Unlike last season, the 2013 draft lacks the bevy of fantasy difference makers as this class is a far cry from the 2012 draft which saw Andrew Luck and RG3 produce borderline QB1 numbers in their rookie seasons. Geno Smith

West Virginia’s Geno Smith is the consensus #1 signal caller but he operated in a mostly spread offense in college and regressed as the 2012 season wore on. Some question is ability to operate under pressure and rumors are circulating that Syracuse’ Ryan Nassib (former head coach Doug Marrone is now with the Bills and owns the #8 pick) and USC’s Matt Barkley could unseat him as the first QB off the board (although neither are first round talents in our book). Regardless, the QBs in this class will likely go undrafted in most re-draft fantasy leagues as they lack the pedigree of the 2012 class and will likely face a ton of growing pains in their first season.

The RB class this season also pales in comparison as there are no prospects on the same level as Trent Richardson or Doug Martin who each ended their rookie campaigns in the RB1 discussion.

Eddie LacyAlabama’s Eddie Lacy is expected to be the most back off the board but could slip to round 2 amid conditioning concerns after an unimpressive Pro Day. St Louis , Cincinnati, and Green Bay could each use a feature back. Other RBs expected to go in the early rounds include Montee Ball (Wisconsin) who lacks breakaway speed and Giovani Bernard (North Carolina) labeled a solid receiver but lacking size to carry full workload. Andre Ellington (Clemson), Jonathan Franklin (UCLA)  and Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) could also hear their names called in the first three rounds.

When it comes to the WR class – depth is the strong suit of this class as we could see as many as 10 WRs come off the boards during the first two days of the draft.

WVU’s Tavon Austin is labeled as the most pro ready prospect and his return skills and solid hands should make him a top 20 (possibly 10) selection. keenan-allen-deandre-hopkins-cordarrelle-patterson

Cordarelle Patterson likely has the highest upside in this class but played just one year in D-1 (Tennessee). Patterson’s elusiveness and size/speed combo have some experts comparing him to Randy Moss. Keenan Allen (Cal) is battling back from a knee injury that has his draft stock in limbo (could become a solid gamble worth taking late in round 1 for a team like Houston). Deandre Hopkins (Clemson) apparently trashed a hotel room recently leaving serious character question marks but he has been rumored to be an option for the Rams with one of the two first round picks.

At the TE position, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert is expected to be a mid-first round selection as some think he’ll exceed the production of fellow Golden Domer Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) as Eifert has better open field speed. eifert

Stanford’s Zack Ertz and San Diego State’s Gavin Escober are intriguing prospect likely to go on Day 2. San Fran head coach Jim Harbaugh is familiar with Ertz and could select him to pair with Vernon Davis as the 49ers receiving corps could use another playmaker. Escobar is a physical freak (6-foot-6, 254 pounds) but a less than impressive 4.84 40-yard dash at the Combine likely drops into round 2/3 despite the comparisons to Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez. Miami, the NY Jets, Tennessee, Green Bay and Atlanta are just a few teams that will consider TE upgrades early in the 2013 draft.

After spending countless hours hunkered down in our make shift war room, pouring over hours and hours of Path to the Draft and various other draft shows,  we’ve formulated our best guess as to where the top prospects will come off the board when Roger Goodell takes to the podium on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall.  With the Revis trade now finalized, its unlikely that the order will change much more before Thursday. St Louis (#16 and #22) and Minnesota (#23 and #25) each have two first round picks and each could use an upgrade at WR so their GMs could be blazing the phone lines in a quest for Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson. 

Without further adieu we unveil our First Round Forecast for the 2013 NFL Draft:

1.01KCLuke Joekel, OT, Texas A&MDE-WR-OT-ILB3-41227325

NEW COACHES: (HC)Andy Reid, (OC) Doug Pederson, (DC) Bob Sutton

TEAM NEED: OT Eric Winston was released but franchise tagging Branden Albert likely means he'll be the starting LT for at least one more season (despite trade rumors). Ultimately the Chiefs draft the #1 OL prospect on many draft boards.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The 6'6, 306 pounder earned 1st team All-American and All-SEC honors as the anchor of the best O-line in college football (paved way for QB Johnny Manziel's Heisman 2012 award)."

