@David I get it. You are a Broncos fan. Of course you are going to think they are the best team. The season is 3 weeks old. Let the teams play a few more before touting your team. They are very good and perhaps have the best defense in the league. Minnesota's may be better, but that is a toss up also. Simien is OK. Do not go throwing him as great yet. I seem to remember a QB named Foles having 27 TD's and 2 INT's one year and look how that turned out.... Walt has him in the top 5 and I feel it could be any of those 5 as the top team by years end. You take this whole ranking thing way too seriously dude...
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Height: 6-4. Weight: 280. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 9 3/4. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2013): 1-3. 1/30/13: Jones had 62 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss this year. The senior has a nice mix of speed and strength, but needs to refine his pass-rushing moves. UCLA also played him out of position at defensive tackle.
Jones had a dominant week at the Senior Bowl. He showed that he is dedicated to the weight room and has put in a lot of time in developing a serious NFL body. Following the weigh-in, the powerful defensive end had a superb week of practice. Jones showed off a great skill set with which he can defeat offensive linemen with either strength or agility. Jones has the power to move offensive linemen to the side and the speed to close in a hurry. He won his one-on-one reps using both power and speed.
There is a debate about Jones' position in the NFL, and many consider him to be a tackle/end tweener. Jones looks like a perfect fit as an NFL power left defensive end in a 4-3 defense who can move inside on passing downs. Even if Jones is played exclusively on the edge, he has the strength to stuff the run and can contribute as a pass-rusher.
Jones had 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks in 2011. He missed all of the 2010 season with a fractured right foot. Jones made 30 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and four sacks in 2009 playing next to Brian Price.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Height: 5-10. Weight: 205. Arm: 29 1/4. Hand: 9 1/2. Projected 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 2/16/13: Franklin was awesome as a senior and really helped his draft stock. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry while churning his way to 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns. Franklin also caught 33 balls for 323 yards and two touchdowns. He has real quickness as a runner and is shifty, but is more physical and tough than one would think.
Fraklin had a huge performance against USC with 171 yards and two scores. He also went over 200 yards against Rise and Nebraska. Franklin showed some real power and toughness in the Pac-12 Championship by running for 194 yards on 19 carries against Stanford and its physical defense. It was a very impressive performance.
Franklin performed well in blitz protection at the Senior Bowl and showcased nice ability to contribute on third down. He helped himself in Mobile.
8/16/12: Franklin ran for 976 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. His sophomore season was more productive with 1,127 yards and eight scores. The drop in yards and touchdowns wasn't Franklin's fault as UCLA struggled throughout the 2011 season.
Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
Height: 6-7. Weight: 258. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 2/9/13: Fauria totaled 46 receptions for 637 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. He was a great red-zone weapon for UCLA. Fauria has improved his blocking, but still needs a lot of work to become a more effective blocker for the NFL. Fauria was injured during practice at the East-West Shrine and left the All-Star game early.
8/21/12: Fauria is a quality receiver. He was UCLA's second leading receiver with 39 catches for 481 yards and six touchdowns in 2011.
With Corey Harkey in the NFL, Fauria should see more playing time in 2012. He was a backup in 2010 after sitting out the 2009 season because he transferred in from Notre Dame.
Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218. Projected Round (2011): 6-7. 2/9/13: Locke punted well at the Senior Bowl, averaging 45 yards per punt with a long of 53 and two punts downed inside the 20 in the actual game. The senior averaged 43 yards per punt for the Bruins in 2012. Locke was a 4-year starter who punted well as a junior (44 yards per punt), sophomore (46 yards per punt) and freshman (44 yards per punt).