2013 NFL Mock Draft – Underclassmen driving round one

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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 just can’t find a scenario that makes sense to me other than Geno Smith. Finding a QB will be Andy Reid’s first priority in KC. Smith’s midseason struggles will be forgotten once he impresses in pre-draft workouts. Hopefully, Smith will be attending the Senior Bowl and start the process of reinvigorating No. 1 pick talk.

Luke Joeckel is my top rated player but I can’t see them letting Brandon Albert walk to spend the first overall pick on Joeckel. That scenario makes little sense with needs at QB.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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Dave Caldwell rings in his GM reign in Jacksonville with a big body in the middle of the defense. Terrance Knighton has been underwhelming and injury prone since a solid rookie season. As much as the Jags need a pass rusher, they could really use a big body in the middle and Star fits that role.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

I have fluctuated between a DT and QB for the Raiders. Clearly, Carson Palmer isn’t the biggest or only problem with this roster. Terrelle Pryor played well in his first career start and proved he is worth developing. For that reason, the Raiders look to take a dominate defensive lineman. They don’t get much more disruptive than Sheldon Richardson. Richardson is only going to rise after he blows up the NFL Combine. I fully expect him to run in the 4.7 range at near 300 pounds.

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 – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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. The top defensive end spot is going to be an intriguing one between Werner and Damontre Moore. Werner is equally adept as a pass rusher and run defender.

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. As much as some want the Cardinals to hinge their hopes on Kolb, there’s no way they are paying $11 million next season and a $2 million roster bonus in March. I would expect the Cards to part ways with Kolb and look to the draft for their franchise quarterback.

8. Buffalo Bills – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Doug Marrone is taking over the Bills. Many believe he will look to take his former QB in Ryan Nassib at this spot. That would be a monumental mistake on his part. Nassib is solid but needs work and doesn’t warrant the eighth pick. Pairing Mario Williams with another stud pass rusher should be a priority for the offensive minded Marrone.

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

The Jets desperately need a QB but I can’t see them taking a shot on Matt Barkley at No. 9. Their pass rush was anemic this season despite some fairly solid defensive numbers. While Mingo underperformed compared to his enormous ceiling, he will have scouts drooling over the promise of a bright future after workouts.

10. Tennessee Titans – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

I don’t see defensive end as the Titans biggest need but passing on a talent like Jordan would be unwise. Jordan brings a unique skill set and could bring some much needed versatility to this defense. The Titans were awful in most defensive categories in 2012 and finding a playmaker is an absolute must.

Eric Fisher


11. San Diego Chargers – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

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. Taylor Lewan will be rated higher on most draft boards but it’s my personal feeling that Fisher is the better of the two. Fisher has been compared to former Chippewa Joe Staley but I believe he’s more ready to play than Staley was coming out of college.

12. Miami Dolphins – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

As of 6:30 PM EST I had Taylor Lewan in this spot. So much for that. Nothing like the last minute changes to mock drafts that end up changes everything. I really contemplated Chance Warmack and Johnthan Banks here but at the end of the day, the Dolphins need to find an impact defender. I don’t love Banks’ ability to ballhawk in the secondary and don’t see him much better than the options they can go after in the 2nd round. Jones’ medical concerns will keep teams up at night. If he checks out ok medically, I think he falls somewhere between 9 and 18.

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 – Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Ron and Dwan Edwards make up the completely inept Edwards Wall in Carolina. With any luck neither will be back next season. Jesse Williams brings upside and potential to be exactly what the Panthers need. He’s a freak athlete that will test off the charts. Still a little raw in terms of technique but the tools are there to be a really good DT.

15. New Orleans Saints – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

There is going to be a ton of debate on Hankins leading up to the draft. At times, Hankins looks like a top five prospect. At other times, he turns into Harry Houdini. His tendency to wear down due to conditioning is a concern but fits what New Orleans needs to a tee. Hankins is a big body, run stuffer with the ability to pressure the QB.

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

The Rams couldn’t go wrong with drafting a tackle or guard. Quality upgrades at both positions is an absolute necessity early in the draft. Warmack was his usually dominant self in the National Championship Game and proved that he is one of the top prospects in the draft.

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  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    No to Te’o,we do not have the D-line to shield him from O-line nor hide
    his weakness. As of right now, A.Brown And Minter are better fits for
    this defense. I doubt that the steelers draft an another short WR but a Tall WR. Since
    Haley became OC we have only drafted(Toney Clemons) &
    signed(Plaxico Burress & Derek Moye) big WRs(Red Zone Targets). If Haley come back, I
    do not see that changing. Good Bengals Mock though.

    • neighborhooddrunkpart2

      do you think Quinton Patten have a shot to be drafted in the second round?

