Don’t critisize my order. They are my opinions and they are really not that important in the long run. Focus on the players, not the order.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Matt Barkley, QB, USC
2. Miami Dolphins – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
3. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
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
Today I will take a look at the offensive tackle position for the upcoming draft. The OT class took a hit when Barret Jones and D.J. Fluker of Alabama decided to return to school but it is still a very good class.
1. Matt Kalil, USC – Kalil is the best non-QB in the class and will likely be a top 3 pick.
2. Jonathan Martin, Stanford – Martin is a fantastic prospect that excels in all areas of the game and should be a top 10 pick.
3. Riley Reiff, Iowa – Reiff’s strength is as a run blocker but he is an above average pass blocker and should be a top 15 pick.
4. Mike Adams, Ohio State – Adams is a pure RT prospect and he is a very good one at that. With a good interview at the combine, he could be a late first round pick
5. Nate Potter, Boise State – Potter has the ability to play LT in the NFL and did a great job protecting Kellen Moore. He could be a good fit for a team with a lefty QB like the Eagles or Broncos due to the fact that he blocked for a lefty QB in college.
After the jump see the rest of the OT prospects
Well since the Steelers lost, my draft coverage will begin now and I will start it off with the Steelers needs for the draft this year. Expect 1 to 2 posts per day four to five days a week all the way through the draft.
Number 1 Need: Offensive Guard
Our guard play was awful all year and it will be tough to win without good guard play. Whether it was Kemoatu, Legursky, Foster, or Essex they all played pretty poorly and an upgrade is needed, possibly two. With our higher draft position I think we might get a chance at the #1 Guard in the draft, David DeCastro and if we do, we should take him. I feel like we will address the guard spot somewhere in rounds 1 to 3 and then again in rounds 5 to 7.
After the jump see needs #2 through 7
I have been dormant for the past couple weeks but here is a summary of who has declared for the NFL Draft, who has filed for paper work, and who is staying in college.
- Today I found out via Mocking the Draft that Brandon Jenkins has filed for paper-work for the NFL Draft but is nowhere near a decision. A report by the Orlando Sentinel today noted that Jenkins, cornerback Greg Reid and “many” third-year players will be filing. I am assuming that one of these third year players is red-shirt sophomore Xavier Rhodes, who will likely just test the waters and return.
- Wake Forest WR Chris Givens has said that he will consider the NFL Draft. Givens has had 74 catches for 1276 yards and 9TDs this year to lead the Deamon Decons. Givens told reporters he is going to make his decision after he receives his grade from the board. “After the Vanderbilt game I sent them my declaring-for-eligibility form or whatever, and I’m just waiting to get my official evaluation back,” Givens said. “I’ve heard things from different people but nothing official yet.”
- Andrew Luck will enter the NFL Draft. No surprise here
- Matt Kalil is unsure of his decision. “I’m not close to making a decision. That will probably happen in the next couple weeks. No decision has been made. I just started thinking about the process I’m going to go through to make the decision.” If he does not enter, the OT class will be extremely weak.
- Justin Blackmon will declare for the NFL Draft. No surprise here either because due to Alshon Jeffery’s struggles this year, Blackmon has become the clear #1 WR in this year’s draft class.
- Junior WR Mohammed Sanu is unsure of whether or not he will declare for the draft.
- Montee Ball has said that his draft grade will determine whether or not he will enter the draft. “Obviously I’d love to hear first round,” he told the media. “I’d love to hear even late second. But third or four I’d most likely stay.” For what it is worth, I have him rated out as a first to second round back if Trent Richardson stays in school.
- Trent Richardson said that he is coming back to Alabama for his Senior season. However, many remain skeptical of this, especially if he wins the Heisman and a National Championship in the next month.
- Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State will enter the NFL Draft. I have him rated as a second round DT prospect with room to rise at the Combine.
- David Wilson will submit his NFL Draft paperwork but has not made a decision. “Regardless of my decision, I would like to see where I would end up if I was to take that route,” Wilson told the paper.
- Matt Barkley has filed for NFL Draft Paperwork but has not made his decision. “There’s not really a timetable,” he told the media. “But there’s definitely going to be a process.”
- Marcus Forston, Tommy Streeter, and Aldarius Johnson, all from Miami (Fl), will enter the NFL Draft. The highest rated of the three is Forston, who could be a Day Two pick.
- Manti Teo has filed for paperwork for the NFL Draft but was non-committal about whether or not he will enter. Same goes for Tyler Eifert, the Junior TE from Notre Dame.
- It is rumored that Khaseem Greene, the Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year, will enter the NFL Draft but he has been silent on the issue. Same goes for Miami RB Lamar Miller (a Redshirt sophomore) and Junior Temple RB Bernard Pierce.
That is all I have for you guys tonight. Expect more from me in the following week.
Its good to be back and ready to blog again. I have gotten through the first two weeks of school and now things will quiet down for me. Over the next week to ten days, I will be updating my position rankings and then posting a top 150 players. Today I will post the QB’s.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck is clearly the #1 player in the 2012 draft. He came into the season as the top rated prospect, and if the first four weeks are any indication, he will end the year their as well. He has been efficient and effective in the early stages of Stanford’s season and looks like an NFL QB.
2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Barkley has been very good so far this year and has clearly put himself ahead of Landry Jones. He has looked sharp on his short and intermediate passes and has connected on some long bombs as well. He will be a top five pick if he keeps playing this way.
3. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: No knock on Jones that he has dropped to No. 3. He has been very good so far this year but Barkley and Luck have been better. Jones still looks like a top ten to top 15 pick and could be even higher if he has a good finish to the year. He still has a shot at being the second QB taken but he is facing an uphill battle.
Click read more to see the rest of the top QBs.