The 2013 NFL draft is very strong in the area of offensive linemen. You saw that in the national championship game with Alabama’s offensive line thoroughly dominating what was thought to be the best defensive front in college football. The offensive line of the Crimson Tide treated the Fighting Irish like they didn’t belong on the field.
At this point there is no “sure fire” franchise quarterback in this draft. Many regard Geno Smith of West Virginia and Matt Barkley of USC as the top quarterbacks coming out this year and both of them have numerous question marks.
Luke Joekel, Texas A&M: Hands down the best offensive linemen in the draft is Texas A&M offensive tackle, Luke Joekel.He has it all, the size, strength, quickness and technique. The young man is considered a sure thing. He plays against the tough competition in the SEC, but dominates in both the pass and running game like he doesn’t belong there. The young man is expected to step in and start dominating on the next level without missing a beat. He will be drafted very early and maybe first.
Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has been compared favorably to Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata. leads what is expected to be a strong defensive tackle draft. He is a dominating run stopper with long arms and a great use of his hands. The young man has the ability to attack blockers and get his hands on them, then get off blocks and make plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Because of this ability he can get the job done at a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a defensive end in a 3-4.
The best linebacker I’ve seen in this draft is Georgia’s Jarvis Jones. This young man is a pure football player who can get the job done at any facet of the game. He’s a great tackler, pass rusher and cover backer. Jones makes plays all over the field.
The best cornerback in the draft is Alabama’s Dee Milliner, who has the size, speed, quickness and technique to step right in and shine at the NFL level. Milliner has the size teams are looking for to battle the big wide receivers in the NFL. As we saw in the BCS title game, it’s not the wise to go after this guy because he will make you pay.
Consistent is the word that you think of after studying Milliner because he’s rarely out of position and does everything well from covering to coming up and making a tackle. He can tackle in the open field.
One of Milliner’s teammates is guard Chance Warmack, who is very explosive when coming out of his stance. The dominating guard and his teammates on the Bama offensive line, improved their stock in this year’s draft with their domination of Notre Dame. He’s a very good athlete for his size with tremendous power and quick feet.
Warmack is the top-rated guard in the draft and has the ability to be a dominant player inside against defensive tackles or pulling around the corner against linebackers. He’s very good at getting to the second-level on double team blocks.
The three-year starter is a very good pass blocker and he will go very high despite playing the guard position, which isn’t valued nearly as much as the tackle spot.
Manti Te’o saw his stock plummet after his poor performance against Alabama. He had been a dominant player all year long, but he couldn’t get off the blocks against that Crimson Tide offensive line and Ed Lacy made him look so bad as a tackler. The young man has good size, 6’2″ 255, speed and quickness, plus he’s got a high football IQ.
The Bama game has raised questions about his open field tackling and ability to get off blocks at the next level, so he’s not as much of a sure thing now as he was at the end of the regular season, but expect him to still go high in the first round.
Geno Smith of West Virginia is the top rated quarterback on most boards. He can make all the throws, especially the deep ball. Smith has a strong arm and can fit the ball into a small hole when needed.
He’s got good size and athleticism, but he needs to get a better feel for making short throws where he needs to take some of the heat off the ball. Touch throws are an area which he needs to grow in. His accuracy on short throws is lacking because he tends to throw these ball too hard.
He didn’t help himself in the Bowl against Syracuse