2013 NFL Draft- Mock
*This is my first revision after the NFL Free Agency period has begun in full force and also the College Pro Days have begun. Team needs are becoming more clear and the prospect evaluations are winding down.
2013 NFL Mock Draft (4-23-13)
- Kansas City (2-14) Luke Joeckel*, Texas A&M- OT Height: 6-6. Weight: 310 *Joeckel is one of the VERY few ‘sure things’ in this year’s draft. He is Very Good to Great in nearly all aspects of the Left Tackle position in professional Football. In this year’s rather weak draft class, Joeckel is a rock star and a great pick, be it at 1,2,5,……etc.
- Jacksonville (2-14) Dion Jordan, Oregon DE/OLB Height: 6-6. Weight: 248 *Dion Jordan proved himself to be a really good athlete at the NFL Combine and it’s pretty obvious that he possesses at least a few un-coachable attributes: he’s really tall and really long in addition to being fast and strong. Jordan will be a very good rush LB or an explosive weakside DE.
- Oakland (4-12) Ziggy Ansah, BYU DE Height: 6-5. Weight: 274 *Ezekiel Ansah is a sure thing as an athlete and person, but somewhat an unknown as a football player. He has only been playing competitive football since 2010, leaving track and field and walking on the team at BYU. He is Raw…..he has to be…..doesn’t he? He surely doesn’t know all the tricks that a lifetime DE knows, but Ansah is very coachable, is progressing by leaps and bounds, and when he applies these skills with his God-given gifts, we have an elite level Defensive End who is worthy of a top 10 pick.
- Philadelphia (4-12) Eric Fisher, Central Michigan OT Height: 6-7. Weight: 305 *Eric Fisher has been rocketing up the draft boards, possibly all the way to the top. He is 1-A if Joeckel is #1. His athleticism is at an elite level and he will be an anchor for his QB’s blindside for years to come. (If Fisher isn’t available here, the Lions are hoping that Lane Johnson, or maybe even Joecke,l is)
- Detroit (4-12) Lane Johnson*, Oklahoma OT Height: 6-6. Weight: 302 *Lane Johnson is 1-a, 1-b, or 1-c in this year’s big 3 top Offensive Tackles crop. He is a former Qb and TE who is quickly rising up the draft boards and has the elite athleticism and footwork to protect the blindside. Lane is one of the few prospects who can “realistically” say that they are THE best player in the 2013 draft.
- Cleveland (5-11) Dee Milliner, Alabama CB Height: 6-0. Weight: 201 *Dee Milliner has been universally considered the top CB, and the only elite CB, in this draft. But there were questions if he really was elite. Alabama routinely puts out underwhelming Corners who must benefit greatly from the incredible talent surrounding them. Milliner erased many of those concerns with his very strong Combine workouts- especially his 4.37 40-yd dash. Milliner is one of the very, very surefire prospects. And at an important position.
- Arizona (5-11) Jonathan Cooper, UNC G/C Height: 6-3. Weight: 295 *Cooper used to be the “Other” elite interior O-lineman in the 2013 Draft. He is more of a technique and leverage type than Warmack, who is more of a mauler. That said, Jonathan Cooper projects as a elite level Offensive Guard for many years to come. Very “Safe” choice.
- Buffalo (6-10) Geno Smith, West Virginia QB Height: 6-3. Weight: 214 *Geno Smith is the 2013 version of Alex Smith. Someone needs to be the best QB every year, and clearly that makes them a top-10 pick…..right?
- New York Jets (6-10) Star Lotulelei, Utah DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 311 *Star Lotulelei is the definition of a high risk-high reward prospect. He is likely the most talented DT in a VERY strong DT class- physically. That is the Reward= you get one of the top football players in this draft class and a likely Pro-Bowl talent. Here’s the Risk= Risk(S)= first, he has the potential issue with his heart….granted, probably a smallish risk. But also, Star doesn’t exactly have a glowing resume as far as his desire, commitment, and motor are concerned. BIG RISK!....Big Reward(?)
