New Year’s Day 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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

The Pinstripe Bowl has everyone reeling on Geno’s viability as No. 1. I can’t vary from this one. Just think it’s a must for the Chiefs to find identify their QB from this draft and stick with it. I think this one comes down to Geno Smith and Mike Glennon with Geno getting the nod. As much as I like the idea of taking Joeckel, drafting a QB in the second, and picking up a veteran I can’t see it happening.

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

This is the only pick in the top five that I feel pretty confident about. The Jags need to find a dynamite pass rusher early in the draft. They don’t get much better than Werner. He can stop the run and get after the QB which is much needed for Jacksonville.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Terrelle Pryor played decent for the Raiders in the season finale. Possibly good enough to develop him under Carson for another year. I have been a proponent of the Raiders taking a QB in the first round but I’m wavering with all the needs on defense. Sheldon Richardson is a dynamic athlete that can change the game from his DT spot. The Raiders will move on from Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, leaving them with little quality on the interior of their defensive line. Trust me on this one, Richardson will rise as we get closer to the draft.

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

The Eagles need to focus on strengthening their offensive line. With Jason Peters back next year, the Joeckel selection allows them to move Todd Heremans inside and gives them a strong offensive line. This is the best option given Nick Foles lack of escapability and a promising running game.

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

I can’t see the Lions re-signing Cliff Avril unless he comes on the cheap. KVB has seen his better days and the lack of a pass rush has really hurt this defense. Moore is a little undersized but plays bigger against the run that one would expect from a DE his size. He’s a relentless pass rusher that instantly makes this defense better at pressuring the QB.

6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Sheldon Brown is no longer a viable starting CB in the league. He’s lost a step (or three) and the Browns defense needs to find a running mate with Joe Haden. Milliner is a big, physical corner with the movement skills to give the Browns two of the best, young corners in the league. The Browns are absolutely broke at LB and could use an upgrade at that position. If Jarvis Jones’ neck checks out, he could be a solid option at No. 6.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Cardinals can’t afford to stifle this team with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, or Ryan Lindley. They have to find a franchise signal caller and taking a shot on Wilson at No. 7 is a must.

8. Buffalo Bills – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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The Bills will be looking for a QB early in the draft but can’t afford to miss with a new HC in place. They will look to start off a new coach on the right foot with a solid defense. The Bills roster isn’t as bad as their record would indicate. Putting Jarvis Jones on this defensive roster makes it more than formidable and adds a pass rusher not named Mario Williams

9. New York Jets – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Jets desperately need a QB but I can’t see them taking a shot on Matt Barkley or Mike Glennon at No. 9. If they elect to go with a veteran they need to add some weapons on offense. Patterson may run sloppy routes and lack the experience of a Keenan Allen but he’s got an opportunity to be special. Guys that are 6’3″ and 205 pounds shouldn’t move with the ease that Patterson does with. I think Patterson rises quickly up draft boards the closer we get to April.

10. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

There are some bigger needs for the Titans but finding a stud DT at No. 10 is not a bad option. The defense really struggled to stop the run as they lack a big body in the middle. Lotulelei gives them a run stuffing DT that can push the pocket.

11. San Diego Chargers – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Chargers offensive line is atrocious. That’s putting it nicely. I think the Chargers need to find at least two starters on the OL if they want to be competitive in the near future. Phillip Rivers has played poorly but needs some help from his OL and running game. Adding a talent like Matthews in round one should have Rivers jumping for joy on draft day.

12. Miami Dolphins – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

This pick has to be a pass rusher or pass catcher. Jordan offers so much upside opposite Cam Wake. He also gives this defense the versatility to play multiple fronts as he can stand up and drop into coverage as well.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Banks is a bit of a reach for me at this point but the DB spot is a must early in this draft. Banks has the size and speed to be a solid corner in the league. He lacks the physicality to be a top flight corner but I can’t see the Bucs passing on a corner unless they fall in love with a prospect that falls into their laps.

14. Carolina Panthers – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Carolina finished the season out on a high note and could have saved Ron Rivera’s job. That said, they have nothing in the middle of their defense. Hankins has top five potential but wore down late in games and throughout the season. This pick could wind up a steal if Hankins commits himself to being great in the league.

15. New Orleans Saints – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Clearly DE or DT is a bigger need for the Saints but they need quality leaders on this defense and Te’o fits the bill. Vilma was the heart and soul of this defense during the glory years and Te’o could be the guy to take them back to playoff contenders in 2013.

16. St. Louis Rams – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Fisher has carried a high grade on my board for a long time and he showed well in CMU’s bowl game. Not that he needed to but it certainly helped solidify his standing as the top senior tackle in the draft and a worthy top 20 pick.

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  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Booooo, this draft sucks.

    • neighborhooddrunkpart2

      highly unlikely the steelers will draft a OG in the first round. We got
      Willie Colon John Malecki and Kelvin Beachum still on the roster. But
      if Starks leave…….. I would not mind Taylor at 17, but if starks
      stay, I take Minter or A.Brown with the first pick. In the second round I
      rather have a WR that Vaccaro, Since you do not have Da’rick
      Rogers,Aaron Dobson,Aaron Mellette or Jordan Matthews going in the
      second round, I am cool with the Vaccaro pick in the second.

