Draft writer Zev Sibony with his initial NFL Draft Big Board. Be sure to give fellow draft writer, Frank Giasone‘s Big Board a read as well, along with Lead NFL Draft Editor Chris Gross‘s Big Board from last week, and Mock Draft 1.0 from last night. Let the debates begin!
1.) Luke Joeckel- Tackle- Texas A&M- 6’6″ 310 lbs.- He is the most all around Offensive Tackle. You can slap him on the left side of the line and be comfortable in knowing he will protect your QBs blind side. He has started since his freshman year. He is great in the run game, and he even has some nasty in him and finishes plays.
2.) Damontre Moore- Defensive End- Texas A&M- 6’4″ 248 lbs.- A Defensive End in the 4-3 scheme, he has the talent to get to the quarterback. He is the best 4-3 DE in the draft and has incredible ability. Very consistent and deceptively quick in getting to the quarterback.
3.) Star Lotulelei- Defensive Tackle- Utah- 6’4″ 325 lbs.- Quite simply, you need more than 1 guy to block him. He can fit as a 3-4 NT or a 4-3 DT. Lotulelei shows a great burst and will wreck plays by stopping them in their tracks. He is brutally strong and will be a force for whichever team he plays for.
4.) Barkevious Mingo- Defensive End- LSU- 6’5″ 240 lbs.- Mingo has some boom or bust potential, and will likely be transitioning to a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. His ceiling can be extremely high, but if he doesn’t refine his skills then he can be an average player.
5.) Chance Warmack- Guard- Alabama- 6’3″ 320 lbs.- Far and away the best Guard in the draft. Warmack has the skill to be a rookie Pro Bowler next year. Everything about his game is awesome, and he was the anchor of the best offensive line in the nation.
6.) Bjoern Werner- Defensive End- Florida State- 6’4″ 255 lbs.- Another guy that is uber talented and can be a really great professional depending on scheme. He entered the draft when his stock was highest and is sure to be a top 10 pick barring something unforeseen.
7.) Dee Milliner- Cornerback- Alabama- 6’1″ 197 lbs.- Got better and better as this past season went on. He is good in coverage and helps a lot in run support. He can lay the wood if need be. His speed and reads are good enough that he can turn and run with wide outs. High floor. High ceiling.
8.) Jarvis Jones- Outside Linebacker- Georgia- 6’3″ 241 lbs.- Some may have him in the top 3, and while he has the talent to be ranked that high, Jones is one of the safer picks in the draft. He has a wide range of skills as a 3-4 OLB. Jones has relentless pass rush ability, shows great effort, and is explosive, yet disciplined.
9.) Sylvester Williams- Defensive Tackle- UNC- 6’2″ 320 lbs.- Williams can end up being a great 4-3 DT in the NFL. He has the ability and talent to clog up blockers for LBs to make plays. Additionally, he can penetrate the backfield to make plays.
10.) Alec Ogletree- Inside Linebacker- Georgia- 6’3″ 237 lbs.- Great versatility and has a huge ceiling. Missed 4 games for Georgia and still led the team in tackles. Ogletree can fly all over field, reads the run and pass well. Moves well in coverage and attacks gaps against the run.
11.) Jonathan Cooper- Guard- UNC- 6’3″ 320 lbs.- the 2nd best guard in the draft. Started since his redshirt freshman season. He rarely misses blocks. Can hit moving targets and has a great punch. Cooper is powerful and quick. He is also really good in tight spaces which allows him to beat defenders to spots and get downfield
12.) Kenny Vaccaro- Safety- Texas- 6’1″ 218 lbs.- Sure to be the first Safety off the board. Good in coverage and against the run. Vaccaro, unfortunately, wasn’t playing with the best defense but still had 96 tackles on the year. He makes good reads and big plays and can move down and act as a linebacker if need be.
13.) Dion Jordan- Defensive End- Oregon- 6’7″ 243 lbs. - Possibly the biggest, most athletic player in the draft, Jordan is an absolute freak of nature, but very raw. He has the skills to be a 4-3 DE but fits best as a 3-4 OLB. He would likely need to add some weight if he were to switch to a 4-3 DE. Conversely, he can refine his skills and be a good OLB for a 3-4 team. He is still working through a shoulder issue, which will be monitored moving forward.
