2013 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-32
Earlier this month The Grits Blitz brought out the top 50 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft. Yesterday, they gave us the top 75 prospects. Now they're making it even more simple. Here is an early breakdown of the 2013 NFL Draft:
1.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Matt Barkley, QB, USC.
Let's face it, Blaine Gabbert is not a solution at QB for the Jaguars. They have so many holes to fill, but they have to get someone to be the face of the franchise first. Matt Barkley can be that guy. Barkley has all the tools to succeed in the NFL. What he lacks in Arm Strength he makes up for in pocket mobility, timing, and accuracy. While this pick may not get the Jaguars into the Superbowl anytime soon, Barkley should at least get the franchise back to functional.
2.) Minnesota Vikings- David Amerson, CB, NCSU.
The Vikings had a pretty good draft in 2012, they picked up Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith in the first round, but they still have major holes in the secondary, OLine, and WR corp. Amerson gives the Vikings another piece to bolster their secondary, whie he won't fix all their secondary problems, Amerson and Smith should be great start for revamping that atrocious secondary.
3.) Oakland Raiders- Robert Woods, WR, USC.
The Raiders have a good stable of WRs in Darius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, and Denarius Moore. Yet they still lack a true #1 target for Carson Palmer. Bringing in Woods would not only fix the problem, but it would give the Raiders arguably the best WR corp in the NFL.
4.) Cleveland Browns- Tyler Wilson, QB, ARK.
Yes I know they selected Weeden, but by the time the 2013 season is over he'll be 30. The Browns need a long time starter at QB, and while they experiment with Weeden for a few more years they can develop Tyler Wilson to take over. This may not be the most logical pick, but it's the best one for the franchise.
5.) Miami Dolphins- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU.
The Dolphins could go S, OT, WR, or TE here. Yet they're switching to a 4-3, and need a bookend across from Wake, they'll get that in Montgomery who's probably the best 4-3 end in a deep pass rushing class.
6.) St. Louis Rams (From Washington, 1)- D.J. Fluker, OT, BAMA.
The Rams need some serious help along the OL, Fluker can provide that, he's a big man who can play either tackle position, or kick inside if need be. The Rams have to protect their franchise player in Sam Bradford and give him time to make his reads and throws.
7.) Arizona Cardinals- Tyler Bray, QB, UT.
The Kevin Kolb project hasn't gone as planned, and even though the Cardinals need help at OL, Fluker is off the board. Kolb is clearly not the longterm answer at QB, they can bring in a Bray who is a bit rough around the edges, but has great physical tools and develop him.
8.) Dallas Cowboys- Star Lotuleilei, DT/NT, Utah.
The Cowboys window is closing, and it looks like Jason Garret may be losing a grip on the team. While the talent is their it's starting to age. This is the case with long time NT Jay Ratliff. Ratliff will be 32 by the time the 2013 season rolls around, and he is undersized for the position. Lotuleilei gives the Cowboys that much needed big man.
9.) Seattle Seahawks- Barret Jones, G/C/T, Alabama.
The Seahawks need help on their OLine, Jones is a very versatile player who could play any 4/5 spots on the OLine. Protecting Wilson/Flynn should be a priority for Pete Carrol who has built up a good defense and has acquired weapons for his offense already.
10.) San Diego Chargers- Jarvis Jones, OLB, UGA.
Jones is falling this far because he is a scheme dependent player. Jones is a great talent and even though the Chargers took Melvin Ingram last year, Shaun Phillips will be 32 and a FA by the time 2013 rolls around, and Jones and Ingram could be one of the more dangerous pass rushing duos in the league.
11.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU.
Tampa Bay took DaQuan Bowers in the 2011 draft, but he didn't produce his rookie year, and tore his achilles shortly after the draft in 2012. Which may cause him to miss the entire season. Bowers has had injury concerns before and didn't produce as a full time rookie, with a great talent like Mingo sitting here the Bucs will be more than happy to take him, considering they play in one of the more QB stacked divisions in the NFC South.
12.) Indianapolis Colts- Keenan Allen, WR, CAL.
The Colts spent their first 3 selections of the Post-Peyton Manning Era on the offensive side of the ball, taking franchise QB Andrew Luck, and TEs Colby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. After losing Pierre Garcon and Blair White the Colts need a new WR, especially with Reggie Wayne aging. Keenan Allen has all the tools to become a #1 in the NFL, and should be a great target for Andrew Luck to throw to.
13. New York Jets- Eric Reid, S, LSU.
Yeremiah Bell is old and Laron Landry is injury prone. The Jets need a new safety in the worst kind of way. Eric Reid is a proven player from LSU, who gets overlooked at times due to having played with Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, but make no mistake Reid is a great talent and would help the Jets a ton.
14.) Cincinnati Bengals- Marcus Lattimore, RB, SCAR.
The Bengals had an excellent 2012 draft, but they failed to bring in a proper replacement for Cedric Benson. They get that here in Marcus Lattimore, who will bring credibility to the Bengals backfield
15.) Tennessee Titans- Khaled Holmes, C, USC.
Is this a reach? Yes, but this draft is bare to the bones with interior OL and the Titans need interior help in the worst of ways. After puzzlingly passing on both David Decastro and Peter Konz last year, the Titans finally add a presence to the interior with the addition of Holmes.
16.) Buffalo Bills(From Denver, 2)- Chris Faulk, OT, LSU.
Chris Faulk is an extremely athletic OT from LSU who could be a great replacement for the recently departed Demetress Bell. While the Bills could take Logan Thomas or Okafor here, Faulk makes the most sense as he will be a great LT for years to come.
17.) St. Louis Rams- Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU.
