Updated 2 Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
2013 NFL Mock Draft
In this third installment of my 2013 NFL Mock Draft, I decided to change things up a little bit and add a full 2nd round. I did this for several reasons.
First, I did this for the NFL fans. I understand that many diehard NFL fans are only casual college football fans, and some I have spoken to don’t follow college football at all. Opening up the mock draft to a second round gives fans a look at more prospects, and knowing more is always better. I’m sure most NFL fans who even watch a little bit of college football know who Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel is, but they may not know that Eric Fisher is an excellent tackle from Central Michigan.
I also did it to fend off the hate. I typically have a list for each NFL team of their top 4 needs, as I see them. I understand they are not always in the same order of importance that others might. So, by adding that 2nd round it gives me an opportunity to display two team needs rather than just one, and this seems to hold off some of the angry villagers so to speak.
The last reason that I added a 2nd round is because this is what I do. I live the draft 12 months of the year, so going over my pages and pages of notes, and adding in another round is fun for me. And no I’m not crazy. My mom had me tested.
For this version of the draft, there are some serious changes. I’ve been able to spend the last two weeks scouting not only college prospects but also NFL teams and their needs. Once again, I thank all the members of the various NFL team’s fan faithful for all their input on their team needs. Some players have slipped and others have soared.
So, football fans, enjoy this mock draft, keep checking back for more and come follow me on Twitter @nfldraftboard for more football rants.
1-1 Kansas City-Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
Smith is clinging to this top spot by a thread. I wasn’t going to knock him down on a bye week, but he’s going to need to avoid these lax performances if he wants to hold onto the top spot.
1-2 Carolina-Star Lotulelei, DT Utah
Lotulelei is another player at the top of his position who's going to have to crank up his play to stay that way. The Carolina Panthers could really benefit from a wide body like Lotulelei in the middle of that defense.
1-3 Jacksonville-Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
I've taken some heat for putting Wilson here, but I just can't see any future for a team with Blaine Gabbert running the offense. Wilson hasn't wowed scouts this year, but a lot of that has to do with just how bad his team is.
1-4 Cleveland-Jarvis Jones, DE/LB Georgia
I've changed my mind about replacing Brandon Weeden, and I think even if the new owner cleans house, they will keep him. Instead they get the most disruptive player off the edge in this draft.
1-5 New Orleans-Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB LSU
The New Orleans Saints defense has been dreadful, and a big part of that is they are too soft and too slow on the edge. Mingo is such a natural athlete and seems to improve every week.
1-6 St. Louis (from Washington)-Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
Most pundits don't have Lewan rated this high, but I think he's clearly the most polished and complete tackle in this draft and a guy who could protect Sam Bradford's blindside for the next ten years.
1-7 NY Jets-Matt Barkley, QB USC
I almost pulled a quarterback from this pick, but the New York Jets offense is a grease fire, and the only fix has to be changing signal callers and hoping that lights a spark.
1-8 Tennessee-Sam Montgomery, DE/LB LSU
This position and this pick has remained very consistent just like Montgomery's game. A big offseason could push him even higher into the first round.
1-9 St. Louis-Robert Woods, WR USC
Woods is another player that is hanging onto his top spot by a string. He's a talented player, but he's being overshadowed by his teammates, while other receivers stand out. Regardless Woods fit a definite need here.
1-10 Oakland-Johnathan Hankins, DT Ohio State
The more I watch Hankins, the more I like his potential, and by the end of the season trying to get him at no. 10 might be several picks too late.
1-11 San Diego-Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
The San Diego Chargers are starting an undrafted free agent at tackle, so an upgrade is a must. Joeckel is a strong run blocker and is improving as a pass protector.
1-12 Cincinnati-Keenan Allen, WR Cal
I really love the idea of pairing another playmaking in the passing game next to AJ Green, and Allen might be the most dynamic playmaker in this entire draft.
1-13 Tampa Bay-DeMarcus Milliner, CB Alabama
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in dire need of an upgrade at cornerback and in a down year for the position, Milliner is the best and safest prospect in this draft.
1-14 Buffalo-Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee
I know quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a faithful following, but the fact is, this team is too talented to remain where they are with him at quarterback. Bray is a gunslinger who can make every throw.
