Updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft-1 Round
2013 NFL Mock Draft
For this latest version of my 2013 NFL mock draft, I have decided to flip the script a little bit and change up my philosophy a little. Ok, more like a lot. There have been some huge moves in terms of which players are moving up and which are moving back. And of course with every week the draft order is shuffled with wins and losses. But that’s not what this is about.
My previous drafts that I have done have been based primarily on my personal positional rankings. That means when I get to a pick, if I think a team would want a particular position, I went to my notes and my highest rated guy went in the spot. But mock drafts are less about that and more about making the correct pick for the correct team. Here’s an example.
The quarterback position in this draft is one of great debate. Just find your way to Twitter and look for the debates that we draftniks have about which quarterback should go first and how high that is. I have contended that my top quarterback in this draft is Tyler Wilson from Arkansas. I had also conceded that Geno Smith from West Virginia would be drafted ahead of Wilson, with guys like Matt Barkley from USC and Tyler Bray from Tennessee behind them. But in the past 2 weeks Smith has continued to struggle, Wilson has continued to try and keep his team afloat with little or no help and Barkley has put up video game type numbers.
This means as I am distributing these quarterbacks, I give Barkley the nod as first off the board, mainly because his performances are the things that teams will fall in love with and push him up. So, don’t be shocked if you see some big changes in the picks in this mock compared to my previous update here.
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1-Kansas City Chiefs-Matt Barkley, QB USC
Barkley takes over the top spot here because he's lighting up the box scores while other quarterbacks have struggled. He's a media favorite and they can really push a player up a draft board.
2-Jacksonville Jaguars-Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
The Blaine Gabbert experiement has run it's course, and it's time to move on to a more polished and explosive thrower who plays with confidence.
3-Cleveland Browns-Jarvis Jones, DE/LB Georgia
For all the love that Manti Te'o gets, there may not be a player that can take over a game on defense like Jones. He is an easy selection here.
4-Carolina Panthers-Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State
There are lots of directions I could go here, but Hankins seems to get better and better and you can never have a defensive line with too much talent.
5-St. Louis Rams(from Washington)-Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
While I don't have Joeckel as my top tackle, most consider him the top prospect in this draft and would make perfect sense in this spot.
6-Tennessee Titans-Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB LSU
Mingo is one of those rare athletes who you can see growing into a dominant technical football player with time and proper coaching. Right now he's a raw physical specimen with a knack for making big plays.
7-Cincinnati Bengals-Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
Te'o is my big mover in this latest mock. He has all of football buzzing and just has the look of a ten year Pro Bowl player.
8-New Orleans Saints-Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M
This is my one pick that is for me. I don't think the draftnik community is as on board with Moore as I am, but by April everyone will know exactly whyI have him this high.
9-Buffalo Bills-Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
I still contend that you cannot judge Wilson's performance this season fairly considering all the problems that team has had. He's a tremendous football player and natural leader.
10-Oakland Raiders-Sam Montgomery, DE/LB LSU
I have been putting a defensive tackle in this pick for some time, but I have a hard time believing the Oakland Raiders would let a player like Montgomery slip past them.
11-St. Louis Rams-Robert Woods, WR USC
After getting a franchise tackle earlier in the round, adding a playmaker like Woods at this point would really improve a struggling offense.
12-Philadelphia Eagles-Bjoern Werner, DE FSU
I personally don't consider Werner a top 15 pick, but most pundits think he can be that explosive wide 9 end. He's an excellent player without a doubt, but might be a reach this early.
13-New York Jets-Star Lotulelei, DT Utag
Most believe that this pick should be offense, whether it's a tackle or a wide receiver, but I love Lotulelei in a 3-4 defense. Some hope this pick is a quarterback.
14-Dallas Cowboys-Chance Warmack, OG Alabama
If there is one area on this team that stands out in terms of needing improvement, it's the interior of the offensive line. Warmack is mauler and would really open up that run game.
15-Arizona Cardinals-Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
If Lewan slides to here, he'd be a steal for whichever team gets him, much less a team that is in dire need of a left tackle.
16-Tampa Bay Buccaneers-DeMarcus Milliner, CB Alabama
At the start of the season the cornerback position in this draft was strong. Now the best they can do is just outside the top 15 for the first off the board.
17-San Diego Chargers-Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
A lot of people don't believe Matthews will declare this year, and he may be looking for a season on the left side to boost his draft stock, but should he come out, he'll still be a high first round pick.
18-Miami Dolphins-Keenan Allen, WR Cal
Allen might end up being taken higher than this next April, but for now with a bum shoulder this is as high as I can put him. Regardless he's a player who can do a little of everything and when healthy seems to improve on the little parts of his game each week.
19-Detroit Lions-Alex Okafor, DE Texas
Another player that I think is probably going too high. Okafor shows flashes but struggles at very fundamental parts of his game and that raises questions about him at the next level.
20-Minnesota Vikings-John Jenkins, DT Georgia
I won't be shocked if this pick is a quarterback by the time April gets here, but for now I am going with Jenkins who would be a great interior player to work off those fabulous defense ends.
21-Seattle Seahawks-Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee
For a young quarterback having a big athletic target in the passing game is a huge boost in confidence. Hunter is so talented and is a prototypical NFL wide receiver.
22-Indianapolis Colts-CJ Mosley, LB Alabama
Another player I probably wouldn't rate this high, but the media really seems to believe Mosley is a first round pick. No doubt he's a talented player and would fit the Colts defense well.
23-Pittsburgh Steelers-Eric Reid, S LSU
I have begun to waiver a little on whether or not Reid can hold onto a first round grade, but for now he stays put and fills an immediate need.
24-New England Patriots-Barrett Jones, OG/C Alabama
Jones is exactly the type of multi-taking, hard-working, and talented player that Bill Belichick would love. There's very little that Jones can't do on the offensive line, and he does it all at a very high level.
25-Denver Broncos-Johnthan Banks, CB Mississippi St.
I was going to pass on a cornerback with this pick, but I love the value of Banks this late, and think he could really upgrade an underachieving secondary.
26-Green Bay Packers-TJ McDonald, S USC
McDonald is another player who is holding onto his draft spot by a thread. He's got to step his game up and be more than size and traingle numbers to earn a first round pick.
27-New York Giants-Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
I hadn't thought much about Eifert to the New York Giants until recently, but I could see how in that offense a big strong target like him could really put up exceptional numbers.
28-Baltimore Ravens-Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
Patterson is raw and would be entering the draft with only 1 year of Division I experience, but there are many who believe he's actually the more talented of the Tennessee wide outs.
29-San Fransisco 49ers-Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina
For a team that really doesn't need at any positions there is usually one of two choices. Add depth on the offensive or defensive lines. In this case it's adding a big strong run blocking guard.
30-Chicago Bears-Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
Fisher is flying up draft boards. He's big and long and athletic with excellent footwork and appears to have a very high ceiling. I have had him as a 2nd round pick, but this late in the first I am more than ok with taking the chance on his upside.
31-Houston Texans-Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia
There are 3 or 4 wide outs I considered in this spot, but I just love the way Austin can take a short route and turn it into a long run. He has the look of an elite slot receiver and kick returner in the NFL.
32-Atlanta Falcons-Shariff Floyd, DT Florida
This is sort of a wildcard pick. I'd have preferred a defensive end here, or a tight end, but with the drop off in talent I chose to go with a top talent at a secondary position of need instead. Floyd is improving week after week and shows flashes of being a dominant interior player.