      • bradc11

        Third consecutive season ending on the IR for Willie Colon. He’s headed towards being a cap casualty at 5.5 million next season. I knew when I put a guard in that spot that I wasn’t going to get any love from PIT fans. But Warmack is special and I think protecting Roethlisberger has to be a priority. Your RB’s were terrible but the line didn’t help the running game out a bit. Warmack is the safest pick in the draft…Sign me up for a line of Starks, Warmack, Pouncy, DeCastro, Gilbert with Adams, Beachum, and Malecki as depth. They need to re-sign at least one of Lagursky/Foster.

        • neighborhooddrunkpart2

          They will re-sign Legursky. Not so sure they will re-sign Foster. I hope they sign him.

        • Ramon Foster was the best lineman on this team last year.I think they let Colon go after june first to save %.@ million and re sign Foster.With this teams other needs olb, wr, ilb, but i think they like worilds and Spence, s, ss, nt, rb, and maybe te, I don’t think they pick an o lineman til after the fifth rd if at all.

          • bradc11

            A lot will depend on the CB situation. They have to re-sign Keenan Lewis. Conflicting reports out there about that but it looks like Lewis cleared it up and is prepared to come back. If he doesn’t you have a huge need at CB. Ike will be 33 and owed $6 million next season. Cortez Allen is serviceable but I’m not sure he’s ready to take over a starting spot. Some nice depth but no one ready to jump in and start at this point.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Whoa there Bradley, Allen is better than serviceable and just as good Lewis.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            They are not drafting a NT. They just signed Hebron Fangupo.

  • Reggie

    Damontre Moore and Xavier Rhodes would go a long way towards making the Lions defense respectable. Speed on the outside and size in the secondary. These are two larely missing aspects on their defense. I think both are great values and in Rounds 3-5 interior OL, WR depth, and safety should be targets.
    Happy New Years

    • bradc11

      Happy New Year Reggie. It would be a good start to a good new year if Moore and Rhodes were Lions in April.

      • Reggie

        As usual the both of us are wishing for a new beginning for our teams. Yours is in much better position. If you got Millner that would be awsome. Having an elite RB, solid WR duo, elite players on the OL and a solid DL. Elite MLB and two elite CB’s. Solid team. Its too bad QB is an issue. Do you think the Browns would take one in the first?

  • bauercody

    Hi Brad, Happy New Year!
    Did I miss DeAndre Hopkins in this mock? I think he declared for the draft and is one of the best, if not the best, reciever in this class.
    Can’t complain about the mock for the Packers, build from the trenches.

    • bradc11

      I had been hearing that Hopkins was staying along with Boyd. So I left him out…literally as I’m posting the mock, news comes out that he’s strongly considering entering the draft. While its not official, it’s as close as you can come. He’s a first round pick. Doesn’t have great straight line speed but there’s not much wrong with his game. I have him, Patterson, Allen, Stedman Bailey, and Williams bunched together as the top receivers. Right now I have it Patterson, Hopkins, Bailey, Williams, Allen. This is a talented and deep class. No AJ or Calvin but I think at least 5 guys will carry first round grades.

      • Braeden

        I think you are too high on stedman bailey.

        2- Allen

        5- Patterson

        • bradc11

          My rankings are Patterson, Hopkins, Bailey, Williams, Allen, Woods, Austin, Wheaton, Hunter, Patton

  • Duncan

    Like the Bills draft! Jones and Nassib would be a great addition for the Bills new HC.

    • bradc11

      Who’s your take on the HC? I think it winds up being Wisenhunt which would be a good hire for them.

      • Duncan

        Lovie would be nice, I wouldn’t mind Wisenhunt either, as when he can have a decent QB he’s a good coach . I think Ray Horton or Bruce Arians would be good options for the Bills, but at this point I think experience would be a good thing for the Bills to look for. All in all I think that ,like you said, Wisenhunt would be the best available hire for them.

  • Bruce Almty

    Brad, Happy New Year,,,Thanks for the mock. Buttttttttttttttttttttttt,

    I sure hope you are wrong about Baltimore’s pick. CBS Draft Prospects list Stedman Bailey as the 93rd pick and 14th WR on the board. Personally, I would like to see them go with people like Barrett Jones, Kevin Minter or Kiki Mingo. Ravens have lots of WR depth on the roster and have other needs (imho). We shall all see in 4 months.

    Thanks again.

    • bradc11


      You have to trust me on this one. No chance he’s the 14th best WR in this draft. Kid can play…at a high level. He’s a better pure receiver than Tavon Austin. Not as fast or shifty but catches everything and plays above his size. I gave Minter a lot of thought here but adding a player like Bailey was too good to pass on. Do you think they keep Boldin? I can’t see it and outside of him I don’t see another starter on the roster.

  • Braeden

    As a Pats fan, I’d much rather see us not take a pass rusher as Chandler Jones played like a pro bowler the firs few weeks of the season and still played well when he was healthy. Ninkovich has been one of the more consistent players on the team on the defensive side of the ball. If we go D-line its should be an athletic DT, though I’d rather see us take a CB early and look at Dline in the second to fourth round area while also getting a slot receiver or a depth Olineman

  • Reggie

    If Aaron Murphy declares where would you place him?

    • Brad

      If Murray declares, I would say he battles it out with Barkley, Glennon, and Nassib for that 1-2 range. If Boyd comes out all bets are off. My rankings with all those included would be Smith, Boyd, Wilson, Barkley, Murray, Glennon, Dysert, Nassib

  • As a Steelers Fan I would be very Happy with this Pick. Chance Warmack would be an Awesome selection.