NFL's Future

2014 NFL Mock Draft

Post Combine 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On March - 4 - 2013
"Luke Joeckel"

Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

We saw some unreal performances in Indianapolis that will be sure to throw mock drafts in a tailspin. We attempt to thwart the hype in our post-Combine 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

Before we jump into the mock, over the next couple of week’s you will be seeing plenty of a game called Play the Draft. Play the Draft is the hottest fantasy game on the internet. If you are a fan of the fantasy football and the NFL Draft, this game blends the best of both worlds. If you sign up right now, we are offering free entrance into NFL’s Future league. The winner of the league will receive a 2013 subscription to NFL All Access which allows you to see games as coaches see them. In addition and most importantly you will have bragging rights on the site for a year. I’m in, so join now for free and get in on the game everyone will be talking about real soon. Click the link to join NFL’s Future league.

STAY CONNECTED WITH NFL’S FUTURE: FACEBOOK I TWITTER

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

The Alex Smith trade is official…well sort of. Andy Reid has hitched his cart to Alex Smith for better or worse, Chiefs fans. The goal will be to keep Dwayne Bowe and attempt to ensure he has a solid blindside protector. I think they let Brandon Albert walk as he’ll command big dollars with back issues. They let someone else pick up the tab on that one and move on.

This pick could come down to Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher. John Dorsey and Andy Reid will have to debate which OT has the most promise out of the two. Flip a coin, as they both bring special qualities. For now, we’ll go with Joeckel in a photo finish.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

I’m locked into Dion Jordan with this pick. It just makes too much sense to me that Gus Bradley would find his Chris Clemons/Bruce Irvin as there isn’t one on the current roster. Dee Milliner should get some love here as Gus has been vocal about finding a physical press corner. Milliner fits the bill and I was close on making a corner the No. 2 overall selection.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Reggie McKenzie isn’t tied to Carson Palmer or Terrelle Pryor. Way back when I was mocking quarterbacks to the Raiders but as the group began tailing off, I began changing that selection up to defense. With Geno officially out of the mix at No. 1, I think it’s going to be difficult for the Raiders to pass on him if he’s sitting there for them.

That said, this defense is broken…badly. I would put my hopes in Pryor or Palmer and take the best defensive player on the board. Floyd gives the Raiders a penetrating 3T that can pressure and shoot gaps to destroy the action in the backfield. The Raiders have to make finding defensive talent a priority in the draft.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

If the Eagles are unable to keep Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and/or Nnamdi Asomugha they will have nothing at the corner position except for an adequate slot.

Dee Milliner is fresh off dispelling the myth that he couldn’t run. His hands let him down a bit but the reality is that teams will be interested in his big body, physical play, and speed. He will have them thinking thoughts of a faster but shorter Richard Sherman which may be too much for the Eagles to pass on.

5. Detroit LionsEric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Eric Fisher doesn’t have to move far. He’s a Michigan kid that stays in Michigan. The Lions have nothing at LT and Gosder Cherilus is a free agent and had a surgery in Germany in the offseason. Defensive end is clearly a big need but Fisher is the best player available at a spot of need. Protecting Matt Stafford is a major priority for this team as they need to do everything possible to ensure he maximizes his talent. Finding a receiver to complement Calvin Johnson will be the next step for this offense.

If the Lions go with a DE, look for Ezekiel Ansah to come off the board at this point. The Lions staff worked with Ansah at the Senior Bowl and have seen what he’s capable of in the wide 9.

Join our Play the Draft fantasy league and win All-22 Access

6. Cleveland Browns – Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU

"Ezekiel Ansah"

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

This is an intriguing pick and the Browns could be in an interesting position to make a deal. Geno Smith is still out there and the Cardinals could be licking their chops to make Smith the quarterback to begin the Bruce Arians era. We don’t mock trades but if the Bills or Jets really like Geno they could do a deal with the Browns to get ahead of the Cardinals.

The other scenario could have the Browns pulling the trigger on Smith. Mike Lombardi wasn’t a fan of the Brandon Weeden selection but for now, we’ll go defense here.

Ezekiel Ansah brings more intrigue than any prospect in the draft, for me. He brings loads of versatility to Ray Horton’s defense as he can stand up or put his hand in the dirt. He’s a special player but also brings more risk than any prospect at this point.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Cutting Kevin Kolb takes $7.5 million to the bank. If Kolb doesn’t restructure his deal, it’s a certainty that they will be moving on from him as their starter. Brian Hoyer is a restricted free agent and they would be wise to tender him as a stopgap and possible bridge to Geno, if he isn’t ready.

Bruce Arians vertical offense could find its man with Geno Smith. Smith throws a great deep ball and Larry Fitzgerald could be a happy man if Smith is the pick.

