2013 NFL Combine - Who's Going Top 5?
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 27, 2013


The Combine didn't do anything to sharpen up the draft boards.

2013 NFL Combine 

Last Thoughts
 
 

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Worst ... Draft ... Ever?
- Te'o wasn't THAT slow
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers

Worst … Draft … Ever … ?

Scratch that. This actually has the potential to be the weirdest draft ever.

Start with a Kansas City team with the No. 1 overall pick and a desperate need for a quarterback, but it’s a year too late missing out on Andrew Luck, RG3, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson, who in hindsight all appear to be far better than Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and the rest of the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft.

So who’s the No. 1 overall pick? Even harder, who are the top five picks?

There were years when the top overall selection was a bit of a question mark, but there has never been a draft quite like this with absolutely no consensus on who the top overall players are. Ask five different NFL scouts and you’ll get five completely different opinions.

Everyone loves Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, but he’s not the prospect Jake Long or Joe Thomas were. Dee Milliner is easily the No. 1 cornerback on the board and will probably go in the top five, but he’s not necessarily considered a franchise-making talent.

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei has all the skills and potential to be a ten-year anchor to build a defense around, but he could potentially be undraftable unless the heart abnormality discovered in Indianapolis is fixable. Meanwhile, there are still huge concerns about the neck and spine of Georgia pass rushing terror Jarvis Jones, who chose not to work out. He had no issues last season, but enough red flags are flying to consider him a long-term risk for a top five overall pick.

Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan will be out at least four months with a torn labrum; Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree spent more time answering questions about his off-the-field issues than he did working out; and if Geno Smith isn’t a top ten overall pick, there’s a great chance that no offensive skill player will go in the top 15. It’s possible five linemen (Joeckel, Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher, Alabama guard Chance Warmack, Florida DT Sharrif Floyd, and depending on his condition, Lotuleilei) could make up the top five overall picks.

Yippee … infrastructure.

Things might start to get clearer over the next two months and after the pro days kick in, but until then, assume every mock draft is written in pencil.
 
2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Te'o wasn't THAT slow
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers