Thursday, May 3, 2012
With one eye shut, McShay's 2013 mock
By Kevin Seifert
Earlier this week, we brought you a quick look at Mel Kiper Jr.'s top 2013 draft prospects. Taking it to another level, ESPN analyst Todd McShay has posted the first official 2013 mock draft .
McShay acknowledges one of many obvious pitfalls here: We have no clue what the 2013 draft order will be. So to me, the best way to look at this exercise is to consider it an early rendering of McShay's top 2013 prospects now that schools have wrapped up spring practices.
You need an Insider subscription to see the complete file. I'll give you a glimpse at McShay's top five prospects based on their appearance in this draft, a list that is especially helpful because it doesn't include any of the quarterbacks -- USC Matt Barkley, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Oklahoma's Landry Jones -- who figure to push their way up this list in the coming months.
So consider this list the best five non-quarterback prospects with 11 months remaining before they could be drafted:
- Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei
- Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner
- Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat*
- USC receiver Robert Woods*
- Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker
*Underclassman who would need to declare for the draft