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Thursday - 4/18/2013, 6:48pm  ET

AP Pro Football Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Notable offensive players in the 2013 NFL draft, grouped by projected NFL positions:


Geno Smith, West Virginia: Mixed reviews on Smith, who possibly suffered because of 2012's incredibly strong class ... Solid build ... Gets rid of ball quickly, but has had some accuracy problems ... Questionable ability to read blitz ... Can make completions on run ... Capable of big plays.

Matt Barkley, Southern California: Comes off disappointing and injury-plagued final season at USC ... Has played throughout his career with Trojans in pro-style offense ... A leader ... Inaccurate on deep balls and over middle at times ... Tips off where he is throwing ... Tough player and resilient.

E.J. Manuel, Florida State: Tall, athletic ... Has overcome injury issues in college, played entire 2012 season ... Pretty good arm, can make most throws accurately ... Gambles too much, makes some ill-advised throws ... Leaves pocket too quickly at times.

Mike Glennon, North Carolina State: At 6-7, tallest QB in this group ... Has arm strength teams want ... Inconsistent and mistake prone for most of career ... Doesn't read coverages well.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Big disappointment as senior, but his previous performances with Sooners make him attractive ... Best pure pocket passer of top QB prospects ... Feels pressure and scrambles too soon ... Makes mistakes throwing on run.

ALSO: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas; Ryan Nassib, Syracuse; Tyler Bray, junior, Tennessee; Zac Dysert, Miami, Ohio.



Eddie Lacy, Alabama: Follows Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson as productive Tide runner ... Knows how to handle big games ... Powerful, can run over tacklers ... Might be only RB to go in first round.

Giovani Bernard, junior, North Carolina: Good balance of production in running game and passing game ... Dependable near goal line ... Might play role as kick returner.

Montee Ball, Wisconsin: Record-setting runner who uses his solid build at 5-10, 215 to spring free from behind mammoth blockers ... Always had ball in his hands for Badgers ... Holds NCAA mark for TDs, even tied single-season record with 39 in 2011.

Joseph Randle, junior, Oklahoma State: Versatile, can break a big gainer ... Led Big 12 in rushing with 1,417 yards ... Can play all three downs ... Finds end zone.

Le'Veon Bell, junior, Michigan State: Big, durable back at 6-2, 227 ... Never stops coming and wears down defenders ... Won't do a lot in passing game.


Marcus Lattimore, junior, South Carolina; Andre Ellington, Clemson; Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; Johnathan Franklin, UCLA.



Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Can break a long play every time he touches ball ... Also will be dynamic returning kicks ... Goes only 5-8, 175, but never takes a big hit ... Won Paul Hornung Award as most versatile college player.

Keenan Allen, junior, California: Slow to recover from knee injury after once being rated top WR prospect ... Runs precise routes, has good size at 6-2, 206 ... Not a speed demon, but gets open and fights for ball.

Cordarrelle Patterson, junior, Tennessee: Also can make impact as kick returner ... Scored touchdowns in four ways in 2012 ... Runs pretty good routes and can get open deep ... Does not have great hands.

DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson: Spectacular at times, has excellent footwork ... Scored 18 touchdowns in 2012 ... Has no fear of going after ball in crowds ... Nice size at 6-1, 215.

Robert Woods, junior, Southern California: Big-time player for Trojans for first two seasons, but slumped like rest of team last year ... Elusive, knows how to avoid first hit ... Can make awesome grabs, then drop easier ones.


Terrance Williams, Baylor; Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; Justin Hunter, Tennessee; Markus Wheaton, Oregon State.



Zach Ertz, junior, Stanford: Top prospect from school that produces tight ends ... Had most yards receiving or any TE in country ... Solid at 6-5, 250 ... Difficult to bring down when he latches on to ball.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Another school with strong history at position ... Doesn't drop ball ... Much more a receiving tight end than blocker ... Won Mackey Award as nation's best TE.


Vance McDonald, Rice; Travis Kelce, Cincinnati.




Luke Joeckel, junior, Texas A&M: Rated as top prospect for all positions by several analysts ... Strong, aggressive, but also mobile ... Solid fundamentals ... Should be starter from Day 1 and for long time.

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