KEY SIGNINGS: (QB) Alex Smith, (DB) Dunta Robinson, (WR) Dwayne Bowe, (T) Branden Albert, (CB) Sean Smith, (TE) Anthony Fasano, (OG) Geoff Schwartz

KEY LOSSES: (DE) Glenn Dorsey

1.02JAXSharrif Floyd, DT, FloridaDE-QB-CB-OL4-322302130

NEW COACHES: (HC)Gus Bradley , (OC) Jedd Fisch(DC) Bob Babich

TEAM NEED: Finding multiple difference makers on the D-Line is a high priority as the Jags ranked 30th against the run and had the fewest sacks (20) in the NFL this past season. Jacksonville's 2010 1st round pick Alualu has been a huge disappointment. The Jags could also consider an OT despite having one of the league's better left tackles in Eugene Monroe as he's entering a contract year.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Floyd's versatility (played DT and DE at Florida) has his draft stock on the rise. The 6-3, 303 pounder led the team in tackles for a loss (13)and recorded two blocked kicks this past season. He would be an ideal fit for the Jags 4-3 defense.


KEY LOSSES: (DT) Terrance Knighton, (CB) Derek Cox, (LB) Daryl Smith.

1.03OAKStar Lotulelei, DT, UtahCB-DL-OL-WR-QB4-32018828

NEW COACHES: (OC) Greg Olson

TEAM NEED: Oakland needs major upgrades at pass rusher (2nd fewest sacks in the NFL) and cornerback (got so desperate that they converted Safety Michael Huff to CB with very poor results).

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Here are a couple names for you, Richard Seymour and Tommie Kelly, here are two more names Vance Walker and Pat Sims. The former are gone and the latter have been signed to fill the void - and they can't come close. THe 6'3', 325 lb Lotulelei can go a long way to filling that void - literally and figuratively. The medical condition that stopped him from participating in the NFL combine has been revealed to be an anomoly and he has full clearance, meaning he can resume the upward tragectory that he was on before being derailed at the combine. The Raiders may think long and hard about both Dion Jordan and Eric Fisher but in the end Star's star is too bright to pass up. He solves problems for the Raiders.

KEY SIGNINGS: (DT) Vance Walker, (CB) Tracy Porter

KEY LOSSES: (DT) Desmond Bryant, (LB) Philip Wheeler, (RB) Mike Goodson, (TE) Brandon Myers, (DT) Richard Seymour

1.04PHIEric Fisher, OT, Central MichiganOL-QB-ILB-CB3-49231313

NEW COACHES: (HC)Chip Kelly, (OC) Pat Shurmur
(DC) Bill Davis

TEAM NEED: LT Jason Peters should be fully recovered the ACL injury that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season but Todd Herrmans is best suited to play guard (filled in at Tackle this past season). They could use a DT - or two - to man the new hybrid 3-4 they will be running and the Birds may look for a QB in round 2 or move back into the bottom of the first if they like EJ Manuel as much as some prognosticators believe.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The Birds need a QB to run new head coach Chip Kely's offense but there is no talent in this draft worthy of coming off the board at #4. Vick is a band aid, who will need more than a few band aids to stay on the field again this year, and it's hard to picture second year QB Nick Foles fitting Kelly's scheme...but not impossible. The Eagles may address QB in RD 2, or even later in RD 1 if they get antsy. Thankfully Andy Reid is gone but the importance of a strong offensive line is not and the Eagles get a future franchise LT who will start at RT. This move further strengthens an offensive line that could go from one of the worst to one of the best in the league by moving Todd Herremans back to guard where he is more comfortable and more effective.

KEY SIGNINGS: (S) Kenny Philips, (LB) Connor Barwin, (CB) Bradley Fletcher, (CB) Cary Williams, (TE) James Casey, (DT) Iasaac Sopoaga

KEY LOSSES: (CB) Nnamdi Asomugha, (CB) Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie, (DE) Daryl Tapp

1.05DETDion Jordan, DE/LB, OregonOT-DE-CB-OLB4-31416223


TEAM NEED: DE Cliff Avril signed with Seattle and Kyle Vanden Bosch has been released. Jordan is in the conversation as the best pass rusher in this class and his versatility (played defensive end and linebacker in college) has his stock on the rise as he's shown the ability to rush the passer and drop in coverage. Detroit's secondary also needs to add talent as injuries and lack of depth led to major pass defense issues (CB Chris Houston was smartly resigned).

