Initial 2013 NFL Draft Player Rankings – Quarterbacks

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.

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5 Round NFL Mock Draft

Round 1

1.    Indianapolis (2-14) – Team Needs: QB, OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2.    St. Louis (2-14) – 2OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, OC, RB, FB – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

3.    Minnesota (3-13) – LT, CB, WR, S, OG, 2LB, DT, FB, RB3 – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

4.    Cleveland (4-12) – QB, WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K – Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor

5.    Tampa Bay (4-12) – 2CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

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2 Round NFL Mock Draft

Well I have gathered enough information to publish another mock draft. This one is of the two round variety. Anywhere you see a ? next to team needs, that means I still need help with those teams. Once I gather all that information, I can begin expanding the draft to 3 and 4 rounds.

Round 1

1.    Indianapolis (2-14) – Team Needs: QB, OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – This is an absolute no brainer and no explanation is really needed.
2.    St. Louis (2-14) – 2OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, OC, RB, FB – Matt Kalil, OT, USC – This pick is basically a no brainer. The Rams will consider Justin Blackmon but a franchise LT is more important and more valuable than a franchise WR.
3.    Minnesota (3-13) – LT, CB, WR, S, OG, 2LB, DT, FB, RB3 – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – If Kalil is taken by the Rams, this pick will also be a no brainer. Blackmon is a beast and would give Jake Locker a franchise WR.

4.    Cleveland (4-12) – QB, WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Again, another no brainer. If Blackmon is off the board, the Browns will have to take the 2nd best QB in the draft and someone that fits perfectly in Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. He has great accuracy, is very mobile, and has great intelligence.

5.    Tampa Bay (4-12) – 2CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Another easy pick. The Bucs biggest need is finding a CB and Claiborne is the best CB in the draft class and could be better in coverage than Patrick Peterson was in coverage.

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One Round NFL Mock Draft

Anyways, here is my first mock draft for 2012 and it will be of the one round variety. Why only one round? Because I need you guys to help me with something. As of know, I really only know the team needs for 5 to 10 teams. Wherever you see a ? down below the jump, that means I don’t know those teams needs. If you guys could, I would greatly appreciate it if you could list the teams needs in order of greatest importance to least importance in the comments section. Once I have all the teams needs filled out, I will move on to 4 or 5 round mock drafts.

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Analyzing potential matches for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Note: Even though it foucuses on the Pittsburgh Steelers, this is worth the read for Non-Steelers fans as well because it gives some insight into draft stock and some minor details on over 20 prospects (25 to be exact).

This is a draft piece focusing on key players of the Pittsburgh Steelers that will likely be retiring soon (within the next two years). I will first talk about the player who is retiring soon, then mention a possible 2012 replacement and a possible 2013 draft replacement. Or I will mention if the replacement is already possibly on the team.

Note: Make sure you have time to read all of it as it is a little over 2000 words.

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Updated Position Rankings – QBs

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.

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Top 75 2012 Prospects

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