Turn On The Jets 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 3.0

Chris Gross with the latest Turn On The Jets 2013 NFL Big Board.

With one of the most crucial events of the pre draft process officially in the books, we bring you the latest edition to the Turn On The Jets 2013 NFL Draft Big Board. Certain players haven’t been helped or hurt by the combine, but as you’ll notice, some alarming results, both good and bad, have altered where certain players rank.

A few important notes: I don’t have any interior linebacker ranked within this top 25. As far as I’m concerned, Georgia’s Alec Ogletree is the most physically gifted player at the position, but character issues are a concern as of right now. Manti Te’o of Notre Dame and Kevin Minter of LSU are both solid prospects, as well, but I currently don’t see them ranking above any player on this list.

Surely, things will shake out moving forward as Pro Days and workouts ensue, but based on where we are now, here is how we rank the top 25 prospects:

stock same1.) Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama – 6’2″ 317 lbs – Warmack remains in the top spot because he is simply the best prospect in the entire draft pool. Underwhelming combine numbers do not take away from his ability to explode at the point of attack, drive defenders back, move laterally, or get up to the second level. Warmack is the total package in an offensive lineman and has the potential to be selected in the top 10, despite playing the guard position. Previously: 1

stock up2.) Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida – 6’3″ 297 lbs – The more film I watch on Floyd, the more apparent it becomes that he is the best defensive prospect in the draft. While he had a rather impressive combine, it is Floyd’s tenacious motor, tremendous hand technique, ability to play with leverage, and elite footwork, that make him such a dominant force on the interior of the defensive line. Projects best as a 3 technique in a 4-3 scheme, but will be successful in whichever scheme he is drafted to. Previously: 22

stock same3.) Luke Joeckel, Tackle, Texas A&M – 6’6″ 306 lbs –
Like Warmack, Joeckel did not exactly post head turning numbers at the combine, but don’t be misguided – he is still the top tackle in this year’s class. While Joeckel may not have posted good times in the 40 yard dash and shuttle runs, he looked excellent in on field drills, demonstrating the feet, low base, and hand technique that allow him to stand out on film. Likely a top 5 selection with a good chance to be selected with the first overall pick. Previously: 3

stock up4.) Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama – 6’0″ 201 – There was little doubt that Milliner was the top cornerback in this year’s class, but an elite 40 yard dash time of 4.37 solidified the fact that he is physically capable of matching up with any top wide receiver in the NFL. Milliner is lightning quick, shows excellent ball skills, and is extremely smooth in his hips, ability to turn, and change direction. Some concerns about his backpedal ability, but Alabama defensive backs guru, Nick Saban, does not typically teach the backpedal to his defensive backs as part of their technique. That being said, Milliner may not be as troubled in this area as he is inexperienced. Previously: 8

stock same5.) Eric Fisher, Tackle, Central Michigan – 6’7″ 306 lbs – Fisher has been rising up boards after an extremely strong Senior Bowl where he displayed the technique, footwork, strength, and agility to become an elite NFL tackle. The combine helped his cause as he displayed top level quickness (4.44 20 yard shuttle run) and explosion (116.0 inch broad jump). Another top 10 selection. Previously: 5

stock up6.) Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon – 6’6″ 248 lbs – Jordan has seen some question marks regarding where he fits, schematically, at the next level, and while he has the frame to fill out as a 4-3 defensive end, his superior athleticism and psychical prowess will be best utilized as a 3-4 OLB. While it would have been nice to gauge his strength on the bench press at the combine, Jordan proved to be very athletic and smooth in both tests and on field drills. Barring something unforeseen, Jordan will be a top 10 selection, with a strong chance to be taken in the first five picks. Previously: 15

stock up7.) Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU – 6’6″ 271 lbs – Ansah has been on the rise since a strong display at the Senior Bowl, and a strong combine has made him even more appealing. Considering his size, Ansah’s 40 yard dash time of 4.61 seconds is elite and will assist him in developing into a top level pass rusher at the next level. While he is inexperienced and may not currently possess the football instincts and IQ of some of his counterparts, the progress he has shown in just 2 years of playing the sport are a telling sign of his ability to grow, mentally. Ansah is making a strong push for the top 10. Previously: 10

stock down8.) Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah – 6’2″ 311 lbs – Lotulelei’s stock took a bit of a hit at the combine after he was not cleared to participate in drills due to a medical condition regarding his heart, so there are certainly some red flags there. However, Lotulelei is an immense talent at the defensive tackle position and if he can check out medically moving forward, he is a top 10 talent. Excellent short area burst, ability to maintain leverage, and power. Previously: 6

stock up9.) Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas – 6’0″ 214 lbs – Vaccaro did not show elite speed in the 40 yard dash for the position, but the range and speed displayed on film do not match up with his timed speed. What makes Vaccaro so good is the fact that he can play in the box and help in the run, while maintaining a very broad range of coverage ability. In an extremely deep safety class, Vaccaro is at the top of the list. Previously: 13

stock down10.) Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – 6’2″ 245 lbs – Jones, to me, is still the most dynamic pass rusher in the entire draft. There are concerns over a spinal stenosis issue that certainly need to be diligently reviewed by teams before they’ll feel confident selecting him, but if the issues aren’t a concern, as Jones stresses, he is a top 5 talent. Extremely explosive and agile with a motor that does not stop. His pro day will be crucial for putting his draft stock back among the top of the class. Previously: 2

