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Irish's TE Eifert and Aggie's OT Joeckel Enter NFL Draft 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Status
Early entrants into the NFL Draft 2013

Photo - OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M

Declared Underclassmen: Updated 1/10 - 6 pm
Offensive Players

QB Tyler Bray-Tennessee
QB Kyle Padron - Eastern Washington

RB Le’Veon Bell-Michigan St
RB Gio Bernard-UNC
RB Knile Davis-Arkansas
RB Michael Ford - LSU
RB Jawan Jamison- Rutgers
RB Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada
RB Marcus Lattimore-South Carolina
RB Joseph Randle-Oklahoma St.
RB Trabis Ward-Tennessee St
RB Spencer Ware - LSU

WR Keenan Allen-California
WR Stedman Bailey-West Virginia
WR Josh Boyce-TCU
WR Mike Davis- Texas
WR Justin Hunter-Tennessee
WR Brandon Kaufman - Eastern Washington
WR Cordarrelle Patterson-Tennessee
WR Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee Tech
WR Kenny Stills-Oklahoma
WR Robert Woods-USC

TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame
TE Zach Ertz - Stanford
TE Gavin Escobar - San Diego St
TE Jordan Reed - Florida
TE Dion Sims-Michigan St
TE Levine Toilolo - Stanford

OT David Bakhtiari - Colorado
OT Chris Faulk - LSU
OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
OT Justin Pugh-Syracuse
OT Menelik Watson - Florida St

OG Alvin Bailey-Arkansas
OC Travis Frederick-Wisconsin

Defensive Players

DE William Gholston - Michgian St.
DE Joe Kruger-Utah
DE Corey Lemonier-Auburn
DE Barkevious Mingo-LSU
DE Sam Montgomery – LSU
DE Damontre Moore-Texas A&M
DE Darrington Sentimore - Tennessee
DE Bjoern Werner-FSU

DT Shariff Floyd-Florida
DT Kwame Geathers - Georgia
DT Johnathan Hankins-Ohio St
DT Bennie Logan-LSU
DT Sheldon Richardson-Missouri
DT Akeem Spence-Illinois

LB Jelani Jenkins-Florida
LB Jarvis Jones-Georgia
LB Kevin Minter-LSU
LB Alec Ogletree-Georgia
LB Tom Wort - Oklahoma

CB Terrence Brown-Stanford
CB Mike Edwards-Hawaii
CB Tyrann Mathieu-LSU
CB Xavier Rhodes-FSU
CB Logan Ryan-Rutgers
CB Tharold Simon-LSU
CB Steve Williams- Cal

S Matt Elam-Florida
S Tony Jefferson-Oklahoma
S Eric Reid-LSU

P Brad Wing-LSU

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Pro Prospect Rankings Updated - NFL Draft 2013

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2013
2012 Postseason Rankings * underclassmen

Offensive Player Rankings

Photo - QB Geno Smith - West Virgina

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Offensive Skilled Positions

1. Matt Barkley - Southern Cal - 6’2” 230
2. Geno Smith - West Virginia - 6’3” 220
3. Tyler Wilson - Arkansas - 6’2” 220
4. Mike Glennon - North Carolina St - 6’5” 230
5. Ryan Nassib - Syracuse - 6’2” 225
6. * Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech - 6’5” 250
7. Landry Jones - Oklahoma - 6’6” 225
8. * Aaron Murray - Georgia - 6’2” 215
9. EJ Manuel - Florida State - 6’4” 240
10. Denard Robinson - Michigan - 5’10” 195
11. Dayne Crist - Kansas - 6’3” 235
12. Zac Dysert - Miami (Oh) - 6’3” 225
13. Sean Renfree - Duke - 6’4” 225
14. Collin Klein - Kansas St - 6’5” 225
15. Nick Florence - Baylor - 6’ 205
16. Matt Scott - Arizona - 6’2” 200
17. Brad Sorensen - Southern Utah - 6’4” 235
18. Coby Cameron - Louisiana Tech - 6’2” 210
19. Ryan Alpin - Arkansas St - 6’1” 210
20. Seth Doege - Texas Tech - 6’1” 200

