2013 NFL Mock Draft: 5-Rounder

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23. Minnesota Vikings – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Wide Receiver is a huge need for the Vikings. Word broke that Percy Harvin may be traded on Sunday. Outside of Percy Harvin they have nothing at the position, especially if they can’t bring back Jerome Simpson. Hopkins gives Christian Ponder a solid target to pair with Harvin (should he stay) and TE Kyle Rudolph. If they trade Harvin they are absolutely broke at the position.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

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Chuck Pagano will love Datone Jones’ versatility. He played DE and DT at UCLA but there’s no doubt that he’s athletic enough to play standing up as well. That kind of versatility is invaluable in today’s NFL. Jones was dominant at the Senior Bowl after a spectacular senior season.

25. Seattle Seahawks – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

This may be a bit of a reach but the Seahawks haven’t been afraid to reach in the past. Short can be a flat out dominant, penetrating DT when is switch is on. He was unblockable in the Senior Bowl game and had a solid week of practice. He’s exactly what the Seahawks are looking for in their defense and gives them some much needed interior pass rush.

26. Green Bay Packers – Johnathan Hankins, DT/DE, Ohio State

Hankins is an intriguing prospect that has lost a lot of momentum as of late. He brings the versatility to play the nose or five-technique. B.J. Raji wore down as the season wore on and the Packers have no one to fill in for him should he go down with an injury. With Raji in the middle, the Packers could kick Hankins to end. He gives them some much needed versatility.

27. Houston Texans – Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

The Texans would have to feel pretty good if Allen were there for their taking. After years of searching for a legit No.2 to play opposite Andre Johnson, the Texans find a gift in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft.

28. Denver Broncos – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Keith Brooking has seen his better days as a starter. Joe Mays lost the starting gig to Brooking and won’t be back. This pick makes a ton of sense as the Broncos haven’t had a leader on the inside of their defense since Al Wilson manned the middle. It’s a good situation for Te’o as he steps into a strong locker room. Best case scenario for Te’o.

29. New England Patriots – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Devin McCourty has moved to free safety and Aqib Talib may not be back at a price New England is willing to pay. Alfonzo Dennard was a find for them late in the 2012 draft but they have little outside of Dennard. Trufant blew up at the Senior Bowl after a terrific senior season. He showed the competitive swagger of a top corner. Now he’ll have to prove he can back it up.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

It doesn’t sound like Tony Gonzalez is going to be back with the team next season. At 37, it’s no surprise as he watch one of the top TE’s in the history of the game walk away. The offense is opened up so much with an effective TE working the middle. This could be the steal of the draft if Ertz falls to the 30th pick and should be a slam dunk by the Falcons.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Jesse Williams, DT/DE, Alabama

The 49ers defensive line wasn’t the same without Justin Smith. Williams fits in well for this defense with the strength to play the nose and the athleticism to play five-technique. That versatility will make him high on the ‘Niners wish list. They won’t need to press Williams into early action which should help him out as he’s still relatively new to the game.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The lack of athleticism in the middle almost cost Baltimore a Super Bowl. Ray Ray is done, which will be a huge loss in terms of leadership but not on the field play. Ray and Dannell Ellerbe were abused in pass coverage, exposing a giant weakness on this defense.

Ogletree has top 20 talent and is a top 10 athlete but a combination of off the field issues with lack of physicality could have him fall into the laps of the Ravens. Good news for the Super Bowl champs as he fits their need to a tee.

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  • Bex_R1986

    Five rounds, your spoiling us! =)

    If we come away with Rhodes and Eiffert in the opening two rounds I’ll be pleased with that. Two late first round graders (for me), one at a slight reach and one at a slight steal, I’ll take that balancing out.

    I think I preferred getting Goodman rather than Simon from the last mock, Simon was a better college player, I’m just perhaps unwisely sold on Goodman’s upside. Either way, they are very closely ranked for me (102 for MG and 107 for JS).

    I’d rather go with B.W. Webb than Commings. If Commings ends up suiting safety better at the next level, we’ll already have Barron and Jefferson. We passed on the small school prospect Josh Norman in the last draft though, so I don’t know if that makes Webb less likely also.

    Regardless, if the draft plays out this way, we’re going to have one of the youngest secondaries in the laegue! With Rhodes, Jefferson & Commings joining with Barron, Leonard Johnson and Keith Tandy. It may be wise to add another veteran free agent signing to the group.

    In most mocks we end up with a handy WR addition. It’s been Austin, Bailey, now Sanders. Personally I’ll take any of them! As long as we add at least one. I like waiting and grabbing Sanders though, addressing bigger needs early.

    • bradc11

      I just couldn’t let Simon go any further down the board. I will be rooting for him in the NFL. Not just because I’m a Buckeye homer but because he’s an outstanding person and leader. I think he’ll be a first guy in, last guy out type that finds success in the NFL despite not being ideal size. I liked Goodman there as well but the receivers are deep and thought Simon was a great value.

      I’m a huge fan of Commings. I think he’s got a shot to stick at corner in the league. Movement skills are pretty good for his size. He is more of what they are looking for. Webb isn’t physical enough to fit their system.

      With Rhodes, Commings, and Johnson you have three nice sized, physical corners. Add Tandy in the mix and you are young and pretty deep. Barron with Jefferson is intriguing. I’m not real high on Jefferson but he’s a great value there and if he can clean up his open field tackling he’s got loads of upside.

      Ace Sanders is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. Definite value as a returner and could make an impact in the slot. I loved his game in college, we’ll see if he can cut it in the NFL at that size…he’s tiny.

