2013 NFL Mock Draft: v 2.0

It has been a while since I have done a mock draft. So here we are. I will try to do a weekly update. Junior quarterbacks Tyler Bray and and Logan Thomas are not in this update.

Draft order based on 2012 Week 4 NFL Power Rankings


1. Cleveland Browns - QB Matt Barkley, Sr, USC. I do not think the Browns would take Barkley, as Brandon Weeden has looked pretty good considering who he is throwing to. But Barkley still looks like he will wind up being the first overall pick, so I put him here. He has good size, great arm strength and can make all the throws. He also has tons of starting experience, which NFL teams love because teams are not scared to throw their rookie into the fire these days.

2. Indianapolis Colts - OLB Jarvis Jones, Jr, Georgia. Jones might just be the best player in college football. I had him as my second overall pick in my mock back in May and nothing has changed. He is a game changer on defense and reminds me of Von Miller in that he can be successful in any scheme. In Indianapolis he would take over for one of the long time great pass rushers for the Colts as they continue their transition to the 3-4.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB EJ Manuel, Sr, Florida St. I think Manuel could be this seasons fast riser at quarterback. The former top recruit has great size, good speed and a cannon arm. He could ride a Heisman Trophy to a top five selection like the previous winners Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III. As for the Jaguars, they need to admit that Blaine Gabbert is a lost cause. After a decent first week he has looked as terrible as ever. Quarterbacks will continue to go high in the first round, maybe higher then one thinks, because you simply cannot win in the NFL without one.

4. Tennessee Titans - DT Johnathan Hankins, Jr, Ohio St. The Titans have a decent defensive line rotation but lack any game changers. Hankins is off to a great start with the Buckeyes. Taking a defensive tackle in the draft is such a crap shoot. So many DT's are busts, but the position is very important, so guys will continue to be taken high. This is the first of three straight to go at the position.

5. New Orleans Saints - DT Star Lotulelei, Sr, Utah. The Saints just need to take the best defensive player available. If the two LSU pass rushers start producing, the Saints would love to grab either. But right now Lotulelei is having the better season. He is a complete tackle who can get to the quarterback and stop the run. The team hopes he would be an upgrade over the disappointing Sedrick Ellis.

6. Oakland Raiders - DT John Jenkins, Sr, Georgia. The Raiders are being run all over every week. Tommy Kelly has been a huge bust since signing a big contract extension and will probably be released. Speaking of big, Jenkins is a mountain of a man at 6'4, 350. He is more then just a run stuffing tackle, he can get to the quarterback.

7. Kansas City Chiefs - QB Geno Smith, Sr, West Virginia. It is clear to everyone who watches the NFL that Matt Cassel is backup quality. Somehow he has managed to last four seasons as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs. Enough is enough. Smith is having a very good season for West Virginia and has a nice speed/arm strength combination. He would be well to put on about 20 pounds, though. Like I said earlier, if you are a good quarterback prospect, you will go in the top ten.

8. Miami Dolphins - WR Keenan Allen, Jr, California. Can you name more then two Miami wideouts? I am a Dolphins fan and I hardly can. I think Allen is the top receiver prospect in this class. He has good size and is a reception machine. He might not be a burner but can make the tough catch and has WR1 ability at the next level.

9. Carolina Panthers - CB Dee Milliner, Jr, Alabama. The Panthers need to spend quite a bit of picks on the defense. Especially cornerback where Eli Manning recently destroyed Carolina's secondary. Milliner looks like the best cornerback prospect so far this year. He has great speed and good instincts for the position.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB David Amerson, Jr, North Carolina St. Amerson was an interception machine last year and has picked right back up this year, picking off a pass in every game he has played. Tampa needs to continue to add pieces and rebuild the defense. They questionably traded out of the Morris Claiborne pick to add a safety a couple picks later.

11. St. Louis Rams - WR Justin Hunter, Jr, Tennessee. Brian Quick was the first pick of the second round for the Rams but hasn't even appeared in a game yet. St. Louis simply has to get Sam Bradford a legit number one threat. Hunter is having a monster season for the Volunteers and could rise even higher on the board if he proves he is over his numerous injury problems.

12. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) - OT Luke Joeckel, Jr, Texas A&M. There is no explanation needed with this selection for the Rams. Bradford was pummeled by the Bears last week, and has been for much of his Rams career. This is not a great tackle class, as I think most of the top guys are best suited for the right side. Joeckel looks like the best of the bunch so far, but that could and probably will change quickly.

13. Detroit Lions - DE Sam Montgomery, Jr, LSU. Both Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo have struggled to start the season, but both are too talented to fall too far in the draft. Montgomery has great size and speed for the end position and could take over for Cliff Avril, who will probably leave the Lions next season.

14. Minnesota Vikings - DE Barkevious Mingo, Jr, LSU. The Vikings could use a pass rusher to compliment Jared Allen. Mingo has tremendous talent but might be too small to be a full time 4-3 defensive end. But guys like Bruce Irvin are being taken around this spot as situational pass rushers. Eventually the two LSU guys will step up and become top ten picks.

15. New York Jets - RB Marcus Lattimore, Jr, South Carolina. I live in Columbia, South Carolina and have watched every Gamecocks game this year. Lattimore is still the most talented back in college football. I think he is trying not to get hurt and hurt his NFL draft hopes, which is why the stats are not eye popping. His game is suited well for the NFL as a back who can carry the ball 20 times per game. The sooner the Jets realize Shonn Greene is not the answer, the better off they will be on offense.

16. San Diego Chargers - CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr, Florida St. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason are both free agents after the season, and the Chargers could use youth in the secondary regardless. Rhodes has good size and is a team leader for a Seminole defense that allowed 3 points total their first three games.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - MLB Manti Te'o, Sr, Notre Dame. The Steelers look old in a hurry. Pittsburgh is so good at filing in young guys to take over for aging veterans. Te'o looks like a classic Pittsburgh Steeler. He has great size and is your old fashioned thumper in the middle. He would be a great fit in the 3-4 for Pittsburgh.

18. Philadelphia Eagles - DE Bjoern Werner, Jr, Florida St. The Eagles draft defensive and offensive lineman in the first round. That is what they do. I do not even bother projecting any other positions for them. The German Werner is on a tear this season and looks like a solid first round prospect.

19. Dallas Cowboys - DE/OLB Corey Lemonier, Jr, Auburn. Anthony Spencer has had an up and down Dallas career and is a pending free agent and may not be back next season. Lemonier could stand to add some bulk, but he has been one of the best pass rushers in college football this season and would make a very good compliment to DeMarcus Ware.

20. Seattle Seahawks - DT Kawann Short, Sr, Purdue. Seattle is pretty solid everywhere so I go with the best player available here. Short is the rare good Big 10 prospect these days. He has great size and can get to the quarterback. He would be a nice compliment to the Seattle run stuffing defensive tackles.

21. Buffalo Bills - OG Chance Warmack, Sr, Alabama. Warmack is an absolute stud but so was David DeCastro and he fell to the mid 20's. The Bills will benefit by landing the best offensive lineman prospect in the draft here.

22. Cincinnati Bengals - S Eric Reid, Jr, LSU. Taylor Mays is currently starting for Cincinnati. He is awful, so an upgrade is needed immediately. Reid has good run stuffing ability but can also cover the pass. He is a complete safety.

23. Chicago Bears - MLB C.J. Mosley, Jr, Alabama. Alabama just keeps pumping out NFL players, especially on defense. Mosley has good sideline to sideline speed and would be a big upgrade at outside linebacker over Nick Roach until he moves over to take over for Brian Ulracher.

24. Green Bay Packers - CB Johnthan Banks, Sr, Mississippi St. The Packers have been taking the best available player on defense the last few years, and that strategy should continue. Banks has a ton of experience in the nation's premiere conference and should be a solid starting corner in the NFL.

25. Denver Broncos - DT Bennie Logan, Jr, LSU. The Broncos selected Derek Wolfe in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft but have been using him at end. Denver still needs help at tackle. Logan plays bigger then his size and is a good run stuffing tackle who can also get to the quarterback.

26. New England Patriots - DE William Gholston, Jr, Michigan St. Gholston is off to a slow start for the Spartans but has tantalizing speed and ability. New England needs to keep adding talent to their defense.

