3 Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
2013 NFL Mock Draft
Its update time again football fans. And when I do an update, I do it big so for this latest incarnation of my 2013 NFL mock draft, I am going to add a full third round. That means a full 96 picks minus 2 forfeited picks, and going much deeper not only in team needs but also deeper into the pool of prospects for the NFL draft.
This group contains a significant number of underclassmen, and obviously depending on who actually declares will affect this greatly, but underclassmen almost always drive the draft. I have included nearly every draft eligible junior or sophomore minus just a few players who have already made it known they are not declaring. If you haven’t said you are going back, you are probably in this latest mock if you earn the grade.
There are some new trends in this draft as well. I have gotten a tremendous amount of feedback from NFL fans on my previous mock drafts and it’s really helped me shape this current mock. Adding a third round helps give a better perspective on a team’s draft, because adding that third round really makes all the difference in terms of rounding out team needs. Also from a philosophical standpoint I often use the 3rd round as a best player available round, and at times passing on a need for the sake of depth to get the best player. I am fine with doubling up on a position drafted earlier if a high enough rated player falls to the third round.
And to all my friends and readers who are Kansas City Chiefs fans, I listened to what you all had to say I promise, so be sure to read my explanation of my picks for you.
So sit back and relax and enjoy working through this latest mock and be sure to come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard and let me know how wrong all those picks are for your team.
1-1 Kansas City Chiefs-Jarvis Jones, DE/LB Georgia
I fully expect the Chiefs to do their best to try and trade out of this pick. But with a weak group of quarterbacks, it's going to be a tough trade. If they stay put, why not take the best player in the draft, and that's Jones. Doesn't diminish the need for a quarterback, but that can come later.
1-2 Jacksonville Jaguars-Matt Barkley, QB USC
The Jaguars quarterback situation is awful, and even if he doesn't warrant a pick this high, taking Barkley here to try and energize the franchise and put the bad taste of missed picks behind them.
1-3 Cleveland Browns-Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB LSU
There is no team that can't benefit from a dynamic pass rusher. In a pass happy league, having a guy like Mingo who can really hound the quarterback is a plus, and Mingo is so explosive and his upside is huge.
1-4 Carolina Panthers-Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State
It's been a forgettable season for the Panthers, and drafting a defensive tackle isn't the most exciting pick, but upgrading a gimpy defense is a must.
1-5 Oakland Raiders-Sam Montgomery, DE/LB LSU
I keep going back and forth on this pick, because the Raiders are such a hard team to get a read on, and they are full of holes. Montgomery is extremely talented and can do a little of everything on defense, so I lean toward him here with this first pick.
1-6 Philadelphia Eagles-Damontre Moore, DE/LB Texas A&M
The Eagles defense has been a sham. They can't get any pass rush, they can't hold the edge against the run, and it's putting their corners in terrible positions. Moore is so strong and so explosive he could plug a lot of holes in a hurry.
1-7 St. Louis Rams-Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
It's pretty easy to tell the Rams biggest need is on the offensive line. Joeckel is one of the top 2 tackles in this draft, and best of all a very natural left tackle prospect where they really need help.
1-8 Buffalo Bills-Robert Woods, WR USC
Woods has really fallen out of favor, mainly because he's been so overshadowed by his own teammate Marqise Lee. But I still think he's the best option at the position in this draft, especially with his ability to make people miss and turn a short throw into a long run.
1-9 San Diego Chargers-Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
The Chargers have had some real problems with keeping linemen healthy, so adding a player like Lewan who can play either tackle position at a high level makes a lot of sense. I happen to think Lewan is top flight talent and could start right away.
1-10 Miami Dolphins-Keenan Allen, WR Cal
Assuming Allen gets a clean bill of health he would be a great weapon for a young up and coming offense like the Dolphins. He's long and athletic and can really go get the football.
1-11 St. Louis Rams(from Washington)-Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
This might not be a pick of great need, but at this point getting Te'o to pair up with fellow linebacker James Laurinaitis is hard to pass up. Either could move to the outside and be the most formidable tandem in the league.
1-12 New York Jets-Geno Smith, RB West Virginia
I don't know who will be coaching the Jets next year, but I am guessing it isn't Rex Ryan. And if it isn't, whoever replaces him isn't going to want the quarterback headache he had, so they start fresh with Smith. I like Smith as a prospect, but based on sheer talent this might be a little early.
1-13 Tennessee Titans-Star Lotulelei, DT Utah
The Titans interior defensive line struggles to rush the quarterback, and Lotulelei has an explosive first step and is an excellent pass rusher. Even as part of a rotation this is a nice value pick here.
