2013 NFL Mock Draft

It is September 26th, 2012 and I’m ready to release to start a weekly edition of a 2013 NFL mock draft. Each Wednesday I plan on releasing an updated mock draft based on the record of all 32 NFL teams and what spot they would be picking. We are only through three weeks but we are already starting to get a feel of what each team needs to address in the 2013 draft.

I don’t expect the New Orleans Saints to finish with the worst record but right now they are tied with the Cleveland Browns for the worst record at 0-3. Imagine the Saints were to finish with the number one overall pick and select Drew Brees’ predecessor at quarterback to groom behind him for a few years? I’m sure that would be discussed at least once, but I doubt it. It still is fun to ponder.

So without further ado, here is my first 2013 NFL mock draft of the season. Agree or Disagree? Leave a comment.

1.Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – I don’t see Cleveland giving up on Brandon Weeden after one season, plus he’s gotten a bit better since that disastrous first game of the year. This Cleveland defense gets even better with the addition of the best defensive player in the nation, hard-hitting Jarvis Jones.

2.New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State – The Saints with the number two overall pick?! Well if the season ended now that’s where the Saints would be picking. They need help defensively up the middle and Jonathan Hankins is the nations best defensive tackle after a great game vs California.

3.Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC – Blaine Gabbert doesn’t look like a franchise QB so far. With a franchise RB (Maurice Jones-Drew) and new franchise WR (Justin Blackmon) in Jacksonville, they could use a franchise QB to create a scary offense. A pass rusher or defensive back could be taken as well.

4.Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen, WR, California – Keenan Allen by most people is the best wide receiver in the nation, taking that title away from Robert Woods of USC. The Dolphins spent the number eight overall pick in the 2012 draft on QB Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M to be the franchise QB. The problem is, is he has absolutely no WR’s, let alone a true #1 target. Keenan Allen changes that, the 6’3, 205 pounder can stretch the field and give Tannehill that number one receiver that he needs.

5.St.Louis Rams: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – The Rams need to keep Sam Bradford healthy as they wanna make sure he becomes the franchise QB they took a chance on selecting number one overall in the 2010 NFL Draft and giving a big contract. Bradford has yet to play a full season and has stayed healthy so far this season, but St.Louis can’t take a chance and needs a big time NFL ready offensive tackle to help protect him and that’s where Luke Joeckle comes in, the 6’6, 310 pound OT is considered the best OT in the nation.

6.Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas – The Raiders made a ridiculous trade for Carson Palmer last season and he’s already 33 years old, so a new commander-in-chief is needed. Wilson is regarded as the second best QB prospect and that’s going to be the most glaring need after this season for Oakland. This guy sure is a sharp thrower and makes everyone around him better, so maybe he can make an underachieving receiver corps in Oakland better.

7.Indianapolis Colts: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU – The Colts upgraded the offense pretty well in the 2012 draft, so now its time to improve the defense in the 2013 draft. They acquired cornerback Vontae Davis in a trade with Miami for a second rounder in a month ago, so they need to hit a home run with their first pick since they don’t have a second rounder no longer. Their premiere pass rushers, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are in their 30’s, so a big time pass rusher is needed and that’s where Mingo comes in, he is NFL ready and will give opposing offensive lines nightmares.

8.Carolina Panthers: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State – The Panthers need help in their secondary badly and Amerson is the best CB in the draft with great size at 6’3, 195 pounds. He had a very rough first game vs Tennessee but has been fine since. He has tough competition these days though as the top CB with Dee Milliner from Alabama.

9.Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – The Chiefs have a solid all around team except for the QB position. They gave Matt Cassell a big deal a few years ago and it’s finally time to move on from that experiment. Geno Smith is having a remarkable season in the BIG XII. He is the front-runner for the Heisman trophy and is putting up tremendous numbers. The Chiefs need to draft a QB and this guy would be perfect for them with his big arm.

