2013 NFL Mock Draft V5.0: Picks 8-15 (Gallery)
8. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te’o
LB, Notre Dame
So long as he is done grieving over his girlfriend, Manti Te’o should give Buffalo brass the impression that they’ve bolstered their once-heralded defense. He was totally unimpressive in the title game and might be a lot dumber than people originally believed, but barring a collapse at the Combine, Te’o will likely be a top 10 pick anyway.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo
The Jets have too many holes to count, but the focus in the first round will almost certainly be on defense. Barkevious Mingo will be the best defensive player available at this point.
10. Tennessee Titans: Eric Reid
Eric Reid flew under the radar for most of the season, but his stock has been steadily rising over the past few weeks. He would instantly improve Tennessee’s defense.
11. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen
Their recent coaching hire made it clear that offense was still the San Diego Chargers’ biggest priority. This is a make or break season for Philip Rivers. He needs a good wide receiver. Keenan Allen is as good as it gets in this year's draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson
Miami still doesn’t have a quality receiver. Allen would have been really good here. Ryan Tannehill needs someone to throw, though. Cordarrelle Patterson knows how to catch. It sort of makes sense.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner
As we said last time: this team needs a cornerback in this draft more than any team has needed a cornerback in a draft in recent memory. Dee Milliner being really good is just a bonus.
14. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins
DT, Ohio State
Carolina will select a tackle, at this point it’s just a matter of which one. I’m not especially partial to any Ohio State players ever, but Johnathan Hankins would be the best option available at this juncture.