr

5

4

Kevin

Reddick

N Carolina

Sr

4

5

Analysis: Only change is a flip-flop of Bostic and Reddick. Bostic showed very good speed for an inside linebacker at the Combine and opened a lot of eyes.

Up: John Bostic (previously 5)

Down: Kevin Reddick (previously 4)

Cornerback:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Dee

Milliner

Alabama

Jr

1

1

Xavier

Rhodes

Florida St

Jr

2

Desmond

Trufant

Washington

Sr

3

3

Blidi

Wreh-Wilson

UConn

Sr

5

4

Jordan

Poyer

Oregon St

Sr

4

5

Analysis: Everyone was anxious to see what Dee Milliner would run in the 40. He did not disappoint, running a sub 4.4 40 and cementing his position as the top corner. Xavier Rhodes has outstanding size for a corner and is most people’s pick as the second best corner. Trufant is a natural corner that excels in press coverage. Johnthan Banks dropped out due to a disappointing 40 at the Combine. If he can show better speed at his Pro Day, he may be able to move back into the top five, otherwise he’s a safety.

New: Xavier Rhodes

Up: Blidi Wreh-Wilson (previously 5)

Down: Jordan Poyer (previously 4)

Out: Johnthan Banks

Safety:

First Name

Last Name

School

Year

Previous Ranking

Current Ranking

Matt

Elam

Florida

Jr

1

1

Kenny

Vaccaro

Texas

Sr

2

2

Eric

Reid

LSU

Jr

2

3

Shamarko

Thomas

Syracuse

Sr

4

Phillip

Thomas

Fresno State

Sr

5

Analysis: Matt Elam and Kenny Vaccaro are better in the box, but can also cover. Elam is a bit short, but he seems to always be around the ball making plays. Eric Reid is the top free safety available. His play allowed Tyrann Mathieu to make some of the plays that he made, knowing Reid would clean things up behind him. Shamarko Thomas is a very strong player with good straight line speed (but not a lot of flexibility).

New: Shamarko Thomas

Up: Eric Reid (previously 5)

Down: Phillip Thomas (previously 4)

Out: Tony Jefferson

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