Running Backs:
1. * Eddie Lacy - Alabama - 5’11” 230
2. Stepfan Taylor - Stanford - 5’10” 215
3. * Giovani Bernard - North Carolina - 5’10” 205
4. Montee Ball - Wisconsin - 5’11” 220
5. * Joseph Randle - Oklahoma St - 6’ 200
6. Christine Michael - Texas A&M - 5’11” 215
7. Andre Ellington - Clemson - 5’9” 195
8. Kenjon Barner - Oregon - 5’11” 195
9. * Le'Veon Bell - Michigan St - 6’2” 245
10. * Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - 6’ 225
11. * Knile Davis - Arkansas - 6’ 230
12. * Spencer Ware - LSU - 5’11” 225
13. Johnathan Franklin - UCLA - 5’1”0 200
14. Mike Gillislee - Florida - 5’11” 210
15. Rex Burkhead - Nebraska - 5’11” 210
16. Ray Graham - Pittsburgh - 5’9” 195
17. Silas Redd - Southern Cal - 5’10” 200
18. Theo Riddick - Notre Dame - 5’11” 200
19. Kerwynn Williams - Utah St - 5’9” 190
20. * Cierre Wood - Notre Dame - 5’11” 215
21. Miguel Maysonet - Stony Brook - 5’9” 205
22. * Michael Dyer - Arkansas Baptist - 5’9” 215
23. Cameron Marshall - Arizona State - 5’11” 220
24. Onterio McCalebb - Auburn - 5’10” 175
25. Zac Stacy - Vanderbilt - 5’9” 210

1. * Trey Millard - Oklahoma - 6’1” 255
2. Zach Line - Southern Methodist - 6’1” 230
3. Zach Boren - Ohio State - 6’ 245
4. * Trey Burton - Florida - 6’2” 230
5. Marcus Green - Mississippi State - 6’1” 240
6. Taimi Tutogi - Arizona - 6’1” 260
7. Lonnie Pryor - Florida State - 6’ 230
8. Alex Singleton - Tulsa - 6’1” 260
9. Braden Wilson - Kansas State - 6’3” 255
10. Devonte Campbell - Maryland - 6’2” 255
11. Devon Ramsay - North Carolina - 6’2” 250
12. Richard Samuel - Georgia - 6’1” 235

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Marcus Lattimore Declares For NFL Draft 2013

Marcus Lattimore Declares For NFL Draft 2013

Photo – RB Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina

University of South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore has elected to forego his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, he announced today at a press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium.

DraftInsiders.com Marcus Lattimore's Scouting Report in Pro Prospect Preview

Ranked #1 Back thru November 2012
* Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - 6’ 225

Powerful running back is one of the premier runners in the nation despite coming off a 2011 knee injury. He is off to a big 2012 season. He is set to be the workhorse runner in this balanced offense where he should get 20+ touches weekly. He has flashed a great burst of speed through the hole to break the big play while also showing powerful tackle breaking abilities that has allowed him to be an inside force. He has fine overall athleticism and shows good natural running skills both inside and outside. He has a powerful compact frame with good body lean and top quickness to punish a defense. He needs development as both a blocker and receiver to be ready for NFL starting duty. Unfortunately, he was injured in November that terminated his season. He opted to enter the NFL Draft 2013 in early December 2012.

A highly-regarded talent, Lattimore burst onto the scene quickly at the collegiate level. In just his second game for the Garnet & Black, the six-foot, 218-pounder rushed 37 times for 182 yards leading Carolina to a win over Georgia. It was the first of four 100-yard rushing games on the season and the first of three in his career against the Bulldogs. He later set the school single-game record with 40 carries for 212 yards at Florida, as the Gamecocks clinched their first SEC Eastern Division title. He finished his first campaign with 1,197 yards and 17 TDs, both freshman records at South Carolina. For his efforts, Lattimore was a unanimous choice for National Freshman of the Year. He was also the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the first-team All-SEC unit.

The Duncan, S.C. product was headed toward a Heisman Trophy-type season in 2011. He logged three consecutive 100-yard rushing games to open the season, including a career-best 246-yard, three-touchdown effort in a win over Navy. His season ended prematurely when he suffered a left knee injury in the win at Mississippi State in game seven. He finished the season with 818 yards on 163 carries, an average of 5.0 yards per carry. Despite playing in just seven games, he still earned second-team All-SEC accolades and was a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Lattimore worked extremely hard in the off-season rehabilitating his knee and was ready to take the field when the 2012 season got underway. He quickly erased any doubts about his comeback with a 23-carry, 110-yard, two-touchdown effort in the season opening win at Vanderbilt, which earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week accolades for the fourth time in his career. He logged three 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including back-to-back efforts at Kentucky and versus Georgia. He was on his way to another 100-yard game against Tennessee when he suffered a season-ending right knee injury. He was named honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press.

