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Profetta’s 3 Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft – Barkley Back to the Top

Posted by Micheal Profetta On December - 8 - 2012
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With Kansas City’s emotional victory over Carolina, five teams now have a realistic shot at the #1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Two dates to circle on your calendar: Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. The former has the Chiefs traveling to Oakland in what could be Kansas City’s only remaining winnable contest, while the latter features an Oakland/Carolina tilt that is dripping with draft order implications. The Jaguars are also in the mix, but their remaining sked features three very winnable games (Jets, Dolphins, Titans). The beleaguered Eagles, however, have four remaining contests against quality teams fighting for playoff spots (Buccaneers, Bengals, Redskins, and Giants), so they could easily ride a 12-game losing streak to the top of the draft order. It should be a photo-finish, folks.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-10)- Geno Smith QB West Virginia

There will be no filet mignon (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III) on ther menu in this draft, but the Chiefs are starving (Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn), so they’ll happily settle for a deluxe cheeseburger (Geno Smith).

2. Jacksonvile Jaguars (2-10)- Star Lotulelei DT Utah

In the wake of all of those first-round swings and misses that helped doom the James Harris and Gene Smith regimes, the new GM in Jacksonville would be wise to simply make sure that he makes solid contact when it’s the Jaguar’s turn at bat next April. Lotulelei isn’t a sexy prospect, but he’s a relatively safe pick and could satisfy an immediate need for a run-stuffing anchor to replace Terrance Knighton.

3. Oakland Raiders (3-9)- Matt Barkley QB USC

I’ve had Barkley hanging out near the top of the second round for a while now, but I’m beginning to get the feeling that he will slowly work his way back toward the top of the draft. Should Barkley play in the Sun Bowl, he’ll have a golden opportunity to revitalize his declining draft stock against Georgia Tech’s porous defense. He could head into pre-draft workouts with some upward momentum.

I’m aware of the list of failed Trojan QB prospects that goes all the way back to Paul McDonald, but Barkley is not your typical, selfish, prima donna QB that USC has developed a reputation for producing. Barkley is humble, intelligent, and charitable. He couldn’t be any more different than Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart, and Carson Palmer. Barkley should easily impress NFL decision-makers.

Palmer’s performance has been the least of Oakland’s problems this season, but he remains emblematic of the Al Davis Raiders. Reggie McKenzie seems intent on redefining the image of this organization. Drafting Barkley would serve as a bold statement. While Barkley has his obvious limitations, he’s a much better fit in Oakland’s WCO than the robotic Palmer.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-9)- Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame

If Te’o steps up in the National Championship game the way that he’s been stepping up all season, we may have to start taking Mel Kiper’s talk of the #1 overall selection a bit more seriously.

Philadelphia’s soft defense is in for a major overhaul. DeMeco Ryans is a solid run-stuffer, but his 2010 Achilles injury has rendered him a liability in coverage. His contract escalates to $6.6 million next season. That may be too much to pay a two-down linebacker on a rebuilding team. Te’o could step in immediately at MLB and provide the leadership and physicality that this unit desperately needs.

5. Carolina Panthers (3-9)- Luke Joeckel OT Texas A & M (Jr.)    

Stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross has struggled this season, and the injuries are coming more frequently as he approaches 33-years old. He’s due $8.8 million next season. If he doesn’t agree to a pay cut, he could be history.

The Panthers may have more pressing needs at DT and CB, but Carolina will only go as far as Cam Newton can take them. They should jump at the opportunity to secure the only legitimate franchise LT in the ’13 class.

6. San Diego Chargers (4-8)- Jake Matthews OT Texas A & M (Jr.)

Regardless of who’s calling the shots in San Diego’s war room next April, shoring up the offensive line should be their top priority. LT Jared Gaither cannot be counted on to stay in one piece, and RT Jeromey Clary isn’t worth the $5.7 million he’s due in 2013.

It’s not a given that Matthews will declare, but if he does, he should be a hot commodity. He’s a plug ‘n’ play RT with the potential to guard the blindside.

