Pompei's NFL draft previews by position
The Tribune's Dan Pompei previews the April 25-27 NFL draft.
7:08 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
The outside linebacker class will test teams' philosophies. On the one hand, there is Georgia's Jarvis Jones, who played like a demon but worked out horribly. On the other, there is Missouri's Zaviar Gooden, who was all-pro at the NFL scouting combine, but didn't impress many scouts on Saturdays during the fall. Some teams go for the player; some go for the athlete. There aren't many in this class who are both outstanding players and outstanding athletes.
7:24 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
There's something for everyone in this class of defensive tackles. If it's a quick, pass rushing three technique you desire, Sharrif Floyd is your man. If you prefer a gigantic plugger, Johnathan Hankins will be your guy. Or if you need a combination, how about Kawann Short? As many as seven defensive tackles have been discussed as first round possibilities.
April 17, 2013
NFL quarterbacks won't like this class of pass rushers, but NFL general managers will like it very much. It's a strong group, both in terms of high-end talent and in terms of depth. As many as 10 defensive ends could be taken in the first two rounds.
9:59 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
You won't find a Julio Jones or A.J. Green in this draft. There is no "can't miss" wide receiver. But you will find extraordinary depth. Teams are likely to be taking many receivers in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, and there will be a bonanza of undrafted wide receivers who will have a chance to stick in the league.
5:14 PM EDT, April 13, 2013
This class looks pretty enticing to a tackle-needy NFL. Three tackles figure to be top 10 picks. The talent drops off a little after that, but a number of others have enough ability to be starters pretty quickly. As many as a dozen tackles could be chosen in the first three rounds.
April 13, 2013
This class doesn't have a sure-fire first-round pick who looks like he can be an immediate all-pro, but it does offer a number of players who should become solid starters for a long time. The public misconception is that Barrett Jones is the best prospect. He is the biggest name. Many NFL scouts rate others ahead of Jones.
April 12, 2013
Many teams are seeking athletic tight ends who can stretch the field — even those that already have them. So the dynamic receiving tight ends are not expected to last long in this draft. There are probably four of them scouts expect can make big impacts as rookies.
9:17 PM EDT, April 10, 2013
This running back class has a little depth, but very little top-end talent. In fact, scouts agree this could be the first draft in 50 years in which no running back is chosen in the first round. Alabama's Eddie Lacy appears to be the only first-round possibility, and many teams rate him as a borderline first-/second-rounder.
4:00 PM EDT, April 10, 2013
By comparison to the quarterback class of 2012, the class of 2013 is lackluster. There is no prospect who is rated anywhere near as highly as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III were ranked one year ago, and every quarterback prospect this year has some significant holes.
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