- Tennessee (6-10) Sharrif Floyd*, Florida DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 297 *Sharrif Floyd is one of the fastest rising prospects soon to join the NFL. He was an elite prospect recruited by the Florida Gators. But yes, Sharrif had an underwhelming Freshman and Sophomore seasons, but seemed to intensify his dedication and exploded as a Junior. Floyd is an explosive gap rusher in a 4-3 or can add some pressure and yet hold the edge in a 3 man front.
- San Diego (7-9) Barkevious Mingo*, LSU DE/LB Height: 6-4. Weight: 241 *Barkevious Mingo’s athleticism cannot be questioned. He’s a monster. The overriding question he faces is whether he is a great football player or just looks good in pads.
- Miami (7-9) Xavier Rhodes*, Florida State CB/ S Height: 6-2. Weight: 210 *The Dolphins have a weird fetish for big, strong, sometime bulky CBs. But they have had pretty good luck with their pass defense despite losing key members seemingly every year. Rhoades is a hybrid CB/S combo but he appears to have the instincts and athleticism the Dolphins look for.
- New York Jets - && (7-9) Chance Warmack, Alabama G Height: 6-3. Weight: 320 *Offensive Guards are rarely chosen in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, but Chance Warmack is an elite prospect, and he will break that trend.
- Carolina (7-9) Sheldon Richardson*, Missouri DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 294 *Sheldon Richardson is a dynamic interior pass rusher and depending on system, the NFL really values pressure on the QB from the interior D-Line positions. This is what Richardson does best.
- New Orleans (7-9) Jarvis Jones*, Georgia OLB Height: 6-2. Weight: 242 *Figuratively speaking: “Looks (at least work out) like Jane, Plays like Tarzan!” Jarvis Jones is also a huge Risk/Reward candidate. His Reward is that he is a wickedly explosive playmaker who is always around the ball. The obvious Risk is the Spinal Stenosis he possesses. This could be a non-issue, but there have been more than a few players whose careers were cut very short by it- Marcus McNeil, Chris Samuels, and even Peyton’s brother Cooper Manning, to name a few. High Risk!........HIGH REWARD!?
- St. Louis (7-8-1) Tavon Austin, W. Virginia WR Height: 5-9. Weight: 176 *Personally, I don’t understand 1st round consideration for a buck seventy pound firefly. His comp is Percy Harvin…. Except Harvin has him by over 20 lbs. (How explosive will Austin be after getting sandwiched between a big SS and MLB?) Austin IS electric though, and I suppose if he can somehow avoid ever getting tackled, he can stay injury free and light up the league (awkward pun not intended).
- Pittsburgh (8-8) Cordarrelle Patterson*, Tenn WR Height: 6-2. Weight: 214 *Cordarelle Patterson is an outstanding athlete, perhaps the most dynamic offensive playmaker this year. Every team wants to find their own Calvin Johnson, and while Calvin doesn’t exist in this class, Patterson is the closest thing to a Julio Jones type of physical beast. The main knocks on Patterson are his suspect hands and below average Football IQ. The Steelers don’t care though. They just lost Mike Wallace and Patterson can run really fast and gets open deep- like Wallace- and later perhaps he will develop in a more complete player than Wallace.
- Dallas (8-8) Sylvester Williams, UNC DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 313 *The Cowboys are switching to a 4-3 Defense this year and they need another Dtackle to team with Jay Ratliff. Fortunately for them, there is plenty of help up front and this is a rich D Tackle class. In this mock, they get an all-go, balls-out, relentless warrior in Sylvester Williams
- New York Giants (9-7) Bjoern Werner, Florida St DE/OLB Height: 6-3. Weight: 266 *Bjoern Werner has been poked and prodded and his game has been dismantled to the point where the “experts” prognosis is that he is too stiff and not athletic enough to be a difference maker as a pass rusher in the NFL. To me, he is built from the same mold as Kyle VandenBosch, and while that’s not flashy, KVB was once a top-flight DE in the League.
