It’s a bittersweet moment as the words “FINAL” don the title our 2013 NFL Mock Draft. We are less than 24 hours away from the kickoff to the 2013 NFL Draft and this serves as our official wrap on the 2013 draft season. With over fifty mock drafts gracing the pages of NFL’s Future they boil down to this final edition that will be our submission to the vaunted Huddle Report competition. Keep in mind there’s some strategy involved in this mock draft as you earn three points for right pick to right team and one point for player taken in round one.
After the break check out our final mock draft and pray we don’t go 0-32 on our picks.
|1. Kansas City||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
In the end, I think Branden Albert is dealt to Miami and Fisher wins out in this battle. It seems that the Chiefs war room is split between Joeckel and Fisher. New GM John Dorsey defers to his HC on this one, who believes Fisher is best suited for their system. Can’t argue with either pick…both are future studs.
|2. Jacksonville||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
I have thought the Jacksonville tackle talk was a major smoke screen. But everyone in the know seems to believe it’s real talk. Joeckel is the safest pick as I believe it comes down to Joeckel, Ezekiel Ansah, and Dion Jordan. Joeckel is a stud tackle that will give the Jags the best set of bookends in the league. Sorry San Fran.
|3. Oakland||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida|
The Raiders are a mess but there is light at the end of the tunnel with the 2014 cap opening up a ton of money for them to work with at season’s end. Richard Seymour was the centerpiece of the defense for a couple of years but his time has come to an end and they replace him with another penetrating 3T.
|4. Philadelphia||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma|
I’m really lost on Philly (the whole draft for that matter). This is a pick that could be dealt and who knows after that. If they stick at No. 4 Lane Johnson is the type of athlete that Chip Kelly looks to stockpile his team with. An athletic OT that has an enormous ceiling. Sounds right in Chip’s wheelhouse.
|5. Detroit||Ezekiel Ansah||DE||BYU|
Detroit would love one of the top tackles to fall into their laps and could deal up with Oakland if Joeckel or Fisher make their way past the top two. If they don’t I think they are locked into Ezekiel Ansah. The coaching staff got and up close and personal look at Ansah in Mobile and it sounds they became enamored with him.
|6. Cleveland||Dion Jordan||OLB||Oregon|
Cleveland has the guy they targeted fall into their laps at No. 6. If Jordan is off the board, I would expect the Browns to look to move down the draft. Jordan gives the Browns what they covet most: versatility and pass rush. This may be the one scenario that Cleveland doesn’t trade out of this spot.
|7. Arizona||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina|
Bruce Arians and Steve Keim are going to have some major internal debate going on with this one. The tackles are off the board. They need a pass rusher and could look at Star Lotulelei. They stick to BPA here and take a guard, which just so happens to be one of their biggest needs.
|8. Buffalo||Ryan Nassib||QB||Syracuse|
The Bills seem to be locking into Nassib at No. 8. They would like to move down the board a bit and take Marrone’s Syracuse pupil but worries of other teams interest may have them selecting him earlier than many expected. Nassib’s familiarity with the system in mid-range accuracy will play well for early playing time. Important to remember is that the Bills only have six draft picks, so trading back into the first is probably not the best option or most viable option. For what’s its worth I think this pick is dealt to St. Louis with the Rams taking Tavon Austin ahead of the Jets.
|9. New York Jets||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama|
The top two pass rushers are off the board and I think St. Louis jumps in front of New York, leaving them in a tough spot. A nice consolation prize for Rex Ryan is waiting for him at No. 9. Rex loves CB’s and he gets the top corner in the draft by standing pat at No. 9.
|10. Tennessee||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
This selection could and should come down to Richardson and Chance Warmack. The Titans realize they can find a guard in the second round (Warford or Winters) but they won’t find a disruptor like Richardson anywhere if they pass here.
|11. San Diego||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama|
On paper the Chargers have the worst offensive line in all of football. Let’s take it further…it’s the worst line in football on paper or not. The Chargers would like to get one of the three stud LT’s but it will cost them to jump into the three hole. They really can’t afford to mortgage picks with a roster full of holes. Unless one of the pass rushers fall down their way, I expect this to come down to Warmack or Fluker. Fluker wins out because of his ability to play tackle.
|12. Miami||D.J. Hayden||CB||Houston|
I fully expect the Dolphins to finalize a Branden Albert deal before I wake up tomorrow morning. Jeff Ireland is in win now mode with the seat getting hot. After an offseason of spending under his belt, Ireland will feel the need to jump all over a need pick. He’s a needs drafter and Hayden is a guy that a lot of people really like. With Albert in the fold (hopefully or I’ll have some egg on the face), Ireland looks to secure the corner position.
|13. New York Jets||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU|
Rex Ryan will leave this draft a very happy man if he can get his hands on Dee Milliner and Barkevious Mingo. The ghost of Vernon Gholston doesn’t scare Rex and he races this card up to Roger Goodell.
|14. Carolina||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah|
I can’t imagine Carolina would have thought that Star Lotulelei was going to be available at No. 14. Star is available and the Panthers don’t waste any time taking a dominate defensive tackle. They have sorely needed an upgrade at the position and find one in round one.