MORE: Geno Smith has met with the Cardinals

8. Buffalo Bills – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

I really debated going offensive line with this pick. If the Bills lose Andy Levitre in free agency that leaves a hole at LG making Chance Warmack a logical selection. If they really wanted to upgrade the line, they could look at going with Lane Johnson and moving Cordy Glenn to right tackle.

Cordarrelle Patterson would look nice on the outside but the WR depth in the draft could keep them from taking a risk on Patterson. Instead, they make new DC Mike Pettine very happy by giving him a versatile rush linebacker in Barkevious Mingo. Mingo showed off his freakish athleticism at the Combine and will have DC’s salivating with his versatility.

9. New York Jets – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

At some point you just need to draft good football players. It’s not a sexy pick and they could go for a splash player like Cordarrelle Patterson or Jarvis Jones. Instead they opt to strengthen their offensive line. Which wasn’t great in 2012 and will be worse in 2013 unless they can find upgrades to Vladimir Ducasse and Dennis Landolt.

Warmack is arguably one of the best football players in the draft. We could debate positional value all day but the bottom line remains that he’s a Pro Bowl caliber player at a position of need.

10. Tennessee Titans – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Sheldon Richardson falling to No. 10 is an enormous steal in my book. Richardson’s potential is through the roof. He had a so-so Combine which has some down on the Missouri disruptor.

The Titans are good but not great in the middle of their defense. Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Mike Martin are solid, young DT’s but none offer the potential that Richardson brings to the table.

MORE: Sheldon Richardson Profile

11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Lane Johnson proved that what was on tape wasn’t a fluke. He’s the most athletic tackle in the draft and has boatloads of upside. The offensive line deficient Chargers would be foolish to pass on a future stud left tackle at No. 11 and I don’t see it happening. I wialso don’t believe they will be able to stay put and still pick up Johnson. I’m not sure he won’t wind up in the top 9 picks of the draft when it’s all said and done.

Click here to check out picks 12-22

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Wow, Ryan Swope? Didn’t see that coming. Best draft you have done in weeks.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Menelik Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, & Jamar Taylor in the first round? I see what you did there?

  • John Steppling

    Id say three guys are going to fly up boards…shamarko thomas……Armstead….and corelius washington. I have a feeling brandon williams falls…..not too far, but out of the first three rounds. Lemonier might rise, too. But shamarko could end up high in the second round. His forty time is just too tempting.

    • bradc11

      Shamarko is very average in coverage which should deter teams from taking him too high…but you are right that his 40 and hitting ability will tempt teams. Armstead could be a 2nd rounder when it’s all said and done. I didn’t like Corn Washington’s tape at all but that athleticism will intrigue teams. Might be a nice fit in Detroit’s wide nine. I think Brandon Williams is a steal if he falls out of the 2nd round.

  • ThisGuy

    Lions: “With Milliner and Brown in the fold this defense gets some significant upgrades at positions of need.”
    I thought they selected Eric Fisher in the 1st.

    • bradc11

      Thanks for the catch. I kicked Milliner around at 4 or 5 for about an hour, so it stuck with me.

  • Zach

    No way the cowboys take some of these guys with better prospects still on the board. I agree with Cooper in round 1 since Floyd, Richardson, and Warmack are already gone, he is a sure fire day one starter. In round 2 I think they’d go with Short instead of the Alabama kid, I just see Short or Sylvester Williams from UNC being better fits for the new 4-3 they’re running. In round 3 you still have Phillip Thomas on the board and there’s no way they don’t take him if he is there will all the question marks we have at safety. Finally in round 4 you have Lattimore coming off the board right after us, with Felix leaving in free agency and Murray’s injury history, he would be a good get to give us a dynamic duo at running back. Plus he would give jerry that splash pick he always goes for.

    • bradc11

      Williams has more upside than Short and Sly Williams. He should be higher on most draft boards than either of those two. He’s an underrated athlete that gives the Cowboys a strong anchor with the ability to push the pocket. Round 3, I took a flier on Manuel. He’s a great value pick there and the Cowboys really need to come away from this draft with a solid developmental QB. It should be a priority with nothing on the roster. Would be a huge mistake to not take someone this year if the value fits and Manuel does in the 3rd. Really debated RB in the 4th but I think Lavar Edwards is, at worst, a sub package rusher from day one. Finding someone in the 4th that is capable of playing significant snaps is huge. Could be the long-term answer opposite Ware. I liked the value of their picks and I don’t know that they can take the risk on Lattimore with Murray propensity for injuries. Really should be looking for 2nd tier back in free agency. Jerry could get an Arkansas boy in Peyton Hillis on the cheap.

  • Braeden

    love the pats picks, Wlliams is my favorite wr as far as value and I like all of the low 1st high second corners and if trufant is inevitably not there (a la Stephon Gilmore Last year) than I would like Blidi wreh, alford, or even Banks at the pick. I don’t know much about Wilcox, so no comment there other than we do need a safety(though I would probably prefer shamarko thomas of syracuse or Phillip Thomas or Fresno St., but if one of the DT prospects falls to us in the third i would be happy with that as well.

