2013 NFL Mock Draft
- Cleveland Browns: Matt Barkley-QB-USC
Analysis: The Browns are heading for new ownership and a total rebuild. I donít think Brandon Weeden is a bad quarterback by any means but he needs time and the Cleveland fan base isnít going to be patient. Matt Barkley is one of the most sought out of players in the draft and is a franchise quarterback without question.
- New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo-DE-LSU
Analysis: The Saints are off to a disastrous start to the 2012 season and they will benefit from getting one of the best pass rushers to come around in quite some time. Mingo is an absolute monster with a non-stop motor, great use of his hands, and closing speed that will make him a terror for opposing quarterbacks.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith-QB-West Virginia
Analysis: The chiefs have a talented team but it is as clear as day that they need to upgrade from Matt Cassel. Geno Smith is developing into quite the quarterback in Morgantown and the Chiefs make a bold move in order to grab their franchise quarterback.
- St. Louis Rams: Robert Woods-WR-USC
Analysis: Sam Bradford sure lacks that go-to receiver and is currently surrounded by a group of guys in which no one stands out. Woods is ready to contribute immediate and while he isnít having a great 2012 collegiate season he certainly has the tools to be a pro-bowl receiver at the next level.
- St. Louis Rams (Washington): Luke Joeckel-OT-Texas A&M
Analysis: The Rams will not beat anyone if they cannot keep Sam Bradford upright. They sent former number two overall pick Jason Smith to the Jets leaving left tackle as a major void.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Dee Milliner-CB-Alabama
Analysis: The Jaguars need an upgrade at corner in a big way especially considering they face Kenny Britt, Reggie Wayne, and Andre Johnson each two times a year.
- Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Hankins-DT-Ohio State
Analysis: Chuck Pagano will try to build a defense similar to the one he had in Baltimore and finding a mammoth of a man to stick in the middle is a good start. Hankins is extremely powerful and can control the line of scrimmage which will free up their linebackers.
- Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei-DT-Utah
Analysis: The Panthers strike gold filling a major need and acquiring one of the best players in the draft. Lotulelei reminds me of Ravensí Haloti Ngata and the Panthers defense gets a lot better.
- Tennessee Titans: Sam Montgomery-DE-LSU
Analysis: Derrick Morgan hasnít been productive and the Titans defense needs to put more pressure on the quarterback. Montgomery is extremely productive and has the ability to take over games which is something the Titansí defense lacks.
- Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson-QB-Arkansas
Analysis: Carson Palmer isnít playing poorly in 2012 but the Raiders have a chance to draft the guy they can groom behind him which they cannot pass up. Wilson is a gifted passer who could develop into one of the better passing quarterbacks in the league especially if he is given time to groom behind Carson Palmer.
- Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen-WR-California
Analysis: The Dolphins need to provide Ryan Tannehill with weapons and for my money Keenan Allen is the best receiver in the draft. Allen runs great routes, has strong hands, and great size that will make him a legit threat at the next level.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Amerson-CB/S-NC State
Analysis: Ronde Barber has a date with father time and Aqib Talib is an unrestricted free agent so cornerback is at the top of the list when it comes to the Buccaneersí needs. Amerson has amazing ball skills but has struggled a bit in 2012 but we havenít seen a player with game-changing ability on the defensive side of the ball in quite some time.
- Detroit Lions: Marcus Lattimore-RB-South Carolina
Analysis: The Lions have drafted many players trying to get it right at running back but their running game is a non-factor. Marcus Lattimore is a sure thing and the Lions will finally have a running back capable of carrying the load. Adding another dimension to the Lionsí offense will make them extremely tough to stop.
- Minnesota Vikings: Justin Hunter-WR-Tennessee
Analysis: The Vikings need to find a complement to Percy Harvin for their young signal caller (Christian Ponder) and they snag the AJ Green clone in Justin Hunter.
- Buffalo Bills: Tyler Bray-QB-Tennessee
Analysis: The Bills are on the verge of breaking out but their ordinary quarterback is holding them back. Tyler Bray has the tools of a top ten pick but needs to mature off the field. He may not be able to start right away but give Bray some time and he can take the Billsí offense to the next level.