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Jordan is in the conversation as the best pass rusher in this class and his versatility (played defensive end and linebacker in college) has his stock on the rise as he's shown the ability to rush the passer and drop in coverage.

KEY SIGNINGS: (RB) Reggie Bush, (CB) Chris Houston, (DE/LB) Jason Jones

KEY LOSSES: (T) Gosder Cherilus, (DE) Cliff Avril, (DE) Lawrence Jackson

1.06CLEDeMarcus Milliner, CB, AlabamaOLB-CB-QB-S3-425191924

NEW COACHES: (HC)Rob Chudzinski, (OC) Norv Turner, (DC) Ray Horton

TEAM NEED: Finding an NFL caliber CB opposite Joe Haden is needed as Sheldon Brown is a 34 year old free agent and recently signed Chris Owens (Atlanta) was burned early and often and was benched by the Falcons..

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Finding an NFL caliber CB opposite Joe Haden is needed as Sheldon Brown is a 34 year old free agent and recently signed Chris Owens (Atlanta) was burned early and often and was benched by the Falcons.

KEY SIGNINGS: (DE) Paul Kruger, (DT) Desmond Bryant (CB) Chris Owens

KEY LOSSES: (KR) Josh Cribbs , (DE) Juqua Parker

1.07ARILane Johnson, OT, OklahomaOT, OG, S, OLB, QB, RB3-45282832

NEW COACHES: (HC) Bruce Arians, (OC) Harold Goodwin, (DC) Todd Bowles

TEAM NEED: The acquisition of Carson Palmer doesn't preclude the Cardinals from looking QB in this draft. As a matter of fact GM Steve Keim is a disciple of Ron Wolf meaning he may draft a QB every year in hopes of developing a winner. It's pretty clear that Arians isn't enamored enough to consider a QB in round one, however. They will likely prioritize RB and OLB early in the draft as well.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Normally when trades happen early in the first round you can bet that a QB is involved. Not this year. The three left tackle prospects are the most coveted prospects this year and the Cardinals land the last of them in the athletic Lane Johnson. We mention the trade factor because we could see the needy Cardinals trade out of this spot with either the Chargers or Dolphins, both of whom have been tied to trade rumors reportedly to move up and get themselves a left tackle. Bruce Arians like to throw deep and he now has a signal caller more suited for that duty but keeping him upright will be a challenge if they are relying on Levi Brown to protect his blind side.

KEY SIGNINGS: (KR/WR) Josh Cribbs, (RB) Rashard Mendenhall

KEY LOSSES: (RB) Beanie Wells, (SS) Adrian Wilson, (CB) Greg Toler

1.08BUFGeno Smith, QB, West VirginiaQB-LB-WR-OG3-41031256

NEW COACHES: (HC) Doug Maronne, (OC)Nathaniel Hackett, (DC) Mike Pettine

TEAM NEED: Despite the Kevin Kolb signing and his Super Bowl claims, first year head coach Doug Marrone is still in search of a franchise QB (sorry Tarvaris Jackson). Some experts think he'll wait until round to nab his boy Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) but Geno's dual threat ability gives him the best upside in this QB draft class.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: In 2012, the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder completed 71% of his passes for 4,004 yards, 40 touchdowns and six interceptions.

KEY SIGNINGS: (CB) Leodis McKelvin, (S) Jairus Byrd

KEY LOSSES: (OG) Andy Levitre, (LB) Nick Barnett, (SS) George Wilson

1.09NYJEzekiel Ansah, DE, BYUQB-OLB-OG-WR-S3-42263012

NEW COACHES: (OC) Marty Mornhinweg , (DC) Dennis Thurman

TEAM NEED: The Jets have many needs but maybe none more pressing that finding someone to get to the QB. Last season the Jets managed just 30 sacks, 26th worst in the NFL.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Ansah is a bit raw but he is an athletic freak and he could do some real damage rushing from the outside lined up at OLB in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense. This is also the first spot where we could logically see Tavon Austin go and there are a lot of rumors that he is possibly moving into top 10 range.

