2013 NFL Draft: Midseason Top 50
The 2013 Draft is deep, but doesn't have the elite talent of more recent drafts
Defensive tackle and guard are deep positions, running back and safety are not
LSU's defensive line has three players in the top 50, led by No. 1 Barkevious Mingo
The top of the 2013 NFL Draft looks like an inspired class with plenty of solid talent, but no dominant player in the mold of Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson or Von Miller. Even considering that, there's an abundance of talent at the defensive tackle position, as well as offensive guard. Safety and running back bring up the rear of next year's draft class. Here are the top 50 players on the SI.com draft board at the NFL season's halfway point. (* denotes underclassman)
1) Barkevious Mingo, DE-OLB, LSU* -- Mingo offers more impact than any player in this draft, and has the ability to line up at a number of positions in the front seven. The athletic junior comes with great upside and will reward the NFL team that drafts him, then patiently develops his talent.
2) Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* -- Scouts had a high opinion of Werner entering the year, and he's continued to impress them this season. He's an explosive defensive end who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage and also holds his own defending the run.
3) Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah -- Lotulelei bypassed the 2012 NFL Draft and is reaping the rewards of his decision. He's a dominant defensive tackle with terrific movement skills and the ability to control the line of scrimmage or pursue the action outside the box.
4) Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia* -- Jones has developed into a complete three-down defender this season, and has impressed NFL decision-makers. He's a menacing pass rusher, solid run stopper and fine coverage linebacker. Jones could be an early pick in next April's draft if he receives a clean bill of health, but the way we hear it, prior injury issues could throw up lots of red flags.
5) Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan* -- The Wolverines have a history of placing talented left tackles into the NFL, and Lewan is one of the best in recent memory. He is not as dominant as former Wolverine Jake Long, but Lewan is more athletic and much better blocking in motion.
6) Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State* -- Scouts think Hankins grades out better in areas of athleticism and movement skills compared to Star Lotulelei, but they question his every-down intensity. His game comes with great upside, and Hankins can be as good as he wants to be.
7) Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M* -- Moore displays Von Miller-like ability in his game, but has better size than the second pick of the 2011 draft. He's a terrific pass rusher who is slowly developing a complete game.
8) Chance Warmack, G, Alabama -- Warmack was considered the top senior offensive line prospect entering the season and continues to prove he's NFL ready. He's dominant at the line of scrimmage and also shows surprising skill blocking in motion.
9) DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama* -- Milliner is another Crimson Tide prospect with early first round potential. He's a great combination of size, athleticism and defensive back skill. Milliner will be the third Alabama cornerback over the past four years to be selected in the first round.
10) Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M* -- A series of splendid performances in recent weeks has sent Joeckel soaring up draft boards. His pass protection skills rank amongst the best in the nation, as Joeckel plays with terrific fundamentals and football intelligence.
11) Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina -- Cooper has been a force on the Tar Heel offensive line since his freshman campaign. He's extremely athletic and rates as one of the best zone blockers the draft has witnessed in almost a half dozen years.
12) Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia -- Smith is in the midst of a sensational senior season in which he has impressed scouts almost weekly. He's smart, accurate and a true leader underneath center. He's a terrific talent, but doesn't fit the classification of franchise signal caller.
13) Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame -- Te'o declined to enter the draft last April, as he enjoys the college experience. NFL scouts are enjoying his play this season, as the senior has developed into a complete three-down linebacker, which has pushed his draft stock north.
14) Keenan Allen, WR, California* -- Allen ranks as the top prospect in a weak crop of wide receivers. He's a natural pass catcher with soft, reliable hands. Allen lacks the speed to challenge defenders vertically, but has enough ability to develop into a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
15) Johnathan Jenkins, DT-NT, Georgia -- Jenkins has the potential to be ranked much higher than we have him listed. He's a dominant athlete who controls the line of scrimmage but also leaves scouts thinking he's capable of much more on the field.
16) Matt Barkley, QB, USC -- Barkley has run hot and cold this season, displaying a lot of streakiness that was not previously present in his game. The senior has made some poor choices in crunch time and has not shown the ability to take over games as he did in 2011.
17) Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU* -- The junior is a productive pass rusher and disruptive force from his defensive end spot. Montgomery comes with a large upside, but personality issues have raised red flags.
18) Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford* -- Ertz grades out much higher than former teammate Colby Fleener, the top pick of the second round last April. His pass catching skills and ability to stretch the field are comparable with Fleener, but his blocking is far superior. The junior is a three-down player and ready for the NFL.
19) Robert Woods, WR, USC* -- Woods has seen a drop in his draft stock after taking a back seat to super sophomore Marquis Lee at USC. He possesses the ability to line up as a No. 1 receiver at the next level even though his game isn't truly dominant.
20) Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina* -- Bernard is highly thought of in the scouting community, and the recent injury to Marcus Lattimore unequivocally makes him the top running back prospect in the nation. He's a complete ball carrier who can handle a lot of carries or beat opponents catching the ball out of the backfield.
21) Alexander Ogletree, LB, Georgia* -- Ogletree has been dominant in all facets of the linebacker position the past two years. He's an explosive run stuffer with the speed to pursue ball handlers around the field. Ogletree also displays top skills in coverage. Off-field issues have hindered his season, and word is Ogletree will likely stay at Georgia for another year.
22) Sylvester Williams, DT-NT, North Carolina -- Williams made an immediate impact for the Tar Heels upon his arrival from junior college. He controls the line of scrimmage, overwhelming blockers to make plays or occupying opponents, which allows teammates to get to the action.
23) Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State* -- The red-shirt sophomore continues to impress scouts, and has elevated his game this season. Roby is a tremendous athlete who consistently shuts down opposing receivers. He's a prospect with enough ability to develop into a No. 1 cornerback in the NFL.
24) Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama -- The former Australian rugby player improves daily on the football field, and is in the midst of a tremendous senior campaign. Williams is large, athletic and versatile. He can line up as a two-gap end, conventional defensive tackle or even play nose tackle in certain systems.
25) Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri -- Richardson is another who has taken his game to another level this season. He's a tremendous athlete who is developing into a dominant defensive lineman. As is the case with many of the other defensive linemen already mentioned, Richardson offers potential at a number of positions up front.