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Big Board: A new QB emerges

For the first time in months, there's just one QB on the Big Board -- a new one

Originally Published: January 2, 2013
By Mel Kiper | ESPN Insider

For the first time in a couple of months, I've added a new quarterback to the Big Board. As that happens, two other quarterbacks have fallen off, meaning I have just one QB ranked among my top 25 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. That could change, because the draft process, all-star games, combine and individual workouts will offer a lot more information. But suffice to say, this year looks a lot different than 2012 when it comes to the QB class.

Remember, as you read below, the scouting perspective will remain similar week to week, but I'll note performance and matchup highlights, which are now down to the bowl games. Please also see my rankings of top juniors and seniors at every position. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.


1
Jarvis Jones *
AGE: 23
DOB: 10/13/89
HT: 6-3
WT: 241
POS: OLB
Tkl 85
Sack 14.5
Int 1

Finished his final college season with another 2.0-sack game against Nebraska. Explosive, disciplined, relentless edge rusher who profiles as a 3-4 OLB and doesn't need to come off the field. A quick first step, violent hands, tackles well and closes fast. Solid against the run and can really cover.

LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD

2
Manti Te'o
AGE: 21
DOB: 1/26/91
HT: 6-2
WT: 255
POS: LB
Tkl 103
Sack 1.5
Int 7

One more game for Te'o. Has exceptional instincts, a ton of experience and the ability to read the game. Can attack the backfield. Te'o is a big, strong, prepared tackling presence in the middle of the field. With off-the-charts intangibles, he is the future leader of an NFL defense.

LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD

3
Star Lotulelei
AGE: 23
DOB: 12/20/89
HT: 6-4
WT: 325
POS: DT
Tkl 42
Sack 5.0
Int 0

Lotulelei is ready to be an impact NFL DT now. He absorbs so much blocking help and frees others up, but he's not just a clogger, because he can really move. Has a great sense for disrupting the run game. Quick off the ball with great upper- and lower-body strength. Coaches rave.

LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD

4
Damontre Moore *
AGE: 20
DOB: 9/11/92
HT: 6-4
WT: 248
POS: DE
Tkl 80
Sack 12.5
Int 0

Moore says he's in the draft, a boon for teams that need a pass-rusher. He's an athlete, but the production really jumps out. Consistent performer. Adjusted well to playing as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Excels as a pass-rusher, able to dip hips, turn the corner and use quickness and length to bother tackles.

LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD

5
Luke Joeckel *
AGE: 21
DOB: 11/6/91
HT: 6-6
WT: 310
POS: OT
GP 12
GS 12

Johnny Manziel will miss Joeckel if he goes. He just eliminates good pass-rushers; there's very little to not like. He has a lot of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. Best in pass protection and won't get rattled by speed or secondary moves. Not an elite athlete but moves really well.

LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD

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