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

Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma

I think of Johnson as the forgotten offensive lineman in this draft. In most drafts, he is the top offensive tackle, however this year, with Fisher and Joeckel, he is relegated to No. 3. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, there are a lot of tackle-needy teams, and it is likely that Johnson will be gobbled up in the top 5 to 7 picks. By the measurables, and the game tape, there is little that separates Johnson from the other two.
Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack (65) in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama won 42-14.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Chance Warmack, OG Alabama

Okay, I have to admit my bias here. Well, maybe it isn't a bias, but if I was picking early, this is my guy. Sure, guards are not valued at the top of draft boards, but if you're looking for the best bet to be a multiple All-Pro in this draft, it is Warmack. He is as dominant as any guard I've watched in recent years. In fact, he reminds me a lot of David DeCastro, who was the first guard off the board last season, though he went later than expected because of the positional bias. I hope whatever team drafts Warmack continues to let him wear his pseudo-cutoff jersey next year too.

Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia

Austin won't go in the top-10. He likely won't go in the top-15. But hell, I wouldn't want to have to play against him. Not to sound cliche, but he has the word, "playmaker" written all over him. He can line up in the backfield and be Darren Sproles, or he can line up in the slot and be Wes Welker. He can return kicks and punts like Devin Hester. In short, he is a player opposing teams will have to specifically game plan for, hence calling him a game changer. Austin's downside is his size. He is only 5'8", 174 lbs., which means he could be injury prone. Or at leas that is what the teams that skip over him will likely be thinking.
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4/25/13   |   JenX63   |   32487 respect

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