NFL draft: The Top 100 players available

April 24, 2013 

The Observer’s list of the top 100 players available in the NFL draft:

1 Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: Could be drafted first overall by the Chiefs after blocking for a pocket passer in Ryan Tannehill and a mobile QB in Johnny Manziel.

2 Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma Former high school QB has wowed scouts and coaches with his athleticism and high ceiling.

3 Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: Shoulder surgery has not changed how scouts feel about Jordan, who could play DE in some schemes.

4 Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan: Turned heads at the Senior Bowl after playing against lesser talent in the Mid-American Conference.

5 Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: The Ghana-born former track star hasn’t played football very long, but his athleticism is off the charts for prospective suitors.

6 Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: Top defensive back in the draft has outstanding instincts, seldom out of position and is a physical tackler.

7 Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Philadelphia native was constantly in opponent’s backfield while playing in the nation’s toughest conference.

8 Tavon Austin, WR, W. Virginia: A decade ago he was a third-round talent, but this slot receiver has teams looking to trade up to get him.

9 Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: 311-pounder who gets in the backfield often, but teams are concerned his heart condition makes him take plays off.

10 Geno Smith, QB, W. Virginia: Top QB in a class lacking a franchise player clocked the fastest 40-yard dash time of all QBs.

11 Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: He was the lone bright spot in the BCS title game (six catches, 61 yards) for the Irish.

12 Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: Freakish athlete, but needs to add muscle to lean frame or will be pushed around by offensive tackles.

13 Jonathan Cooper, G, N. Carolina: Senior improved his draft stock dramatically after moving from center to guard for the Tar Heels.

14 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Excellent size at 6-foot-2 and better in press coverage than Milliner.

15 Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Totaled 23.5 sacks in two full seasons under Jimbo Fisher.

16 Chance Warmack, G, Alabama: Won’t win bodybuilding contest but knows how to move DTs off the line.

17 Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Versatile tackle who can play anywhere on the line

18 Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: Top-rated safety despite character concerns and few takeaways at Texas.

19 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Raw talent that could be a star in a few years.

20 Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Coming off shoulder surgery that ended 2012 season.

21 D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama: Latest ’Bama tackle under Nick Saban to go in first round.

22 Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: Measurables underwhelmed but Bills could take him at No. 8.

23 Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU: Big hitting has been climbing draft boards

24 Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: Showcased speed and power in BCS title game

25 Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia: Teamed with Jarvis Jones to form talented OLB tandem for the Bulldogs last season.

26 Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Racked up 57 tackles in two full seasons under Jimbo Fisher.

27 Keenan Allen, WR, Cal: Greensboro native put up good numbers without a good QB.

28 Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Led the nation in tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles, but spinal condition is a concern.

29 Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: Has an NFL pedigree but a thin frame.

30 Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: Has the look of a DE but teams want more production.

31 Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame: Forget his fake, dead girlfriend: His play in BCS title game is most disconcerting.

32 Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford: Andrew Luck’s former favorite target went for 898 yards last year.

33 Sylvester Williams, DT, N. Carolina: JUCO transfer had five sacks in first six games his senior year

34 Darius Slay CB, Mississippi State: Great combine performance, but torn meniscus might drop him on some boards.

35 Robert Woods, WR, USC: Had 2,138 receiving yards and 26 TDs in last two seasons.

36 Eric Reid, S, LSU: Wide-shouldered hitter who can be too aggressive at times.

37 Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: Most reliable tackler on talented LSU defense.

38 D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston: Fluid athlete whose health history might scare teams off.

39 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson: “Nuke” plays faster than his 4.51 40 time indicates.

40 Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State: Had 11 sacks through 12 games before ACL injury ended season.

41 Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: Former Heisman finalist is NCAA leader in total TDs.

42 Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State: Undersized defender began college career at Miami.

43 Menelik Watson, T, Florida State: England native grew up playing basketball.

44 Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Bounced back from knee injury to catch 73 balls last year.

45 E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: The top dual-threat QB in this year’s class.

46 Matt Elam, S, Florida: Equally adept at playing the run or dropping into coverage.

47 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Great in open field but his burst could be better.