1-15 Philadelphia-Johnthan Banks, CB Missisippi St.
Banks has been a steady climber for most of the season, and while I consider this a little early for him, he is talented and he fills a need.
1-16 Dallas-Johnathan Jenkins, DT Georgia
Jenkins is a massive nose tackle prospect, and would provide valuable dept on the interior defensive line. He's another player who looks better every time I watch him play.
1-17 Detroit-Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
There's not a more universally loved prospect than Te'o and with good reason. If he can put together a big offseason, time well especially in the 40, 17 might be too late to take him come next April.
1-18 Seattle-Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee
Just like some players are climbing, Hunter is slipping a little for me. But wide receiver is often over drafted, and with his measureables some team will love his potential. He would make a nice big target for quarterback Russell Wilson.
1-19 Arizona-Damontre Moore, DE/LB Texas A&M
Moore has really opened up people's eyes this season about just how dynamic he is as not only a pass rusher, but in run support. He looks to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 OLB and the Cardinals are desperate for a pass rush.
1-20 Pittsburgh-Eric Reid, S LSU
If there is one unit on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster that is aging, it's the defensive secondary particularly the safetys. Reid is as physically imposing a safety as their has been in the draft in many years. He isn't a finished product, but his potential is unlimited.
1-21 Denver-Kawann Short, DT Purdue
I've shuffled this pick between defensive line and cornerback all season. Short is a much better value at this point in the round than any cornerback left on the board.
1-22 Indianapolis-Bjoern Werner, DE/LB FSU
The transition to the 3-4 has gone pretty well for the Indianapolis Colts, but adding some youth to their edge rusing OLB's would be huge. Werner is a natural and fluid athlete with an excellent burst.
1-23 Miami-Chance Warmack, G Alabama
I have had a wide receiver in this spot, but interior offensive line is also a serious need, and if I have to pick between the best guard in the draft or the 3rd or 4th best wide out, I'll take the guard every time.
1-24 New England-TJ McDonald, S USC
McDonald is another of this new breed of safety who can do a little of everything. His triangle numbers might not be as good as someone like Eric Reid, but his football IQ is high and his skills are serious.
1-25 Minnesota-Sylvester Williams, DT North Carolina
Let me say that I am not as wowed by Williams as many. I think he's a nice player, and this late in the round a decent risk, but I don't put him among the very top defensive tackles in this draft. But he definitely fills a need for a defense that can look to get younger.
1-26 Green Bay-Andre Ellington, RB Clemson
If there is a first round shocker in this draft it's probably Ellington, and Ellington going to the Green Bay Packers might surprise even more. I love Ellington's game and his explosion and I could see him putting up huge numbers for the Packers.
1-27 Baltimore-CJ Mosley, LB Alabama
With a potential career ending injury to future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, preparing his replacement is a must. Mosley would be a excellent step in the right direction. Mosley can do it all on the field, and his ceiling is very high.
1-28 NY Giants-Barrett Jones, C/G Alabama
I've already been told on more than one occasion that there is no way this pick can be Jones or any other offensive lineman for that matter. A player in the secondary might be a greater need pick here, but Jones is just to good to pass up this late in the round.
1-29 San Francisco-Xavier Rhodes, CB FSU
A recent entry into the first round discussion, Rhodes is working his way up with steady but not spectacular play. The 49ers don't really "need" any position so this is more about adding depth than anything.
1-30 Chicago-Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
If there is any spot on this team that has struggled consistently this first half of the year it's the offensive tackle. Matthews might slip a little because he is overshadowed some by his teammate Luke Joeckel, but make no mistake Matthews can anchor the right side of an NFL line for a long time.
1-31 Houston-Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub would be drooling at the chance to run Eifert out in the pattern with the rest of his weapons. Eiftert is a little underrated at this point, because he's not a deep threat, but he has the strongest hands of any player in this draft at any skill position.
1-32 Atlanta-Corey Lemonier, DE Auburn
The first round finishes off with the Atlanta Falcons trying again to bolster their pass rush. Lemonier is a nice player with a great first step who plays with excellent leverage and a non-stop motor.
