2013 NFL Mock Draft

First mock of the 2013 NFL Draft

1/22/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

January 01, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA;  Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) is sacked by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) during the second half of the Capital One bowl at The Citrus Bowl. Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports8. Buffalo Bills: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The Bills have a monstrous defensive line with recent first-round pick Marcel Dareus and the understated Kyle Williams. While Mario Williams may not have quite lived up to his huge contract, he still managed 10.5 sacks in 2012. This front line can funnel running backs into areas to make easy plays for linebackers, but the Bills don't have enough talent at linebacker, resulting in their 31st ranked run defense. Ogletree can line up at any linebacker position, and could lead the Bills in tackles as a rookie.

This would have been a great spot for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, but I'm not sure the Bills will take him here given the recent fake girlfriend scandal.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU

The Jets have a ton of holes on the offensive side of the ball, but I don't think that any offensive playmakers are worth taking here over a potentially game-changing defender like Mingo. The LSU product can provide an immediate boost in the pass rush as a 3-4 outside linebacker, while young studs Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples require a good deal of attention inside. If a receiver or running back lights up the combine, the Jets could draft for offense, but right now there's no one on that side of the ball who outweighs to the value of Mingo.

10. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The Titans can really address either side of the ball, but I think they'll try to improve their defense, which gave up the most points in the league in 2012. I think the way to go is with a player in the middle of the field, who can make an impact on any play. Vaccaro is a dynamic safety that can play both the run and pass at a high level, which could really help the Titans' defense improve overall next season.

11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

In the same way the Cardinals will be praying for Chance Warmack to fall to them, the Chargers will be praying for Eric Fisher. The tides have turned in San Diego, and they now have a suffocating defense paired with an inefficient offense. The biggest weakness of their offense is the line, and Fisher is the best lineman available.
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12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Just last year, the Dolphins rolled the dice on a raw quarterback prospect in Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately, the youngster doesn't have much of anyone to throw to. Why not pick up a raw, physically gifted wide receiver for their raw, physically gifted quarterback to develop with? The Dolphins will likely focus on the offensive side of the ball in the draft, and Patterson has a high ceiling and fills a need.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

This is a bit of a stretch, and I think the Bucs could end up trading down to get him, but Rhodes could really help out this defense that was picked apart by opposing quarterbacks this season. The Bucs' run defense was the best in the league, but their pass defense was the worst, resulting in their 23rd ranked scoring defense. A physical corner, Rhodes could help prevent opponents from the easy decision of slinging the rock all game long.

14. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The Panthers' biggest need is at wide receiver, but there simply isn't a receiver worth taking at this spot in the draft. Dion Jordan will be tempting here, but both of the Panthers' defensive ends registered double-digit sacks in 2012. Hankins can fill a hole in the middle of the Panthers' defensive line by both blowing up run plays and tightening the pocket on opposing quarterbacks. He was a great college player and fills a need for Carolina.
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1/27/13   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

I see maybe 1 of those top 10 being accurate...also kudos....I got the link for this "blog" off espn.com

1/23/13   |   Kenne   |   16047 respect

(Edited by Kenne)

I've heard rumors that new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is interested in reaching to select USC QB Matt Barkley 7th overall. The last time the Cards took a QB named Matt from USC, things didn't work out so well.
I'm hoping they have enough sense to take an offensive lineman or pass rusher and wait til the 2nd round to go after a QB.

also I think Geno Smith will be gone within the first few picks, alot of teams are looking for a solid starting QB. WalterFootball's mock draft has him projected going #1 to KC.

1/23/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm hoping KC manages to trade down from the No. 1 pick. I know it is unlikely without a consensus No. 1 option, but frankly KC has a pretty good LT in Albert and what they really need is a QB (and a WR and a CB). None of those option are worthy for No. 1. I hope they can trade down, draft Milliner and a QB in round 2 (whoever they determine is best. Maybe Smith or Nassib). 

1/23/13   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Why publish an unfinished article? Just curious..

"Finished," as far as I'm concerned, would be seven rounds, and I know I'll never get to that - I don't know if anyone does. Some people (such as Raider fans like myself) start looking at mock drafts as early as midseason, so I figured I'd get out what I had now rather than make people wait for the additional 12 teams. And once I finish the first round, it still won't be done - I'll go into the second, third... basically as deep as I can knowledgeably handle.

1/23/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Why publish an unfinished article? Just curious..