Will's 2013 NFL Mock Draft
Updated 25 April 2013
1. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Fisher, OT, Cent. Mich.
I know, Joeckel is the big name of the offensive line prospects in this draft, but there are questions with his slow start whether it was a lack of effort or difficulty transitioning to SEC speed. Joeckel is a great pass protector and above-average run blocker, but Fisher is the better overall blocker between the two. Fisher is a 4 year starter from Cent. Mich. and only has one weakness which is standing up a bit high when coming off of the snap, but it can be fixed with coaching. Plus, coming off a big Senior Bowl performance where he clearly was the best O-Lineman. With Brandon Albert possibly leaving via trade and Alex Smith the Chiefs’ new QB we may see the first O-Lineman since Jake Long to be taken with the first pick. At the combine, Terron Armstead and Lane Johnson stole the show, but Fisher had a quiet but good combine, doing well in the shuttle for O-Linemen. Both Joeckel and Fisher did almost exactly the same and their pro days may separate and finally put who’s the top tackle down.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Jags need to up their O-Line if new coach Gus Bradley wants the team to keep going in terms of Blaine Gabbert. It is also possible we could see Dion Jordan of Oregon coming off the board here as Bradley needs a quick speedy end to play in the ‘Leo’ position on his D.
3. Oakland Raiders- Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
Even though the Raiders were also terrible at rushing the passer, they were horrendous at stopping the run. Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour are gone, forcing the Raiders to pick interior line right here. Even with Lotulelei cleared, I still think Floyd will be the pick here.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Joeckel and Fisher are this year’s studs at tackle, but Lane Johnson may be the one who’s rising higher than people thought he would. From borderline first to top 5, Johnson is a solid pick here for Philly as Chip Kelly would like that Johnson has the quickness and stamina to play in his system.
5. Detroit Lions- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Lions are playing in a division against Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers and only have Chris Houston at corner. That needs to change.
6. Cleveland Browns- Ezekial Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Ansah is this year’s Jason Pierre-Paul, as he shows the most athleticism, speed, and drive for a guy at 6’7’’, 271 lbs. New Browns’ GM Michael Lombardi, learned from Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, as the pair prefers larger pass-rushers and possesses incredible amounts of upside.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Chance Warmack, OG,
A guard in the top 10 is surprising but this class doesn’t have that star like last year and the year before so this is highly likely. Warmack would help the Cards get an inside line presence and help protect new QB, Carson Palmer.
8. Buffalo Bills- Tavon Austin, WR, W. Virginia
The Bills only have Stevie Johnson at WR and they need to get whoever is going to be the signal caller another weapon on offense. Very likely that the Bills will trade back into the first round to select Syracuse QB, Ryan Nassib.
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
The Jets have been for the past year better known as, ‘Cirque de Jets’, and John Idzik has the tough task of getting it under control. Rex Ryan is going to need a pass rusher to help him rebuild his defense and when the Jets were good under him they had great pass rushing. With Darrelle Revis gone and the team lacking a consistent pass rush, this position is a must have for Rex to have a hope of saving his job.
10. Tennessee Titans- Desmond Trufant, CB, Wash.
With Milliner gone, it’s now a choice between drafting North Carolina G/C, Johnthan Cooper and Washington CB Desmond Trufant. Despite Ruston Webster stating that team would be okay drafting a G at this position, they need to address the secondary. By signing safeties Bernard Pollard and George Wilson, Kenny Vaccaro is out of the question. Then again, the Titans could shock everyone.
11. San Diego Chargers- Johnthan Cooper, G/C, UNC
With the top tackles gone in the top 4 picks, Johnthan Cooper is now the best O-lineman on the board. The team desperately needs to protect Phillip Rivers, or his numbers may progressively get worse.
12. Miami Dolphins- Xavier Rhodes, CB/S, Florida St.
The Dolphins lost both Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, and Brent Grimes is coming off surgery for his Achilles. I don’t think I need to speak any further when you don’t have another starting caliber corner.
13. New York Jets- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
With the pick that the Jets acquired for Darrelle Revis, they need to get a safety who can bring the physicality to Rex’s D. Vaccaro can be that guy.
14. Carolina Panthers- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Panthers’ interior DL was consisted of career backups and it showed with their rush defense being in the league’s cellar. With his heart condition cleared up, he may still be in play for top 5, but it may take some doing such as another team moving up. He’ll be able to help the Panthers’ D get better that much quicker and may even save Ron Rivera’s job.
