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March 21, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
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PR Draft Analysis: Top 10 Players By Position

Written by Eric
Dellaratta
Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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Who are the best players at each position? Who are some hidden gems in the draft? Find out what PewterReport.com's draft writer Eric Dellaratta thinks in this latest player rankings feature.
The NFL Draft is just weeks away and NFL teams are prepping their draft boards for the big day. Scouts and NFL talent evaluators are currently in the process of attending pro days, but most NFL teams have a good idea of what their plans will be heading into the draft.

With the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine in the books, PewterReport.com draft analyst Eric Dellaratta has ranked the top 10 prospects at each position. Dellaratta will update these position rankings one more time before the draft begins in late April.

These rankings aren’t necessarily the order in which Dellaratta thinks they will be drafted but instead based on the success he feels the players will have long-term in the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
1. Geno Smith – West Virginia
2. Matt Barkley – USC
3. E.J. Manuel – Florida State
4. Mike Glennon – N.C. State
5. Tyler Wilson - Arkansas
6. Ryan Nassib - Syracuse
7. Zac Dysert – Miami (OH)
8. Landry Jones - Oklahoma
9. Tyler Bray - Tennessee
10. Matt Scott - Arizona 

RUNNING BACK
1. Eddie Lacy - Alabama
2. Giovanni Bernard – North Carolina
3. Montee Ball - Wisconsin
4. Stepfon Taylor - Stanford
5. Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State
6. Johnathan Franklin - UCLA
7. Christine Michael – Texas A&M
8. Mike Gillislee - Florida
9.  Andre Ellington - Clemson
10. Dennis Johnson - Arkansas

WIDE RECEIVER
1. Keenan Allen - California
2. Tavon Austin – West Virginia
3. Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee
4. DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson
5. Justin Hunter - Tennessee
6. Markus Wheaton – Oregon State
7. Terrance Williams - Baylor
8. Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech
9. Stedman Bailey – West Virginia
10. Ryan Swope – Texas A&M

TIGHT END
1. Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame
2. Travis Kelce - Cincinnati
3. Zach Ertz - Stanford
4. Vance McDonald - Rice
5. Gavin Escobar – San Diego State
6. Dion Sims – Michigan State
7. Chris Gragg - Arkansas
8. Jordan Reed - Florida
9. Michael Rivera - Tennessee
10. Michael Williams - Alabama


OFFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Luke Joeckel – Texas A&M
2. Eric Fisher – Central Michigan
3. Lane Johnson – Oklahoma
4. D.J. Fluker – Alabama
5. Menelik Watson – Florida State
6. Brennan Williams – North Carolina
7. Jordan Mills – Louisiana Tech
8. Oday Aboushi – Virginia
9. Xavier Nixon – Florida
10. Reid Fragel – Ohio State

OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER
1. Chance Warmack - Alabama
2. Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina
3. Larry Warford – Kentucky
4. Dallas Thomas – Tennessee
5. Justin Pugh – Syracuse
6. Brian Winters – Kent State
7. Barrett Jones – Alabama
8. Kyle Long – Oregon
9. Travis Frederick – Wisconsin
10. Brian Schwenke - California

DEFENSIVE END
1. Bjoern Werner – Florida State
2. Ezekial Ansah – BYU
3. Datone Jones – UCLA
4. Tank Carridine – Florida State
5. Alex Okafor – Texas
6. Sam Montgomery – LSU
7. Margus Hunt – SMU
8. Corey Lemonier – Auburn
9. Cornelius Washington – Georgia
10. Quanterus Smith – Western Kentucky

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Star Lotulelei - Utah
2. Sheldon Richardson – Missouri
3. Sharrif Floyd – Florida
4. Jonathan Hankins – Ohio State
5. Jesse Williams – Alabama
6. Kawaan Short – Purdue
7. Sylvester Williams – North Carolina
8. John Jenkins – Georgia
9. Brandon Williams – Missouri Southern State
10. Bennie Logan – LSU