2-1 Kansas City-Terrance Williams, WR Baylor
Lots of ways the Chiefs could go here, but I am going to assume that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe isn't able to return, so replacing him will be a high priority. Williams is a burner who just needs to refine his game.
2-2 Carolina-David Amerson, CB North Carolina State
Amerson has really dropped during the season, mainly because his play as been very inconsistent. But some of that has to be on his teammates, so the Panthers could really be getting a steal here.
2-3 Jacksonville-Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
Another team drafting a new quarterback in the first, and finding them a new target in the second. A pass rusher might have been more of a need position, but Patterson is so explosive and so dynamic he'd be hard to pass on here.
2-4 Cleveland-forfeit for selection of Josh Gordon, WR Baylor in supplemental draft
This is the pick the Cleveland Browns gave up to draft wide receiver Josh Gordon in last seasons supplemental draft.
2-5 New Orleans-pick forfeited because of the bountygate scandal
This was one of the picks the New Orleans Saints has to forfeit as part of the punishment surrounding the "bountygate" scandal.
2-6 Washington-Carrington Byndom, CB Texas
Another Longhorn prospect who has seen their draft value tumble as they have struggled. Byndom has a legit NFL skill set, but he's not shown it this season with missed assignments and missed tackles.
2-7 NY Jets-Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
Fisher might not be a name many recognize, but he's a big, tall athletic left tackle prospect who is really impressing people with his quick feet and strong punch. This is a team full of holes and offensive tackle is just one of them.
2-8 Tennessee-Jonathan Cooper, G North Carolina
There are lots of reasons why running back Chris Johnson has struggled so much this year. One of them I have seen is inconsistent interior run blocking. Cooper excels at run blocking and would be a day one starter.
2-9 St. Louis-Alex Okafor, DE Texas
I have really dropped Okafor in recent weeks. He's missing tackles, finding himself out of position and being blocked by players who have no business being able to shut him down. But at this point he'd be a steal and add a nice rotational player for the Rams pass rush.
2-10 Cincinnati (from Oakland)-DJ Fluker, OT Alabama
There was a time when I had Fluker near the top of the first round. But other tackles have stepped up,and Fluker has just looked average thus far this season. He's going to need some big games late to get back into the first round discussion, but here he's a nice value.
2-11 San Diego-Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia
I tend to believe that some of the problems quarterback Philip Rivers is having can be attributed to his skill players. Austin is a catch and run type of player who can make a short pass a long gain in a hurry.
2-12 Cincinnati-Alec Ogletree, LB Georgia
When healthy Ogletree is one of the top linebackers in this draft on the inside. The Bengals did a nice job snatching up Vontaze Burfict last season, and Ogletree would pair up well with him.
2-13 Tampa Bay-Jesse Williams, DT Alabama
YOLO neck tattoo aside, Williams is a massive human being who can occupy a tremendous amount of space in the middle of a defense. Seems he paired up with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would be a nice combination and add a more physical nature to the Bucs defensive line.
2-14 Buffalo-Da'Rick Rogers, WR Tennessee Tech
Rogers was dismissed from the University of Tennessee and has since found a home at tiny Tennessee Tech. But no matter what the setting he keeps making catches. Lots of fans probably don't remember how good Rogers was as a Volunteer, but the NFL remembers.
2-15 Philadelphia-Chase Thomas, LB Stanford
The defense continues to re-build with Thomas who can put his hand on the ground and rush as a defensive end or stand up and play coverage as a linebacker. His versatility and football IQ makes this pick a nice value.
2-16 Dallas-Tank Carradine, DE/LB FSU
You hate to think about good things coming from something bad happening to someone else, but when Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins went down with injury, it opened the door for Carradine and he has made the most of it. Carradine is physically imposing, and makes plays all over the field.
2-17 Detroit-Dallas Thomas, T Texas
After getting a big boost on defense in the first round, the Lions snatch up Thomas here, who could start at guard or tackle for them right away. I think his future is at guard, because he plays with such power and isn't as quick on his feet.
2-18 Seattle-Dion Sims, TE Michigan State
Sims is a player I am just getting to scout, so mid 2nd round is where I have him now based on what I have seen. The re-building of the Seahawks passing attack continues with Sims, who's a massive target and former basketball player.
