Come April, hundreds of players will be hoping to be in the same position this young man is.
This season, the draft scouting staff of The Jet Press is going to bring their “Big Boards”, where they rank their top 25 overall prospects. This morning, we start with the offering of Michael Nash.
1. Luke Joeckel LT Texas A&M– Has the ability to anchor the LT spot for a team for the next decade. Very solid in both pass protection and run blocking. Joeckel may very well be the number 1 pick come April.
2. Chance Warmack OG Alabama- Considered as the best guard to come out of college in the past decade. A true force in both pass protection and run blocking. Has a great technique that makes him successful and was the anchor for national champion Alabama’s O-Line.
3. Dion Jordan OLB Oregon – Jordan was very impressive this past week at the combine which all but secured him as a top 10 pick. His ability to drop back into coverage as well as rush the passer if very valuable. Although he is scheduled to have surgery to repair his labrum, his draft stock will not take much of a hit.
4. Sharriff Floyd DT Florida – since Star Lotulelei has been unfortunately diagnosed with a heart condition, Floyd is soaring up boards. A very athletic DT with a never ending motor.
5. Dee Milliner CB Alabama – Milliner all but solidifed himself as the top corner in the draft this after a very strong combine. Milliner has incredible ball skills and is very solid in man coverage. Like Jordan, Milliner is having surgery in the upcming weeks, but it will not hurt his draft stock.
6. Eric Fisher LT Central Michigan– Very solid in pass protection but needs some work in run blocking. Small school player who has not faced tough competition besudes during the senior bow, but from a talent standpoint Fisher has a ton of potential.
7. Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia – Jones is a very explosive pass rusher who has phenomenal speed which will translate well in the NFL. Jones does suffer from a very serious spine injury which may hurt his draft stock. Assuming there are no red flags on any tests, Jones is a top 10 pick.
8. Star Loulelei DT Utah – Just like Jones, Star has incredible talent. His game is very similar to Ravens pro bowl NT Haloti Ngata. He posses rare speed for a man his size and can clog the middle. Hopefully the heart condition that was found before the combine is not too serious. Wishing the best for Lotulelei.
9. Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU – Mingo is a very raw and unpolished athlete who needs some work. But his athleticism and ability to get to the QB alone make him a top 15 pick based on potential.
10. Bjoern Werner DE Florida State – Has the ability to play DE or OLB, which proves his versatility. Has a wide set of moves that allow him to pressure the QB, has above average speed to go along with good strength.
11. Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M – Did not have a very good showing at the combine, he actually may have hurt his draft stock. But sometimes the combine does not truly show a players strength. On the file this past season, Moore was able to accumulate 12.5 sacks in SEC play, which shows his true potential.
12. Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee – Although Patterson was only at Tennessee for a year, he flashes his great hands and really used his height to his advantage, Patterson has a lt of potential.
13. Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri- Has great speed for a DT, sort of a under the radar type player that may sneak into the top 10.
Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
14. Geno Smith QB West Virginia – Geno is considered by many as the top QB in this draft, and i tend to agree with that. He has a strong arm and has good accuracy. His footwork and technique needs work but nothing that cannot be fixed at the next level
15. Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU– A very raw Jason Pierre Paul type of player. Ansah has incredible potential to succeed in the NFL. He has great quickness and speed to go along with top strength.
16. Keenan Allen WR California – Has the ability to play both in the slot and on the outside. Has great hands and a true possession receiver. Unfortunately Allen was suffering from an injury so he was unable to work out at the combine.
17. Alec Ogletree LB Georgia – Recent off the filed issues are a major concern, but based on his play alone Ogletree may be the best MLB in the draft. He has the ability to play all three linebacker positions due to his great speed and his versatility.
18. Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas /FS– Is athletic enough to play both SS and FS. He seems to be able to do a little bit of everything on the field. A team needing a safety will definitely look Vaccaro’s way.
19. Matt Elam SS Florida – Although only being 5’10, Matt Elam is dangerous. To me, Elam reminds me of a younger Bernard Pollard. Elam is a guy you do not want to see if you are coming across the middle. Wherever he lands, that team will b getting a very hard hitting safety.
20. Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina – not quite on the same level as Warmack, but nonetheless Cooper is still very talented. Needs to improve in pass protection but a rock in run blocking. Cooper could be the second OG off the board.
21. Tavon Austin WR West Virginia – The speedster can do a little bit of everything on the filed. His 4.34 40 yard dash certainly did not hurt his draft stock. He is a match-up nightmare for a defense
22. Gio Bernard RB North Carolina – I have him above Alabam running back Eddie Lacy simply because I beleive that Lacy was so successful simply because he was running behind the best O-Line in the country. Now don’t get me wrong Lacy is a good player, but I feel Gio Bernard will be better in the pros. Bernard has the ability to handle very down duties in the backfield. his ability to catch passes makes him even more valuable.
23. Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State – very physical cornerback who is most successful when he is jamming receivers at the line. He reminds me of a young Antonio Cromartie
25. Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame – At 6’6 250, Eifert is a huge target for any QB. He posses good speed and above average hands for a TE. He may be the first TE off the board
25. DJ Fluker OT Alabama – At 6’4 355, Fluker is massive. He is a big body who can be very valuable at RT in the pros. He needs to work on his technique, but Fluker could be a very formiddable starter.
Thanks for reading! Remember these may change from week- week