INSIDE LINEBACKER
1. Arthur Brown – Kansas State
2. Alec Ogletree - Georgia
3. Manti Te’o – Notre Dame
4. Kevin Minter – LSU
5. Kevin Reddick – North Carolina
6. A.J. Klein – Iowa State
7. Jon Bostic – Florida
8. Steve Beauharnais – Rutgers
9. Bruce Taylor – Virginia Tech
10. Tom Wort - Oklahoma

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
1. Barkevious Mingo – LSU
2. Dion Jordan – Oregon
3. Jarvis Jones – Georgia
4. Damontre Moore – Texas A&M
5. Khaseem Greene – Rutgers
6. John Simon – Ohio State
7. Kiko Alonso – Oregon
8. Sean Porter – Texas A&M
9. Jamie Collins – Southern Miss
10. Devonte Holloman – South Carolina

CORNERBACK
1. Demarcus Milliner – Alabama
2. Xavier Rhodes – FSU
3. Johnthan Banks – Mississippi State
4. Desmond Trufant – Washington
5. Jordan Poyer – Oregon State
6. Logan Ryan – Rutgers
7. David Amerson – N.C. State
8. Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Connecticut
9. Jamar Taylor – Boise State
10. Robert Alford – Southeastern Louisiana

SAFETY
1. Kenny Vaccaro – Texas
2. Matt Elam – Florida
3. Eric Reid – LSU
4. Phillip Thomas – Fresno State
5. John Cyprien – Florida International
6. D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina
7. Tony Jefferson – Oklahoma
8. T.J. McDonald – USC
9. Baccari Rambo – Georgia
10. Shawn Williams – Georgia 



