View Full Version : Vance's Final Mock Draft 2013

04-25-2013, 02:20 PM
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT-The Chiefs are on the verge of sending Brandon Albert to the Miami Dolphins, making a starting LT to protect new QB Alex Smith's blindside the biggest need in this draft. Joeckel has everything you could want and more and should be the pick here.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, LB-Geno Smith is a strong option here, because Blaine Gabbert has shown he's just not an NFL QB. However, there is a good possibility the Jags will want to improve their pass rush. Jordan has the potential to be a dominant force there, but is also solid in coverage. His versatility and pure talent make him a top 5 pick.

3. Oakland Raiders: Ezekial Ansah, DE-It seems almost certain that the Raiders will either trade back, or draft a D-lineman. It could be a tackle, but I think the upside of Ansah could tempt them here. He has the size and speed to move around on that line and, with a little work, be a dominant player.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Star Lotulelei, DT-The Eagles could go a couple of ways here. Dee Milliner is a strong possibility, but I think they beef up that new 3-4 front with a "Star". His heart troubles appear to be a non-issue, and he could bring a lot to this defense. T is an option as well, but I think they believe in Peters.

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT-Jeff Backus retired and the Lions need to give Matthew Stafford some time to work with all those athletic targets. Eric Fisher is considered to be the best T in the draft by some, so the Lions will be happy to have him.

6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, LB-The Browns have been linked to Dee Milliner as well, and could certainly use Geno Smith, but they would love to add another dynamic pass rusher. Mingo has uncanny speed and could become a dominant player in the Browns' 3-4 defense.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT-The Cardinals offensive line was a disaster in 2012 and has to be priority one. They added Carson Palmer to play QB, but he requires protection. Johnson is the last of the top three OT prospects and has to be the pick here.

8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB-If Geno Smith falls past the Bills, he might fall completely out of the first round, but I think in the end, they'll take him. He has a plus arm, good accuracy, and the ability to run if needed. No team wins with a bad QB, so they pull the trigger here and get the best QB in this class.

9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, LB-The Jets miss out on the the guy most fans covet, Barkevious Mingo, but Jarvis Jones is a solid consolation prize. He's relentless and finds a way to get pressure consistently, something the Jets need sorely.

10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB-The Titans never really replaced Cortland Finnigan, and it's still a need. They addressed the G position already, and CB could be their next biggest need. The top rated one is still on the board, and is the pick.

11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, G-Guards aren't normally taken this high, but the offensive line was abysmal for the Chargers last year. They might trade up for one of the tackles, but if they stand pat, they take the top rated G.

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB-It looks like the Dolphins will acquire a new LT in Brandon Albert, so they turn to the defense here. They've used FA to add talent, but still could use more in the secondary. Rhodes is a big, tough CB who is faster than believed.

13. New York Jets: Kenny Vaccaro, S-The Jets use the pick they gained from losing Revis to add a dynamic player in the back of the secondary. Vaccaro can play safety, but can line up and play CB as well when needed. He's the #1 safety on the board, and fills a need as well.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT-The Panthers need to finally address the DT position, and get to here with Floyd. He could go as high as 3rd, but falls a bit here. He brings a quick and powerful presence to the inside of the line and can create pressure with penetration.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT/DE-The Saints need to add personnel to assist a change to the 3-4 defense. The top 3-4 OLBs are gone, and possibly their second choice, Vaccaro, gone as well. Richardson is an upgrade to the front line, and has a good skillset to make the Saints D better.

16. St Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR-Tavon Austin's stock is soaring, with talk of him going top 10. His skills are undeniable, but I still think this is the most likely spot. With Danny Amendola gone, the Rams have a spot waiting. He compliments the young receivers already on the team, and gives Sam Bradford a home run threat on every play.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert, TE-Heath Miller is coming off of a serious knee injury, and a chance to draft the drafts top TE might be too good to pass up. Eifert is a very good receiver and an adequate blocker, though the Steelers will want him to improve that.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G-The Cowboys have playoff caliber talent, but a sub-par offensive line. Cooper is considered by many to be the top G in the draft, and Dallas would love to get him here and maximize Tony Romo's chances for success.

19. New York Giants: Tank Carradine, DE-Tank Carradine looked fantastic at his recent workout, showing tremendous strength and speed. Coming off of an injury, there are concerns, but he might have been a top 15 pick otherwise. The Giants love physically gifted D-linemen, and get another one here.

20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, LB-Arthur Brown is one of the top players in the entire draft in terms of pure talent. He's smallish, but fast and instinctive, with a nose for the ball. The Bears could use more LB depth and he could take over as a starter quickly in Chicago.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Cyprien, S-With the signing of James Harrison, and with Brown off the board, the Bengals could look to upgrade the safety position. John Cyprien is the #2 safety in the draft and an improvement over what they have. They've tried a number of late-round players in recent drafts, but Cyprien's high ceiling could make him the pick here.

22. St Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB-The Rams really wanted a safety early in this draft, but missed on both Vaccaro and Cyprien. They turn to Ogletree, who is a physically gifted athlete. He's an off-field risk and needs to improve his tackling technique, but brings tons of speed and an ability to cover.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR-The Vikings signed Greg Jennings, but need a WR to stretch the field on a regular basis. He has tremendous athleticism, though there are question marks. His upside is too much to pass on at this point in the draft, though.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Trufant, CB-The Colts have been active in free agency, so they may just take the BAP here. Trufant is the highest ranked player on my board, and with a lack of a dominant CB on the roster, fills a need. He has speed and is terrific in coverage. He could start early.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT-The Vikings could take a CB here as well, but with the top 3 off the board, they look to the D-line, and particularly inside, where they've enjoyed strength for years. Sylvester Williams is quick and strong and will continue on the good Williams name at DT for Minnesota.

