Monday, January 28, 2013

2013 NFL Superbowl Mock Draft : Matt

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - I still think they would be wiser to draft Lotulelei, but there's more of a chance they'll reach for a QB here. I was leaning towards Wilson as the top QB in recent weeks, but his senior bowl performance proved him completely unworthy of a first round selection, even in this weak QB class.

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: 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 - 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: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama - I've been giving them a pass rusher here for months, but there is so much depth at the position that could find another quality rusher at the beginning of round two. Milliner is by far the best CB of a fairly thin class this year.

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. His senior bowl performances have certainly been impressive. Their second round QB won't stand a chance with the current offensive line.

8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State - If a QB goes first overall, I think the Bills may follow suit as well. Glennon obviously isn't worth a top 10 pick, but I think Buffalo would pull the trigger on him in this situation. His physical attributes will thrust him into the first round. 

9. New York Jets:  Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State - I was considering giving them Glennon here, but it just makes much more sense to take an elite pass rusher here. There will be plenty of QB's available early in round two. 

10. Tennessee Titans: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - Trufant has been the best CB at the senior bowl practices, and has pushed himself into early first round consideration. 

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: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Whether Hartline is retained or not, Tannehill still needs an actual #1 receiving option. I think Patterson will be the consensus top receiver in the class by April. 

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. There has been plenty of people in the organization who have publicly said they would be happy with Banks as their first round selection. 

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

15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas - New Orleans' top needs are at rush linebacker and safety. With so much depth at pass rusher in this draft, they could easily choose to select the top safety of a pretty thin class this year. Vacarro could easily fly up the boards like Barron did last year.

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: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU - The Cowboys need another pass rusher opposite Ware. Ansah will be a hot commodity after the combine. 

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 versatile prospect who could start at any of the interior positions on the line.

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 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: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State - Hankins is a top 10 talent, but I just haven't been able to find a spot for him until now. Indianapolis would be running to the podium with this selection.

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: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Texans really need to grab a wideout as early as possible. Hunter is a great value here and 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: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - Even if Welker is brought back (which really has to happen), another receiving weapon is needed. Austin would fit their system well.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - The Falcons have a big hole at DE to fill across from Abraham. Mingo has amazing potential here at the end of round one.

31. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor - Flacco looked lost out there until the playoffs came around. Either way, Boldin is getting old and Flacco needs a second weapon across from Smith.

32. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU - The 49ers had basically no pass rush when Justin Smith was out or not playing at 100%. He's not getting any younger, so someone to take some of his reps and eventually replace him is needed. Hunt has amazing potential given his size and ability.

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