Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 NFL Post Season Mock Draft 1.0

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - The Chiefs don't really have a viable starter on the roster. They will also probably clean house, which usually results in a new quarterback. Smith is the top QB of the class this season.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - The offense hasn't been quite as bad as the defense this season, and there's no quarterback good enough worth taking #2 overall. Jones, on the other hand, is one of the best players in the entire draft. He's the kind of difference maker the Jags desperately need on defense.

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - The Raiders need an upgrade at just about every position on defense. They are aging and thin at DT, so this would be a wise choice. Lotulelei is a beast and one of the draft's top talents.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joekel, OT, Texas A&M - It looks like Nick Foles will end up being the starter in Philly, so they need some long term protection for him. Joekel is by far the best tackle in the draft.

5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M As long as Moore enters the draft, he will be the first pass rusher taken. The Lions pass rush has been very disappointing this season and has made their secondary look even worse than they are.

6. Cleveland Browns: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame The Browns are a quickly improving team, but the defense has plenty of wholes. Adding a guy like Te'o could provide a solid presence in the middle for many years to come.

7. Arizona Cardinals:  Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M - Matthews may be the right tackle for Texas A&M, but that's only because Joekel is at LT. Matthews is good enough to be a blind side protector on pretty much any team.

8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse - I know Glennon is the one getting all the hype right now, but I think Nassib is the second best QB in this class. His stock will rise quickly when the season is over, and will probably end up a top 10 selection. Fitzpatrick hasn't been the biggest problem in Buffalo, but he can certainly be upgraded. With a new coach coming in, a quarterback can be locked in here.

9. New York Jets: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State - If Rex Ryan is still on as head coach, they'll probably take the best pass rusher available. Drafting an offensive player for their terrible offense would make too much sense for the Jets to do that. 

10. Tennessee Titans: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama - The Titans are really missing Finnegan. Milliner is the best corner in the draft and could really help sure up that secondary. 

11. San Diego Chargers:  Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State - I've been mocking an OT here for a long time, but with a new coach coming in, they just might hop on the bandwagon of one of these Quarterbacks. Glennon is getting a lot of hype right now, especially from Kiper. He will probably end up being an early first round seleciton.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - Tampa's big whole on defense is their pass protection, so adding the second best CB in the class would be an excellent selection.

13. Miami Dolphins: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee The Dolphins defense is very solid and they have extra picks in rounds 2 and 3 to use on that side of the ball, so they should go with a true #1 wideout for Tannehill in round one.

14. Carolina Panthers:  Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State - The Panthers have ignored the DT position for too long. Having a guy like Hankins available to them will be too much to pass up.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - The Saints just need to take the best defensive lineman available here.

16. St. Louis Rams: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - The Rams defense has improved greatly, so they can focus on the offense in round one. Bradford has been struggling with his poor protection, so the best tackle available should be selected. 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon - Harrison is nearing the end of the road, so a fresh young pass rusher needs to be brought in this season. Jordan offers a great value at this spot in the draft.

18. Dallas Cowboys:  Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - Ansah doesn't have the stats of a first round selection, but athletic freaks like him tend to rise during the combine. He could be a nice replacement for Spencer, who will be a free agent.

19. New York Giants: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama They could certainly use help on defense, but their offensive line is also a problem. Warmack would help them out big time in the interior of that line.

20. Chicago Bears: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - The Bears desperately need help on the line. Cutler just has no chance out there right now and it's killing the entire team. 

21. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California - Ponder has been dreadful without Harvin towards the end of this season. Allen would provide a great #2 while also being an insurance policy on the injury prone Harvin. 

22. Cincinnati Bengals:  Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU - The Bengals could really use a dominant guy coming off the edge.   

23. St. Louis Rams (Via Washington): Tyler Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame More help for Bradford on the line and in the passing game. This draft needs to be all about salvaging his development before it's too late. Eiffert has the capability to be an elite TE.

24. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Williams, WR, BaylorFlacco has just been lost out there lately. Boldin is getting old and Flacco needs a second weapon across from Smith.

25. Indianapolis Colts:  Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama - I hate Williams this early, but he seems to be flying up everyone's draft boards. The Colts do desperately need a solid nose tackle, so Williams would be a strong possibility here.

26. Houston Texans: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Patterson would be availible here for now, but he could easily end up as the #1 WR chosen this year. Either way, the Texans really need to grab a wideout as early as possible.

27. Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, C/G/T, Alabama - There's no question that Rogers needs better protection up front. Jones would give them a solid starting guard or center, but he also has the versatility to move outside if needed.

28. Atlanta Falcons:  Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - The Falcons have a big hole at DE to fill across from Abraham.

29. Seattle Seahawks:  Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - The Seahawks defense is just a peice or two away from being truly elite. A solid linebacker in the middle would make them very close.

30. New England Patriots: Xavior Rhodes, CB, Florida State - The Patriots secondary has been a revolving door, so they need to adress that in round one. Either a corner or a safety should be chosen here.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas - The 49ers could use some depth in their secondary, and safety is arguably their thinnest position. Vacarro is a great value at the end of round one.

32. Denver Broncos: Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina - The Broncos don't have too many holes on their roster, but RB is probably the most glaring. Manning could use a stud running back to work with as he gets older. 

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