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Irish's TE Eifert and Aggie's OT Joeckel Enter NFL Draft 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Status
Early entrants into the NFL Draft 2013

Photo - OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M

Declared Underclassmen: Updated 1/10 - 6 pm
Offensive Players

QB Tyler Bray-Tennessee
QB Kyle Padron - Eastern Washington

RB Le’Veon Bell-Michigan St
RB Gio Bernard-UNC
RB Knile Davis-Arkansas
RB Michael Ford - LSU
RB Jawan Jamison- Rutgers
RB Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada
RB Marcus Lattimore-South Carolina
RB Joseph Randle-Oklahoma St.
RB Trabis Ward-Tennessee St
RB Spencer Ware - LSU

WR Keenan Allen-California
WR Stedman Bailey-West Virginia
WR Josh Boyce-TCU
WR Mike Davis- Texas
WR Justin Hunter-Tennessee
WR Brandon Kaufman - Eastern Washington
WR Cordarrelle Patterson-Tennessee
WR Da’Rick Rogers-Tennessee Tech
WR Kenny Stills-Oklahoma
WR Robert Woods-USC

TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame
TE Zach Ertz - Stanford
TE Gavin Escobar - San Diego St
TE Jordan Reed - Florida
TE Dion Sims-Michigan St
TE Levine Toilolo - Stanford

OT David Bakhtiari - Colorado
OT Chris Faulk - LSU
OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
OT Justin Pugh-Syracuse
OT Menelik Watson - Florida St

OG Alvin Bailey-Arkansas
OC Travis Frederick-Wisconsin

Defensive Players

DE William Gholston - Michgian St.
DE Joe Kruger-Utah
DE Corey Lemonier-Auburn
DE Barkevious Mingo-LSU
DE Sam Montgomery – LSU
DE Damontre Moore-Texas A&M
DE Darrington Sentimore - Tennessee
DE Bjoern Werner-FSU

DT Shariff Floyd-Florida
DT Kwame Geathers - Georgia
DT Johnathan Hankins-Ohio St
DT Bennie Logan-LSU
DT Sheldon Richardson-Missouri
DT Akeem Spence-Illinois

LB Jelani Jenkins-Florida
LB Jarvis Jones-Georgia
LB Kevin Minter-LSU
LB Alec Ogletree-Georgia
LB Tom Wort - Oklahoma

CB Terrence Brown-Stanford
CB Mike Edwards-Hawaii
CB Tyrann Mathieu-LSU
CB Xavier Rhodes-FSU
CB Logan Ryan-Rutgers
CB Tharold Simon-LSU
CB Steve Williams- Cal

S Matt Elam-Florida
S Tony Jefferson-Oklahoma
S Eric Reid-LSU

P Brad Wing-LSU

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Draft 2013 – First Round Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2013 – Mock Draft - January, 2013

Photo - LB Jarvis Jones - Georgia

NFL Draft 2013 – Mock Draft - January, 2013

* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2013
Jan. 2013 - Selection order prior to NFL Playoffs
x - Playoff team / Team - W-L

1st Round
1. Kansas City - 2-14 - Geno Smith - QB - West Virginia
2. Jacksonville - 2-14 - *Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M
3. Oakland - 4-12 - Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah
4. Philadelphia - 4-12 - Matt Barkley - QB - Southern Cal
5. Detroit - 4-12 - *Jarvis Jones - LB - Georgia
6. Cleveland - 5-11 - Manti Te'o - LB - Notre Dame
7. Arizona - 5-11 - *Barkevious Mingo - DE - LSU
8. Buffalo - 6-10 - *Damontre Moore - DE - Texas A&M
9. NY Jets - 6-10 - *Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
10. Tennessee - 6-10 - *Sam Montgomery - DE - LSU
11. San Diego - 7-9 - *Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
12. Miami - 7-9 - *Keenan Allen - WR - California
13. Tampa Bay - 7-9 - *Dee Milliner - CB - Alabama
14. Carolina - 7-9 - *Bjoern Werner - DE - Florida St
15. New Orleans - 7-9 - *Johnathan Hankins - DT - Ohio St
16. St. Louis - 6-7-1 - Barrett Jones - OL - Alabama
17. Pittsburgh - 7-7- Johnthan Banks - CB - Mississippi St
18. Dallas - 8-6 - John Jenkins - DT - Georgia
19. NY Giants - 9-7 - *Antone Exum - CB - Virginia Tech
20. Chicago - 10-6 - *Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame
21. x Cincinnati - 10-6 - Dion Jordan - DE - Oregon
22. x St. Louis (Wash) - 8-6 - Terrance Williams - WR - Baylor
23. x Minnesota - 10-6 - *Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida St
24. x Baltimore - 10-6 - *Eric Reid - FS - LSU
25. x Seattle - 9-5 - Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama
26. x Indianapolis - 11-5 - Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michigan
27. x Green Bay -11-5 - Chase Thomas - LB - Stanford
28. x San Francisco - 11-4-1 -*De'Andre Hopkins - WR - Clemson
29. x New England - 12-4 - Alex Okafor - DE - Texas
30. x Houston - 12-4 - Jonathan Cooper - OG - North Carolina
31. x Denver - 13-3 - Ezekial Ansah - DE - BYU
32. x Atlanta - 13-3 - Kawann Short - DT - Purdue