2-19 Arizona-Brennan Williams, OT North Carolina
By the time the draft rolls around, we will all get a more clear picture of what the Arizona Cardinals plans are for their starting quarterback. There are a handful of names I could plug in here, if they decide to go that way, but for now they add a solid pass protector and excellent run blocker.
2-20 Pittsburgh-Shayne Skov, LB Stanford
There is something to be said for drafting a player that looks the part, and Skov looks the part of a Steeler. Not to mention he can play inside or outside in a 3-4, he'd be a great addition to that defense. Most project him inside, but I like him as a replacement for linebacker James Harrison as a Clay Matthews type of game changer.
2-21 Denver-Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State
After passing on a cornerback in the first, the Broncos are able to steal a good one here with Poyer. He has excellent ball skills and could learn a lot under Champ Bailey. Poyer is very smart, and have tremendous ball skills.
2-22 Miami (from Indianapolis)-Marquess Wilson, WR Washington State
There was a time when Wilson was a first round pick, but the transition to the new offense at Washington State hasn't gone smoothly and his stock has dropped. If you want to see him at his best, you have to go back 2 season to see just how good he can be.
2-23 Miami-Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
Trufant has really moved up for me. He's always had the size and the athleticism, along with a serious NFL pedigree, and now I see him getting much more willing to get his nose into the run game. If he continues to show he's willing to be physical like that, he'll keep moving up. The Miami Dolphins would really benefit from a player like that.
2-24 New England-Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida
I am a little hesitant to include Floyd not because he can't play, because he can. But as a junior I'm just not sure if he is going to make the jump. Another year could put him firmly into the first round, but at this point he's a steal and well worth the pick. In a 3-4 I can see Floyd playing an end, and then moving inside to rush the passer from a tackle position as well.
2-25 Minnesota-Zach Ertz, TE Stanford
If the Minnesota Vikings want to help Christian Ponder develop as a top quarterback they must get him weapons. Ertz is a tremendous receiver as a tight end, but just as important on a team that has running back Adrian Peterson, Ertz is a great run blocker.
2-26 Green Bay-Nickell Robey, CB USC
A cornerback here probably seems more reasonable than the running back pick in the first, and it's just dumb luck a player like Robey was still on the board. This season he's a 2nd round pick, but in 2014 he could be a first. Either way, he fills a definite need for the Packers.
2-27 Baltimore-Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas
Just like with the pick of Mosley in the first round as the heir apparent to Lewis, the Vaccaro pick would be the passing of the torch from safety Ed Reed. Vaccaro might not be the complete safety prospect as some of the other guys here, but he brings it downhill and hits like a hammer.
2-28 NY Giants-Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
Gilbert is another talented underclassman who could come out early and end up somewhere in the 2nd round, or stay another season and be in the first round discussion. As it stands now the Giants need help in their defensive secondary and would be excited to add a talent like Gilbert.
2-29 San Francisco-Tony Jefferson, S Oklahoma
This is one of those picks that really proves just how random the draft can be. After taking a cornerback in the first, the idea of a safety in the 2nd round might seem like overkill. But the pick comes up, you look at who's left, and Jefferson just jumps out as the type of player who'd be a perfect fit on that 49ers defense. Fast, physical and aggressive is just what they want, and that's Jefferson all over.
2-30 Chicago-Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers
Greene is another young man who's been flying under the radar to most casual college football fans. But make no mistake Greene can play and would make a nice potential replacement for linebacker Brian Urlacher. He's a converted safety and that athleticism really shows.
2-31 Houston-Sean Porter, DE/LB Texas A&M
Let me say right now, there is no way Porter lasts this long next April. He's too fast, too athletic and too polished a pass rusher not to get snatched up earlier that this. But for this exercise he slides and the Texans reap the rewards of it. There aren't a lot of guys I can honestly say I love to watch play, but Porter is one of them.
2-32 Atlanta-Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama
I've not been impressed with running back Michael Turner this season. And I am just not sure if all those carries are catching up to him, but he's lost a step and getting him a real complimentary back who can eventually replace him should be a priority. Lacy is a fabulous player in a similar mold as Turner but with much better quickness.