There is certainly a lot of mystery and intrigue in the upcoming NFL Draft. For now Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is the top rated player in the FoxSportsNext NFL Draft Top 100. Joeckel narrowly edges Eric Fisher for the top spot. What will happen with Jarvis Jones, Star Lotulelei, and Matt Barkley? Here's an indepth look at all 100 players.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: McFadden went to San Deigo State to play wide receiver but after two weeks moved to cornerback because of early opportunity to play. He was all-conference for three straight seasons, something that only three Aztec players have done. McFadden is a quality cover man who possesses good speed, quickness and ball skills.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Hankins is a big and strong interior defensive lineman. For his size he ran a nice 5.31 forty at the NFL Combine. That's moving pretty well for a 320-pounder. Hankins can be a 4-3 three-technique but looks ideal over the center in a 3-4 scheme.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Long signed with FSU to play baseball out of high school and pitched briefly for the Seminoles. He left Tallahassee for Saddleback College to play football before signing with the Ducks. This is a raw but terrific athlete, especially considering his size. His father is Howie Long and his brother is Chris Long of the Rams.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Williams led the nation with 1,832 receiving yards, averaging 18.9 yards on his 97 receptions. Williams owns eight school records, including his 4,693 all-purpose yards and his 17-catch, 314-yard day against West Virginia. Williams will be a good deep threat in the NFL.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Collins was an Auburn commitment before electing to sign with the Golden Eagles. He about jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium at NFL Combine with a broad jump of 11'7". Collins also had a vertical jump of 41'6" and clocked a 4.64 forty. He's a long 6-3 with an arm length of 33 3/4. Collins had very productive final two seasons in Hattiesburg with 190 tackles, 39.5 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks. Look for his stock to continue to climb as teams evaluate him deeper. This is a kid where his measurables match his production as a player.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Montgomery finished with career totals of 19 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss. He's a long 6-3 with good speed off the edge. Montgomery has the dimensions and physical attributes and is also a kid that always gives a great effort.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Bailey is one of the top route runners in this draft class. This is a smooth player with soft hands and fierce competitor. He doesn't have great size but is smart, has good speed, and can go get the football. Bailey had a very productive career in Morgantown. He was one of three finalists this past season for the Biletnokoff Award after recording 1,622 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in 2012.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Williams transferred to Alabama from Arizona Western C.C. He came to the States from Brisbane, Australia. He didn't pick up football until the age of 15 after playing rugby and soccer. Williams is freaky strong, bench pressing an astounding 600-pounds. He played nose tackle and five-technique for the Crimson Tide. Williams won't blow you away with his athleticism but he's a tough, physical player that gives great effort on every single down. He's not your classic 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 but can play it. Williams can also play any position on the front in a 3-4 so there is a ton of value here in his versatility. He could slide up the draft at Alabama's pro day.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Reed came to Gainesville as a quarterback but made a successful conversion to tight end. He may be the best athlete of all the '13 tight ends in this draft. Reed has good speed and is tough to defend in space. He needs to continue to develop as a blocker as this is definitely the weak link to his game.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Patton caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012. He also had an astounding 21 receptions for 223 yards against Texas A&M this past season. Patton is a high character kid whose stock is on the rise. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl and tested well at NFL Combine. Patton doesn't have great size but is long. He runs well, has good body control and can go get the ball in the air.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: There's no question that Bray has an NFL arm and the strongest one of this year's draft prospects at quarterback. He can make every throw and it's that mindset that sometimes gets him in trouble. If he can make better decisions with the ball there's no question he could have a long career in pro football. He's also added much needed weight to his 6-foot-6 frame. Bray is now 232-pounds and seems like a much more mature person.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Thomas was an offensive tackle who started for two seasons before moving inside to guard this past year. He was 2nd team all-conference this past season in a league with some outstanding guard talent. His versatility makes him more coveted because he can play multiple OL positions on the front.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Georgia won a big recruiting battle to land this massive tackle from Gulf Coast C.C. in Mississippi. He finished his two years in Athens with 78 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and four sacks. He's your classic nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. Jenkins is tough to move and is a good, solid anchor for a defense and should be a very good run stuffer in the NFL.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Swearinger made 2nd team All-SEC as a senior after he recorded 79 tackles, two interceptions, and forced two fumbles. He's one of the hardest hitters in this draft. Swearinger, who is capable of playing both free and strong safety, possesses good cover skills. His stock is on the rise.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: As a junior, Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns. His 39 total touchdowns that year tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record and were more than 42 FBS teams. He set an NCAA record with 83 career touchdowns. Ball came back for his senior season and rushed for 1,820 yards and 22 scores. This is a tough runner with good power, vision and balance.