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Football.com Final Big Board 2013

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The Big Board is set.

After a year’s worth of information gathering – starting at spring practices on campus and running through the regular season, bowl season, all-star games, the combine, pro days, individual workouts, interviews – NFL teams have finalized their list.

It is a prospective player pecking order, a numerical ranking of every possibility in the prospect pool, based on a variety of subjective criteria, accounting for each organization’s philosophies and each team’s style of play. This board, compiled in the days of relative calm leading up to the draft, drives every draft day decision, from making picks to making trades. When a team is on the clock, theoretically, it should take the highest-ranked player atop its board.

Yes, positional needs tend to put their thumb on the scale more than is wise. Desperation and a running clock is a dangerous mix; neither are elements of good decision making.

But the Big Board is the template for a team’s draft strategy. It is to be credited for every value grab and blamed for every reach.

Tonight, the Big Boards will be posted in war rooms from Foxboro to Frisco. Here is the final Football.com Big Board for the 2013 NFL Draft

1.  Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Can (and has) played everywhere on defensive line, but is a three-technique prototype.

2.  Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Long, fast, physical and still developing. Could become an elite pass rusher with added strength.

3.   Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan

Better run blocker than Luke Joeckel, as good a pass blocker, probably the better athlete.

4. Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M

Strong, agile, reliable LT with athletic ability to lead the way for mobile QB (ask Johnny Heisman).

5.  Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma

Took non-traditional route to first round: Switched from QB to TE to DE to RT to LT. In five years, may turn out to be best player from this class.

6.  Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Best (though not the biggest) NT prospect in a draft loaded with them.

7.  Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

His ability to get out in space in the screen game gives him an edge over Chance Warmack in today’s NFL.

8.  Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Had 572 yards in 2012 ... in one game. Home-run threat in all facets, including returns.

9.   Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

A classic road grader-type interior lineman, with better feet than you’d think for a 317-pounder.

10. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Today’s safeties need to do it all, and Vaccaro is the most versatile safety on the board.

11. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Holy upside . . . 13 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 9 passes defended in first year as a starter.

12. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Suddenly, there are concerns about his durability. His man coverage skills, no question.

13. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

May prove to be the best press-man corner in the class.

14. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Perfect time to be a tight end who can run, catch ball in traffic and not have to worry about blocking.

15. Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Exceptional athlete who will flourish when being allowed to stand up and rush the passer.

16. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Prospect with big motor who can only improve on his breakout season (his only year as full-time starter at FBS level).

17. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Rep has taken a few dings in evaluation process, but still the most NFL-ready receiver.

18. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

There are holes in his game, but this guy gets to the QB and makes big plays.

19. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Soap opera nonsense aside, straight out of the Mike backer mold.

20. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Raw but unfathomable potential, will be fun to watch the ways this game-breaker is utilized.

21. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Best of the big corners, for anyone looking to follow Seahawks’ DB blueprint.

22. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

Size shouldn’t be a concern for this textbook tackler who can line up as inside or weakside LB.

23. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

CB best suited to play any coverage scheme.

24. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Time for Chris Berman to dust off his old line about Cris Carter: All he does is catch touchdowns.

25. D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama

Perfect skill set to be a formidable run-blocking RT in the NFL.

26. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

Amazing personal story shouldn’t cloud prediction: this guy is really that good.

27. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Looks the part of the classic X receiver; don’t be surprised if he takes a little time to develop (watch for breakout in 2015).

28. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Most experienced, well-rounded DE in the draft; may fit best as run-stopper at LDE.

29. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State

Tough to separate from his FSU teammate; if knee is fine, he’ll be an impact edge rusher.

30. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Physical tools may not match his QB peers, but he’s the one most ready to run an NFL offense from Day 1.

31. John Cyprien, S, Florida Atlantic

Promising in-the-box safety, more a force against the run than in coverage.

32. Robert Woods, WR, USC

Not big, not a burner, but has hands and route-running skills of a potential No. 1 receiver.

33. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

Projects as a 3-4 DE, with good quickness in pass rush and pursuit of ball carriers.

34. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Quickness to cover boundary or slot receivers; would like to have seen more INTs from potential playmaker.

35. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

DaMystery: is he the disruptive edge rusher we saw in college or the disappointment that showed at the combine?

36. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

Tremendous raw talent; will be a standout as he develops technique and consistency across the board.

37. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

Another promising TE target, though with the same shortcomings (i.e. blocking) as Eifert.

38. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Just because he’s such a good receiver, don’t mistake him for a third-down back; perhaps the draft’s lone any-down back.

39. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

How do you not take a chance on developing this 6-foot-8 natural athlete?

40. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Huge, strong quintessential NT, who will require a double-team.

41. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Looks like the classic workhorse back, though he’s never been asked to be (16 touches/game in 2012).

42. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

A proven penetrator from the interior line, projects more as a gap clogger in NFL.

43. Matt Elam, S, Florida

Highlight-reel hitter, who probably needs to work on pure tackling technique and understanding when not to drop the hammer.

44. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Explosive athleticism for the position, should be great fit for a fast-paced offense.

45. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Has the arm and athleticism, but has to prove his success was not just a byproduct of the mismatches created by the Air Raid system.

46. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

If he goes to Buffalo, gets the slight nod over Geno; reuniting with college coach and coordinator would microwave his development.

47. Eric Reid, S, LSU

Has the height, speed and strength to cover anyone, and is a capable tackler.

47. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

Long arms will help him against tall receivers; great fit for team looking for zone corner.

48. Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut

Film suggests a player comfortable lining up either at Will or Sam, playing the run or the pass. His combine performance suggests a surprisingly explosive athlete.

49. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

Developed into a relentless run-stopper; needs to develop coverage skills.

50. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

Like Werner, is better against the run and projects as LDE (though he did have 4.5 sacks in Alamo Bowl).

51.  Kyle Long, G/T, Oregon

52.  Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

53.  Menelik Watson, T, Florida State

54.  Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

55.  EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

56.  Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse

57.  Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

58.  John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

59.  Khaseem Green, OLB, Rutgers

60.  Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

61.  Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

62.  J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern

63.  Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

64.  Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

65.  Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

66.  Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

67.  D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

68.  Steadman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

69.  Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

70.  Sam Montgomery, OLB, LSU

71.  Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

72.  Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

73.  Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

74.  Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

75.  B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary

76. Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama

77.  David Quessenberry, T, San Jose State

78.  Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

79.  Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State

80.  Dallas Thomas, T, Tennessee

81.  Brian Winters, G, Kent

82.  Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

83.  Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford

84.  Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern

85.  Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

86.  Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

87.  Jon Bostic, OLB, Florida

88.  Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina

89.  Brian Schwenke, C, California

90.  Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

91.  Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

92.  David Bass, DE, Missouri Western

93.  Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

94.  Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

95.  Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)

96.  Reid Fragel, T, Ohio State

97.  David Bakhtiari, T, Colorado

98.  Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State

99.  Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut

100. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M