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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Christmas Edition!
Happy Holidays everyone.
Another week and you know it… another 2013 mock draft. This week the draft order really didn’t change much. Other than Carolina who dropped all the way down to 13 (they were 2 just a few weeks ago) the order pretty much remained the same. That doesn’t mean that the picks stayed the same. With Alabama ILB CJ Mosley coming back to school, a few picks have shuffled. Also, thanks to one teams ineptitude we now have three quarterbacks in the first round.
“Say it isn’t so!”
Nope. I’m dead serious.
With that said, on to the mock:
1. Chiefs: Geno Smith QB West Virginia
I did some research and learned that the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game…. get ready for this… they beat the HOUSTON OILERS. That’s right. The freaking Oilers. With that said, this team has been in the need of some help for a very, very long time. Is Geno the guy though?
How often will we see “Air Raid” QB’s go this high in the draft? That’s a different debate for a different time but for now the premium pick goes to the premium position and Geno is the pick.
2. Jaguars: Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
The Jaguars signed Jason Babin to try to build some kind of pass rush. Babin has played better than he did in Philly, but at this point he is a stopgap. Enter: Bjoern Werner.
Werner may never become a human highlight reel, but should be a consistent force on the outside for Jacksonville with his quick hands and better than advertised run support.
3. Raiders: Star Lotulelei DT Utah
Tommy Kelly once again embarrassed himself and the Raiders organization when he tried to injure Cam Newton. Why is he still on this team?
Star will be everything Kelly was supposed to be when he got that big contract, and more. We’ve all seen him dominate from the DT position for the better part of two years now.
4. Eagles: Luke Joeckel OT Texas AM
Sorry Eagles fans. Still no Te’o.
With Jason Peters coming back from a terrible injury, and King Dunlap playing big minutes for this unit currently, I dont see how Joeckel isn’t an immediate upgrade. Even if he has to play RT along Peters to begin his career…
5. Lions: Damontre Moore DE Texas AM
The Lions take the highest rated player on their board. Moore is getting a lot of hype right now because he looked near unblockable in a couple games.
The Lions’ DE’s are getting up there in age and production has fell off as well. This pick makes pretty good sense.
6. Bills: Manti Teo ILB Notre Dame
Can we say anything nice about the Bills for once? I’ll try. Ummm… ummm…
Te’o is the highest DPA on the board and that is enough reason for me to place him to the Bills. Do they need a QB? Sure, but that can be addressed in round 2.
7. Browns: Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
The Browns luck out with Jones again in my projection of the 2013 draft. I think Jones is going to be a double-digit sack man, but other players are on the rise and on draft day he could be there at 7. If he is and Phil Taylor returns to rookie form.. *wipes forehead* whew. The Browns would be giving out work. Now about those corners… that’s what the next few rounds are for.
8. Titans: Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
The Oilers, I mean Titans are a few pieces away from contending again. On paper, all of the premium picks as of late have been invested on offense with the exception of Akeem Ayers. It is time to spread the love and I can see this team going for a long, rangy defender who has a similar build to Titan great Jevon Kearse. Kearse played at 260-265 his entire career at 6’4 with no issues. Why not try to see if the 6’4 245 Mingo can be the remix?
9. Cardinals: Matt Barkley QB USC
I will only change this pick if the Cardinals make a move for Michael Vick. As a matter of fact, I feel strongly they should consider
trading this pick for signing him.
If not, Ryan Lindley cannot be your answer to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. You have to do something and that something will be Matt Barkley. While not the hot prospect he once was Barkley still has shown a great feel for the game and throws with great anticipation. My only issue is can he move well enough in the pocket to avoid the knockout shot in the NFL?
(I believe Matthews from A&M will return to school, just in case you are looking for him here.)
10. Chargers: Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
Phillip Rivers is quickly going downhill but I’ll be damned if the Chargers’ aren’t helping him get down there. You have to protect your franchise player, period.
11. Buccaneers: Demarcus Milliner CB Alabama
Whatever pick the Bucs end up with, they have to consider cornerback to be the #1 place to start looking for help. Defensive end is in play as well, as their unit there looks like a MASH unit, and with the way Josh Freeman has played lately Quarterback is extremely possible. Greg Schiano did not draft Josh Freeman, don’t forget that.
12. Jets: Mike Glennon QB North Carolina State
Hear me out. The Jets have to bring back Sanchez, true. His cap hit is way too big to eat. But what are you going to do in the meantime? Trot him out ANOTHER year with no real competition? Yeah, right.
While Tim Tebow will be gone, some one needs to be on this roster to take that job from Mark Sanchez sooner rather than later. Glennon did not play with great talent but draft pundits including Mel Kiper are praising him for being the most “NFL ready” quarterback in this class.