15. New Orleans Saints- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
With the Saints trying to switch over to a 3-4, they’ll need a linebacker to rush the QB. Jarvis Jones’s medical history will cause him to fall, but Rob Ryan likes defensive playmakers, and Jones is certainly a playmaker.
16. St. Louis Rams- D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
Jeff Fisher saw how the Texans front office destroyed David Carr’s career by not giving him OL help. Fisher will not do the same with Sam Bradford.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tenn.
With the Steelers losing Mike Wallace in free agency and the team in desperate need of a replacement, Cordarrelle Patterson can provide the kind of speed Wallace had and can be used in a multitude of ways.
18. Dallas Cowboys- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Mizzou
With Monte Kiffin implementing the 4-3 system in Dallas, the Cowboys need to get some more DT’s. Sheldon Richardson would be a good fit and help Big D hopefully get back to where they need to be.
19. New York Giants- Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Giants are in need for LB help and with the locker room environment that they have with Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, and Eli Manning, I don’t see too much of a problem with Te’o being in The Big Apple. Besides, the media talks more about the Jets than the Giants anyway, that helps.
20. Chicago Bears- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Eifert is the best pass catcher and possibly the better TE between himself and Stanford TE, Zach Ertz in my opinion. Jay Cutler really has missed his pal Greg Olsen and Cutler will be pleased with new coach Marc Trestmann, if he selects either Eifert.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
The Bengals have issues with ILB Rey Maulauga as he was one of the worst starting ILB’s that was starting in 2012. Safety is also a need, but this is far too early for Matt Elam and Johnathan Cyprien.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Wash.)- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Jr.)
The Rams first getting Fluker and now getting their replacement for Steven Jackson helps make their draft plans much easier. Lacy is a solid downhill runner who doesn’t dance around in the backfield. He’s not as good as Trent Richardson, but in time he’ll really shine.
23. Minnesota Vikings- Justin Hunter, WR, Tenn.
With the loss of Percy Harvin and Patterson off the board, Justin Hunter looks like a good pick for the Vikings to make. With Greg Jennings on one side and Hunter on the other, the Vikings passing game is looking much better than it was a year ago.
24. Indianapolis Colts- Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
The Colts did sign Ricky Jean-Francois to a large contract, but they still need to improve their D-Line. Corey Redding turns 33 this year and they need to think about the future.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
The Vikings are in dire need of another DT to line up with Kevin Williams and help form that immovable wall in the middle that they had when Pat Williams was teamed up with Kevin. Williams is big, quick and strong and Coach Frazier likes his game.
26. Green Bay Packers- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Greg Jennings gone and James Jones entering his contract year forces Green Bay to add to its WR plethora. Hopkins has the best hands out of anyone in this class, and teams are writing off what allegedly happened in his hotel room after the Combine.
27. Houston Texans- Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Texans need a receiver to complement Andre Johnson and with Kevin Walter defecting to Tennessee, that just makes this move all the more necessary.
28. Denver Broncos- Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St.
With Elvis Dumervil gone, the Broncos must find a replacement. Carradine has shown that he’s recovering quicker than anticipated and ran well at his pro day. He could get taken as early as 19 apparently.
29. New England Patriots- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.
Aqib Talib is back and the Pats did bring in Adrian Wilson, but Talib only inked a 1-year deal and Wilson is going to be 34. The Pats have shown a lot of interest in Taylor in the pre-draft process.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
Son of Howie Long and brother to Chris Long, Kyle continues the family business. Athletic and strong, Long can play G or RT. The Falcons cut Tyson Clabo, their starting RT this past season. RT is a need area and this is too high for Zach Ertz.
31. San Francisco 49ers- Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int.
Dashon Goldson bolted for Tampa Bay and the 49ers need a new safety. 1st team All-Sun Belt with 93 tackles, 4 INT’s, 5 pass break-ups, and 3.5 TFL’s. Cyprien has been rising high on draft boards and could wind up being the first player from FIU to go in round 1.
32. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Man I envy Ozzie Newsome as that man always seems to find just what his team needs no matter where they draft. Minter can step in and attempt to replace legendary Ray Lewis and although he may not replace Ray, he could be good in his own right.