2013 NFL Mock Draft – Combine Edition
79. Pittsburgh Steelers – Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Stepfan Taylor didn’t run a great 40 time but it’s what you see on tape. He’s built for a power running game and is a guy that can carry the ball 20-25 times a game and gives you one of the best blocking RB’s in the draft.
80. Dallas Cowboys – EJ Manuel, QB, Florida St.
Tony Romo may be the short-term answer at QB for the Cowboys but they better start grooming his replacement. The ‘Boys have nothing behind Romo and Manuel is a guy that could pay dividends down the road.
81. New York Giants – Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama
Is there a pick that makes more sense than Jones to the Giants. He fits everything Jerry Reese covets in a prospect. The Giants could be cutting some of their veteran talent on the OL.
82. Miami Dolphins – David Amerson, CB/FS, N.C. State
The Dolphins double up on the cornerback position? Amerson may be making the switch to the free safety position at the next level. His lack of foot speed was exposed badly against Tennessee and Florida St. He could be a prime candidate to be the next Antrel Rolle in the NFL as he makes the transition before the end of training camp.
83. Cincinnati Bengals – Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
Jefferson slides a bit but I’ve heard 3rd to 4th round grades on him. So, it should come to no surprise to anyone that he’s available for the Bengals at the end of round one.
84. Washington Redskins – David Bakhtiari, OG, Colorado
Bakhtiari is a perfect fit for Mike Shanahan’s scheme. The Redskins offensive line has to be addressed with their limited picks in the draft.
85. Minnesota Vikings – Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
The Vikings may find a gem in Hughes. He’s big, physical and more seasoned than anyone would expect from a small schooler.
86. Indianapolis Colts – Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
One of the winners of the Combine is going to be Armstead. He’s an elite athlete that could develop into a starter at right or left tackle down the road.
87. Seattle Seahawks – John Simon, DE, Ohio State
If anyone can find a spot for Simon it’s going to be the Seahawks. He’s the hardest worker that fits in well with this team.
88. Green Bay Packers – Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
The Packers have a solid but unspectacular stable of RB’s. Ball has the ability to be a spectacular back but I worry about all the collegiate carries slowing him down.
89. Houston Texans – Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio St.
Zone scheme with a need at right tackle. Enter Reid Fragel who I think plays early in this system. He’s a former TE that is still learning from a technique standpoint but has all the tools to be a good one and steal of the draft. This guy is going to get drafted earlier than expected.
90. Denver Broncos – David Quessenberry, OG, San Jose St.
Ditto what I just said about Reid Fragel. This guy is a great fit in Denver’s scheme and is vastly underrated.
91. New England Patriots – Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
The freak show is about to begin in Indy. Hunt threw up 38 reps and will run like a deer at near 280 pounds. He can grow into his frame even more and a guy that the Patriots stash away for future dominance.
92. Atlanta Falcons – Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Kasa quietly put up one of the better performances of the TE class in Indy. He’s big and is just learning to play the position. A year behind Tony Gonzalez could work wonders for this kid.
93. San Francisco 49ers – Bennie Logan, DE, LSU
Bennie Logan shocked me with his weigh-in. If he can maintain his athleticism this may be a pipe dream for SF to land Logan at the end of round three.
94. Baltimore Ravens – Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Swope went 4.3 at the Combine. Despite small hands, they are pretty reliable. He gives the Ravens some insurance in case Anquan Boldin is cut to fit under the salary cap.