College Football’s best teams (based on 2013 Draft talent)

I have done a few scouting reports now and have over 200 players on my big board and now I am going to rank the top teams in the nation next year simply by looking at their draft prospects.

1. Alabama – Top Draft Prospects: D.J. Fluker, Barrett Jones, Dee Milliner, Nico Johnson, C.J. Mosley, Jesse Williams, Robert Lester, Jarrick Williams, Michael Williams, Chance Warmack, Eddie Lacy, A.J. McCarron

  • Alabama is loaded in the trenches with three early round offensive linemen and an early round defensive linemen. Johnson and Mosley give them two stud linebackers and the secondary is stacked with three possible early round picks. The offensive backfield is talented and young.

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 310

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 54 tackles, 6.5 sacks

Draft Projection: First Round

Draft Grade (out of 100) – 91.5

Player Comparison: Cullen Jenkins – Short is similar to Jenkins in size and ability as a pass rusher. I see Short being very similar to Jenkins in that he will give you 5 to 8 sacks a year and will deflect a lot of passes.

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 220

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 277 for 438 – 3638 yards – 63.2 completion % – 8.31 YPA – 24TD – 6INT

Draft Projection: Top 10 – Wilson will need another similar year to last year to solidify himself as a top 10 pick but if he does have another great year, he could be in discussion for the #1 overall pick

Draft Grade (out of 100): 94.0 – I have Barkley rated slightly higher than Wilson (95.0) because he is more polished and more proven. Wilson can raise this number with another strong season.

Player Comparison: Phillip Rivers – Like Rivers, Barkley has a cannon for an arm and can make all the throws. I would say that Wilson takes better care of the ball than Rivers did and he is smaller than Rivers but in terms of skill set, they are similar.

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Robert Lester, S, Alabama

Robert Lester, S, Alabama

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 24 tackles, 2INTs

Draft Projection: First to Second Round – Notice that I have a first round grade on him (above a 90) but because of the talent at the safety position and the fact that you won’t normally see 3 safeties in the first round, I could see him going in round 2. I currently have T.J. McDonald and Tony Jefferson above him and I only see 2 safeties going in round 1.

Draft Grade (out of 100): 91.0 – I have Lester graded as a late first rounder because of his upside to be a ballhawk. Despite getting only 2 INTs as a Junior, he had 8 INTs as a sophomore and I think he returns to that form.

Player Comparison: Rahim Moore

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – T.J. McDonald, S, USC

T.J. McDonald, S, USC

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 205

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 69 tackles, 3INTs, 37 yards, 2PDs

Draft Projection: First Round, potentially top 10

Draft Grade (out of 100): 92.5

Player Comparison: Nick Collins, S, Green Bay Packers

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Barrett Jones, OG/C/OT, Alabama

Barrett Jones, C/OG/OT, Alabama

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 302

Class: Senior

Draft Projection: Top 15

Draft Grade (out of 100): 95.5

Player Comparison: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

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3 Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft

This order is based on Walter Football’s mock draft. Focus more on the prospects and less on the order. I have indicated the player’s class at the end of each pick. That is what the player will be this season.

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Barkley, QB, USC (SR)
  2. Cleveland Browns – Robert Woods, WR, USC (JR)
  3. Miami Dolphins – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (JR)
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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – David Amerson, CB, N.C. State

David Amerson, CB, N.C. State

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 194

Class: Junior

2011 Stats: 59 tackles, 13 INTs, 205 INT Return Yards, 2TDs, 5PDs

Draft Projection: Top 10

Draft Grade (out of 100): 98

Player Comparison: Ladarius Webb, CB, Baltimore

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 241

Class: RS Junior

2011 Stats: 70 tackles, 13.5 sacks

Draft Projection: Top 5

Draft Grade (out of 100): 98.5

Player Comparison: James Harrison

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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Over the next 12 months I will try and create hundreds of scouting reports on all the draft prospects in the draft next year. I am going to start with the quarterback from USC, Matt Barkley.

Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 230

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 308-446, 3528 yards, 69.1 completion %, 7.91 YPA, 39 TD, 7INT, 8 Sacks

Draft Projection: Top 5

Draft Grade (out of 100) – 95

Player Comparison: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit

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