2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Players Who Will Be Taken Too Early

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans throws a pass against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 10, 2012  in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As we get closer to the 2013 NFL Draft in April, the mock drafts are piling up and so are the names of college prospects who should be able to blossom into NFL players.

The draft is all about what a player has the potential to do in the NFL, not necessarily what they accomplished at the college level.

But day in and day out, we're led to believe that certain players are deserving of high draft picks when the evidence isn't all there.

Here are three guys who will be drafted too early in 2013.



Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

All it takes is a little film session to see that Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore relies too much on athleticism and doesn't shed blockers the way an NFL DE does.

Moore doesn't use his hands well enough and will get eaten up at the NFL level if he doesn't mature and hone his craft.

CBS Sports pegs Moore as the fourth-best defensive player in the draft, leaving guys like Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson and Star Lotulelei behind him.

There's no doubting that Moore can create pressure on opposing QBs and develop into a decent pass-rusher at the NFL level, but dubbing him a top five defender in the upcoming draft is a stretch.



Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Matt Barkley was once viewed as the best quarterback in the upcoming draft.

While that talk has cooled down, he's still regarded as a high draft pick (CBS Sports projects Barkley as a first-round pick), but why?

Barkley benefited from playing against weak Pac-12 competitors and had some of the best players in the nation on his side.

If we're going to be honest, Barkley has an average arm and is a bit undersized for the quarterback position.

And when you don't have the arm, you need athleticism, and I'm not so sure Barkley has that going for him either.



Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist

Margus Hunt put up some gaudy numbers at SMU, but his competition in college doesn't hold a candle to what he'll see when he gets to the NFL.

Aside from his level of competition, Hunt has just four years of organized football under his belt and but is already being mentioned as the second coming to J.J. Watt.

I'm not doubting Hunt's athletic ability—he's a former track star and strong competitor—but I am doubting his experience and potential in the NFL.

In the right system, I think Hunt can be productive in the NFL, but as far as a high draft pick is concerned? 

I'm not buying it.


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