2013 NFL Mock Draft: An Early Offseason Look

December 30th, 2012
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By Connor Rogers, Staff Writer

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

There’s no clear cut number one pick in the draft this year. What is clear is that the Chiefs desperately need a quarterback. They have talent on offense, but no one under center to get the ball to their playmakers. Smith’s stock has tumbled recently, but he’s still talented and can develop when given playmakers.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

The Jaguars desperately need a pass rush and Moore brings a lethal threat off the edge. He’s had big games against big competition to back up his gaudy statistics throughout his college career. The Jaguars need a lot of help and Moore is the type of talent on defense they can build around.

3. Oakland Raiders: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

If not for an underwhelming quarterback class, the Raiders would be taking Carson Palmer’s future replacement. Fortunately, they can land Jones who is in the top three overall players on every draft board. Jones can impact a game much like Von Miller has done for the Broncos, harassing opposing quarterbacks while playing steady against the run.

4. Detroit Lions: Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame

The Lions have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball with very little leadership. Fortunately Te’o fills two needs, a wall of a middle linebacker and a born leader. With Ndamukong Suh playing in front of him, team’s would have a lot of trouble running the ball against the Lions.

5. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Milliner is the clear cut best corner in this years draft. With Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie set to test out free agency, Milliner can really help out the Eagles in pass coverage.

6. Arizona Cardinals: Luke Joekel, OT, Texas A&M

The Cardinals need help on the line no matter who lines up at quarterback for them next year. Joekel can step in at tackle right away and solidify whichever side he plays on.

7. Buffalo Bills: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
If Lotulelei slides this far, the Bills will be ecstatic. Possibly the best overall player in the draft, he’d help the Bills run defense which has been the worst in the league.

8. Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
Werner is dynamite off the edge, forcing the quarterback to move quickly. He play’s very similar to Jason Babin but has shown excellent consistency throughout his college career. The Titans need help on the defensive line and Werner is an excellent fit.

9. Cleveland Browns: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Browns will be bringing in a new head coach who will most likely attempt developing Brandon Weeden, but he’ll need more weapons. Hunter has all the talent and skill to be an NFL number one wide out, especially playing on an offense featuring young studs Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonathan Banks, CB, Miss State
The Bucs desperately need dependable corners playing alongside former first round pick Mark Barron. Barron has played great against the run, but like all rookie safeties he’s still developing in pass coverage. Adding a stud corner like Banks is the fastest route to re-establishing a once very reliable secondary.

11. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen, WR, CAL
The Chargers would love to land Hunter at this spot and Allen is the next best option in this draft. He’ll bring number one receiver measurables to a team that desperately needs to replace the loss of Vincent Jackson.

12. New York Jets: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan plays with an attitude, a much needed characteristic on the line. A large, athletic lineman who’s footwork needs some adjusting. The Jets need to rebuild what was once the best line in football and solidifying the other tackle position is the best way to start the renovation.

13. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Panthers need a run stuffing tackle who can split double teams, which is exactly  what they’d get if they took Hankins. Putting a space eating tackle in front of former first round pick Luke Kuechly would improve the defense immensely.

14. Miami Dolphins: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
This is about ten picks earlier than most predict Austin will go, but the Dolphins do this every year. They like to over reach for a need and Austin has incredible talent. If they let Reggie Bush walk, Austin can become that playmaker for Ryan Tannehill who is always a threat to take it to the house.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
James Harrison is going to be 35 years old and coming to the end of his contract. Mingo is a pass rush monster who always finds his way in the backfield. He’d be an excellent replacement even if he spends his first year in a very limited role behind Harrison.

16. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel and Matthews were the best tackle combination in the country this year. The Rams need to protect quarterback Sam Bradford and Matthews would help protect an edge.

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8 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: An Early Offseason Look”

  1. Robbo says:

    Dion Jordan 24? Jets should take him at 9.

    • ConnorR says:

      Not sold on Jordan’s game translating to the NFL. Has all the potential in the world but there are much better selections in the top 10. Will most likely ho between 15-25.

  2. EccentricFan says:

    If the Bills are ecstatic about Star falling, I think it’s more for the trade bait than wanting to take him. I have nothing against Star, and I agree he’s easily BPA where the Bills would pick in your draft.

    Still, DT is one the Buffalo’s biggest strengths right now, and we have too many needs to stick that religiously the the BPA. Run defense is an issue, but that’s more due to poor coaching, one of the worst group of LBs in the NFL, and only one DE who’s any good in the run game.

    Even if we can’t find a trade partner, I’d probably take any of the next five picks you have going before Star, even with his talent.

    • ConnorR says:

      Nice input from a Bills fan, kind of neglected that Dareus while predicting that pick (oops). If Teo falls, he’d certainly be a phenomenal pick for them. Not guaranteed to go in the top 5.

  3. LBash says:

    If the Jets take another D-Lineman in 1st round, I’ll scream! Coples, Muhammad, Gholston, Thomas, Ellis (going back a little), Abraham, and I don’t know how many I’m forgetting. Every season, the same friggin’ thing! Even without Revis & with a non-existent pass rush, we had a top-rated pass defense. We’ve got many other glaring holes: Sanchez sucks something ridiculous! Holmes is OK, at best. Our rushing game is pathetic! Holes at OG & OT. Harris is our best front 7 player, and we found him in the 2nd round. Rex, ignore the hoopla about re-creating the Baltimore defense and draft areas that we actually need!

  4. PepPep says:

    With a new GM coming in I think the Jets will most likely trade down to acquire more picks. That would be the smart move at least.

    But if they stay at #9 they WILL NOT take a QB (unless G.Smith slides- which he won’t) OR a D-lineman (unless Star slides- which he won’t). Instead, I think they go with Mingo/Jordan or best available O-lineman.

    And Connor, you should specify if you are suggesting the Jets trade down to #12…cuz I believe they have the #9 pick currently.

    Personally, I think they will trade down to add picks and draft OLB, RB, QB, OL, TE…in no particular order. If they were smart they would draft Offense heavy…

    • ConnorR says:

      PerPep, I made this mock right before the Jets week 17 loss, which is why I had them selecting at #12. I’ll be updating the mock draft frequently as the offseason moves forward. Your analysis on what we need is spot on, this offense needs to be rebuilt. The only position on defense that we desperately need is a pass rusher and possibly a safety, depending on how free agency plays out. They won’t select another interior rusher and will most likely stay away from wide receiver until the third day.

  5. Jake says:

    Connor I like your idea of trading down for more picks for Jets. I think Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight haven’t shined yet because of lack of reps and a declining offensive line, not to mention lack of creativity from an offensive coordinator. Bolster the line like you are suggesting (Warmack would be a wise pick or Lewan) inject a creative play caller and I think you will see these 2 guys emerge…so I wouldn’t waste a pick on RB.

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