- Chicago (10-6) Alec Ogletree*, Georgia ILB Height: 6-3. Weight: 236 *Alec Ogletree is a dynamic football player. On the field, he is more dominant for his own position (ILB) than any other player in this draft (he and Milliner). But while his talent and explosive tendencies as a football player are apparent, the questions lie in his predicatively (?) undesirable tendencies off the field.
- Cincinnati* (10-6) Kenny Vaccaro, Texas S Height: 6-1. Weight: 215 *Vaccaro is similar to Damantre Moore in that his workout numbers didn’t help his cause much. But in his case I don’t think they hurt him too much either. He is still clearly the top safety in this year’s draft and will be drafted as such.
- St. Louis* (10-6) # - Eddie Lacy*, Alabama RB Height: 6-0. Weight: 220 *It seems like there is always at least 1 RB taken in the 1st Round and while there are none which deserve to be 1st Rounders this year, I suppose Eddie Lacy in the best option.
- Minnesota* (10-6) Keenan Allen*, California WR Height: 6-2. Weight: 215 *Allen hasn’t displayed elite athleticism this offseason but he may very well be the most polished all around WR in this year’s draft
- Indianapolis* (11-5) D.J. Fluker*, Alabama OT/G Height: 6-4. Weight: 355*OK. DJ Fluker may not be nimble enough or mobile enough to play Left Tackle in the NFL. But he does possess a very rare build and is a strong, strong man. He should be a turnkey Pro-Bowl Right Tackle within 2 years.
- Minnesota* (11-5) ## Jesse Williams, Alabama DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 323 *A combination of elite strength and exceptional athleticism. Williams put up the most impressive strength workouts of any prospect in the draft and showed his athleticism by playing DT and short yardage Fullback at Alabama.
- Green Bay* (11-5) Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame TE Height: 6-6. Weight: 251 *Tyler Eifert has separated himself as the top Tight End in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is the model of the new era of elite NFL TEs. He’s big, strong, fast and he gets open. Not to mention Eifert holds his own in blocking. He will be a big upgrade to anything that Finley was, or even was supposed to be.
- Houston* (12-4) DeAndre Hopkins*, Clemson WR Height: 6-1. Weight: 200 *Hopkins is a very aggressive WR who plays bigger than his size and plays faster than his times. Very strong hands, attacks balls in flight. Catches everything away from his body.
- Denver* (13-3) Eric Reid*, LSU S Height: 6-2. Weight: 212 *Is there any question that the Broncos need to upgrade at the Safety position? “How, in the WORLD, can you let that guy get behind you?!!!!!”
- New England* (12-4) Justin Hunter**, Tennessee WR Height: 6-4. Weight: 200 *No, Justin Hunter is not a polished WR and he has many flaws that (hopefully) someday he can iron out, but neither was Randy Moss- and look what Tom Brady did with Moss!. I’m not comparing Hunter to Moss other than that they are both Tall, Fast, and can high point the ball, making them great deep threats and Red Zone targets.
- Atlanta* (13-3) Desmond Trufant, Wash. CB Height: 5-11. Weight: 190 *Desmond Trufant is perhaps the best pure cover CB in this year’s draft. He possesses adequate size, is a very good athlete, and has elite recognition and anticipation skills.
- San Francisco* (11-4-1) Jonathan Cyprien, Florida Int. S Height: 6-0. Weight: 209 *San Fran needs a replacement for Dashon Goldson and hopefully improve on the mediocre results they were given in the 2012 season. They are hoping for a season similar to Goldson’s Pro Bowl 2011 season. Cyprien is a fast riser in the draft whose draft star exceeds his school size and name recognition.
- Baltimore* (10-6) Arthur Brown, Kansas St ILB/OLB Height: 6-1. Weight: 228 *The Ravens need to replace (or attempt to replace) the immortal Ray Lewis. It will be tough to ever match his locker room presence and leadership, but his production on the field must be compensated for. Arthur Brown is a clone of a young Ray Lewis. He is a violent, sudden, (considered to be) undersized, sideline to sideline enforcer.
