2013 NFL Draft: Updated 1 Round Mock Draft
2013 NFL Mock Draft
As the college football regular season winds down, and the bowl season is set to begin its time to update my 2013 NFL mock draft. For this one, I had originally planned to go 2 rounds, but due to technical difficulties, I had to leave it as a one round mock draft and that’s where they will be for the remainder of the year.
The reason for that is, the draft season is about to get cranked up fill speed ahead and the focus won’t simply be on mock drafts like these, but full team specific mock drafts, positional rankings, and scouting reports. Keep checking back, because the NFL will live here at Rant Sports.
Obviously one of the biggest parts of any NFL mock draft are underclassmen. We won’t know until January exactly which juniors and redshirt sophomores are going to make the jump to the next level. Several underclassmen have already made their intentions known, but for this mock draft I am going to toss in all of the big name underclassmen prospects, especially those who have hinted as a possible exit to the NFL.
This mock draft is using the current draft order as of the end of Week 14. For teams that have the same record, strength of schedule is used to determine the order and as we see each week the picks get a little bit more set than the week before. As far as the picks, I have once again swung the pendulum of my draft-soaked, ADHD mind, so look for some more big changes in the selections.
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1-Kansas City Chiefs-Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
The more I watch the Chiefs the less I believe the team is terrible. It's just a case of horrible quarterback play and a coaching staff that's lost it's team. I had to put Wilson back here at the top because I really don't think the Chiefs can afford to pass on the best quarterback in this draft no matter what. Wilson is a great leader and should have an impressive offseason to help folks forget about the Razorbacks terrible year.
2-Jacksonville Jaguars-Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
Like the Chiefs, the Jaguars have gotten such woeful quarterback play it's hard to judge the rest of the team. Smith is an interesting prospect because he's been very up and down this season. But like most prospects in this draft, he has his flaws but still sports a tremendous upside and should be able to make plays with those Jaguars skill position players.
3-Oakland Raiders-Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
The ascension of Te'o is complete as I have planted him here to the Raiders at 3. With linebacker Rolando McClain making the linebacker unit rather tenuous, adding Te'o would give them not only a playmaker but a high character guy who'd bring stability to the whole defense.
4-Philadelphia Eagles-Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
Lots of directions I could go here, but with the future of the franchise so uncertain as far as head coach goes, I kept it safe and went with the best player on the board that fills a need. Lewan grew and developed all season, and just looked better every week. I still point to the Alabama game as he was the best player Michigan had on either side of the football.
5-Carolina Panthers-Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State
The Panthers are another team that has lots of holes, but defensive tackle is certainly one of them. I like Hankins because while he's not a great pass rusher from the defensive tackle position, he's good, and he's a really strong run defender on the inside where the Panthers could use the help.
6-Tennessee Titans-Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M
There might not be a player in the draft who's impressed me more this year than Moore has. In a season with so many good pass rushers Moore has shown me that he's the most consistent, explosive, and best all around at the position in the country. The Titans sorely need help getting after the quarterback and Moore is a 3 down end who can play with his hand on the ground or standing up.
7-Arizona Cardinals-Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson
I may be in the minority here, but I think Boyd has all the tools to be a great NFL quarterback. And I know I am in the majority when I say there is no one on the Cardinals roster he can't beat out for the starting job next year. Boyd is contemplating declaring for the draft and I think being a top ten pick would be enough motivation for him to come out, even if it means playing for the Cardinals.
8-Detroit Lions-Johnthan Banks, CB Mississippi State
Expectations were high for the Lions this year, but they've not been able to meet up to them at all, and the defensive secondary has been a big part of the reason why. Banks is an excellent cover corner who plays with a high level of confidence and a solid all around skill set. Not sure he's a top ten talent, but this is a need pick for the Lions.
9-San Diego Chargers-Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
Week after week the Chargers offensive line lets that team down. And with no sure bet what is going to happen with this team and it's coaches I again go safe here with another dominant left tackle prospect in Joeckel. Some rate Joeckel higher than Lewan but you can't really go wrong with either?
10-Buffalo Bills-Keenan Allen, WR Cal
I am sure lots of mocks at this point would slap a quarterback here, but not me. I'm not at all convinced that the Bills feel there is a need there, so instead I will give him another weapon in Allen. I've had Allen as my no. 2 wr all season, but at this point he definitely looks like the most dynamic playmaker at the position in the league.
11-Miami Dolphins-Robert Woods, WR USC
The Dolphins are building a nice team, but they are minus a no. 1 wide receiver. Woods is an underrated prospect who might have been overshadowed by his own teammate at USC, I still consider him a top prospect and a great fit for the Dolphins.
12-Cleveland Browns-Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia
I've had Jones as my top player in this draft most of the season, but there are more and more concerns bubbling up about him, but they aren't so serious to me. Regardless I can see him slipping a little and ending up at 12 to the Browns would be a real steal for them.
13-New Orleans Saints-Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State
The biggest thing the Saints have been missing on defense this year is a pressence on the edge. They need to be able to seal the edge and rush the passer and Werner has had a tremendous season. I'm not sure he's talented enough to be a top 13 pick, but he's a non-stop playmaker and should have a great offseason to really help him out.