1-14 Arizona Cardinals-Chance Warmack, OG Alabama
Offense tackle is probably a bigger overall need, but getting Warmack would allow a guy like Daryn Colledge outside, but even if not, Warmack is the best interior lineman in the draft.
1-15 Detroit Lions-Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
The Lions have some age at tackle, and some questionable depth behind them. Matthews is the best right tackle prospect in the draft, but I don't see anything in his game that says he cannot move to the left side as well.
1-16 Cincinnati Bengals-Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee
The Bengals are building a very good offense, and so adding Hunter to set up across from wide receiver AJ Green would really help open up the passing offense. Hunter is a big athletic target would could feast on single coverage.
1-17 New Orleans Saints-Alex Okafor, DE Texas
The Saints offense is explosive. Their defense is soft. They struggle on the edges, both stopping the run and rushing that passer. Okafor is a great all around end who just needs to be more consistent, especially in his fundamentals.
1-18 Dallas Cowboys-DeMarcus Milliner, CB Alabama
I projected this pick to the Cowboys on the assumption that Milliner would transition to safety where I think he can be a Pro Bowl level player. He would also give immediate help at the nickel corner against all these 3 and 4 wide sets in the league.
1-19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Johnthan Banks, CB Mississippi State
I love Banks potential, but I also love him as a prospect because I think he can not only play cornerback but could also move to free safety if needed. Banks ball skills and confidence are impressive.
1-20 Minnesota Vikings-John Jenkins, DT Georgia
The Vikings are seriously lacking for depth along the interior defensive line, so adding Jenkins to pair up with and eventually replace defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Jenkins is a real disruptor in the middle of the defense who has to get double teamed on a regular basis.
1-21 Pittsburgh Steelers-Bjoern Werner, DE/LB FSU
The Steelers have really struggled this season to rush the passer. The future for linebacker James Harrison is uncertain and there is no one on the roster behind him who can play. Werner is excellent with his hand on the ground and goes non-stop.
1-22 Indianapolis Colts-Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT Missouri
I am personally strongly opposed to drafting a 3-4 defensive end in the first round, but I can see the Colts doing it just that to get the roster up and going with the new scheme. Richardson can beef up pretty easily and could move inside in the nickel.
1-23 Seattle Seahawks-Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee
I keep reading that Patterson isn't going to declare but I struggle to think he can stick around with all the upheaval at Tennessee, especially if his quarterback leaves. He only had 1 year of D1 experience, but if you have seen him play, you understand just how good he is.
1-24 New York Giants-Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
You can really see how much quarterback Eli Manning has missed having a target at the tight end position this season. Eifert is far and away the best tight end in the draft, and might have the strongest hands of any pass catcher in this entire draft.
1-25 Denver Broncos-Gio Bernard, RB North Carolina
With recent injuries to running back Willis McGahee, and questions about depth I plug Bernard in here. He is as fun to watch as any player in the country and should he declare in a down running back class, a big offseason could push him into the first round.
1-26 New England Patriots-Barrett Jones, OG/C Alabama
Jones is the type of multi-talented player the Patriots love. He can backup all 5 spots and eventually start at one of them. Some have said Jones will slip because he doesn't have a true position, but I think the fact he has played so many positions at such a high level works in his favor.
1-27 Chicago Bears-Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
Fisher is a fast riser, mainly because he's so athletic and has such good footwork. But for a team with an offensive line so bad, Fisher is a savior and a quarterbacks best friend.
1-28 Green Bay Packers-Eric Reid, S LSU
The Packers must get more athletic on defense and adding Reid to replace either of the current starting safetys would make a lot of sense. Reid has had a quiet season and has pushed him down a little.
1-29 San Fransisco 49ers-Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina
The 49ers really don't need for any positions, but they love to run the ball, and Cooper is an excellent run blocker who could back up any of the interior oline positions. When you don't need a starter you can draft for depth like this.
1-30 Baltimore Ravens-DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson
At some point wide receiver Anquan Boldin won't be there anymore and Hopkins would be a perfect pairing for fellow speed demon Torrey Smith.
1-31 Atlanta Falcons-Tank Carradine, DE FSU
The Falcons need a pass rusher and Carradine is a big strong kid who's frame can hold more weight, and is better with his hand on the ground than standing. I like him to a 4-3 team because he can get bigger and he's stronger at the point of attack against the run.
