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"Tyler Eifert"

Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert heads up the 2013 NFL Draft tight end rankings

50. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Maybe not the top need for the Steelers but how much further could Eifert fall. With Heath Miller’s knee they are left to David Paulson, who’s shown promise but represents a significant downgrade over Miller. Eifert could step in immediately and fill in for Miller, probably a better overall option.

51. New York Giants – Dallas Thomas, OT/OG, Tennessee

The offensive line in New York needs a guy that can swing from guard to tackle. Thomas fits that bill perfectly and I can’t see him falling any further than this pick.

52. Chicago Bears – Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.

The Bears haven’t used the tight end much in the passing game and Marc Trestman hasn’t been one to use the tight end a ton but with Escobar falling this far they can’t avoid taking him off the board.

53. Washington Redskins – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.

Jordan Poyer at 53 shows the tremendous depth in the 2-3 round range of this draft. Poyer is a physical playmaker that will have to answer questions about his speed. But if you’re looking for a pure playmaker that can change the game, he’s your guy. Poyer could wind up one of the best values in the draft.

54. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

There’s no doubting Hunter’s upside but I can’t stand the lack of physicality in his game. I take Stedman Bailey here but personal feelings aside, Hunter is the pick.

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Montgomery represents a solid value this late in round two. I don’t see the explosive burst to think he’s a dominate pass rusher at the next level but he’s a well round athlete that can be impactful in time.

56. Miami Dolphins (f/IND) – Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

The Dolphins are relatively broke at the CB position, especially if they can’t re-sign Sean Smith. This becomes a huge need and may not wait until the 56th pick if Smith isn’t back with the team. Even if he is, they need to get better on the edge of their defense. Alford was a standout in Mobile as he showed he can play with the best of them.

57. Green Bay Packers – Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama

Jones’ versatility will be a big reason the Packers will be interested in acquiring him. He’s a solid value this late in second and his ability to play center, guard, or right tackle will be welcomed in Green Bay.

58. Seattle Seahawks – Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

The Seahawks have to feel good about Greene falling into their laps in the second round. He fills a need area and has the talent to be taken much higher.

59. Houston Texans – Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern

Shaun Cody is a free agent and isn’t spectacular in the middle. The Texans find a gem late in round two to fill arguably their biggest need.

60. Denver Broncos – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Williams is everything the Broncos are looking for at DT. If he can play consistently, he will give them a first round value in the second. Questions about his motor abound but he’s a solid bet at pick 60.

61. New England Patriots – Matt Elam, SS, Florida

Devin McCourty may be the Pats long-term answer at FS but they have a significant hole at SS. Patrick Chung fell out of favor and likely won’t be back with the team. Steve Gregory isn’t a starting safety on a playoff team, making Elam a logical fit at this point.

62. Atlanta Falcons – Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Falcons go all offense in the first two rounds, meaning they better find a free agent pass rusher. I like the value with Bernard here enough to trump the need. Cornellius Carradine is my favorite of the pass rushers but his injury may cause him to slide into the third round.

63. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, FS, LSU

It was clear in the Super Bowl and against the Packers that the 49ers have to find more talent in the backend of their defense. I don’t know that the ‘Niners would be wise to pay Dashon Goldson a ton of money. He’s a bit overrated in my book and I would let another team overpay as I was sitting there to take Reid off the board in the 2nd.

64. Baltimore Ravens – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Why not? You are coming off a Super Bowl win and you find Tavon Austin falling to the end of the second round. Some have Austin coming off the board in the first round. While, I can’t see it I wouldn’t rule it out. His size is concerning and my bet is he makes it to the latter stages of round two.

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  • Bex_R1986

    No need to discuss the Bucs, 1st round pick, we’ve done that enough! In the 2nd, and given the way your mock plays out to that point, I personally would sooner take Eiffert or Banks than take Williams. Firstly I have both ranked higher. Second, TE is rumoured to be an early target, and other rumours from the Senior Bowl were that many Bucs coaches love Banks (though no mention if that includes the men that matter in Dominek and Schiano).

