2013 NFL Draft – Who will be the number one pickPosted: May 2, 2012
We are over 11 months away from the 2013 NFL Draft but there is already a group of prospects that are clear cut possibilities to be the number one pick. However, it is not like the 2012 Draft where Andrew Luck was always going to be the number one pick. After the jump, I will break down the possibilities for the #1 selection
Matt Barkley, QB, USC – Matt Barkley would be considered the front runner to be the #1 pick in the draft next year. He is a safe option and has all the tools to be a great quarterback. However, his upside might not be that of the #1 pick. I would give him 50/50 odds at being the #1 selection.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas – Wilson is the best of the next tier of QBs and has a chance to supplant Barkley. However, it would take a massive year from Wilson and an awful year from Barkley to happen.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee – Bray has a better chance then Wilson to supplant Barkley because of his incredible arm strength and potential. However, he would have to improve dramatically this year to do that.
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech – Thomas, despite being the lowest ranked of the 4 QBs listed at this time, has the best chance of passing Barkley. The reason is his phenomenal athleticism and huge arm strength. He could have a Cam Newton like rise to the top of the draft with a strong year.
Robert Woods, WR, USC – Robert Woods likely won’t be the #1 pick in the draft because he lacks elite size. He is the most polished WR in the class as of know but he is more likely to go in the 5 to 8 range.
Keenan Allen, WR, California – Allen has good size and good production. If he can get that good production up to elite production, he has a shot to be the #1 pick.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State – Marquess Wilson is big, fast, and strong and he has elite production. Another year of that and strong combine and he has a very real shot of being the first pick.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – Jones was the best pass rusher in the SEC last year despite adjusting to a new scheme. If a 3-4 defense is drafting #1 overall, he could be the choice if he has another great season.
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU – Mingo is an athletic monster but it would take a massive season to get selected #1. A top 5 selection is possible however.
Sam Montgomery, OLB, LSU – Motgomery is in the same boat as Mingo. It would take a truly remarkable season to become the #1 selection but going in the top 5 is not out of the question.
David Amerson, CB, N.C. State – Amerson is my sleeper pick for the #1 pick. He had 13 interceptions last year and if he has another double digit INT year he could possibly be rated higher than Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne. With the increased value of corners, I could definitely see him making a case for the #1 pick in the draft next year.