2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Posted by Brad On September – 20 – 2012
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17.  Carolina Panthers – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Outside of Charles Johnson the Panthers have no legit pass rushing threats.  The offense is well on the way and another first round pick on the defense will infuse this team with young talent.  Getting Sam Montgomery with the 17th is an excellent value and too good to pass on.

18.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers – David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State"David Amerson"

Aqib Talib is set to hit free agency and Ronde Barber has to retire at some point.  Amerson has the physical tools to be special but his long speed remains a question mark.  Amerson can lock down some of the bigger receivers in the division.

19.  New York Giants – Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

The Giants secondary has been an eyesore thus far this season.  Banks is a big, physical corner that should step in as an immediate starter.

20.  Dallas Cowboys – Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

Jeffcoat is a bit of an enigma at this point.  It’s very possible that he ends up a top 10 pick when it’s all said and done.  He has a tremendous amount of athleticism for his size and the bloodlines that would suggest NFL success.  His father, Jim, was a standout DL for the Cowboys and they hope to replicate that level of success with Jackson.

21.  Chicago Bears – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs aren’t getting any younger and the Bears will be forced to find replacements soon.  Te’o is a downhill thumper that can wreck havoc in the middle of the defense.  That should go over well in Chicago.

22.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

WR is definitely not the biggest need in Pittsburgh but Hunter is too good to pass on at this point in the draft.  Hunter’s return to health in 2012 could warrant a top 15 selection but for now, we’ll hold off on that one.

23.  Detroit Lions – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Detroit needs to add a legitimate starting corner.  Bill Bentley has some talent but outside of him they have little.  Chris Houston can’t be counted on as a starter due to nagging injuries leaving a gaping hole in the secondary.  Rhodes has the size and ball skills to be an immediate starter for this team.

24.  Denver Broncos – John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

Tyler Eifert makes a ton of sense here but TE’s will be much easier to find that mammoth NT’s.  Jenkins is better than anyone on their current roster.  He has the size and strength to plug the middle for this defense.

25.  San Diego Chargers – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Jammer and Cason could both be gone after this season leaving a hole at one of the corners.  Gilbert is a very solid athlete that is quickly picking up the intricacies of the position.  He’s one to watch as the season wears on.

26.  New England Patriots – Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama

Jones’ versatility will make him intriguing selection for the Pats.  The ability to play center gives Jones the edge over teammate Chance Warmack, the more highly rated prospect.

27.  Baltimore Ravens – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The Ravens miss Ben Grubbs.  Bobbie Williams is a serviceable piece but not a long-term answer at the position.  Warmack brings a Baltimore-type attitude to the game as he buries people to the whistle.

28.  Philadelphia Eagles – Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma

Kurt Coleman is serviceable but not for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.  Jefferson adds another playmaker in the Eagles secondary that can roam the backend.

29.  Green Bay Packers – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The JUCO transfer is blowing up at Tennessee in year one.  At 6’3”, 205 he has the skill set to intrigue teams early in this draft.  He’s as raw as they come but the Pack can afford to let him sit for a year.  Greg Jennings is publicly exercising his disgruntled thoughts making this a (not-so) surprise selection.

30.  Atlanta Falcons – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

The Falcons need to be looking long-term at the DE position.  John Abraham is on the tailend of his career and there is little depth behind him.  Jordan is an athletic freak at 6’7”, 245 pounds.  His is putting up solid numbers through three games (14 tackles, 3 sacks) which is a continuation of a solid 2011 season.  He’s raw but the talent is definitely there.

31.  Houston Texans – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell are more than adequate but a big body nose is needed if they want to get the most out of J.J. Watt and their stud linebackers.

32.  San Francisco 49ers – Kawann Short, DT/DE, Purdue

The depth and age of the defensive line are starting to show.  Short is an ultra-productive prospect that has a knack for finding the football in the backfield.

NOT DECLARING:  Logan Thomas, Taylor Lewan, William Gholston

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  • Reggie

    Right on with Geno Smith. I have some serious questions with Matt Barkley’s ceiling. Solid QB but I think Smith is special. Also glad to see you go higher on Jarvis Jones…that kid is a beast. I think if I had my pick of all the DL talent I might go with Bjoern Werner. He is a beast against both the run and pass and has a Jared Allen feeling to him. Keenan Allen is a special player and should rank higher then Robert Woods. For the Lions I would love Xavier Rhodes. With him and Bentley and if we resign Houston we would finally have good talent and depth at CB. I wouldnt mind either of the Alabama OL talent at that point either and also wouldnt mind Tony Jefferson. Rhodes has showed the ability to hand a variety of WR talent (Broyles and Floyd last season).

  • Mprofetta

    In regards to Geno Smith, I’m with Reggie. I’m shocked that most sites continue to cautiously slot Smith in the mid-late first round of their mocks when he’s obviously an elite talent with all of the desired tools and intangibles. He’s a top-five guy. You were right about RG3 at this time last year, and you’ll be right about Smith, too.

    I like that you didn’t force Joeckel into the top 10. Very ordinary OT crop this year. There are some nice RT prospects (Matthews, Fluker, Morgan Moses, Brennan Williams), but where are the high-end LTs? For me, guys like Joeckel, Aboushi and Lewan are late-first/early-second round types. My money says that James Hurst declares and ultimately lands in the top 10, maybe even the top five. He has Jake Long-type upside and has been consistently excellent since stepping in at the blindside as a Frosh. I can’t wait for his match-up against James Gayle on Oct. 6.

    Once again, a solid mock that’s ahead of the curve. Best on the internet, Brad.

    • Reggie

      Agree on the OL talent. I like Matthews a lot but he is not a special athlete to go much higher. Who is James Hurst? I would like to check him out.
      Brad this draft is ahead of the curve. I also agree that Logan Thomas and William Gholston need another season. Gholston needs to work on his technique and first step. As I see him right now he is a 3-4 DL talent. He is dominant vs the run and has lots of power but not quite quick enough to play DE in the NFL.

      • bradc11


        Thanks for the complement.

        Matthews is just solid, as can be said for his entire family. RT in the NFL that will lock down the right side for 15 years, maybe more with those bloodlines.

        James Hurst is a junior tackle from UNC. He is a fast rising guy to watch as the season progresses. He has consistently graded out as the top OL on a very good line. Nice size and athleticism. Needs some technique work but his good enough to play in space on the left side. He could work his way into first round discussion. If he stays in school, he should be in the discussion for the top senior tackle for 2014.

  • Bbkllysss

    You say “The depth and age of the defensive line are starting to show.” What does that mean? I’ve seen no sign that the DL has suffered either because of the age of the linemen or lack of depth.