2013 NFL Draft - Boom or Bust Picks

Posted Apr 23, 2013

The players and prospects who could make or break a draft.

2013 NFL Draft 

Boom Or Bust

2013 NFL Draft Analysis
- Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- Fullbacks
- Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Centers
- Defensive Ends
- Inside LBs
- Outside LBs
- Cornerbacks
- Safeties
- Kickers & Punters

- The Most Underrated Prospects
- The Most Overrated Prospects
- The Boom or Bust Prospects
- The Unknowns You Must Know
- The Late Round Fliers To Take
- The Freaks of Nature
- The Big Names, Late Picks
- The High Risers 

By Pete Fiutak
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A lot of big chances have to be taken in every draft. Sometimes a team has to swing for the fences, and sometimes they strike out in a big way. These are some of the biggest calls in the draft. There's superstar potential with each prospect, but they also have warning signs and could be draft killers.

1. OLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (Jr.) 6-3, 242
On pure talent, there's no questioning that he might be one of the five best players in the draft. People with his size, speed and athleticism are rare, playing fast and always getting around the ball in a hurry with big-hitting skills once he arrives. He could be used as a pure pass rusher or kick inside when needed to hold up against the run. Again, on skill he has superstar, Pro Bowl potential, but his off the field, personality concerns are glaring. He's had a ton of off-the-field problems and there are glaring, red flag character question marks. On the field, he didn't have the offseason workouts to suggest that he's an elite of the elite athlete, but on film and when the lights are on, he's fantastic. There's a risk considering his history, but on talent, and considering he could play in the middle or out, he could become a phenomenal steal outside of the top 15.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU (Jr.) 6-4, 241
An elite athlete among elite athletes, he has unbelievable tools and upside. He might be a bit tall and rangy, but there's room to add another 10-to-15 pounds and be a devastating end or stay as is and be a dangerous pass rushing specialist on the outside. A rare prospect, he has perennial Pro Bowl potential with the right coaching staff and the right fire lit under him. However, while he has the dream skills and has prototypical talents, he wasn't that good an actual football player in college. If you're looking at the Mingo as half full, the right defensive coordinator and position coach will look at him and think superstar. The Mingo is half empty view sees a mega-bust just waiting to happen who'll be a maddening disappointment. You can't teach what he already has, but you can teach what he can become.
CFN Projection: First Round

3. 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: Second Round

4. CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (Jr.) 5-9, 186
Yes, there are a ton of problems and concerns. He's too small, he's too slow, and, oh yeah, the knucklehead streak. Woefully weak to be a safety and just not fast enough to be a full-time corner, there isn't an NFL position for him. There's also the problem of being given chance after chance before getting booted from LSU. It took something truly special to get in that much hot water and never play again for the Tigers, but he never got back in the mix after his transcendent 2011 season. However, despite all the obvious problems and concerns, he's a magical special teamer and a magnet for the ball and the big play. As long as he's drafted outside of the top 50, he's absolutely worth the risk, but everyone has to go in with eyes wide open.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5. WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (Jr.) 6-3, 217
With excellent size, 4.5 speed and great strength, the ability is undeniable. Athletic and quick for his size, he moves without effort and is dangerous when he gets on the move. When he wants a ball, he'll beat up his man to go grab the ball and make the play. Fluid, there's almost no effort to get in and out of his breaks and there's jaw-dropping leaping ability when the ball is in the air. Now he has to harness the talent to become a top football player. He doesn't have Randy Moss-like otherworldly skills to overlook his off-the-field knucklehead streak, and he's not a true blazer, but there's enough talent and upside to get a top 50 talent in the middle rounds.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round