2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 19-32)

Updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft (3.0): Picks 19-32

3/20/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

 

Blog Photo - 2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 19-32)19. New York Giants: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (previously Dion Jordan)

The Giants fielded a strong offense in 2012, complimented by a pretty solid bend-don't-break defense (ranked 12th in points, 31st in yards). With a couple promising running backs, two stud receivers, and a strong offensive line, I think the G-men have to go defense with this pick. The Giants have moved on from two of their starting linebackers, Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn. They signed Dan Connor, who is currently expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker job with Mark Herzlich - not a great sign. Te'o could join the Giants as a likely day-one starter.

20. Chicago Bears: 
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (previously Jonathan Cooper)

The Bears are hurting for a player who can compliment Brandon Marshall in the passing game. Earl Bennett was second among wide receivers in catches for the Bears - he had 29. Kellen Davis, who started 15 games at tight end, caught an abysmal 19 passes (he has since been released). Eifert could provide a matchup nightmare who would draw attention away from Brandon Marshall, possibly making him even more dangerous than he was in 2012. New head coach Marc Trestman is an offensive guy and would probably love to have a versatile weapon like Eifert.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: 
Cordarrelle Patterson (previously DeAndre Hopkins)

Despite some early season struggles, the Bengals' defense proved that it has the ability to shut down opposing offenses, so I think Cincinnati definitely addresses the offensive side of the ball here. The Bengals need a No. 2 receiver to take some of the pressure off of AJ Green. Aside from Green, the Bengals' next leading receiver was Andrew Hawkins with 533 receiving yards. That's an area that the Bengals need to upgrade, and Patterson could be the answer.


22. St. Louis Rams (from WAS): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (previously Tyler Eifert)

With the first of many picks received from the Redskins in return for the opportunity to draft RG3, the Rams should try to address offense once again. After taking Chance Warmack earlier in this round to supply Sam Bradford with some more protection, the Rams can further aid their franchise quarterback by giving him a weapon to throw to.

The Rams claim to be high on Brian Quick - last year's 33rd overall pick who caught 11 passes as a rookie - and while that may or may not be true, the Rams could use Hopkins regardless. Chris Givens progressed nicely during his rookie year, but the team lost Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson to free agency. Hopkins is always willing to fight for a 50/50 ball, and could prove to be a versatile weapon that Bradford can always rely on.

NOTE: I know that I do not have Kenny Vaccaro (safety, Texas) being selected yet, but I will be shocked if he makes it past this point. The Titans, Panthers, Rams, Steelers, Cowboys, and Bengals are all realistic landing spots. While I don't love Vaccaro going to any of those teams when looking at them individually, I'd be very surprised if all of them passed on him.

23. Minnesota Vikings:
Keenan Allen, WR, California (previously Quinton Patton)

Percy Harvin is gone. While the Vikings did find a serviceable No. 1 receiver in Greg Jennings, they still lack a second option. In addition, Jennings will be 30 years old in September and has been prone to injury. By drafting Allen, the Vikings will get an underneath receiving option, similar to what Harvin was for them in the passing game. Allen has strong hands, a large catching radius, and a knack for getting open - Christian Ponder will love those traits.
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24. Indianapolis Colts:
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (previously Johnthan Banks)

Moore is a tricky player to predict a landing spot for. Once considered a probable top-five pick, his stock has plummeted, in large part due to a terrible showing at the combine. However, the Colts finished 23rd in sacks last season and struggled to find a consistent pass rushing option to play opposite of Robert Mathis in Chuck Pagano's newly installed 3-4 defense. Dwight Freeney struggled in the 3-4 and is now looking for a new home, and Mathis is 32 years old. Moore would be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Now being mentored by former teammate and friend Von Miller, I think the Colts could take a shot on Moore if he impresses in interviews.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from SEA):
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (previously a Seahawks' draft pick)

The Vikings surprised a lot of people when they released Antoine Winfield, the league's premier slot corner who played 94% of the team's defensive snaps in 2012. Chris Cook and Josh Robinson currently project as the starters at cornerback in 2013 for the Vikings. Cook has major durability concerns that date back to college. He has played in 22 of a possible 48 regular season games through the first three years of his career. He is also in the final year of his contract. Robinson, on the other hand, is a raw project player who was drafted in the third round last year. Todd McShay sees Trufant as a plug-and-play starter as a rookie, and he could make a nice impact for the Vikings, who have to play against the Packers and Lions twice a year.


26. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Packers focused heavily on defense in last year's draft, and it was very much improved in 2012. However, there are still a couple of areas where the Packers struggle: they gave up 4.5 yards per carry (26th in the league), and the only player to register more than 4.5 sacks was Clay Matthews.

My only concern with Short here is that there is some concern over whether or not he can fit in a 3-4 defense, which the Packers run. Though his ideal scheme would be a 4-3, I'll bet that Short can play the five-technique for the Packers' defense, where he'll collapse the pocket and take on blockers to free up linebackers to make plays.

27. Houston Texans: 
Robert Woods, WR, USC (previously Kevin Minter)

The Texans have long struggled to find a receiver who could be effective playing opposite of Andre Johnson, but the matter is now becoming more urgent with Johnson turning 32 years old in July. Woods is similar to Johnson in that he is the complete package - fast, athletic, crisp route runner, strong hands, high football IQ. I'm not saying he is as good as Johnson, just that he has many of the same traits to a certain extent. With two versatile receivers like Johnson and Woods, you can get creative on offense, and hopefully when the time comes for Johnson to retire, Woods will be ready to take the reigns as the No. 1 in Houston.

28. Denver Broncos: Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC

The Broncos are pretty much set in most facets of the game, but their weakest area in 2012 was their ground attack, with which they averaged only 3.8 yards per carry on the season. Part of that was due to the injury to Willis McGahee, but with McGahee turning 32 years old next October and having a history of knee issues, the Broncos shouldn't be planning on using him as a workhorse for too much longer. With Peyton Manning's 37th birthday coming later this month, the run game will likely be more important each year he's on the team.

I like Bernard's versatility better than that of Eddie Lacy, my top ranked running back. The more versatile a running back is, the better fit he is in Peyton Manning's backfield. Bernard has averaged 46 receptions over his past two seasons at UNC, which is something Peyton would probably like to utilize. He's no slouch when taking handoffs either, as he averaged 6.7 yards per carry in 2012.

29. New England Patriots: 
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech (previously Tavon Austin)

Wes Welker is gone. Brandon Lloyd is gone. Slot machine Danny Amendola is in, but the Patriots are still without a viable outside receiver. Patton is the best receiver on the board, and fits the bill as an outside presence. He has drawn comparisons to Reggie Wayne, as he lacks top-end speed, but wins with great patience and body control. Aside from Amendola, the Patriots' top receivers are currently Donald Jones, Matt Slater, and Jeremy Ebert. They must address the position.
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30. Atlanta Falcons: 
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (previously Sam Montgomery)

The Falcons were one of the worst teams against the run last year, giving up 4.8 yards per carry. While their pass defense created turnovers, they also struggled to get to the quarterback, finishing the season 28th in sacks. Werner is an every-down defensive end best suited for a 4-3 base defense who can improve the unit in multiple areas with his pass rushing ability and strong run defense.

31. San Francisco 49ers: 
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas (previously Johnathan Hankins)

As I said earlier, I would be very surprised if Vaccario made it past the Rams at 22, but if he does, he could be in for a bit of a free fall. The 49ers, I'd imagine, would be ecstatic if he fell to this spot. Having just lost Dashon Goldson to the Buccaneers, the Niners have a void to fill in the secondary - Goldson has been the league's best safety in pass coverage. Vaccaro is a versatile defender who can play deep zones as well as any safety in this draft, but also lock down slot receivers in man coverage. He's also effective in run support, making him versatile enough to play free safety or strong safety, though the 49ers would likely draft him as the former.

Once again, I'm sure he'll get scooped up before this - I just couldn't get my heart set on any earlier landing spot. He's definitely more of a mid-first round talent than late-first.

32. Baltimore Ravens: 
Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU (previously Matt Elam)

It's no longer safe to assume that the Ravens' defense will be dominant year in and year out. The team has already lost Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard, and Cary Williams to free agency. In addition, they may not be able to retain Ed Reed. In Cyprien, the Ravens would get a player who would bring a similar style of play as Pollard, who was the team's leading tackler in 2012. Cyprien could affect the game in multiple ways as an in-the-box safety who also displays great instincts and athleticism against the pass. If the Ravens do lose Ed Reed, I'd think more seriously about Matt Elam going here, as he is more likely to be able to switch between the two safety positions.
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