NFL's Future

2014 NFL Mock Draft

2013 NFL Mock Draft – Quarterback Help Needed

Posted by Brad On December - 11 - 2012
"Dion Jordan"

Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

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

The Chiefs have little choice with this selection.  They don’t have a viable option at QB on the roster and I don’t think they can afford to wait on taking a signal caller.  Smith is as good as they come in this QB class.  Sure, he isn’t Luck or Griffin but he’s got some nice upside as an NFL passer.  The guy is a film rat that will put the work in to be a good, starting QB in the NFL. 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.

The Jags signing of Jason Babin doesn’t change the need at DE.  Babin is a rental (2013 is voidable) that will soon show his true colors in the locker room.  There’s a reason a guy as talented as Babin hasn’t stuck around anywhere for too long.  Werner is an underrated athlete that gets tagged as a high motor, high ceiling type guy.  Werner is a spectacular athlete that can affect the pass and run game.

3. Oakland Raiders – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

I had the Raiders taking Tyler Wilson in my last mock draft and think that’s still a significant possibility.  That said, I love the pass rushers in this draft and the Raiders need one in the worst of ways.  Lamarr Houston could kick inside with Tommy Kelly looking to be a cap casualty.  Jordan gives the Raiders the versatility to stand up at OLB as well.  He’s a phenomenal athlete that will be sure to blow up pre-draft workouts.

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

Jason Peters is due back but I think they are best served by moving him to RT with Joeckel manning the left side.  Todd Heremans can move inside to guard and give the Eagles a very solid OL.  Nick Foles is progressing along fine and may get a shot to compete with a veteran next season.  Joeckel is the best value at a position of need.

5. Carolina Panthers – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 

The Panthers could easily take one of the DT’s here but I think they need to emphasize the OL in the offseason.  While they are a serviceable group they don’t inspire a ton of confidence for the future.  Jordan Gross is aging and may be best served moving over to RT and Byron Bell moving to a backup role.

6. Detroit Lions – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M 

The Lions abysmal season is exposing a lot of weaknesses that no one thought they had coming into the season.  There are holes all over this roster but the quality of pass rushers will be too hard to pass on come April.  Damontre Moore is a dynamic pass rusher that doesn’t get enough credit for his ability to get after the QB and his effectiveness in the run defense.

7. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

I really contemplated this pick for a long while.  I love Ziggy Ansah, as I documented yesterday, but see a need for a big body in the middle to stop the run.  Tennessee has a nice rotation of athletic DT’s but need stout force to better their 24th ranked run defense.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas 

Arizona would have to be sprinting to the podium if Wilson were available when they were picking.  This pick has to be QB and the Cards need to be aggressive trying to get one of the top QB’s.  Wilson’s well documented struggles won’t cause him to drop too much and the new Arizona coach will start fresh with a nice building block.

9. San Diego Chargers – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Phillips Rivers is playing awfully.  But so would anyone behind this abysmal OL.  Rivers may be on a short leash with a (most likely)  new HC and GM headed to Southern California.  Lewan needs a solid outing against South Carolina to vault himself to the top of the tackle heap.  If that comes this could be too low for him to come off the board.

10. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Browns will be in a nice bind if they have to choose for Milliner and Te’o.  Sheldon Brown has been playing better but he’s not a long-term answer at corner that the Browns need.  Finding a running mate for Joe Haden has to be a priority this offseason.  Milliner is a physical corner that runs pretty well for his size.  He reminds me of Joe Haden in a lot of respects.  He won’t light up the combine with his 40 time or agility but he’s a solid option at CB in the top 10.

11. Buffalo Bills – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame 

The Bills hold off on finding a QB until later rounds if Te’o is still on the board when they pick.  Matt Barkley isn’t a good fit in Buffalo with arm strength questions and I can’t see them reaching with quality defenders still on the board. 

12. Miami Dolphins – Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU 

"Ezekiel Ansah"

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Dolphins need to find a pass rusher opposite Cam Wake and Ansah is a personal favorite of mine.  He possesses the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the mold of Aldon Smith.  I think he’s a top 10 pick in the draft and would make a nice partner to Wake.

