Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings

star_lotulelei_300_250As Draft Insider takes you closer to the NFL Draft with each passing day, we will continue to provide you with positional rankings, scouting reports, and mock drafts leading you up to the first pick in April. Today we take a look at the 2013 Defensive Tackle Class. We have ranked the top fifteen defensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

1) Star Lotulelei Utah

2) Johnathan Hankins Ohio State

3) Sheldon Richardson Missouri

4) Kawaan Short Purdue

5) Sharrif Floyd Florida

6) Jonathan Jenkins Georgia

7) Sylvester Williams North Carolina

8) Jesse Williams Alabama

9) Jordan Hill Penn State

10) Bennie Logan LSU 

11) Cassius Marsh UCLA

12) Akeem Spence Illinois

13) Daniel McCullers Tennessee

14) Montori Hughes Tennessee-Martin

15) Joe Vellano Maryland

 

Notes: We will be releasing individual scouting reports for each player throughout the pre-draft process. Also, all rankings done by Draft Insider are subject to change up to and before the actual NFL Draft. No rankings are finalized unless noted otherwise.

 

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 25 Running Backs

Virginia Tech v North CarolinaThe running back position has become one of the most important positions in the NFL with the recent success of the read option, and spread offense. Running backs are being utilized in ways never seen before all across the league. From splitting out wide as a receiver, to being the option man on a pitch play, running backs are becoming more versatile, and more valuable by the minute. Today we rank the Top 25 running backs int the 2013 NFL Draft.

Note: All prospect position rankings are subject to change throughout the course of the pre-draft process as we head towards the combine and individual pro days.

1. Giovani Bernard North Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy Alabama

3. Joseph Randle Oklahoma State

4. Andre Ellington Clemson

5. Montee Ball Wisconsin

6. Johnathan Franklin UCLA

7. Le’Veon Bell Michigan State

8. Jawan Jamison Rutgers

9. Kenjon Barner Oregon 

10. Mike Gillislee Florida

11. Stepfan Taylor Stanford

12. Christine Michael Texas A&M

13. Ray Graham Pittsburgh

14. Knile Davis Arkansas

15. Michael Ford LSU

16. Kerwynn Williams Utah State

17. Montel Harris Temple

18. Theo Riddick Notre Dame

19. Stefphon Jefferson Nevada

20. Marcus Lattimore South Carolina

21. Spencer Ware LSU

22. Cierre Wood Notre Dame

23. Robbie Rouse Fresno State

24. D.J. Harper Boise State

25. Chris Thompson Florida State

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2013 NFL Draft: Star Lotulelei Scouting Report

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Utah Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei

Utah Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my top rated defensive prospect, and my second overall prospect. Star possess a unique physical skill set that sets him apart from any other defensive lineman in this years Draft. Below you will see our finalized scouting report on Star Lotulelei.

Measurables:
– 6’4″ 325 lbs

Strengths:

Lotulelei has a devastating first step that allows him to punish offensive lineman and bull rush his way into opposing backfields. He compares at times to Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Lotulelei has great speed for his 325 lb frame, that allows him to fire through the line, and cause havoc in the backfield. He is an absolute punishing, bull rush type of defensive tackle. Star could play defensive end or nose tackle in a 3-4 system. He also has the prototypical size and tools to succeed in a base 4-3.

Weaknesses:

Lotulelei has a very limited pass rush move set. As mentioned before, he is a punishing bull rusher. He could do a lot for himself by adding a swim or rip move to his game. He find himself rushing with his frame a little too high in passing situations. Star is still a very raw prospect as a defensive tackle. He may need some time to adjust and be an absolute force, it may very well not be until year two or three in a system until he feels comfortable, and becomes a stud.

Projection:

Star is projected to the Oakland Raiders at the third overall pick in April’s Draft.

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2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel Scouting Report

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Luke Joeckel Offensive Tackle Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel is the premier Offensive Lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is our #1 Rated Offensive Lineman, as well as our #1 Overall Prospect in this year’s NFL Draft. Joeckel is a top tier talent, and has the skill set to be a Franchise Left Tackle at the next level. Below is our finalized scouting report.

Strengths:
– Possesses Ideal Size, standing 6’6″ and weighing in at 310 lbs.
– Excellent footwork in pass protection.
– Solid first step out of his stance
– Good lateral movement against pass rushers
– Great Upper Body strength.
– Unique mobility for an Offensive Tackle
– Experience in the SEC against quality pass rushers, also a three year starter

Weaknesses:

– Needs to follow through on run blocks
– Above average run blocker at best
– Needs to use his Lower Body strength more as he engages a defender, rather than reach with his arms
– Should look to gain 10 lbs of muscle before the draft.