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Reddick was a two-time captain in Chapel Hill and is a quality leader. He recorded 85 tackles and an ACC leading 18.5 tackles for a loss in 2012. He can play outside or inside. This is a strong 'backer who's a good tackler and shows the ability to beat lineman and find the ball. Reddick isn't a speed demon but is quick and fast in the box. Reddick does a nice job of diagnosing plays and locating the ball.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Escobar is a very intriguing tight end prospect. He has great size, soft hands and runs well but it's more straight line speed. He needs to improve his run blocking. Escobar led the Aztecs with 41 receptions for 519 yards and six touchdowns this season. Escobar was All-Mountain West all three seasons and finished with 121 receptions, 1622 yards and 17 scores.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Wilson finished his career in Fayetteville as the all-time leading passer in Arkansas history. He had a breakout junior season, throwing for over 3,000 yards and was named 1st team All-SEC. Wilson was hurt by the dismissal of Bobby Petrino in the off-season between his junior and senior seasons. He's a solid pocket passer with good arm strength and anticipation.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Carradine was a starter this season because of the injury to teammate Brandon Jenkins. He was racking up a big year and registered 11 sacks before injuring his knee against the Gators in the season finale. Carradine is now battling rehab as he prepares for draft. When healthy he's an explosive pass rusher with good athleticism. He would have likely been a first round selection had it not been for the ACL injury.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Gooden made a successful transition from safety to linebacker. He has to be one of the most athletic defensive prospects in this class. He had a really good combine showing, running 4.47 in the forty and broad jumping close to 11'. This is a speedy linebacker that can play in space.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Frederick had somewhat of a disappointing NFL Combine, as he didn't run well in the forty (5.58) and only did 21 reps on the bench press. Having said that you can't argue with the film. Frederick possesses good feet, can play with that nasty Badger attitude and is a good drive blocker. He's the best true center in this draft.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Hamilton is a big bodied wide receiver with long arms. He's physical and runs hard with the ball after the catch. He's not a burner. Hamilton will need to become a more consistent route runner. He had a good 2012 campaign, catching 90 balls for over 1,300 yards and five touchdowns.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: This kid has first round ability but he has been battling maturity and drug issues off the field. It was those problems that led to his dismissal from Tennessee. Rogers tested well at the NFL Combine, running 4.52, broad jumping 11' and running an outstanding short shuttle of 4.06. If he plays by the rules away from the field and is a good citizen and teammate he could be one of the steals in this draft. There's no question he has first round ability as a wide receiver.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Pugh is a throwback offensive lineman. He's a versatile and nasty prospect that can play right tackle or move inside to offensive guard. Pugh plays with an intense attitude. It's tough to beat this kid on two consecutive plays because he's such a competitor. He was a three-year starter for the Orange and was first team All-Big East the last two seasons.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Warford was first team All-SEC and didn't allow a sack in 2012. He's a huge offensive guard with deceptively quick feet. Warford is strong at the point of attack. Don't let body type and forty time fool you. He can play in short space and be a force.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Holloman came into to Columbia as a safety and played strong safety for his first three seasons but moved to the South Carolina 'Spur' position as a senior and shined. There, he was a hybrid safety/linebacker. This is a physical defender that runs well who finally filled out his frame and still has room to grow. Holloman is a big hitter with a lot of upside in the NFL.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Kelce came to the Bears as a quarterback. He red-shirted his freshman season and converted to tight end. In 2010 he was suspended for the season for an unspecified reason. Things changed this past year where he had a breakout season with 45 receptions for 722 yards and eight touchdowns. Kelce is an athlete that can run, catch and block but he's only put it together for one season.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Bernard is a speedy and quick running back. He can also catch out of the backfield. Had a terrific sophomore season, where he rushed over 1,200 yards and had 47 receptions and totaled 24 touchdowns. Early during his freshman season in Chapel Hill Bernard tore his ACL.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Alford had nine interceptions over the past two seasons. This is a former high school 400 meter guy that runs well and can press. He did miss 2010 season with a shoulder injury. This kid is doesn't back away from contact.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jenkins burst on the college scene as a sophomore, where he recorded 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He followed that up with eight sacks as a junior before suffering a Lisfranc (foot) injury in the Seminoles' 2012 opener. If healthy Jenkins is a bonafide pass rusher with speed and quickness around the corner. How teams view his foot injury and where he's at will push his stock up or down.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Greene is another high school safety that turned into a linebacker. He won't blow you away with a forty time but he sure is football fast. This is a physical talent who is always around the ball. Greene had 277 tackles over last two seasons. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year this past season and he shared that honor in 2011.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Davis surprised many and blazed a 4.37 forty at the NFL combine, had a 33.5" vertical jump, did 31 reps on the bench press, and broad jumped over 10'. This is a strong runner with very good speed and home run ability. His big issue is just staying healthy. He came back from a knee injury this past season. In 2010 he rushed for over 1,300 yards.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jones leaves Norman with 50 career starts and a ton of experience. He finished as the Big 12 leader in career passing yards with 16,646. This is a classic, prototype from the pocket signal caller with very good size, arm strength and quicker release. But he becomes flawed under pressure from the defense.