Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Before NFL Scouting Combine

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs really need a franchise QB but none of the QB's in this years class are worth a Top 10 selection let alone the No. 1 overall selection. Joeckel is the best player in the draft and he stonewalled opposing defensive ends all year with the Aggies. He should end up being an All-Pro for the Chiefs.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Damontre Moore DE, Texas A&M
Jacksonville's pass rush was absolutely terrible again this season as they had the fewest sacks in the NFL last season. Moore can possibly be the guy to have 10+ sacks year in and year out. He hustles to the football and makes plays on defense which the Jaguars need someone like that to do.

3. Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei DT, Utah
The Raiders run defense was horrendous last season and they have many holes on defense. Lotulelei is a defensive tackle that can stuff the run as well as getting a consistent pass rush to push the pocket on opposing QB's.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan
After Fisher's performance at the Senior Bowl and all of the rave reviews about how he dominated everyone there, I think Fisher slips into the Top 5 and the Eagles take him to fix some of the offensive line problems they had after having so many of their starters getting injured.

5. Detroit Lions - Bjoern Werner DE, Florida State
Defensive ends Cliff Avril will likely sign elsewhere as he isn't worth 10 million per year while Kyle Vanden Bosch is old and was playing on his last legs. Werner is the best player available selection for the Lions who should be able to make big plays for a defense that didn't make plays a year ago.

6. Cleveland Browns - Chance Warmack OG, Alabama
Cleveland's offensive line is alright but it could be much better with Warmack at one of the guard spots allowing RB Trent Richardson to have a much better season running the ball. Warmack should be All-Pro player for many years to come for the Browns.

7. Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith QB, West Virginia
The Cardinals quarterback situation has been an absolute embarrassment since Kurt Warner retired. I'm not confident that Geno Smith is a sure thing as a franchise QB but he has to be better than Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton combined at this point.

8. Buffalo Bills - Keenan Allen WR, California
The Bills made a dumb decision to give QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a big contract extension in the middle of the 2011 season and there isn't a QB worth being selected at No. 8 so the Bills should take a player that will take pressure off of WR Stevie Johnson and that player could be Keenan Allen.

9. New York Jets - Dee Milliner CB, Alabama
There have been rumors of the Jets trading the best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis. It could happen if Revis demands a ton of money which is something the Jets don't have because of poor management. Milliner is the best CB in the draft and uses his lanky frame to cover extremely well in a best player available selection.

10. Tennessee Titans - Kenny Vaccaro FS, Texas
The Titans secondary was terrible all season and they couldn't cover anyone. Selecting Vaccaro would improve the secondary and it would give the Titans a player they can move around on defense to make plays. Vaccaro can cover receivers in space and can come up and stop the run very well.

11. San Diego Chargers - Lane Johnson OT, Oklahoma
I blame Philip Rivers' struggles the past two seasons on a really bad offensive line especially at the offensive tackle positions. Johnson can give the Chargers an athletic left tackle who can move and block in space; something Jared Gaither can't do anymore at all.

12. Miami Dolphins - Jarvis Jones OLB, Georgia
Jones falls to the No. 12 overall selection because of his spine condition and he contributes as a pass rusher for the Dolphins opposite of DE Cameron Wake. The Dolphins will then have to add more weapons for QB Ryan Tannehill in the other rounds of the draft.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sheldon Richardson DT, Missouri
The Buccaneers were the best at stopping the run last season but they could use an interior pass rusher alongside Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. An interior pass rusher like Richardson should help their poor secondary that was torched all season and the Bucs should target cornerbacks in future rounds.

14. Carolina Panthers - Johnathan Hankins DT, Ohio State
The Panthers were pretty pathetic at time trying to stop the run last year and with DT Dwan Edwards set to hit free agency, the Panthers could use a run stopper like Hankins which would allow young ILB Luke Kuechly to play even better than his defensive rookie of the year campaign.

15. New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo OLB/DE, LSU
With the Saints moving to the 3-4 defense, they'll need some pass rushers to come off the edge at get to the quarterback. Mingo can be the guy that does that for them as he was an explosive pass rusher at LSU and he has very good size for a 3-4 outside linebacker.

16. St. Louis Rams - Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennessee
Patterson is rising up draft boards as he is probably one of the most explosive receivers in this years class. QB Sam Bradford needs another weapon because WR Brian Quick was a disappointment last season and drafting Patterson would allow WR Danny Amendola to do some damage to opposing defenses from the slot.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alex Okafor OLB/DE, Texas
Okafor was a great edge rusher for the Texas Longhorns in 2012 as evidence from the bowl game as he destroyed Oregon State's offensive line and their quarterback. OLB Jerome Harrison is also getting up there in age and OLB LaMarr Woodley had a poor 2012 season for the Steelers.