7. Cleveland Browns (4-8)- Dee Milliner CB Alabama (Jr.)

Haden and Milliner…Dixon and Minnifield for a new generation.

8. Tennessee Titans (4-8)- Bjoern Werner DE/OLB Florida State (Jr.)

Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley aren’t as awful as advertised, but they are not elite, and there’s no depth at DE. Werner’s versatility and upside make him too valuable to pass up here.   

9. Arizona Cardinals (4-8)- Damontre Moore OLB Texas A & M (Jr.)

Arizona fans desperate for that franchise QB or LT will hate this pick, but I think that Moore would be a perfect fit at ROLB in Ray Horton’s Blitzburgh-inspired scheme. 

10. Detroit Lions (4-8)- Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia (Jr.)"Jarvis Jones"

Jones’ spinal stenosis condition and average measureables threaten to torpedo his draft stock. I’ll keep him hanging around the border of the top ten until the Combine offers more clarity.

11. Buffalo Bills (5-7)- Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas

I’m betting that Wilson uses the Senior Bowl as a launching pad into the top 15, a la Christian Ponder in 2011. Wilson offers the smarts, arm strength, and nifty feet to effectively trigger Chan Gailey’s Pistol attack.

12. New Orleans Saints (5-7)- Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State (Jr.)

The Saints will be doing some extensive remodeling on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Hankins and Akiem Hicks could step in at DT for underachieving, undersized incumbents Brodrick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis to improve New Orleans’ 32nd-ranked run defense.

13. Miami Dolphins (5-7)- Dion Jordan OLB Oregon

A pass-rushing complement to Cameron Wake is an underrated need in Miami. Jordan’s versatility would make him an excellent fit in Kevin Coyle’s flexing scheme.  

14. New York Jets (5-7)- Chance Warmack OG Alabama

It appears that Rex Ryan will return to the Big Apple next season, which means more “Ground and Pound”. Warmack would be an instant starter at LG and has the look of a perrenial Pro-Bowler.

15. St. Louis Rams (5-6-1)- Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee (Jr.)

Chris Givens is emerging as a nice deep threat, but the need for a true #1 WR remains. Patterson could be the undisputed #1 WR in this draft class before long. 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)- Xavier Rhodes CB/FS Florida State (Jr.)

A physical press corner who could thrive in Bill Sheridan’s aggressive scheme. Rhodes is dripping with potential.

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  • Bex_R1986

    It’s very rare that there’s a player I haven’t heard of, but you’ve caught me out with Luke Marquardt of Azusa Pacific! What can you tell us about him?

    I really like the double up on CB’s for my Bucs, especially if it’s Rhodes and Trufant. I’ll be hoping that comes to pass in April.

    We already have the reliable, big play and red zone receivers of Vincint Jackson and Mike Williams, so Tavon Austin would add an exciting dimension that should work very well in the Bucs offensive system. I approve!

    • Mprofetta

      I’ll be shocked if the Bucs don’t draft at least two corners.

      If Austin makes it to the Bucs in the 2nd, I don’t see how they pass him up. He’s the electrifying play-maker that Tampa needs to diversify an already-potent offense…everything Sammy Stroughter was supposed to be. Markus Wheaton and Denard Robinson would be nice fits if they miss out on Austin.

      I’ve yet to find any film that focuses solely on Marquardt, but there are highlights of Azusa Pacific QB John VandenRaadt on youtube that offer small samplings of Marquardt’s abilities. (He’s #77 at LT if your interested.)

      I’ve only been familiar with Marquardt as a name on every “small school sleeper’ list until recently. Tony Pauline, the only guy who rivals Brad when it comes to being ahead of the curve on prospects (IMO), is very high on him. He’s talking second day. Marquardt is roughly 6-8/6-9, 320 lbs. A former basketball player and tight end…very athletic for his size (you’ll notice the pulling ability). Plays with some nasty and has predictably dominated DII. His positional coach is former pro Jackie Slater, so he’s more polished than you would guess from a technical standpoint. Looks like a Jared Veldheer/Nate Solder-type prospect. He could be an intriguing pick for St. Louis. O-line coach Paul Boudreau is one of the best.

