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Old 02-21-2013, 06:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1. Defensive tackle is arguably the strongest position group in the 2013 draft. It features a number of blue-chip prospects who can immediately improve a pro defense.

Scheme flexibility is the order of the day, beginning with Utah linchpin, Star Lotulelei. Similar to New England Patriots mainstay Vince Wilfork, Lotulelei plays quick for his massive frame.

That quick-twitch style means he regularly penetrates the line of scrimmage and collapses the pocket. No matter what an offense tries to do, corralling Lotulelei has to be the first priority.

Rivalling Lotulelei in both versatility and dominance is Ohio State behemoth Jonathan Hankins. A natural focal point for a defensive front, Hankins is a prolific playmaker anywhere along the interior.

Even after these two stud prospects, the defensive tackle class boasts some fine talent, including Georgia's John Jenkins and Alabama's Jesse Williams.

Any team rebuilding the defense should be identifying a prospect from this group as its main target on draft day.

2. The offensive guard class offers similar quality depth. A pair of Crimson Tide linemen represent excellent selections.

Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones are certain to become key factors in productive running games at the pro level. Warmack, in particular, has the strength and technique to become a linchpin for any interior offensive line.

Jones is less physically dominant, but plays smart and utilizes excellent technique. He also offers the versatility to slide across and play center.

This duo can't hog all the headlines among rookie guard prospects, though. That's because zone-blocking teams should be tripping over each other for the right to select North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper.

Elite agility and mobility set Cooper apart from many in this excellent position group. The team lucky enough to pick Cooper will have immediately solidified the left side of its offensive line.

3. The 2013 linebacker class offers something for every defensive scheme. Its long list of dynamic and versatile prospects is headlined by LSU's Barkevious Mingo and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

Mingo is a natural 3-4 outside rush linebacker. He has the frame and speed off the edge to terrorize pro offenses.

If defenses are looking for an active playmaker on the inside, Manti Te'o will likely top their lists. A punishing hitter who attacks aggressively downhill, Te'o matches his physicality with superb natural instincts.

Mingo and Te'o shouldn't last past the first 15 picks. However, there will still be an abundance of linebacker talent left.

Georgia's Jarvis Jones is arguably the best of the rest. He could fit outside in both a 3-4 or 4-3. His athleticism, smarts and knack for the big play define him as a top-notch prospect.

This year's linebacker class defies all those who believe the position is becoming devalued in the pros. It certainly won't look like a dying position when teams begin the scramble to select one of these top prospects.
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1. The wide receiver class lacks an obvious standout prospect. Cal flanker Keenan Allen is perhaps the closest. The position group also doesn't boast the depth of others.

After Allen, the likes of West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Baylor's Terrance Williams lead the way. There are questions regarding each and none is viewed as a must-have selection.

However, in today's expansive passing schemes, pro teams can find a use for any wideout with potential. Last year's receiver crop was weak, and the 2013 version is a far cry from the 2011 class that produced Julio Jones and A.J. Green.

2. Similar to wide receiver, the running back class boasts no obvious headliner. Marcus Lattimore epitomizes a group that poses too many questions.

The South Carolina star's talent is beyond question. However, significant injury concerns raise major doubts about his pro durability.

The rest of the running back field offers fewer answers than questions. Clemson's Andre Ellington is hampered by similar injury woes.

Alabama's Eddie Lacy might be the most pro-ready runner. However, highly touted Alabama runners like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have endured their share of NFL struggles. Lacy might not be ready to reverse that trend right away.

As many doubts as there are with this running back class, it's dangerous to assume none could succeed as rookies. The 2012 draft offered a timely reminder of the importance of the position and the potential of late-round prospects.

Both Alfred Morris and Daryl Richardson quickly became useful pro weapons after being selected in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively. Many of this year's position group may have to tread a similar route.
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I agree that the LB class is deep... I'd even say deeper than DT, as they mentioned. They never even mentioned Ogletree from Georgia either, who is AS good as Jarvis is...

See... I would have listed QB as a weakness as WR is NEVER a weak position... Ever! There are always at least 3 to 4 players that come out of the classes that turn people's heads... Every season!

Also, I see safety as a very deep position in this year's draft... I can easily see 4-5 guys that should and can start on teams from the word go... I guess it depends on what you consider deep... I consider first day starters... Perhaps they've only looking at stand outs...
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Safety is also a strong position in my opinion. I'm biased only because its a area of need for the Eagles. One thing for sure is that no one player is above the rest like years past.
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Safety is also a strong position in my opinion. I'm biased only because its a area of need for the Eagles. One thing for sure is that no one player is above the rest like years past.
Perhaps, but a lot of times when you have a strong class, that's the case... Example, you have draft fantasy draft class that involes a 20 year old Jerry Rice, Christ Carter, Randy Moss, Larry Fitz, Calvin Johnson, and Andre Johnson... Nobody stands out there either... It all depends on what you want to get out of the guy you're drafting...

Vaccaro is the clear cut #1 at safety this season... If you guys don't pick him up, I'm shoocked! In my eyes, he's Woodson clone... Perhaps even Dawkins...

This is the quote that I've read.

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Vaccaro comes in as our top-ranked safety due to his ability to play either free or strong safety, but also because of his experience playing slot cornerback. Vaccaro's versatility, and his high level of play at all three positions, makes him the top player available at the position.
I think you guys pick after us... Hell, I'd like US to pick him up... We could use another DB, and having him as the FS opposite of Barron couldn't be a bad thing...
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The only way I seethem (Eagles) drafting a safety in round 1 is if we trade down. That being said there will be quality safties available in round two where we are selecting from. Barron is a beast if you add Vacs it will be lights out. Especially if Barber returns...
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At this point, they need Barber more as a role model... And a body that can run the defense. It would really make teams think twice about throwing those routes over the middle though, if they had those two in the same backfield... Barber could play the slot DB very easily, as well as either safety position. I know people are saying they have to go DE in this one, and I'd agree with that, but at 15, they have to weigh the over all talent they could get... If a top DE falls that far, okay. If not, I think this is the pick to make...

A lot of what they do this year is going to have to do with what happens with their two DEs in question.
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Apparently Bennett isn't gone just yet... They have meetings with him in the next week or so... I can see them picking him up for another 4 years. If that happens, at least that gives them a bit more wiggle room to fill their DBs.
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