#- St. Louis: from Washington = Robert Griffin
##-Minnesota: from Seattle= Percy Harvin
&& -New York: from Tampa Bay= Darrelle Revis
- Jacksonville (2-14) Ryan Nassib, Syracuse QB Height: 6-2. Weight: 223
- San Francisco - (2-14) $ - Damontre Moore, TexasA&M DE/LB Height: 6-4. Weight: 250
- Philadelphia (4-12) E.J. Manuel, Florida State QB Height: 6-4. Weight: 237
- Detroit (4-12) Tank Carradine, Florida State DE Height: 6-4. Weight: 276
- Cincinnati - (4-12) $$ - Menelik Watson, Fl. St OT Height 6-6. Weight 320
- Arizona (5-11) Manti Te'o, Notre Dame ILB Height: 6-1. Weight: 241
- Cleveland (5-11) *Browns forfeit pick for supplemental draft pick (Josh Gordon)
- New York Jets (6-10) Tyler Bray*, Tennessee QB Height: 6-6. Weight: 210
- Tennessee (6-10) Matt Elam*, Florida S Height: 5-10. Weight: 208
- Buffalo (6-10) Datone Jones, UCLA DE Height: 6-4. Weight: 280
- Miami (7-9) Justin Pugh, Syracuse OT/G Height: 6-6. Weight: 292
- Tampa Bay (7-9) Jamar Taylor, Boise St CB Height: 5-11. Weight: 192
- Carolina (7-9) Kawann Short, Purdue DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 308
- New Orleans (7-9) * Saints forfeit pick for Bountygate
- San Diego (7-9) Dallas Thomas, Tenn G/OT Height: 6-5. Weight: 310
- St. Louis (7-8-1) Larry Warford, Kentucky G Height: 6-3. Weight: 340
- Dallas (8-8) Terron Armstead, AR. Pine-Bluff- OT-Height: 6-4. Weight: 310
- Pittsburgh (8-8) Johnathan Jenkins, Georgia DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 359
- New York Giants (9-7) Zach Ertz*, Stanford TE Height: 6-6. Weight: 249
- Chicago (10-6) Robert Woods*, USC WR Height: 6-1. Weight: 180
- Washington* (10-6) Jackson Jeffcoat*, Texas DE Height: 6-5. Weight: 245
- Minnesota* (10-6) Kevin Minter*, LSU ILB Height: 6-0. Weight: 246
- Cincinnati* (10-6) Giovani Bernard**, UNC RB Height: 5-10. Weight: 205
- Miami * (11-5) $$$ - Jonathan Hankins*, Ohio St DT Height: 6-3. Weight: 320
- Green Bay* (11-5) Jonathan Banks, Miss St. CB Height: 6-2. Weight: 185
- Seattle* (11-5) Gavin Escobar*, San Diego St TE Height: 6-6. Weight: 255
- Houston* (12-4) Margus Hunt, SMU DE Height: 6-8. Weight: 277
- Denver* (13-3) Bennie Logan*, LSU DT/DE Height: 6-2. Weight: 309
- New England* (12-4) D.J. Hayden, Houston CB Height: 5-11. Weight: 192
- Atlanta* (13-3) Le'Veon Bell*, MSU, RB Height: 6-2. Weight: 238
- San Francisco* (11-4-1) Quinton Patton, La. Tech WR Height: 6-2. Weight: 195
- Baltimore* (10-6) Phillip Thomas, Fresno St S Height: 6-1. Weight: 208
$= 49ers: from Chiefs – (Alex Smith)
$$= Bengals: from Raiders (Carson Palmer)
$$$= Dolphins from Colts (Vontae Davis)
1. Kansas City (2-14) Sam Montgomery*, LSU DE/OLB Height: 6-3. Weight: 262
2. Jacksonville (2-14) Barrett Jones, Alabama C/G/T Height: 6-5. Weight: 311
3. Detroit (4-12) Terrance Williams, Baylor WR Height: 6-3. Weight: 205
4. Oakland (4-12) Matt Scott, Arizona QB Height: 6-3. Weight: 196
5. Philadelphia (4-12) Tyrann Mathieu*, LSU CB/S Height: 5-9. Weight: 178