    • bradc11

      I have heard teams are valuing Wilcox in the 2nd round range. Won’t go that far with it yet but it’s a good sign. Converted to safety this year but has loads of upside at the position. Seems like a solid Pats pick. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl and has good tape from this season.

      • Braeden

        i’ll take a look at him if i can find any film, being that he is from a small school, though belichick like big school prospects, he also likes versatililty, and he has played both safety and corner, than that should be a plus. if trufant isn’t there, then what corner goes next as a good fit in the pats’ scheme? also, in the third i would rather see bennie logan over all of the safeties at that point since we need a pass-rushing 3-tech, and he is good fit here, and he has all of the extras that bill looks for, versatility, renowned work ethic, and production against top level competition in the SEC.

        on a side note I’m currently in the top ten in your play the draft league and i just bought some more players, your right it is very addicting, especially since there is no real monetary risk.

        • bradc11

          Here’s a link to the Samford game. http://draftbreakdown.com/jj-wilcox-vs-samford-2012

          I really like Jamar Taylor. Wrote in his scouting report over the weekend that he could be a fit in NE in the late first.

          I really lost track of Bennie Logan in this mock. Think I put him too low…one of my regrets of the mock. Definitely could get looks from NE.

          I’ve warned everyone about Play the Draft. I was a full fledged addict last year. Tell everyone you know about it as were trying to push the game hard for draft fans. It can’t be too bad if Mel Kiper plays.

          • Braeden

            will do for the play the draft thing, and i was wondering why logan was so low. gotta get tape on taylor today too, another guy i neglected that i shouldn’t have. his tape i should be able to find.

          • bradc11

            Just a numbers game for Logan Ryan. He’s going to carry a high to mid 2nd round grade for me. Just too many guys in that range, so some have to fall. The teams at the top of round three are going to get great values. You’ll be able to find plenty of tape on Taylor and it’s all good. Over aggressive at times but does everything well.

          • Braeden

            I meant bennie logan but i like logan ryan as well, I remember when you had him going as high as the bucs pick, and yeah the late 1 early 2 area is cluttered with corners and he may fall because of it.

          • bradc11

            Every mock draft has a regret. This one was Bennie Logan. Dropped a little too far. I guess I can understand why guys drop on draft day. His added weight stood out to me, although I really wanted to see him run with the additional weight. I think he’s a guy that falls somewhere between late 2 – mid 3. Glut of corners is really the only thing holding Ryan back. He’s still high on my board.

          • Braeden

            Ryan is someone you and I both like then. but then, i also like desmond truant, Xavier rhodes, robert Alford, blidi wreh wilson, etc. so i think that ryan could be a good value pick for a team drafting late in round 2 (likely the redskins who need a CB) or a team in the early 3 range (like the raiders who u have him mocked to or the lions who need help defensively) and thats his floor, his ceiling is a pick late in the first if there is a run on CBs early or a team drafting in the second falls in love with him.

  • bauercody

    Is not having
    William Gholston in the first 4 rounds an oversight? Or do you think he
    actually drops that low?

    As far as the Packer picks it wasn’t too bad overall however we had better pick
    up one or two players on the d-line in free agency if we aren’t addressing that
    position in the first four rounds. I love Schwenke in the 4th, I think that’s a
    steal he could compete with EDS right away at Center, worst case provide depth
    on all the interior line spots. Not a huge fan of Ball in the 3rd, Montori
    Hughes going right after us would have been my choice. The Packers only have
    Worthy and Daniels under contract beyond 2013. Reid’s tape is so underwhelming
    I wouldn’t love the pick in the 2nd round. I like his physical presence he
    provides however his coverage skills are severely lacking, he gets too many
    penalties, and his angles aren’t always good. I get the upside of him but he
    wouldn’t be my choice at safety, at least not in the 2nd round. Can’t argue
    taking Eifert in the 1st round, even if we keep Finley for this season, imagine
    the matchup nightmare having both Eifert and Finely on the field would be. Good
    job on the mock!

    • bradc11

      Thanks Cody.

      Not an oversight. Heard from two separate individuals that he’s not viewed highly by many teams. I don’t know how far that drops him but he wasn’t helped by sub par Combine performance.

      I don’t love Ball but everything I’m hearing is that he’s viewed as 2nd day pick. Reid was a different player in ’11. John Chavis didn’t do any favors to LSU defenders this year. Reid wasn’t great in ’12 but I think his floor is around 55 in the draft. Preseason I had him as a top 20 pick based off ’11 tape. I really question what they are doing at LSU that these guys don’t develop despite unreal physical tools. I was dumbfounded with how they used Mingo this year.