27. Arizona Cardinals - OT Brennan Williams, Sr, North Carolina. The Cardinals are off to a very impressive start, but that is not due to their offense. The line is a complete mess and needs at least three new starters, including two tackles. Williams is off to a great start this season for the Tar Heels and could wind up being the first tackle taken.

28. New York Giants - CB Justin Gilbert, Jr, Oklahoma St. The Giants secondary is a mess. Terrell Thomas may never play again for the Giants and Prince Amukamara hasn't been able to get on the field. The Oklahoma St. Cowboys are known for their amazing offense, but Gilbert is a solid prospect on the defensive side.

29. Baltimore Ravens - WR Robert Woods, Jr, USC. Woods has been a very productive college wideout but I think his lack of size and speed could cause him to fall out of the first round. Think of a better Davone Bess. Still, you can't ignore his production for the Trojans and he would be a nice third receiver behind Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin for the suddenly pass happy Ravens.

30. San Francisco 49ers - DE/OLB Devin Taylor, Sr, South Carolina. I am a Devin Taylor fan. He has tremendous size and good pass rushing skills. His stats have suffered playing across from studs like Melvin Ingram and JaDeveon Clowney. For the 49ers, he would provide solid depth. He could bulk up and play end or slim down and play linebacker.

31. Atlanta Falcons - TE Tyler Eifert, Jr, Notre Dame. Tony Gonzalez has been the ageless wonder for the Falcons strong passing attack this year, but he has stated that he will retire following the season. Atlanta is banking on the arm of Matt Ryan to deliver them a Super Bowl title. Eifert has similar size and skills as the future hall of fame tight end and could step right in and keep the train moving.

32. Houston Texans - OT DJ Fluker, Jr, Alabama. The Texans are very solid up and down the roster, but has a small hole at right tackle after they were forced to release Eric Winston. Fluker has the talent to be the first tackle off the board and can backup the tackle and guard positions until he settles into a role.

Round 2

(Cleveland Browns forfeit pick for drafting WR Josh Morgan in supplemental draft)

33. Mami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts) - DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr, Texas
34. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Alex Okafor, Sr, Texas
35. Tennessee Titans - OG/C Barrett Jones, Sr, Alabama
(New Orleans Saints forfeit pick for Bountygate)
36. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) - DE Margus Hunt, Sr, SMU
37. Kansas City Chiefs - CB Carrington Byndum, Jr, Texas
38. Miami Dolphins - WR Marquess Wilson, Jr, Washington St.
39. Carolina Panthers - DT Sylvester Williams, Sr, North Carolina
40. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT Ricky Wagner, Sr, Wisconsin
41. St. Louis Rams - OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr, North Carolina
42. Washington Redskins - MLB Jonathan Brown, Jr, Illinois
43. Detroit Lions - CB Sanders Commers, Sr, Georgia
44. Minnesota Vikings - WR Terrance Williams, Sr, Baylor
45. New York Jets - OLB Damontre Moore, Jr, Texas A&M
46. San Diego Chargers - OT Jake Matthews, Jr, Texas A&M
47. Pittsburgh Steelers - RB Le'Von Bell, Jr, Michigan St.
48. Philadelphia Eagles - C Khaled Holmes, Sr, USC
49. Dallas Cowboys - S Matt Elam, Jr, Florida
50. Seattle Seahawks - OT Oday Aboushi, Sr, Virginia Tech
51. Buffalo Bills - QB Tyler Wilson, Sr, Arkansas
52. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Jr, Tennessee
53. Chicago Bears - TE Joseph Fauria, Sr, UCLA
54. Green Bay Packers - DE/OLB Brandon Jenkins, Sr, Florida St.
55. Denver Broncos - CB Jordan Poyer, Sr, Oregon St.
56. New England Patriots - WR Tavon Austin, Sr, West Virginia
57. Arizona Cardinals - QB Landry Jones, Sr, Oklahoma
58. New York Giants - OT Tyler Love, Sr, Alabama
59. Baltimore Ravens - MLB Kevin Reddick, Sr, North Carolina
60. San Francisco 49ers - OT Eric Fisher, Sr, Central Michigan
61. Atlanta Falcons - RB Stepfan Taylor, Sr, Stanford
62. Houston Texans - WR Denard Robinson, Sr, Michigan

Jonathan Carrano

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