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB-There might not be a bigger weakness for the Packers than RB. Aaron Rodgers would love a guy who takes a little pressure off the passing game. The defense could use some help too, but I have a feeling they finally go after a stud RB.

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR-It's no secret that the Texans need a WR. Andre Johnson is aging, and they could use a guy to line up across from him now, then take over when he's done. Hopkins has good size and excellent hands. More importantly, he's a touchdown machine.

28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE-The Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil in "faxgate" and would be thrilled to add a DE of Werner's potential here. He's still learning the game, but his physical gifts are unquestionable. He's quick and could become a huge pass rush threat.

29. New England Patriots: Johnathan Banks, CB-The Patriots have some questions in the secondary, especially with Alfonzo Dennard's legal issues. Johnathan Banks has been surpassed on some boards by late-rising prospects, but I don't trust late-risers, so Banks goes here. He's tall, though not fast. He does have a nose for the ball and could start quickly for New England.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Taylor, CB-The Falcons could add defensive line help here as well, but with the loss of Grimes and Robinson, they add a CB. Taylor doesn't have the size of some of the others, but he's very good in coverage and unafraid to make a tackle. I like Darius Slay a little better, but get the feeling Taylor is higher on most boards.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT-The 49ers need a safety in this draft, and could trade up for one, but in this draft, the top safeties are gone, so they address the line. Jesse Williams could start right away in the middle. He's big, strong, and will free up the dominating LBs to do their jobs. He has experience in the 3-4 too.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB-The Ravens were already a candidate to take a MLB, but with the arrest of Rolando McClain, it could be even bigger a need. Minter is solid, if not spectacular and is an upgrade over those already on the roster.

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33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Elam, SS-The Jaguars could go QB here, but the talent dropoff from Geno Smith to the next guy is decent, so they elect to continue to help the defense. Elam will bring a physical presence to the secondary.

34. San Franciso 49ers: Damontre Moore, OLB-Moore did himself no favors at the combine, but showed a knack for getting to the QB in college. He's versatile and fast.

35. Philadelphia Eagles: Datone Jones, DE-The Eagles continue to build for the 3-4 with Jones, who has experience in the 3-4 and can play all over.

36. Detroit Lions: DJ Hayden, CB-The Lions could go DE here as well, but Hayden has become a hot commodity, and if healthy, is a top CB talent.

37. Cincinnati Bengals: DJ Fluker, OT-Fluker probably won't fall this far, but here, he does. Smith is still un-signed and Fluker can play multiple positions.

38. Arizona Cardinals: Sio Moore, LB-The Cardinals would like to add an athletic pass rusher in this draft, and get the chance here. Moore can do it all.

39. New York Jets: EJ Manuel, QB-The Jets can't win without a QB. They have a lot of money invested in Sanchez, but Manuel probably needs a year to sit anyway.

40. Tennessee Titans: Justin Pugh, G-The Titans get good value at G here after adding to the defense in the 1st.

41. Buffalo Bills: Keenan Allen, WR-The Bills continue to address the offense with a solid #2 receiver to pair with Steve Johnson.

42. Miami Dolphins: Alex Okafor, DE-The Dolphins could use more depth along the defensive line, and somebody to take pressure off Cameron Wake.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Menelik Watson, OT-The Bucs need T depth, and Watson, with a little time, could be a steal here.

44. Carolina Panthers: Robert Woods, WR-The Panthers need to give Newton weapons. Woods catches everything and is underrated right now.

45. San Diego Chargers: Terron Armstead, OT-Not a sexy draft, but a necessary one if they want Rivers to survive.

46. St Louis Rams: Eric Reid, S-The Rams missed on a S in the first, but get a guy who needs polish, but has range and can hit.

47. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Hankins, DT-The Cowboys fill a need here and get a big, fluid body that can shut down the run and provide some pressure.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jamie Collins, OLB-The Steelers love to add pass rushers, and get the productive Collins here.

49. New York Giants: Manti Te'o, LB-The Giants take the shot on Te'o, who undeniably has some talent, but left a bad impression against 'Bama.

50. Chicago Bears: Larry Warford, G-The Bears add to the O-line here with Warford, who could start very early. They need to be better up front.

51. Washington Redskins: DJ Swearinger, S-The Redskins secondary isn't very good. They bring in Swearinger to add some toughness.

52. Minnesota Vikings: Darius Slay, CB-The Vikings need a CB and Slay could be a steal here. He has all the necessary skills to shine.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB-The Bengals have to come away with a playmaking RB in this draft. Bernard is that guy.

54. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Long, OL-Miami decides to add some talent to the O-line here. They are likely adding Albert, but can never have too much line help.

55. Green Bay Packers: Corey Lemonier, OLB-The Packers got their RB and add a pass rusher here. He's an upgrade over what they had last year.

56. Seattle Seahawks: John Jenkins, DT-The Seahawks add to the already very good defense with the huge NT, Jenkins.

57. Houston Texans: David Bakhtiari, OT-The Texans could also use a new RT and Bakhtiari could develop into a solid starter, given some time.

58. Denver Broncos: Jonathan Franklin, RB-The Broncos might not have an immediate need at RB, but Franklin could start by year's end.

59. New England Patriots: Justin Hunter, WR-The Patriots get one of the more athletic receivers in the draft, who fell a bit due to needs for other teams.

60. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE-Tony Gonzalez returns, but for only a year. They draft his successor here.

61. San Francisco 49ers: David Amerson, S-Amerson played at CB in college, but could be an athletic, ball-hawking safety in the NFL.

62. Baltimore Ravens: Da'Rick Rogers, WR-Rogers has huge risks, but is one of the more talented WRs in the draft.