Top 25 Players in the 2013 NFL Draft

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Who Makes the Top 25?

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The NFL Draft is just two weeks away, and teams around the league are looking to find the next big thing for their organizations. This year’s draft is full of offensive and defensive lineman in the first round that could help their new team move to the next level. I present you with the top 25 players in this year’s draft and with that will be 14 linemen. The talent just isn’t there this season at the quarterback or running back position.

There is only one quarterback on my list, and while I’m sure the possibility is there for more to be drafted early on, I don’t think there should be more than just the one. It is also a down year at the running back position with no real dominant players coming out that will impact the game like we have seen in recent years. This is going to be a draft that focuses a lot of the line which can be overlooked at some times by fans. That would be a mistake, obviously, because the line is the heart of the team.

I stress to you right now that this is not a mock draft but just my opinion on who are the top 25 players in the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if people who I have ranked lower on this list get drafted much higher even if their talents don’t prove that out. The three-day marathon is just around the corner for fans and teams alike. This honestly could be one of the biggest events on the sports calendar, especially since the first round moved to primetime. Here is my list of the top 25 players in this year’s NFL draft….

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25. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

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Everyone knows the story of Te’o, but he is going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder now after all the questions. Te'o could easily become the next great inside linebacker, but he needs to prove himself all over again even with his immense tools.

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24. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

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Trufant may not be tall at just six foot, but he can run like the wind. There is no doubt he can be a starting cornerback, but he needs to work on some things before being left alone in coverage.

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23. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

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Fluker could be the best run-blocking tackle in this year’s draft and will find himself at the right tackle position at the next level. He doesn’t have the talent to move to the left side, but he should be one of the best on the right side for years to come.

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22. Keenan Allen, WR, California

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Allen has been dealing with his injury problems in the weeks leading up to the draft, but he should be ready to go when the season begins. Allen is a big target at 6’2” and will land as a No. 3 receiver in a talented offense in all likelihood.

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21. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

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Jenkins is the definition of a run-stuffing defensive tackle at 6’4” and 346 pounds. He is surprisingly quick though to go with that size and will be drafted high because of that.

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20. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

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Williams is a solid player who lacks consistency. That could make him a big gamble in the first round, but if he can play every down like it is his last, the potential is there to be dominant.

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19. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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Werner sheds blockers with ease and should find himself getting to the quarterback a lot. He has lost some weight along the way since college and will be a speed rusher.

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18. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

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Richardson may not be the fastest guy out there, but he is athletic enough to slip through blockers and never gives up on a play. This could be one of the big sleepers of the draft.

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17. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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Smith will likely be the only quarterback taken in the first round if no trades are made. The deep ball is there along with being able to run as well. He is the multifaceted player all teams want these days.

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16. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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Austin may be small, but he is very effective and ran a 4.28 40-yard dash during his workout. He will stretch the field and provide any offense with a deep threat.

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15. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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Jones was expected to be one of the top five picks a year ago, but his stock has dropped over the last year. He has the ability to be an outside linebacker for years to come with his speed and ability to rush from the edge or drop back into coverage.

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14. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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Eifert is easily the best tight end on the board this year. At 6’6, he provides a big target to throw to and could easily finish with 50 or more catches this season.

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13. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

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Mingo has great 4.5 speed for a player who is a bit undersized from his position. That speed should do him well if drafted into a 3-4 scheme. He needs to get the weight above 241 pounds though.

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12. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

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Cooper is a proven commodity with 47 starts in his career and is a great blocker. He is also a 6’2”, 311 pound beast who could find himself drafted even higher than No. 12.

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11. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

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Vaccaro should be the first safety taken, and he is a good one. I trust any player that can get a vertical of over three feet. He is a tackling machine and deep passes could find their way into his arms instead of receivers.

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10. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

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Ogletree could find himself playing inside or outside linebacker depending on the team that drafts him. There is a lot of raw talent there with closing speed that will see him track down running backs without much warning.

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9. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

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Ansah is a raw talent that has gone from possibly being undrafted all the way to the top of the first round. He is fast at 6’5” and has the ability to turn the corner like few in this draft.

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8. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

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Johnson could find himself playing either left or right tackle when he starts. He is a large oak tree in all honesty and someone who should be a starter for a long time.

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7. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

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Warmack will be the first guard off the board I think. His 6’2”, 318 pound frame may not strike people as big, but his blocking ability offsets that.

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6. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

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Jordan is coming off of surgery for a torn labrum, but he showed during his college career that he is athletic enough to go sideline to sideline with the best linebackers in the game.

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5. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

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Milliner is fast, can jump and looks to me like a player that can be left alone in pass coverage. The team that gets him has a cornerback to trust for the next decade.

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4. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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Lotulelei may not get drafted this high strictly because of a heart issue, but that would be a mistake. The talent is there for a player that explodes off the snap to stop the opponent’s running game.

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3. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

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Floyd is speedy at 6’3” and has the quickness to get through the gap before linemen can react. He will be a terror for running backs thinking they can get away from him.

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2. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

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Fisher has had a huge rise up the draft board in recent months, and at 6’7”, he could become a dominant left tackle who protects the quarterback and run-blocks like very few in the game.

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1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

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Joeckel is a 6’6”, 306 pound monster that has the potential to be the next great left tackle with his physical ability and solid fundamentals.