Football.com's 2013-'14 All-Draftable Team
By Matt LaPan
Coaches, players and fans across the nation are preparing for the first weekend of college football. And while it is a full season away, it is never too early to look ahead at which players could make a splash in next year's draft. But rather than present another big board we have created an "All-Draftable Team" here on Football.com.
Although this team is full of potential All-Americans, it is not an All-American list. Instead, this list represents the top flight of draft eligible talent and the elite players who can and likely will dominate their respective positions during the 2013 college season.
So without further ado, here is the 2013-14 Football.com All-Draftable Team:
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Bridgewater burst onto the scene in 2012 during Louisville's run to a Sugar Bowl win over Florida. Bridgewater is an extremely athletic quarterback who prefers to run only when forced. He has a strong arm with great accuracy and a very good ability to read the defense. He also has very good footwork and moves extremely well in the pocket. Bridgewater is one of a very select few that could challenge Jadeveon Clowney for the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
RB: Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Carey led the nation with 1,929 yards rushing in 2012 and was among the leaders with 23 touchdowns. Carey is a strong back for his size and is not afraid to run between the tackles. He also shows great burst and good speed when running outside. Carey also does a fantastic job avoiding defenders with great footwork and agility.
RB: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Thomas is one of the most elusive backs/receivers in the nation. According to reports out of Oregon, Thomas is expected to have a larger role in Oregon's offense. Unlike many prospects who are deemed to have "elite" speed, Thomas has elite speed and versatility. He's a true all-around player who can make plays all over the field.
WR: Marquise Lee, USC
Regardless of who is throwing Lee the ball, he is still one of the best offensive talents in the nation. He has good size and runs great routes. His speed and agility off the line of scrimmage make him a legitimate deep threat. Lee also shows a great return ability that boosts his value.
WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Coming off a down season, Watkins will look to return to his 2011 form which saw him emerge as one of the most explosive players in the nation. Watkins has the complete package when it comes to his build and couples it with sure hands. He is also extremely elusive in the open field both after the catch and in returns.
TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
If Seferian-Jenkins can stay healthy, we could be looking at a future superstar at the tight end position. Although he is primarily a receiver, Seferian-Jenkins is a surprisingly good in-line blocker. He runs great routes and is nearly unstoppable off the line of scrimmage.
C: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Ikard has the size, speed and footwork that teams look for in a center. He does a very good job getting to the second level and beyond. He also is a natural hip bender and does a fantastic job turning his hips into the hole he is creating to open up running lanes.
G: David Yankey, Stanford
Playing in a power running system like Stanford's helps Yankey tremendously. He is a powerful, nasty run blocker with a very good base in the pass game. He has a powerful punch in the run game and uses great angles when pass blocking. He spent 2012 playing tackle, which will help his pass blocking ability inside.
G: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
The word "huge" does not begin to describe the mammoth Richardson. He has great size and is very powerful in the run game with great punch and elite driving power. He is surprisingly agile when pass blocking and has good footwork. His stock should rise as he becomes more comfortable as a guard following his move there in 2012.
T: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Matthews is following the success of former teammate and 2013 second overall pick Luke Joeckel as the Aggies left tackle, but Matthews has a chance to play even better than Joeckel. He has excellent technique pass blocking and uses it to consistently fend off the SEC's best pass rushers. After playing right tackle and excelling in 2012, Matthews is primed to become the nation's best left tackle in 2013. Expect him to challenge Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater as the top player in the 2014 NFL Draft.
T: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Alabama lost three starting offensive linemen in the 2013 NFL Draft, yet still has potentially its best lineman returning this season. Kouandjio is a dominating run blocker who moves better than most 310-pounders. He has light feet and takes great angles. His best asset is his drive in the run game, where he is simply a bulldozer.
DE: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
There is little chance that Clowney will fall past the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft; he is simply the best prospect in this draft class. He is big, strong, physical and has the ability to take over every game. He is a fantastic pass rusher with polished moves, great power and defends the run almost as well as he rushes the passer.
DE: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Tuitt is a rare combination of size and speed. He stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 322-pounds and plays a five technique, something NFL teams value. He has great agility and a good set of pass rush moves, but he uses his size well both on bull rush situations and in defending the run. When paired with Louis Nix III, they form a tough duo to block.
DT: Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
Nix is a huge nose guard who, much like his teammate Tuitt, has a rare combination of size, speed and agility. He moves extremely well for a man his size and is explosive off the line. He is also one of the best in the country at defeating blocks, whether it be a solo or a double team.
DT: Will Sutton, Arizona State
Sutton might lack the ideal size as an interior player, but he more than makes up for that in disruptive ability. Sutton tied Jadeveon Clowney in 2012 with 23.5 tackles for a loss and was consistently in the backfield. He is extremely athletic and has great explosion off the line and enough speed to run down running plays from behind in pursuit. He also has good interior pass rush moves, which allow him to get after opposing quarterbacks.
LB: Anthony Barr, UCLA
Barr is another extremely disruptive player on defense. He was one of the best pass rushers in 2012 and another year in college will allow him to further polish his skills. He has great size, power and athleticism. He uses this combination of physical skills and unbelievable toughness and drive to dominate opposing blockers. He could find himself in the conversation of the top defensive players in the 2014 draft class.
LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley was arguably the best player on Alabama's 2012 national champion team, and he is back for more. Having another year in Nick Saban's defensive system will make help Mosley in both a leadership role and in reading offenses. He is a tackle machine who should once again be the best player on Alabama's defense.
LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Van Noy is a true playmaker when on the field. He has an inate ability to force fumbles, rush the quarterback and make plays in coverage. He also shows great versatility and the ability to be a three-down linebacker, plus he plays special teams. His willingness and motor make him a great prospect.
CB: Jason Verrett, TCU
Verrett is one of the best cover corners in all of college football. He showed a great nose for the ball and even better ball skills on his way to six interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2012. He returns to a defensive-minded system and could see his stock skyrocket with another stellar season.
CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu is a physical corner who always seems to find himself in position to make the big play. He displays great vision and even better ball skills. He has a great ability to get the ball from opposing offenses, forcing six fumbles and picking off four passes in 2012.
S: Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Reynolds is an explosive playmaker in the defensive backfield. He has a good nose for the ball and displayed great ball skills on his way to six interceptions and five pass defenses in 2012. The most impressive part of his game comes when he has the ball in this hands following an interception -- he is extremely dynamic and returned three interceptions for touchdowns.
S: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
The man known as "Ha-Ha" always seems to show up in the biggest spots. He is a two-year starter at Alabama and has great ball skills and is a physical presence in the defensive backfield. He also has great size and very good speed.
K: Cairo Santos, Tulane
Santos has waited behind Dustin Hopkins and Caleb Sturgis but now is his time. He has a huge leg with great accuracy and is a kickoff master. There is zero doubt Santos is the best kicker in the nation, and in the draft.
P: Kyle Christy, Florida Christy is the type of punter that special teams coaches love. He has a powerful leg, yet rarely outkicks coverage. He can also spot a punt on a dime nearly every time.