KEY SIGNINGS: (RB) Mike Goodson

KEY LOSSES: (CB) Darrelle Revis, (RB) Shonn Greene, (TE) Dustin Keller, (OG) Brandon Moore, (S) LaRon Landry, (G) Matt Slauson

1.10TENKenny Vaccaro, S, TexasS-CB-DL-TE4-326242221


TEAM NEED: Despite the signings of 32 year old George Wilson (Bills) and former Raven hard hitter Bernard Pollard, the Titans secondary needs to add youth and upgrade their porous coverage. They will also give the top 2 OGs (Warmack / Cooper) serious consideration but signing the top OG free agent Andy Levitre allows the Titans to target their 26th ranked pass defense (tied for allowing 2nd most passing TDs (31) in 2012).

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Vaccaro is high motor player that is solid in run support with fluid coverage skills. He's been durable (25 consecutive starts) and amassed 257 tackles over his collegiate career (only 5 career INTs is somewhat concerning).

KEY SIGNINGS: (OG) Andy Levitre, (S) George Wilson, (RB) Shonn Greene

KEY LOSSES: (TE) Jared Cook

1.11SDJonathan Cooper, OG, North CarolinaOL-CB-ILB-OLB3-41862427

NEW COACHES: (HC)Mike McCoy , (OC) Ken Whisenhunt, (DC) John Pagano

TEAM NEED: This O-Line needs a major overhaul. The Chargers released LT Jared Gaither and lost their best OG Louis Vazquez to Denver.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The Chargers miss out on the top left tackle talents and while they are part of a lot of trade talk and conjecture with only seven picks in this year's draft they don't have the ammo to move into the top 10 and get one of the top three tackles. They have their pick of the guard litter and while Chance Warmack is the more highly touted talent Jonathan Cooper is a better fit for new head coach McCoy's zone blocking scheme.


KEY LOSSES: (OG) Louis Vasquez, (LB) Shaun Phillips

1.12MIAXavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State


TEAM NEED: Top CB Sean Smith signed with Kansas City. The very replaceable Richard Marshall is coming off back surgery. Trading Vontae Davis to Indy was a mistake as Miami's pass defense fell to 27th in the NFL..

PLAYER ANALYSIS: He has a solid size/speed combo with above average hands and would be a welcomed addition to a depleted Miami secondary. The 6-2, 215 pound redshirt junior CB had 35 tackles, seven passes broken up and three interceptions in 2012.

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Mike Wallace, (WR) Brian Hartline, (TE) Dustin Keller, (LB) Philip Wheeler, (LB) Darnell Ellerbe, (CB) Brent Grimes, (DT) Randy Starks

KEY LOSSES: (RB) Reggie Bush, (CB) Sean Smith, (TE) Anthony Fasano, (T) Jake Long

1.13NYJJarvis Jones DE/LB, Georgia

NEW COACHES: (OC) Marty Mornhinweg , (DC) Dennis Thurman

TEAM NEED: The Jets acquired this pick in the Darrelle Revis trade with Tampa. The Jets porous run defense needs multiple pieces including an OLB. The offense also needs a playmaker. Santonio Holmes played just 4 games in 2012 and will be 30 when the season starts.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Spinal issues / less than impressive pro day could cause a draft day slide but Jones has the talent to be a top 5 pick (been compared to Von Miller). Jones had 85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for a loss, and seven forced fumbles in 2012. This is also a spot where we could logically see Tavon Austin go and there are rumors that he is possibly moving into the top 10.

KEY SIGNINGS: (RB) Mike Goodson

KEY LOSSES: (CB) Darrelle Revis, (RB) Shonn Greene, (TE) Dustin Keller, (OG) Brandon Moore, (S) LaRon Landry, (G) Matt Slauson

1.14CARSheldon Richardson, DT, MissouriDT-OT-S-WR4-31314169

NEW COACHES: (OC) Mike Shula

TEAM NEED: The Panthers run defense has been subpar and they are consistently gashed up the center of the D-line.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The junior tackle became Mizzou's first-ever All-SEC (2nd-team) selection. He led all SEC interior linemen with 75 tackles.



1.15NOBjoern Werner, DE, Florida StateOLB-S-OT-DE3-43132125


TEAM NEED: Rob Ryan's first year in the Big Easy will be a challenging one as he needs to add multiple playmakers to a defense that was pathetic in 2012.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Werner is a versatile defender (played LB and DE for the Seminoles). In 2012, he had 40 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss and seven batted passes.

