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2013 NFL Mock Draft- December 19th!
Another week down, another 2013 NFL Mock Draft for your enjoyment.
So what did we learn this week? Well we learned that the NFL is full of teams that need a LOT of help, especially on the defensive side of that football. Let me rundown some quick scores for you this week: Atlanta 34 NY Giants 0, Cincinnati 34 Philadelphia 13, Miami 24 Jacksonville 3, Denver 34 Baltimore 17, New Orleans 41 Tampa Bay 0, Carolina 31 San Diego 7, Seattle 50 Buffalo 17.
For those that are counting that’s seven blowouts in one week. Or in the words of the great Vince Lombardi, “What the hell is going on out there?!!!”
With that said a lot of defensive players have moved up in this week’s projections:
1. Chiefs: Smith, Geno QB West Virginia
The Chiefs are kind of stuck right now. They don’t have a quarterback and there isn’t one in this class that really projects to the #1 pick this struggling team has earned. Smith comes from the Air Raid offense and while I believe an Air Raid QB has NEVER gone #1…. for many years spead option QBs didn’t either. Geno has the tools to transition to a traditional offense but it will take time. The Chiefs really have no choice unless someone bails them out with a trade, and they can trade down to get Mike Glennon.
2. Jaguars: Werner, Bjoern DE Florida State
The Jaguars just grabbed up Jason Babin off waivers, and suddenly he has come alive. Babin has made his mark being a guy who turns up in contract years. I seriously doubt the Jaguars have him in their long term plans.
Werner is getting top 3 consideration and with good reason. While he is not the elite pass rusher many have made him out to be, he is extremely disruptive especially with his hands and is still new to the game.
3. Raiders: Lotulelei, Star DT Utah
I am pretty sure the Raiders are going to say goodbye to Tommy Kelly and this pick comes in the nick of time. Todd McShay believes Star is the #1 player in this draft and while that may be true, the Chiefs ultimately are forced to pass on him due to positional value and needs elsewhere.
4. Eagles: Joeckel, Luke OT Texas AM
The Eagles are playing a lot better with Foles at Quarterback, but there is still that random chance that Vick could be back next year. It’s a slim chance, but it could still happen.
Either way that offensive line needs to sure up on the outsides. Jason Peters is coming back from a horrific achilles rupture and in his 30′s. Eagles fans I know you want Te’o.. don’t throw anything at me!
5. Lions: Teo, Manti ILB Notre Dame
Are the Lions a good team that plays bad or a bad team that can beat good teams? This team perplexes me.
Te’o is getting the nod because he will sure up the middle of the defense, and ultimately bring a level of maturity to this unit that seems to be missing.
6. Chargers: Lewan, Taylor OT Michigan
The Chargers are going to have to make a decision on Philip Rivers. Is he done? I’d say he’s warm…. but not COOKED yet. Not yet.
Stretch out what you can of Philip’s career by protecting him. They also need to bring in some legit pass catchers. Eifert is in heavy consideration and at the end of the day its very likely he could be the pick here in my final mock.
7. Browns: Jones, Jarvis OLB Georgia
The Cleveland Browns are turning the corner but not quite there… yet. The Bengals, Ravens, and occasionally the Steelers are still too much offensively for this unit to deal with. You know what cures that? A pass rusher.
Jones has dropped because of the rise of Werner and Te’o. There are also medical issues to be analyzed by people much smarter than YA BOY. The issues haven’t stopped him yet, so I think he will stay top 10 no matter what.
8. Bills: Moore, Damontre DE Texas AM
Ultimately the Bills have to find a way to make their investments on defense pay off. This is the team that drafted Dareus and Gilmore back-to-back, signed Mario Williams and STILL can’t stop anyone.
9. Titans: Mingo, Barkevious OLB LSU
I just see the Titans going for Mingo. This is a tall rangy guy who has the potential to be the best player from this class down the line. Comparisons of Jevon Kearse will arise.
10. Panthers: Milliner, Demarcus CB Alabama
As said previously, the Panthers pass defense is just too atrocious to select a defense tackle here. This is the same team that drafted two busts at the position just two drafts ago. Do you really think the Panthers are about that “draft defensive tackles until we find one” life? Shout out to the Kansas City Chiefs who prove that simply doesn’t work.
You know what will help out their defensive tackles? Coverage sacks. Milliner is a guy that isn’t afraid to use his hands and fight for the ball with the likes of Roddy White, Vincent Jackson and Julio Jones… who by the way the Panthers play twice a year.
11. Cardinals: Barkley, Matt QB USC
Lot’s of people are shying away from Barkley but guess who cant? The team that starts Ryan Lindley at QB. That’s who. (No diss!)
Barkley is 6’2, but I think Russell Wilson has proven if you have the arm talent it shouldn’t matter if you are 5’6 at QB. Can the guy throw? That’s all that matters. Barkley suffered from losing his center this year which resulted in a TON of pressure right in his kitchen. Even when Holmes came back it was evident he was still hurt and Barkley’s draft stock has suffered for it but he’ll bounce back in workouts.
12. Buccaneers: Banks, Jonathan CB Mississippi State
After trading Aquib Talib the Buccaneers must select a big physical corner. It is just that simple. Defensive end is still in play as well.
13. Dolphins: Fisher, Eric OT Central Michigan
Dolphins fans aren’t going to like this pick, but you know what you really wouldn’t like? Paying Jake Long $15 million dollars. Fisher is not in Long’s class, but he isn’t a water cooler either. The boy can play and when draft time rolls around you’ll hear more about him.