 13. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri 

The Saints are miserable right now.  On both sides of the ball.  Clearly the defense is a bigger need but their offense hasn’t inspired much confidence this season.  The front four does little for me and a disruptor is needed in the middle of the defense.  Richardson is a steal with the 13th pick in the draft and would be a perfect fit in this defense.

14. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

If you’re the Jets where do you go here?  Rex and Tannenbaum are D.O.N.E. in New York.  Mark Sanchez isn’t a capable NFL starter at this point in his career.  The offense lacks weapons at WR and RB.  The defense has grossly underperformed without Darrelle Revis.  They need an impact player in this draft on either side of the ball.  Mingo slides a bit and the Jets can’t pass on him.                                                                                                                                                                          

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

I have drafted a corner to the Bucs exclusively.  And for good reason.  That said, they could really use a disruptive force next to Gerald McCoy.  This comes down to whether Floyd or Logan Ryan have a better grade.  Floyd does, slightly on my board, so he’s the pick.  They will need to find a CB in free agency and another early in the draft.  

16. St. Louis Rams – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

St. Louis fans haven’t been fans of my failure to find a tackle in the first round of the draft.  That said, passing on Warmack is not wise.  He’s an instant impact player that should find his way into the Pro Bowl early on in his career.  Guard is a huge need and while it’s not as sexy as tackle, it’s still a major need.

If you like the mock draft and want access to news before it breaks on the site, like our facebook page.  If we reach our goal of 500 likes before the New Year we will be raffling off (2) $250 VISA gift cards to new visitors. Click this link to like our page and enter yourself in our drawing.

Click here for picks 17-32

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Hell yeah, love Kevin Minter. Best ILB in this draft IMO. He can do it all, don’t understand why he doesn’t get the props he deserve.

    • bradc11

      Minter was an unknown but is starting to get the credit he deserves. I love the fit with Minter and the Steelers.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        Me too. If Ansah,Barr, or Jordan isn’t available for the steelers.Minter should be their pick IMO.

        • bradc11

          Barr is a kicker in the draft. If he declares it could really shake things up in the first round. I think he stays but if he goes, it could make things interesting. Too much upside for him not to go early.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            That’s what I don’t understand, Damontre Moore and Anthony Barr should have declare by now. I mean, both are guarantee 1st picks, maybe top ten. With nothing left to prove at the college level………..

          • bradc11

            I would expect them to make decisions after bowl games. Barr is seeking a grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, so his decision may be hinging on that. Moore has to know he’s a round one pick and I think he announces he’s coming out after their bowl game.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Ok. Brad, when will you start your 2013 draft scouting reports?

  • Pingback: 2013 NFL Mock Draft – Quarterback Help Needed - BallHyped Blog Network, NFL | BallHyped Sports Blogs()

  • bauercody

    Cooper is a great fit in Green Bay.
    It doesn’t moves Evan Dietrich-Smith to Center, it moves him back down to be the back up to all the interior line spots. TJ Lang is the starting left guard (Packers just paid him). Cooper would come in and either replace Jeff Saturday at Center immediately or be an understudy for a year before taking over at Center. Based on Saturday’s ineffectiveness I think Cooper would come in and start right away.

    • bradc11

      Hate projecting Cooper to center. I guess this is a question but what’s your take on next year’s tackle situation? You know better than I do. I have been under the impression that Sherrod isn’t a starter and Newhouse has graded out pretty poorly and has one more year on his deal. How has Lang been at RT and can Bulaga play the left side? 69 QB hits ranks 4th worst in the league. Just a lot of question marks for this line for me to start projecting without seeing them much.

      • Bauercody

        I think I’m more comfortable with the tackle situation than others.

        Bulaga has come out and said that his hip injury isn’t as serious as the media made it out to be; in fact he wanted to come back and play but they played it cautiously. Bulaga in 2011 was playing at a Pro Bowl level, he had a few games this season where he struggled (Seattle game in particular) but if he returns healthy he is a solid right tackle. I’m not sure if he could make the switch to left tackle, he struggles with speed rushers, and McCarthy has made it clear he likes him on the right side. I think it would be safe to say that right tackle will be his position going forward.

