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For the Defense I will mainly focus on the Big-Name guys except Teo (overblown).

For DL and LB I will profile Dion Jordan, Margus Hunt, Alex Okafor, Arthur Brown of KSU, and The LSU duo of Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.

My rankings for the D-Line is as follows, remember this is based on film i’m not Mike Mayock and have inside sources. This is based on solely talent.

At Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackles/Defensive Ends

Top DT Star Lotelelei of Utah hopes to wow scouts after scare with his heart held him out of the combine

1. Star Lotulelei-University of Utah

2. Dion Jordan-University of Oregon

3. Alex Okafor-University of Texas

4. Sharrif Floyd-University of Florida

5. Margus Hunt-Southern Methodist Univerity

The Defensive Line Group in this year’s Draft is very deep and I have some names not usually mentioned in high regard. Star Lotulelei dominated the PAC-12 in his time at Utah regarded by many as the best defensive lineman in this draft. The heart condition held him out of the combine but if his health checks out, he’s still the best in this group.

I will have more on Oregon’s Dion Jordan but like most of the Oregon team he’s explosive and he’s a pass rusher. I see him being drafted in the top 10 like many others. Ignore the fact Oregon had an awful defense, he and Kiko Alonso were stars for that defense and they were enough to win a Fiesta Bowl.

Alex Okafor is a guy that sounds like a 1st round pick, he’s well coached and was paired with Jackson Jeffcoat at DE. As the season went on you saw more of him. Texas is a team that improved in his time once they got the running game in order.

Sharrif Floyd was a big time recruit in 2010, but I don’t see the hype of why he should go in the top three, but he’s a definite first round pick. I dont agree when people say this draft sucks, (its cause there are no QBs). NFL Scouts go on potential and I see why but when I think Floridas defense I think of S Matt Elam and LB Jelani Jenkins  before I think of Floyd. But he does stop the run but I’m sure if he can give you a rush in a 3-4 end position, I feel he’s a 4-3 DT .

English: Margus Hunt at SMU Football Spring Pr...

English: Margus Hunt at SMU Football Spring Practice 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Margus Hunt is being dubbed another JJ Watt. Wait what?? Ok I’m not on that bandwagon although I’m a fan. Remember Watt is a big guy well Hunt is 6’7 290lbs, (Pepper’s  Size), but he plays more like how Grant Winstrom and Bertrand Berry were. I know those are old names but they were guys who flourished in the run game. They were great athletes like Hunt who ran a 4.62 40. He did win a gold medal in track while still at Estonia.

When you watch the Draft also look out for some sleepers in this deep DLine Class Obviously look out DE Bjoern Werner of FSU and DE Ezekial Ansah of BYU, both are raw but I don’t see them being better than Hunt. Also watch for Brandon Jenkins the 2011 All-American from Florida State and William Gholston of Michigan State, both of those guys entered the 2012 season with High Expectations but an injury for Jenkins and inconsistency for Gholston cost them in the Hype Machine factor.

Normally people overlook the impact of what a good offensive line can have. I wasn’t alive for the era of “The Hogs” or to the Oakland Raiders with Gene UpshawJim Otto, and Art Shell but in recent years I have seen the impact of guys like Jonathan Ogden who is getting inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer after be selected 3rd overall by the newly relocated Baltimore Ravens (Formally the Cleveland Browns). Orlando Pace who was selected #1 in the 1997 NFL Draft by the St.Louis Rams really became the rock on the blind side that no one has ever seen, At Ohio State they even counted how many pancakes he would get in a game, that’s impact.

Luke Joekel, the best OLineman in the 2013 NFL Draft

The Offensive Lineman in this 2013 NFL Draft have taken the attention with great combine  numbers, and great film. We may have four OL going in the Top 10, the favorite to go #1 is  Texas A&M OT Luke Joekel.

Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher is the 2nd ranked T who could go between 4th-7th overall to this point. Alabama G Chance Warmack maybe a top 10 and not many guards do, remember Mike Iupati of the San Francisco 49ers was selected 17th in 2010 NFL Draft.

You got a high-riser in OT Lane Johnson from Oklahoma, a former JUCO transfer who turned some heads at the combine for his athleticism and quick feet. He has climbed into the Top 12 in the Draft according to some who saw him at the combine.

That’s just the start of the conversation for the OL Draft Class of 2013, there are some other tackles to like in this draft.

In the late 1st round area, your team could T/G DJ Fluker from Alabama who was apart of the BEST Offensive Line in the NCAA, he’s a bit on the bigger side but he can slide into guard, many don’t think he’s an ideal LT but can play the right side well.

Brennan Williams UNC from Easton, Massachusetts

North Carolina T Brennan Williams originally from Easton, MA, is a guy to keep an eye on as well, maybe another potential RT but remember UNC played a pro style and a spread style in the last three years, i see versatility. He blocked for RB Giovani Bernard so that’s a reflection on the whole O-Line not just him but I know Mass Athletes will be pulling for him to succeed on the NFL Level. His issue is staying healthy according to many scouts. I’d imagine the Patriots taking him to replace FA Sebastian Volmer.

The last tackle on my radar is Ohio State RT Reid Fragel, his strength is well his strength (no pun intended), his run-blocking is an area the former TE dominated at times after the move to RT. There will be more in the near future from me on Reid Fragel but the Detroit native is in a position where NFL teams love. The fact he converted from Tight End to Offensive Tackle and some compare him to Eric Winston from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Onto the Offensive Guards and Centers. I’ve already mentioned G Chance Warmack from Alabama so I’ll refrain, but the G/C class has some other big names.

G Larry Warford from the University of Kentucky

The biggest name is Warmack’s but  his Alabama teammate C Barrett Jones he’s a do-it-all Offensive Lineman, the most decorated lineman at Alabama since the Legendary John Hannah. “Roll Tide to that” would be a response you’ll often hear for sure. He won the Outland Trophy and the Rimington Trophy in his time at Alabama, that’s sheer domination.

Terron Armstead OT/G from Arkansas Pine-Bluff had an impressive 4.71 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine but his breakthrough was the East/West Shrine Game. He jumped from a 6th-7th round pick to a top 50 prospect, similar to Vlad Ducasse two yrs. ago from UMass but the difference between them is athleticism.

Larry Warford of Kentucky is a big boy at 6’3″ 333lbs but at the guard position he holds his ground. Kentucky maybe a bottom feeder in the SEC, but they weren’t a cakewalk. ANY DLine Men who squared off 1 on 1 against didn’t go by him, that’s impressive. Most likely he’ll go in the second round, but he could jump if teams don’t overdraft the un-deserving QBs.

Keep in mind when watching the Draft 2013 that you’re going to see a lot of “fat guys” so for those who like QB’s and skill players which I don’t, I’m a defensive fooball fan, then this isn’t going to be your favorite draft, but the comeback of blue-collar football maybe what is best for the NFL with the birth of the read-option in the NFL. There will be more info on the Draft just stay posted on Da Don’s Verdict.

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