|15. New Orleans||Jarvis Jones||OLB||Georgia|
Rob Ryan will look to create pressure from everywhere. They lack a dominate pass rusher (Martez Wilson, Junior Galette, and Victor Butler are ok) and they can’t afford to hemorrhage yards/points as they did in 2012. Jones upgrades their pass rush from day one.
|16. St. Louis||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
I think St. Louis is going to go up and get their guy. Tavon Austin has to be very high on their board as they look to give Sam Bradford a weapon that is capable of taking it the distance with each touch. I’m not projecting trades but this is one that I can see happening as St. Louis moves to No. 8 to get their guy.
|17. Pittsburgh||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
Heath Miller is going to be on the mend and will be 31-years old next season. The Steelers need to upgrade their passing game and keeping Emmanuel Sanders allows them to look at the tight end position to do so. Eifert is as safe as any pick in the draft and has some nice upside to be a big league pass catcher.
|18. Dallas||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama|
I’m not sure the Cowboys can stand pat and score Warmack but they should seriously look at aggressively moving up for a guy that can affect of the line of scrimmage in the pass and run games.
|19. New York Giants||Cornellius Carradine||DE||Florida State|
Jerry Reese taking a DE. Your kidding me, right? Cornellius Carradine is a fast rising prospect that has many, including myself, wondering if he’s going to make it this far down the board. I gave him some consideration at No. 12 but opted for another fast riser. Miami’s loss is the Giants gain.
|20. Chicago||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
I fully realize this may be off the map a bit. But looking at the future of this roster, there are significant holes at CB following this season. They literally have no one locked down for 2014 and could be forced to break the bank for an aging Peanut Tillman. This is a pick for the present and future and I think a very good one.
|21. Cincinnati||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas|
Cincinnati may have to move up the board for this one to come to fruition but Vaccaro may be worth it. Vaccaro fits the bill of what Cincinnati looks to do in the backend and makes a ton of sense for the Bengals.
|22. Jacksonville||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
St. Louis deals their second first round pick after moving up to secure Tavon Austin. They can recoup a couple of picks. Jacksonville was a team I think had their eye on Geno Smith early in the draft and won’t waste any time to secure him if he falls into the 20’s.
|23. Minnesota||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina|
Minnesota is rumored to be looking to move up to go after a defensive lineman. Rick Spielman has made it clear that they are looking at the future of this roster and could and should be eyeing Sylvester Williams at this spot. Williams is a big, strong DT with surprising quicks.
|24. Indianapolis||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA|
This is one of the picks that I feel real comfortable with. Chuck Pagano will endhere himself to Jones who can multi-gap and gives the Colts some much needed versatility on the DL.
|25. Minnesota||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson|
This was a tough one for me. It came down to Hopkins and Arthur Brown. I’m the President of the Arthur Brown fan club and it’s a travesty to not have him going at this point in the draft and I may regret it as I think he’s a very small notch below the great Ray Lewis. Yeah, I like him a lot. Hopkins is a sure-handed receiver that is more dynamic than anyone gives him credit for.
|26. Green Bay||Eric Reid||S||LSU|
In Ted we Trust. Jon Cyprien is still on the board but Thompson loves height, weight, speed guys with enormous ceilings. Reid fits that bill to a tee. I think he’s Ted’s guy unless they get a good deal to move down the board.
|27. Houston||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee|
If I’m Houston and Rick Smith I’m playing the lotto. Getting Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 27 is a travesty and steal all at the same time. Patterson is more than just a No. 2 to pair with Andre Johnson. Johnson isn’t getting any younger and Patterson has the skills to be ‘the man’ in a year or two.
|28. Denver||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
Listen, if this one happens we will officially know that God is a John Elway fan. Not much has went wrong for Elway. He has put on a clinic in free agency and the draft in his short time as a decision-maker. Werner has lost some of the momentum that he had coming out of the regular season. He’s been a forgotten man that people point to as ‘unathletic’ and ‘tweener’. I think he’s a guy that can flat go get the passer and he’ll be able to do that in Denver.
|29. New England||Jamar Taylor||CB||Boise State|
New England’s search for a corner early in the draft could come to an end if Jamar Taylor is on the board at No. 29. Taylor is a jack of all trades that could allow the Pats to send Aqib Talib packing at the end of the season.
|30. Atlanta||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington|
There isn’t much to not like with Atlanta’s roster, except for the corner position. Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson are gone and they really need to look hard at finding a starter in this draft. They could look to aggressively move up the board for Milliner, Hayden, or Rhodes or just stand pat and rely on the depth at the position.
|31. San Francisco||Justin Hunter||WR||Tennessee|
San Francisco has a major luxury. A stacked roster with a ton of draft picks. They can set the tone of the draft by trading up or can maneuver around the middle rounds to secure some of the guys that are inevitably going to fall in the 2nd and 3rd round range. Hunter gives them a big receiver to team with Crabtree and Boldin. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are on the mend and A.J. Jenkins failed to crack the lineup in year one.
|32. Baltimore||Manti Te’o||LB||Notre Dame|
This could be the floor for Manti. Ozzie Newsome has made a living feasting off value picks late in the draft. I’m not sure he’s a great fit in the system but the Ravens have a tendency to take pure football players and Te’o fits the bill.