NFL Draft 2013: Showcasing Versatile First-Round Prospects

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15:    Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-0.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Versatile players impact football games in a variety of ways, leaving their mark in more ways than one.

Whether they're playing multiple positions on the field, or dominating from one spot in numerous ways, these players possess added value that's sure to gain the attention of NFL scouts and coaches.

Here we'll showcase a trio of versatile first-round prospects, and break down what each has to offer at the next level.


Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE

Barkevious Mingo, better known as KeKe, is among the most versatile college football stars entering this year's draft. 

At 6'5", 240 pounds, Mingo is an elite pass-rusher but shows immense potential as a linebacker at the next level as well. Despite his tall frame, Mingo is a great mover and is talented enough to thrive as an outside linebacker as well as at defensive end (4.5 sacks in 2012) in a traditional 4-3 scheme.

Behind Texas A&M's Damontre Moore, Mingo is no doubt the second-best defensive end available in 2013.

His versatility and his virtually limitless potential make him a coveted piece that's sure to go in the first-round. What position he plays in the NFL remains to be seen. 


Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT

Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is a physical specimen, but also a versatile athlete, which is saying something for a man his size. 

Fisher measures in somewhere around 6'7", 300 pounds, but can dominate as both a pass protector and a run blocker. His size and length will give him a huge advantage at the next level, that's for sure, but his ability to get low and play balanced will also be vital.

But his talents aren't limited to pass protection. Fisher's ability to capitalize on his power and technique in the running game make him that much more of an asset. 

He may not possess the awareness of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (who many consider to be the top offensive tackle available in 2013), but Fisher's ability to stand tall against speedy and powerful pass-rushers while moving defenders back in the running game makes him the most versatile offensive tackle coming out of college this spring.


Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB

A defensive back who can make plays in the passing game and also make a difference in the running game is invaluable in the NFL, and that's why Alabama's Dee Milliner is expected to go early on in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The junior cornerback boasts above-average ball skills (two interceptions in 2012) and can cover as well as anyone coming out of the college ranks this year.

But what truly sets Milliner apart from the rest is his toughness and willingness to contribute in the running game, where he is capable of delivering huge blows and stuffing plays before they develop.

Coming in a little bit under 6'1", 200 pounds, Milliner is a good-sized defender and makes use of every inch of his frame. Not only does he shine consistently when the ball is in the air, but he flourishes when opposing offenses hand the ball off.


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