The 2012 NFL draft is in the books, which means that it’s time to focus on studying the talent that will be available for 2013 and beyond.
Here is a list, by position, of the players who head into this season with the most talent at their respective positions.
|QB||Matt Barkley||Senior||USC Trojans-Barkley made tremendous strides under the guidance of head coach Lane Kiffin. He will be a four-year starter, three-time team captain, and he is well-versed in a pro-style offense and has natural passing skills.|
|RB||Le’Veon Bell||Junior||Michigan State Spartans-The Junior RB is big, strong and agile. He possesses very good eyes and instincts, not to mention a strong stiff arm and quick-cutting ability. Bell is capable of beating tacklers with strength, power or quickness.|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||Sophomore||Clemson Tigers-Although the true Sophomore does not yet qualify to enter the draft for another year, he showed as a true freshman that he was the most talented receiver in college football, displaying maturity beyond his years.|
|TE||Tyler Eifert||Junior||Notre Dame Fighting Irish - An athletic receiving tight end with natural hands and terrific ball skills. Eifert is an immediate-impact pass-catching weapon with a wide catching radius.|
|OT||Taylor Lewan||Junior||Michigan Wolverines-Lewan is a very long-limbed, strong, tenacious blocker who fires off the ball flat-backed and generates movement in the run game. He has the agility, quickness, balance and anchor strength to handle the left or right side.|
|Michael Buchanan||Senior||Illinois Fighting Illini-The Senior is a long, lean, explosive edge rusher who popped out more than Houston Texans first-round pick Whitney Mercilus a year ago. He can bend the corner and was far more disruptive than his 7 ½ sacks indicate, as he often flushed production to his teammates, especially Mercilus, who was the nation’s sack leader.|