11) It’s safe to assume that Tavon Austin has become the 2013 version of Mark Barron. What I mean by that is Austin, like Barron last year, is being mentioned in connection with almost every team in the first round. Also, like Barron I think Austin is going to go higher than anyone even expects. Barron was a fast riser last year and his name was being thrown around as high as Buffalo at #10. Ultimately, Barron went #7 to Tampa Bay, which no one saw coming. Austin is in a similar situation. His name is being tossed around as high as 12 to Miami right now, but by draft team I think there is a team in the top 10 that could pull the trigger and surprise everyone.
12) The 2013 Draft isn’t even here yet, but I’m already looking ahead to 2014. It’s tough not to be excited anticipating the draft class of next year. If the Patriots or any other teams has the opportunity to trade out of the first round to pick up a 2nd and a 1st next year, they would be stupid to pass up the opportunity. Just looks at some of the names that will be in next year’s class: DE Jadeveon Clowney, WR Marqise Lee, QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Sammy Watkins, Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix III, Jackson Jeffcoat, Will Sutton, Taylor Lewan, Adrian Hubbard, CJ Mosely, Kyle Van Noy, Bradley Roby, Jake Matthews, Jason Verett, Ha Ha Clinton Dix and the list could go on and on. Looks like just a sick sick draft class.
Editor’s note – Here is our initial 2014 Draft Top Prospects list.
13) Florida State and LSU will produce multiple high defensive draft picks, but don’t forget about UConn. They could be the first team with four defensive players taken this year. What an impressive draft class UConn has put together. It’s not unreasonable to think that all four of their “key” prospects could go on day two of the draft. Blidi Wreh-Wilson will likely be the first defender off the board. Not too long after Wreh-Wilson goes I expect both LB Sio Moore and OLB Trevardo Williams to follow. I am a huge fan off both players and have both ranked in my top 80 players. Each one bring athleticism, passion and play-making potential. Don’t sleep on Dwayne Gratz either, while Blidi Wreh-Wilson has been getting all the attention, I know for a fact NFL teams that are very high on Gratz.
14) Florida State OT Menelik Watson got invited to the NFL Draft, confirming that NFL teams are very high on him. I just can’t get on board with a team using a first round pick on him. Watson has an athletic frame and his athletic ability is evident on the field, but he is going to need a lot of work and time to validate a first round pick. This year more than ever athletic players are getting pushed up the draft board artificially and Watson is an example of that. I’m not sure what team is going to pick Watson in the first round, but they will regret it. I have a early third round grade on Watson.
15) It’s been no secret that I have been an outspoken supporter of USC WR Robert Woods. For whatever reason the rest of the online NFL Draft community hasn’t been as high on Woods. Woods in my opinion is one of the most complete receivers in this year’s draft. I can tell you that NFL teams are much higher on Robert Woods than what is being put out there. I would love to have Woods on the Patriots, but based on what I have heard I am not sure he even makes it to their first round pick.