TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

Notable offensive players in the 2013 NFL draft

April 21, 2013 

QUARTERBACK

Geno Smith, West Virginia: Mixed reviews on Smith, who suffered because of 2012’s strong class … Gets rid of ball quickly, but has had accuracy problems.

Matt Barkley, Southern California: Comes off disappointing and injury-plagued final season … Inaccurate on deep balls … Tips off where he is throwing.

E.J. Manuel, Florida State: Tall, athletic … Has overcome injury issues in college, played entire 2012 season … Gambles too much, makes some ill-advised throws.

Mike Glennon, N.C. State: At 6-7, tallest QB in this group … Has arm strength teams want … Inconsistent and mistake-prone for most of career … Doesn’t read coverages well.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Best pure pocket passer of top QB prospects … Feels pressure and scrambles too soon … Makes mistakes throwing on run.

RUNNING BACK

Eddie Lacy, Alabama: Follows Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson as productive Tide runner … Powerful, can run over tacklers … Might be only RB to go in first round.

Giovani Bernard, junior, North Carolina: Good balance of production in running game and passing game … Might play role as kick returner.

Montee Ball, Wisconsin: Record-setting runner uses his solid build at 5-10, 215 to spring free from behind mammoth blockers …Holds NCAA mark for TDs.

WIDE RECEIVER

Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Can break a long play every time he touches ball … Also will be dynamic returning kicks … Goes only 5-8, 175, but never takes a big hit.

Cordarrelle Patterson, junior, Tennessee: Also can make impact as kick returner … Runs pretty good routes and can get open deep … Does not have great hands.

DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson: Spectacular at times, has excellent footwork … Scored 18 touchdowns in 2012 … Has no fear of going after ball in crowds … Nice size at 6-1, 215.

Robert Woods, junior, Southern California: Big-time player for first two seasons but slumped like rest of team last year … Can make awesome grabs, then drop easier ones.

TIGHT END

Zach Ertz, junior, Stanford: Had most yards receiving or any TE in country … Solid at 6-5, 250 … Difficult to bring down when he latches on to ball.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Doesn’t drop ball … Much more a receiving tight end than blocker … Won Mackey Award as nation’s best TE.

TACKLE

Luke Joeckel, junior, Texas A&M: Rated as top prospect for all positions by several analysts … Strong, aggressive, but also mobile … Should be starter from Day 1.

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan: Big performance at Senior Bowl and in workouts enhanced his status … Could play on left or right … Excels as pass blocker.

GUARD

Chance Warmack, Alabama: Best blocker on college football’s best team … Played for three national champs … Could struggle with speed rushers.

Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina: Should do well as pulling guard … Good pass protector because of agility … Probably needs to get stronger for heavy work inside.

Kyle Long, G, Oregon: Son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, brother of Rams DE Chris Long … A bit inexperienced – baseball was his No. 1 sport – but coachable.

CENTER

Barrett Jones, Alabama: Among nation’s most versatile players, linemen or otherwise … Played all over O-line for ’Bama; won Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy.

Travis Frederick, junior, Wisconsin: Versatile prospect … Can also play guard … Strong, but with enough mobility to make blocks toward outside … Has a lot to learn as pass protector.

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