KEY SIGNINGS: (OT) Gosder Cherilus

KEY LOSSES: (T) Jermon Bushrod

1.16STLChance Warmack, OG, AlabamaWR-S-RB-OG-LB4-315151819

NEW COACHES: (DC) Tim Walton

TEAM NEED: The Rams O-line will need multiple additions to keep Sam Bradford off the training table.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The Bama senior (6-3, 320) has started 39 games over the last three years helping the Crimson tide average 439 yards of total offense. James Harrison was cut and the Steelers tied for 15th in sacks in 2012 so a pass rusher (especially at LB) is also a must early in the draft.

KEY SIGNINGS: (OT) Jake Long, (TE) Jared Cook, (DT) William Hayes

KEY LOSSES: (RB) Steven Jackson, (WR) Danny Amendola, (CB) Bradley Fletcher

1.17PITBarkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSUWR-RB-DL-S3-4121426


TEAM NEED: James Harrison was cut. The Steelers tied for just 15th in sacks in 2012. Adding a WR will also be considered after they lost Mike Wallace to Miami and Emmanuel Sanders remains in limbo (signed offer sheet with Patriots).

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Mingo led LSU with 12 quarterback hurries, 33 tackles - including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks.


KEY LOSSES: (WR) Mike Wallace, (RB) Rashard Mendenhall, (LB) James Harrison,(CB) Keenan Lewis

1.18DALSylvester Williams, DT, North CarolinaFS-G-S-WR4-31922331

NEW COACHES: (DC) Monte Kiffin

TEAM NEED: Montee Kiffin will be installing a 4-3 defense in Big D. Help is needed at defensive tackle as Jay Ratliff will return in 2013 but will need to improve to justify his big pay day.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Williams started all 25 games at UNC after a stint at Junior College. As a senior, he posted 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks to earn a spot on the Pro Football Weekly All-America team. Williams is quick for his size (6-2, 311) and stout against the run. He should be a solid three-technique in a 4-3 scheme.

KEY SIGNINGS: (LB) Anthony Spencer

KEY LOSSES: (LB) Victor Butler

1.19NYGDesmond Trufant, CB, WashingtonCB- DE-LB-OL-TE4-328251214


TEAM NEED: The G-men pass defense ranked 28th. An upgrade from CB Corey Webster is needed. Aaron Ross returns after one season in Jacksonville be he was benched twice in 2012 for poor play. S Kenny Phillips signed with Philly.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Trufant's stock is on the rise after a very impressive senior bowl. Trufant (5-foot-11 5/8, 192 pounds) also had a solid Combine running a 4.38 40-yard dash and finishing second in the short-shuttle (3.85 seconds). He also surprised with 16 reps on the bench press elevating his chance to be press coverage CB at the next level.

KEY SIGNINGS: (TE) Brandon Myers, (OT) Will Beatty, (OG) Kevin Boothe, (DT) Cullen Jenkins, (DT) Mike Patterson

KEY LOSSES: (DE)Osi Umenyiora, (TE) Martellus Bennett, (RB) Ahmad Bradshaw, (DT) Chris Canty .

1.20CHIAlec Ogletree, LB, GeorgiaG-DT-CB-MLB4-3882910

NEW COACHES: (HC) Marc Trestman, (OC) Aaron Kromer, (DC) Mel Tucker

TEAM NEED: Brian Urlacher (free agent) and Nick Roach (Oakland) will be playng elsewhere and an upgrade is needed.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The junior was arrested for a DUI and suspended the first four games of this season but amassed 99 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks in 2012. He's a freakish athlete that could help to solidify the interior of new DC Mel Tucker's 4-3 defense.

KEY SIGNINGS: (TE) Martellus Bennett, (OT) Jermon Bushrod, (OG) Matt Slauson, (DT) Henry Melton

KEY LOSSES: (DE) Isreal Idonije, (CB) D.J. Moore

1.21CIND.J. Fluker, OT, AlabamaLB-RB-S-RT4-37121718


TEAM NEED: Andre Smith is coming off solid 2012 but the free agent remains unsigned and Oline depth is needed.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Fluker (6-6, 335) was a powerful tackle / nasty run-blocker for the National Champs. His pass protection needs some work so he likely projects as a Guard at the next level.

