2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Edition
48. Pittsburgh Steelers – Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
I think Bailey has a shot at being the best receiver in this class. He didn’t run well but he’s a guy that you go to on money downs when you need a 1st. Love this player and the fit.
49. New York Giants – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Linval Joseph and Kawann Short could give the Giants the stoutness they seek against the run. Short could go as high as 26 to Seattle, so this is excellent value.
50. Chicago Bears – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Zach Ertz remains my top tight end despite having a very pedestrian Combine performance. The Bears need a threat to take some of the pressure off Brandon Marshall.
51. Washington Redskins – Matt Elam, SS, Florida
The Redskins need secondary help in the worst of ways. Corner and safety help is needed and Elam is a solid value at this point and fills a need at SS.
52. Minnesota Vikings – Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Vikings struggles at the WR position are well documented. It’s looking less likely that the Vikes will deal Percy Harvin but I wouldn’t rule it out. Williams is a big, vertical threat that needs to work on running an NFL route tree.
53. Cincinnati Bengals – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St.
Safety is the bigger need for the Bengals but Wheaton gives them a special talent to pair with A.J. Green. They have some young, solid options but none at the talent level that Wheaton brings to the table.
54. Miami Dolphins (f/IND) – Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Dolphins have to go after a WR in free agency. Even if they can score a Greg Jennings type in FA, they would be wise to grab a receiver relatively high in the draft.
55. Green Bay Packers – Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Charles Woodson is done in Green Bay and leaves a significant void at the FS position. Reid is a good athlete that played better as a sophomore. He gives the Pack someone that can step in early and play at a position of need.
56. Seattle Seahawks – Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The Seahawks need to find a WOLB in free agency or the draft. Malcolm Smith played well in relief of Leroy Hill but they could use an upgrade at the position.
57. Houston Texans – John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
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.
58. Denver Broncos – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.
The Broncos secondary was exposed in the Playoffs, leaving me to believe they could address one of the corner spots or safety in the draft. Poyer is a playmaker that isn’t going to blow you away with his speed but brings leadership and studies the game as hard as any DB in the draft.
59. New England Patriots – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Pats could use a slot receiver, barring they don’t bring back Wes Welker but they also need someone that can play on the outside and stretch the field vertically. Hunter is a work in progress as a route runner and consistent hands catcher but he brings unreal athleticism to go with elite size at the position.
60. Atlanta Falcons – Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Falcons find defensive talent early and often in the draft. I think they get a steal in Brown in round one and many believe Okafor is a phenomenal pass rusher. I don’t think Okafor is a 8-10 sack guy but could develop into a solid pass rusher.
61. San Francisco 49ers – Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Alford is an early second round value in my book, so this would qualify as a steal for the ‘Niners. Alford gives them a pure cover man that is scheme diverse.
62. Baltimore Ravens – Travis Frederick, OG/OC, Wisconsin
Those that think Frederick will be affected at all by poor Combine numbers can think again. Frederick is a guy that could play immediately for the recently retired Matt Birk.