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NFL Draft 2013: Best available skill players

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The first round was extremely light on skill players, and most of the best ones are still on the board.


The idea that offensive linemen and defensive players aren't skill players is a bit ridiculous, but the designation of "skill players" for offensive players who regularly have the ball in their hands has stuck. This is a historically weak draft for skill players, with only five having gone in the first round. Three of them came in the bottom half of the round and one of them, E.J. Manuel, is considered a massive reach by most. No running back was selected in the first round for the first time in 50 years.

There's great value to be had at the skill positions on Friday, and the Green Bay Packers could very well be in the market for one of those players. Greg Jennings has departed, Graham Harrell doesn't look like a terrific backup QB, the Packers are in need of a body at running back and Jermichael Finley only has a year left on his contract. It would be mildly surprising if the Packers didn't come away with at least one skill player on Friday, though they certainly have plenty of defensive players and offensive linemen on their radar screen.

With that, here are the top 20 skill players still on the board according to Dan Kadar of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft.

19. Keenan Allen, WR, California
20. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
34. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
40. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
44. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
48. Robert Woods, WR, USC
51. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
52. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
53. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
56. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
58. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
60. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
64. Da'Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech
69. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
71. Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
73. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
77. Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina
83. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
86. Joseph Randle, RB Oklahoma State
87. Vance McDonald, TE, Rice

We've had a lot of mention of Christine Michael on this blog, who was Kadar's 93rd overall player. Ryan Nassib, who a lot of people talked about the Bills nabbing in the late 1st or early 2nd before they took Manuel, is Kadar's 96th overall player and 6th-rated QB. Both players would represent outstanding value in the 4th round and might even be worth trading up for on Saturday, but I don't think either is going to be on Green Bay's radar screen tonight.

Check out all of Acme Packing Company's draft coverage: 2013 NFL Draft Central | Green Bay Selects Datone Jones in First Round | Packers' Team Needs | Prospect Film Study Profiles | Packers' Complete Draft Order

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