2013 NFL Mock Draft – Part 2
Welcome back to our 2013 NFL Mock Draft. For the full explanation of the first eight picks, read Part 1 or check out a quick refresher with the list below (* denotes a trade)
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT (Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE (Oregon)
3.* Miami Dolphins: Eric Fisher, OT (Central Michigan)
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Sharrif Floyd, DT (Florida)
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB (Alabama)
6. Cleveland Browns: Xavier Rhodes, CB (Florida State)
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT (Oklahoma)
8.* San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, OG (Alabama)
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE (BYU)
Frank: The screaming New York fans will be clamoring for Geno Smith with this pick, but I honestly don’t think the Jets go there. Although Mark Sanchez clearly isn’t the future, I’m not convinced that he is the team’s biggest problem. Warmack would have been a fit at guard, but he’s gone. Many have the JETS targeting Barkevious Mingo with this pick, which would make for quite the battle of preposterously named lineman in practice between him and D’Brickishaw. But if the situation plays out like this, the Jets will see Ezekiel Ansah still on the board and get a better player than Mingo at that position. I see this as a great pick for the Jets, but it worries me as a Raiders fan that everyone says he may go to us at 3, yet he fell to 9th among the SpreeGooglanalysts.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper, OG (North Carolina)
Conor: Even though the Tennessee Titans added Andy Levitre in free agency, I still see them continuing to strengthen their offensive live. Nothing gets a QB rattled more than pressure, and when you combine that pressure with a young QB the recipe is turnovers. Don’t get me wrong, taking Jonathan Cooper is not a move for just Locker. The Titans will want to run the ball A LOT next year. Chris Johnson’s struggles last year can largely be attributed to weak blocking and tiny, quickly-closed holes. Taking Cooper gives the Titans the chance to help their young QB develop without getting the crap kicked out of him and gives their Pro Bowl caliber RB another blocking option to rack up big yards in bunches. Jonathan Cooper is a win-win for the Titans.
11. Buffalo Bills – Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE (LSU)
Adam: Having just missed out on Cooper, the Bills can focus on taking an impact defensive player and they have good options. Mingo would come in to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 base with the ability to come off the end in 4-3 sets. He’s intensely athletic and in a bit of a tossup with Star Lotulelei for the best player available. Although I’m sure the Bills would like to have one of the top two guards as an option here, Mingo is a steal this late. Besides, Buffalo Bill Barkevious is a menacing alliteration.
12. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT (Utah)
Zach: OMG OMG OMG. That’s how I would be feeling if I were running the Raiders war room and Star fell to me here. In fact, he would have been my pick at No. 3 if I had not traded down. Two reasons that the Raiders have to pick Star: 1. I believe wholeheartedly that the Raiders are making the move to the 3-4 even though they haven’t stated it publicly. Dennis Allen and his defensive coordinator Jason Tarver both prefer the 3-4, as Allen transitioned the Broncos to it and Tarver ran it at Stanford. They have four starting caliber linebackers after a few free agent signings. But every great 3-4 needs a stud at nose tackle to anchor it. Think Haloti Ngata. Or Casey Hampton. Or Vince Wilfork. Star is the next great 3-4 nose tackle because of his size and strength. And 2., the Raiders’ Achilles heel for as long as I can remember has been run defense. Star could help change that in a hurry.
**Trade**: This trade was hypothetical at the time it was made and only later did it actually happen in the real NFL. Frank hypothesized that the Bucs would send 13 and subsequent picks to the Jets for Darrelle Revis a full 24 hours before that exact trade was made.
13. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR (West Virginia)
Frank: With Xavier Rhodes off the board earlier than expected, there’s no obvious corner on the board in this position. Given this turn of events, Tampa gives in to the Jets high demands and trade this pick for Revis along with several other assets. With Dustin Keller and Shonn Greene leaving the Jets with even fewer offensive weapons than they had one year ago. Therefore, I see them using the pick they acquire for their best defensive playmaker to pickup an offensive playmaker in Austin.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT (Missouri)
Conor: The Panthers obviously would have been ecstatic to have seen Lotulelei fall to the 14 pick and to be honest, Sheldon Richardson is a nice consolation prize for the Panthers. Richardson has been knocked for his size and as my friend SpreeGoogs can attest, his size doesn’t mean s*** because of his quickness and outstanding athleticism for his size. While playing at Missouri, his athletic ability allowed them to use Richardson in short zone coverage. The Panthers will likely utilize Richardson’s versatility to scheme with a variety of alignments. Richardson is a smart choice here for the Panthers who will help a defense who was very average last season (13th vs. the pass, 14th vs. the run).
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, FS (Texas)
Adam: The Saints flat out can’t cover anything. Seriously, on a per-play basis, this was the worst defense against the run AND the pass last year. And also the worst defense in the history of organized football. Last year’s Saints defense holds all kinds of undesirable records and the problems aren’t going to get fixed in one offseason or one draft. This pick comes down to Vaccaro vs. Jarvis Jones/Alec Ogletree and I think the team should favor stopping the pass over stopping the run. Vaccaro at FS can even be a move to improve both. The Saints have had a history of whiffing on early defensive players lately and current free safety Malcolm Jenkins is an example of one of these early players (14th overall in 2009) who just didn’t work out. His coverage skills are embarrassing and he has an excessively prevalent tendency to take bad angles on short passes, which gets him football posterized weekly. New D-coordinator Rob Ryan has a lot of work to do, but Vaccaro gives him the versatility to improve the defense in a lot of ways.
16. St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB (Georgia)
Zach: If the draft plays out like it does here (and of course it will, since we obviously can see into the future), I think the Rams are going to be disappointed at this spot. Tavon Austin and Kenny Vaccaro are off the board, I believe those two were probably the best fits for their needs. They have terrible safeties and could use another playmaker having lost Danny Amendola to the Patriots. But there aren’t any safeties or receivers that are good value here, and since the Rams select again at 22, they can wait a little to fill those needs there and in the second round and take the best available player at 16. It just so happens that they don’t have many bodies at linebacker, so I could see defensive-minded Fisher jumping at the chance to upgrade the position with Ogletree. The Rams have a decent starter in Jo Lonn Dunbar at weakside linebacker, so there is more of a need at the strong side. From what it seems, Ogletree is more suited to play the position than his ex-teammate Jarvis Jones. The Rams also proved with their pick of Janoris Jenkins last year that they are not afraid of gambling on a player with character concerns.