1-32 Houston Texans-Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia
As great as wide receiver Andre Johnson has been, he's never had a decent complimentary player. Austin is a burner who can break off big plays as a wide out or a running back.
2-1 Kansas City Chiefs-Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
The Chiefs get their quarterback of the future with Wilson. He'll slip, mainly because of what a horrible season his team has had, and how badly he's been beat up, but make no mistake Wilson can play.
2-2 Jacksonville Jaguars-Dion Jordan, DE Oregon
The Jaguars have continuously struggled to find a decent pass rusher through the draft. I like Jordan but don't love him, but he's a nice fit in the Jags system. He fights hard off the snap, has some good pass rush moves, and never takes a play off.
2-3 Cleveland Browns-Pick forfeited
This is the pick the Browns used in the supplemental draft to draft wide receiver Josh Gordon.
2-4 Carolina Panthers-Terrance Williams, WR Baylor
Some of the problems quarterback Cam Newton has had this year is because he doesn't have much in the way of weapons in the passing game. Williams is very underrated and has a real knack for getting open.
2-5 Cincinnati Bengals(from Oakland)-Sylvester Williams, DT North Carolina
The Bengals are solid at defensive tackle, but lack depth. Williams would be a nice rotational player, especially on passing downs.
2-6 Philadelphia Eagles-CJ Mosley, LB Alabama
The re-building of the Eagles defense continues with Mosley. He's a natural weakside backer who would start right away.
2-7 St. Louis Rams-Da'Rick Rogers, WR Tennessee Tech.
The Rams have been trying to add weapons to the passing attack for several seasons. Rogers was a star before getting in trouble and being forced to transfer. The skills are raw but they are there, and his size is formidable.
2-8 Buffalo Bills-Dallas Thomas, OT Tennessee
The Bills offensive line is a mish mash of average players and Thomas has enough potential to make it worth drafting him and plugging him in right away.
2-9 San Diego Chargers-Corey Lemonier, DE Auburn
Lemonier is a more natural fit at defensive end in a 4-3, but I can see him making a smooth transition to a 3-4 as a rush outside linebacker and upgrade that pass rush.
2-10 Miami Dolphins-Brennan Williams, OT North Carolina
Williams was a first round lock until his shoulder injury this year. The Dolphins can get a steal here, stash him away and when he's healthy plug him in at right tackle when he's well.
2-11 Washington Redskins-Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida
I might be in the minority but I really like Floyd in a 3-4 as either an end is he wanted to stay where he is, or beef up a little and move inside.
2-12 New York Jets-Xavier Rhodes, CB FSU
Rhodes is another player with excellent size who could play corner or safety at a high level on the Jets defense. The Jets are thin in terms of playmakers on defense and Rhodes has a knack for the big play.
2-13 Tennessee Titans-Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee
I am sure I'll catch plenty of heat for this, but I don't believe that quarterback Jake Locker is the answer. Bray is a local kid, and a gun slinger who could make use of those skill players.
2-14 Arizona Cardinals-Landry Jones, QB Oklahoma
It's time for the Cardinals to get serious about their quarterback position. Jones has regressed some this year, but he has all the physical tools to be a very good NFL quarterback.
2-15 Detroit Lions-Cobi Hamilton, WR Arkansas
I like Hamilton more than most. He just always seems to be able to find ways to get open and his speed is more than impressive. He could really stretch the field for fellow wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
2-16 Cincinnati Bengals-Andre Ellington, RB Clemson
I'm not sure anyone is scared of the Bengals running backs. Ellington is one step from a touchdown every time he touches the football.
2-17 New Orleans Saints-Pick forfeited
This is a pick the Saints had to forfeit due to Bounty-gate.
2-18 Dallas Cowboys-DJ Fluker, OT Alabama
Anyone remember when offensive tackle Doug Free was good? Yeah, me either. Fluker is a massive right tackle who's impossible to move. He's not overly athletic or quick, but he's a mauler for sure.
2-19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kawann Short, DT Purdue
Not sure why more folks aren't higher on Short. He's at times unblockable, and if he showed up every play he'd be a first round lock.
2-20 Minnesota Vikings-Zach Ertz, TE Stanford
Anything the Vikings can do to get quarterback Christian Ponder more weapons is a good thing. Ertz is an excellent route runner and pass catcher along with being a great inline run blocker.
2-21 Pittsburgh Steelers-Jesse Williams, DT Alabama
The Steelers understand they need help at nose tackle, and there's nothing to say that rookie DT Alameda Ta'amu will be back after his off field problems. Williams is a massive man to fill the middle.
