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TOP 5 Draft Picks At Each Position as of Jan 25, 2013

I know there are a million different rankings out there...but this is one man's opinion. This is taken from @ryanlownes who I think has some good insight into the draft...these rankings are all pre-combine, obviously.

QB
1.) Geno Smith - #WVU - Accurate passer has arm talent and shows tremendous poise/command at times. Throws deep ball w/anticipation. Top 10

2.) Tyler Wilson - #Arkansas - Looks, moves, and acts like an NFL QB. Has displayed exceptional toughness and maneuverability. Top 15

3.) Matt Barkley - #USC - Like Wilson, shined in 2011 but took a step back in 2012. May have exposed physical limitations as a Sr. 1st Round

4.) Mike Glennon - #NCState - Tall, heavy-footed pocket passer w/the arm & deep accuracy to stretch defenses vertically. Mid 1st-Early 2nd

5.) Zac Dysert - #MiamiOH - May not've made the most of Sr. Bowl opportunity, but possesses mobility, accuracy, & poise. Early 2nd-Early 3rd

RB
1.) Giovani Bernard - #UNC - Elusive back with impressive vision, burst, and versatility. Shows patience and balance. Late 1st-Mid 2nd

2.) Eddie Lacy - #Alabama - Rugged, powerful back has excellent balance. Surprisingly elusive, possessing nimble feet. Late 1st-Mid 2nd

3.) Joseph Randle - #OKState - Explosive, upright runner shows acceleration and breakaway speed. Added a physical element as Jr. 2nd Round

4.) Andre Ellington - #Clemson - Shifty and resilient runner w/excellent burst, vision. Dangerous with the ball in his hands. Mid 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) Montee Ball - #Wisconsin - Cutback runner with vision, balance, and agility. Makes defenders miss and breaks tackles. Mid 2nd-3rd Rd

WR
1.) Cordarrelle Patterson - #Tennessee - Dynamic WR with immense upside. Raw, but excellent burst, speed, elusiveness at 6'3 200+. Top 20

2.) Keenan Allen - #California - Knee injury cut short college career, but big, athletic WR still one of this class' most promising. 1st Rd

3.) Markus Wheaton - #OregonState - Smooth athlete possessing deep speed, body control. Creates separation w/quickness. Late 1st-2nd Rd

4.) Tavon Austin - #WVU - Electric player projects as a versatile offensive weapon. Extremely fast, quick, and elusive. Late 1st-Early 2nd

5.) DeAndre Hopkins - #Clemson - Deceptive route runner with strong hands, quick feet, and excellent body control. Late 1st-2nd Rd

TE
1.) Tyler Eifert - #NotreDame - Big, athletic target is a threat both in the redzone and deep downfield. Late 1st-Early 2nd

2.) Zach Ertz - #Stanford - Well-rounded TE can run, catch, and block. Possesses good size and displays reliable hands. Late 1st-2nd Rd

3.) Gavin Escobar - #SanDiegoState - Underrated WAC product excels as a receiver and possesses ideal size/athleticism. Late 2nd-3rd Rd

4.) Travis Kelce - #Cincinnati - Complete TE has starter potential in the NFL and is equally adept as a blocker and receiver. 3rd-Early 4th

5.) Jordan Reed - #Florida - Athletic former QB shines after the catch but has deficiencies as a run blocker. 3rd-Early 4th

OT
1.) Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M - Elite blind-side protector with ideal size, feet, agility, and technique. One of this draft's "safest." Top 5

2.) Eric Fisher - #CentralMichigan - A strong showing in Mobile solidified what film had shown all year, Fisher is the real deal. Top 15

3.) Lane Johnson - #Oklahoma - Former QB, TE has excellent athleticism, feet for the left side and a competitive temperament. 1st Round

4.) Dallas Thomas - #Tennessee - Big, versatile lineman shows flexibility and has played at a high level consistently. 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) D.J. Fluker - #Alabama - Massive, road-grading right tackle in the Phil Loadholt mold. Good fit in man-power schemes. 2nd-3rd Rd

OG/C
1.) Chance Warmack - #Alabama - Dominant interior blocker grades out as high on tape as any player in this draft. Top 20

2.) Jonathan Cooper - #UNC - 1B to Warmack's 1A. Athletic OG w/good technique, grades out highly every game. Appeals to any scheme. Top 20

3.) Larry Warford - #Kentucky - Wide-bodied OG with light feet. Tremendous run blocker negates pass rushers as well. Late 1st-Early 2nd

4.) Justin Pugh - #Syracuse - Short arms could push the decorated LT inside where he may project well, especially in a ZBS. 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) Barrett Jones - #Alabama - The draft's most versatile lineman is a three time All-American who has played all over the line. 2nd-3rd Rd

