By Jeff Risdon
By popular demand I have expanded the big board from 103 to 123.
I am still in the process of evaluating players, but this represents the impression right now based strictly on anticipated draft grade regardless of position except specialists. The upcoming workout season will help sort things out as well.
1. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. His dominating performance in the BCS Championship Game elevated his profile even more. As close to a can’t-miss prospect as any in years.
2. Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M. His exceptional run blocking and power allow him to start on the right side if needed; not every top-level LT prospect has that ability.
3. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Has no real holes in his game and is ready to step right into any scheme and threaten double-digit sacks.
4. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. His run defense is cringe-worthy at times, but nobody in this draft covers better in a variety of schemes. Ready for prime time.
5. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. Dynamic interior rusher with potential to be a consistent backfield crasher. As good as a prospect as Gerald McCoy was.
6. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Immovable object-type line anchor who flashes range and plays with great intensity…most of the time.
7. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. Converted OLB has great quickness and outstanding instincts. Still learning to play with power, but learning quickly.
8. Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon. Complete boom/bust edge rusher, but his “boom” is Aldon Smith potential. Ideal fit for hybrid front defenses.
9. Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan. Nasty run blocker improved his pad level and down blocking ability as 2012 progressed. Could be elite RT very quickly.
10. Kevin Minter, LB, LSU. Outstanding instincts and great range for this natural hustle/flow LB. Plays better in big games.
11. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
12. Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan
13. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. Spotlight: Ironically moved to top WR because of his work as a RB late in the year. Freakishly quick slot player & backfield threat.
14. Keenan Allen, WR, California
15. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
16. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
17. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
18. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
19. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. Spotlight: Very physical shutdown corner with playmaking flair, but must learn some restraint with his grabbing and holding.
20. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
21. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
22. Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
23. Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
24. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
25. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
26. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
27. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame. Spotlight: His poor BCS Championship game cools the hype and reveals what he’s always been--a good-not-great 3-4 ILB prospect.
28. Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
29. Robert Woods, WR, USC
30. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
31. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
32. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
33. Oday Aboushi, T, Virginia
34. Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma
35. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina. Spotlight: The top RB has a great center of gravity and excellent vision, with strong burst and leg drive.
36. Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State
37. D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama
38. Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
39. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
40. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
41. Dallas Thomas, G/T, Tennessee
42. Matt Elam, S, Florida. Spotlight: He would be Jack Tatum’s favorite player today, a vicious and fearless hitter. Range is his biggest issue.
43. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
44. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
45. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
46. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
47. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas. Spotlight: If you watched his dominant bowl game you wonder why he’s so low. Very up-and-down player with tweener attributes.
48. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
49. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
50. Eric Reid, S, LSU
51. Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
52. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
53. Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama
54. Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn. Spotlight: Lanky edge rusher was better in ’11 than ’12, but so was the rest of the Auburn team. Could be undervalued as a result.
55. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami OH
56. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
57. Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
58. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
59. Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Spotlight: Was never as good as made to be last summer, but is not nearly as bad as his rep now. The shoulder injury kills chance to move up.
60. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
61. Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
62. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
63. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
64. Quinton Patton, WR, LA Tech: Spotlight: Strong and blessed with good footwork, the highly productive Patton has excellent upside but must prove it against better competition.
65. Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
66. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
67. Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
68. Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
69. Melvin White, UL Lafayette
70. Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse
71. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State. Spotlight: Drafting team will need to be patient, but could be rewarded with double-digit sack potential once he’s healthy.
72. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
73. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
74. David Amerson, CB/S, North Carolina State
75. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
76. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
77. Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
78. Kyle Long, T, Oregon
79. Blidi Breh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut. Spotlight: Big, physical corner recovered nicely from a knee injury in ’11. Zone shell teams will like him.
80. Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois
81. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
82. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
83. DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina
84. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
85. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia. Spotlight: A strange evaluation, built like a nose but plays like a weakside DE. Missing bowl game for academic issues doesn’t help.
86. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
87. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
88. Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
89. Mario Benavides, C, Louisville. Spotlight: My top pure center is very heady and tenacious but must prove he has the strength to handle the big boys at the next level.
90. Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
91. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
92. Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
93. Brian Winters, T, Kent State
94. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida. Spotlight: Shifty darter played his way upwards, markedly improved in the passing game.
95. Robert Alford, CB, SE Louisiana
96. Everette Dawkins, DT, Florida State
97. Travis Long, LB, Washington State
98. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
99. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
100. Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech. Spotlight: Doesn’t get as much attention as teammate Marcus Davis, but is a smoother, more reliable player.
101. Will Davis, CB, Utah State
102. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
103. John Simon, LB, Ohio State
104. Dax Swanson, CB/S, Sam Houston State
105. Denard Robinson, RB/ATH, Michigan
106. Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt. Spotlight: Compact power runner wastes no time in hitting the hole, could move up with strong Shrine Bowl week
107. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
108. Nickell Roby, CB, USC
109. Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
110. Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
111. Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
112. Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida
113. Cyril Richardson, T/G, Baylor. Spotlight: Big and mean but with a quick first step off the snap, he surprised me by coming out early.
114. Marc Anthony CB, California
115. Kenjon Barner, RB/KR, Oregon
116. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
117. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
118. Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA
119. Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
120. Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
121. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
122. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
123. B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary. Spotlight: Small-school corner is very good in coverage but excels on special teams too.
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