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2013 NFL Rookie Draft - A First Look

An eye on the future is always an important attribute for the discerning Dynasty Fantasy Football Player. By Pat Scerra

Matt Barkley- Matt Barkley enters his Senior season projected as a top 5 pick in next year's 2013 NFL Draft.  The highly touted player is currrently the highest rated QB of the 2013 QB group.  A full 3 seasons running a pro-style offense at USC will further raise his draft stock along with his great ability to move out of the pocket under pressure and pass with great accuracy. His Size (6'1) and arm strength are his only limitations that may hurt him next April.
Logan Thomas- 6'6 260 lb Junior out of Virginia Tech threw for just over 3,000 yards in his first full season under center which accounted for an impressive 30 TD's. His speed and athleticism can make him a potential top pick in the draft as his style of play is considered by some to be reminiscent of Cam Newton and RG3.
Tyler Wilson- The Senior QB for Arkansas had a breakout season this past year by throwing for over 3,500 yards with 24 TD's and 6INT. He could be the top QB pick this year if he can maintain these numbers.  It is yet to be determined whether a new head coach and group of recievers this season will help or hurt his overall cause this season.
Running Backs:

Marcus Lattimore-  If it was not for his ACL injury last season Lattimore would be projected as a top 5 pick for next year's draft.  Looking to regain his old form as a game changing RB for the South Carolina Gamecocks, he has the potential to return to the explosive back most regard him.  His frame may be somewhat thin for a power back, but his overall skill set which includes the ability to catch it out of the backfield, he may move into draft season as a valuable assset in 2013 as most teams are looking to fill this offensive niche into their weekly game plans. 
Michael Dyer- The 2011 BCS Championship Hero Dyer transfered to Arkansas State after off the field issues at Auburn. He might not be eligible to play this season but still could enter the draft, and be a possible first day pick if he matures. The first two seasons at Auburn Dyer rushed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 15 TD's.
Montee Ball- Heisman finalist last season Montee Ball is now "the man" on a Wisconsin team that lost their quarterback and top offensive lineman to the NFL in 2012. Ball rushed for 1,923 yards with 39 total TD's with 6.3 YPC last season, Ball is not the quickest rusher but he blocks, catches, and has great vision that can make him a quality pick in the 2013 Draft.  His blocking ability will be intruiging to teams looking to get him on the field immediately.
Kenjon Barmer- The smallish 5'11 195lb speedster back out of Oregon will be starting his first full season as the #1 RB in the northwest. Although rushing for only 1,900 yards in his first 3 seasons, Barmer has the ability to turn a broken play into a game-changing highlight reel. His draft stock might not be too high now but it will soar if he can carry the full load in 2012.
Wide Receivers:

Robert Woods- Coming off two explosive seasons at USC, Woods totaled nearly 2,000 receiving yards, 21 TD's and 176 receptions.  The Junior enters this season as among the top rated WR's in the nation.  Woods has great route running ability and is extremely fast, which makes him a scoring threat on every play. He has good height at 6'1 but to stand to pack on some weight (currently listed at 180 lbs).  With some added weight his transition to the NFL and the brutal CB jams as the line of scrimmage will be diminished.
Keenan Allen-  A Junior out of California has better size than WR Robert Woods at 6'3 and weighs in at just over 200lbs. He is a physical and explosive WR who caught 6 TD's and recorded over 1,300 receiving yards as a sophomore last season. He and Woods could be the first two WR's taken next April if they can both live up to their monster seasons from last year.
Terrance Williams- With former teammate WR Kendall Wright making his jump to the NFL in the first round of the Draft this past April, Williams is in a prime position to watch his Draft Stock soar in the 2012 collegiate football season.  A big year will position him to become the 2nd Baylor WR to be selected in the 1st round of an NFL Draft in consecutive years.  As a #2 WR last season he caught 11 TD's for 957 yards.  He has great size as well and can boost his stock this season if he can still play well despite the loss of RG3 and a new QB under center at Baylor.
Tight Ends:

Tyler Eifert- Eifert will start the season as one of the top prospects at the TE position.  Last year at Notre Dame he caught 63 passes for 803 yards and 5 TD's with a QB situation considered in flux. He has great size plus great receiving and route running skills. Once his blocking skills improve he can be a big force in the NFL.  We like the recent TE talent coming out of Notre Dame (Kyle Rudolph) so there is some promise here for some similarities. 

Joseph Fauria- Fauria already has roots in the NFL. Fauria's Uncle, Christian Fauria was a successful TE for almost a decade with two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Joseph is bigger than his Uncle however measuring in at 6'7 and 258lbs.  A good blocker and pass catcher, he should see an increase in workload with UCLA's leading WR gone. Fauria caught 39 passes for 481 yards and 6 TD's last season.
Zach Ertz- With Coby Fleener and Andrew Luck in the NFL, Ertz will have a more prominent role in the Stanford offense. He caught 4 TD's to go along with about 400 yards as a backup.  His athleticism makes him a legit threat down the field and in the red zone. He could have a big year this season and could be a first day pick if he improves his blocking skills.