2013 NFL Mock Draft (Second Round)
Both of the Bengals' starting defensive ends are scheduled to become free agents in March. Though they're expected to retain Michael Johnson at one end position, Robert Geathers will probably walk. I'm not sure if the Bengals want 2012 backup Carlos Dunlap being the every-down defensive end opposite of Johnson. Jones has a good combination of size and speed that allows him to line up anywhere on the defensive line, and he could be a useful player for a Bengals team that is likely to lose at least one starter from that unit.
54. Miami Dolphins (from IND): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
This is under the assumption that the Dolphins can't bring back free agent Randy Starks. Without Starks, the Dolphins will have to find a new nose tackle for their 3-4 base defense. They would have the option of moving Jared Odrick to the middle and finding a new defensive end, but I think that drafting Williams here would be a great way to address the void left by Starks.
55. Green Bay Packers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Patton spent some time at community college before attending Louisiana Tech, but immediately became a stud at the FBS level. He totaled 183 catches, 2594 yards, and 24 touchdowns in his two years at Louisiana Tech. The Packers, who will likely let Greg Jennings (and possibly Jermichael Finley) leave via free agency, could use a boost to their receiving core. Donald Driver just retired, and Jordy Nelson was plagued by nagging injuries in 2012. Patton could make an immediate impact in an offense that loves to spread the ball around.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
Though free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch has clearly expressed that he would like to re-sign with the Seahawks, he very well may get some lucrative contract offers that lure him out of Seattle. Logan could be a great fit in Branch's place if he were to leave. I think head coach Pete Carroll will have a strong appreciation for a player like Logan, who has above average speed and quickness for such a big guy. He also has the tools to develop into a pass rushing threat, which could help on a team whose leader in sacks, Chris Clemons, recently tore his ACL.
57. Houston Texans: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
The Texans were strong on both sides of the ball in 2012, and with them addressing their linebackers in the first round, I think it's time for them to try to improve their offense with this pick. No matter what they do, it seems that the Texans can never find a good weapon to catch passes opposite of Andre Johnson. Johnson will turn 32 before the start of next season, so if the Texans want to pair him with a decent receiver before he retires, they'll have to address that very soon. Dobson is a raw talent who's got great physical tools, which could boost his stock significantly during the Combine.
58. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Broncos were the best team in the league against the pass per attempt last season, which is why I don't have them addressing their cornerbacks in the first round as many others do. However, Champ Bailey showed his age in the playoffs when attempting to defend Torrey Smith, and it has been suggested that he could even be a cap casualty. This would be a good time for the Broncos to grab the best corner on the board.
59. New England Patriots: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Pass defense was very obviously the Patriots' biggest weakness in 2012, and top cornerback Aqib Talib is set to be a free agent who will attract big offers from multiple teams. Ryan is a dynamic player from the cornerback position, as he can shadow opposing receivers, effectively defend in zones, and jam up opponents at the line of scrimmage. He even gets a lot of great jumps on running plays and makes tackles in the backfield. He's the type of versatile defender that Bill Belichick loves, and I may bump him up this list if I see more outstanding tape of him.
60. Atlanta Falcons: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
It's possible that Michael Turner's aging body wasn't the only reason that he had such a disappointing season running the ball. The middle of the Falcons' offensive line could use some help, and Warford was very impressive at the Senior Bowl. With the Falcons seeming likely to cut Michael Turner and pick up a younger between-the-tackles runner, they should upgrade the interior of their line to help whoever the new backfield man is.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Coming up just short of a victory in the Super Bowl, the 49ers don't really have many areas to upgrade. One thing that stands out on the stat sheet is that receivers not named Michael Crabtree failed to produce in 2012. Mario Manningham was the Niners' second leading wide receiver with only 449 yards. The Randy Moss experiment failed, and 2012 first-round pick AJ Jenkins played in only three games and had no catches. Hunter is a tall speedster who could be the deep threat to compliment Crabtree's possession receiver skill set.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
The Ravens found a diamond in the rough when they started a slimmed-down Bryant McKinnie at left tackle in the playoffs and he played at an incredibly high level. McKinnie is now a free agent and will turn 34 at the beginning of next season, so it's probably time for the Ravens to look for a left tackle of the future. Aboushi is a very talented, athletic player who is a few pounds of muscle away from being an ideal size for a left tackle. With physical tools that will likely show at the Combine, Aboushi is another player whose stock could rise quite a bit between now and the draft.