Now that the 2012 NFL Draft has come to a close we will now take a look at the top offensive and defensive prospects for the upcoming 2013 season. After watching film I’ve noticed that this group is very defensive heavy with prospects that are long and athletic. The offensive side of the ball will surely not disappoint either. Please note that it’s early in the evaluation process and this list will change due to more film review and production on the field for the upcoming season.
- Matt Barkley, USC, 6-2 230
- * Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, 6-6 262
- * Tyler Bray, Tennessee, 6-6 213
- Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, 6-3 220
- Landry Jones, Oklahoma, 6-4 229
Matt Barkley has started since his Freshman year and is a proven leader for the USC Trojans although I do have concerns about his arm strength. Thomas has great size and mobility that you look for in a signal caller. A concern of mine is will Thomas’s growth be stunted with the Virginia Tech having to replace four offensive lineman from this past season.
- Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0 218
- Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0 226
- Montee Ball, Wisconsin, 5-11 212
- * Andre Ellington, Clemson, 5-10 190
- Christine Michael, Texas A&M, 5-11 213
Marcus Lattimore is a workhorse type back with great vision but will be coming off knee surgery from this past season. Montee Ball has been nothing but Mr. consistent in Wisconsin’s ground and pound offense. Ellington’s possess elite speed and agility and is sure to excite in Clemson’s spread attack.
- * Robert Woods, USC, 6-1 190
- Keenan Allen, California, 6-3 215
- Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-3 205
- Justin Hunter, Tennessee, 6-3 200
- * Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee, 6-3 208
Robert Woods is an explosive player and displays good run after the catch ability. Every time I watch Keenean Allen on film I see something that I like. One of my issues with Allen is that he needs to improve his route running. Both Hunter and Rogers will make a formidable tandem for the Tennessee Volunteers in 2012.
- * Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 6-6 251
- Joesph Frauria, UCLA, 6-7 258
- Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State, 6-5 245
- Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 6-5 250
- Zach Ertz, Stanford, 6-6 249
Tyler Eifert possesses great length and good hands. Although it’s early I have Eifert as the first Tight End taken off the board in the 2013 Draft. Like Eifert Joseph Frauria has tremendous size and will battle it out with Eifert for the top spot. Both Stoneburner and Lutzenkirchen will be the focal points of there teams offense. Now that Coby Fleener has departed for the NFL Stanford’s Zach Ertz will look to fill his shoes.
- Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6 310
- * D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6 340
- Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, 6-6 305
- * Taylor Lewan, Michigan, 6-8 302
- * Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5 305
Oday Aboushi has ideal arm length but will need to work on delivering more of an initial punch instead of lunging at defenders. Right Tackle D.J. Fluker brings experience and size to the position. One of the questions scouts will have for Fluker will be does he have the feet to move to Left Tackle. Wagner will be next in line of Wisconsin’s O-Lineman. Lewan is athletic with good feet but needs to add more bulk and also work on overall strength. Matthews has a great family tree but will look to make his own name for himself in 2012.
- Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5 302
- Khaled Holmes, USC, 6-4 305
- Johnathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3 310
- Chance Warmack, Alabama, 603 320
- Larry Warford, Kentucky, 6-3 336
Barrett Jones will be moving inside to guard this upcoming season. Jones will be playing alongside teammate Chance Warmack and will provide experience in the interior for the defending National Champions. USC’s Khaled Holmes will be 2012’s top Center prospect. Thick bodied Larry Warford was Second Team All-SEC last season and will look to continue his success this season.
- * William Gholston, Michigan State, 6-7 275
- * Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, 6-5 250
- Alex Okafor, Texas, 6-4 260
- * Bjorn Werner, Florida State, 6-4 272
- Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-8 26
William Gholston has ideal size/speed ratio for a 4-3 Defensive End or 5-Tech in a 3-4 Defense. I would like to see him attack half man during pass rush more often as he tends to rely on his strength and gets comfortable with bull rushing. Both Jeffcoat and Okafor will provide a pair of bookends for the Longhorns defense this fall. Taylor has ideal size that you look for in a Defensive End but I would like to see more production on the field in 2012.
- Star Lotulelei, Utah, 6-4 325
- Kawaan Short, Purdue, 6-3 310
- * Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, 6-4 317
- T-4. Johnathan Jenkins, Georgia, 6-3 351
- T-4.* Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6-3 305
- Akeem Spence, Illinois, 6-1 305
Lotulelei is stout at the Point of Attack and has the size to be an ideal 3-4 NT at the next level. Kawaan Short shows versatility and at times lines up at Defensive End on passing downs. Jenkins is a huge NT that needs to display proper pad level, bring more of an initial punch and show more of a consistent motor. Akeem Spence has good lateral movement, able to extend and disengage, but would like to see him be more stout versus double teams.
- * Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3 241
- * Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6-5 240
- * Sam Montgomery, LSU, 6-5 245
- Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, 6-3 260
- Nico Johnson, Alabama, 6-3 245
Jarvis Jones is an explosive prospect that displays proper leverage although I would like to see him add more lower body strength. Both Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery are long and athletic and will give SEC quarterbacks fits this upcoming season. Some Scouts saw Brandon Jenkins as a possible first round talent this past 2012 Draft.
- Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, 6-2 255
- Shayne Skov, Stanford, 6-3 251
- C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2 232
- Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6-3 236
- Kevin Riddick, North Carolina, 6-3 240
Manti Te’o is an athletic Linebacker but often misses too many tackles. Skov is stout at the Point of Attack and showed promise this past year but will be coming off knee surgery this past season. Ogletree is a former Safety that displays good range but I would like to see him lower his pad level and bring his legs upon initial contact.
- * David Amerson, North Carolina State, 6-3 194
- Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 6-2 185
- * Tharold Simon, LSU, 6-3 187
- Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 6-0 190
- Johnny Adams, Michigan State, 5-11 175
If you were to look in a dictionary to find a Cornerback with prototypical size you would see a picture of David Amerson. With 11 interceptions from this past season Amerson displays good ball skills that Scouts covet. Simon has good length but I would like to see him add a little more bulk. I look for Simon to have a good season in 2012. Poyer transitions well out of his back pedal but needs to be more physical in run support.
- * Tyrann Mathieu, 5-9 175
- * Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2 208
- T.J. McDonald, USC, 6-3 205
- Robert Lester, Alabama, 6-2 210
- Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, 5-10 199
Although Tyrann Mathieu is listed as a Corner on the LSU roster I have him projected as a safety on the next level. His size will be an issue in Scouts minds but Mathieu possesses some of the best instincts in the country, is aggressive in run support as well as a proven playmaker. USC’s McDonald will be returning for his Senior season but may have been drafted in either the First or Second Round in this prior 2012 NFL Draft. In 2011 Jefferson played Linebacker but will be moving to Free Safety this upcoming season.
Trey Randall is the Director of Player Personnel for the Eastern Kentucky Drillers, Arena Football and the Co-Owner/Director of Operations for Gridiron Scouting Southwest. A former Division I college football player Trey also hold a position as a Scout for the Players All-Star Classic College Bowl Game. You may contract Trey directly at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @TreyRandall1