2013 NFL Mock Draft – Part 4
This is it: The Mock Draft finale that caps off our pretending right before the real thing gets underway tonight. Catch up with some of the classics (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) or consult the list below to get caught up on how we got here. The * means the pick was part of 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)
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper, OG (North Carolina)
11.* Buffalo Bills – Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE (LSU)
12.* Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT (Utah)
13. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR (West Virginia)
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT (Missouri)
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, FS (Texas)
16. St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB (Georgia)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)
18. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Fluker, OT (Alabama)
19. New York Giants: Tank Carradine, DL (Florida State)
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE (Notre Dame)
21.* Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (Tennessee)
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR (California)
23.* Cincinnati Bengals: Menelik Watson, OT (Florida State)
24.* Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB (West Virginia)
Here’s how it all ends:
25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, LB (Notre Dame)
Adam: I told myself I wasn’t going to be the guy to draft Te’o for a team this year, but this just seems like it will happen. The other option would be to take a player like Desmond Trufant to shore up the secondary, but the need at linebacker is greater than the need at cornerback. Minnesota filled its only true offensive need earlier in the round and the next couple of picks should be taken linebackers and secondary. Te’o’s the best player left at those positions, assuming he plays like he did during college football’s regular season.
26. Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, SS (Florida)
Conor: The Green Bay Packers areas of need are obvious and most fall on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers have a lot of options with the 26th pick in the draft and could choose to fill the safety, linebacker or defensive end positions. In the end, they’ll fill the position with best available player in a position of need and in our draft it’s Matt Elam. Elam can help fill the void left by the absence of Charles Woodson. We can’t call Elam Woodson quite yet, but he’s a high-energy player who hits hard. His passion on the defensive side combined with established guys like Clay Matthews could be a recipe for something good in Green Bay.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR (Clemson)
Frank: There’s a need here for a wide receiver with Kevin Walter departed via free agency, DeVier Posey out until midseason, and Andre Johnson publicly asking for another receiver to work with in Houston. History tends to repeat itself, and when Larry Fitzgerald pleaded with Arizona management to pick a wide receiver, they made him happy and took Michael Floyd. After drafting Hopkins or another wideout here, look for Houston to go for an offensive tackle in the second round.
28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE (Florida State)
Zach: This pick was born because of a fax machine. The loss of Elvis Dumervil due to the whole faxed contract snafu has the Broncos in need of a pass rusher, enough so that they have to forego securing a corner (like Desmond Trufant) to soon replace Champ Bailey (who is still seeing Torrey Smith streaking by him in bad dreams). Werner gets the nod over Damontre Moore and Datone Jones because he slides most naturally into Dumvervil’s old position with his motor, size and strength. He is a great value here since he was once projected to go in the Top 5. As a Raiders fan, I can only hope the Broncos don’t make this pick and do something stupid like trading up for Geno Smith.
**Trade** New England trades the 29th overall selection to Buffalo for their second round pick (41) and third round pick (71)
Why the Patriots do it
Adam: If anyone needs an explanation for the Patriots moving back and collecting more picks, they don’t know anything about football. At this point, they’ve probably been calling all the teams that need a quarterback to see who will give them the best offer for this pick.
Why the Bills do it
Adam: The Bills don’t have a quarterback. That’s not really a figure of speech as much as it is a harsh reality. If the season started tomorrow, Tarvaris Jackson would start with Aaron Corp backing him up. The Bills have to take a quarterback early in this draft and Nassib seems to be their guy. He’s not going to be there if they let the Jaguars, Cardinals and Jets pick in the second round, so Buffalo pays the most moves up to secure Nassib.
29. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, Quarterback (Syracuse)
Adam: Rumors about the Bills and Nassib have been swirling for a week weeks, and if Buffalo can move back from 8 to pick up another pick later in the draft, they’ll have more firepower to trade back into the late first round to make it happen. The Bills might pull the trigger on Nassib with their first pick in this draft, but that really seems like a stretch with so many great players left at other positions. Both Smith and Nassib may end up falling to the teams that don’t need quarterbacks and at that point, it’s just a matter of which teams will trade up to take them. Nassib has a great arm and is sort of a hometown guy, coming from Syracuse. He’s more of a project than a team might want out of a first-round pick, but he fits the Bills style and it’s not like the Bills are a quarterback away from being complete this offseason.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB (Washington)
Frank: There are always a few players who fall from their projected draft slot when you draft at the end of the first round, so these picks can be hard to predict. But in this scenario, I think the Falcons shore up a pressing need at CB by selecting Trufant and move on with their day. Other needs like DE and TE have been addressed by bringing in Osi Umenyiora and resigning Tony Gonzalez, but you can never have too much help in the secondary. The NFC South is home to quite a few pass-happy offenses and extra talent against the pass will always be welcome.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT (Alabama)
Conor: The 49ers have a million picks in this draft and Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh are excellent at evaluating talent, so they won’t reach. The 49ers need a safety in a bad way, but that’s not where they’re going with the 31st pick in the draft. Harbaugh and his staff have a Belichick mentality that make them think they do no wrong. Ever. Until they’re proven wrong we all have to enjoy the ride. I’ve heard rumors of them toying with idea of Culliver at safety! That’s why they’ll worry about replacing Goldston later and they’ll draft Williams. He’s exactly what the 49ers look for on the defensive line. He’s athletic enough to play multiple spots and he’s from Australia. What does being from Australia have to do with anything? Australians play a lot of rugby and Williams grew up playing Rugby. Isaac Sopoaga who the 49ers lost in free agency was a Samoan rugby player as a kid and Sopoaga had great hands because of rugby and as a result sometimes caught passes for the 49ers on offense. I’m intrigued with Williams.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB (LSU)
Zach: You can always count on Ozzie Newsome to take the best player available. This year, though, he finds himself in the unique position of having a few very distinct needs to fill. Luckily, he has a few options at the end of the first round that, depending on the Ravens draft board, could be considered the best player available and plug a hole. And no one can dispute that the Ravens have a huge hole at inside linebacker. Not only did Ray Lewis retire, but Dannell Ellerbe skipped town to sign with the Dolphins. Former starter Jameel McClain is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 after recovering from a spinal cord contusion, so that is one spot taken care of assuming he can stay healthy. But at the other spot, Rolando McClain was penciled in as the starter. *Chuckles.* As a Raider fan, I can only say GET SOMEONE ELSE NOW. McClain was slow, couldn’t shed blockers or diagnose plays at all, and was a cancer in the locker room with his bad attitude and off-the-field antics. Minter, by all accounts, is about as steady as they come and anchored one of the best defenses in the country at LSU. If the Vikings by chance take Minter and Manti Te’o is available here, I could see Newsome bypassing him and taking Kansas State’s Arthur Brown instead.
Thanks for sticking with us through the mock, good luck to your favorite NFL team in the next few days. Unless, of course, your team is the Falcons.