- New York Jets: Eric Reid-S-LSU
Analysis: Both of the Jetsí starting safeties, Yeremiah Bell & Laron Landry, are free agents after the season and the position could use a youth movement. Reid is the best safety in the draft as he makes plays, excels in run support, and can cover.
- San Diego Chargers: Taylor Lewan-OT-Michigan
Analysis: the Chargers are learning that Jared Gaither cannot be counted on. They need a franchise left tackle to protect Phil Rivers. Lewan has the natural ability to be a very good player but will need to work on his technique to excel.
- Denver Broncos: Barrett Jones-C/OG-Alabama
Analysis: The Broncosí main priority needs to be protecting Peyton Manning and drafting the best offensive linemen in the draft will help. Jones is a special player as he has the ability to play all five spots on the offensive line at an extremely high level.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Bjoern Werner-DE-Florida State
Analysis: The Bengals are a young team on the verge of becoming a contender in the AFC and drafting this monster to play opposite of Carlos Dunlap will give them a fierce pass rush. Werner is the most productive defensive end in the nation and has the tools to make a big impact in the NFL.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Banks-CB-Mississippi State
Analysis: Nnamdi Asomugha is not the player he was once was and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is coming up on free agency so the Eaglesí will have to address their secondary.
- Chicago Bears: Jake Matthews-OT-Texas A&M
Analysis: The Bears just cannot get it to work when it comes to their offensive line but it is something they need to fix. Matthews has amazing NFL pedigree and should form a strong offensive tackle tandem for the Bears pairing with Gabe Carimi.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavier Rhodes-CB-Florida State
Analysis: you would be hard pressed to find a worst secondary than the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers pass defense is atrocious but lucky for them they draft one of the best cover corners in the nation in Xavier Rhodes.
- Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack-OG-Alabama
Analysis: The interior of the Cowboysí offensive line is horrid so the Cowboys draft the best guard available. Warmack will line up next to Tyron Smith and give the Cowboys an extremely talented left side on the offensive line.
- Seattle Seahawks: Manti Teío-LB-Notre Dame
Analysis: The Seahawks defense is very good and adding a linebacker that is all over the field like Te/o will only make it better.
- New England Patriots: Jackson Jeffcoat-DE-Texas
Analysis: The Patriotsí pass rush opposite of Chandler Jones is a complete joke. Jeffcoat has the tools of a top ten pick and with proper coaching could become one of the biggest steals of the draft.
- New York Giants: Alex Okafor-DE-Texas
Analysis: The Giants love to draft pass rushers and one can never have too many.
- Arizona Cardinals: Brennan Williams-OT-North Carolina
Analysis: The Cardinals might have the worst offensive line in the league so finding a left tackle that can protect whomever their quarterback is has to be priority number one.
- Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Dobson-WR-Marshall
Analysis: The Ravens have that speedy down field threat but Anquan Boldinís days of being a big time receiver are over. Dobson is the best player no one is talking about and would give Flacco another viable receiving threat.
- Green Bay Packers: TJ McDonald-S-USC
Analysis: Nick Collins was forced into early retirement due to injury and the Packers need to find someone who can formidably replace him. McDonald has NFL pedigree and is a difference maker from the safety position/
- San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Jenkins-DT-Georgia
Analysis: The 49ersí defense is already scary good and adding a monster like Jenkins in the middle will make them better. The move reminds me of when the Baltimore Ravens signed Sam Adams and it allowed Ray Lewis to run free.
- Houston Texans: Terrance Williams-WR-Baylor
Analysis: The Texans are as complete of a team as there is in the NFL and adding a weapon opposite of Andrew Johnson makes them the best team in the NFL.
- Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert-TE-Notre Dame
Analysis: Tony Gonzalez shows no signs of slowing down but the Falcons would be wise to draft his replacement because Eifert is a special talent that falls into their laps.