Sounds like exactly what the Jets ordered.
13. Panthers: Jonathan Banks CB Mississippi State
The Panthers need a defensive tackle, but I just don’t see them spending a premium pick there after getting burned not once but twice on busts at DT just two drafts ago.
Banks is a big physical guy who can go head up with Julio Jones, Vincent Jackson, Jimmy Graham etc.
14. Steelers: Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
The Steelers need a runner and may very well trade down here to get Bernard a little bit later if someone comes calling to get Glennon or Tyler Wilson. If that doesn’t happen I can see them keeping tradition of drafting the best available player and bringing him on behind a vet. Who knows if Casey Hampton will return anyways?
15. Dolphins: Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
The Dolphins are not franchising Jake Long for $15 million.
16. Saints: Dion Jordan DE Oregon
New Orleans’ defense was atrocious to be polite about it. Even if they bring back all of the guys on this d-line, it better not be without serious competition.
17. Rams: Chance Warmack OG Alabama
Sam Bradford approves of this pick. Warmack is one of the most solid prospects in the class, so placing him here is no problem for Bradford and crew.
18. Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
I really don’t want to say that my 2013 NFL Mock draft was altered due to Josh Brent’s actions.. but it was. He was a starter for this squad and is likely on his way to prison for a minute.
19. Giants: Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
I ought to mock a corner here, but who is worth the pick. The Giants live and die on pass rush. There are some guys on this d-line that may not be on the team next year due to contract negotiations. Either way, Ansah is simply too good to pass up.
20. Bears: DJ Fluker OT Alabama
How many seasons will the Bears start their #2 QB down the stretch and lose big games? Here is a hint: DRAFT SOME LINEMEN FOR JAY CUTLER. Mike Martz and his 7 step drops had to be shown the door after last season, and it’s obvious that some of the talent on this line may be next.
21. Vikings: Keenan Allen WR California
No DT? The Vikings might make the playoffs off a team that features ONE MAN on offense. Insane, but AP is just THAT good. With 208 more yards he will post the finest rushing season in league history.
It is time for Ponder to take the next step and complete this offense. Balance it out with a top flight receiver to get attention away from Percy Harvin when you do have to pass.
22. Bengals: Alec Ogletree ILB Georgia
Almost every Bengals LB is a free agent. If they choose to move on from those guys they will be looking for guys in free agency and the draft. Many quietly like Ogletree better than his teammate Jarvis Jones. I’m not one of those guys, but Ogletree is no tomato can.
23. Rams: Eric Reid S LSU
The back of the Rams’ defense needs work. Whether it is Vaccaro or Reid, St. Louis can afford to use this pick on someone to sure it up. A receiver can be had later. Many good ones will still be available.
24. Seahawks: Terrance Williams WR Baylor
This team needs a legit threat for Russell Wilson. Sidney Rice has slown down since his injuries, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate look to be complementary guys and not starters (Baldwin maybe).
Don’t forget this is the team that gave Terrell Owens a shot. They know they need a receiver.
25. Colts: John Jenkins DT Georgia
The Indy 3-4 front could use a upgrade in the middle. That is where the big man from Georgia can make a impact for them. He is 6’3, 360+.
26. Ravens: Barrett Jones OG Alabama
The Ravens like to go BPA. With Matt Birk getting up in dog years this pick makes great sense. Jones can play ANYWHERE on the offensive line and well too.
27. 49ers: Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
Dashon Golson is playing on a franchise deal, and Donte Whitner is getting up there. Any problems with either in the long run, and Vaccaro would be able to slide right in and not miss a beat. In theory.
28. Packers: Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
The Packers may opt to move on from Jermichael Finley and I would not be surprised. Eifert is basically a receiver who plays tight end but he can actually block well too.
29. Patriots: Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
The Patriots have to stop calling up the ghosts of Christmas past at WR. Is Donte Stallworth AND Deion Branch on this roster right now? What year is this? Is this real life?
30. Broncos: David Amerson CB N.C. State
If my Broncos don’t win the Super Bowl I can almost guarantee you it is because some team woke up and realized that the Broncos start journeymen corners Tony Carter and Chris Harris on the other side of Champ Bailey. Tracy Porter hasn’t played much at all either, and Champ is getting up there in age.
Amerson may be a safety at the end of the day but the Broncos need help there too.
31. Texans: Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
If The Texans don’t win the Super Bowl it could be very well because this team has no real threat outside Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Tavon is a “anytime” type of player. With AJ getting all the attention, anytime could happen a lotta times..
32. Falcons: Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina
The BURNER is just Michael Turner now… and Michael Turner is a power back who needs to be spelled with some fresh legs. Plus Bernard can contribute on ST which makes him instantly more valuable.