OT: NFL Mock Draft

Submitted by MGoVoldemort on April 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 AM

1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel- Not a top overall prospect in my mind, but this draft is extremely watered down.

2. Jacksonville: Eric Fisher- Better than Joeckel, but will be held back from the first pcik because Joeckel played better competition. Jacksonville would be crazy not to take Fisher here.

3. Oakland: Dion Jordan- In typical Raiders fashion, they'll take the best athlete on the board regardless of position.

4. Philadelphia: Ziggy Ansah: I haven't heard a whole lot of buzz about Ansah and the Eagles, which probably means they want him badly. They need a pass rush desperately, and Ansah is the best this draft has to offer.

5. Arizona (Trade): Lane Johnson- The Cardinals need to keep the immobile Carson Palmer upright, and outside of the top two tackles, Johnson is the best tackle left. The Lions probably like Johnson, but not enough to pass up adding an extra 2nd round pick.

6. Cleveland: Dee Milliner- In the end, pairing Milliner with Haden is too attractive for the Browns to pass up.

7. Detroit: Chance Warmack: Detroit trades down, and gets what is likely the safest bet in this draft. Warmack is a mauler, and will do wonders keeping interior pressure off of Stafford, and open up the running game.

8. Buffalo: Ryan Nasib-Although I generally don't believe draft rumors the week of the draft, this one makes since. Marrone will go with a guy he trusts and knows, which you really can't blame him for.

9. New York Jets: Sharif Floyd may be a little overhyped right now, but if he's still there at 9 for the Jets they'll hurry to the podium.

10. Tennessee: Jonathan Cooper: This pick could go anywhere, but looking at their offeseason, they absolutely want to improve their lackluster running game the last couple years.

11. San Diego: DJ Fluker- Can't play Left Tackle, but he's still an intriguing guy. Absolutely nothign wrong with drafting a guy who can perform at a pro bowl level for a number of years in the top 15, even if he plays guard, right tackle or safety.

12. Miami: Barkevious Mingo-Great Value pick for the Dolphins, adding a guy who is strong in both the pass and the run.

13. New York Jets: Tavon Austin- The Jets really need to add some talent to their offense, and a guy who can do things with the ball when he gets it. Sanchez's arm is unreliable at best past 20 yards, so if they're indeed going with him, you need to surround him with guys who can get a lot of YAC yardage.

14. Carolina: Xavier Rhodes- Carolina must improve their secondary to have any chance of contending in their division. I give Rhodes a slight bump over Vaccaro, simply because corners are more valuable.

15. New Orleans: Cornellius Carradine- Big injury risk, but his upside is huge. The Saints need an overhaul on defense, and a defensive line that can put pressure on the QB, because their secondary is awful.

16. St. Louis: Sheldon Richardson- The Rams could go a number of directions with this pick. Their division has suddenly turned into a power run division with the 49ers and Seahawks both pounding the rock, so getting better up front is a must. Simply put, you draft to win your division, everything else is secondary.

17. Pittsburgh: Justin Hunter-Losing Wallace hurts, so they need to replace him with another guy who can stretch the field. This may be a little high, but Pittsburgh has never cared about taking the guy they want higher than he should go.

18. Dallas: Kenny Vaccaro-Win win for Dallas, they get the guy they wanted all along, and didn't have to trade up to do it.

19. New York Giants: Star Lotulelei-I think health concerns push him WAY down, where the Giants will be happy to scoop him up.

20. Chicago: Manti Te'o- At the end of the day, Manti Te'o is a damn good football player. That should overshadow any other of the myriad of concerns there are over Te'o.

21. Cincinnati: Deandre Hopkins- Would be a very nice compliment to AJ Green, and this is about where he should land.

22. St. Louis: John Cyprien- St. Louis can get a quality WR in the 2nd round. With that being said, Cyprien would be a great fit in a Jeff Fisher defense.

23. Minnesota: Jamar Taylor- Personally, I think Taylor will end up being one of the best players in this draft. Doesn't do anything spectactular, but does everything well. In a pass happy division, this is a great pickup for the Vikings.

24. Indianapolis: Desmond Trufaunt- Great Senior Bowl week. he has good measurables, and given the Colts needs and what's left on the board, this makes a lot of sense.

25. Minnesota: Sylvester Williams- The Vikings need to eventually think about replacing Kevin Williams. Williams is the best DT left on the board, and provides pretty good value for this pick. WR is also an option, but they can probably fulfill their needs later inthe draft.

26. Green Bay: Eddie Lacy- Green Bay has realized they need to get tougher on both sides of the ball. It isn't Green Bay's style to draft a RB this high, but they really like him, and they won't be able to get him in the 2nd round without trading up, and Green Bay doesn't trade up.

27. Houston: Tyler Eifert-Every draft there's just a scenarion in which a player and a team are a perfect fit for eachother. TE meet Houston, Houston meet TE.