      • bradc11

        Tony Pauline definitely is way of ahead of the curve on Marquardt. I tried to contact Azusa Pacific to get some tape on him but they didn’t respond. He’s very big and athletic according to Pauline. I will have to go with his judgement on this one as it doesn’t look like I’ll get a chance to see him myself. I am hoping Marquardt gets an invite to one of the all star games that I’ll be at. Might be my only shot to see him before the draft. You are dead on about Paul Boudreau and the fit in STL. Boudreau has done a nice job with the stiffs in STL this season…they really aren’t playing as bad as everyone thinks.

        • Guest

          Let me begin by saying that I’m always interested in every draft prospect! I’ll be looking for some tape. Very interesting from both yourself and Brad. I think there’s a lot to be said about those who have played multiple sports and/or positions, and he sounds like he has ideal size also, which will surely assist with said pulling ability. Look forward to evaluating another prospect.

          • Bex_R1986

            Oops, didn’t log in on that last post.

        • Mprofetta

          Boudreau is amazing. When the Rams were trotting out Wayne Hunter and Barry Richardson at OT, I kept checking the box scores fully expecting to see a pile of “sacks allowed”, and it never really happened.

          Marquardt has been on the Senior Bowl watch list all season, but he obviously hasn’t received an official call yet. Hopefully, he’ll get a late invite so that you can check him out. It would be hard to miss him. He’s absolutely massive.

  • Reggie

    Thats too bad with Jarvis Jones. I would normall love that kind of potential payoff but the Lions never receive the luck of the doubt. Took Best with pre-existing concussion problems and boom we are burned. Took Titus Young with off field issues boom he is done. Took Ryan Broyles recovering from an ACL tear….boom he gets another one. Took Jason Fox dealing with knee issues…boom he is still dealing with them. I do not think we can take another risk. I know Jones would be amazing in our defense but still. As for Fluker he would be a nice versatile prospect to play RT or RG. I think he starts out at RG but could move into RT in time. Could be like Carl Nicks. Quinton Patten would be nice in Round 3. Dion Jordan might be the best pick in this situation….I feel too bad for Jones since he is an amazing talent.

    • Mprofetta

      I think that Detroit’s ideal situation would be to have Milliner, Werner, or Moore fall to them. It’s possible. Your right about Dion Jordan. Jim Schwartz and Gunther Cunningham could have some fun with his versatility.

      Yeah, Mayhew has had his share of whiffs. It hasn’t all been puppies and rainbows. That’s bound to happen when you draft as courageously as Mayhew does. Jones may actually fall a lot farther than #10. All we can do at this point is mock him with caution and wait for the predraft medical results. It’s so difficult for me to keep pushing him down the board because I flat-out love his game, but it’s all about the brain, not the heart, when making a mock.

      I like Fluker and Patton to fill the voids at RG and #2 WR that could open up if/when the Lions make Peterman and Burleson cap casualties. Fluker/Nicks is a nice comparison.

      • Reggie

        That is the ideal situation. When all 3 were gone I was like ohhh man. Te’o would be nice as well. Do you think if Jouchel was there when the Lions pick we take him and move Reiff to RT? That would be awsome.
        Dion Jordan would look nice in Honalulu Blue. Mayhew has taken some risks and it has been a mixed bag. I like him as a GM though and just think he needs to reign it in a bit in early rounds. Fairley is paying off.
        Jones might fall and I hear you because I love his game as well. Jones to the Lions would be awsome if not for the injury. His attacking natue would be awsome.
        Fluker and Patten would be amazing offensive players for the Lions. Peterman and Burleson are dead weight against the cap. Peterman is replaceable and Burleson has lost his speed. I am becomming a fan of Patten the more I see him.
        Good mock