        I’ve never been a big fan of Newhouse as the Packers starting left tackle. He just isn’t very good. The organization seems to like him and think he can continue to develop into our long term starting blind side protector but I’m skeptical. He is athletic for a bigger guy, but a few plays every game he just loses focus or gets purely beat making him look foolish. He was a mid round draft choice, so there wasn’t a lot expected of him, going forward I think he would be a nice back up swing tackle. He does play the left side better than the right side.

        As for Sherrod we all have our fingers crossed. He had a setback rehabbing the leg in the spring which is why he was never able to get off the PUP list. His injury was incredibly serious so the jury is definitely still out. During his rookie season the Packers tried playing him at guard and he did not perform well while there. he also had his share of struggles while playing tackle but it might have been a bit of an over load trying to learn 3 positions right away. He never seemed to get comfortable anywhere, which is unfortunate. In his limited time late in the 2011 season he performed admirable at both left and right tackle but it was far from seeing the absolute future franchise left tackle. Many thought he would compete with Newhosue for the starting left tackle position in training camp last year, but that will have to be this year. It would be great to see Sherrod win out and stabilize the left tackle spot but worst case scenario I hope he can recover well enough to be a backup.

        Lang is not very good at right tackle, just doesn’t have the feet for it. When he’s asked to fill in he is serviceable but he definitely doesn’t have a future there. Thompson paid him to be the long term solution at left guard, I think that’s where his spot is going forward.

        As mentioned previously Jeff Saturday isn’t getting it done. Some believe Evan Dietrich-Smith could be the future at center, Rodgers has said as much but take that for what its worth. He has had his struggles at left guard this year, usually getting beat a few times a game. I think he is a good back up interior lineman capable of playing for short periods of time but I’m not sold on him being the future center. I think his home going forward should be backup.

        I think some of our pass protection problems stem from Rodgers holding onto the ball too long at times as well as McCarthy’s play calling. I said in MrProfetta’s mock that for some reason McCarthy will get away from teh running game at times making it easy for the defense to pin their ears back and come hard at Rodgers. Other times Rodgers holds on too long looking for the big play when he should be scrambling or looking for his check down. When we stay balanced offensively our pass protection is much better.

        I wouldn’t hate taking a offensive tackle early in the draft but I would like to see Newhouse and Sherrod battle for the left tackle spot, with the loser being backup, Bulaga to take the right tackle spot, and keep Barclay to further develop him. The interior line should be ok, with Sitton and Lang both being paid to be starters and Dietrich-Smith being backup but finding a long term solution at center is a priority.

  • Reggie

    Damontre Moore would be a nice fit for the Lions. Like a few of the prospects this season he can be moved around the front seven. I think his effort/strength/speed make him a dynamic player. Who would you compare him to? Lots say Von Miller but I think it is a lazy comparison since they played together. Rasheem Mathis? Charlie Clemmons? Tamba Hali?

    • bradc11

      Reggie,

      You are asking me to do my least favorite thing of comparing prospects…just kidding. He definitely doesn’t have Miller’s explosiveness. I could see a little Hali to his game. Hali is a little bigger but they have similar movement skills. Best comparison to his game is think longer Robert Mathis. He’s versatile enough to project to standup LB but I think he’s best suited to tap out in the 260-265 range and play RDE in the 4-3.

      • Reggie

        I usually hate the comparison game because everyone is different but I just like to get an idea of how the player will be used. When I think of Mathis or Hali I think of a player who will play with his hands on the ground and off of it. Play DE and OLB and can be a diverse pass rusher who a DC can draw plans up. I dont think he is tweener and can bulk up a bit and he has amazing functional strength for his size. Sorry buddy…even I do the name game once in awhile.

        • bradc11

          Moore is definitely someone that all 32 teams will be interested in, regardless of scheme. He can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt. He’s not as explosive as Jordan or Ansah but plays with solid strength and length. I did consider Te’o there for sure. He was about a Lion but drafting at 6 I look for pass rushers, passers, or franchise pass protectors if I’m the Lions. You don’t need a passer and don’t really need a pass protector (arguable), so I go to pass rusher. Moore and Te’o carry similar grades for me with Te’o slightly higher but positional value plays a role.

      • Reggie

        Did you consider Manti Te’o to the Lions at all or do you think at #6 the Lions would get better value at DE. I know you do or you would not have mocked him there. I know player comparison is a choir but sometimes it gets me an idea on how he will be used scheme wise.

  • Duncan

    I would be crying out of joy if Te’o fell to the Bills at eleven. He is exactly what we need on defense, a dominant force, that draws Ray Lewis comparisons in leadership and tackling. Te’o would instantly improve the defense by using his instinctive play in pass coverage and run defense to plug up running lanes and shut down his area of the field. The best part of the Te’o pick though is his versitality, he can play any where the Bills ask him to play (which will most likely be Middle LB) and bring a physical presence to the field that will harden our defense for years.

    On the issue of QB for the Bills, what do you think of Ryan Nassib from Syracuse? He has flown a bit under the radar do to where he plays, but from what I have seen and heard of him, he seems like he could be decent.

    • bradc11

      The Bills would have to be jumping for joy if Te’o is on the board when they pick. And he should be as I don’t think he’ll draw the interest that many think he will. Probably in the 8-12 range.

      I’m a fan of Nassib. I had him ranked in the 2-3 round range back in October and he’s done nothing to hurt that evaluation. I like him and think he could be a starter in the NFL at some point. Glennon is a guy that intrigues me for Buffalo. Has the arm to excel in the elements of Buffalo. Intriguing option if you can get him for the right price. He’s only going to increase his stock as the draft nears.

  • PepPep

    1. Ryan and Tanny WILL be back next year…you can pretty much guarantee it. Especially if the Jets somehow sneak into the playoffs. Bottom line…in his 4 years here, Rex has NEVER had a losing record. Things may change this year, but with the remaining games on their schedule, I doubt the Jets will end up with a record worse than 8-8.
    2. “The defense has grossly underperformed without Darrelle Revis.”- This is simply not true. Cro has stepped up and played VERY well…the pass rush has been pitiful but is finally getting on track towards the end of the season. They are currently ranked 8th in total defense…PASS defense being their strength (3rd).
    3. I would LOVE it if we got Mingo but I actually think he will be gone by then. Pending the combine, of course, I think you have Dion Jordan WAY TOO HIGH…3rd??? really? I was hoping he would fall to the Jets somewhere in the middle of the first…

    • bradc11

      This season has been an awful mess and will at least cost Mike Tannenbaum his job. Tannenbaum’s failure to build this team through the draft has left them stifled by the salary cap and bad contracts. Woody Johnson has to cut ties with Tannenbaum as he is directly responsible for this roster and it’s pretty poor. If Tanny is gone, Rex may be packing with him. Whatever GM comes in will want their own HC…it’s hard to put your GM roots into someone like Rex. All 3 games are winnable and could decide Rex’s future. I don’t find 7-6 win Arizona and a 17-10 win over Jacksonville too inspiring.

      The run defense has been abysmal and they have no pass rush. Cro has played well and the pass defense is solid. But outside of that I struggle to find guys that are building blocks for the future, including Revis. He will be 28 next season and coming off another injury. Granted, I can’t find many on offense either and zero playmakers. This is one of the worst rosters in the NFL in my opinion in terms of future building blocks.

      I’m going to assume that you don’t check out the sight often. I don’t mock players as standard mocks go. I mock them based on my projections of players and team fits. I think Jordan projects as a top 10 pass rusher. Mingo has all the tools to be considered in the top 10 but I’m hesitant to place him there with his lack of production on a star studded defense. Jordan will be long gone by the time the Jets pick…or should be.

  • PepPep

    “Jay Ratliff is done in Big D”…HUH? What are you talking about???