18. Dallas Cowboys - Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB, BYU
The Cowboys are going to a 4-3 defense in 2013 and Ansah is a very raw prospect whose stock is rising after his Senior Bowl performance. Ansah's only move is the bull rush so the Cowboys coaching staff will have to work really hard with him on his development as a pass rusher.

19. New York Giants - Dion Jordan DE, Oregon
Jordan could be another big athletic defensive end that the Giants love to have and both Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck had very disappointing seasons in 2012. Jordan would bring some youth opposite of All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

20. Chicago Bears - Jonathan Cooper OG, North Carolina
Cooper is the best offensive lineman available and the Bears desperately need better offensive lineman to protect QB Jay Cutler and open up bigger holes for RB Matt Forte. The Bears could also use a new middle linebacker because Brian Urlacher is a below average linebacker at this point in his career.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Alec Ogletree OLB, Georgia
OLB Manny Lawson is a free agent and Ogletree could replace him or start as an inside linebacker ahead of ILB Rey Maualuga. Ogletree is a former safety who can run from sideline to sideline and make impact plays. He could be a future defensive star in the NFL.

22. St. Louis Rams - Xavier Rhodes CB/S, Florida State
I really like Rhodes because of his potential versatility as a cornerback and free safety which the Rams need for the 2013 season. Even if Rhodes doesn't pan out as a safety, he is still a good cornerback and he would give the Rams a trio of good cornerbacks along with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.

23. Minnesota Vikings - Sharrif Floyd DT, Florida
The Vikings need a defensive tackle next to aging DT Kevin Williams and Floyd could be that player. Floyd would also allow for DE Jared Allen to have more opportunities for game changing sacks. The Vikings would have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL again.

24. Indianapolis Colts - Jonathan Jenkins NT, Georgia
After drafting offense in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Colts will likely draft for defense in the 2013 NFL Draft Indianapolis needs to find their nose tackle for the future in this years draft and big NT Jonathan Jenkins could very well be the guy to fill up space in the middle for the Colts' 3-4 defense.

25. Seattle Seahawks - Datone Jones DE, UCLA
Jones is a run stopping defensive end that the Seahawks could use after DE Chris Clemons tore his ACL in the playoffs. The Seahawks can't afford to start DE Bruce Irvin because he is only a player that can be on the field in obvious passing downs. Irvin gets destroyed against the run.

26. Green Bay Packers - D.J. Fluker OT, Alabama
The Packers could use an offensive tackle of Fluker's size for protecting QB Aaron Rodgers and opening up holes for the Packers' still poor run game. They can draft a running back and wide receiver in later rounds of the draft.

27. Houston Texans - Kevin Minter ILB, LSU
ILB Brian Cushing will be entering 2013 coming off an ACL tear and the rest of Houston's inside linebackers just aren't very good. Minter can be a very nice complement to Cushing as the Texans wait to draft a wide receiver to complement WR Andre Johnson.

28. Denver Broncos - Desmond Trufant CB, Washington
Trufant can start opposite of aging All-Pro CB Champ Bailey for the Broncos. After a great Senior Bowl week, Trufant showed that he is one of the better cover corners in the 2013 NFL Draft and he would improve an already very good defense.

29. New England Patriots - Jesse Williams NT, Alabama
This pick would be a luxury pick but Williams can learn under New England's All-Pro NT Vince Wilfork for a few years before he takes over. Williams is a great run stuffing defensive lineman that still had very good upside.

30. Atlanta Falcons - Sam Montgomery DE, LSU
Montgomery would give the Falcons a good defensive end opposite of the aging but still producing DE John Abraham. The Falcons could also draft a tight end here to replace TE Tony Gonzalez who will most likely retire after an excellent career.

31. San Francisco 49ers - Johnthan Banks CB, Mississippi State
The 49ers need secondary help along the defense as they looked somewhat lost in the Super Bowl against the Ravens. Banks is a very good long cornerback that has good coverage skills and he would easily start opposite of CB Carlos Rogers.

32. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te'o ILB, Notre Dame
Te'o falls to the end of the 1st Round not because of the hoax, but mainly because he is pretty slow and looked over matched against Alabama. Still, the Ravens will get a very good football player to replace the retiring Ray Lewis. Te'o can eventually become the leader of the defense and that locker room.