Posted: Wed February 6, 2013 11:55AM; Updated: Wed February 6, 2013 2:16PM
Chris Burke
Chris Burke>INSIDE THE NFL DRAFT

2013 NFL Draft Big Board 2.0

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Jarvis Jones racked up 28 sacks and 155 tackles over his two seasons at Georgia.
Jarvis Jones racked up 28 sacks and 155 tackles over his two seasons at Georgia.
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The NFL's annual pre-draft dog-and-pony show kicked off in earnest in the days before Super Bowl XLVII, with the Senior Bowl highlighting a full slate of prospects.

We still will not get a glimpse at a lot of the draft's elite talent -- Luke Joeckel, Jarvis Jones, Chance Warmack, etc. -- until the Combine and then, for some, at individual team Pro Days. As such, the caveat presented with Big Board 1.0 holds true again here: The Top 40 will undergo several shake-ups between now and April.

There were some impressive (and not-so-impressive) performances during the Senior Bowl, though, that impacted our latest rankings, even though the top few names will look fairly familiar. You can see my rationale for a few key decisions.

And without further delay, Big Board 2.0:

Chris Burke's NFL Draft Big Board
1
Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M, junior
6-6, 310
OT
The gap between Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher may have closed in some people's minds, but that says more about Fisher's outstanding Senior Bowl week than anything Joeckel did. Joeckel was up here for Big Board 1.0, and he may remain until the draft.
 
2
Chance Warmack
Alabama, senior
6-2, 322
OG
Warmack passed on a Senior Bowl invite, a smart decision since, quite frankly, there's little he could have done to help his cause further in Mobile. This will be an intriguing case come draft day -- teams don't often take guards early.
 
3
Jarvis Jones
Georgia, junior
6-2, 242
LB
This is me taking a bit of a mulligan. I had Jones four spots lower in Big Board 1.0 because of lingering medical concerns (spinal stenosis). Here's the thing, though: Jones explodes off game tapes. His upside outweighs the risk.
 
4
Damontre Moore
Texas A&M, junior
6-4, 250
DE
Not to oversimplify the issues, but for a team running a 3-4, I think Jones is a touch better fit; and in a 4-3, I'd give Moore an edge. Either way, you can't go wrong, and both Jones and Moore could be stars from Day One.
 
5
Eric Fisher
Central Michigan, senior
6-7, 305
OT
Fisher's one-spot drop is 100-percent related to Jones' bump, and not at all indicative of Fisher fading. In fact, it's just the opposite. During the NFL Network's Senior Bowl broadcast, Mike Mayock said Fisher was "by far" the best player that week.
 
6
Dee Milliner
Alabama, junior
6-1, 198
CB
If there's a knock on Milliner, it is that he needs to improve his man-to-man cover skills -- in a zone, he can be lights out. That's fine (and accurate), but he still strikes me as a potentially elite NFL corner.
 
7
Star Lotulelei
Utah, senior
6-3, 320
DT
The more film I've watched of Loutlelei, the more noticeable it has become just how much attention he garnered from opposing O-lines. If he eats up multiple blockers in the NFL, he'll be invaluable; if teams try to go one-on-one, he could dominate.
 
8
Bjoern Werner
Florida State, junior
6-4, 256
DE
As mentioned in Big Board 1.0, there does not appear to be a future for Werner as a 3-4 OLB (he's a 4-3 DE), so his value takes a little hit. My guess is that whichever team winds up taking him, however, quickly will come to love him.
 
9
Barkevious Mingo
LSU, junior
6-4, 240
DE
Mingo presents the type of case that can be tricky this time of year. There is some chatter that his lack of production has teams concerned. But is that concern real or a red herring? Mingo's athletic abilities will find him a home early.
 
10
Ezekiel Ansah
BYU, senior
6-5, 270
DE
And while we're on the topic of draft conundrums ... Ansah struggled through Senior Bowl week practice, then dominated the game. The former is troubling; the latter speaks to his tantalizing ceiling.
 
11
Keenan Allen
California, junior
6-3, 210
WR
Because Allen probably will not blow anyone away with his Combine 40 time, he may wind up sliding at the draft. And then within a year or two, fans will be upset that their team didn't take the productive wideout.
 