Lattimore leaves as one of the Gamecock all-time greats. He finished his career with 2,677 rushing yards, sixth on Carolina's all-time list. He is the school record-holder in both rushing touchdowns (38) and touchdowns scored (41). He ranks fourth in rushing attempts (555), third in points scored (246 - most among non-kickers) and tied for second in 100-yard rushing games (11).

Purdue's Kawann Short Accepts Invitation to 2013 Senior Bowl

Purdue's Short Accepts Invitation to Senior Bowl

Photo - DT Kawann Short - Purdue

Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Senior Bowl to be played Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. Short's invitation marks the seventh straight year at least one former Boilermaker will take part in the annual game. The 2013 Senior Bowl is set to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

Draft Insiders' rates Short a top three defensive tackle prospect and currently a first round grade. He has been highly productive and durable throughout his long Big Ten career. He hopes to continue a long tradition of Purdue defensive linemen who have gone on to the NFL.

Short, who has started all 47 games of his Boilermaker career, enters the final two games of the 2012 regular season with 175 career total tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions. He is currently third amongst active Football Bowl Subdivision players in career tackles for loss and tied for 15th in career sacks. At Purdue he is eighth all-time in school history in TFLs and ninth in sacks. Through 10 games this season, Short leads the Big Ten in TFLs (13.0) and is tied for fourth in sacks (5.0).
Short has additionally blocked eight kicks at Purdue, with his six field goal blocks marking the most by an individual in school history.

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.

NFL 2012 Draft - Cincinnati Bengal's Draft Class Tops AFC

NFL 2012 Draft - Bengals Draft Class Tops AFC

Photo – WR Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers

Cincinnati Bengals - Grade A
The Bengals addressed major need areas especially in the early rounds. They selected players with high grades at key need areas. From top to bottom, they landed the best overall draft class with as many as eight selections carrying eventual NFL starting grades. This class will supplement last year’s rookie class that supplied starting QB Andy Dalton and wideout AJ Green who were instrumental in the Bengals return to the playoffs.

On the 1st round, they chose CB Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, a very well developed defender who they hope becomes an immediate starter. He has been a big time defender in national title games and has the athleticism to start day one. With their second #1 pick, they traded back and chose OG Kevin Zeitler. He is a highly developed guard who can compete for an immediate starting spot. He is well rounded with strong drive blocking skills and has proven to be an anchor in pass protection on the inside. On the 2nd round, they were selected DT Devin Still, a tough interior defender who addresses a major need area. He displays nice athleticism and overall development to challenge for early starting time. He should be a fixture on the inside and see immediate time as a pass rusher. On the 3rd round, they chose WR Mohamed Sanu and DT Brandon Thompson. Sanu is a big receiver with fine hands and good run after the catch ability. He will help in three wideout sets early and has starting potential. Thompson is fine value here and is an explosive interior tackle who slipped in the process on some inconsistencies. He has starting potential and could form a fine inside tandem with Still. On the 4th round, they added TE Orson Charles, a mobile versatile athlete who projects to both the tight end and H back roles. He was excellent value here with the development to possibly start as an H back with a big camp.

On the 5th round, they added CB Shaun Prater, WR Marvin Jones and safety George Iloka. Prater is a savvy zone corner with strong tackling skills to help immediately and compete for starting time. Jones is an athletic receiver who will help their three and four wideout sets. Iloka is a big mobile defender who runs well to the ball and finishes with strong tackling. He can become a staple on coverage units to play in the nickel and dime packages. He has the talent to excel there and eventually start. In the 6th round, they added RB Dan Herron, a tough inside runner with sure hands as an outlet receiver. He is a productive back at a high level with some natural running skills to make this squad. He could surprise here with a big preseason.

Cincinnati 2012 NFL Draft Choices
1 - 17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
1 - 27 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
2 - 21 Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
3 - 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
3 - 30 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
4 - 21 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
5 - 21 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
5 - 31 Marvin Jones, WR, California
5 - 32 George Iloka, FS, Boise St.
6 - 21 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St.

Final Top 50 Pro Prospects - NFL 2012 Draft

Final Top 50 Pro Prospects - NFL 2012 Draft

Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

Draft Insiders’ Online 2012 Update Report - Available Now!