*Cleveland Browns: Pick used in supplemental draft on WR Josh Gordon
*New Orleans Saints: Pick suspended due to ďBounty GateĒ
- Kansas City Chiefs: CJ Mosley-ILB-Alabama
Analysis: The Chiefs can pair Mosley with Derrick Johnson inside and give the Chiefs one of the most complete linebacker cores in the NFL.
- St. Louis Rams: Kawann Short-DT-Purdue
Analysis: The Rams have Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford but Short is a better player than both guys. The Ramsí defense is getting better and adding beasts like Short only make them better.
- Washington Redskins: Tony Jefferson-S-Oklahoma
Analysis: The Redskinsí secondary has been exposed in 2012 so finding better talent to put out there has to be key.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: EJ Manuel-QB-Florida State
Analysis: If the Jaguars are drafting this high than Blaine Gabbert isnít working for them. EJ Manuel has developed into a good quarterback who has physical tools that are off the charts. The Jaguars need to bring in some competition for Gabbert and my money is on Manuel beating him out.
- Miami Dolphins (Indianapolis): Corey Lemonier-DE-Auburn
Analysis: Cameron Wake is quite a pass rushing force and the Dolphins drafted Olivier Vernon last year but Lemonier is a special player who can take over a game. The Dolphins get a real gem and their strong defense gets much better by adding a player of Lemonierís caliber.
- Carolina Panthers: Carrington Byndom-CB-Texas
Analysis: The Panthers continue to add pieces to their defense and corner is another position of need.
- Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper-OG-North Carolina
Analysis: Running lanes are not opening up for Chris Johnson so the Titans need to get better play from their offensive line. Cooper is a skilled player who possesses great strength and should be a plug & play at left guard.
- Cincinnati Bengals (Oakland): Sean Porter-OLB-Texas A&M
Analysis: The Bengals had the best draft in 2012 and they are off to a great start in 2013. Porter will play linebacker in the Bengalsí defense and he has excellent pass rushing ability to boot.
- Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro-S-Texas
Analysis: The Dolphinsí secondary lacks play makers and Vacarro can bring that to the table and also gives the Dolphins a physical presence in their secondary.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DJ Fluker-OT-Alabama
Analysis: DJ Fluker is a pro bowl talent at right tackle and adding him gives the Buccaneers one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
- Detroit Lions: Terry Hawthorne-CB-Illinois
Analysis: The Lionsí secondary is still woeful so they need to find someone who can shut down teamsí best receiver.
- Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams-DT-North Carolina
Analysis: the Vikings can reassemble ďWilliams WallĒ by pairing this monster with Kevin Williams.
- Buffalo Bills: Marquess Wilson-WR-Washington State
Analysis: The Bills need to get a better dynamic when it comes to their passing attack. Stevie Johnson is their number one but no one is stepping up as the number two.
- New York Jets: Leíveon Bell-RB-Michigan State
Analysis: The Jets have to move on from Shonn Greene because he cannot handle the load. Bell is a tough, physical runner who fits the Jetsí mold.
- San Diego Chargers: Justin Gilbert-CB-Oklahoma State
Analysis: Quinton Jammar is a pending free agent and he is no spring chicken either. Gilbert is a day one starter in San Diego.
- Denver Broncos: Jesse Williams-DT-Alabama
Analysis: Williams can be put next to Derek Wolfe in the middle of the Broncosí defense eating blockers which will free Von Miller to chase down the opposing quarterback.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Ellington-RB-Clemson
Analysis: The Bengals need a more dynamic runner than Benjarvis Green-Ellis. Ellington fits the bill and is a physical runner that fits the mold of the AFC North.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Shayne Skov-LB-Stanford
Analysis: The Eagles continue to improve their linebacker core. Skov combines with Demeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks give the Eagles a complete group.
- Chicago Bears: Dion Sims-TE-Michigan State
Analysis: The Bearsí havenít had a legitimate tight end since Greg Olsen was traded to the Panthers. Sims is a seam threat and productive red-zone player that could help limit some of Jay Cutlerís mistakes.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Dallas Thomas-OT/OG-Tennessee
Analysis: The Steelers will get David DeCastro back from injury in 2013 and drafting Thomas here would give one of the best, young interior offensive lines in football.
