2013 NFL Mock Draft V1.5: Picks 8-15 (Gallery)
8. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Lattimore
RB, South Carolina
It sounds crazy after all the money they gave Chris Johnson, but this team’s running game situation is ridiculous. There are holes on the offensive line, but the rushing attack is a bigger concern. Marcus Lattimore isn’t going to be an All-Pro guy in his first year (unless Georgia becomes a pro team and he plays them 10 times per year), but he’ll give the Titans something – and something is a lot better than what they’re currently getting.
9. Carolina Panthers: Barkevious Mingo
Carolina is going to keep tinkering with the defense. For all the Cam Newton drama, it’s not as though he has nothing to work with on offense. The Panthers will take another wide receiver in later rounds, however, in the first, Barkevious Mingo -- who would be a steal here, even though he has kind of underperformed this year -- gets the nod.
10. New York Jets: Eric Reid
So many holes. So. Many. Holes. A lot of people will see this as a reach, but Eric Reid is precisely the sort of Pittsburgh Steelers-esque defensive staple that can help stabilize your defense while you work out the other loose ends.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes
CB, Florida State
This team’s hole at cornerback didn’t magically disappear. 2013’s cornerback class isn’t the best one ever, but Xavier Rhodes should do the trick for Tampa Bay. Frankly, there is a very reasonable case to be made that he is a safer pick as the first corner off the board than David Amerson is.
12. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith
QB, West Virginia
So much for taking the next step this year. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s weaknesses have become all too apparent at this point, so acknowledging past mistakes and starting anew is the best course of action now. Smith makes more sense value-wise here than Barkley does as a top-10 pick.
13. Detroit Lions: Jackson Jeffcoat
Detroit is going to look to get someone who can bother quarterbacks here – either a cornerback or a pass rusher. As noted, the corners available this year aren’t great. Jackson Jeffcoat has all of the physical attributes necessary for success at the next level, and so long as Lions don’t ignore his potential, he could be a big pick-up for them around the midpoint of this draft.
14. St. Louis Rams: Luke Joeckel
OT, Texas A&M
The Rams’ defense is a lot better this year, so look for management to make a concerted effort to bolster the offensive line and offensive skill positions (namely receiver). Luke Joeckel is going to be the best option available for St. Louis at this point and, with a year of SEC experience under his belt, he is going to be a lot more battle-tested than he otherwise might have been.
15. St. Louis Rams: Robert Woods
A lot of people have Justin Hunter as the second best wide receiver in the draft this year, but Robert Woods has been more impressive thus far. Hunter was great last season, however, he just hasn’t been the same post-ACL tear.