2013 NFL Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns- Robert Woods WR USC

The right choice here would be either Tyler Wilson or Matt Barkley because I have serious doubts about Brandon Weeden as a franchise QB. Unfortunately for the Cleveland fans, I just can’t see the Browns giving up on the their other 2012 first round pick without at least a year with a proven receiver.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas

If you have seen Blaine Gabbert play, then you know that unless he makes serious strides in his accuracy, decision-making skills, and his pocket awareness; he will be in serious danger of losing his job.

3. Miami Dolphins- Keenan Allen WR Cal

Allen gets the nod here over Justin Hunter because of durability concerns. The last thing the Miami Dolphins need is to have another year where Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have a clear-cut number one receiver.

4. St. Louis Rams- Luke Joeckel LT Texas A&M

Mack Brown may have two of the most gifted defensive ends in the nation this year in Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. So, when I say that Luke Joeckel and Jake Mathews beat that tandem for at least 90% of the 2011 Texas A&M/Texas game it is an understatement to say that I am impressed. Joeckel is the LT so he has slightly more value, but I don’t expect Mathews to be on the board much longer.

5. Oakland Raiders- Matt Barkley QB USC

This is such a great fit from an aesthetic standpoint. Matt Barkley is an icon in California because of he looks and plays like a USC quarterback should. This pick is flashy enough to scream old school Raiders, but sensible enough to logical for the “new” Raiders.

6. Indianapolis Colts- Kwann Short DL (can play the 5 or NT) Purdue

Some people will think this is insane but Kwann Short may be my favorite defensive player in this draft. He can be a space eating NT in a 3-4, hold the edge as a 5-technique, or he can be a disruptive 1-technique in a 4-3. He reminds me a little of Haloti Ngata and if Chuck Pagano sees the same thing, then I expect him to grab Short in a heartbeat.

7. Minnesota Vikings-Justin Hunter WR Tennessee

If Hunter can play a full season, then this may be as low as he goes. I have watched every game Hunter has played in and I see a lot of A.J. Green in him. He has the ability to beat defenders off the line, down the field, and with his hands. Without him there is no talk on Tyler Bray as a first round pick, if you need proof watch the Tennessee/Georgia game where Bray has to live in a Hunter-free world.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jarvis Jones DE Georgia

Jarvis Jones is a cat-quick edge rusher that plays with great leverage. He is relentless on the edge and can get to the quarterback as well as anyone else in this draft.

9. New York Jets- Tyler Bray QB Tennessee

The Jets could go for a pass rusher here, but I think the addition of Demario Davis and Quinton Coples will do a lot to help that problem. The Jets could also go with David Amerson here, but I have slight concerns about Amerson’s level of competition as well as his speed. Bray gets the nod because he is a high profile QB that has put up great numbers at Tennessee, and because Mark Sanchez (and/or Tim Tebow) just can’t get the job done.

10. Arizona Cardinals- Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech

The Cardinals have the receivers to be an offensive threat, but no quarterback or offensive line.  Logan Thomas is a dark-horse candidate to go number one overall, so getting him would be a steal. Thomas hasn’t had an offensive line in college that is overly impressive so he is used to moving around a good bit, which is always useful to rookie quarterbacks. All in all I think this is a good fit for both parties and this move could really help the Cards get back on track.

11. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)-Jake Mathews OT Texas A&M

This pick basically wrote itself. The Mathews-Joeckel tandem was great in college and both are blue chip players, so why not pair them up again? Also, don’t think for a second that Jeff Fisher will forget that Jake Mathews is the son of Oiler/Titan Hall of Fame offensive lineman and all around stud Bruce Mathews. You may be wondering, why would the Rams draft two offensive tackles? Well, look at what happened when Detroit kept their star QB healthy. Could we see a similar rise in St. Louis?

12. Dallas Cowboys- Star Lotulelei NT Utah

If the Cowboys really like Dontari Poe as much as everyone thought they did going in to the 2012 NFL Draft, then they will definitely be on board with Star Lotulelei. Star is the perfect fit for Dallas, he is dominant, big, and he can help keep bodies of the MLBs. Not only that but his name is Star, you know, like that big thing they have painted at their 50-yard line?

13. Seattle Seahawks- Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas

Chris Clemons is looking like he will potentially either hold out for a huge contract or he will try to enter FA, but either way Jackson Jeffcoat would fill the void he leaves.

14. Buffalo Bills- Marquess Wilson WR Washington State

So you are telling me there is a 6-4 receiver that averages 68.5 catches, 1,197 yards, and 9 touchdowns an he will be available with the fourteenth pick? Yep.

Deal!

In all seriousness, Wilson is your classic small college stud. He puts up monster numbers, but on the other hand he plays against suspect competition. Most teams will sacrifice the stats for a player from the SEC, Big 10, etc. because they haven’t seen the type of defensive talent that they will see in the NFL. But after the top ten it will be hard to find a top tier talent like that, so why not take a chance here?

15. Kansas City Chiefs- Landry Jones QB Oklahoma

If the Chiefs end up drafting here, then it will have been a very disappointing year.  Kansas City is home to one of the youngest and most potent defenses in the NFL, but if you don’t have a quality QB you will always struggle to get wins. If you don’t believe me look at some of the teams that were in the top 10 in points allowed: Jacksonville, Seattle, and Cleveland. All of them have fairly potent defenses, but they only managed to average just over five wins each. QBs win championships and Landry Jones is the best QB on the board.

