Originally written April 24, 2013 on NESN.com:
The NFL draft is so close I can nearly taste it — though I’m not sure I really want to know what an NFL draft tastes like. It’s still unclear how the No. 1 pick will shake out, let alone the first, second or third rounds, but this is the way I rank the Top 100 prospects in the draft. There may not be a consensus No. 1 pick in the class like there was in 2012 with Andrew Luck, but this draft is deep into the second and third rounds. When the third round is over around 11 p.m. on Friday night, many will wonder how Player A is still available. This isn’t how I think the Top 100 will shake out — that’s what mock drafts are for — just how it should. Check out my final Top 100 prospects below. 1. Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M – He should be a lock to start on the left side of the line for years to come. The former Aggie is probably the safest pick in the draft. 2. Dion Jordan OLB Oregon – Jordan reminds some of Jason Taylor, others of a longer Julian Peterson. He has the upside to be a pr...
PLAYERS: Dion JordanJulian PetersonBarkevious MingoStar LotuleleiLane JohnsonSharrif FloydStedman BaileyBjoern WernerChance WarmackSheldon RichardsonXavier RhodesDatone JonesAlec OgletreeKenny VaccaroRyan NassibDesmond TrufantTyler EifertRob GronkowskiJonathan CyprienCordarrelle PattersonD.J. FlukerArthur BrownJohnthan BanksE.J. ManuelEric ReidEddie LacyMatt BarkleyMatt ElamSio MooreMargus HuntDarius SlayKawann ShortD.J. SwearingerZach ErtzTyrann MathieuJohnathan FranklinDwayne GratzJon BosticQuinton PattonBen RoethlisbergerTravis FrederickJohnathan HankinsKevin MinterMontee BallAaron HernandezSam MontgomeryLarry WarfordDavid BakhtiariQuanterus SmithDenard RobinsonGavin EscobarWilliam GholstonJustin PughVance McDonald
TEAMS: Detroit LionsNew England PatriotsPittsburgh SteelersOregon DucksLSU TigersUtah Running UtesOklahoma SoonersFlorida GatorsWest Virginia MountaineersFlorida State SeminolesBoise State BroncosMissouri TigersUCLA BruinsTennessee Tech Golden EaglesGeorgia BulldogsSyracuse OrangeWashington HuskiesNotre Dame Fighting IrishFlorida International Golden PanthersTennessee VolunteersOregon State BeaversAlabama Crimson TideKansas State WildcatsMississippi State BulldogsUSC TrojansConnecticut HuskiesSMU MustangsPurdue BoilermakersSouth Carolina GamecocksStanford CardinalLouisiana Tech BulldogsOhio State BuckeyesWisconsin BadgersFresno State BulldogsKentucky WildcatsWestern Kentucky HilltoppersMichigan WolverinesSan Diego State AztecsWashington State CougarsMichigan State Spartans
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