    Bailey and Goodman would be very good pick ups in the 3rd and 4th rounds. We could use a different kind of WR to Williams and Jackson; he could fit the bill. Goodman is someone who has the potential to be devastating, but hasn’t matched it yet with production. Could wind up a steal. If Bennett goes, this will also fit a need.

    A few steals in this mock by my reckoning. I have ILB Ogletree as No. 10 overall, though I can understand the drop with the off field concerns. Larry Warford and Philip Thomas are also bargains at their spots.

    Excellent mock once again, always a great read!

    • bradc11

      Had to put my personal feelings aside and go with what I’m hearing on Rhodes. I had Eifert there but changed it to Williams at the last minute. The depth at TE is very solid this year and Williams has first round ability at a position that carries more positional value. Bailey is a steal if he lasts that long. I have a borderline first round grade on him, so obviously I think very highly of him.

      You are higher on Ogletree than I am. I have a late first round grade and that’s where he falls. Love his athleticism but needs to be able to take on blocks at the next level. Gets away with it in college because of his speed and burst but that won’t be the case in the NFL.

      I agree on Warford. Absolute steal. Another guy I have a borderline 1st round grade on that may be a steal. I like Thomas but don’t love his overall game. I didn’t love the physicality he plays with. For that reason I could see him falling into that 2-3 range.

      • Bex_R1986

        Interesting point on Ogletree. I have another Georgia game scheduled to watch soon, so I’ll focus on your points and consider whether it warrants lowering him a little.

        • bradc11

          Really struggles to shed. I would say watch a particular tape but it’s pretty much every game.

          • bauercody

            I’ve notcied he also tackles very high

  • Reggie

    The Lions draft would be very fortunate. Damontre Moore would be a nice addition to the Lions. They have already released Kyle Vanden Bosch so DE is a big need. Terrance Williams would be a nice player to have but you have sold me on Markus Wheeton…so why not him over Williams? Either way a #2 WR is needed since Broyles is injury prone and we have no depth. Larry Warford in Round 3 is sick. Peterman has already been released and their is no replacement on this team. Some think Fox will move inside but that is nothing more than speculation. GREAT MOCK AND LIONS SUPER BOWL 2014.

    • bradc11

      If it were me drafting, I take Wheaton over Williams every day and twice on Thursday. I have a mid-first round grade on Wheaton and loves his game. Warford is a monster steal in the 3rd. I can’t envision him lasting that long but that’s how the board fell. This would be a very solid start for the Lions.

      • Reggie

        So with Williams you went with a consensus on him other than personal feelings. I can understand that.

        • bradc11

          Solely based on consensus. Right now is the time that I start to transition from my rankings on slotting players to more of a consensus approach.

  • Green Fever

    I would hope the Jets would pick Dion Jordan over Mingo. I would also like Mike Glennon or Chance Warmack as the pick.

    • bradc11

      Mike Glennon is going to get a long look in this range. Someone is likely to fall in love with his physical tools and take him fairly high. Mingo and Jordan are neck and neck for me but I think someone will take Mingo really high in this draft. I know teams in the top 5 value both these players very highly. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these guys is at the top of some teams draft board. That kind of physical talent.

  • brownlead

    BROWNS: If Gocong was perfectly suited to play SAM, he would have played there years ago when Mangini used the 3-4 and started over guys like Fujita, Matt Roth and David Bowens. He played LILB then and was fairly solid.

    • bradc11

      From a skills standpoint, Gocong fits SAM better than inside. He has said he’s more comfortable there after playing in college. Roth, Bowens, and Fujita played fairly well. From a skill set standpoint, I’d like to see him play on the strongside and see what he can do opposite Sheard. Sheard was a guy coming out of college that I was intrigues as a standup LB. I’ll get my shot to see if he can make the transition. Also, there’s going to be plenty of options in free agency…Paul Kruger, Anthony Spencer, Shaun Phillips, etc could hit the market.