      • Bex_R1986

        I certainly do still really like John Simon. I’ve heard of his work ethic, effort and character. Urban consistantly singled him out for praise. Any locker room would benefit from his presence, so the Bucs would be glad to have him. I may have a slight edge toward Goodman but both would be a fine addition.

        Yes, I hadn’t really considered the scheme fit for Webb in that comment, was just looking at rankings on that occasion, my bad. I still also like Commings, it was mainly the point on his potential move to safety and that not being a need after Jefferson is selected. Of course, that just means that it comes down to how you project a player in the NFL and so if your correct that he will excel as a CB then the choice is a good one! As with everything draft-related, we can never be sure beforehand.

        • bradc11

          It’s all a crapshoot. I think the marriage of scheme fit, value, versatility are three of the most important characteristics when doing a mock draft. I try to follow those principles to determine my picks. Not that I’m beating my own drum but it’s frustrating to see mock drafts with no real thought going into them. This 5-rounder took me the better part of 2 days to complete because I’m looking largely at those 3 characteristics when making a selection. Teams aren’t going to draft square pegs to fit round holes. Sorry for my tangent.

          I figured it was an oversight because I know how detailed you are on your thoughts and rankings of players. Commings is a great fit and versatile guy that at the very least you build depth at two positions by taking. Win-win in my book.

          • Bex_R1986

            Well I try my best, but this was only my 2nd season of watching college football (lack of coverage available previously here in the UK, just got the pros of the NFL). It’s quite evident the thought that clearly goes into each mock and pick, makes for a superior read!

            On another note, I heard a surprising rumour about Jordan Reed getting some consideration for the 1st round by one or more teams. Don’t know how true that is, but I’m sticking with a late 2nd – early 3rd grade. Interesting if true however…

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Love every pick but the first pick. Why Mingo Brad? He’s so overrated, try to go around blockers too much, gets washed out of running plays too much, relies too much on his athleticism and need to gain some weight. I glad you’ve extended your mock draft to five rounds though. Good job.

    • bradc11

      I could argue that he’s underrated. Tough to find athletes like this fall to the 17th pick. I will give you that he could stand to play with more physicality but I think there’s times he should have ran around blocks and didn’t. He could have and should have run right around D.J. Fluker and instead tried bull rushing him. He will learn to play to his strengths with good coaching. I have to wonder about John Chavis with as many players on that defense that underproduced. I think he’s a great fit for the Steelers and could develop into a stud pass rusher to play opposite of Woodley.

      The mock was brutal to put together and I know why I don’t do more than 4 rounds. I will break out a 7-rounder once in late March. Always good hearing your Pittsburgh insight.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        Thanks. Yeah, Mingo Strength, Weight, Technique scares me(not in a good way). Hope I’m wrong about him.

  • Reggie

    Lions make out like bandits huh? I would love if Jouchel fell to them. Other Lions fans might say no you have to take defense but I wouldn’t be one of them. Jouchel is a stud. Wheaton would be a nice complement to Johnson. I am glad you switched from Williams. Carredine could be a steal…I wonder how his healing process is going. Tharold Simon isn’t bad in Round 5 but Mike Gilissee might interest me more. Solid mock Brad. Love the 5 Rounds. Whats your opinion on Simon?

    • bradc11

      I think it’s a great mock from the Lions standpoint. I thought about Gillislee to the Lions but he’s a bit of a duplicate in Leshoure. Carradine is a giant steal if he makes it down there. I somehow doubt he will. You and I have talked before (I think it was you) that I feel Carradine may be the best pure pass rusher of the FSU trio. That’s high praise considering Werner is a top pick. I just think his ceiling is so high and once healed he will be an impact player. I haven’t heard anything on the healing process but the timing of it was terrible.

      Outside of my Buckeye homerism, I really like Simon. He’s an outstanding leader with freakish strength. Unfortunately his lack of a position will hurt him. I think he can play LE in the 4-3. Doesn’t have the hips to play LB…won’t be able to cover. Could be used as a standup LB. Motor is off the charts and has enough speed to make an impact as a rusher. If he goes somewhere with an innovative DC, he could excel…he was best when Urban moved him around the DL and stood him up on passing downs. I think he winds up being a steal in that 3-4 rd. range.

      • Reggie

        No Tharold Simon. I was so confused reading this I was like ummmm oh I didnt specify. Tharold Simon CB from LSU.

        • bradc11

          Sorry stuck on John Simon. I was surprised Simon came out but he’s got upside. Looked terrible against Clemson but played pretty well for most of the year. Young but experienced corner with nice size. I could see him developing into a starter down the road. Nice fit with their system as well.

  • I’ll be seriously sad if the Jaguars pass on Tyler Wilson for Dallas Thomas. And also I will break things.

    • bradc11

      It was a tough call but I’ve had them going QB atop round 2 in every mock draft. If they are married to Gabbert/Henne this season, I think they could wait on a Matt Scott to develop in case that marriage doesn’t work out. Thomas’ ability to play right tackle or kick inside would help out this OL. Cam Bradfield graded out as one of the worst pass protectors in the league and Guy Whimper isn’t the answer. Thomas could step in immediately and start at RT. Gives you two solid bookends in Monroe and Thomas to protect whoever the QB is.

    • Reggie

      Dallas Thomas is a solid OL talent. He could fill in at RT or either OG spot. Jaguars under Bradley will still favor a smash mouth run game. Tyler Wilson is far from perfect and Bradley might prefer to wait until next season to get better QB talent….still think if Geno Smith isnt taken #1 then the Jaguars could take him.