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Kruger's older brother Paul just won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. He's the youngest of three football playing brothers. This is a kid that played since he stepped foot on campus. He's deceptively athletic, long and strong at the point of attack.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: In three seasons Jefferson started in 34 games, playing from virtually the moment he got to OU. He finished with 258 tackles and eight interceptions. Teams will knock him on his height just like they did in high school but he plays bigger than his 5-foot-11 frame. Jefferson is very good in run support. He lacks great speed but is instinctive.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Williams made All-Big East the last two seasons. This past year he recorded 11.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss. This is a former track guy is who from Jamaica. Williams looks like a 3-4 rush linebacker that has shown the ability to really rush the passer. He tested very well at NFL Combine.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Taylor was a three-year starter and first team All-Conference member in 2012. This is a corner not afraid of contact. He's a good athlete that runs well. Taylor is solid in man coverage. Taylor had a big senior season with four interceptions.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: A big reason why Armstead went to Pine Bluff is that they agreed to let him participate in track and field. There, he was an eight time champion and shot put record holder in the SWAC. Armstead stunned the NFL Combine running a 4.71 forty at 306-pounds. He also had a vertical jump of 34", and did 31 reps on the bench press. This is a kid who's a super athletic, has tremendous feet and a lot of raw ability. Armstead needs to work on technique and put it all together.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Gillislee seemed to lack durability his first three seasons at Florida but that wasn't the case this past season. He had an MVP like performance in leading the Gators to a surprise 11-win season. Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns. He looked good at the Senior Bowl, showing a lot of explosiveness.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Wheaton is the school's career record holder for receptions with 227. He finished with 2,994 receiving yards, 3,774 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. His game is built on speed and quickness. He actually beat Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas in the 100 meters. Wheaton tested very well at the Combine and was also a producer in college.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Amazingly, Fragel played tight end in Columbus his first three seasons before moving to right tackle. It was an easy transition for Fragel because he was more or less a blocking tight end. He added 30 pounds and is still learning the craft of a right tackle. Fragel is a kid with a lot of natural ability, great feet, long arms and plenty of upside.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: A first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Thomas had 71 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and a forced fumble as a senior. This former lacrosse standout can rush the passer or play the run. He's tough and very aggressive. Thomas plays with a great motor and looks like an ideal SAM 'backer.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Williams is a D2 player that more than held his own at the Senior Bowl. In 2012, Williams was named the MIAA defensive player of the year with 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles and was a three-time D2 All-American. Williams looks ideal at nose tackle in a 3-4. He's very strong and tought to move.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Ellington was a very productive player for the Clemson program in rushing, receiving and returning kids. He had back to back 1,000 yards season after replacing C.J. Spiller. He has very good speed and quickness. He's not a huge back but he hits the hole hard and has explosiveness to his game.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Gholston is a big and long defensive end prospect from East Lansing. He finished his three year career with 142 tackles, including 30 tackles for losses and 10 sacks. That's not exactly overwhelming stats with some one of this size/athleticism. Gholston is best suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. His cousin is former Jets first round pick Vernon Gholston.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Bostic started 32 games for the Gators and finished with 237 tackles. This is a smart kid on and off the field. He's good and very adept at playing downhill from his middle linebacker position. He can shed blockers and locate the ball. Bostic is a good hitter and not bad in coverage.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Lattimore had horrific knee injury this past October where he tore three ligaments. He injured his other knee the year before. Lattimore is now battling rehab and ahead of schedule. There is still almost two months until the draft so he will have time to convince GMs on his health and potential ability to play this fall. Lattimore would have surely been the first RB taken had he not been injured. It's very difficult to project a guy like Lattimore given his injury.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Porter played both strong and weak-side linebacker this past season in College Station, recording 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and an interception. This is a long and athletic player who can re-direct in space. He can rush the passer and his play in coverage improved in 2012.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: The Honey Badger went from almost winning the Heisman to being kicked off the LSU football team for drug use in a few short months. Now he has to prove to the NFL that the past is behind him. Mathieu had to have a strong showing at the NFL Combine. He ran 4.5 [forty] and looked very good in drills. Just has important for Mathieu was interviewing well with the NFL scouts and coaches and answering all their questions regarding his checkered past. This is a ball hawk and playmaker that should remind many of Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Holmes was an offensive guard starter before moving over to center. As a senior he was All-Pac 12. This is a nasty and aggressive offensive line prospect that can really get after it. He moves well and has terrific feet.
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