DE
1.) Barkevious Mingo - #LSU - Explosive, but raw edge rusher with a rare blend of length and speed. May fit best in 3-4 at OLB. Top 15

2.) Bjoern Werner - #FloridaState - German-born standout is good in pursuit, has a quick 1st step, and some variety as a pass rusher. Top 15

3.) Dion Jordan - #Oregon - May be more of a LB at the next level. 6'7 240+ with exceptional length, athleticism, versatility. 1st Round

4.) Damontre Moore - Texas A&M - Productive pass rusher in a variety of roles. Plays with a nonstop motor and excellent awareness. 1st Round

5.) Cornelius Carradine - #FloridaState - May be this class' most gifted pass rusher, but his knee injury is a concern. Mid 1st-3rd Rd

DT
1.) Sheldon Richardson - #Missouri - Talked the talk this year and walked the walk. Extremely athletic 3-Tech will light up Combine. Top 15

2.) Star Lotulelei - #Utah - Stout defender with an intriguing blend of size and athleticism. Can be a dominant force at times. Top 15

3.) Sharrif Floyd - #Florida - Explosive, powerful, and versatile interior DL has a high ceiling. Could fit at either 3T or 5T. 1st Round

4.) Johnathan Hankins - #OhioState - A bit of an enigma. Active player has a massive body and light feet, but does not play mean. 1st Round

5.) Sylvester Williams - #UNC - Disruptive penetrator with tremendous quickness and ideal size for the 3-Tech position. Late 1st-Early 2nd

ILB
1.) Manti Te'o - #NotreDame - If you can ignore the current media circus, Te'o is still a leader w/size, athleticism, & instincts. 1st Round

2.) Kevin Minter - #LSU - Consistently the best player on the Tigers D when I watched. Reliable, rangy, and physical. Late 1st-Early 2nd

3.) Alec Ogletree - #Georgia - Big, athletic LB projects inside or out. Freelances a bit, must play w/more discipline. Late 1st-Early 2nd

4.) Kevin Reddick - #UNC - Big, strong, athletic ILB is excellent in pursuit but has questionable awareness in coverage. 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) Kiko Alonso - #Oregon - May be seen by some as an OLB, Alonso is a playmaker with size, range, and stopping power. 3rd-4th Rd

OLB
1.) Arthur Brown - #KansasState - Rangy, athletic backer shines in coverage and vs. the run. Could project at either ILB/OLB. 1st Round

2.) Jarvis Jones - #Georgia - Relentless, productive edge rusher is a bit of a 'tweener' in NFL terms. Spinal steniosis a concern. 1st Round

3.) Khaseem Greene - #Rutgers - Former safety may lack size, but he is one of the class' best in coverage & shows tremendous range. 2nd-3rd

4.) Chase Thomas - #Stanford - Instinctual backer is an excellent blitzer that stacks and sheds, disengages well. 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) Gerald Hodges - #PennState - Linebacker U putting out another good one. Was athletic enough for PSU to consider him at KR/PR. 3rd-4th Rd

CB
1.) Dee Milliner - #Alabama - Tall corner who uses his size well. Displays good awareness, ball skills, and versatility. Top 15

2.) Xavier Rhodes - #FloridaState - Big, athletic Jr. is a bit raw but possesses tools to be a shutdown CB in the NFL. Late 1st-Early 2nd

3.) Desmond Trufant - #Washington - Competitive corner impressed in Mobile with confidence, physicality, cover skills. Late 1st-Early 2nd

4.) Johnthan Banks - #MississippiState - Tall corners that can run are at a premium, Banks, a decorated Sr. fits that mold. 1st-2nd Rd

5.) David Amerson - #NCState - Will not fit at CB in all schemes, but possesses a coveted blend of height and ball skills. 2nd-3rd Rd

FS/SS
1.) Kenny Vaccaro - #Texas - Maybe the most complete & versatile Safety available. Vaccaro's big, athletic, physical, + can cover. 1st Round

2.) Eric Reid - #LSU - Big, athletic free safety is a reliable tackler that is capable of covering a lot of ground. Late 1st-Early 2nd

3.) Matt Elam - #Florida - Not the biggest, but one of the most physical DBs in the class. Punishing hitter than can run & cover. 2nd-3rd Rd

4.) Jonathan Cyprien - #FIU - Impressed in Mobile, inspiring many (incl. myself) to take a closer look. Physical & aggressive. 2nd-3rd Rd

5.) Phillip Thomas - #FresnoState - Nation's leader in Ints as a Sr. possesses good size and displays instincts, ball skills. 2nd-3rd Round

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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