Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mike Detillier's Top Players by Position for the 2013 NFL Draft

Though we are still a week away from Super Bowl XLVII, it's not too early to start looking at this year's NFL draft, especially for the Black & Gold faithful coping with our team's first non-playoff season since 2008.

WWL 870 AM commentator and college football expert Mike Detillier annually publishes one of the most comprehensive NFL draft reviews around, closely analyzing hundreds of players. In advance of the release of his 2013 NFL Draft breakdown, Detillier has shared his player rankings by position.

(Saints fans might want to pay extra attention to the outside linbacker, defensive tackle and safety categories.)

Detillier's 2013 NFL Draft Guide can be pre-ordered on his website,


1. Geno Smith-West Virginia

2. Matt Barkley-USC

3. Mike Glennon-North Carolina State

4. Ryan Nassib-Syracuse

5. Tyler Wilson-Arkansas


1. Giovani Bernard-North Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy-Alabama

3. Montee Ball-Wisconsin

4. Andre Ellington-Clemson

5A.. Joseph Randle-Oklahoma State

5B. Johnathan Franklin-UCLA


1. Lonnie Pryor-Florida State

2. Zach Line-SMU

3. Braden Wilson-Kansas State

4. Zach Boren-Ohio State

Wide Receivers

1. Keenan Allen-California

2 Cordarrelle Patterson-Tennessee

3.DeAndre Hopkins-Clemson

4.Terrance Williams-Baylor

5A.Robert Woods-USC

5B.Tavon Austin-West Virginia

5C. Quinton Patton-Louisiana Tech

5D. Justin Hunter-Tennessee

Tight Ends

1. Zach Ertz-Stanford

2. Tyler Eifert-Notre Dame

3. Jordan Reed-Florida

4. Vance McDonald-Rice

5A. Dion Sims-Michigan State

5B. Gavin Escobar-San Diego State

Offensive Centers

1. Travis Frederick-Wisconsin

2. Barrett Jones-Alabama

3. Brian Schwenke-California

4. Khalid Holmes-USC

5. Dalton Freeman-Clemson

Offensive Guards

1. Chance Warmack-Alabama

2. Jonathan Cooper-North Carolina

3. Justin Pugh-Syracuse

4. Kyle Long-Oregon

5. Brian Winters-Kent State

Offensive Tackles

1. Luke Joeckel-Texas A&M

2. Eric Fisher-Central Michigan

3. Lane Johnson-Oklahoma

4. Oday Aboushi-Virginia

5. D.J. Fluker-Alabama

Defensive Ends

1. Damontre Moore-Texas A&M

2. Bjoern Werner-Florida State

3. Dion Jordan-Oregon

4A. Sam Montgomery-LSU

4B. Datone Jones-UCLA

5A. Ezekiel Ansah-Brigham Young

5B. Alex Okafor-Texas

5C. Margus Hunt-SMU

Defensive Tackles

1. Star Lotulelei-Utah

2. Johnathan Hankins-Ohio State

3. Sheldon Richardson-Missouri

4A. Sharrif Floyd-Florida

4B. Jesse Williams-Alabama

5A. Bennie Logan-LSU

5B. John Jenkins-Georgia

Inside Linebackers

1. Alec Ogletree-Georgia

2. Manti Te'o-Notre Dame

3. Kevin Minter-LSU

4. Jon Bostic-Florida

5. Nico Johnson-Alabama

Outside Linebackers

1. Jarvis Jones-Georgia

2. Barkevious Mingo-LSU

3. Khaseem Greene-Rutgers

4. Chase Thomas-Stanford

5A. Arthur Brown-Kansas State

5B. DeVonte Holloman-South Carolina


1. Dee Milliner-Alabama

2. Xavier Rhodes-Florida State

3. Johnthan Banks-Mississippi State

4A. Logan Ryan-Rutgers

4B. Jamar Taylor-Boise State

5A. Jordan Poyer-Oregon State

5B. Robert Alford-Southeastern Louisiana

5C. Leon McFadden-San Diego State

Free Safeties

1. Eric Reid-LSU

2. Kenny Vaccaro-Texas

3. Phillip Thomas-Fresno State

4. Tony Jefferson-Oklahoma

5. Bacarri Rambo-Georgia

Strong Safeties

1. Matt Elam-Florida

2. Robert Lester-Alabama

3. Shawn Williams-Georgia

4. T.J. McDonald-USC

5A. Jonathan Cyprien-Florida International

5B. Shamarko Thomas-Syracuse


1. Brad Wing-LSU

2. Ryan Allen-Louisiana Tech

3. Jeff Locke-UCLA


1. Dustin Hopkins-Florida State

2. Quinn Sharp-Oklahoma State

3. Caleb Sturgis-Florida

4. Brett Maher-Nebraska