    Jones said to him ‘we NEED you’…obviously that upset Ratliff because he is dealing with injuries and cannot get on the field. He also just signed a long contract for lots of money…how and why would the Cowboys get rid of him???? They would get no value back.

    • bradc11

      We need you means Jones thinks Ratliff should be playing and isn’t. It was said after a win. Jerry was calling out Ratliff. It was a mistake to sign him to that long of a deal as his play is digressing. They will cut him. The cap hit is better than paying $5 million next year (he’ll be 32) and working it’s way up to $7.5 million in 2016. Awful contract that they will gladly take the cap hit for.

  • PepPep

    Keenan Allen and Justin Hunter will go top 20….HIGHLY doubt they will slip as far as you have them…depends on the Combine though.

    If Mingo and D.Jordan are gone by the time the Jets pick…how about Johnathan Jenkins from Georgia to play NT. We have been SO bad at stopping the run this year. Pouha is not the answer (back problems) and it seems K.Ellis is progressing slowly (still a project).

    • bradc11

      Keenan Allen maybe, Justin Hunter no. Hunter is inconsistent and injury prone. This season was his only healthy season and he was mildly unproductive and inconsistent.

      I’m not a fan of Jenkins. I see him as a late 2nd round prospect. He has the body to be successful but it doesn’t translate to the field consistently enough. I’m not sure I would use my 1st round pick on a NT, especially one that can’t rotate at all DLine spots in a 3 man front.

  • boss23

    buc wont go with a DT with their 1st pick DB is way to big of a need

    • Brad

      I tend to agree but I had to explore the option. DT is a need (albeit less than DB) and Floyd is a stud. When it’s all said and done Floyd could be talked about as a top 10 pick, IMO.

    • bradc11

      My comment must not have posted. Sorry if this posts twice. I agree that the Bucs should go DB in the first round. DT is a need and Floyd is vastly underrated right now. I think he winds up a top 15 pick when it’s all said and done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.wallner1 Brian Wallner

    A team coached by Jeff Fisher has NEVER taken an offensive lineman in the 1st round…although as a Rams fan, I would love for them to get Chance Warmack out of this draft, to have the Rams take two offensive lineman in this draft could be a reach

    • bradc11

      I have consistently went with Warmack and a defensive player (Elam, Jarvis Jones was in my last mock, or C.J. Mosley). I agree with you in that it would be against Fisher’s history to invest top picks on the OL. That said, the Rams have to invest heavily up front to see what they have long-term in Bradford. Walking out of the draft with Warmack and Fisher would have to bring a smile to Bradford.

    • Ryan

      I like the draft, but as a Rams fan, I think that they should take Keenan Allen instead of Eric Fisher. We really need a #1 receiver and Fisher is a bit of a reach in the middle of the first round. I like Warmack with the first pick. This is a very solid draft.

  • Shawn

    You really think the fins would go with ziggy ansah? Yea he could be an Aldon smith but he could be an Arron maybin too lol. I would rather have jordan,Moore or Werner to be honest and in the 3nd scoop up woods and Rogers to help tannehill

    • bradc11

      Shawn,

      I’m a big fan of Ansah’s game. Check out my film study on him and you’ll see why I think he’s worthy of a top 10 pick. I think Werner, Jordan, and Moore will be gone by the time the Dolphins pick but Ansah is no consolation prize.

  • http://twitter.com/JesseCody1 Jesse Cody

    No way Jarvis Jones falls to 18!

    • Brad

      It will depend on whether he checks out medically. Spinal stenosis is serious and could significantly his longevity in the NFL. It’s worrisome. If teams feel he can play for 10 years, he’s a top 10 pick. If not, your guess is as good as mine. Check back on Saturday as my Jarvis Jones scouting report will be featured on the site.

  • Braeden

    Do you think Khaseem Greene could make into the first round?

    • Brad

      I think it’s unlikely because he’s strictly a 4-3 WILL LB in the NFL. Just limits his possibilities. He’s certainly talented enough to be right up there but I think it would be a real long shot.

  • Pingback: 2013 NFL Draft: Top Prospects To Watch in Holiday Bowl | GridironGrit.com()