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Viking's Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

NFL Pro Bowl Rosters
Here is the roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl. The game will be played a week before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in Honolulu. (* Denotes starter.)

Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

Photo - RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings

NFC OFFENSE

Quarterbacks
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay*
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin III, Washington

Running Backs
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota*
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore, San Francisco

Fullback
Jerome Felton, Minnesota*

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson, Detroit*
Brandon Marshall, Chicago*
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants

Tight Ends
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta*
Jason Witten, Dallas

Tackles
Joe Staley, San Francisco*
Russell Okung, Seattle*
Trent Williams, Washington

Guards
Mike Iupati, San Francisco*
Jahri Evans, New Orleans*
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants

Centers
Max Unger, Seattle*
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

NFC DEFENSE

Defensive Ends
Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants*
Julius Peppers, Chicago*
Jared Allen, Minnesota

Interior linemen
Justin Smith, San Francisco*
Henry Melton, Chicago*
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay

Outside Linebackers
Aldon Smith, San Francisco*
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas*
Clay Matthews, Green Bay

Inside/Middle linebackers
Patrick Willis, San Francisco*
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

Cornerbacks
Charles Tillman, Chicago*
Tim Jennings, Chicago*
Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Free Safeties
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco*
Earl Thomas, Seattle

Strong safety
Donte Whitner, San Francisco*

NFC SPECIALISTS
Punter
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

Place-kicker
Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Kick returner
Leon Washington, Seattle

Special-teamer
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

For AFC Pro Bowl Roster Go to Next Page

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Pro Prospect Rankings Updated - NFL Draft 2013

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2013
2012 Postseason Rankings * underclassmen

Offensive Player Rankings

Photo - QB Geno Smith - West Virgina

Subscribers Get Regular Player Ranking Updates Thru NFL Draft 2013

Offensive Skilled Positions

Quarterbacks:
1. Matt Barkley - Southern Cal - 6’2” 230
2. Geno Smith - West Virginia - 6’3” 220
3. Tyler Wilson - Arkansas - 6’2” 220
4. Mike Glennon - North Carolina St - 6’5” 230
5. Ryan Nassib - Syracuse - 6’2” 225
6. * Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech - 6’5” 250
7. Landry Jones - Oklahoma - 6’6” 225
8. * Aaron Murray - Georgia - 6’2” 215
9. EJ Manuel - Florida State - 6’4” 240
10. Denard Robinson - Michigan - 5’10” 195
11. Dayne Crist - Kansas - 6’3” 235
12. Zac Dysert - Miami (Oh) - 6’3” 225
13. Sean Renfree - Duke - 6’4” 225
14. Collin Klein - Kansas St - 6’5” 225
15. Nick Florence - Baylor - 6’ 205
16. Matt Scott - Arizona - 6’2” 200
17. Brad Sorensen - Southern Utah - 6’4” 235
18. Coby Cameron - Louisiana Tech - 6’2” 210
19. Ryan Alpin - Arkansas St - 6’1” 210
20. Seth Doege - Texas Tech - 6’1” 200

Running Backs:
1. * Eddie Lacy - Alabama - 5’11” 230
2. Stepfan Taylor - Stanford - 5’10” 215
3. * Giovani Bernard - North Carolina - 5’10” 205
4. Montee Ball - Wisconsin - 5’11” 220
5. * Joseph Randle - Oklahoma St - 6’ 200
6. Christine Michael - Texas A&M - 5’11” 215
7. Andre Ellington - Clemson - 5’9” 195
8. Kenjon Barner - Oregon - 5’11” 195
9. * Le'Veon Bell - Michigan St - 6’2” 245
10. * Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - 6’ 225
11. * Knile Davis - Arkansas - 6’ 230
12. * Spencer Ware - LSU - 5’11” 225
13. Johnathan Franklin - UCLA - 5’1”0 200
14. Mike Gillislee - Florida - 5’11” 210
15. Rex Burkhead - Nebraska - 5’11” 210
16. Ray Graham - Pittsburgh - 5’9” 195
17. Silas Redd - Southern Cal - 5’10” 200
18. Theo Riddick - Notre Dame - 5’11” 200
19. Kerwynn Williams - Utah St - 5’9” 190
20. * Cierre Wood - Notre Dame - 5’11” 215
21. Miguel Maysonet - Stony Brook - 5’9” 205
22. * Michael Dyer - Arkansas Baptist - 5’9” 215
23. Cameron Marshall - Arizona State - 5’11” 220
24. Onterio McCalebb - Auburn - 5’10” 175
25. Zac Stacy - Vanderbilt - 5’9” 210