  • Bauercody

    I don’t approve for the Packers. One of the biggest needs on the Packers is on the defensive line. Raji’s contract is up in 2014 and he has been playing very average. Pickett is due a lot of money next year and although he is the most consistent d-lineman on the team we might not want to pay him. The Packers need a playmaker on there line in the worst way. If its not addressed in the first 3 rounds I would be upset.
    I haven’t watched much of Eric FIsher (who has?) but I see why you would mock him to the Pack. The offensive line does need some work but what they could really use is a Center. Saturday is not getting it done, and when/if Sherrod comes back we should have 3 serviceable tackles on the roster.
    I don’t love Eddie Lacy, but I dont hate him either. He benefits from running behind a tremendous offensive line but he does have good size and runs hard. I don’t think Thompson will take another RB in the first 3 rounds. As you know there are good RB’s to be found in the mid to late rounds.

    • Mprofetta

      I agree that the D-line needs some attention, but improving the running game and Rodgers’ protection have got to be the top priorities, IMO. I’m guessing that Thompson addresses the offense at the top of the draft after going heavy on defense in the ’12 Draft. He’ll deal with the Pickett and Raji situations when the time is right, but I don’t see D-line being an urgent priority so soon after drafting Worthy and Daniels. A developmental NT like Missouri Southern’s Brandon Williams in the mid/late rounds could be an option, though.
      I’d say that the O-line needs a ton of work. It would be in Green Bay’s best interest to proceed as though Sherrod is done, because he might be. Bulaga’s hip injury is very serious. I like Newhouse better as a OG. Saturday is finished. You’re right about the Pack needing a C, but outside of Barrett Jones, I’m not seeing a whole lot of options in the early rounds.

      Not to be a homer, but Brad’s assessment of Fisher is the best I’ve seen. Fisher would be a very good value in the late first. I think that Omoregie Uzzi could be a nice pick for Green Bay as a ZBS center in the later rounds.
      I really like Lacy. T.J. Yeldon will only get more carries for the Tide, so I’m thinking Lacy declares. I know that there will be decent RB value in the mid/late rounds, but Thompson has already gone that route with Starks and Green. Maybe it’s time to look a little higher.

      Question: What do you think about Reggie Bush in Green Bay?

      • bradc11

        You are right about no centers in this draft. I think Barrett is best at guard. He struggled with a 0-technique against Georgia and he will see that a lot in the NFL. I’m not a fan of USC’s Holmes. I like Benavides and Cave a little but don’t think they are immediate starters. For what it’s worth, I would like to see Reggie Bush in the Pack’s offense. Give them the versatility to play him all over the field.