6. Cleveland (5-11) Travis Kelce, Cincinnati TE Height: 6-5. Weight: 255
7. Arizona (5-11) Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB Height: 5-11. Weight: 210
8. Tennessee (6-10) Matt Barkley, USC QBHeight: 6-2. Weight: 230
9. Buffalo (6-10) Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn CB Height: 6-1. Weight: 195
10. New York Jets (6-10) Christine Michael, TA&M RB Height: 5-11. Weight: 215
11. Tampa Bay (7-9) Alex Okafor, Texas DE Height: 6-4. Weight: 261
12. San Francisco (7-9) @ - Marcus Lattimore*, S Carolina RB Height: 6-0. Weight: 218 *Luxury Pick: The Niners could trade some of their many draft picks and grab Darrell Revis, but I think that would be a mistake. Dude is a whiney cry baby who’s exorbitant salary will handcuff the franchise long term- and he’s a Cornerback NOT a Quarterback!! Know thyself son! I feel that San Fran would be better off drafting this lottery ticket- Marcus Lattimore, who is the best RB in the draft and a once in a generation type of talent if he regains full health. It’s bordering on heresy, but think Adrian Peterson, both in recovery and potential.
13. New Orleans (7-9) Kyle Long, Oregon OT Height: 6-6. Weight: 311
14. San Diego (7-9) Johnathan Franklin, UCLA RB Height: 5-10. Weight: 205
15. Miami (7-9) Nick Kasa, Colorado TE Height: 6-6. Weight: 271
16. St. Louis (7-8-1) Jonathan Bostic, Florida ILB Height: 6-1. Weight: 245
17. Pittsburgh (8-8) Bacarri Rambo, Georgia S Height: 6-0. Weight: 218
18. Dallas (8-8) David Bakhtiari*, Colorado OT Height: 6-4. Weight: 299
19. New York Giants (9-7) Sio Moore, UConn OLB Height: 6-1. Weight: 245
20. Miami - @@- (10-6) Denard Robinson, Michigan ATH. Height: 6-1. Weight: 193
21. Minnesota* (10-6) Travis Frederick*, Wisconsin C/G Height: 6-4. Weight: 312
22. Cincinnati* (10-6) Robert Alford, SE Loisiana CB Height: 5-10. Weight: 188
23. Washington* (10-6) Khaseem Greene, Rutgers OLB/S Height: 6-1. Weight: 230
24. Indianapolis* (11-5) Jamie Collins, S. Miss OLB Height: 6-3. Weight: 250
25. Seattle* (11-5) Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin OT Height: 6-6. Weight: 320
26. Green Bay* (11-5) Joseph Randle*, Oklahoma St RB Height: 6-1. Weight: 200
27. Houston* (12-4) Tyler Wilson, Arkansas QB Height: 6-2. Weight: 218
28. Denver* (13-3) Darius Slay, Mississippi State CB Height: 6-0. Weight: 192
29. New England* (12-4) Cornelius Washington, GA- DE- Height: 6-4. Weight: 268
30. Atlanta* (13-3) T.J. McDonald, USC S Height: 6-3. Weight: 219
31. San Francisco* (11-4-1) David Amerson*, N.C. St. CB/S Height: 6-1. Weight: 205
32. Baltimore* (10-6) Aaron Dobson, Marshall WR Height: 6-3. Weight: 200
33. Houston ***(comp.) Kiko Alonso, Oregon ILB Height: 6-4. Weight: 244
34. Kansas City*** (comp.) Stedman Bailey*,W Virginia WR Height: 5-10. Weight: 193
35. Tennessee*** (comp.) Jordan Reed*, Florida TE Height: 6-3. Weight: 240
@- San Francisco: from Carolina (Trent Robinson and Frank Alexander)
@@- Miami: from Chicago (Brandon Marshall)