2013 NFL Mock Draft

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jarvis Jones
OLB, Georgia

His medical red flags and a poor showing at his pro day push arguably the best defensive player in college football down the board and right into the lap of the Steelers. With James Harrison gone they need someone to get pressure on the QB. No one in the draft was better at doing that last year than Jones.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Jonathan Cooper
OG, North Carolina

Dallas needs help on the interior of its offensive line and Cooper is the best player available. Some experts have even said that there really isn’t much of a difference in the grades they gave Cooper and Chance Warmack. I think if either of those two guards are available when Dallas picks they will take them.

19. New York Giants
Bjoern Werner
DE, Florida State

Another year, another first round pass rusher. It’s just what they do.

20. Chicago Bears
Sheldon Richardson
DT, Missouri

This is another pick based on value more than need. Getting Richardson at pick #20 is a steal. Pairing him with Henry Melton would give them a pair of young dominant tackles to rebuild their defense around.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny Vaccaro
S, Texas

Some people have Vaccaro going higher than this, but I think the fact that some good safety prospects may be available in the 2nd round may cause some teams to pass on Vaccaro in the 1st. The Bengals have a real need at safety and Vaccaro is good value at this point. DJ Fluker will be a strong possibility here if Andre Smith walks in free agency.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Arthur Brown
LB, Kansas State

After going offense with their first pick the Rams bolster their defense with this pick. They could use another starting LB to go along with Laurinaitis and Dunbar and Brown is the best all around LB on the board at this point.

23. Minnesota Vikings
Jesse Williams
DT, Alabama

Kevin Williams is 32 and not the dominant player he was 5 years ago. They also don’t have anyone good to start next to him. Williams may not be much of a pass rusher, but he’s athletic and a force in the run game. Plus, we all know the Vikings love DTs with the last name Williams.

24. Indianapolis Colts
Barkevious Mingo

After letting Dwight Freeney walk the Colts need someone to play OLB and rush the passer. They luck out and have the freakishly talented Mingo fall to them at #24. Mingo’s athletic abilities warrant a top 10 pick, but his production on the field has yet to live up. Still, at #24 he is well worth the risk at this point in the draft.

25. Minnesota Vikings
Manti Te’o
LB, Notre Dame

Te’o was once seen as a top 10 pick before the whole fake dead girlfriend/catfish insanity hit. The fact that he got dominated in the national championship game and didn’t show well at the combine doesn’t help his case either. That having been said, his college tape still shows one of the most productive players in college football. I think a smaller midwestern market like this would be a good fit as well. Adding Te’o and Jesse Williams to the center of their defense would be a big upgrade for the Vikings.

26. Green Bay Packers
Tyler Eifert
TE, Notre Dame

Aaron Rodgers lost a weapon with Greg Jennings signing with the Vikings. The Packers also lost their #2 TE Tom Crabtree in free agency. Add to that the fact that starting TE Jermichael Finley doesn’t seem to be in the team’s long term plans and Eifert makes a lot of sense here.

27. Houston Texans
DJ Fluker
OT, Alabama

The Texans missed Eric Winston at RT last season. Besides filling a need, Fluker is a good value here. He has the potential to be a pro bowl caliber RT and would help to bolster an already strong Houston rushing attack.

28. Denver Broncos
Tank Carradine
DE, Florida State

This pick is assuming that the Broncos don’t sign someone like Dwight Freeney to replace Elvis Dumervil. Some may be surprised to see Carradine this high, but most scouts will say that Carradine was even better than his teammate Bjoern Werner (pick #19) before he got hurt.

29. New England Patriots
Deandre Hopkins
WR, Clemson

The Patriots could also go pass rusher here, but I think Hopkins is the pick. I think Hopkins is one of the more underrated prospects in this draft. When I watch Hopkins on film I see Roddy White. I think he would be a great weapon for Tom Brady and even though he’s not a slot WR his addition could help fill the production lost with Wes Welker.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Datone Jones

The Falcons need a DE after losing Jonathan Abraham. Jones isn’t the pass rusher that Abraham was, but he is a great athlete with a high motor who would be stronger at the point of attack.

31. San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Cyprien
S, Florida International

The 49ers need help at safety badly after letting Dashon Goldson leave. Cyprien is a very physical and high intensity safety that would fit right in with the 49ers defense.

32. Baltimore Ravens
Alec Ogletree
LB, Georgia

Ogletree slides a little in this mock due to his off the field issues. With two glaring holes at ILB the Ravens will be willing to overlook those issues and snatch up the very talented Ogletree.

So there it is. My first mock draft of the year. What do you think? Who’s too high? Who’s too low? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Killerdoctor27

    Come on man we gotta take the best guy out there… Now I know this guy may be a little crazy but he is a hell of a football player!! Once you see his speed, vision, and raw determination everybody will agree that THIS GUY SHOULD BE the Chiefs #1 pick.

  • berttheclock

    Good breakdown, but, I, respectfully, disagree with your Raiders pick. Yes, they need a QB to replace Palmer, if, Pryor does not improve. However, their defensive front seven is not going to be as physical as in the past and their rushing the passer has really fallen off. Yes, McKenzie was with management of the Packers and learned a great deal from the Wolf/Thompson regime, but, he was a LB with the Raiders. His one playoff appearance with them was when they could not stop the run blocking by Hannah and Craig James lit them up. Look at his first move with the Raiders. He hired a DC from Denver to be his HC. He brought in 4 defensive FAs and with one of the two lower picks (The cream had been traded away), he took the excellent Miles Burris from SD State as a LB.
    While, he may really like what he sees in Geno, look for him to shore up his defense.
    BTW, thanks for bringing Tank Carradine into the mix, however, should he show his knee has healed in his upcoming Pro Day, he will move up the charts as he could be much better as a pass rusher than Werner.
    Now, somewhere down in the middle rounds, do you think KC might go back to the Champaign well, as in Illinois, and pickup Hugh Thornton an OG, who could be much bettter than Allen in overall blocking skills? He still needs work on positioning his body and use of hands and needs to improve his lateral moves, but, he looks as though he is far more physical than Allen and would be far cheaper on the cap.

  • micah stephenson

    You f n up my high with that GENO SMITH to the Raiders. If that happens it will take Ried and Dorsey getting a playoff win this yr for me to have ANY faith in them at all. If they dont draft GENO SMITH ima b about as optimistic about winning as I was by game 16 last yr. I swear with Alex Smith, the best I feel like the chiefs can do is a Matt Cassel type 8-8 mayby 9-7 and a playoff 1 & done. I dont care What Ried has done in Philly! This is kc! If he think we bout to go get in a shootout wit Manning, Brady, & these other high powered QBs with Alex Smith he trippen. We need Geno Smith who is USE to having to score on every drive. Alex Smith is only delaying the inevitable that we got to draft the best rookie QB that we can so why waste time with him? I know they have to win now to get the peoples money but what about get n a QB that cud hav us being a serious super bowl contender for a decade? Instead of jus winning enough games to make a profit?

  • berttheclock

    If I could draft any member of the 2012 West Virginia football team, it would be Tavon Austin, by far the best athlete on that team. Against Oklahoma, he was used as a RB and gained 344 yards on 21 carries In addition, he put up a record of 572 all purpose yards. The 2nd player from that team would be Stedmon Bailey, who runs very precise routes. Geno would be last, only, if I had a great O-line in place for him.

    • micah stephenson

      How good wud T. Austin b if he had Matt Cassel or Alex Smith throwing him the ball instead of GENO SMITH? I Wud draft GENO SMITH. A FRANCHISE QB is hard to find. You can find fast wrs anytime anywhere.