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    My vote is to package some lower rounders to move up, get a DT first and then two corners. Don't spend the future for Revis, it is just not a percentage play. Play the rookies, they will be fine with the safeties we have behind them. Remeber we don't have to be the best defense in the league, just middle of the road and we will win plenty of games.
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    Oh Horse your question made my stomach bubble. The thought of the first and second round choices we traded away brought back a lot of bad memories. From the acquisition of QB Steve Spurrier and DE Wally Chambers to QB Chris Chandler it seemed in those days the Buccaneers devalued draft choices and grossly overvalued other team's players. However, those players were not the caliber of Revis. Prior to his injury he was the consensus best CB in the league. In no way could he be considered a "Has Been" or "Never Been" like our history of players for whom a high round choice was traded. There is little doubt that any medical question about Revis' knee will be answered before a trade is consummated. This isn't the 70's or 80's when a knee injury often was career-ending. Assuming the knee checks out and Dominik's declaration "we know knees" is valid; Revis is better than any CB we could draft. The only problem I have is that my perception is that he is overly concerned about $. But then again, he's earned it. The off-season and free agency is only a week old. There is plenty of time to get a CB or two better than the two patrolling our secondary against the Falcons at the end of last season. Donnie Abraham is at your alma mater and looks in shape. Just a thought.
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    sign grimes perhaps get jets stud and don't give up A draft pick nxt year get A tackle first round then perhaps if Revis knee is fine sign him in A year.
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    I would be very disappointed if we gave up that much. When have we ever traded a 1st Round draft pick for a player and it worked out for us? I can't think of any, plus extra picks too. I think I am going to be sick!
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    jongruden, first off, thank you for our only super bowl title. Secondly, given a successful trade for revis and potentially signing Grimes as you suggest, could you really see the Bucs bypassing one of the game changing first round DTs at 13?? I would believe they would be hard-pressed to do so. Given the number of them coming out this year, we could get a difference maker that would normally only be available in the top 5. I have to think Dom would snatch one of these players up to complete his defensive line project, especially given that I dont forsee us drafting in the top 10 again in the near future. Like yourself, I think Rhodes is quite a talent, but i could see them grabbing a nickel corner in rounds 3-4 in your scenario.
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    CanadianBucFan- my scenerio is for "if" we don't sign both corners than we draft Rhodes and "if" we do then we get one of the Dt's and DE's
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    Why not pick him up as a free agent next year. If he plays all 16 games at a high level this year on the Jets dime, then give him his deal. At least you'd know what you're getting, and you'd lose no draft picks. I can wait for Revis.
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    Hey Guys and Gals-If Tampagives up next year 1st & 2nd Round for Revis I SAY DO IT.There are other factors that might be in play now. Look at the overall bucs Picture Now-Eric Eright CB lost his bid to get the 7 million plus.#2-What If Rhone Barber does come back for one more year. Now we have two veteran Corners without going after Free Agents. Now look at what the Bucs has in Ammo to get some good players in this year Draft.They have right #1,#2,#3  single picks. They have mult picks in #4 & #6. Tampa picks at #13. Look at Minn,Miami & Cinci they have mult picks in 1 or 2 round. I appreciate that Tampa has #13. Miami has the #12 * & #54 M. Cinn has #21 #37,#54 ##84 in Rd-3.And Minn has #23  in Rd-1,#52 in Rd-2 ##83 in Rd-3.And last but not least the Rams has #16 in Rd-1,InRd#2 they have #46 in Rd-2 plus#78 in Rd-3 & #110 in Rd-4.So there are teams that tampa could pull off a trade to pick up and addition pick in #2. I also think Cinn could take the #13 Then Tampa moves down to #21 slots get the best DE or DT with tht pick. Cinci gives up #37 pick and who ever the best DT,DE or CB avail #37. Cinci would Tswap with Tampa @43 and Tampa selects at 53 the best DT,DE or CB available. Then at 73 Tampa selects a 2nd CB. Plus Tampa gives Up a #4 & #6. without mortage their future.Tampa will have a great future with players that are proven. SO WHAT THEY GIVE UP TAMPA #1 & #2 NEXT YEAR SO WHAT. WHAT IF REVIS DEAL DOESN'T GO THRU TAMPA WILL HAVE #1  NEXT YEAR. i BELIEVE IF TAMPA COULD MOVE DOWN IN RD-1 AND PICK UP A NO#2 TAMPACAN FILL GOOD PLAYERS NOT SUPERSTARS. BUT PLAYERS THAT WILL PLAY FOR A LONG TIME AT LEAST FOR 3 TO 4 YRS-GO BUCS
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    The rumors up here are that it's the Jets that are holding this deal up. The Jets want #13 this year. I hope the Bucs walkout on this. The Bucs have other options, while the Jets don't. I don't care how many pedestrian FA corners the Bucs pass on, trading #1 picks is no way to build a consistent winner. What happens if #5 tears an ACL in Sept and the Jets are picking in the top 10 in rounds 1 and 2. And what are the Jets thinking about? Here comes a team that offers you a 1st and 2nd round pick for a player you're going to lose anyway.
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    Hey JackinJersey the Bucs are looking to pull a Wimpy on the Jets.....I will gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today....I LIKE IT !!! This trade could work out nicely, because it would allow the Bucs a chance to build their team up this year and it will give the Jets a big boost in 14. If we could spring that deal, I'd take the best DT available in round 1, Round 2. OLB/MLB (depending on what they think on Foster moving to SLB). Round 3. CB. Round 4A. TE 4B. CB Round 5. TE. Round 6A. DE/OLB 6B. Slot Receiver. We would need to play well enough to hope the jets would be getting those picks in the 20s of each rounds 1 & 2. This probably will work well for the Bucs, because when they sign Revis, they won't have the cap room to sign high draft anyway.
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    Waaaaaaaaay to much for a problem CB. Let the Jets keep him then they won't get anything for him in 2014 !
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    Peter King at SI announced that Revis to Bucs for a 1st and 2nd round pick in 2014 might get done.
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    These are all subjective as far as rankings go thats why when you draft a player at 13th who one analyst has them rated to go at 30th is very subjective because every analyst has every player rated differently. Most analysts have Shariff Floyd as the #1 DT but you have Sheldon Richardosn rated higher so that's a unpopular opinion amongst your peers. I know what I see on tape and from watching his games on tv is that Xavier Rhodes is a physical specimen with tremendous athletic ability and thats why I want him at 13th. I would be a bit disappointed if we drafted J. Banks who I see as more of a cover corner who plays in space rather than in man coverage as Rhodes likes to play so I don't see a fit here as we like to press more than the traditional cover two we use to have in place. If we trade for Revis I still want Rhodes if we sign Grimes as well then I say DT, or DE.
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