The 2012 Draft is over and it is time to move onto the 2013 draft. I already rated the top 32 prospects and ranked the 2013 QB prospects and now I will move onto the running backs. Next year’s class of RBs appears to be loaded with talent as well as injury concerns. Two of the top three RBs in the class are coming off major leg injuries.
The top back in the class is clearly Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore had an incredible freshman year in 2010 and was on his way to another great year in 2011 before a ACL surgery ended his season. If he can regain his form, he could be a top five pick in the draft. After that there are three solid mid first to early second round prospects. The first is the ultra productive Montee Ball. He does not have great speed but he is good at everything else. Then there is Knile Davis who has elite speed and great vision. He could end up being a top 15 pick if he regains his form. Finally, there is Michael Dyer who was kicked of Auburn and is now at Arkansas State. He has great talent but will need to prove that he is a more mature man to become a first round pick. After that, there are seven other backs that I see as possible Day 2 or Day 3 picks at this point. See the rankings after the jump.
First a little introduction on why the grades will happen. The grades are based on a combination of need, BPA, and who the teams passed on. Also, the lowest grade in the 6th round is a D and in the 7th round it is a C. Most picks from round 5 and beyond will be in the C range unless a pick is very good.
This is not going to be your mock draft in a traditional sense. There will be no teams involved, moreso, it will just be a list of the top 32 players as of now in the draft class for next year. The reason for that is because we really have no way of knowing who will pick where for obvious reasons. Use this list as a sort of “players to watch” guide for college football next year.
As of know, next year’s draft class looks to be strong at a few positions. The class appears to be loaded with quarterbacks, wide receivers, nose tackles, and safety’s and above average at tackle, tight end, and cornerback. The classes weakness appears to be interior offensive line and 4-3 linebackers but obviously, this is all just projections right now and is subject to massive changes.
1. Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia – This will be the first time in a while that the #1 player is not a quarterback. Jarvis Jones had 13.5 sacks last year in the SEC and will look to build on that this year. He has the ability to be one of the best 3-4 outside linebackers in the NFL as soon as he gets drafted.
2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC – Barkley would have been a top five pick this year and he is the favorite to be the number one pick next year. He has all the tools (big arm, good accuracy, great vision, toughness, intelligence, etc.) to become a great quarterback and depending on who is drafting number one next year, he could be the number one pick.
3. Robert Woods, WR, USC – Robert Woods is not your biggest wide receiver (only around 6’1″) but all he does is produce. He has become Matt Barkley’s favorite target and with his speed and great hands, he could become a dominant force in the NFL. He will likely be destroyed during the Draft Process because of his height but whoever gets him next year will be very lucky.
See the rest of the top 32 after the jump
I decided to start these today and skip a 2013 mock draft. I figured it would be best to give you guys information on the 2013 draft prospects first and then write a mock draft. Expect the 2012 NFL Draft grades to start rolling out tomorrow.
1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC – Matt Barkley would have been top five pick in the draft in 2012 so he definitely comes in as the front runner to be the #1 pick in the draft next year.
2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas – Wilson has all the tools to become a great QB in the NFL. His arm strength is phenomenal and he makes good decisions with the ball. He could be a top 3 pick next year.
3. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee – Tyler Bray has all the tools but makes some dumb decisions. He needs to improve on those and he could be a top five pick.
See the rest of the quarterbacks after the jump
Tomorrow: 2013 Mock Draft
Monday: AFC North and AFC East Draft Grades
Tuesday: AFC West and AFC South Draft Grades
Wednesday: NFC North and NFC East Draft Grades
Thursday: NFC West and NFC South Draft Grades
After that just expect two to three weeks of light posting because I have a lot of tests to take. Then I will get into 2013 coverage with initial position rankings.
Just wanted to give an update on all the talent still left in this draft. Check it out after the jump
This is not going to be updated after every pick. Instead, I will update when there are trades and surprising picks. Like usual, feel free to leave commentary about all the picks in the comments. I will update below the jump.
The first round has come and gone and not without surprises. Bruce Irvin and Brandon Weeden both went in the first round. David DeCastro fell to the Steelers at 24. However, despite all that mayhem, there are still some great players left on the board. Take the jump and find out who are the top 15 players left on the board.
The first round has come and gone and I got just 8 picks (well 9 if you count me giving the Browns Weeden at 37) correct and 25 out of the 32 first rounders correct. However, I will now try again and work to improve that number by doing a 2nd round mock draft.
33. St. Louis (Michael Brockers) – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech – TheRams missed out on Blackmon but were able to land Brockers. Now they get Bradford a #1 weapon in the borderline 1st round player, Stephen Hill
34. Indianapolis (Andrew Luck) – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford – The Coltsgot Andrew Luck and now they get him his favorite target from Stanford. This pick matches BPA and need and would give Luck a safety valve.
35. Baltimore (None) – Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama – The Ravenstraded out and picked up an extra 4th rounder and still get there guy. Upshaw gives them a versatile pass rusher to add to Suggs and Ngata.
With the first round of the draft completed, here are my initial grades for each of the first 32 picks. In addition, I’ve included the updated team needs for each team. This should provide a good indication of where the teams are likely to go in next couple of days.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
You can’t give anything less than an A to Indy. Taking the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning to replace Peyton Manning.
Remaining Needs: WR, G/C, NT, CB, TE, LB
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
The Redskins deserve an A for recognizing that there are only two franchise QBs in this draft and going after the last one.
Remaining Needs: RT, CB, S, ILB, G/C
3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson RB, Alabama
This would have been an A if they hadn’t traded up. Giving up 4th, 5th, and 7th round picks to move up one spot is just bad business. Even if a team was trying to jump them for Richardson, they lost too much to justify it. That said, Richardson is a great fit and should be productive for the Browns.
Remaining Needs: WR, RT, QB, DB