      • bauercody

        Thanks for the responses guys.
        Protecting Rodgers is priority #1. As long as he is healthy
        we have a shot to win every game; having said that I’m still not sold on taking a tackle in the first round. We’ve invested first round picks on OT in 2 of the last 3 drafts with mixed success. Things will get a lot clearer as Sherrod continues to rehab and we find out how serious Bulaga’s hip is. Again I can understand taking an o-lineman with the uncertainty we are looking at but hopefully come March we will have a better understanding with how the O-line is shaping up. For as bad as the line has played at times Rodgers has a tendency to hold onto the ball to long, and McCarthy will inexplicably abandoned the run making rushing the passer much easier for opposing teams. When we stay balanced Rodgers stays upright for the most part. I know it’s incredibly early but Barclay has looked serviceable during his short time at right tackle. We’ve tried Newhouse at guard before with bad results; left tackle is his best position. He has his share of struggles but is still a young developing player, I would call him a liability but the organization
        seems to like him.
        I agree with you guys in that Barrett Jones is the only
        center worth taking in the early rounds however I wouldn’t be opposed to
        drafting a guard and converting him. Jonathan Cooper is someone I would take in the 2nd round and even possibly 1st round. Omoregie Uzzi like you mentioned might not be a bad fit either. I did like Mario Benavides for a while but he absolutely got destroyed his last game, but Braxton Cave is a prospect I would consider drafting late to develop into our starting center role. I am not very high on Khaled Holmes; he had a very inconsistent senior year plagued with injuries. The team also likes Evan Dietrich-Smith and he could possibly be the future center, at the very worst he a good back up interior lineman.
        Thompson has made a living planning ahead for departures, sometimes it works for him sometimes it doesn’t. Drafting Mike Neal to one year
        early to replace Jenkins has backfired as well as drafting Sherrod one year
        early to replace Clifton also has backfired but our of course Rodgers has worked out well and the cornerbacks are full of young talent to replace Woodson. The d-line for me must be addressed early. Pickett like I mentioned could be a cap casualty, we might not be able to afford Raji with Rodgers and Matthew’s contracts coming up, and Neal has been a bust. CJ Wilson is decent against the run while Worthy still very young hasn’t done much and is a liability against the run, and Daniels is undersized. We really have no true 5 tech in our base 3-4 defense. In the last 4 games since the Packers bye week we have given up 630 rushing yards and 5.5 yards per carry (without Matthews and Woodson). So again for me drafting a d-lineman early to make an impact is imperative.
        Green was drafted in the 3rd rounds so I guess it’s what your definition of mid- rounds are but he is starting to show some signs that he can be productive. And even though we only got a look at him 1 game DuJuan Harris showed some speed/power. At this point I don’t think Starks comes
        back to the team, you can tell McCarthy is getting fed up with him being
        unavailable.
        For me I don’t think the Packers even look at Reggie Bush. I’m not sure what he thinks he could get in free agency but I’m willing to bet its going to be much more than we would/could offer. As I mentioned Matthews and Rodgers are going to be extremely expensive but are irreplaceable players. We are still a pass first team with an offense built around our QB and weapons on the outside. I do think Bush would be a good weapon to have; he seems to have figured out how to run between the tackles as of late but still possess big play ability. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that McCarthy draft DeAnthonyThomas next year :)
        There is a lot of talent still available in your mock when the Packers pick including Ezekial Ansah, CJ Mosely, Jonathan Cooper, Giovani Bernard, Tony Jefferson, Justin Hunter, and Tyler Eifert.
        Packers needs DL, OL, S, RB, ILB WR, TE

        • Mprofetta

          Barclay and Dietrich-Smith looked good last night, but it’s too early to assume that they could be long-term starters. Newhouse’s ideal fit is as a versatile backup. You’re right; we won’t have an accurate read on Green Bay’s O-line situation until more is known about the Sherrod/Bulaga injuries. I wouldn’t hold my breath with Sherrod, though.

          I wasn’t forcing an OT to the Packers with the Fisher pick; to me, he was the best value on the board that made sense for Green Bay. Had he not been available, any of the guys that you mentioned would have been considered…except Eifert. I don’t like Eifert in the first round. A big, reliable target, but he’ll never be confused with Jimmy Graham from an athletic standpoint. I prefer the upside that guys like Gavin Escobar and Dion Sims bring to the table. Good call on Jonathan Cooper. I could see him at center in the Packers ZBS.

          If you ever want a good laugh, check out the tape of Holmes vs. Lotulelei. Absolute destruction. Holmes, Benavides, and Cave are priority free agent-types to me. I like Cave the best of the three. He’s probably worth a late-round flyer.

          Speaking of…I consider rounds 3, 4, and 5 to be the mid-rounds.

          Alex Green ran harder than I’ve ever seen last night. If he keeps that up, RB goes way down the priority list. Still, I would like to see what that offense could do with an upper-echelon runner. Forget the defense…Green Bay would simply outscore everybody.

          I’ve heard that the Packers are high on Harris…I’ll need to see more. You could have drove a semi through that hole he hit for his TD last night. The Green Bay O-line was in a groove.

          Thanks again for the feedback…always good insight on the Packers.

  • Duncan

    Like the Bills pick. As you said Wilson will fit perfectly in Gailey’s Offense, and if not then Gailey will build an Offense Wilson so that he can succeed.

    • Duncan

      Like the Bills pick. As you said Wilson will fit perfectly in Gailey’s Offense, and if not then Gailey will build an Offense around Wilson so that he can succeed.