14.) Manti Te’o- Inside Linebacker- Notre Dame- 6’1″ 248 lbs. - If Te’o didn’t play in the National Title game, he would be in the top 10. Instead, he struggled mightily against Alabama’s offensive line in the BCS championship. He has great skill and was great in pass coverage (7 INTs). Furthermore, he was really good at stopping the run, until the national championship game. Could have been a bad game. Who knows? But still tremendous talent.
15.) Sam Montgomery- Defensive End- LSU-6’4″ 260 lbs.- Montgomery was LSU’s most effective DE in 2012. His ceiling isn’t as high as Mingo’s but his talents are more refined. He is a max effort player who is better suited as a 4-3 Defensive End, as opposed to a 3-4 OLB. Montgomery has a great motor and his range of skills is getting better with some added bulk.
16.) Ezekiel Ansah- Defensive End- BYU- 6’6″ 272 lbs.- Another freak athlete who is extremely raw like Dion Jordan. He has a track background and has gotten better as the season went on. He will need a lot of coaching but can be an extremely dynamic 4-3 rush end. The teams that are looking at him will determine how quickly he will be able to contribute and that will set his value.
17.) Lane Johnson- Tackle- Oklahoma- 6’7″ 303 lbs.- An offensive tackle that is just a massive human being. He has really impressed this week at the Senior Bowl practices. He has really long arms and can absorb rushers. Technically sound and a relaxed pass blocker. He is sure to be a top 20 pick, especially as he gets more reps against good talent.
18.) Johnathan Hankins- Defensive Tackle- OSU- 6’3″ 335 lbs.- Hankins’ specialty is to eat up blockers and flow well so his teammates can make plays. He had 55 tackles and probably could’ve gone back to OSU to raise his value but he still has the potential to be a first round selection.
19.) Eric Fisher- Tackle- Central Michigan- 6’8″ 305 lbs.- Fisher is a mammoth of a man and uses his length really well. He will be a Left Tackle in the league for a long while.
20.) Geno Smith- Quarterback- WVU- 6’3″ 214 lbs. - The QB from WVU started of incredibly hot then calmed down when WVU got into their Big 12 schedule. He is still a good Quarterback and fits well into what the league is turning into. He will be able to run the read option, pistol, and spread offenses and be good at it. He got better every year he started at WVU but still makes questionable decisions. It’ll be interesting to see where he gets taken.
21.) Sheldon Richardson- Defensive Tackle- Mizzou- 6’4″ 295 lbs. - He almost led Mizzou in tackles and that, in and of itself, is incredible considering he is an interior lineman. He can fit any scheme he is put into because of his great versatility. Effort, potential, burst, physical, and penetration are words that come to mind with Richardson. Has good hands and gets off blocks quickly and well.
22.) Shariff Floyd- Defensive Tackle- Florida- 6’3″ 303 lbs. - Changed position at the beginning of the year and got better as the year went on. He created problems for offenses by getting in the backfield. Has great quickness and a powerful lower body.
23.) Johnthan Banks- Cornerback- Mississippi State- 6’2″ 185 lbs. - 2nd best Cornerback in the draft. He has great instincts, is impressive in run support and has very good ball skills. His coverage skills are a bit above average. He has great intangibles as he has experience at safety and on special teams along with cornerback. Very durable and has great height, weight, and speed.
24.) Mike Glennon- Quarterback- NC State- 6’6″ 232 lbs. - This quarterback is setting himself apart from the others in the senior bowl practices. Glennon has good arm strength and release, average accuracy and is a solid leader. He leads by example and spends lots of time in the film room studying tendencies and opponents. He will likely need to add some weight moving forward.
25.) Tyler Eifert- Tight End- Notre Dame- 6’6″ 251 lbs. - The best Tight End in the draft. He has the pass catching abilities of a WR, allowing offenses to split him out like many NFL teams are doing with their TE’s in today’s game. Previously a WR, he knows how to go up and get the ball. He isn’t the best blocker but he is solid and has the potential to grow into a better one.