2013 NFL Mock Draft V3.0: Picks 8-15 (Gallery)
8. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher
OT, Central Michigan
Team brass understands that Kevin Kolb’s record right now deserves an Incomplete, not a Fail. You can’t reasonably expect a quarterback to succeed behind this sort of offensive line – you just can’t. Kolb may be overrated, a lost cause and so on and so forth, but he deserves a shot with some legitimate protection. Eric Fisher’s stock is rising quickly. Currently, most have him going in the early 20s. By the time the Combine rolls around, given the other o-line talent available, he will be a top 10 pick.
9. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te’o
ILB, Notre Dame
There was a clear focus on bolstering the defense last season, and Buffalo will stay on that track this season. Manti Te’o is the leader of Notre Dame’s fierce defense and will likely finish second in Heisman voting this year. He’d be a great fit here.
10. Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner
DE, Florida State
The offense must improve, clearly, but it’s worth remembering that this team was at its most successful when it boasted a potent defense. Bjoern Werner has had a great 2012 campaign, and has been the heart and soul of a better-than-expected, highly underrated (yes, still) FSU defensive attack.
11. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo
Remember when Rex Ryan was all about defense? Me neither. For all of this Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow talk, defense is what will dictate how New York fares in the future. Barkevious has an NFL body and proved last year that he can hang tough in the grittiest college football conference around. This is the perfect place to nab him in the draft – ideal value pick.
12. San Diego Chargers: Barrett Jones
The Chargers either need to give Philip Rivers a quality wide receiver to throw to or give him some o-line protection. Team brass will likely opt for the latter. Barrett Jones is versatile and can be lined up at guard, center or tackle – making him the perfect piece for a line that may need to experiment a bit before it finds a formula that works.
13. Miami Dolphins: Justin Hunter
Despite his recent regression, Ryan Tannehill is still obviously the future of this franchise. He needs a legitimate No. 1 option to throw to. There is a debate to be had about whether Justin Hunter is the second best receiver available in this thing or not, but we’ll make a final decision on that after the Combine.
14. Detroit Lions: Jordan Poyer
CB, Oregon State
The Lions would love to patch up the secondary here. We’re sticking with our pick from last time. (Mind you, nobody was talking about Jordan Poyer before us.)
15. St. Louis Rams: Taylor Lewan
Having addressed the wide receiver problem earlier, St. Louis will go o-line here. Taylor Lewan obviously has an NFL body, and he’ll at the very least take up a lot of space on a unit that needs to start giving Sam Bradford a little more time to throw.