    • Mprofetta

      I’ve resisted putting Wilson in the first round for a while now, but it’s time to face reality. It’s a QB-driven league, and the demand for QBs will probably drive his value up, just as we’ve seen with Ponder, Locker, Gabbert, Tannehill, and Weeden in the last two drafts.

      After watching as much film on Wilson as I could find, I’m still torn on him. His ’11 and ’12 tape are like night and day. He was so efficient in ’11, whizzing through his reads and getting the ball out accurately even when it meant taking a big hit. This season, his mechanics, decision-making, and accuracy have suffered. No running game, a porous O-line, and no viable targets (beyond Hamilton) will do that for you. His accuracy beyond 15 yards scares me, too. He’s going to get his WRs hurt in the wrong system. Still, you’ve got to love his moxie, and the tools to be a solid (not great) pro starter are apparent. He should thrive in Mobile, although his history of head injuries could concern a few teams.

      Buffalo could be a great fit for Wilson. Like most, I have my doubts about Gailey as a HC, but the guy can undoubtedly coach an offense. Getting as much as he did out of Kordell Stewart was borderline-miraculous.

  • Alex

    As an eagle fan I totally disagree with them drafting teo over joeckle or even jones for that matter. There is no way the eagles waste the 4th pick in the draft over a linebacker who isn’t as good as keuchley from BC last year. Horrible pick and plus its not a huge need Ryan’s has been playing great this year and the eagles are getting rid of the wide 9 so that will make things alil easier on him. While I absolutely hate your first pick for the eagles I love your 2nd n 3rd

    • Mprofetta

      Fair enough. I appreciate the constructive criticism. Believe me, I’m back-and-forth on Joeckel/Te’o, and have even taken heat from Philly fans who argue for Te’o when I’ve mocked Joeckel to them.

      I’d say that Ryans has been good, not great…and he’s expensive. I also think that Te’o is as good, if not better than Kuechly. Regardless, I understand your point; #4 is mighty high for a MLB and Te’o probably isn’t worth that spot based purely on his athletic potential. However, I think that it’s crucial for the Eagles to establish a new, tougher identity on defense next season. Te’o would be the perfect leader for such a revival.

      You could easily be right about Joeckel. It’s early. Honestly, I don’t believe that Foles is any kind of long-term answer at QB. The Eagles could be looking at Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson before it’s all said-and-done.

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      • Ryan828

        The Eagles already have the best left tackle in football and a fan
        favorite and solid tackle in Todd Herremans on the other side, injuries on the offensive line this year have made it seem like there’s more of a need. They have
        been lacking a leader on defense since Brian Dawkins left and the fans
        and coaches have been looking for a name/face to fill that gap. If Te’o
        is there I don’t see how they could pass him up. Could step right in and become the face of a defense for the next 15+ years.

  • http://twitter.com/DaSportsGenius7 Alex Hale

    If Jarvis Jones is on the board, no way Cleveland passes on him. Remember there’s a huge hole with Fujita’s retirement. While I applaud you for saying a CB with the 1st pick and Milliner (who I like too), Jarvis fills in best, especially if there’s a new Head Coach who goes to a 3-4.

    • Mprofetta

      We’ll have to see what the doctors say about Jones before we can assume anything. I think that the Browns have moved well beyond Fujita. J-M Johnson and Maiava have been solid at OLB. If Maiava leaves in F.A., J-M Johnson could switch to WLB, then Jarvis Jones makes sense if he checks out medically. That’s a lot of ifs. For now, CB and FS are more pressing needs than OLB, IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.dahlin Zachary Dahlin

    no way phili passes on Joeckel which leaves Manti on the board and Cleveland take him and moves dqwell to a natural weakside lb position. then third round given he is available and declares for the draft as i presume he will due to not wanting to.start over with a quarterback that is not geno smith whom he has played with. since high school , Stedman Bailey. would fill a huge need at receiver for the browns giving weeden. another weapon for.the young and talented growing browns team.