14. Jets: Jordan, Dion DE Oregon
The Jets are a cluster suck of an organization. This pick SHOULD be Mike Glennon, QB NC State but it won’t be. Why? Because they signed Mark Sanchez to a guaranteed $8.5 million for 2013. #facepalm
Jordan Dion is the prototypical replacement for Aaron Maybin who has quickly regressed.
15. Saints: Hankins, Johnathan DT Ohio State
New Orleans will likely move on from Broderick Bunkley who along with his teammates, were/are one of the biggest disappointments in 2013. Hankins pretty much fits the mold for what they want. A big kid who plays with a mean streak, and has no problem keeping two blockers occupied.
16. Rams: Warmack, Chance OG Alabama
A lot of people think the Rams are on the brink of being a good team if they can just give Sam Bradford time to operate the offense. Enter: Chance Warmack.
Many believe that pound for pound, Warmack is the best player in the 2013 NFL Draft. He just plays a position with low positional value. The Rams wont mind grabbing him top 20. Not ONE bit.
17. Steelers: Ogletree, Alec ILB Georgia
The Steelers are struggling on offense right now, but there isn’t a runner to help them that will grade out top 20 in 2013. I think a coaching change will happen.. Ben ain’t happy, no one will be happy lol.
On defense, the black and gold need some young players especially at linebacker. Foote and Harrison are looking at the end of their careers.
18. Cowboys: Richardson, Sheldon DT Missouri
I hate to say that the Cowboys have to draft someone because of what Josh Brent did…. but that is exactly what this pick is. #kanyeshrug
Jay Ratliff is getting in shouting matches with Jerry Jones, Josh Brent is probably going to do at least two years in prison. It’s just time to move on.
19. Giants: Ansah, Ezekiel DE BYU
With so many contract issues on this defensive line, the Giants may just opt to try to strike gold again with another athletic freak.
Zeek’s story is very similar to Jason Pierre-Paul’s. And whats better than one JPP? Two of course.
20. Bears: Fluker, DJ OT Alabama
If the Bears are EVER going to win the Super Bowl, Jay Cutler must be healthy down the stretch. Jason Campbell and Caleb Hanie should not be making appearances in December games. You would think after two seasons of this they’d do something about it.
21. Vikings: Jenkins, John DT Georgia
The Vikings defense put out a statement this week “we are trying to get the ball back as quick as possible to give to AP.” If that doesn’t sound like a winning strategy I don’t know what is.
Jenkins will sure up the middle of this defense and hopefully take attention off Jared Allen. Receiver is in play as well.
22. Bengals: Mosley, CJ ILB Alabama
Almost every Bengals linebacker is a free agent this summer. CJ Mosley would be a breath of fresh air if they decide to move on from Rey Malauga.
23. Rams: Reid, Eric S LSU
The back end of that Rams defense needs work, and Reid is the type of playmaker that can make this unit a VERY scary one. If they have any glaring defensive weakness it is the safety position.
24. Seahawks: Williams, Terrance WR Baylor
Somehow Pete Carroll drafts who he WANTS, and that player is always a good one. Terrance Williams is technically the 2nd or third best WR in this class on paper but it is likely that he will be the first taken.
It is hard to believe this team that once sported Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards with a rookie QB can possibly win it all….
25. Colts: Jones, Barrett OG Alabama
If the Colts make a move offensively it will be for an offensive lineman. A dream scenario would be if Jone’s teammate Chance Warmack were to fall here.
26. Ravens: Montgomery, Sam DE LSU
T-SIZZLER came back way too fast and now has another set if injuries to deal with. The Sizzle man himself said publicly that he feels this team’s window closing… and that may be true.
In the event the Ravens are exposed once again defensively, especially in a playoff game… it’s time to load back up. Montgomery would be a great rotational player to pair with Upshaw, Sizzle Man, and Paul Kruger.
27. Packers: Eifert, Tyler TE Notre Dame
Jermichael Finley has greatly regressed and his dropsies have continued heavy in 2012. The last few weeks he’s looked better but he is still making more headlines off the field than on it.
Eifert is a great receiver and can block his tail off as well. Do NOT be surprised if he goes much, much, higher. Especially in this NFL where tight end-linebacker mismatches are killing defenses week in and week out.
28. Patriots: Allen, Keenan WR California
The Pats luck out with the best player at a legitimate need position still on the board. Allen is going to drop some because of injuries and the rise of several defenders.
If he is available here, the Belichick should select him then immediately delete Donte Stallworth and Deion Branches’ phone numbers.
29. 49ers: Vaccaro, Kenny S Texas
I have no problem with the 49ers franchising Dashon Golson. It looks like he will be worth every penny of that big extension. Donte Whitner is also playing well too. However, when you are THIS good you can allocate resources to the future and that is what this pick is.
If Golson can’t come to terms on a deal… cool. If Whitner can’t keep up his level of play… no problem. Because the replacement will already be on the roster.
30. Broncos: Amerson, David CB N.C. State
The Broncos are playing well on defense, but how long will Tony Carter and Chris Harris play BIG minutes for his DB core?
31. Texans: Hunter, Justin WR Tennessee
Now that he is officially in the draft, the Texans can stay put and eye Andre Johnson’s new running buddy (see what I did there) at #31. Tremendous value pick and need.
32. Falcons: Bernard, Giovani RB North Carolina
Is Jacquizz the future? I don’t think so. There needs to be some depth behind Turner and Giovani Bernard provides that.