10.St.Louis Rams: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee – The Rams need a true number one receiver for Sam Bradford and that’s what Justin Hunter would be. Hunter is 6’3 and 215 pounds with very good speed who can blaze past defenders and out jump the defense. He’s had a very good year so far and could end up challenging Keenan Allen for the top WR taken in the 2013 draft when all is said and done. The Rams HAVE to take a receiver with one of their two first round picks.

11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU – The Bucs need more help on defense and this time a pass rusher is needed and Montgomery is one of the best and comes from a dominant defensive unit at LSU. Maybe this is what Tampa needs to finally get back to he playoffs? Who knows.

12.Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas – The Steelers need to get younger players on defense as this defense has taken a step back and cannot stay healthy. The pass rush needs help and Jackson Jeffcoat is one of the risers in this draft and is a furious pass rusher and fits this defensive scheme.

13.Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – The Titans could use a pass rusher to bolster their defense and get a guy who is having a monster season already with 6.5 sacks. Werner is coming from one of the best defenses in the country and should help a defense that just gave up 41 points to the Detroit Lions.

14.Denver Broncos: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama – The Broncos have one of the best pass rushing units in the NFL but are still giving up lots of points and that’s due to a poor secondary and that’s why they take Milliner who is having a breakout year at Alabama and is locking up every receiver he is matched up with. Milliner would make a huge difference on this Broncos defense and stop opposing offenses from scoring so much.

15.Detroit Lions: Eric Reid, S, LSU – The Lions secondary is putrid and need multiple new members added to help out the passing defense. Reid could go as high as in between picks 5 and 10, so getting him here is pretty good. You can never go wrong with a defensive player from LSU and Reid also has good size at 6’2, 210 pounds, so this is a very good choice for a Lions secondary that stinks.

16.New England Patriots: Barrett Jones, C/G/OT, Alabama – Their are better OT’s out there than Jones, but the fact that he can play guard and center is huge and would catch Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady’s eyes as their offensive line isn’t good and needs big improvements. Jones would probably play guard for the Pats right now.

17.Green Bay Packers: Khaled Holmes, C, USC – The Packers are using 14 year veteran Jeff Saturday at center right now and can’t expect him to give them many years of good use. A new center can be groomed for a year behind Saturday or start right away and Holmes is the best center in the nation, so time to bolster up that offensive line and give more protection for Aaron Rodgers.

18.New York Jets: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina – The Jets grab the best running back in the draft as their running game looks miserable. Shonn Greene doesn’t look like a competent starting NFL back and the Jets don’t have much else behind him. Lattimore has had a solid bounce back season coming off a torn ACL in the beginning of the 2011 season at South Carolina. He’s a big back with good speed and can break tackles and has good field vision, which is what the Jets desperately need. The Jets could also take a WR, OT, OLB, or S here.

19.Minnesota Vikings: Robert Woods, WR, USC – The Vikings need to give Christian Ponder more weapons in the passing game as all he has is Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. Another WR across from Harvin is needed if Minnesota wants Ponder to continue to improve. They saw a lot of promise from him Ponder as he played great and led the Vikings to a huge upset victory of the San Francisco 49ers in week 3 by a final score of 24-13, as Ponder passed for two touchdowns and ran for one from over 20 yards out. Robert Woods is a terrific route runner and is great as creating separation so he’d be a great addition to this Vikings passing game.

20.Philadelphia Eagles: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – The Eagles need to better protect Michael Vick or else he will 100% assure them that he will never live up to that mammoth contract they give him. Vick continues to get demolished every game by opposing teams pass rushes by throwing six interceptions in three games and having his one fumble returned 90+ yards for a touchdown by Arizona.  Matthews is teammates with Luke Joeckle, who I have going fifth overall to St.Louis and they both are tremendous pass protectors and will both help any offensive line right away.