    • Mprofetta

      The Browns already have some nice young talent at WR…I’m not sure if throwing more youth on top of youth is the way for them to go. A reliable, veteran F.A. to teach the kids for a few years wouldn’t be a bad idea. Greg Jennings would be a great fit.

  • Mprofetta

    I wouldn’t recommend reading any mock that has Sam Montgomery in the top five.

    Montgomery hasn’t been bad, but he has some character issues, and he hasn’t dominated as most assumed he would…honestly, he and Mingo have been very ordinary. All of those mocks that still have the LSU duo in the top 10 picks must be going off of reputation, not film study. Both guys are easily behind Werner, Moore, J. Jones, and D. Jordan in the pass-rusher rankings right now, and could even be behind guys like Barr and Ansah before long. Mingo and Montgomery look like late 1st/early 2nd picks right now.

  • Mprofetta

    Thanks for the feedback. I’m not sure about Hankins at #5 right now. He’s in that 8 to 13 range for me. That could easily change after the Combine, though.

    This could be Steve Smith’s last season in Carolina and LaFell still hasn’t stepped up. I’m thinking that the Panthers grab a WR on the second day; preferably a deep threat for Newton. The secondary and DT definitely need to be addressed in the offseason, but shoring up Newton’s supporting cast on offense will remain a top priority for Jerry Richardson. He really stuck his neck out when he signed off on drafting Newton; he’ll want to take every measure to ensure Cam’s success.

    • football guru

      and should. Newton does need a another deep threat that will allow Smith to play the slot in 3 wr sets. hopefully one with size, Hunter, Patterson, or Hopkins would be great on the 2nd day. even Rogers if we decide to slide back some.

  • neigherhood drunk

    Good job Mprofetta, I like it. I don’t know much of Khalil Mack though. Could you school me on Khalil Mack?

    • Mprofetta

      Thanks. Mack is another guy that Brad has been wise to for a while. I’ve only got around to doing my homework on him recently. Roughly 6-2/6-3, 245 lbs, with the long frame to add more good weight. Really looks the part of an NFL 3-4 OLB. Bull strong and explosive. Quick with excellent change-of-direction ability. Disruptive…consistently peels off blocks and gets into the backfield. Sniffs out plays and disrupts passing lanes. Has a knack for forcing fumbles. Two-time All-MAC and TFL leader. Was suspended at Buffalo and could be a character risk. A good bet to declare for the draft. I think that he would be a hand-in-glove fit for Pittsburgh’s defense. Gave Brian Winters (a solid prospect) a few headaches in Buffalo’s loss to Kent State. Check out Mack if you get a chance.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        Ok I will. Random question, Do you think that Ray Graham could be a good fit for the Steelers? If not then who?

        • Mprofetta

          Graham would be a great fit with the Steelers. His pass-catching abilities and elusiveness would complement Dwyer nicely. The assault charge and knee injury will concern some teams, but Graham could be a steal in the 3rd/4th round. Not sure if he’s strong enough to be a bellcow at the next level, though.

          Giovani Bernard would be an obvious consideration for Pittsburgh…maybe even in the first round. I’m high on Eddie Lacy. A big, determined, downhill runner with some burst…he could be the bellcow the Steelers are looking for. They would have to grab him in the second round if he were to be available; he probably won’t make it to the late third if he declares.

          Stepfan Taylor, Johnathan Franklin, Mike Gillislee, and Montee Ball are mid-round prospects with three-down potential. To me, Gillislee would be the best choice for the Steelers. They need a runner with his kind of giddyup.

      • bradc11

        Mack’s a stud. Big, fast, and physical player. Constantly in the opponents backfield and spot on with his knack for forcing fumbles. Has had run-ins with teammates. One led to his suspension. He will have to work on temperament in the locker room but he’s nasty as a prospect. Just looks like a LB. Unfortunately, he’s a guy that the Steelers could plug in for the next 15 years.

  • Skinsfan

    I can’t really see those big name S’s falling to the 3rd. Looking forward to seeing your future mocks. Been a long time man.