12
Jonathan Cooper
North Carolina, senior
6-3, 310
OG
Like with Joeckel and Fisher, the gap between Warmack and Cooper may not be all that vast. Where Warmack goes will set the stage for Cooper's draft prospects, but the North Carolina product should be a first-rounder.
 
13
Cordarrelle Patterson
Tennessee, junior
6-3, 205
WR
I'm hedging a bit on Patterson until we get to the Combine. His highlight reel from 2012 is thrilling, especially on plays in which he found himself in space. He's raw, though, so the progress he makes during pre-draft season will be key.
 
14
Alec Ogletree
Georgia, junior
6-3, 234
LB
I have a feeling Ogletree will be in the top 10 here by the end of the month. There is very little not to like in his game tape, and he figures to knock it out of the park at the upcoming Combine.
 
15
Sheldon Richardson
Missouri, junior
6-3, 295
DT
Richardson holds firm in this range. Truthfully, there might not be a ton of room to move up in a loaded class for interior linemen -- and there are a number of players on his heels, like Florida's Sharrif Floyd.
 
16
Dion Jordan
Oregon, senior
6-6, 243
DE
Jordan suffered an injured shoulder at the end of the season and had to skip the Senior Bowl because of the resulting surgery. That's too bad, because he would have had a real chance to solidify himself as a top-15 pick with a good showing.
 
17
Kenny Vaccaro
Texas, senior
6-1, 218
S
Vaccaro's late decision to bail on the Senior Bowl should have hurt him, especially as Jonathan Cyprien and Phillip Thomas (especially Cyprien) put up big weeks. Thomas, though, remains the clear top safety in this class -- and the excitement around others at his position proves how in demand he'll be.
 
18
Alex Okafor
Texas, senior
6-4, 261
DE
Hard to find too much fault in what Okafor did during Senior Bowl week -- he held his own against some top linemen, like Fisher, and occasionally grabbed the upper hand. Okafor did not skyrocket his stock upward, but he definitely did not hurt it either.
 
19
Lane Johnson
Oklahoma, senior
6-6, 302
OT
On the South's first touchdown play of the Senior Bowl, Johnson found himself matched up with SMU's Margus Hunt. By the time QB E.J. Manuel crossed the goal line, Hunt was barely even in the TV picture. Johnson is our biggest riser from 1.0 to 2.0, and he deserves that jump based on a spectacular Senior Bowl week.
 
20
Geno Smith
West Virginia, senior
6-3, 220
QB
On the one hand, Smith might receive a boost simply from the struggles quarterbacks endured during the Senior Bowl. But, by skipping those festivities, Smith missed a chance to really set himself apart.
 
21
Sam Montgomery
LSU, junior
6-5, 260
DE
No reason to really move Montgomery yet, be it up or down. He and Mingo fed off each other throughout the 2012 season. Montgomery may be more of a D-line anchor -- he added 30 pounds prior to last season.
 
22
Sharrif Floyd
Florida, junior
6-3, 303
DT
It will be hard for an NFL team to drop Floyd in at DE after he spent 2012 steadily improving after sliding to tackle. In Peter King's Monday Morning QB last week, ex-Chiefs GM Scott Pioli ranked Floyd third among the draft's juniors -- ahead of Werner and Jones, to name a couple.
 
23
Johnathan Hankins
Ohio State, junior
6-3, 320
DT
Hankins is more of a Lotulelei space-eater type than someone like Floyd, who can slide around the line. Because of that, I leapfrogged Floyd over Hankins for the time being. If Hankins proves he has reliable motor, he could climb.
 
24
Manti Te'o
Notre Dame, senior
6-2, 255
LB
When all is said and done, my hunch is that Te'o will wind up hearing his name called right around the mid-20s. But on the heels of his well-publicized catfishing debacle, he could tumble if he flops at the Combine.
 
25
Datone Jones
UCLA, senior
6-4, 280
DE
Why, hello there. Jones is right up with Lane Johnson in terms of players who helped themselves the most during Senior Bowl week -- he finished with a solid game (3 tackles, 0.5 sacks). His ability to get off the ball is consistently noticeable, even when he overruns plays.
 