  • dru_down

    Given that three rookie QBs made the playoffs, the notion that Matt Barkley will not be in the top 10 is laughable.

    • Matt

      Pretty much everyone has him as the 3rd or 4th best QB in the class, so you should be extremely surprised if he goes in the top 10

      • dru_down

        We’ll see.

        • Reggie

          He just doesnt stand out anywhere. I agree top 15 possibility. Christian Ponder went close to the top 10 so Barkley could go there. Its just he lacks elite physical tools, regressed a lot this season, and the stigma of USC QB’s all might hold him back

    • bradc11

      I’m not going to disagree with you on that one. I have him as my 2nd rated QB and he could very well go in the top 10. The problem is that I don’t see him a fit in Arian’s system. Buffalo doesn’t seem like a great fit for his skills and the Jets, I really don’t think they will go that route. Outside of those teams you don’t have anyone unless Oakland surprises everyone and goes with a QB. I believe he’s a first round talent but I think it will be with someone trading back or back into the first.

      • dru_down

        Someone will trade up for him (a la Washington and RGIII). Wait and see him taken in the top 10…even top 5.

  • GoHawks!

    I believe the Seahawks gets the 99th pick in the 4th Round from the Raiders.

    • bradc11

      The pick is conditional on Curry’s playing time. At this point, I don’t know if its the 4th or 5th round pick. I will research it to see if he met the conditions for the 4th.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Tyler Eifert! really brad? ugh, give me a real TE like Travis Kelce,Gavin Escobar or Dion Sims. Oh yeah, give me a Deandre Hopkins or Quinton Patton over J.Jones.

    • bradc11

      I like Kelce and Escobar but Dion Sims over Eifert. I have Escobar close to a grade with Eifert and Kelce not far behind but Sims??? News broke yesterday from a Cedar Sinai spine specialist that basically said not to be worried about the stenosis as it doesn’t increase risk of further injury and more than you and I. Jones won’t make it down to you, if true, so you may be drafting the likes of Hopkins or Patton. Minter is looking like a solid target at this point.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        True, but if I can get Bostic in the forth the no need for draft minter in the first. Yea, Hopkins or Patton would look good in Black & Gold. You don’t think that Sims isn’t a good as Eifert?

        • bradc11

          I don’t think Sims is close to Eifert in terms of talent. Sims has the physical tools minus long speed but it doesn’t translate to the field as often as it should. Can’t figure out why people are down on Eifert. Still remains a legit 1st round prospect.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Do you think the Browns can win 8 games this year?

          • bradc11

            I would take the under but I’m hopeful.

          • neighborhooddrunkpart2

            Whats your thoughts on the Browns 2012 Draft?

          • bradc11

            Looks like a very solid draft especially when you consider Gordon in the supplemental. Building blocks at WR, RB, RT, DT/DE. Verdict out on Weeden but if he can take a step forward you have to think that it’s a really great draft.

          • Reggie

            As a lifetime MSU fan I can tell you that Sims is no where near Eiffert. Sims is slow (285 pounds), his blocking is over rated, injury prone, and questionable charecter. Was kicked off the team for being part of a lab top theft from schools. Was brought back but you add all those up and it screams to me backup TE who can be used as a red zone specialist. He creates no seperation. He does have soft hands and good body control. Round 5 prospect to me.

          • bradc11

            Reggie knows best on this one. I agree on all points and I think you and I have talked about Sims as an NFL prospect.

  • Braeden

    I’d rather see the pats go CB (ryan specifically based on your mock) than any WR, although if we were to go wideout I like williams as my top WR and better than allen for sure.

    • bradc11

      I won’t argue value of WR’s although Williams wouldn’t be my choice. I did give serious consideration to Ryan at this spot. He really fits what they are looking for.

  • Shawn

    Arthur Brown for the Vikings over guys like Te’o, Ogletree, and Minter? Very unlikely!

    • bradc11

      Not seen much film on Brown?

