Get to know the top NFL Draft Prospects

4/23/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY SportsGeno Smith, QB West Virginia

Scouts and talent evaluators are all over the map on Smith. Most like him as a prospect -- they see his strong, accurate arm and athlete ability as a lot to handle for a defense. Others think he is overrated and not worthy of a first-round pick. One thing is for sure, Smith put up great numbers at West Virginia, and almost assuredly will be the first QB off the board in the draft. 

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE BYU

Ansah, who referred to his body as a "delicate flower" before joining the BYU football team in 2010, is a newbie to football, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by watching him on film. He is a physical specimen (6'5", 271 lbs.) with speed (4.63 40), strength (21 reps of 225 on the bench press) and surprisingly good technique. Drafting football newcomers can be a a hit-or-miss practice, but regardless, Ansah is likely to go in the top 10. 

Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida

November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) points against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsDefensive tackles are always big commodities come draft time, but they also come in the hit-or-miss variety. Floyd could be a 3-technique in a 4-3 defense or a 5-technique end in a 3-4 defense, like he was in college. I'm not sure what to make of Floyd, some of me says he has Tyson Jackson written all over him (not a compliment), while he could also be a Pro Bowler. What worries me is that he did not produce all that much in college. Sure, playing defensive tackle, especially the 5-technique in a 3-4, is not about stats, but you'd like to see more than 26 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in two seasons.

Dee Milliner, CB Alabama

There is no question that Milliner is the top defensive back in the draft. Frankly, I'm shocked it took me this long to mention an Alabama player. Milliner can cover, he can blitz and he has the necessary size to play physically against the NFL's big receivers. The question is, can he stay healthy. He is currently rehabbing from surgery -- one of the five he has had in his life.

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4/25/13   |   JenX63   |   33169 respect

the Skins could use a Lane Johnson and/or a Chance Warmack......