2-22 Miami Dolphins(from Indianapolis)-Everett Dawkins, DT FSU
Dawkins has come on strong this season and would make an excellent replacement for defensive tackle Randy Starks who's just average.
2-23 Seattle Seahawks-Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma
The Seahawks have some issues on the offensive line particularly at right tackle. Johnson has been flying up boards, mainly because he's such a good pass blocker and very athletic.
2-24 New York Giants-David Amerson, CB North Carolina State
The Giants have struggled with finding healthy bodies to play cornerback and while Amerson has struggled this year, he's still an excellent pick this late.
2-25 Denver Broncos-Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State
The Broncos have gotten excellent player from their corners but Champ Bailey can't play forever. Poyer has excellent ball skills and could learn form the best.
2-26 New England Patriots-Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas
The Patriots have a lot of safetys but none of them are great. Vaccaro is a bit of a throwback strong safety but he can pay the run and finishes like a ton of bricks.
2-27 Chicago Bears-Shayne Skov, LB Stanford
I am not sure how long linebacker Brian Urlacher plans to play, but ther could be worse replacements than Skov.
2-28 Green Bay Packers-Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama
Lacy is a bit underrated at this point, based on the talent around him, but I think he'd be the answer to the balance the Packers offense is lacking. He's got great size and speed and comes form a pro style offense.
2-29 San Francisco 49ers-Matt Elam, S Florida
The 49ers don't need a safety, but I'm not sure Elam is ready to start now anyway. Let him cut his teeth on special teams and as a backup and be ready to come in and play. He's got a ton of potential and could fill in at either safety position.
2-30 Baltimore Ravens-Carrington Byndom, CB Texas
The cornerback depth of the Ravens has been tested this year. Byndom won't wow anyone in run support but is an excellent coverage player.
2-31 Atlanta Falcons-Dion Sims, TE Michigan State
Sims is a massive target who's raw but just oozing with potential. Very athletic for his size and soft hands. IF Gonzalez retires, Sims will be a solid replacement.
2-32 Houston Texans-Nickell Robey, CB USC
The Texnas are very solid at their starting cornerback positions, but could really use some depth with the amount of passing offenses they will see. Robey is an underrated player on a bad defense this year, but does a very good job in coverage.
3-1 Kansas City Chiefs-Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
After letting cornerback Brandon Carr go, the Chiefs has struggled mightily in coverage. Trufant has an NFL pedigree and is a very physical corner with excellent size.
3-2 Jacksonville Jaguars-Tony Jefferson, S Oklahoma
Jefferson is an excellent all around safety who would be an immediate starter for a struggling Jaguars secondary.
3-3 Cleveland Browns-Jordan Reed, TE Florida
Reed is an undersized and athletic tight end who is a very good receiver. He would give quarterback Brandon Weeden another weapon in the passing game.
3-4 San Francisco 49ers-Ezekiel Ansah, DE BYU
Another depth pick for a great defense. Ansah has the frame to pack on 20 more pounds with ease and be an excellent 3-4 defense end.
3-5 Oakland Raiders-Oday Oboushi, OT Virginia
The Raiders are very thin along the offensive line and Oboushi is a good prospect who could eventually be a starter. One of the more athletic tackle prospects in this draft.
3-6 Philadelphia Eagles-Larry Warford, OG Kentucky
The Eagles offensive line has not done a very good job this year. Warford is an enormous man who can really move guys off the ball, especially as a run blocker.
3-7 St. Louis Rams-Robert Lester, S Alabama
If there is a spot on the Rams defense that has underwhelmed this season it's the safetys who've given up too many big plays. Lester gets lost on a great defense but is an excellent player.
3-8 Buffalo Bills-Aaron Murray, QB Georgia
I hadn't planned to give the Bills a quarterback, but if Murray were to fall this far, there's no way they can pass on him.
3-9 San Diego Chargers-Joseph Randle, RB Oklahoma State
The Chargers really struggled when starting running back Ryan Mathews was hurt, and at this point I'm not sure how much he can be counted on. Adding a player like Randle would give them some security at the position.
3-10 Miami Dolphins-Chase Thomas, LB Stanford
Thomas is a great value pick here because he can play any linebacker spot, and would make a great starter either in the middle or on the weakside where the Dolphins are getting older.
3-11 Washington Redskins-Quinton Patton, WR La. Tech.
If the Redskins want to see quarterback Robert Griffin III develop he needs weapons. Patton might not be a household name, but Patton has drawn high praise for his hands, ability to get open and quickness.
