Sports Illustrated has not released a mock draft, but rather a listing of whom they believe to be the top 40 players available for the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. The players are ranked specifically by talent, ability and the eye test.
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Team needs are not taken into account, and nor is the draft order in any way. Quarterbacks are obviously the cornerstones of any franchise, but the 2013 crop of players boasts several linemen that promise to anchor an offensive or defensive line for a decade. Thus, the top of the heap is crowded with big men, whereas the top quarterbacks are ranked far lower than in years past — especially last season, when Andrew Luck and RGIII topped every ranking out there.
The SEC, and Alabama in particular, dominates a lot of this list. That will either make you sick to your stomach or have you pumped for the glory of your conference.
Who would you love to see land with your favorite team?
40. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
39. Khaseem Green, LB, Rutgers Scarlet Knights
38. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
37. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
36. Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist Mustangs
35. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia Bulldogs
34. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
33. Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans
32. Kawaan Short, DE, Purdue Boilermakers
31. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson Tigers
30. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama Crimson Tide
29. Matt Elam, S, Florida Gators
28. Kevin Minter, LB, LSU Tigers
27. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State Seminoles
26. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford Cardinal
25. Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia Mountaineers
24. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Gators
23. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
22. DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
21. Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State Buckeyes
20. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU Tigers
19. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Longhorns
18. Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU Cougars
17. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Tar Heels
16. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas Longhorns
15. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers
14. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Mizzou Tigers
13. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
12. Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon Ducks
11. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
10. Barkevious Mingo, LB/DE, LSU Tigers
9. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal Golden Bears
8. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
7. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
6. Bjoern Werner, DT, Florida State Seminoles
5. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide.
4. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Chippewas
3. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M Aggies
2. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
Every team in the NFL needs superstar linemen, and this draft is absolutely chock-full of them. Also, with Ray Lewis and possibly Brian Urlacher playing their last games for the Ravens and Bears, respectively, this is a fantastic year to re-stock at linebacker.
However, it is lucky several teams chose their franchise quarterbacks last year, because this year’s class is weak, to say the least. Two projected first-round picks, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and NC State’s Mike Glennon, did not even cracked the top 40 in terms of raw talent and ability.