  • Reggie

    Brad,
    Seeing the mock go this way I have a couple players I would like your thoughts on: Andre Ellington, Sean Porter,and Devin Taylor. Those are who I could see the Lions targeting as well as any safeties left over.

    • bradc11

      Three very polarizing players. Some think Ellington is a second rounder. He’s a 4-5 in my book. He was more physical this season but still doesn’t scream everydown back for me. Porter is a guy that I don’t have a great feel for and need to do more homework on. Taylor is a high upside guy that you have to wonder how much he loves the game. Fell off the map after a remarkable sophomore season. Seems that as guys started getting all the attention he was ok with playing second fiddle. I would wonder about his want-to. Talent is there but needs technique refinement. Plays high.

  • John Steppling

    great mock……only a couple thoughts. I cant see Brandon Jenkins getting out of the second. He is a big time talent. I also cant believe warford wont be high second round. And then bennie logan……this guy is an enigma to me a bit…..your thoughts if he can maybe rise higher?

    • bradc11

      Concerns with Jenkins injury and will have to make the transition to play OLB. I’d like to see how well he looks on his feet before I increase his grade. He’s one I’ll be watching intently at the Combine. 100% agree on Warford. He’s a monster and I can’t see him falling that far but that’s the way the board fell. Logan is capable of rising higher but haven’t seen the production (I know it’s an LSU guy w/o production). He’s athletic and has the physical upside but just don’t get anything from him on tape. He’s a 3-4 round grade for me at this point.

  • John Steppling

    also…corey lemonier is the steal of all time if he drops all the way to the fourth round.

    • bradc11

      Lemonier is an enigma for me. Games he looks outstanding (1st rounder) and games that I don’t notice him. He will be another 34 OLB transition that I need to see on his feet before I jump over the moon for him. Right now, he’s a little average for me.

  • http://twitter.com/Djnd1974 Donald Dueitt

    Why does everyone insist on giving the Saints Dion Jordan? They’re going to be trying to improve the defense not make it worse by drafting a bust. They’re also changing to a 34 defense yet they draft a WR instead of a NT? If your going to give them an ofensive player in the 1st 4 rds. it should be an OT.

  • cory

    Probably the best mock i’ve seen IMO because it’s definetly the most similar to my own. Only a few notable problems being Geno Smith being first overall which I do not believe hes even close to worthy of that spot, and I think Ogletree should be in the 8-21 range and Vacarro should both be in the 5-16 range. Both I agree on a ton of choices on here, the guy knows what he’s talking about.

    • cory

      But* not both

      • bradc11

        I do, don’t I? Seriously thanks for the feedback. I agree on Vaccaro. I like him in the 10-20 range and think he’s a really solid value at 21. Ogletree, I don’t love as much as some others. Doesn’t play physical enough for my liking at the position. Relies on unbelievable athleticism which won’t cut it at the next level. Geno is up for debate. He’s my 13th ranked prospect…higher than many have him…but I don’t love him as the first overall pick. That said, in my eyes if you don’t have a QB, you have to aggressively go after one. Until the Chiefs pick up someone via trade or free agency you will see me mocking my top rated QB at the spot. I agree he’s not worthy of that spot but positional value is through the roof at that position.

  • Reggie

    Brad,

    I think Damontre Moore will be one to watch at the Combine. I am starting to think his athleticism is a little over rated. If that is the case I am unsure of him at 5. I do not like the feeling I get from Dion Jordan either. I know we have butted heads but unless Jouchel falls or Werner I think Ezekial Ansah, Eric Fischer, or Dee Millner might be gaining consideration. It all depends on if the Lions resign Houston or Avril. They will not be able to do both. Fischer would be a great fit on this team…more so than Warmack. We just do not run the ball enough to consider him. Sounds like we might go after free agent OL talent…such as Levitre maybe? Also if he clears medical reports do not count out Jarvis Jones….Xanders might want a similiar blitzing LB as Von Miller and our LB core is vanilla without the promise of toppings.

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