      • bradc11

        For sure. There’s a lot of individuals that think he’s a 1-2. I don’t value him that high but he’s a solid receiver that will be in the mix for a spot in round two. For me, it came down to a numbers game with Patton sliding out of round two. This receiver class is really jumbled between the end of round one and beginning of round two.

        • neighborhooddrunkpart2

          I got another question for you, Do you think Datone Jones can be a 3-4 OLB?

          • bradc11

            I think Datone Jones is a guy that can play anywhere. I love Jones. His best fit is 4-3 or 3-4 end. Can play the 5T, has that kind of strength.

    • bradc11

      It was a real struggle with Te’o or Minter for this pick. I’m not sure Arthur Brown excels opposite Timmons. He’s going to work out better in a fast flow defense, probably best suited for 4 man front. I like Te’o because I think he brings the intangibles that are needed at the spot. Te’o definitely gets the nod in pass coverage over Minter, which I think is needed. Robert Woods checks in at almost 6’1 and 190 pounds. While he’s not 6’3 or 6’4, he plays above his height with excellent body control and uses his body to shield defenders as well as anyone in the draft. He’s a little slender but probably adds a little bulk leading up to the Combine. If the Steelers walk away from the draft with Te’o and Woods, I would hate life as Browns fan. That’s two pretty good players that should step in immediately and make impacts.

  • Reggie

    I think Star Lotulelei is a proper selection for the Jaguars. You are right with the competition between Werner and Moore. Right now I go with Moore but long term potential is Werner. Moore is more productive and faces harder competition. Werner’s stats can be misleading but I think he can become a solid producer. Still think you are a bit hard on Barrett Jones. If I was the Lions gm I wouldnt pass on him though I do like Xavier Rhodes.

    • bradc11

      You know I’m a huge fan of Werner’s but I think Star fills a bigger need. While I don’t have him rated that high, there’s plenty of people that do. I have Werner higher than Moore but it’s awfully close. I have finished my review of Barrett Jones…not that I don’t like him, just think he’s a better guard than center. I’d hate to see him lining up across from B.J. Raji. He struggled consistently with guys head up on him. Werner and Rhodes would be a solid duo.

      • Reggie

        I think 90% of ceners would struggle in that regard. Remember it was his first season at that position. I guess we will have to see on him. I would have no problem with Werner and Rhodes. In Round 3 I would love to see Warford, Frederick, or Green. Also can you believe how much talent is going to potentially be in next year’s draft?

        • bradc11

          I’m nitpicking with him but I think it’s a waste to spend a pick on him if you need a center. He’s got a shot to be a good guard. Trust and believe I tried to fit Warford into the 2nd round, it’s just that’s where the strength lies in this draft. It’s a strong draft in the 2-4 round. Next year looks to be loaded.

          • Reggie

            It is a strong 2-3rd Round draft. I hope you are right and we can get him at 65. Still a ton of time. Senior Bowl is my favorite predraft event and it is near. Who are a few prospects you are eagerly waiting to evaluate?

          • bradc11

            Most obvious is Mike Glennon. Want to see him with legit weapons, under fire. Lavar Edwards is a guy I like but want to see his edge speed against these tackles. Kyle Long will be one to keep an eye on, big time talent.

          • Reggie

            Mike Glennon will be curious. I know you have driven his stock hard the last few months. Guy has the physical skills to do well in Cold, windy weather which is nice since those teams need QB’s and are selecting early. Lavar Edwards I know little about and Kyle Long is someone I am looking forward to as well. I really am interested in the Safety prospects as well as the RB’s.

  • HardcoreBillsfan37

    If the Bills aren’t going to be able to get a QB in the First round then Moore or Dion Jordan would definitely be my second choice for them, although Jordan would probably be a better fit for 3-4 that Pettine will be bringing in for the Bills.

    • bradc11

      At the time I was writing the mock, the DC was still up in the air. I felt Moore was fit either system. In hindsight, with Pettine, in the fold I would put Jordan in that slot. He is best suited as a rush linebacker in the 3-4 and would be a solid piece for Buffalo. We’ll see how much the labrum injury will affect his draft stock. Shouldn’t too much because he stood up so much at Oregon that we know what were getting with him in that spot.

      • HardcoreBillsfan37

        I agree. I think that Pettine will be able to mold the Bills D into something special, and when you add Jordan to the list of talent that Buffalo has, it will turn into one of the most feared pass rushing unit in the NFL.

      • HardcoreBillsfan37

        What would you think of Marrone trying to reunite Nassib with himself? I’m apposed of the move, I would rather have Tyler Wilson over Nassib.

        • bradc11

          I’m not a huge fan of Nassib’s. There’s a lot of guys out there that value him in the first round range. I’m more of a 2-3 guy. I would take Wilson over Nassib everyday and twice on Sunday