The start of the 2012-13 NFL season is just one week away but that won’t stop us from looking even further ahead to the 2013 NFL Draft. College football starts this weekend and the top NFL prospects will be on full display. To give us all an idea of who to look for, NFL draft guru Todd McShay released his top five prospects for the 2013 draft.
His top-rated player came as no surprise. USC quarterback Matt Barkley is widely believed to be the top signal-caller in this year’s class. While Barkley isn’t in the class of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, he is a polished quarterback that has enough arm strength to make all of the throws and he is deadly accurate. He’ll have every chance to shine this year at USC with their star studded offensive lineup.
McShay’s second rated prospect came as a bit of a surprise. Alabama guard Chance Warmach was the pick. McShay called Warmach the “best offensive guard that I have ever evaluated.”
The top five was rounded out by three defensive players — North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson, LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo and finally Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Amerson is a special corner with a rare combination of size and athleticism. Mingo is the most talented pass rusher in college football, though his teammate Sam Montgomery could also make a lot of noise this year. Jenkins is a force in the interior line and always makes his pressure felt. As an added bonus with Jenkins, you can’t teach size.
It’s hard to argue with any of McShay’s top five prospects. He picked a diverse group and a bit of a sleeper in Warmach to let us know how widespread the talent is in this draft class. Here is Todd McShay rolling out his rankings on ESPN’s Sportscenter: