2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Edition

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12. Miami Dolphins – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.

The Dolphins could go in a bunch of different directions on this pick. With Milliner, all the top tackles, and Patterson off the board they could look at a pass rusher to play opposite Cam Wake. Werner is a solid talent that may fall a bit with a whole slew of freakish athletes being taken ahead of this point. Werner opposite of Wake is a nightmare for AFC East quarterbacks.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kenny Vaccaro, FS/SS, Texas

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This pick comes down to a secondary player, either Vaccaro or Xavier Rhodes. Vaccaro will carry a higher grade and can team up with Mark Barron to give Tampa a vicious tandem in the backend. Vaccaro can cover the slot, tight ends, and be a factor in the box. He’s a special talent that is an interchangeable piece in the secondary.

14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri 

Best case scenario for the Panthers barring one of the OT’s falling to them. DT, WR, and CB are major need areas and in this case Richardson falls in their laps. Richardson is a top five talent in my book, so getting him at this point is unreal value.

15. New Orleans Saints – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

Saints fans could be scratching their heads on this one with Damontre Moore sitting there for the taking. The secondary is a major sore spot. Rhodes is huge and will continue to rise up draft boards. Big corners are en vogue in today’s NFL and Rhodes is the prototype.

16. St. Louis Rams – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Cooper proved that he’s a freak athlete with better than advertised size/strength. While, LT is needed they won’t pass on the opportunity to take a guard unless Johnson, Fisher, or Joeckel slides to them (not happening). They could trade up for one of those guys but sitting at 16 and still getting Cooper is a pretty nice consolation prize.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M

James Harrison doesn’t want to restructure which will make it very difficult for him to stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have their pick between Moore and Barkevious Mingo. Moore isn’t quite the athlete that Mingo is but he’s a safer pick for the Steelers. Moore is made to standup in the Steelers defense and could be an immediate impact player. The reason I have him falling to 17 is that I don’t see him as an eight-to-ten sack a year guy. He’s disruptive and could be a productive pass rusher but not on an elite level.

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18. Dallas Cowboys – Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

The fit may not make a ton of sense but I can’t see Monte Kiffin saying I can’t use this guy in my defense. His ceiling is through the roof but fears of a low floor could keep him out of the top 15 picks. Mingo opposite of Ware is a dangerous thought for Robert Griffin, Eli Manning, and whoever is taking snaps in Philadelphia.

19. New York Giants – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones hurt his draft stock by not competing in Indianapolis. It only feeds the perception that he is a limited athlete. Combine that with the fact that there is still questions about his medical exams in Indy and you have the makings for a fall in the draft. The Giants could be Jones’ floor as he’s just too talented to make it past Jerry Reese. He’s an ideal SLB in the 4-3.

20. Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Stockpiling OL should be a priority for Marc Trestman’s club this offseason. Fluker wasn’t expected, nor did he, tear up the Combine. Don’t let that fool you into believing that he’s not a first round pick. At worst you get a very good RG at best he could be a Pro Bowl RT in the league. Sign Jay Cutler and Chicago up for two of those.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State

I’m going to take some venom on this pick. Hear me out. Carlos Dunlap is average and Michael Johnson is going to cost a lot of cash. I believe Johnson is back, maybe tagged, but finding a DE for the long-term should be a priority.

Now for Carradine. He’s a top 15 talent if healthy. His recovery is ahead of projections and word that he may be able to workout before the draft broke yesterday. That’s a great sign. Carradine was the best pass rusher on the field at times this season on a team that features Bjoern Werner.

22. St. Louis Rams (f/Washington) – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins ran well enough to confirm the film. He’s not an elite blazer but is fast enough to keep DB’s honest in the vertical game. St. Louis is most likely going to lose Danny Amendola and have unproven youngsters behind him. They need someone that could emerge into a No. 1 receiver and Hopkins has the instincts and ball skills to emerge into that guy.

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  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Bailey over Patton, Williams, and Rogers? Really? We already have two wideouts like Bailey. We don’t need another 5’10 guy. Give us a wideout that is least 6’0 and up. Also if Arthur Brown run under 4.62, I’m taking him over Moore.

    • bradc11

      Arthur Brown may not run. If he does he will be under 4.62. Plays fast and I would take him in that range. Added weight will help him. I am going to count you as a Stedman Bailey hater. Kidding. I’d take him over everyone in this draft not named Cordarrelle Patterson and I’ve heard I’m not alone on that assessment. Don’t get lost in his 40 time. Agility and explosion drills were through the roof. He’s quicker than fast and is crafty as any WR in the draft.

      • neighborhooddrunkpart2

        I don’t hate Bailey, I just don’t want another short WR.

  • Reggie

    Brad you hit it spot on with the Lions. Eric Fischer is the best player at this point. I would love a DE over an OT but passing on Fischer is unwise. If we do take a DE it is looking like Ansah. That is the only player we hear about (which usually means that will not be the pick). I still think Werner should be taken over him but we shall see how the process unfolds.

    • bradc11

      Fisher fills a need and is BPA. If he’s there it will be tough for them to pass on. I’m a fan of Ansah’s to Detroit but it would be a toss up between him and Werner.

  • Reggie

    Ohhh Brad. Manti Te’o and Sam Montgomery? I do not know what to say to that. Lots of question marks surrounding those two

    • bradc11

      Great value picks where you get them. I struggled with Montgomery but I think Te’o really helps this defense. He’s a great value pick and adds on the field leadership. With the catfishing incident in the rearview mirror people are going to start focusing on football and he’s still pretty good at that.

      • Reggie

        I dont know with Te’o. Lacke elite athleticism and isnt a good fit at OLB in a 4-3. Usually agree with you but not on this one. Though saw some Carredine…you are right with him.

  • cory

    Once again, very close with my new mock! (trust me before I came on here) This was the one I came up with earlier today.
    1. KC- Joeckel 2. JAX- Fisher 3. OAK- Floyd 4. PHI- Jordan 5. DET- Ansah 6. CLE- Milliner 7. ARI- Smith 8. BUF- Barkley 9. NYJ- Patterson 10. TEN- Richardson
    I know pick two there is gonna be some disagreement. the jags will definitely be looking defense, but I think their best bet is taking a tackle. No matter who the QB is, Gabbart, 2nd or 3rd rounder, he needs to be able to stay in the pocket and that was my ideology on that

    • cory

      btw- yes, im going to give you some venom because of the Tank Carradine pick. It’s too low! I honestly see him going to TB/DAL/NYG, the 2013 Bruce Irvin

      • bradc11

        A lot with Carradine depends on his workout in April. He has said he’s going to do a full workout. If he does and looks good he could go top 15 easy.

  • Boston Sports Fan

    HOLY F***! Trufant, Hunter and Hunt all to my Pats? Hell yes! Make this happen!

    • Braeden

      I (a pats fan as well) would be thanking what ever godly force made this possible and knowing he is back on our side like in 2001-04.

      • bradc11

        I don’t think that draft is out of the realm of possibility. Hunter’s tape isn’t nearly as good as his workouts. Ditto that for Hunt…I have a 5th rd. grade on him. Trufant is one that may not make it to their pick.

  • Guest

    I (a pats fan as well) would be thanking what ever godly force made this possible and knowing he is back on our side like in 01-04.

  • Skinsfan

    Redskins don’t need a guard. They drafted one in the 3rd round last year. Needs are FS, CB, OT, TE, ILB.

    • Skinsfan

      Also Reid would be better then Elam in the 2nd round.