KEY SIGNINGS: (DE) Michael Johnson, (CB) Adam Jones, (LB) Rey Maualuga, (LB) James Harrison


1.22STLTavon Austin, WR, West VirginiaWR-S-OLB-OG4-315151819

NEW COACHES: (DC) Tim Walton

TEAM NEED: Rookie Brian Quick failed to produce in 2012 and Danny Amendola is now New England.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: What Austin lacks in size (5-9, 176) he makes up for in big plays. The playmaker has 110 receptions for 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. The dual threat also posted 61 carries for 598 yards

KEY SIGNINGS: (OT) Jake Long, (TE) Jared Cook, (DT) William Hayes

KEY LOSSES: (RB) Steven Jackson, (WR) Danny Amendola, (CB) Bradley Fletcher

1.23MINCordarelle Patterson, WR, TennesseeWR-LB-DT-CB4-32411312


TEAM NEED: The trade of Percy Harvin netted the Vikings a 1st and 7th rounder this season and 3rd rounder in 2014. Despite the signing of Greg Jennings, the Vikings need more playmakers in the passing game to avoid AP constantly facing 8-9 guys in the box. .

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Patterson has ideal size (6-3, 205 pounds) but played just one year against D-1 competition after spending two years in junior college. He set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards in 2012. Patterson is a dynamic kick returner and was the first player to score a touchdown four ways (receiving, rushing, kick return, punt return) in a single season since 2008.

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Greg Jennings, (QB) Matt Cassel, (T) Phil Loadholt, (FB) Jerome Felton

KEY LOSSES: (WR) Percy Harvin, (OG) Geoff Schwartz

1.24INDArthur Brown, OLB, Kansas StateOG-ILB-OLB-WR3-42129722

NEW COACHES: (OC) Pep Hamilton - Luck's former OC at Stanford

TEAM NEED: Dwight Freeney (free agent) struggled to transition into the 3-4. Jerry Hughes is looking like an NFL backup. Indy signed Eric Walden to a questionable 4 year contract. The 27-year-old LB managed just nine sacks in three seasons in Green Bay.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Brown weighed in at 236 pounds and recorded 21 bench press reps at his pro day. Brown's forty time ranged from 4.58 to 4.62 seconds and he is viewed as a true 3-down LB at the next level.

KEY SIGNINGS: (CB) Greg Toller, (OT) Gosder Cherilus, (CB) Darius Butler, (S) LaRon Landry

KEY LOSSES: (DE) Dwight Freeney

1.25MINJamar Taylor, CB , Boise StateWR-LB-DT-CB4-32411312


TEAM NEED: Minnesota acquired this pick as part of the Percy Harvin trade. The release of veteran CB Antoine Winfield brings secondary to the top of their need list. Minnesota pass defense needs an upgrade playing in a division with Matt Stafford and Aaron Rodgers.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Taylor's stock is on the rise after an impressive combine (4.39 forty) that followed a solid senior bowl performance. His versatility is an added bonus as most expect he's capable of playing press or off man coverage. The Boise State senior (5-11, 196) totaled 51 tackles , four interceptions, and nine passes broken up and in 2012.

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Greg Jennings, (QB) Matt Cassel, (T) Phil Loadholt, (FB) Jerome Felton

KEY LOSSES: (WR) Percy Harvin, (OG) Geoff Schwartz

1.26GBTyler Eifert, TE, Notre DameOL-RB-S-WR/TE3-41117920


TEAM NEED: Jermichael Finley will be a free agent after the season and is coming off a disappointing 2012 (61 catches for 667 yards and 2 TDs). Aaron Rodgers could use another weapon with Greg Jennings now in Minnesota. Upgrading the pass protection is another possibility.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The 2012 Mackey Award Winner had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He finished his career as Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver among tight ends and his above average blocking should solidify him as one of the first TEs to hear his name called on draft day.


KEY LOSSES: (WR) Greg Jennings, (DB) Charles Woodson

1.27HOUKeenan Allen, WR, CalWR-ILB-RT-TE3-4167118


TEAM NEED: Andre Johnson will be 32 years old and an upgrade from Kevin Walter is needed. The ACL injury suffered by rookie DeVier Posey in the playoff loss to New England will likely force the Texans to address the position early in the draft.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior totaled 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 (impressive considering the weak Cal QB play). His combo of speed / physical skills should make him worth a first round selection despite the PCL knee injury. His slow forty time at his Pro Day (4.71) could cause a draft day slide but he has the talent to be a steal as a late first rounder (in the mold of a more physical/ less vertical WR similar to Anquan Boldin / Reggie Wayne).


