Archived Mock Draft (Steve): Part 1, 9/18
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Updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft Round 1 | Round 1 Picks 17-32 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 |
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
-The Jaguars could very well be in the quarterback market if Blaine Gabbert has another poor season (and could def. be a trade target for a team wanting Matt Barkley), but if they go another direction I think they will look at one of the elite defensive players. Jarvis Jones could make a lot of sense here as he could play a role similar to Von Miller in Denver where he stands up as an outside backer in the 4-3, but is used to get after the quarterback in nickle packages..
2. Oakland Raiders- QB Matt Barkley, USC
-This would be a dream scenario for the Raiders as they not only finally get their franchise quarterback, but it ends up being the local product Matt Barkley
who they can easily sell to fans. The Raiders have spent a lot of resources on quarterbacks of late, but that was all under the previous regime.
3. Indianapolis Colts- DT Star Lotuleli, Utah
-The Colts will likely focus this pick on defense, but with the recent trade for Vonte Davis, I’d guess this selection is used on the front 7. If Dwight Freeny leaves this could go towards one of the many rush linebackers, but the biggest need may be on the line. Lotuleli would be a fantastic pick-up for them as he can be used similarly to Haloti Ngata in Baltimore, both inside at the nose position, and outside as an end. He’s an impact prospect and has the talent to make everyone better around him.
4. Minnesota Vikings- WR Robert Woods, USC
-The Vikings added their LT in Kalil this past April, but could use a big play weapon for Christian Ponder. Woods is as big play as they come and should quickly develop into a number 1 wide out. Some will say he’s not fast enough to succeed at the next level, but I’ll take a WR who catches everything thrown his way over a guy with a great 40 time any day.
5. Cleveland Browns- DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
-The Bucs have drafted heavy along the defensive line the last couple of years, but right now don’t have a lot to show for it. With Brian Price out the door, Tampa could look to add an impact lineman to pair with Gerald McCoy. Lotuleli would be a nice complement as he could be the NT in a 4-3 alignment. He’s big, strong and rarely loses at the point of attack.
6. Miami Dolphins- WR Keenan Allen, Cal
-The Dolphins receiving corps is incredibly thin and they will probably look to add a couple targets this offseason. Allen looks to be a premium receiver and could be a nice number 1, to grow with Ryan Tannehill
7. St. Louis Rams- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
-The Rams can’t expect Sam Bradford to develop properly if they keep trotting out a sub-standard offensive line. Roger Saffold might be a solid RT and Scott Wells is a good center, but that is about it. Lewan might not be Jake Long, but he could come in and take over the LT job.
8. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)- S Eric Reid, LSU
-The Rams have a number of needs and it wouldn’t shock me to see them trade this pick back to pick up some additional selections. If they keep it, OL, WR, S and OLB are the most likely options. The Rams fixed their CB position this past year, but their safeties are pretty weak, if they keep the pick a big play safety like Reid would make sense.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State
-The Bucs have drafted heavy along the defensive line the last couple of years, but right now don’t have a lot to show for it. With Brian Price out the door, Tampa could look to add an impact lineman to pair with Gerald McCoy. Hankins would be a nice complement as he could be the NT in a 4-3 alignment. He’s big, strong and rarely loses at the point of attack.
10. Arizona Cardinals- QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
-The Cards will likely be looking at either an offensive lineman or a rush linebacker. With a stud pass rusher like Sam Montgomery still on the board I think that will be there call here.
11. Tennessee Titans- OLB Sam Montgomery, LSU
-The Titans need to continue to add pass rushers and Jones is the top one on the board.
12. New York Jets- QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
-The seem to be in a state of dysfunction and could have a down year. If that occurs I look for them to end the Mark Sanchez charade and look to find a true franchise quarterback. Logan Thomas could fit the bill for them, as he’d fit well with their run oriented offense. Also any formations with Thomas and Tebow in the backfield together is down right scary.
13. Carolina Panthers- CB David Amerson, NC State
-The Panthers will be looking at one of four different position groups, offensive line, wide receiver, defensive tackle and cornerback. It’s hard to say which position will be the biggest need, but playing in a division with Drew Brees
and Matt Ryan
could make CB the call here. David Amerson is a local product and is a big physical corner that could match up versus some of the big receivers in the NFC South.
14. Seattle Seahawks- OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
-The Seahawks are still struggling to offer quality protection for their quarterback and rushing attack (despite multiple high pick investments into the line). Fluker should be the final piece of the puzzle.
15. Denver Broncos- OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
-The Broncos offensive line is extremely thin and will likely be among Denver’s biggest weaknesses in 2012. A guy like Jones is a great option because he can start right away, and is versatile enough to play any position..
16. Buffalo Bills-QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
-If the Bills miss the playoffs they could look to find Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s replacement. Bray is a major wild card and would probably benefit sitting a year, but he could be the right guy in Buffalo. He’s got prototypical size and arm strength, but just lacks consistency. He’d be a nice fit in Buffalo where he wouldn’t have to be rushed, and he has a strong rushing attack and offensive line to support him.