14-Tampa Bay Buccaneers-DeMarcus Milliner, CB Alabama
The Bucs are a team in turmoil and when they dealt cornerback Aqib Talib away it left a huge gap in their defensive secondary. Milliner is an experienced and athletic player who's built up a very good NFL ready resume. Another aspect of Milliner's game is that he can play either cornerback or safety in a pinch.
15-New York Jets-Barkevious Mingo, LB LSU
Another player who has taken a big tumble. Going back through the season Mingo just didn't make the plays you would expect from him and was pulled off the field too often for me to continue to endorse as an elite prospect. The Jets need a pass rusher, and in a situational role Mingo can be excellent in that role. His ceiling however is in question.
16-St. Louis Rams-Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
The Rams have 2 first round picks and would be very fortunate to be able to land one of the top 3 tackles in the draft at this point. Matthews has been great on the right side, but will likely be asked to move to the left in the NFL. The Rams offensive line has been, well offensive so there will be a spot for Matthews early.
17-Cincinnati Bengals-Matt Elam, S Florida
Count me as a skeptic on Elam. I think he's too much strong safety to be drafted in the first round, but more and more pundits believe he's a first round pick. The Bengals need a safety but this isn't the one I would consider ideal.
18-St. Louis Rams-Star Lotulelei, DT Utah
With the Rams second pick they have to improve the interior of their defensive line. I've gotten lots of feedback from Rams fans, and even with spending a first round pick last year on a defensive tackle they want more pass rush in the middle. Lotulelei is a little inconsistent and on the biggest stage of the season for him he fell flat, but he's got a great first step and can get after the quarterback.
19-Dallas Cowboys-Chance Warmack, OG Alabama
If the Cowboys could be fortunate enough to get Warmack to fall to them in the first round they would get the best player in the draft to fill their biggest need. You have to go back a lot of drafts to find a guard I have graded out higher than Warmack.
20-Minnesota Vikings-John Jenkins, DT Georgia
Another team with questions to answer on offense but in a draft that just doesn't have the first round talent to answer. So instead they get younger and more physical in the middle of the defense with Jenkins. He's a massive player who demands a double team on nearly every snap, and can really stuff the run.
21-Pittsburgh Steelers-Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas
The Steelers defense has had to deal with age and injuries among their safetys and it's time to fix it. Vaccaro is a big athletic safety to plays downhill and a little wreckless just the way the Steelers want their safetys. Of all the top safetys in this draft Vaccaro is the best fit for what they ask of theirs and could have an immediate impact on the defense.
22-Chicago Bears-Dallas Thomas, OT Tennessee
There may not be a team that has a more glaring need than the Bears do at offensive tackle. Thomas is a massive right tackle prospect who can also play guard at a high level and I think his ability to start at multiple spots will be what gets him taken here.
23-Seattle Seahawks-DeAndre Hopkins, WR Clemson
The Seahawks are building a very good football team but could really use a deep threat. Hopkins is a burner who can get behind a defensive in a hurry. He'd be a great compliment to what the Seahawks like to do on offense.
24-New York Giants-Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
The Giants have really 2 primary needs, offensive tackle and cornerback. Deciding between the best 2 on the board makes picking tackle over corner an easy choice at this point. Fisher might be the most athletic tackle in the entire draft and might not be a household name yet, but he will be.
25-Indianapolis Colts-Sam Montgomery, DE/LB LSU
Another LSU pass rusher who came into the season with a chance to be great and just hasn't done it. The potential is there for sure, but the film just doesn't back it up at this point. But in the Colts 3-4 I think Montgomery has a chance to be a very good edge rushing linebacker.
26-Baltimore Ravens-CJ Mosley, LB Alabama
I don't know how long linebacker Ray Lewis is going to play, but at some point he'll need a replacement and Mosley definitely fits the bill. He's got a lot of the same skills coming out of college Lewis had and can do a little of everything on the field. This would be a great value pick at this point.
27-Green Bay Packers-Barrett Jones, C/G Alabama
The Packers offensive line has been something between average and awful for most of the year. Jones on the other hand is one of the top all around linemen in the country. The Packers could really use him and probably wish they could clone him to play more than one position.
28-San Francisco 49ers-Jesse Williams, DT Alabama
The 49ers don't have a lot of needs but for a 3-4 defense having a great nose tackle is a must and Williams has the look of a giant fireplug in the middle of the line. I'm probably higher on Williams than most, but great nose tackles are so rare that when you find one, you must draft them.
29-Denver Broncos-Sheldon Richardson, DT Missouri
As great as the Broncos outside players on their defense are, I'm not as convinced their tackles are up to par. Richardson declared early and brings a great pass rush presence from the inside. The Broncos haven't had that sort of player on the inside in a long time.
30-New England Patriots-Eric Reid, S LSU
The Patriots always seem to find great value with players who can do a lot of things for their team, and while Reid has slipped a little eyes of many, it's not his fault that so many players in front of him took so many plays. Reid is a free safety with NFL size and speed who just needs to find the right defense to be successful. The Patriots could really get the most out of Reid.
31-Atlanta Falcons-Alex Okafor, DE Texas
Okafor has been in and out of the first round for me, but in the past few weeks he's really stepped up and played better so plugging him in here for the Falcons who need a pass rusher in a big way makes sense. Okafor on his best can play strong at the point of attack against the rush and on passing downs dip his shoulder and turn the corner on a tackle.