Prisco's Top 32 + Latest Mock Draft
Top 32: Plenty of talent, some future stars and only one QB
By Pete Prisco | Senior NFL Columnist
Feb. 20, 2013 9:21 AM ET
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One of my pet peeves is when people say the NFL draft stinks this year because there are no quarterbacks at the top.
That is 100 percent wrong.
While there aren't the top quarterback prospects like last year with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the 2013 NFL Draft is filled with a lot of good players and is deep at several positions.
There is a lot of talent on the offensive line and at defensive tackle, tight end, safety and you can find pass rushers.
What's not to like?
It's lazy to say it's not a good draft based on the quarterbacks. And, by the way, I think one, two or even three quarterbacks will emerge as quality NFL starters from this year's class. It's up to the personnel people to figure out which ones.
I actually had a tough time putting together my list of the top 32 players heading into the scouting combine this week. I moved several players in and out over the past week.
There is only one quarterback on the list, and that's West Virginia's Geno Smith. But he isn't near the top.
I still think as the evaluation process plays out, we will see either Ryan Nassib of Syracuse or Matt Barkley move into the top 32. They are two quarterbacks who have a lot to prove in the next two months.
For now, this is my top 32. It probably doesn't look a lot like the other lists out there, but that's OK. It's my list.
1. Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: He is the cleanest player on the board. Picking tackles high in the draft is usually a wise thing.
2. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama: He is a power player who mauled opponents in 2012. He has to be careful about his weight.
3. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The more I watch, the more I like. He will be special on the next level.
4. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: One year in the big time will scare some people, but not me. This kid has game-breaking ability.
5. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: He is quick and strong. He can play inside in the 4-3 and end in the 3-4. Lived up to the hype in 2012.
6. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: He is big and fast and plays with a swagger. What's not to like?
7. Jarvis Jones, OLB-DE, Georgia: He has great speed off the edge, but he has some spine issues that need to be checked out. The medical is key for him.
8. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Some will say this is too high for Richardson, but I think it's just right. He will be a disruptive inside player on the next level.
9. Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan: If you watched him at the Senior Bowl, you know why he is here. He is fundamentally sound.
10. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Yes, he's small at 5-foot-9. But can he fly or what? Think slot receiver and return man. He will be an NFL star.
11. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: I like his ability, but he played a lot of Cover-2 at Alabama. Can he transition to playing more man?
12. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU: He is fast off the line, but he is small and needs to bulk up. Where was the production last year?
13. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Talk about raw. This kid is just learning the game. But the skills are there.
14. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: He will be a good, solid player. But will he ever be a star?
15. Menelik Watson, T, Florida State: At 6-6, 320, he has played football for only a couple of years, but this former basketball player has all the tools needed to be an elite NFL tackle.
16. Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma; This former quarterback has great athletic ability for a left tackle. He is still learning the position, which indicates a lot of growth potential.
17. Dion Jordan, DE-OLB, Oregon: He is in the Aldon Smith mold, a swift pass rusher who can play standing up or with his hand on the ground.
18. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: I like his game. I don't love it. But he is a smart, accurate thrower. My only concern is that he played in a quarterback-friendly system and he had nice weapons.
19. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal: He has good size at 6-3, 210 pounds and can run a 4.4 forty. Too bad he didn't have better quarterback play at Cal.
20. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: In some of the tape I watched, I was more impressed with Montgomery than Mingo. He isn't as explosive, but he is better against the run and made more plays.
21. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: His bowl tape was sensational with four sacks. He also did some good things during the Senior Bowl week.
22. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: He had a great week at the Senior Bowl, showing power and speed.
23. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: The only knock on this 320-pound player is effort. He didn't give it all on every play. If he does, look out.
24. Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina: Teams want more agile offensive linemen and this is a player who can move for a man who is 315 pounds.
25. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: He is a smooth cover player who has to show scouts he is fast enough. I think he is.
26. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: When I watched Kendall Wright in 2011, I kept seeing this kid show up. He starred last season.
27. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford: At 6-6, 250 pounds, he can run and catch. Is the next Rob Gronkowski?
28. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: At first I thought he was just a big hitter. But the more I watched, the more impressed I was by his range.
29. DJ Fluker, T, Alabama: He will be the prototypical right tackle. He is big and strong. Needs to work on his pass protection some.
30. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina: I like air backs, and this kid is that type of back. He runs hard and he's fast. I like him more than Eddie Lacy.
31. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: He isn't far behind Ertz in what is a deep tight end class.
32. Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn: He is a little light at 6-4, 246 pounds, but he has speed off the edge. He will need to get bigger. I like him more than most.
2013 NFL mock draft: Chiefs select Geno Smith with first pick - CBSSports.com
2013 NFL mock draft: Chiefs select Geno Smith with first pick
By Pete Prisco | Senior NFL Columnist
February 19, 2013 2:43 pm ET
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia -- They have to get one somewhere. Why not here?
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU -- He has the speed they need off the edge.
3. Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State -- They have to amp up the pass rush.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M -- They will get Jason Peters back, but this kid is too good to pass up.
5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M -- The Aggies go back-to-back here. He would fill a major need to help liven up the pass rush.
6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia -- There are medical issues, but the kid has explosive speed off the edge.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama -- They need to run the ball better. And with Levi Brown coming back to play left tackle, they could opt for, possibly, the best player in the draft.
8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee -- This is a big-play league, and they lack anything other than Stevie Johnson on the outside.
9. New York Jets: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah -- Mike DeVito is a free agent, and Sione Pouha is getting up in the years.
10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama -- You can never have enough corners in a division with Andrew Luck.
11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan -- He is moving up on a lot of boards and would fill a major need.
12. Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen, WR, California -- They have to get weapons for Ryan Tannehill.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State -- He might be the most gifted of all corners in this draft.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida -- I love this kid, and they need a big body inside.
15. New Orleans Saints: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU -- He is raw but talented. They need a lot of defensive help.
16. St. Louis Rams: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma -- They could take him and play him at left tackle and move Roger Saffold to the right side.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia -- He looks great on some plays, bad on others. But he is a big, strong and the Steelers need help in the middle.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri -- When I watched the Tigers play, this kid was all over the field.
19. New York Giants: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford -- With Martellus Bennett being a free agent, they need a weapon in the middle of the field.
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame -- With Marc Trestman on board, they need a pass-catching tight end.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas -- They can't get by with Chris Crocker playing again. Vaccaro would be an upgrade.
22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International -- They need to get Craig Dahl off the field. This kid impressed at the Senior Bowl.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue -- They need another power player inside.
24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama -- They have to protect Andrew Luck better. Fluker is a big, strong right tackle.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State -- Alan Branch is a free agent, and they need big bodies in the middle of their defense.
26. Green Bay Packers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama -- They have to improve inside on their line.
27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR-KR, West Virginia -- They lack the speed in the middle of the field. Austin gives it to them.
28. Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina -- They need more power players inside.
29. New England Patriots: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina -- The right-guard spot is unsettled, and Logan Mankins is getting old.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon -- It's time they got somebody to help John Abraham rush the passer.
31. San Francisco *****: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- Let's face it; the *****' corners didn't have a great postseason.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU -- The Ravens lose Ray Lewis to retirement, and Dannell Ellerbe is a free agent who might not be back.
Re: Prisco's Top 32 + Latest Mock Draft
Did I miss something? It appears Prisco's 18th ranked player is going first, his 12th ranked player going second, his 14th ranked player going third, his first ranked player going fourth, and a player not ranked in his top 32 going fifth. He acknowledges his list is different, but apparently it's so different that even his own mock doesn't want to make use of it.
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Re: Prisco's Top 32 + Latest Mock Draft
Ummm when did Keenan Allen ever run a 4.4 40 time? Scouts say that they'd be impressed if he ran under a 4.5