- Dallas Cowboys: Robert Lester-S-Alabama
Analysis: The Cowboys have journey men starting at safety so adding a talent like Lester is an immediate upgrade.
- Seattle Seahawks: Cordarrelle Patterson-WR-Tennessee
Analysis: Golden Tate and Sidney Rice are so-so but Patterson is a player on the rise after being extremely productive at the University of Tennessee.
- New England Patriots: Khaled Holmes-C-USC
Analysis: The Patriots need to get better at center and right guard so drafting the best center in the draft is a strong move.
- New York Giants: Travis Frederick-C/OG-Wisconsin
Analysis: The Giantsí offensive line is old and itís time they start rebuilding. Frederick gives them versatility and a powerful presence.
- Arizona Cardinals: William Gholston-DE-Michigan State
Analysis: the Cardinalsí defense has been brilliant early in 2012 so they draft the best player on the board which could make them even better. Gholston is an explosive pass rusher who will find a way to contribute early.
- Baltimore Ravens: Shawn Williams-S-Georgia
Analysis: Ed Reed is a free agent and he wants big money. The Ravens will be strapped for cash after paying Joe Flacco so they will have to draft Reedís replacement.
- Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacey-RB-Alabama
Analysis: there is not a lot of tread left on Cedric Bensoní tires so the Packers need to find an every down back capable of shouldering the load.
- San Francisco 49ers: Oday Aboushi-OT/OG-Virginia
Analysis: Aboushi is a versatile player who will find a starting spot on the 49ersí line in no time.
- Houston Texans: Nickell Robey-CB-USC
Analysis: Robey is a gifted cover guy who will add depth to the Texansí secondary and push Kareem Jackson for a starting spot.
- Atlanta Falcons: Michael Buchanan-DE-Illinois
Analysis: Buchanan is way too talented to still be on the board but the Falcons get yet another gift. Ray Edwards has been a free-agent bust and John Abraham is getting older so Buchanan makes a lot of sense here.
- Cleveland Browns: Kenny Stills-WR-Oklahoma
Analysis: If the Browns turn to Matt Barkley they are going to want to make sure they have a plethora of weapons surrounding him.
- New Orleans Saints: Aaron Mellette-WR-Elon
Analysis: The Saints need to get better players at receiver to help take some of the pressure of Drew Brees. Mellette is a small-school stud who is an upgrade to Lance Moore & Devery Henderson.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Montee Ball-RB-Wisconsin
Analysis: Peyton Hillis is on a one year deal and the Chiefs will like to have someone who can take some of the load off of Jamaal Charles.
- St. Louis Rams: Gerald Hodges-LB-Penn State
Analysis: The Rams continue to build a formidable defense adding a starting caliber player in round three.
- Washington Redskins: Rick Wagner-OT-Wisconsin
Analysis: Jamaal Brown has been a major disappointment and keeping RG3 clean has to be the Redskins main priority.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Margus Hunt-DE-SMU
Analysis: Hunt is a gifted pass rusher who would be a perfect fit playing opposite of last yearsí second round pick Andre Branch.
- Indianapolis Colts: Chase Thomas-OLB-Stanford
Analysis: Pagano continues to focus on the defense and Chase Thomas can be his version of Jarrett Johnson.
- San Francisco 49ers (Carolina): Landry Jones-QB-Oklahoma
Analysis: Alex Smith is playing well but I am not sold on him as a franchise quarterback. Colin Kapernick has tools but he doesnít have starter written on him in my opinion. Landry Jones is a gifted passer but needs to improve his pocket presence.
- Tennessee Titans: John Simon-DE-Ohio State
Analysis: The Titans take another gifted defensive end simply because he is the best player on the board. Adding Sam Montgomery and John Simon should give the Titans a deep and productive defensive line.
