2013 NFL Draft - Top SEC Prospects

Posted Apr 16, 2013

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

2013 NFL Draft 

Top 5 SEC 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. OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (Jr.) 6-6, 306
A pure technician, he's a the prototype for how to be a tackle doing everything right with flawless technique, the right feet, the right hand pop and the ability to handle himself well against any time of pass rusher. He can't be outsmarted by the creative ones, and he won't be outhustled by the high-motor types, making it look easy in both the Big 12 and SEC. Athletic and quick off the blocks, he's a left tackle who can sit on a line for the next ten years and be a franchise blocker to work everything around.

While he's not necessarily a finesse blocker, he's not going to destroy his man and throw him into the ninth row, walling off his guy rather than burying him. As good as he already is, he still needs to get a bit stronger and bigger, and there might be question marks about his quickness and athleticism if he gets up to 320 or so. At the moment, he's not an intimidating force and he's not going to scare an NFL defensive lineman, but he's going to be special for a long, long time protecting someone's blind side.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. OG Chance Warmack, Alabama 6-2, 317
A destructive blaster of a run blocker, he was the dominant force on a dominant force of an Alabama offensive line. Athletic for his size, he can get on the move to spring the big block, or he can sit in a phone booth and beat up his man – he can do it all. Forget about the workouts and the lack of quickness and raw speed in the drills; he doesn't need to run 40 yards in the NFL. It would be nice if he was a bit taller. He's not quite 6-3, and while he hovers between 320 and 325, he's more wide than large. He doesn't exactly look the part and doesn't quite have the prototype body for an NFL guard.

He's a pure football player more than a workout warrior, never getting knocked off his base and never, ever getting pushed back. Even so, he needs to get in better overall conditioning and shape and has to be ready to handle the quicker pace of an NFL game, but there's almost no bust factor and it's not crazy to suggest that he could be the best player in a relatively weak overall draft. Put him on the line and let him roll for the next ten years at a high level.

3. LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Jr.) 6-2, 245
With Von Miller and Clay Matthews showing what a dangerous linebacker-sized outside pass rusher can do, Jones fits the type with a phenomenal burst off the ball and peerless closing speed. Smooth as glass, he cuts on a dime and doesn't miss when he chases down a quarterback or a ball-carrier. Brilliant when he gets an offensive tackle out of position, one false step means it's over and he's in the backfield. He's physical, but he can be run at and powered over – he's at his best when he gets to chase people down. While there's some concern about a wee bit of inconsistency in his motor and production, the big, glaring problem is his neck with a spinal issue that could potentially ruin his career with one wrong hit. Every football player at this level probably has spinal stenosis to some degree, but considering where he'll likely be taken, there's a big risk factor at play. However, if he's fine and he's able to last, he's the best defensive prospect in a weak overall draft.
CFN Projection: First Round

4. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama (Jr.) 6-0, 201
With great size and 4.38 speed, he has the right look and the right abilities to be a lockdown No. 1 corner with starting ability from the day he steps on the field. Not only is he a blazer, he can handle the bigger targets sticking to Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the BCS championship. Physical, he'll hit and support against the run and won't shy away from contact, coming up with the big pop and jam when needed. While he lived up to the prep hype from Day One and didn't disappoint in any way, he was just okay when the ball was in the air and didn't make as many big plays as an elite college corner should had. Not just an athletic talent, he has the drive and want-to to be better; he'll work to become great. Almost no bust potential, he's a sure-thing starter who can instantly be a team's No. 1 corner.
CFN Projection: First Round

5. DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida (Jr.) 6-3, 297
Versatile with the ability to play in any spot in the 3-4, he can work as an end and be a tough pass rusher or he can sit on the nose and hold his own as an anchor. A superstar prep prospect, it took a little while but he came through and showed what all the hype was about as a smooth, quick defender off the ball and the motor to kill linemen who don't bring it on every play. However, while he was a key part to a special run defense, the production and numbers weren't there and he hasn't yet reached his potential. On the good side, there's a high ceiling with Pro Bowl tools, but he's not a sure thing and can be erased by double teams and power ground games that run right at him. Even with all the concerns, there's enough talent and athleticism to be special with a little bit of time and patience.
CFN Projection: First Round