Joeckel has the opportunity to be the first player taken on April 25th. He’s not perfect, but he’s a solid prospect. I see a Franchise Left Tackle when I see Luke Joeckel, and I see him translating to the next level with little resistance. Joeckel does need work, and will look to solidify himself as an overall player in the upcoming months.

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2013 NFL Draft: What To Look For In a QB

Every year NFL scouts travel the country looking for the next Andrew Luck, or the next late round gem, a la Tom Brady. Countless miles driven, sleep lost, and years pass by without any teams landing such a prospect. As a fan of football, you may ask “What do scouts look for in a Quarterback?” We’ll fill you in, right here.

Talent:

First of all, the first thing any scout will look for is talent. Is your team’s next “Franchise” quarterback the next Peyton Manning? A true master of the game who can orchestrate an entire playbook on the go? Is he the next Robert Griffin, III? A Dual-Threat player who can stand in the pocket with poise and make all of the throw, and also have the smarts to take off and decimate you with his legs? Regardless, talent is first and foremost what scouts will look at when scouting a QB.

Leadership:

One trait that follows any quarterback, and always will, is leadership. His ability to keep the team’s spirits high when adversity is staring them in the face is a key quality. No moment is too big for him. No situation is uncontrollable in his eyes. Leadership is, and always will be a major attribute for a quarterback.

Decision Making:

When you have four 300 LB grown, athletic men running at you as fast as they can, will your quarterback find the open receiver, and place the ball where only he can catch it? Or will he fall to his knees and succumb to the pressure and take an unnecessary sack? Players like Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers are prime examples of elite decision makers at the quarterback position. Brady, when pressured, is able to find an open receiver and move his team down the field, rather than waste a down and take a sack. Rodgers on the other hand, is able to move the chains with his mobility and get outside the pocket, and pick up a positive gain. Decision making skills makes or breaks a quarterback, and possibly a team. Ask any Chargers fan who endured the Ryan Leaf Era.

Mechanics:

Success at the collegiate level doesn’t always translate to being appreciated by NFL teams, ask Tim Tebow. Tebow left the University of Florida as one of the most decorated college athletes to ever live. However, as soon as he declared for the draft, scouts and draft analysts fired their shots. Tebow was highly criticized for his long release. He was told that he needed to shorten it in order to avoid sacks, or having it stripped while he wound up to throw. Scouts appreciate a short, compact release. The ability to get the ball out quick is of high importance, mainly because there is a very limited window of success with an oncoming rush. Footwork in the pocket is key as well. Jay Cutler is infamous for throwing off of his back foot, he’s also infamous for his high number of interceptions. Sense a chain link there? The ability to plant your feet and make a solid throw downfield will heighten the success rate for your throws to make an impact on the offense.

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2013 NFL Draft: QB Rankings

As we inch closer to the NFL Draft with each passing day, we learn more and more about each prospect. Today we rank our top 15 Quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

1. Geno Smith West Virginia

2. Tyler Wilson Arkansas

3. Mike Glennon NC State

4. Ryan Nassib Syracuse

5. Matt Barkley USC

6. Landry Jones Oklahoma

7. E.J. Manuel Florida State

8. Zac Dysert Miami (OH)

9. Collin Klein Kansas State

10. Matt Scott Arizona

11. Brad Sorensen Southern Utah

12. Seth Doege Texas Tech

13. Jordan Rodgers Vanderbilt

14. Sean Renfree Duke

15. James Vandenberg Iowa

This is our Debut “Big Board” for the 2013 Quarterback class.

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Luke Joeckel: Why Kansas City Must Take Him at #1

“With the First Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs select…..”

​How about Luke Joeckel? Deciding to forgo his senior season at Texas A&M he became a top prospect going into the 2013 NFL draft. The Kansas City Chiefs, and newly hired Head Coach Andy Reid have the next three months to decide who their guy is at the #1 selection. Joeckel should be highly considered by the Kansas City Franchise, and this is a guy they can’t afford to pass on.

​Standing at 6 feet 6, 310 lbs. Joeckel, is the prototypical left tackle, long arms with a lean build. The perfect example of size and athleticism, with the foot work to handle speed rushers, the base to anchor down on the bull rush and the quickness off the ball to make room in the run game. Lets not forget this guy is extremely smart, picking up blitzes and stunts with ease, rarely see Joeckel getting fooled. After endless hours of watching tape, it was hard to find this guys weakness.

​Only possible knock on Joeckel is few seem to worry about taking offensive lineman who forgo their senior season, due to lack of maturity. In my opinion, Joeckel won’t have a problem adjusting to faster and stronger competition. Recruited by Texas A&M, he started as a TRUE Freshman in 2010 and has started every game at left tackle for them since. The SEC was also very competitive.

​The Chiefs 2-14 record makes it obvious they have many needs in this upcoming draft and free agency. Although they have some players to consider bringing back, one of them being left tackle Branden Albert, who they can afford, as well as wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe. Albert, drafted as a guard out of Virginia, if re-signed or franchise tagged, could easily be bumped inside to a familiar position at guard in 2013. This moves helps filling the spot of retiring OG Ryan Lilja.

​Luke Joeckel is a franchise left tackle, I have no doubt. Adding him to an offensive line who gave up an NFL 5th worse 40 sacks is an extreme improvement. With no clear cut elite quarterbacks deserving of a number one pick, in my opinion, taking a left tackle with Joeckel’s skills is a great way to build your team. The Chiefs offensive line could potentially be very solid with Luke Joeckel, Branden Albert, and Right Tackle Eric Winston.

​Lets not forget the division Kansas City plays in. The AFC West has some talented pass rushers. The San Diego Chargers have Shaun Phillips, 9.5 sacks this season. Denver Broncos with Elvis Dumervil, 11.0 sacks, as well as quarterback nightmare, Von Miller, who recorded 18.5 sacks during the regular season. Kansas City needs to protect their QB, whoever that may be. Again, I just can’t see a scenario where Joeckel is not the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, unless they got great value in a trade for the first overall pick. However, I don’t see that happening.

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 10 Best Available Prospects

Here is our list of the top 10 Best Available Prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft

1) Star Lotulelei DT Utah

2) Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M

3) Bjoern Werner DE Florida St.

4) Geno Smith QB West Virginia

5) Dee Milliner CB Alabama

6) Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon

7) Chance Warmack G Alabama

8) Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri

9) Damontre Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M

10) Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

Draft Insider is currently compiling their Top 100 Best Available Prospects and will be releasing them periodically. Please feel free to comment on the blog or join in the conversation on twitter by tweeting at us @DraftInsider.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft (1st Round)

Here is our latest 2013 Mock Draft

1) Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M

2) Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner DE Florida St.

3) Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei DT Utah

4) Philadelphia Eagles
Dee Milliner CB Alabama

5) Detroit Lions
Dion Jordan DE Oregon

6) Cleveland Browns
Damontre Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M

7) Arizona Cardinals
Geno Smith QB West Virginia

8) Buffalo Bills
Chance Warmack G Alabama

9) New York Jets
Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas

10) Tennessee Titans
Barkevious Mingo DE LSU

11) San Diego Chargers
Jonathan Banks CB Miss. St.

12) Miami Dolphins
DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson

13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri

14) Carolina Panthers
Keenan Allen WR California

15) New Orleans Saints
Jonathan Hankins DT Ohio St.

16) St. Louis Rams
Barrett Jones OL Alabama

17) Pittsburgh Steelers
John Jenkins DT Georgia

18) Dallas Cowboys
Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

19) New York Giants
Sam Montgomery DE LSU

20) Chicago Bears
Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

21) Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny Vaccaro S Texas

22) St. Louis Rams (WSH)
Eddie Lacy RB Alabama

23) Minnesota Vikings
Alec Ogletree LB Georgia

24) Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Cooper G UNC

25) Baltimore Ravens
Eric Reid S LSU

26) San Francisco 49ers
Zach Ertz TE Stanford

27) Houston Texans
DJ Fluker OT Alabama

28) Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame

29) Seattle Seahawks
Jarvis Jones DE/OLB Georgia

30) New England Patriots
Kawaan Short DE Purdue

31) Green Bay Packers
Jesse Williams DE Alabama

32) Denver Broncos
David Amerson DB N.C. State

Some surprises, we know. It’s early. However, this is what makes draft season fun! Read it over, and if you have an questions or concerns, tweet at us any time @DraftInsider!

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Pair of Alabama Players Delcare for NFL Draft

Alabama Underclasmen Eddie Lacy and Dee Milliner officially declared themselves eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lacy and Milliner are both coming off of a National Championship victory against #1 ranked Notre Dame.

Dee Milliner is a sure fire Top 10 pick in April’s Draft. Lacy very well could be taken in the late First Round with a good pro day and a solid combine.