Matt Barkley, QB, USC, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds
PROS: High football IQ, mechanically sound, very productive in college.
CONS: Bad decision making under duress, lack of ideal arm strength.
DRAFT BRIEFING: He was overrated this time last year when he decided to return to school, but as of a month ago had overcorrected to underrated. Come draft day, he will go about where he should go. Whether that's someone being aggressive and trading into late Round 1 or waiting until early Day 2 is a wait-and-see. He was exposed this year as a flawed quarterback, but there is still starter potential with which to work. He needs a system that won't force him to make all of the throws and minimizes the amount of pressure he'll face, but he can be an asset in that type of system.
2013 OUTLOOK: I do not expect him to be drafted to start Day 1, so he is an afterthought in Year 1.
DYNASTY OUTLOOK: His low ceiling leaves me lukewarm on his dynasty potential, even if he thrives in the right situation. I cannot imagine him ever being better than a strong backup, which has value but not in the first three rounds of rookie drafts.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, 6-foot-6, 250 pounds
PROS: Red zone asset, uses his body well for positioning, strong high pointer, quick enough to gain separation against linebackers, physical enough to out muscle defensive backs; he is everything a coach wants in a tight end.
CONS: He is not 'special' enough to make a focal point of the offense.
DRAFT BRIEFING: He is a Top 50 pick, but how early? He's not going to be a game-in and game-out difference maker coaches must scheme against. However, he will be a significant part of the offense. Is that first-round worthy? On the right team, probably. A team like the New York Giants that are already well-rounded but having a glaring hole at tight end (if they don't re-sign Martellus Bennett) would be a perfect fit whereas a team like the New England Patriots are going to pass unless they have visions of a four tight end offense in their eyes.
2013 OUTLOOK: Tight ends usually take a year or two to acclimate, but in the right spot he is someone to look for as a flier. Realistically, a September waiver probably makes more sense, but it's something to consider right now. He won't be a yardage churner, but he could be a big red zone guy if he falls into the right spot. Great injury/bye week filler and strong matchup play potential.
DYNASTY OUTLOOK: His ceiling is not like that of Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, and,...