2013 NFL Draft Top Prospects

Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by ivanvamp, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. ivanvamp

    ivanvamp In the Starting Line-Up

    From (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nf...fl-draft-big-board-1/?sct=hp_t13_a2&eref=sihp)

    Here are some interesting names that are ranked around the Pats' drafting position:

    Tavon Austin
    West Virginia, senior
    5-9, 175
    Austin did himself no favors by pulling out of the Senior Bowl at the last moment. At just 5-9, Austin is undersized, but his speed and triple-threat skills (rusher, receiver, return man) could push him into the first round. He's a mismatch nightmare for defenses.

    Zach Ertz
    Stanford, junior
    6-6, 252
    Tight ends dominated the NFL's conference championship weekend, and Ertz could be a major weapon starting as soon as 2013. He can get open, whether used as a downfield threat or sideline-to-sideline, plus delivers as a solid blocker.

    Xavier Rhodes
    Florida State, junior
    6-1, 217
    Rhodes might wind up as a top-15 or -20 pick. He definitely will be intriguing for teams that want to play a Seattle-like defensive style, which is highlighted by physical corners outside. Rhodes thrives in press coverage and could wind up being a shut-down guy.

    Kevin Minter
    LSU, junior
    6-1, 245
    Minter said he received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board, but it is hard to imagine him lasting that long. His smarts and ability to get to the football could turn him into an immediate-impact player.

    Matt Elam
    Florida, junior
    5-10, 202
    Smaller than Vaccaro, but Elam similarly flashed the potential to be effective creeping close to the line or playing deep coverage. He turned in a very strong performance against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, preceding his decision to turn pro.

    Barrett Jones
    Alabama, senior
    6-4, 305
    Our third Alabama lineman in the top 30, Jones played all over the offensive line, a plus that will help his draft stock. He also somehow battled through a Lisfranc fracture to suit up for the title game. Jones does not leap off the screen when watching tape, but he is as reliable as they come.

    DeAndre Hopkins
    Clemson, junior
    6-1, 200
    The WR group figures to be pretty fluid between now and April, but there are only a few guys who could leapfrog Hopkins. Hopkins displayed elite hands and a top-notch ability to find space en route to 1,400 yards receiving and 18 TDs this season.

    Kawann Short
    Purdue, senior
    6-3, 308
    Defensive tackle is another spot where any number of guys could flip-flop draft positions. Consider me on the Short bandwagon, however, after watching him occupy double- and triple-teams throughout Purdue's season. He needs to bulk up a bit, though.

    I'd love to know which of these guys you all would prefer, if the Pats had them available and wanted to take one of them.
  2. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Go to the draft forum, where all have been discussed for months.
  3. EwanSellars

    EwanSellars On the Game Day Roster

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    Matt Elam is my favorite out of this group but definitely a lot of guys to like there

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