48 Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State: Three-year starter had four INTs and three forced fumbles as a senior.

49 Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse: Smart and experienced blocker who could move to guard because of short arms.

50 Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Run stopper who didn’t wow scouts at combine.

51 Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss. State: Good size, but can get lazy with technique and play too tall in coverage.

52 Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: Grew up playing rugby and basketball in Australia.

53 Terron Armstead, T, Ark. Pine Bluff: All-conference in the SWAC the past three seasons.

54 Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State: Strong arm whose college coach has pedigree as QB tutor.

55 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson: Excellent senior season averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

56 Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Led Aggies in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss.

57 David Amerson, CB, N.C. State: Good size and speed, but coming off terrible season.

58 Kyle Long, G, Oregon: Son of Hall-of-Famer Howie Long and brother of Rams DE Chris Long.

59 Kawann Short, DT, Purdue: Bench presses more than 400 pounds.

60 Gio Bernard, RB, North Carolina: Versatile athlete could help a team as a returner.

61 Larry Warford, G, Kentucky: Will have to be careful he doesn’t eat himself out of NFL position.

62 Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Arm strength a concern around the league for the Razorback.

63 Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin: High football IQ and can play both guard and center.

64 Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss: Former defensive back impressed at the combine.

65 Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: Greenwood, S.C., native more productive than teammate Mingo.

66 Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Had 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in ’12.

67 Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Led nation in receiving yards without RGIII as his QB.

68 Markus Wheaton, WR, Okla. State: Good Senior Bowl and combine give Wheaton a boost.

69 Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati: Good speed for a 6-5, 255-pounder.

70 Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: Can throw the ball a mile but questions about his maturity.

71 Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut: All-around defender who had 14 pass breakups in ’12.

72 Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State: Averaged 4.7 yards, 29 carries per game for MSU.

73 Quinton Patton, WR, La. Tech: JUCO transfer that played for high-octane offense.

74 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State: Big but not fast, and that could bump him down.

75 Stedman Bailey, WR, W. Virginia: Overshadowed by Austin but one of Geno Smith’s top targets.

76 John Jenkins, DT, Georgia: Concern about his weight dropped his stock.

77 Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: Playmaker was booted from LSU for failing drug tests.

78 Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M: Numbers dipped with Johnny Manziel as QB.

79 Vance McDonald, TE, Rice: Benched 31 reps to go along with fast 40 time and large hands.

80 Marcus Lattimore, RB, S. Carolina: Before injury, he was a top Heisman candidate.

81 Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana: Had 10 career INTs, including four last season.

82 Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Size an issue after just one full season as ’Cats QB.

83 Brian Winters, G, Kent State: Only the third Kent State player invited to the combine.

84 Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut: Three-year starter had 274 career tackles for Huskies.

85 Brian Schwenke, C, Cal: Played both guard positions in school before going to center.

86 D.J. Swearinger, S, S. Carolina: Had 79 tackles last season from both the safety and corner positions.

87 Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State: Had a nation-high eight picks this past season, including three for TDs.

88 Jon Bostic, OLB, Florida: Tackles numbers fell off during a disappointing 2012 season.

89 Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern: Could be a sleeper for a team in third round.

90 Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech: Kicked out of Tennessee for off-field issues.

91 Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia: Another Bulldogs’ defender who will be drafted on second day.

92 Jordan Reed, TE, Florida: Former QB whose own QB at Florida struggled last season.

93 Jeff Locke, P, UCLA: Scouts think the left-footer is as good as Bryan Anger, picked in third round last year.

94 Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Some have Sam Bradford’s former backup gone on Day 1.

95 Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon: Led Ducks with 14 tackles for loss last season.

96 David Bakhtiari, T, Colorado: Long-armed lineman left school after junior year.

97 Barrett Jones, C, Alabama: Won Outland Trophy as a junior left tackle and Rimington Award as the nation’s top center last season.

98 Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M: Johnny Heisman’s second-favorite target last season.

99 Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia: Ran the 40 in 4.55 seconds at the combine.

100 Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio): Overtook Roethlisberger as Miami’s top career passer.

Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person

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