Mel Kiper's Post Senior Bowl Big Board
2013 NFL draft Big Board
Where are all the quarterbacks? Mel Kiper has zero of them inside the top 25
Originally Published: January 30, 2013
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
I did make a few moves after Senior Bowl week, but I also think a lot of what took place in Mobile confirmed some things we knew. A guy like Eric Fisher turned heads, but he was already a top-10 player for me. The next big phase is the NFL combine, and this is a year where the onus is really on some offensive players to show well there. The draft class is lacking skill-position talent at the top.
Remember, the scouting perspective below will remain similar week to week unless my evaluation of a player really shifts, but I'll note recent observations and opinions as the draft process continues. Please also see my rankings of the top 5 draft prospects at every position. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Jarvis Jones *
Jones should do well at the combine, displaying a wide range of skills. His performance and positional value reflect this ranking, because he combines explosiveness, discipline, relentless pass-rushing ability and great intangibles and effort. He profiles as a 3-4 OLB, but he's also strong against the run and can really cover.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Damontre Moore *
Moore can really rush the passer. He's an athlete, but the production really jumps out. Consistent performer. Adjusted well to playing as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Excels as a pass-rusher, able to dip hips, turn the corner and use quickness and length to beat tackles.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Luke Joeckel *
Joeckel has the ability to take away good pass-rushers. There's very little to not like. He has a ton of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. He can really drive people in the run game, even if he gets questions on how nasty he is as a finisher. The feeling now is he's a safe bet to be the first OT taken.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
You can't block him with one guy. He's ready to be an impact NFL DT. He absorbs so much blocking help and frees up others, but he's not just a clogger, because he can show off a great burst and the ability to destroy plays. Has a great sense for disrupting the run game. Quick off the ball with great upper- and lower-body strength. Coaches rave about him.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Warmack was the best O-lineman at Alabama, which says a lot considering how stacked that O-line was. He simply takes defenders where he wants them to go, utilizing great power and quickness at his size. A dominant run-blocker, Warmack isn't just massive, but also moves well, with initial power in tight spaces and the ability to seek out LBs on the second level.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Dee Milliner *
Evaluators have really gotten on board. Milliner is a quick study; questions on his cover skills have largely been put to rest. He got better and better as the season progressed. Milliner's raw football skills are exceptional. His physical prowess is a step above that of other corners. He hits receivers and isn't shy in run support, but with that, he is fluid, reads the game well and can turn and run with wideouts. High floor.
LAST WEEK: 13 | PLAYER CARD
Bjoern Werner *
Indy is a big opportunity for him. Has great awareness, both as a pass-rusher and as a guy who defends the pass with his hands in the air. Strong, but can really dip to turn the corner, showing great balance. Werner finds a way to disrupt. Reads the game really well, eyes up, which isn't easy to do when you play so fast.
LAST WEEK: 12 | PLAYER CARD
Alec Ogletree *
Will end up ahead of Te'o based on versatility and a high ceiling. Led Georgia in tackles by 13 even though he missed four games. Ogletree has great instincts and flies to the ball all over the field. Able to attack gaps against the run, stretches wide and moves well in coverage. Reads passers well. Draft process could be interesting.
LAST WEEK: 7 | PLAYER CARD
Shined in Senior Bowl evaluations. He uses that length really well. He gets in a wide base, uses his arms to absorb pass-rushers and simply doesn't allow guys to get around him often. He often can make it look easy in the MAC but also looked great when Central Michigan faced top competition; not a newcomer for scouts.
LAST WEEK: 9 | PLAYER CARD
It's getting hard to find real flaws with these top guards. Williams has started since his redshirt freshman season, doesn't miss blocks, hits moving targets and has a great punch. Cooper is powerful and quick for his size and dictates matchups. Moves extremely well, particularly in tight spaces, allowing him to beat defenders to spots, move them to a side and get downfield.
LAST WEEK: 8 | PLAYER CARD
Barkevious Mingo *
Not ready to drop him until the chorus gets too loud. Mingo is so gifted athletically that he misses some "football skills" coaches want but still gets by. He has survived without taking on a lot of blocks, for instance. Leverage was an issue all season, and there's a little boom-or-bust feel with him right now. Uses length and a great first step to turn the corner. High ceiling.
LAST WEEK: 11 | PLAYER CARD
More of a sense now that Te'o is certain to drop some on positional value, a bigger issue than anything to do with the hoax. He has exceptional football instincts, a ton of experience and can both attack the backfield to make stops as well as get to the edges. Was second nationally in INTs, an impressive mark for a LB.