26
D.J. Fluker
Alabama, senior
6-4, 355
OT
Fluker is quite the physical specimen at 6-4, 355, with an 87-inch wingspan. He sat out the Senior Bowl, however, with nagging groin and calf injuries, which will be enough to pique health concerns. He might be a stretch at left tackle.
 
27
Larry Warford
Kentucky, senior
6-3, 333
OG
Warford fell just outside the top 40 on Big Board 1.0 -- I was anxious to see if he looked better at Kentucky than he really was, because of the subpar talent around him. Answer: Nope. He's the real deal, as proven by a great Senior Bowl week.
 
28
Tavon Austin
West Virginia, senior
5-9, 175
WR
Austin's late withdrawal from the Senior Bowl will knock him down a couple pegs on some draft boards. His Combine numbers are likely to bring him back. Athletes like Austin simply do not grow on trees.
 
29
Zach Ertz
Stanford, junior
6-6, 252
TE
Just count the number of pass-rushing ends and OLBs on the Big Board, and you'll find therein the added importance of versatile tight ends. Ertz can pressure linebacking corps and safeties with his receiving abilities, but he's also capable of adding blocking protection against athletic edge defenders.
 
30
Xavier Rhodes
Florida State, junior
6-1, 217
CB
Until someone proves otherwise (and Johnthan Banks, for one, may do so), Rhodes sticks as the second-best corner in this draft, behind Milliner. The majority of teams could use another physical, aggressive cornerback like Rhodes.
 
31
Khaseem Greene
Rutgers, senior
6-0, 236
LB
It would have been nice to see Greene back a strong week of Senior Bowl practices with a standout game, but he had just one tackle. Still, Greene's background as a former safety makes him a nose-to-the-football player, and he looks the part of an NFL contributor.
 
32
Kevin Minter
LSU, junior
6-1, 245
LB
How much less did we hear about Minter during the college football season than about Te'o? And yet, it's entirely plausible that Minter becomes a better rookie and more impactful pro. He's a solid, reliable defender.
 
33
Johnthan Banks
Mississippi State, senior
6-1, 185
CB
The Super Bowl simply reiterated how few top-notch cornerbacks there are in the NFL right now. Offenses are winning the battle. A player like Banks, however, could help a team swing the pendulum. He certainly won't back down from receivers.
 
34
Matt Elam
Florida, junior
5-10, 202
S
If you've been paying attention, you've likely heard a lot about safety Jonathan Cyprien out of Senior Bowl week. For now, give an edge to Elam at that position because he has more experience against upper-echelon competition.
 
35
Barrett Jones
Alabama, senior
6-4, 305
C
Jones received an invite to the Senior Bowl, but instead opted to spend some time getting healthy before the Combine -- he said he played through a Lisfranc injury in the BCS title game. That health will be key for Jones in the coming weeks.
 
36
DeAndre Hopkins
Clemson, junior
6-1, 200
WR
Unless Hopkins bombs at the Combine or suffers some sort of injury, he will be of great interest both to those playoff teams in need of another weapon late in Round 1 and rebuilding squads shy of playmakers at the top of Round 2.
 
37
Matt Barkley
USC, senior
6-2, 230
QB
There was a little confusion last week as to whether or not Barkley would throw at the Combine -- USC's Twitter account said no, Barkley said maybe. If he does, the door is open for Barkley to really rise on draft day.
 
38
Eddie Lacy
Alabama, junior
6-1, 220
RB
Lacy and Giovani Bernard are neck and neck for the top RB spot here, though Round 1 may go by without a player from that position coming off the board. Lacy still has a slight edge here, because he's better built for the NFL grind.
 
39
Quinton Patton
Louisiana Tech, senior
6-0, 202
WR
Texas A&M fans are well aware of Patton's abilities -- he went for 233 yards and four TDs in a shootout loss to the Aggies back in October. Patton excelled all week at the Senior Bowl, too. The one negative: He measured at 6-0, two inches shy of where Louisiana Tech listed him.
 
40
Kyle Long
Oregon, senior
6-6, 304
OT
One play of Long's stood out, in particular, at the Senior Bowl. On a run wide left by Robbie Rouse, Long managed to pull way outside the hash marks to chop CB B.W. Webb and create a lane. The athletic Long missed full practices because he was sick, so the game was a nice showcase.
 
 
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