21.Buffalo Bills: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee –  The Bills need a new QB as Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t look like the answer for them and is too skiddish to lead a team to the Super Bowl. Tyler Bray is a 6’6 monster at QB who could use another year in college, but has the size and arm to be a top NFL quarterback quickly. Bray has passed for 1,301 yards, 12 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a 63.5% completion percentage in four games and torched David Amerson, the best CB in the nation in his first game vs North Carolina State. This guy has a chance to be really special.

22.San Diego Chargers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State – The Chargers secondary couldn’t stop the Falcons passing game on Sunday and must be upgraded right away. Rhodes came into the season considered as the second best CB in the country but DeMarcus Milliner’s play has excelled him to number two. Rhodes has great size at 6’2 and 217 pounds to cover any type of receiver and is another player benefiting from playing with a top defense in college football to gain leadership.

23.Chicago Bears: Taylor Lewen, OT, Michigan – The Bears offensive line is HORRIBLE. I’m surprised they didn’t address the offensive line in the first round of the 2012 draft. This team will not win a Super Bowl if Jay Cutler is getting sacked because of a lousy offensive line every other play. They could grab Manti Teo from Notre Dame to be Brian Urlacher’s successor but the offensive line needs to be addressed first.

24.Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama – The Cowboys are another team with a bad offensive line and need to improve it before they can win a Super Bowl. Better protection for Tony Romo can possibly be that last step towards a Super Bowl for Dallas.

25.Seattle Seahawks: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor – The Seahawks desperately need a WR as Sidney Rice can’t stay healthy and Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Braylon Edwards don’t look like real threats as top WR’s in Seattle. Williams is 6’2 and 205 pounds with great speed and can stretch the field and be a number one target for Seattle as they need to give Russell Wilson more weapons so he can succeed as the starting QB and get Seattle into the playoffs consistently.

26.Cincinnati Bengals: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas – The Bengals secondary is solid but they have no pass rush that scares opposing offensive lines and gives opposing QB’s nightmares. Okafor is quick and has a high motor and is apart of a very good pass rush in Texas.

27.Baltimore Ravens: Manti Teo, ILB, Notre Dame – The Ravens get an absolute animal from Notre Dame and get Ray Lewis’ eventual replacement when he retires. Teo is good in coverage and gets to the ball very quick and never takes a play off. This guy is going to be a force in the NFL and will be perfect in the Baltimore defense.

28.San Francisco 49ers: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama – The 49ers could use a boost in this offensive line and get a guy inside coming from a tremendous offensive line at Alabama. They have a top defense in the league, and continue to try to build a top offense, they got a loaded receiving corps and a crowded backfield and a young QB locked up who doesn’t make many mistakes, so more protection for their great run game and solid passing attack to progress this offense.

29.New York Giants: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State – The Giants need a lot of help in their secondary and get one of the best CB’s in the country who is rising up a lot of draft boards with his play. Banks has three interceptions already and stands at 6’2 and 185 pounds. He has the speed to catch up to any receiver and the size to battle any receiver for a jump ball. The Giants must take a defensive back or offensive lineman in the next draft though.

30.Arizona Cardinals: Brennan Williams, OT, UNC – The Cardinals offensive line is terrible and if they want their big investment, Kevin Kolb, to stay healthy and remain the starting QB of this team, they need to get an offensive tackle to protect him so he has more time to make plays and not turn the ball over so much.

31.Atlanta Falcons: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue – The Falcons could use some help on the defensive line, especially up the middle and Kawaan Short is a beast coming from a really good defense at Purdue. Short can come in right away and plug the hole in the middle and help their run defense as they are 24th in the league against opposing teams run games. This is a safe pick for Atlanta who is a Super Bowl contender and will contend for years to come.

32.Houston Texans: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State – The Texans need a number two WR across from Andre Johnson if they want Johnson more involved in the passing game and some attention taken off of him. Wilson is 6’4 and 185 pounds, so he definitely has the size to take attention off of Johnson. Wilson can stretch the field with that size and his speed and make this Houston passing attack all the more better. Put that together with their tremendous run game and outstanding defense, this team will be great for years to come.

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