LAST WEEK: 6 | PLAYER CARD
Sheldon Richardson *
A good one in a deep class at the position. Great awareness and highly versatile, he nearly led Mizzou in tackles as an interior lineman, which would've been pretty remarkable. Love his effort level and potential to fit in any scheme. He's got great burst, uses his hands well and gets off blocks quickly. He's a penetrator who plays physically and piles up tackles. Locates well.
LAST WEEK: 10 | PLAYER CARD
Steadily rising. He has really long arms, and can absorb rushers. He's pretty technically sound with his feet given a relative lack of experience on the O-line, and he plays relaxed as a pass-blocker. In terms of natural skills, he grades high, but he'll pick up some tricks as he gains more reps against better talent.
LAST WEEK: 18 | PLAYER CARD
Cordarrelle Patterson *
Carrying the flag for skill-position players. Combine will be huge for him. Patterson could be the top WR available on draft day, but must perform well in workouts because of a small sample size against top competition. Great size and leaping ability, strong hands, with explosiveness as a runner with the ball in his hands. Can go up and get it.
LAST WEEK: 14 | PLAYER CARD
Sharrif Floyd *
Guys really do get better over a season, and Floyd is a case. Improved all year after a positional change. He started slowly after switching back from DT, but he still led the Gators' D in TFL, so he created problems for offenses. A star coming out of high school, Floyd has quickness for his size, a powerful lower half and strong hands.
LAST WEEK: 22 | PLAYER CARD
A good bet right now to be the first safety drafted. Vaccaro played well behind a struggling defense. Adept in coverage and against the run, he has the size to attack the line of scrimmage like an extra linebacker but can line up in coverage inside or out wide and hold his own. Makes good reads and big plays.
LAST WEEK: 21 | PLAYER CARD
Tyler Eifert *
Was a decent bet to be the first TE off the board when he declared, but he's being pushed now. Has pass-catching skills of a natural receiver and can be split out. Eifert is a former WR, catches the ball with ease and can stretch the seams, but he's not an exceptional blocker. Top TE in the class heading into the draft process.
LAST WEEK: 15 | PLAYER CARD
Didn't participate at the Senior Bowl because of a shoulder injury, and that could nibble at his grade a bit. There's some projection left if you see Jordan as a guy who should bulk up and move to 4-3 DE, but I think he's pretty good where he is. He went to Oregon with the possibility of playing either offense (TE) or defense (DE), but has emerged as an athletic, long pass-rusher.
LAST WEEK: 16 | PLAYER CARD
Zach Ertz *
The more you watch, the more you like Ertz. Can really stretch the field up the seam, but has shown a really good ability to work the sidelines. He's a hands catcher; he goes out to get the ball, keeping defenders at bay. A willing blocker. Could be the second tight end taken if the draft were tomorrow, and might push Eifert.
LAST WEEK: 17 | PLAYER CARD
Kevin Minter *
A tackling machine, Minter plays like Les Miles would pull him off the field if he didn't get to the ball first. He has great instincts, diagnoses well and attacks the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Offensive linemen have a tough time lining him up -- he slips blocks and makes plays.
LAST WEEK: 23 | PLAYER CARD
Johnathan Hankins *
One likely first-rounder I thought could have come back and raised his value, but he'll stay in the first. Just 4.0 TFL in 2012 will lead to questions about his explosiveness and ability to penetrate, and Hankins isn't much of a pass-rusher. What he can do is eat up blockers, flow well down the line and and free up everyone around him.
LAST WEEK: 22 | PLAYER CARD
People are surprised when they realize how big Jenkins is, because he moves pretty well. He's steady in terms of finding ways to impact the game because he's either eating up blocks or overwhelming a blocker one-on-one. He opens up space for LBs to attack and can occasionally push the pocket himself, even against double-teams.
LAST WEEK: 20 | PLAYER CARD
A raw player with a track background, he got better and better this season. His draft value could be defined by whether teams think he can help immediately. He needs a lot of coaching, but has physical gifts that can't be coached. A potentially dynamic 4-3 DE pass-rusher, and maybe even a five-tech.
LAST WEEK: 24 | PLAYER CARD
Great, great week in Mobile. Really quick off the ball, Williams often looks like he knows the snap count, and the burst is significant. The TFL pile up because of it. He has a lot of natural gifts; really quick at this size, he has good feet, a strong punch to get defenders off-balance and great energy. Will chase down plays.