Fullbacks:
1. * Trey Millard - Oklahoma - 6’1” 255
2. Zach Line - Southern Methodist - 6’1” 230
3. Zach Boren - Ohio State - 6’ 245
4. * Trey Burton - Florida - 6’2” 230
5. Marcus Green - Mississippi State - 6’1” 240
6. Taimi Tutogi - Arizona - 6’1” 260
7. Lonnie Pryor - Florida State - 6’ 230
8. Alex Singleton - Tulsa - 6’1” 260
9. Braden Wilson - Kansas State - 6’3” 255
10. Devonte Campbell - Maryland - 6’2” 255
11. Devon Ramsay - North Carolina - 6’2” 250
12. Richard Samuel - Georgia - 6’1” 235

For Wide Receiver and Tight End Rankings Go to Next Page

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Senior Bowl Classic Heads All-Star Game Postseason

Senior Bowl Heads All-Star Game Postseason

Photo - DT Star Lotulelei - Utah

Major All-Star Game Schedule

Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game
Jan. 11, Tucson, Ariz.
East-West Shrine
Jan 19, St. Petersburg, Florida
4 pm, NFL Network
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Jan 19, Carson, California
ESPN time TBA

Senior Bowl Classic
Game - Jan 26, Mobile, Alabama
Practices - Monday thru Thursday
4 pm, NFL Network

Texas vs the Nation
Feb. 2, Allen, Texas
8 pm, Fox Sports

Completed All-Star Games
HBCU Bowl
Nov 30, Baltimore
DIII Senior Classic
Dec 7, Salem, Virginia 7 pm
DII vs NAIA Star game
Dec 15, Myrtle Beach, Fl
FSC Senior Scout Bowl
Dec 15, Myrtle Beach, Fl

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

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Aaron Mellette Heads DraftInsiders.com FCS All-America Team

DraftInsiders.com 2012 FCS All-America Team
With position, player, class and school:

Elon senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette picked up his third All-America honor of the year as he was named to the 2012 Associated Press FCS All-America Team on Dec. 12. Mellette has now earned AP All-America honors in three straight seasons, including first-team nods in both 2011 and 2012.

Photo – WR Aaron Mellette – Elon

Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the league's coaches and media members and placed eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Sanford, N.C., native concluded the season with a league-leading 108 points and 18 receiving touchdowns. The TD catches are tied for the second-most ever in a single season in SoCon history. In his senior year, Mellette caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards. He led the SoCon and ranked second nationally in both receptions per game (8.82) and receiving yards per game (127.09). He eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight of Elon's 11 contests, including matching career-highs with 237 yards and three touchdowns against Appalachian State on Oct. 6. Mellette posted a six-game span in which he caught at least two touchdowns. He will participate in the upcoming Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 26.

For his career in the maroon and gold, Mellette posted 4,254 receiving yards, 304 receptions, 44 touchdown catches and 23 100-yard games. All of those numbers rank second in both Elon and Southern Conference history.

2012 FCS All-America Team
First Team
Offense

Quarterback — Casey Brockman, senior, Murray State
Running backs — Miguel Maysonet, senior, 5-10, 205, Stony Brook; Eric Breitenstein, senior, 5-11, 230, Wofford.

Offensive linemen — Earl Watford, senior, 6-4, 290, James Madison; Corey Howard, senior, 6-5, 300, Central Arkansas; Will Post, senior, 6-6, 295, Eastern Washington; Bill Turner, junior, 6-6, 300, North Dakota State; Roger Gaines, senior, 6-6, 320, Tennessee State.

Tight end — Josh Hill, senior,6-4, 230. Idaho State
Receivers — Aaron Mellette, senior, 6-4, 220, Elon; Cordell Roberson, senior, 6-3, 210, Stephen F. Austin

All-purpose player — Walter Powell, junior, 6-0, 180, Murray State.
Kicker — Patrick Murray, senior, 5-7, 160, Fordham.
Punter — Sam Martin, senior, 6-1, 205, Appalachian State.

