Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 NFL Post Season Mock Draft 4.0

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - I've finally given up on putting a QB in round one. There just isn't one worth taking. If the Chiefs retain Albert, which I think they will, Lotulelei will be the best player availible at a position of need. 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M - The offense hasn't been quite as bad as the defense this season, and there's no quarterback good enough worth taking #2 overall. Moore, 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:  Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri -  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. Richardson is a beast and one of the draft's top talents. He will continue to rise up the draft boards as the we get closer to the draft.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joekel, OT, Texas A&M - No matter who the QB will be for this team opening day, they are going to need to bring in some protection for him. Kelly will probably want to bring in the top offensive lineman in the draft.

5. Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State - The Lions pass rush has been very disappointing this season and has made their secondary look even worse than they are. Werner is just as good as Moore as a pass rusher.

6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia - Jones is jut the kind of guy they need to put some pressure on the Quarterback. He's weak in run support, but his pass rushing skills are elite. He'll work well in their new 3-4 defense.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - Fisher certainly hasn't proven enough to merit a top 10 selection, but he could easily rise to this spot if the Cardinals want a tackle bad enough. Their second round QB won't stand a chance with the current offensive line.

8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - No quarterback and no linebacker worth taking here, so assuming Levitre and Byrd are resigned, WR is the biggest need for Buffalo. I can see Patterson establishing himself as the #1 WR in the class in the coming months. 

9. New York Jets:  Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - I doubt the Jets will end up going for a WR here, so they will probably get the best outside pass rusher available. Ansah will fly up the draft boards after the combine.

10. Tennessee Titans: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama - I keep going back and forth between safety and corner here, but Milliner is just too good to pass up at this juncture. 

11. San Diego Chargers:  Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - The Chargers desperately need help at tackle. Rivers, a rookie, whoever the quarterback is won't have much success without better blocking up front. Not many people have Johnson as a first rounder yet, but his stock is one the rise after handling Damontre Moore pretty handily in the final game of the season.

12. Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen, WR, California - Whether Hartline is retained or not, Tannehill still needs an actual #1 receiving option. 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - Tampa needs a couple of corners added to their roster this season, and Banks will probably be available for them here at 13 overall.

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: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - The Saints just need to take the best defensive lineman available here. Mingo has the potential to develop into a great pass rusher. 

16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama - The Rams need to find as much help for Bradford as they can in this draft, and Warmack is probably the most talented lineman in the class. He's only available here because of his position. 

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: Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas - I thought Dallas was going to move up and draft Barron last year, so I could easily see them taking the top safety in the class with their first round selection this year.

19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia - The Giants need multiple linebackers added to their defense, so spending a first rounder on a talent like Ogletree makes perfect sense for them.

20. Chicago Bears: Jonathon Cooper, G/C, North Carolina - There really isn't a pure tackle worth taking here, but Chicago will take any help they can get on the line. Cooper is strong and versitile prospect who could start at any of the interior positions on the line.

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

22. Cincinnati Bengals: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame - Between his poor performance in the national championship game and all the fake girlfriend stuff, Te'o could easily drop to the bottom half of the draft. The Bengals desperately need some help at linebacker, so Te'o would be amazing value here based on talent. The Bengals have been known to bring in players with character concerns before, and they've been able to get the most out of them. 

23. St. Louis Rams (Via Washington): Tyler Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame The Rams would be wise to add another security blanket for Sam Bradford, and a potentially elite TE would do wonders for him.

24. 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.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Perdue - One of the only things the Seahawks defense is missing is a rusher who can come up the middle. Short has been one of the best interior pass rushers in all of college football the last few seasons. 

     26. Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, C/G/T, Alabama - Green Bay needs to do a better job protecting Rodgers. They'll love Jones' versatility, who could pretty much start at any position except LT in my opinion.

27. Houston Texans: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor - Texans really need to grab a wideout as early as possible. Williams would also take a lot of pressure off of Johnson now that there's another legitimate weapon on the field.

28. Denver Broncos: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU - The Broncos defense is very strong already, but they could still use some help at DT. Logan is a good fit at the end of round one.

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

30. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU - The Falcons have a big hole at DE to fill across from Abraham.

31. Baltimore Ravens: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - Flacco has looked lost out there until the playoffs. Either way, Boldin is getting old and Flacco needs a second weapon across from Smith.

32. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU - The 49ers could use some depth in their secondary, and safety is arguably their thinnest position. Reid is a decent value at the end of round one.

1 comment:

  1. I stopped at the 1st pick. Yeah, that's what the Chiefs need, another top 10 D lineman that can't rush the passer.


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