16. Carolina Panthers- Kwame Geathers DT Georgia

The Panthers are a team on the rise, but if they don’t address their need at defensive tackle, then this is far as they can rise. Geathers is a very talented player with a dangerous size/weight/speed combination and he has a ton of potential.

17. New Orleans Saints- Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin

Whether or not Drew Brees is a Saint for the rest of his career, New Orleans would be smart to make sure whoever the QB is, stays upright. Wagner is your classic big strong Wisconsin offensive lineman that gets the job done.

18. Atlanta Falcons-Barrett Jones OT Alabama

The Falcons are just a few pieces away from taking over the division for the next 2-3 years. One of those pieces is offensive tackle. Peter Konz will go a long way towards strengthening that offensive line, but Barrett Jones would really set this line up for a long time.

19. San Diego Chargers-Sean Porter DE Texas A&M

Sean Porter is an exceptional defensive end, and with TA&M’s move to the SEC it looks like he will get more national coverage than he has in years past. Porter should be able to stand-out in any defensive scheme, and pairing him with 2012 first round pick, Melvin Ingram, would be would be deadly.

20. Chicago Bears- D.J. Fluker OT Alabama

So hear me out. I know it seems like the Bears hate Jay Cutler and really don’t want him to stay healthy, but maybe in 2012 they will actually think about protecting their QB. I know Bears fans, wishful thinking.

21. Philadelphia Eagles-Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

The Eagles missed out on Kuechly and they passed on Dont’a Hightower, so maybe they think Mychal Kendricks will be enough of an upgrade at the linebacker spot. If not, then Manti Te’o will be a very attractive option here.

22. Tennessee Titans- Sam Montegomery DE LSU

LSU is just stacked defensively, especially on the defensive line. Sam Montegomery won’t get the flashy sack numbers that his counter-part, Barkevious Mingo, will get, but he is superior run defender and he is more versatile.

23. New England Patriots- David Amerson CB North Carolina State

The Patriots are adding tight ends like they should be adding defensive backs. Their will be a lot of pressure on New England’s defense to improve and if they don’t, then Amerson would be a steal here.

24. Denver Broncos- Jonathan Banks CB Mississippi State

The Broncos have their franchise QB, in Manning, and he can thrive with the talent they have on that side of the ball. Defensively, the Broncos need to add a top corner to that roster because Champ Bailey can’t last forever…can he?

25. Cincinnati Bengals- Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina

The Bengals have stockpiled young talent and they could really do anything here. Lattimore has a ton of talent and I expect him to have a very good season in 2012. If he does, the Bengals could get a complete RB with size, speed, and good hands.

26. Baltimore Ravens- Monte Ball RB Wisconsin

The Ravens are getting a tough, between-the-tackles runner that has 55 career touchdowns heading into his senior season. With Ray Rice’s lack of progress on a long-term deal, I imagine that the Ravens will let him walk and focus their money on Joe Flacco.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers- Johnny Adams CB Michigan State

The Steelers have addressed their offensive line needs, now it is time to start preparing for a life after Troy Polamalu.

28. Houston Texans-Tavon Austin WR West Virginia

Devier Posey is not Andre Johnson’s future replacement, and every year they fail to find that guy is another year that they get closer to being a one-dimensional offense.

29. Detroit Lions- Devin Taylor DE South Carolina

Definitely an upside pick, but if Cliff Avril walks, the Lions will be one Vanden Bosch retirement away from being out of starting defensive ends. With his length and ability Taylor could see his stock shoot up if he can start getting JPP comparisons.

30. Green Bay Packers- Robert Lester FS Alabama

Green Bay needs more depth at defensive back, and Alabama defensive backs are known for their knowledge and leadership. Lester would be a very good get here addition could be an immediate impact player.

31. San Francisco 49ers- Chance Warmack OG Alabama

Warmack is an underrated guard prospect that would really improve that offensive line.

32. New York Giants-Eric Reid S LSU

Eric Reid is a thumper plain and simple. While Reid lacks the coverage ability that Lester has, he is a big play waiting to happen and he leaves receivers flat on their back more often than not. Not only is he a punisher in the secondary, but also his hits are clean which is a rare find in a defensive “enforcer”.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.

Discussion

  1. Darkness777 :

    The 49ers are not gonna take a Offensive Lineman in the 1st Rd. they will address the DT/DE position or the Safety/Corner spot? Mangus Hunt / Devin Taylor / Jackson Jeffcoat or T.J. McDonald 6′-3″ 220 4.42-40/ Bacarri Rambo 6′-1″ 220 4.40-40 or *Carrington Byndum CB 6’0 180 Texas 40 Time: 4.34
    Niner needed a lineman this draft & elected to draft an unheard of weight machine Center/Tackle & an injured Guard from Wake Forest? Horrible!! Talent on the Defensive Line & Offensive Line is what wins Championships? I guess the Niner Brass didn’t get the Memo???

  2. Will Lomas :

    I don’t understand your point? You say that Niners aren’t going to take an offensive lineman in the 2013 draft, but you think they whiffed on their selections in 2012? So do you disagree that they need new offensive lineman, or do you think they just won’t do it? Margus Hunt needs to show more on film before I put him in the first round. Jeffcoat will be gone by then. TJ McDonald isn’t the answer either. I haven’t seen any film on Byndum so I don’t know how good he is/isn’t.
    By the way, the 49ers whole identity is based on the front lines on both sides right? J. Smith, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, and the rest of those front seven guys are the identity of that defense. There are a ton of free agents and future second round prospects that would preform at the same level if they had those guys to help up front.

    Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and the ground-and-pound mentality is what drives your offense. So why not add more power to that line with Warmack?

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