2013 NFL Mock Draft: Late Winter Edition

February 17th, 2013
Ezekiel Ansah

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By Connor Rogers, Staff Writer

The official draft order is set and the combine is approaching fast. Let’s take a look at where some of college’s best prospects are projected to come off the board during the 2013 NFL draft.

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

Every analyst associated with the draft is claiming no quarterback stand’s out in this year’s draft, but Smith most likely has the most potential. The Chiefs need a franchise quarterback and with new management in town they’ll be looking to solve this problem sooner than later. Another option here could be Texas A&M’s OT Luke Joeckel.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jones has been medically cleared from his spinal injury and will most likely light up the combine. He’s the best pure pass rushing playmaker in the draft and would be an absolute steal if he slides out of the top five. The Jaguars have needs everywhere and need to draft the best talent possible.

3. Oakland Raiders: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

The Raiders desperately need help at outside linebacker since the departure of Kamerion Wimbley. Jordan’s game isn’t overwhelming but his hybrid ability will fit nicely into the Raiders scheme. He can rush the passer and help immensely in coverage, a combination most prospect’s in this draft don’t have.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Joeckel could easily be the top pick in this draft, that’s how good he is. He play’s at an elite level at an impact position. The Eagles would be thrilled to land him here, but there’s a bigger picture to look at: for the first time in his career, Mike Vick would have superb pocket protection.

5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Milliner is the clear cut best corner in this years draft and that happen’s to be a need the Lions have overlooked for quite some time. They can solve their inside linebacker hole in free agency or later rounds. The only other direction I see them going here is a pass rusher like Bjoern Werner to fill a defensive end spot.

6. Cleveland Browns: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

The Browns are another team that needs pass rush and will take advantage of the plethora of rusher’s in this draft class. I’ve seen Moore’s stock range from the top three picks to the end of round one, but his numbers and game type alone make him top ten worthy. His combine will be vital for his official draft stock.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Cardinals, much like the Eagles, are a team that has to take a tackle in this spot. Their protection is atrocious and they are in a perfect spot to grab a franchise tackle. Fisher might just be as good as Joeckel, the only thing holding him back is the level of competition he faced.

8. Buffalo Bills: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

I’ll stand by my statement I made months ago: 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.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The Jets will most likely have a vacancy at both OLB spots, a position that is vital in Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme. They need a player that can rush off the edge now that former first round picks Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples are proving their worth as interior rushers. Mingo has all the potential in the world and fits their scheme perfectly.

10. Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU

Former first round pick Derrick Morgan has not panned out as expected, leaving the Titans with a question mark at defensive end. If a talent like Werner slides this far, Tennessee will certainly jump at the bit to grab him.

11. San Diego Chargers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

My gut feeling is that the Chargers will look to solve their offensive line problems in free agency, using the draft to bolster up the front seven. Hankins is severely underrated and could step right in at nose tackle for San Diego.

12. Miami Dolphins: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Miami is never afraid to reach for a player they deem as a need (Ted Ginn, Pat White, Ryan Tannehill). With Jake Long looking less likely to return, Lane Johnson would fit nicely on Miami’s offensive line, especially after an impressive Senior Bowl.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

This is a bit of a reach as I personally feel the Buccaneers trade out of this spot, but their desperate for help at the corner position. They’d love to find a way to land Dee Milliner, but Trufant is the next best cover corner in this draft. Another possibility could be Johnthan Banks from Mississippi State.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Richardson is an absolute monster up front and would really make a difference in Carolina’s front seven. Luke Keuchly could use a disruptive force in front of him to create space and Richardson fit’s perfectly for that role.

15. New Orlean Saints: Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU

Ansah has dramatically improved his stock in the past year. He was virtually unknown his sophomore and junior seasons, but had a very nice senior year. He’s the prototypical size for a pass rusher (6-5, 274) and has all the potential in the world, much like many late bloomers. The Saints will be looking for the best pass rusher available at pick fifteen.