      • bauercody

        Thats interesting to hear about Gholston. I think I’m a bigger fan of his than many others. As a 4-3 End I’m not sold, he hasn’t developed any pass rush moves, and doesn’t have great bend around the edge but he has all the makings of a strong 5 tech. Strong vs the run, uses his long arms effectively, bats passes. To me his ceiling is Calais Campbell. I guess I would be surprised if he made it out of the 3rd.
        I agree with Reid’s 2011 tape being better than 2012 tape, coaching may have something to do with it but you can’t ignore that there were times in 2012 he looked absolutely lost. His testing numbers at the combine were very strong, and I get that he has loads of upside but his play this season left a lot to be desired.
        Playing a 230lb defensive end on the strong side of a 4-3 line is pretty dumbfounding.

        • bradc11

          I’ve had Gholston as high as a 2nd but a lot of that was based on his size and speed temptation more than production. Relatively disappointing career at MSU. Didn’t wow me on tape and I watched a lot of MSU over the years. I could see him going in the 3rd…don’t know of best system fit.

          Reid seemed to freelance a lot which created the sense that he was lost. He was very average against the run and pass but I can’t see him falling too far with solid ’11 tape and upside. Agreed that his play left a lot to be desired…one of the more disappointing players in college football this season for me because of my high expectations.

          Mingo will make for an interesting evaluation for NFL teams. I, personally, would hate to turn that card in too high. Just don’t know and I’ve watched 9 ’12 games and 4 games from ’11.

  • Pingback: Reasons Alex Smith Is Just the Next Doomed Kansas City Chiefs QB

  • Reggie

    Wow….thats all I have to say. Eric Fischer gives us a long waited Franchise type LT. Alex Okafor and Arthur Brown are great fits, talents, and needed leaders in our front seven. Okafor is a good run defender capable of 7-10 sacks a season. Replaces KVB and Arthur Brown would be an amazing 2nd Round selection. I love it…maybe RB later on and its go time for the Lions.

    • bradc11

      Hard to beat this one for Lions. Lions go hard after Reggie Bush in free agency, re-sign Houston and Delmas and they are ready to go with this draft. Thought you might like this one Reggie.

      • Reggie

        Free Agency will be key for this team. We need to improve our big play at RB but this should not be done before the OL is upgraded. Bush and Fischer would do this. Defensively we will lose Avril, 1 or both of our OLB, and might lose either Houston or Delmas. If we can bring Delmas and Houston both back then the front 7 would need upgrades. Bush, Fischer, Okafor, and Brown. Wow….could be back in the 8-10 win category. I hope some of our back 7 youth can step up.
        What was your opinions on the Chiefs acquiring Smith?

  • joeisme

    Why do you and other uniformed mockers keep taking a TE first for G.B.? They don’t need a SIXTH tight end! They can score with anyone, but anyone can easily score on them. They need DEFENSIVE help, especially in the first round. If they need a 6th TE they can take a flyer on one in rounds 6-7.

    • bradc11

      Are you assuming they are keeping Finley? If he doesn’t restructure, they should cut him. $3 million roster bonus due in late March and $4.45 million cap number. I’ll pass on that for him. No doubt they have numbers in their favor but the talent is sorely lacking. Don’t know how you can count on Quarless/Crabtree/D.J. Williams in that offense. Going to lose Greg Jennings, not having a dynamic TE would really hamper this offense and Aaron Rodgers.

  • John Steppling

    thanks for the answer brad. What do you think about eric reid? Im sort of fixated on safties in this draft as last year it a thin group. More i watch Reid the better he looks. He’s got a high football IQ, and seems to be great in coverage. Maybe wasnt used quite right, i dont know, but i didnt think his season was bad at all…..just not a highlight reel. I see him as a possible late first round. Cyprian and Vacarro go in the first….but maybe Reid too. Unless Wilcox. And why isnt rambo higher? did i miss something?

    • bradc11

      Definite upside with Reid. Had him rated really highly coming into the season. Thought his 2012 season was a definite downgrade from 2011. Freelanced a lot, missed tackles, and struggled a bit in coverage in some big games. That said, he has the goods to be picked in the 1st.

      I’m a fan of Wilcox’s. Think he winds up coming off the board in the 2nd…which will be a surprise to many. Rambo’s off the field stuff will hold him back a bit. But when you compare the on the field he’s a second tier player in a strong safety class. If he’s in last year’s draft class we may be talking about him as a 2nd rounder. As it is I think he winds up in that 4th rd range. Just a numbers game and off the field he isn’t clean. Could be a great value in the 4th.

  • John Steppling

    what is the buzz on Maliciah goodman…clemson. With 36 in arms and 12 inch hands, you’d think he would have attention in terms of upside. Clearly he’s not an overly instinctive player, but still………………