Top 2013 NFL Draft Prospects: Offense (cont.)
Tyler Eifert*, Notre Dame: Eifert is one of the most complete tight ends in the nation, offering great size, blocking prowess as well as consistent pass catching skills. He is a three-down tight end with the ability to be a mainstay for years in the NFL.
Dion Sims*, Michigan State: Sims is rarely mentioned as one of the top tight ends in the nation, but that will soon change. He combines the size of an offensive lineman with the speed of a possession receiver. Sims displayed consistent improvement in 2011 and is poised for a breakout campaign.
Levine Toilolo*, Stanford: Toilolo is another tight end with tremendous upside potential and a prospect that offers rare size, speed and athleticism. Toilolo is expected to be a key contributor for Stanford in 2012 with former Cardinal Coby Fleener graduating to the NFL.
Chris Gragg, Arkansas: Gragg is one of the best pass catching threats at the tight end position, and shows the ability to consistently beat opponents down the field. He looks like a big possession receiver and is a perfect fit for a West Coast offense, which employs a move tight end.
Michael Williams, Alabama: Williams is neither the most athletic nor flashiest tight end on this list, rather a consistent player effective in all facets of the position. He dominates opponents as a blocker and occasionally sneaks downfield as a pass catcher. Williams could have a long career in the NFL as a second tight end.
Sleeper: Gavin Escobar*, San Diego State: Another terrific athlete with imposing size, Escobar is a prospect whose game excites scouts. He quickly moves his 6-5 frame down the field, creating mismatches in the secondary on a consistent basis. Escobar is still rough around the edges and needs to complete his game, but offers star potential moving forward.
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina: Cooper was graded as a potential first-round choice last January, but chose to return to UNC for his senior campaign. He's a tremendous athlete who controls defenders at the line of scrimmage or annihilates linebackers blocking in motion. Cooper offers immediate starting potential in the NFL and can line up in a variety of blocking systems.
Brennan Williams, T, North Carolina: Williams is similar to his Tar Heel teammate, as he's also athletic and comes with a versatile game. He offers right tackle size and strength, but possesses the footwork and movement skills to get consideration on the left side.
Taylor Lewan*, T, Michigan: The Wolverines have a history of putting talented offensive linemen into the NFL and Lewan is the next top prospect from the program. He's a behemoth left tackle, who easily slides off the edge to protect his quarterback while also possessing run blocking power. Lewan is viewed by some scouts as the top tackle prospect in the nation.
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama: Warmack has been a mainstay for Alabama's dominant offensive line the past two seasons. He's a wide-bodied guard who continually devastates defenders at the point of attack. Scouts are enamored with Warmack's upside and are of the opinion he could start for a variety of offensive systems at the next level.
Jake Matthews*, T, Texas A&M: Matthews is a big-bodied technician who protected Ryan Tannehill last season. He's efficient, smart and very tough. Matthews is not as athletic as many of the top offensive line prospects, but comes with limited downside risk.
Travis Frederick*, C-G, Wisconsin: The Badgers had a pair of interior linemen selected in the first 55 choices of last April's draft, but Frederick is better than both of them. He combines the brute strength of Kevin Zeitler (No. 27 overall in 2011) with the ability to block in motion displayed by Peter Konz (No. 55). Frederick's ability to line up at guard or center only adds to his value.
Khaled Holmes, C, USC: Holmes is one of the meanest and nastiest blockers in the nation. He overwhelms defenders at the point of attack and opens up large running lanes in the middle of the line.
Sleeper: Chaz Green*, T, Florida: Green is a star in the making at the all-important left tackle position. He's large, nimble and easily gets off the edge in pass protection while also showing strength as a run blocker. The red-shirt sophomore is likely to be a first-round prospect in the near future.