16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Warmack’s landing spot is one of the biggest draft mysteries. He’s a top 5 talent on the big board playing at a position most will not consider an impact/premium spot. The Rams need to stock up on elite talent and won’t pass it up this deep into the first round.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia
Ogletree has been regarded by many as the most talented inside linebacker in the draft even before Manti Teo’s stock took a hit. The Steeler’s could use a young backer to play next to Lawrence Timmons and Ogletree’s production justifies him coming off the board this early after a very successful career with Georgia.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
 The Cowboys are desperate for interior line help and this is the perfect draft for that need. They’d love to grab Sheldon Richardson from Missouri but he probably won’t slide this far, leaving Floyd as a great backup plan. Floyd was very disruptive as the anchor for Florida’s defense and can step in instantly, much like Richardson.
19. New York Giants: Manti Teo, MLB, Notre Dame
 The Giants have needed a franchise middle linebacker since Antonio Pierce left. Although Teo’s stock took a hit over one of the strangest scandals in quite some time, there’s no denying his talent and leadership. If anything, the Giants should be thrilled if he slides this far, bolstering up an elite front seven.
20. Chicago Bears: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
I personally feel Chicago will trade up for a franchise tackle. Fluker has been making noise lately, but he played on the best offensive line in college football. The Bears need to make a splash with this pick and it’s almost a guarantee they will take the best available offensive tackle.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
Minter hasn’t generated much buzz yet, but his numbers don’t lie. When you put up 130 tackles and play a role on one of the best defenses in the country, you deserve the praise. The Bengals are a mess at every possible linebacker spot and would love to fill one of the holes.
22. St. Louis Rams: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Rams could also go wide receiver here, either way they need better targets for Sam Bradford. Tight end is another question mark position for them and Ertz can just about do it all at the position.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue
Another defensive tackle off the board in the first round to another team desperate for interior line help. The Vikings are aging at the position and can get good value here with a player like Short. He possesses a rare talent having the ability to rush the passer from the tackle position, recording seven sacks and four blocked kicks.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Colts need to bolster up their offensive line to protect Andrew Luck, an issue they will most likely solve in free agency (especially after announcing they won’t be using money to bring back Dwight Freeney). Patterson is the most physically gifted wide receiver in the draft and would have had more targets if he didn’t play opposite Justin Hunter, another excellent receiver prospect in this draft.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Allen has all the potential in the world to be an NFL number one wide out standing at six foot three inches. Russell Wilson showed a ton of poise and talent as a rookie quarterback and needs a weapon outside of Golden Tate in the aerial game, making Allen an excellent fit.
26. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
With the release of Charles Woodson the Packers have a hole in their secondary. Vaccaro will most likely be the first safety off the board and at the end of the first round he brings excellent value combined with a need for Green Bay.
27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
The Texans need to add depth to their defense, but passing up a playmaking talent like Austin will be difficult. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are elite talents but they need help. Austin can play just about anywhere on the field, causing mismatches while much of the secondary focuses on Johnson or the rushing attack.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss St.
Champ Bailey was underwhelming in the playoffs and that’s downplaying how bad he was. The Broncos have a great front seven and an offense that can score on anyone, but their secondary needs to find consistency. Banks might not slide this far, but if he does he has a legitimate chance to start in Denver’s secondary.
29. New England Patriots: Jonathon Cooper, OG, UNC
Cooper is an under the radar talent, paving the path for top running back prospect Giovanni Bernard. He might be a top ten player on the overall big board but gets no praise due to how impressive Alabama’s Chance Warmack has been. With Tom Brady aging, building up a power blocking line for the run game would do wonders for the Patriots.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor has been real productive in his four year career at Texas and fits the Falcons defensive scheme nicely. He’s not an elite pass rusher but is stout against the run. Ray Edwards was a dud for Atlanta and they need to plug in young talent opposite John Abraham, who’s on his last push for his career.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam, S, Florida
Elam is a “big play” safety who tends to violently fly around the field. A team like the 49ers who happen to possess an elite defense can plug in a player like Elam instantly next to the reliable Dashon Goldson. With all the pressure San Francisco’s front seven puts on opposing quarterback’s, Elam would have many opportunities to make more big plays at the next level.
32. Baltimore Ravens: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
If Jenkins slides this far the Ravens won’t even second guess selecting him. Terrence Cody hasn’t fit the bill as a nose tackle in the NFL, making the position due for an upgrade this offseason. Jenkins is massive and incredibly strong, making him a potential instant plug in at the nose tackle spot for Baltimore.

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3 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Late Winter Edition”

  1. floridated says:

    Finally someone who realizes that the Patriots need OLine first round. No pass protection for Brady no offense for Patriots. Sigh Fa Seymour and Reed to instantly upgrade their defense. Reed neeeded to stabilize the young secondary and bark out coverages. Seymour just to be Seymour get after the QB. Sounds like a win win for all.

    • JH TARBORO says:

      Floridated, you are correct. Patriots can use a OL maybe in the 2nd or 3rd round, but if Welker leaves that is first priority. Don’t you worry i have a feeling the NFL combine this week will change some opinions and blowup most mock drafts. I can’t wait!!!

      • ConnorR says:

        While I agree the Patriots could go OL in the 2nd or 3rd round, it would be tough for them to pass up on an excellent talent like Cooper. Trust me, this kid has the potential to be an elite NFL guard.

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