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April 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 AM ^

I don't see how the Lions can take a Guard in the first round. If one of those two OTs doesn't fall to them, then I agree that they need to trade down. I'd still like them to draft the best OT/DE/LB/DB in the first round, though. In the second round, I'd take Barrett Jones if he's still on the board. In the third, I'd take Denard if he is still available as he fits the Jahvid Best role as well as the slot role. After that, I'd just be drafting defense and see if one of those guys can stick. Maybe draft another OT if there is a guy that has fallen.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:36 AM ^

Depending on what they get for the trade back if it did happen they could easily get a guy at DE/LB and maybe even CB that could immediately start, but if they do feel like Bentley is good enough to play then if you draft a corner that early it basically is like throwing the towel in on him. I would say that if they get Warmack he is starting day one and he immediately improves our O line. I would even be fine with drafting two consecutive O line players in Jones and Warmack.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 AM ^

I forgot to say what I'd do with the pick that the Lions would acquire for trading down. If it is a 2nd round pick, I'd use the first 2nd round pick the same as the 1st round and just grab a guy that inexplicably fell to the 2nd round. Then, I'd grab Barrett Jones with the pick that we acquired.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:50 AM ^

I agree with drafting Jones. I think realistically they should get 3-4 guys from this draft that should start by the start of the season. It is a deep draft for some of the positions of need for the Lions in my opinion. They need to take advantage tuis year otherwise this franchise is staying put in the dungeon of the league. The management and coaching staff have this year to figure it out and make the playoffs or they all need to go. Just my two cents.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:50 AM ^

If they're talking about moving Rief inside to stop the interior pressure on Stafford, then why not Warmack? The way the draft slotting is now, you can take a guard in the top ten, especially when that guard is Warmack. This draft is also extremely deep at tackle, so you can find quality.


April 23rd, 2013 at 12:19 PM ^

Like I pointed out, I'd say interior OL is probably my 5th concern at best right now. Barrett Jones will help with that. I just don't see interior OL affecting points as much as defense or keeping Stafford alive.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:29 AM ^

I just don't see the colts staying at that spot-- or if they do, I don't see them picking someone that any one expects. If I were doing a mock, I would probably give them a young CB, but I think the Colts FO would rather have depth- they need a young O-Lineman, A young CB, a young safty, and some pass rush help. If they stick there, I am thinking Datone Jones. The D-Line, which has added some bodies, still doesn't have an impact, front-end starter. 


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:32 AM ^

First and foremost that's a LOT of work you did there.  Nice job!

But I must question two things:

1. You think Geno Smith is dropping out of the first round?  He won't last past the first 10 picks IMO.

2. You've got Tyler Eifert WAY too low.  That dude is a stud and Tight Ends are the flavor of the month in the NFL.  I dont see him lasting past pick 15....20 tops.

And FWIW I really hope you're right on my Browns.  I would love to see that pairing happen!


April 23rd, 2013 at 1:15 PM ^

I doubt Smith makes it out of the first because someone almost always trades into the late first for that dropping QB. I'd love to see him go in the top 5, as that would give the Lions an option to Lane Johnson. Everyone is giving Johnson to the Lions, which to me is the worst case realistic scenario.


April 23rd, 2013 at 3:22 PM ^

I can't even begin to explain how people in Chicago (mostly the media) slobber over ND athletes who may come to Chicago. The Bears finally signed Tom Zbikowski (OMG did you know he's a boxer? The Trib has been practically begging the Bears to sign him for years). Teo is practically Tebow to the local media, whether he can play or not. Everyone is going to be ready to annoint him the next Urlacher, but no one is gonna be that good manning the middle for the Bears for a while. Personally, I hope like hell that we don't draft him. It'd be high expectations, a potential good (not great IMO) LB, an absolute media circus, and just obnoxious.

Which of course means the Bears will draft him. We had Armando Allen take up a roster spot for a couple years.


April 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 AM ^

Granted, mock draft is one person's opinion of how the draft will fall since it's all purely guesswork.  You did a nice job of trying to matchup team with a prospect.  I can see the top 10 happen come Thursday night.

IMO, the top 10 mock draft will be like this:

1. Chiefs: Eric Fisher

2. Jaguars: Ziggy Ansah

3. Chargers(trade): Luke Joeckel

4. Miami (trade): Lane Johnson

5. Detroit: Dion Jordan

6. Cleveland: Dee Milliner

7. Arizona: DJ Fluker

8. Buffalo: Ryan Nassib

9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo

10. Titans: Chance Warmack


April 23rd, 2013 at 12:25 PM ^

The dynamics of the draft are going to change quite a bit. The new draft slotting is going to allow for you to take a guard or a safety, or even a right tackle in the top 10. 

All Day

April 23rd, 2013 at 12:55 PM ^

No way the Bears take anything other than OL or TE in the first. I actually think I prefer Ertz over Eifert. They'll go LB in the second.


Also, Star's lawyer has suggest legal action if he slips too far since he has received medical clearance. Sorry, no link, just something I heard on SLC sports radio a few weeks ago.