KEY LOSSES: (TE) James Casey, (LB) Connor Barwin

1.28DENTank Carradine, DE, Florida StateMLB-RB-CB-OT4-333516


TEAM NEED: Elite pass rushing DE Elvis Dumervil signed with Baltimore.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Carradine was named a starter in 2012 following the injury to Brandon Jenkins. He registered 11 sacks before injuring his knee against Florida in the season finale. Tank is an explosive pass rusher with good athleticism but the ACL injury leaves his draft stock in limbo. Depending on his performance at the April 20th Pro Day , he could get back into round 1 consideration as the 6'4 276 pounder is a versaitile prospect (drawn interest from both 4-3 and 3-4 teams).

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Wes Welker, (OG) Louis Vasquez, (CB) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, (DT) Terrance Knighton, (OT) Ryan Clady

KEY LOSSES: (DE) Elvis Dumervil,

1.29NEKawann Short, DT, PurdueWR-CB-S-OG4-329947


TEAM NEED: Finding a complement for 31 year old Vince Wilfork is needed as the Pats defense has lacked an interior pass rush. Pats did sign former Raider DT Tommy Kelly (32) but youth is needed at the position.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Short (6'3, 310 pounds) has totaled 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, four blocked kicks and a forced fumble in 2012. Barry Church tore his Achilles' tendon in September so depth at safety could also be addressed depending on who is available.

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Danny Amendola, (SS) Adrian Wilson, (OT) Sebastian Volmer, (CB) Aqib Talib, (CB) Kyle Arrington

KEY LOSSES: (WR) Wes Welker, .

1.30ATLDatone Jones, DE, UCLADE-CB-RT-TE4-32321629


TEAM NEED: Pass rush has been a major issue for the Falcon defense. John Abraham and Ray Edwards were released in the oast six months. Atlanta signed former NY Giant Osi Umenyiora but his best days are behind him (had six sacks in 2012 but struggled against the run).

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Jones' 6-4, 280 pound frame has some considering him a 'tweener' which could drop him from first round consideration. Jones played multiple positions in the Bruins' hybrid 3-4 scheme and record 19 tackles for loss as a senior.

KEY SIGNINGS: (RB) Steven Jackson, (DE) Osi Umenyiora, (OT) Sam Baker, (S) William Moore, (TE) Tony Gonzalez

KEY LOSSES: (CB) Brent Grines, John Abraham, (DT) Vance Walker, (CB) Dunta Robinson, (CB) Chris Owens

1.31SFMargus Hunt, DT/DE, SMUS-DT-WR-CB-TE3-4610273


TEAM NEED: DE/DT Justin Smith will be 34 next September and enters the final year of his contract. San Fran did sign former Chief Glenn Dorsey as a stopgap but he's likely to be more of a rotational backup.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: Margus Hunt is a officially a Freak. The Estonian track star-turned SMU D-lineman had an impressive combine running a 4.60 forty with 38 reps on the bench. Hunt (6-8, 275 pounds) has 17 career blocked kicks (10 FGs, 7 PATs), which ties for second in NCAA history (record is 19). He was named First-Team All-C-USA honors in 2012 and amassed 14.5 career sacks.

KEY SIGNINGS: (WR) Anquan Boldin, (DE) Glen Dorsey, (CB) Nnamdi Asomugha

KEY LOSSES: (S) Dashon Goldson

1.32BALMatt Elam, S, FloridaILB-NT-WR-OT3-417201511


TEAM NEED: The Ravens aging defense will be in search of replacements for Ray Lewis (retirement) and Ed Reed (signed with Houston) this offseason. Safety Bernard Pollard also signed with the Titans. Former Raider Michael Huff was signed to fill one safety spot but another starter is still needed.

PLAYER ANALYSIS: The junior tallied 65 tackles, four interceptions, one sack, nine tackles for a loss and five passes broken this season.

KEY SIGNINGS: (DE) Elvis Dumervil, (DT) Chris Canty, (QB) Joe Flacco

KEY LOSSES: (WR) Anquan Boldin, (S) Ed Reed, (LB) Ray Lewis, (CB) Cary Williams, (LB) Dannell Ellerbe, (DE) Paul Kruger

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