Top 50 Pro Prospects - Final Value Board -
April 26th * underclassmen

1 * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
3 * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
4 * Matt Kalil - OT - USC
5 * Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor
6 * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
7 * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
8 * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
9 * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
10 * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
11 * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
12 * Nick Perry - DE - USC
13 * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
14 * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
15 Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
16 Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
17 Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
18 Mark Barron - S - Alabama
19 * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
20 Andre Branch - DE/LB - Clemson
21 * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
22 * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
23 Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St
24 * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
25 Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
26 Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina
27 Devon Still - DT - Penn St
28 Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
29 Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
30 * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
31 Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
32 * Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse
33 * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
34 * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami
35 Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
36 * Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois
37 * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin
38 Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
39 Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
40 * Rueben Randle - WR - LSU
41 Bruce Irvin - LB - West Virginia
42 Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
43 * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
44 Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
45 Mychal Kendricks - LB - California
46 Kendall Reyes - DT - UConn
47 Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St
48 * Josh Robinson - CB - Central Florida
49 Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
50 Jared Crick - DL - Nebraska

LSU's Morris Claiborne Heads Deep 2012 Cornerback Class - Draft Insiders' Scouting Report

Cornerback Morris Claiborne Ranks as Top Defensive Player in NFL Draft 2012

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Photo – CB Morris Claiborne - LSU

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1. Morris Claiborne #17 - 5’11” 185 lbs. - LSU - Sp. 4.50 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Champ Bailey

Talented junior athlete declared for the NFL Draft after an outstanding 2011 season to complete an excellent career for the Tigers. Morris is an elite cornerback and the next premier defender from the Tigers’ elite program. He is one of the best prospects in this entire class and combines very good size and reach along with the top athleticism for the cornerback spot with rare matchup skills. He has the speed to run with burners and the size and strength to battle the big receivers, though his timed speed is at 4.50 or slightly lower. He is a big time playmaker with the ability to blanket receivers and make plays on the ball. He has made an impact starting on the corner since his sophomore season opposite Patrick Peterson. He completed a terrific career with a huge final performance that ranks him as the premier cover man over the past decade and a unique playmaker with shutdown corner skills. He earned 1st team SEC honors the past two seasons, grading out high weekly vs NFL caliber receivers. He displays very quick footwork and reactions with keen instincts and fine recovery speed that warrants a top five 1st round selection in April. He has the AA and development to compete for a rookie starting corner role after showing both a high level of development and a well-rounded skill set for the pro game. He has shown very good ball and coverage skills where he anticipates quickly and has the athleticism to beat receivers in routes to make plays. He has a muscular frame and will support the run and make stops, though he lacks pop as a tackler. He displays sudden speed and quickness to close on the ball and make plays. He has well developed natural coverage ability with the smooth hip flexibility, very quick footwork and the closing speed to plant and drive on the ball. He shows excellent awareness in coverage with the instincts and ability to read and react to routes with the AA to make plays on the ball. Over his career, he earned the shutdown label in a program that provided Patrick Peterson last spring to the draft and has sophomore Tyrann Mathieu ready to follow. He has experience in both man and zone coverage with top instincts and very good understanding of his responsibilities. He is a long agile cover man with the top field speed to recover in the deep game and quickness to break on the ball in the shorter patterns. In run support, he is a reliable tackler who will come up at the LOS and make tackles. He shows the ability to stay on his feet, get off blockers and finish plays. His good height and great arm length (33 ¼”) allows him to matchup well with big receivers in coverage and make plays on the ball. Despite his lean frame, he is rarely out muscled and has strong hands to maintain position with a high level of development for the bump and run technique. He is highly instinctive cover man who reads the QB and routes very well with the ability to quickly break on the ball and make the key breakup or turnover. He is very fast to read and diagnose in man situations that has allowed him to make big plays despite teams throwing away from him over his late career. As a junior, he started all 14 games and posted 51 tackles, 6 picks and 6 PBU, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and posted 37 tackles, 5 picks and 6 PBU, earning 2nd team SEC honors. Over his career, he started 26 of 33 games with 11 interceptions and 12 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11” and 188 lbs. He ran 4.50 and 4.58 times and did not lift. He did a 34.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ with a 7.01 three cone and 4.12 short shuffle times that completed outstanding agility and positional drills. He also ran quick position drills, displaying fine footwork and smooth hip flexibility. He is similar to Champ Bailey in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall level of development at similar stages of their careers. He graded out high facing SEC blue chip receivers annually. He has very quick feet and flexible hips, very good body control and quick COD skills at a high LOD. Blue chip corner with the very developed skill set for the position that could enable him to win a rookie starting job and eventually the Pro Bowl. Top 5 talent and highly developed cover man with early starting potential with shutdown ability to be among the best in the league. Clubs like the Bucs, Vikings and Rams interested.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection

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