- Oakland Raiders: Dion Jordan-DE-Oregon
Analysis: The Raiders love great athletes and Jordan is that as well as a very good football player. Jordan may not start right away but he will find a way to be on the field.
- Miami Dolphins: DaíRick Rogers-WR-Tennessee Tech
Analysis: The Dolphins add another receiver for Mr. Tannehill. Suddenly the Dolphins receiver core is strong with Keenan Allen, DaíRick Rogers, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin Taylor-DE-South Carolina
Analysis: Adrian Clayborn is out for the season and this team struggles to put pressure on the quarterback. Taylor is a gifted player who should find his way on the field quickly.
- Detroit Lions: Leon McFadden-CB-San Diego State
Analysis: The Lions select another corner but it is what they need to do if they want to find their way back to the post season.
- Minnesota Vikings: Larry Warford-OG-Kentucky
Analysis: They found their franchise left tackle last April in Matt Kalil and now they have a player than can plug in at left guard next to him.
- Buffalo Bills: Kevin Reddick-LB-North Carolina
Analysis: The Bills have a great defensive line but their linebacker core could stand to be upgraded.
- New York Jets: Tavon Austin-WR-West Virginia
Analysis: Austin is dangerous with the ball in his hands and the Jets are currently lacking weapons on the offensive side of the ball.
- San Diego Chargers: Denard Robinson-WR-Michigan
Analysis: The Chargers gamble with perhaps the best athlete in the draft. Robinson has the speed to kill and if utilized correctly could become a weapon.
- Denver Broncos: Jonathan Brown-LB-Illinois
Analysis: The Broncos defense has some serious talent especially in Von Miller and they continue to add pieces that can contribute.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Cobi Hamilton-WR-Arkansas
Analysis: The Bengals have acquired a ton of picks over the last couple of drafts so they can draft the best player on the board giving Andy Dalton quite a receiver core to work with in Cincinnati.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Graham Pocic-C-Illinois
Analysis: The versatile Pocic will be the Eagles opening day starter at center.
- Miami Dolphins (Chicago): Johnny Adams-CB-Michigan State
Analysis: The Dolphins pass defense is atrocious and Adams could fight for a starting spot immediately.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Akeem Spence-DT/DE-Illinois
Analysis: Spence could play defensive end in the Steelersí 3-4 defense. The Steelers need to start getting younger on defense.
- Dallas Cowboys: Zac Dysert-QB-Miami-Ohio
Analysis: If the Cowboys do not make a deep run they will start looking at options on how to get there. Dysert is extremely talented and while I donít think he starts over Romo he gives them a tremendous option down the road.
- Seattle Seahawks: Wes Horton-DE-USC
Analysis: Horton adds yet another pass rusher to a gifted Seattle defense.
- New England Patriots: Kwame Geathers-DT-Georgia
Analysis: Adding beef next to Vince Wilfork should make it tougher for opposing teams to run on the Patriots.
- New York Giants: Jordan Reed-TE-Florida
Analysis: Reed has the talent to be a better pro than collegiate player and Eli Manning gets yet another viable target.
- Arizona Cardinals: Alvin Bailey-OG-Arkansas
Analysis: The Cardinals continue to upgrade their horrid offensive line.
- Baltimore Ravens: Alex Hurst-OT-LSU
Analysis: Left tackle is a need in Baltimore as Michael Oher is far better suited on the right side.
- Green Bay Packers: Andrew Jackson-ILB-Western Kentucky
Analysis: The Packers donít have many needs so drafting a player who adds depth and starting potential down the road makes sense.
- San Francisco 49ers: Micah Hyde-CB-Iowa
Analysis: Hyde could come in a challenge Tarrell Brown for the starting corner position opposite of Carlos Rogers.
- Houston Texans: Seantrel Henderson-OT-Miami
Analysis: They need to find a right tackle that can replace Eric Winston. Henderson is suited to be on the right side of the line in the NFL and should challenge for a starting spot right out of the gates.
- Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Pryor-CB-Oregon State
Analysis: Dunta Robinson has declined while Brent Grimes & Asante Samuel are free agents after the season.
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