stock same11.) Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina – 6’2″ 311 lbs – Tough slate being a guard in the same class as Chance Warmack, but Cooper has elite level talent as well. He is one of the more quick, athletic offensive lineman in the draft, but also displayed an excellent level of strength at the combine with 35 reps on the bench press. A sure first rounder, likely to go within the first half of the round. Previously: 11

stock down12.) Björn Werner, Defensive End, Florida State – 6’3″ 266 lbs – The combine didn’t really do anything to boost or hurt Werner’s stock, but the former ACC defensive player of the year still remains one of the more talented defensive front seven players in the class. With his motor being his most appealing aspect, he possesses the strength, athleticism, and tenacity to be an elite level defensive end at the next level. Projects best as a 4-3 defensive end. Previously: 9

stock up13.) Lane Johnson, Tackle, Oklahoma – 6’6″ 303 lbs – Johnson ran a tremendous 4.72 40 yard dash at the combine, and although that is certainly no indicator of how well an offensive lineman will translate to the next level, the athleticism Johnson put on display is certainly an appealing addition to what he shows on film. Overall strength is adequate, but superior agility and speed will allow him to keep up with the top pass rushers in the NFL. Needs to be a bit more consistent in technique, particularly with his hands and leverage, but certainly a top tackle in this class. Previously: 14

stock up14.) Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri – 6’2″ 294 lbs – While Richardson has the size and strength to be a successful defensive tackle at the next level, it is his quickness and tremendous first step that give him an advantage over offensive lineman with similar builds. Among the top players in a loaded class of defensive tackles. Previously: 16

stock up15.) Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame – 6’5″ 250 lbs – Eifert solidified his spot as the top tight end in the class by displaying an excellent blend of speed (4.68), strength (22 reps), agility, explosiveness, and leaping ability (35.5 inch vertical leap), at the combine. Superior Ball skills and route running ability separate him from the others. Previously: 17

stock up16.) Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia – 6’2″ 218 lbs – While there are certainly questions surrounding the entire quarterback class this season, Smith put himself ahead of his counterparts with a strong combine that included impressive testing numbers and a strong showing throwing the football. Matt Barkley’s pro day will have an impact on which quarterback is taken first this April. Previously: 19

stock up17.) Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia – 5’8″ 174 lbs – We already knew how dynamic of a playmaker Austin is, but an extremely impressive display of both strength (14 reps) and speed (4.34) really accentuated his abilities. With the way the league is trending, a versatile playmaker like Austin will be an asset to any team. Previously: NR

stock up18.) Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee – 6’2″ 216 lbs – Excellent blend of size, speed, and physicality, Patterson is one of the most physically gifted players at the position this year. Improving his route running and ability to get off press coverage is key moving forward, but considering his strong hands and the attributes aforementioned, Patterson has all the tools to become a top level wide receiver at the next level. Previously: 24

stock down19.) Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford – 6’5″ 249 lbs – Ertz isn’t quite at the level of Eifert just yet, but possesses similar tools and should be a very productive player at the next level. Previously: 18

stock down20.) Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU – 6’4″ 241 lbs – Mingo was very impressive at the combine and has one of the highest ceilings of all players in the class. However, the team that drafts him will be selecting him more on what he can become than what he is right now. Mingo is extremely athletic, but lacks versatility in his pass rush moves, which can give him issues at the next level. Strength is another area of concern. Still an intriguing prospect and more than likely first round pick. Previously: 7

stock down21.) Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M -6’4″ 250 lbs –
Moore, once widely viewed as the top pass rushing prospect in this class, really disappointed and raised some red flags at the combine. With only 12 reps on the bench press and a 4.92 40 yard dash, he does not show the strength or speed to be a dominant edge rusher at the next level. While his tape reveals that he has good tools, Moore will need to improve in a hurry for his pro day if he wants to remain in the top half of round one. Previously: 4

stock up22.) Matt Elam, Safety, Florida – 5’10” 208 lbs – Elam’s versatility is one of the most intriguing features of his overall evaluation. At Florida, he has had success in a centerfield type role, in the box, and over the slot receiver in a nickel cornerback type role. Combine that with his good size, strength, speed, and overall athleticism, and Elam should be an impact player early on. With the way teams are prioritizing versatile safeties to match up with athletics tight ends and slot receivers, while also being able to contribute in run supports, Elam becomes a valued prospect. Previously: NR

stock up23.) Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington – 6’0″ 190 lbs – Trufant did much to help his stock at the combine after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Running in the 4.4 range, Trufant revealed to have the speed necessary to match up with elite receivers at the next level, completing that already perceived notion from his game film. Previously: NR

stock up24.) Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State – 6’1″ 210 lbs – While he is one of the more physical cornerbacks in the class, Rhodes also has excellent athletic ability. He displays smooth hips and excellent balance, allowing him to change direction and break on the ball better than most of his peers. An impressive combine solidified his stance as a top CB in this year’s class. Previously: NR

stock up25.) Kawaan Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue – 6’3″ 299 lbs – A big, strong defensive tackle, Short uses excellent leverage and extension to control blocks and make plays on the ball. Athleticism gives him some versatility to a variety of schemes. Previously: NR