Defense
Linemen —Colton Underwood, junior, 6-4, 255, Illinois State; Brent Russell, senior, 6-2, 300, Georgia Southern; Mike Catapano, senior, 6-3, 270, Princeton; Brandon Thurmond, senior, 6-2, 260, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Linebackers — Matt Evans, senior, 6-0, 228, New Hampshire; Keith Pough, senior, 6-1, 235, Howard; Jody Owens, senior, 6-0, 223, Montana State

Defensive backs — Darnell Taylor, senior, 6-0, 195, Sam Houston State; Marcus Williams, junior, 5-11, 194, North Dakota State; Robert Alford, senior,5-11, 185, Southeastern Louisiana; Cooper Taylor, senior, 6-5, 235, Richmond

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NOTRE DAME'S KELLY WINS 2012 EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly Wins 2012 Eddie Robinson Award

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who has taken the Fighting Irish to their first unbeaten regular season since 1988, has been named the recipient of the 2012 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl.

Photo – Former Head Coach Eddie Robinson - Grambling St.

Kelly, in his third season at Notre Dame, won the award over eight other coaching finalists after a vote of the 1,200-member Football Writers Association of America. He is the fourth Notre Dame coach to receive the award following Ara Parseghian (1964), Lou Holtz (1988) and Charlie Weis (2005).

The Fighting Irish capped a perfect regular season (12-0) with a victory over arch-rival USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Notre Dame is the top-ranked team in college football in all the polls and will face Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2013 in South Florida.

The 51-year-old Kelly will be presented the Eddie Robinson Trophy the previous evening during a reception at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Officials from Notre Dame, the Fiesta Bowl, the FWAA and the namesake coach's son, Eddie Robinson Jr., will be in attendance.

"It is with great pleasure the FWAA presents the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award to Brian Kelly," said 2012 FWAA President Lenn Robbins. "Notre Dame, under Coach Kelly, has returned to national prominence in the college football ranks. This award recognizes that accomplishment for the 2012 season, a season that began with 124 teams vying for an elusive undefeated campaign. Notre Dame was the only bowl-eligible school to accomplish that impressive feat."

"Brian Kelly is a deserving recipient for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," added Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton. "He led Notre Dame to an undefeated record, earning the top spot in the BCS. Equally as impressive is the fact that his team boasts a 97 percent graduation rate, which is tied for best NCAA APR rate among all Bowl Subdivision schools. He inspires excellence in his players on both the field and in the classroom."

Notre Dame's 2012 season has been highlighted by victories over ranked teams at the time the Fighting Irish played them: Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford and Oklahoma. Senior linebacker Manti Te'o won the FWAA's Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's best defensive player, anchoring one of college football's top defensive front sevens.

Kelly, Notre Dame's 29th head football coach, began his head coaching career at Division II Grand Valley State in 1991. After winning back-to-back NCAA Division II titles there in 2002 and '03, he moved on to Central Michigan for three seasons before a highly successful four-year stint at Cincinnati. He guided the Bearcats to back-to-back BCS bowl games (Orange and Sugar) in 2008 and '09 before taking over at Notre Dame in 2010.
The FWAA has given out a Coach of the Year Award since 1957 when Ohio State coach Woody Hayes first claimed the honor. Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University, has been the FWAA's coaching namesake since 1997.

The late Robinson, the winningest coach in Division I history (408 games), passed away on April 3, 2007. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine Black College Football Championships during his career spent all at the same school.

Robinson, who was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who Made the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years," often took his show on the road to places such as the Louisiana Superdome, the Cotton Bowl, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium. And with his star-studded array of players Robinson helped integrate professional football.

In 1949, Grambling standout Tank Younger was the first player from a Historically Black College to sign with an NFL Team (Los Angeles Rams). By 1963, Buck Buchanan became the first player from a Historically Black College to be selected first overall in the professional draft (American Football League by the Kansas City Chiefs). Over the years, Robinson produced a Who's Who of professional football players, with more than 200 of his former players dotting professional rosters.

In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual All-Pro Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling team and Alcorn State became the first college teams to play a game in the Louisiana Superdome. The next season, Robinson's Tigers, along with Morgan State, became the first American college football teams to play in Japan.

A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the keys to cities all over the planet, has been awarded in every form and fashion and has honorary degrees from many schools. The Eddie Robinson Museum has opened in his honor in Grambling, La., where numerous memorabilia now reside, including a bust of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.

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