2013 NFL Mock Draft

First mock of the 2013 NFL Draft

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

Blog Photo - 2013 NFL Mock Draft15. New Orleans Saints: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

It's obviously incredibly difficult to predict where Notre Dame's best player will end up considering his unique and still-developing scandal. However, I think there's a solid chance that Te'o drops to this spot, and I think there's just as good a chance that the Saints snag him if he does. The Saints' defense was historically bad, particularly against the run. Te'o can step into the middle of that defense and immediately improve the unit.

16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC

The Rams have focused on defense in the draft for the past few years, and it showed in 2012. Ranked 14th in both scoring and yards, I expect the Rams' young defense to get even better next season. The offense, however, was an issue all year. With no receivers worth taking at this point in the draft, I think the Rams will try to help out their former first-overall pick Sam Bradford by upgrading his protection.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ezekiel Ansah, LB, BYU

The Steelers have holes to fill at wide receiver and running back, but once again, there are no players at those positions worth taking here. Ansah is an unbelievably talented, yet very raw prospect. The Steelers have a sensational, yet old defense. They don't need any immediate help, but need to start planning for the future. It's the perfect situation for Ansah to come in with no pressure and begin developing behind successful veterans. His combine is likely to be jaw-dropping, so there's a solid chance he ends up going higher than this.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Menelik Watson, OT, FSU

I think Watson's stock will rise as we go through the pre-draft process. He was a former Division I basketball player and also has a history of boxing, and I think that will help him show his stunning athleticism for such a big guy (6'6'' 320 pounds). The Cowboys were terrible at running the football this season, and since they already have a running back they like, I think this is the time for them to address the offensive line.
Nov 24, 2012; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) looks on in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
19. New York Giants: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

 Jordan is a very hyped up player as a superb athlete that can get to the quarterback - an art that is cherished in the NFL. I don't think he fills enough of a need for any of the teams after the Jets (who I have drafting Barkevious Mingo, who plays a similar position), but he is a great fit for the Giants. With Osi Umenyiora hitting free agency, and Justin Tuck entering the final year of his contract, this is a good time for the Giants to take a raw prospect with a high ceiling and develop him behind an aging star.

20. Chicago Bears: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

Whenever Jay Cutler gets hurt, we are reminded just how much his athleticism makes up for his shoddy offensive line. Jason Campbell came in for an injured Jay Cutler in 2012 and had no time to get anything done when dropping back to pass. I think Campbell is a very solid backup quarterback, and I know that it wasn't his fault that the Bears' offense generated nothing without Cutler - it was the offensive line's fault. Fluker is the best lineman on the board, and he can vastly improve the Bears' offense if he pans out to be a good player.

Sorry folks, all I've got for you right now is the non-playoff teams. I've got to hit the books and do some more research, then I'll get back to you with my updated top-20 and the rest of the first round. Don't worry, it won't be too long.
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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..