The Rams got help along the offensive line with their first pick, now they find another Corner to continue to bolster their secondary, this is also an insurance pick for the future as Janoris Jenkins has severe character issues and Cortland Finnegan is no spring chicken.
18.) New Orleans Saints- Kawann Short, DT/DE, Purdue.
Despite signing Broderick Bunkley the Saints will still have some major salary issues and FAs next year. A lot of the FAs they signed in 2012 will have major cap jumps in 2013 and so will some players who were already on the roster. Add into the fact that Drew Brees is unsigned and the Saints are currently only about 2 Mil under the cap, and the Saints are in dire straights cap wise. One of the FAs next year is Sedrick Ellis, the former #6 overall pick has never really lived up to billing and the Saints could risk losing him to FA, and the explosive Kawann Short makes the most sense here.
19.) Kansas City Chiefs-Logan Thomas, QB, VT.
The Chiefs have a great roster, but they could use an upgrade over Cassel. Thomas has a ton of upside if developed correctly, and could turn the Chiefs into perennial Super Bowl threats.
20.) Carolina Panthers- Johnathan Hankins, NT/DT, OSU.
The Panthers could use help at DT after building one of the best LB corps in the NFL. Hankins would provide a big run stopping force in the middle and could develop some pass rushing tools. Adding Hankins to a DL that already features Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy at DE would be a huge step in the right direction for the Carolina defense.
21.) Buffalo Bills- William Gholston, DE/DT, MSU.
The Bills added a star pass rusher in Mario Williams over the 2012 FA period. With a DL that features Williams, Dareus, and Kyle Williams; the Bills could use another premier pass rusher across from Mario. Enter William Gholston, the 6'7 270+ may not sound like a 4-3 DE, but he plays that same position in college and has dominated. Aside from Margus Hunt of SMU he might be the most athletically gifted DL in the draft.
22.) Baltimore Ravens- Manti Te'o, ILB, ND.
Let's face it, Manti Te'o should not fall this far but due to positional value he will. ILB isn't as valued as a position in the NFL anymore, the radio helmet which used to be the trademark of every M/ILB in the NFL is now being outsourced to other positions. Another fact is that Ray Lewis is old, he could very well retire after the 2012 season; even if he doesn't the Ravens need to find his replacement soon. Te'o is a steal at this spot and will continue where Ray Lewis left off.
23.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Jake Matthews, OT, TAMU.
After selecting Mike Adams and David Decastro last year the Steelers can go ahead and address the RT position by adding the son of Bruce Matthews to the equation. Jake Matthews will solidify the Steelers' OL for the next 10 years as it will give the Steelers a great number of young OL.
24.) Chicago Bears- Johnathan Banks, CB, MISS ST.
Charles Tillman is getting older and the Bears still don't have a viable nickelback. Jonathan Banks will give the Bears an insurance policy at CB in case someone goes down and give them a viable nickelback.
25.) Detroit Lions- Alex Okafor, DE, TEXAS.
Like his teammate Jackson Jeffcoat, Alex Okafor is a natural fit in the wide 9. The Lions also happen to run this scheme and Kyle Vanden Bosch is getting older and his production is starting to slide off a bit. The Lions could use another pass rushing threat to pair along on a blossoming DLine.
26.) San Francisco 49ers- Brandon Jenkins, OLB/DE, FSU.
The 49ers struck gold with Aldon Smith, while they could choose to add a DB here, why not go ahead and solidfy you pass rush for good with the addition of the very talented Brandon Jenkins.
27.) Philadelphia Eagles- Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, TEXAS.
Trent Cole will be 31 before the 2013 season ends and Jason Babin will be 33. Jeffcoat and teammate Alex Okafor are natural fits as 9 techs and with Brandon Graham looking like a bust the Eagles could use some youth at the DE position, and Jeffcoat is a natural fit for the wide 9.
28.) Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Eifer, TE, ND.
Tony Gonzalez has announced his 2012 season will be the last for the future HOF'er. It only makes sense for Atlanta to grab a great talent at TE here. Tyler Eifert is exactly that, and even though Eifert has had to battle through average QB play he's put up some good numbers, and should be a natural fit for Dirk Koetter's vertical passing attack.
29.) Houston Texans- Ricky Wagner, OT, WISC.
After losing Eric Winston over the offseason the Houston Texans make the logical move to find his replacement. Ricky Wagner comes from an offensive line factory in Wisconsin that is known for producing great talent. Wagner also has the agility and bend to play in the zone blocking scheme the Texans run.
30.) Green Bay Packers- T.J. McDonald, FS, USC.
The Packers lost Nick Collins due to neck issues. They need to find a suitable replacement to make up for the loss of a key play maker like Collins. McDonald won't immediately be that guy, but he has a lot of potential, and would be a solid pick up for Green Bay.
31.) New England Patriots- Justin Hunter, WR, UT.
The Patriots need to find a #1 WR for Tom Brady. Luckily for them the very athletic Justin Hunter will be available. Standing in a 6'4 Hunter is much faster then you would expect. He was on pace for a record breaking season when he went down early with a torn ACL. Hunter is up in the air as far the draft goes, if Bray declares I think he follows suit, if Bray doesn't I think he stays at UT for another year. Either way Hunter will be a excellent addition for any team.
32.) New York Giants- Bjoern Werner, DE/DT, FSU.
Yes I know the Giants are stacked at DE, but Osi wants out and Tuck is getting older. Kiwinuaka is a solid player but he's not a guy you would want playing every down. So yet again Jerry Reese finds a way to yet another pass rusher. Werner broke onto the scene in 2011 and impressed many people with his strength, athleticism, and high motor. Werner from Germany is a bit of a raw project, but has a ton of physical tools to work with. Besides the Giants are known to go BPA, and Werner is the highest rated player on my board here.
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