NFL Draft - Top Conference Prospects
Posted Apr 16, 2013

2013 NFL Draft - Top Big Ten Prospects. Who are the best and brightest NFL prospects from each league?

2013 NFL Draft 

Top 5 Big Ten Players

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Draft Analysis
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers 

Top 5 Conference Prospects
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC 

1. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (Jr.) 6-3, 320
A gigantic run stuffer, he's a massive widebody who can be thrown in the middle of a line and eat everything up. A fighter, he'll beat people up in the interior and can use his raw skill and strength to ragdoll people out of his way with a relentless style and good fight. Now he needs to get in shape. The potential and talent are there to become a perennial Pro Bowler, but he needs to transform his body from squishy to hard, and he needs to get quicker and more athletic. Awful at times in offseason workouts, he has the skills to become an interior pass rusher and a disruptive force, but he needs to be molded into a hard rock and could stand to work at a tight, taught 310 to be more effective. Far from a finished product, the upside is limitless, but he needs tweaking and toning – lots and lots of toning.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. DT Kawann Short, Purdue 6-3, 299
Productive on a bad defense, he could've big-timed it and shut it down in a dead year, but he didn't. Keyed on by Big Ten offensive lines games after game, he still came through and still fought the good fight as a team leader. Quick off the ball, he's a nice athlete with good pop and nice explosion on third downs when he gets to lock in and fire into the backfield. With nice size and good athletic skills, he now needs to get in better shape. Too fleshy, even after dumping around 25 pounds, the strength is there but he needs to be able to go full-bore for a full four quarters. He'll disappear for long stretches and needs get his wind up so he can last. There are concerns about his body and his full-time fire, but with the right coaching staff and in the right system that takes some of the heat off, there's Pro Bowl potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin (Jr.) 6-4, 312
A typical Badger offensive linemen, he's a very big, strong run blocker who flattens his man and keeps on rolling. Versatile, he could turn out to be a more natural guard in time, but he'll start out at center where he'll be fine for any scheme and any type, even though the foot-speed and quickness are sorely lacking. He has worked hard to transform his body a bit, dropping roughly 20 pounds but maintaining his strength and power. Even so, he'll need to work a bit on his consistency – if he starts to do everything right and can get lower and underneath the pads a bit more, he'll be truly dominant.
CFN Projection: Second Round

4. RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State (Jr.) 6-1, 230
A great all-around runner with uncommon moves for a player of his size, he's able to do a little of everything right with the quickness to glide around defenders when needed and the bulk to occasionally get physical. However, he's not necessarily a power runner who'll blow up defenders – he'll mostly use his bulk to bounce off people. He had a few problems with defenses that didn't worry a lick about the struggling MSU passing game last season, and his running style should get him beaten up in a big hurry, but as long as he can stay in one piece he can do it all as a three-down big back.

While he looks the part, he's an inconsistent blocker who'll make a big one here and there, but is more of a receiver on third downs than a hitter. Even with the concerns, he's a true No. 1 running back who can carry an offense, and considering his style and workload last season, he should be fresh for the next few years.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin 5-10, 214
Ultra-productive with extreme quickness, great hands and peerless cutback ability, Ball is a fast back who needs just a sliver of daylight to pop through and rip off big yards. Slippery as well as a pinball, he's an elite of the elite goal line runner who has a natural ability to weave his way through the line to get forward. Patient, instinctive and tough, he's great at waiting for that last possible second before bouncing through, and then bounce up after taking the big shot. But how long can he last? With 924 career carries and 59 catches, the clock is ticking on how many big shots he can take. He's not a power back in any way and won't bowl over anyone, and he's going to need to be a part of a rotation, but he should be terrific for three years before hitting wall.
CFN Projection: Second Round