3-12 New York Jets-Kenny Stills, WR Oklahoma
No matter who the Jets have playing quarterback next season he's going need weapons. Stills is rock solid and can run every route and is a clutch wide out. Nothing flashy about him but his hair, but he runs great routes and good hands, and works hard to get open.
3-13 Tennessee Titans-Brian Winters, OT Kent State
The Titans are very average at the tackle spots and the running game has been up and down because of it. Winters might be the most athletic left tackle in the draft and is very strong as a run blocker. Could end up moving way up by next April.
3-14 Arizona Cardinals-Stepfan Taylor, RB Stanford
The Cardinals have really struggled to get much production or health out of their running backs. Adding Taylor would give them a strong back who has shown he can handle a heavy workload in a pro style offense.
3-15 Detroit Lions-Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers
The Lions could stand an upgrade at weakside linebacker and Greene has the size and skills to fit in there right away.
3-16 Cincinnati Bengals-Morgan Breslin, DE USC
This is another depth type of pick, but you can never have enough good defensive linemen, especially in the AFC North. Breslin is an explosive player who will be an excellent pass rush specialist.
3-17 New Orleans Saints-Akeem Spence, DT Illinois
The Saints have underachieved on the inside of their defensive line, and Spence is a nice player who is still a little raw but you can see with his size and athleticism he's got a lot of potential.
3-18 Dallas Cowboys-Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB FSU
Jenkins decided to declare for the 2013 NFL draft, rather than get a medical redshirt after suffering a season ending foot injury early in the season. His health will dictate how high he is drafted, but he's got first round potential and would be a steal this late.
3-19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
This pick might seem like a repeat, but this team needs help at safety and cornerback so taking 2 defensive backs in first 3 rounds makes sense.
3-20 Minnesota Vikings-Bacarri Rambo, S Georgia
One of the spots the Vikings can upgrade is at strong safety. A pairing of Rambo and safety Harrison Smith would be a very talented duo.
3-21 Pittsburgh Steelers-Nico Johnson, LB Alabama
After upgrading the outside linebacker spot in the first round, the Steelers upgrade the inside linebacker depth in the third.
3-22 Indianapolis Colts-Sean Porter, DE/LB Texas A&M
The Colts outside linebackers are starting to show their age, and Porter is an explosive player who was born to play a rush 3-4 OLB.
3-23 Seattle Seahawks-John Simon, DE Ohio State
The Seahawks don't have much in the way of pass rush from the left defensive end position, and Simon is a very nice prospect who can really get after the quarterback.
3-24 New York Giants-Arthur Brown, LB Kansas State
I don't like the players the Giants are using at inside linebacker. Brown is a player who can play all 3 spots, but would look great in the middle of the Giants defense.
3-25 Denver Broncos-Anthony Barr, LB UCLA
Barr would be a definite upgrade over linebacker Wesley woodyard on the weak side of that Broncos 4-3 defense. He can blitz and rush the passer and does a good job chasing down the play.
3-26 New England Patriots-Kevin Minter, LB LSU
The Patriots starting linebackers are set, but they run so many unique sets where they bring in extra backers, a player like Minter who plays with so much energy would certainly have a place somewhere.
3-27 Miami Dolphins(from Chicago)-Daniel McCullers, DT Tennessee
This is one of those best player on the board type of picks. You can never have enough massive bodies on a defensive line, and you don't get more massive than McCullers.
3-28 Green Bay Packers-Jon Bostic, LB Florida
Bostic plays on the outside now, but I really like him for that right inside linebacker spot in the 3-4 where he can work downhill and cover more of the field.
3-29 San Francisco 49ers-Bennett Jackson, CB Notre Dame
Jackson is a name you are going to keep hearing more and more of at the draft gets closer. He's a perfect fit for what the 49ers like to do, and there would be no rush to get him into the lineup.
3-30 Baltimore Ravens-Datone Jones, DE UCLA
Jones plays in a 4-3 now but at nearly 285lbs he has the look of kid who can beef up a little and rotate in as a 3-4 end or inside in the nickel.
3-31 Atlanta Falcons-Mike Gillislee, RB Florida
Running back Michael Turner looks to be fading. There are some nice players on the roster to spell him, but I can see Gillislee being that 1st and 2nd down back with his power and vision.
3-32 Houston Texans-Kyle Long, OT Oregon
The Texans let their starting right tackle go this past offseason and could stand to add a player to provide depth at both tackle sports. Long is athletic and gets out to the edge quickly as a run blocker.