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Keenan Allen, WR, Cal-6’3”, 210 lbs.-Allen is far and away the most NFL ready wide receiver in this draft.  Allen has ideal size and hands.  His route running is not perfect, but technically sound.  Though not a burner, his speed is adequate, showing deceptive separation from defenders.  ROUND:1

Stedman Bailey, WR, W. Virginia-5’10”, 185 lbs.-Bailey is a speedster on the outside.  A very reliable weapon, with steady hands, Bailey will succeed in the NFL.  However, he has little experience running routes.  Not to mention, Bailey will be overshadowed by many big named WR’s in a very defense laden draft.  ROUND:3

Giovani Bernard, RB, N. Carolina-5’10”, 205 lbs.-Bernard has much to show at the combine, but is the consensus #1 back in this draft.  Possessing decent tools in blocking, pass catching, and ball security, Bernard will be sought after.  He does lack that true breakaway speed, and doesn’t have the frame to be a power back.  Having faced one severe knee injury, his stock is high and it may be best to come out early.  Again, he’ll have to contend with the defensive studs in front of him.  ROUND:2-3

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas-6’, 225 lbs.-Actually, Davis, when healthy, possesses as much, if not more upside than any other back.  He has dangerous speed with above average power.  Davis will contend with the fact he has chronic ankle injuries, and played poorly this year.  Although Davis would excel under new coach, Bielema, one more injury could prevent him from being drafted.  A tough combine could keep Davis in the top three rounds, but realistically:  ROUND:5

D.J. Fluker, RT/RG, Alabama-6’6”, 340 lbs.-Although not possessing a steady body of work this year, Fluker displays the strength and talent to be in the NFL.  Obviously his main attractant is his house like size.  If Fluker sheds a 10 lbs, and shows fluid footwork at the combine, the sky is the limit.  ROUND:2

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.-6’3”, 325 lbs.-Hankins is fighting for the right to be the top DT in the draft.  He is extremely hard to handle in the trenches.  For his size, he showed the burst to play DE in pass rush situations at Ohio St.  ROUND:1

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee-6’4”, 200 lbs.-Hunter has as much potential as any other WR in the draft.  However, he may be better served to stay in school.  This year he has shown he needs improvement in route running, and most importantly, catching the football.  He also shows a fear to attack the middle of the field.  If he adds bulk, and runs a great 40, Hunter may find himself in the bottom of the first round.  ROUND:2

Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida St-6’3”, 255 lbs.-Two years in a row with season ending injuries, but no scout will look away from Jenkins.  A phenomenal pass rusher who refuses to be blocked, he was considered to be a possible first rounder last year.  A good combine may lead Jenkins into the top of the 1st round.  ROUND:2-4

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama-5’10”, 225-Lacy is highly regarded by most teams.  He shows a willingness to attack the hole violently, pushes the pile, and has that extra gear to escape defenders.  However, averages less than 15 carries a game and will need to show the ability to shoulder a load for an NFL team.  His stock will not get any higher, why risk injury and extra tread?  ROUND:2-3

Marcus Lattimore, RB, S. Carolina-6’, 220 lbs.-Injuries will keep the best RB in the last four years, fighting to even be selected.  The best all round player in the draft, Lattimore is impossible to bring down, catches well, and is an above average blocker.  The good news is, the bottom falls out of this draft, talent wise, and a team will take a low risk on Lattimore.  ROUND:5-UFA.

Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU-5’8”. 185 lbs.-There is no doubt about Mathieu’s explosive play.  For his size he is aggressive and a sound tackler.  Consistent off field problems leaves him nowhere to go but the NFL.  ROUND:4

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri-6’2”, 295 lbs.-Richardson is a gifted gamer with the urge to make the big plays.  He is a sound tackler with amazing burst and speed.  ROUND :1 Top 25

Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech-6’3”, 210 lbs.-If not for constant trouble, Rogers may be a top 10 pick.  He displays every last trait a scout will ask for.  Size is NFL ready, speed is more than adequate, hands are great, and even his route running is better than most.  ROUND:2

Trabis Ward, RB, Tennessee State-5’10”, 200 lbs.-If you’re not from Tennessee….nevermind…If you’re not a student at Tennessee State, Trabis Ward is unfamiliar to you.  Ward can be surprisingly relevant though.  At one point, he was a 4 star recruit, but failed academically.  His stats prove his productivity and he may work himself onto a roster.  ROUND: UNDRAFTED

Check out where we have these players going in our mock drafts below:

Orinda’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Tyler’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Newnfldraft.com 2013 NFL Mock

CJ’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Blake’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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