2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope (12/21)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

The Pittsburgh Steelers need reinforcement at the nose tackle position. 35-year-old nose tackle Casey Hampton’s best years are behind him, and his heir apparent, Alameda Ta’amu, was cut earlier this season after being arrested on felony charges.

Alabama’s Jesse Williams is a strong, powerful and explosive defensive lineman who is a perfect fit to anchor the Steelers’ three-man defensive front as its next nose tackle.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Woods, WR, USC (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

Outside of Percy Harvin, the rest of the Minnesota Vikings’ wide receivers may not even be good enough to make the rosters of some NFL teams. The Vikings desperately need to add playmakers at the position, and among the wide receivers available in the 2013 NFL draft, the best all-around prospect is USC’s Robert Woods.

A terrific route-runner with great hands and open-field playmaking ability, Woods would give the Vikings the playmaker on the outside they desperately need.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

The Dallas Cowboys seriously need to get better on the interior offensive line. Alabama’s Barrett Jones, a very good offensive lineman who has the polish and skill to start right away at any interior line spot, would be a perfect fit.

Jones has earned All-American status as an offensive lineman two years in a row, but at two different positions: left tackle as a junior, and center as a senior. He has played all five spots on the offensive line while at Alabama, and can be an immediate fix for the Cowboys at either right guard, center or even at right tackle.

20. Chicago Bears: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The Chicago Bears could truly use an upgrade at any and every position on their offensive line. Alabama guard Chance Warmack is the best offensive lineman available in this scenario, and would be great value at the end of the top 20 draft picks.

Warmack could be an immediate upgrade for the Bears at either guard spot. He is a massive, powerful guard who is dominant in the ground game, and does a terrific job of using his foot quickness to move and pick up blitzers as both a run and pass blocker.

21. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Baltimore Ravens have stumbled down the stretch this season, and a big reason for that has been the subpar play of quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco’s contract expires at the end of this season, and even if the Ravens sign Flacco to a franchise tag for the 2013 season, the Ravens would be smart to draft a potential successor at the quarterback position rather than making a long-term commitment to Flacco.

Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson is a fringe first-round pick after a disappointing senior season, but he has the potential to be the upgrade the Ravens could search for at quarterback. He is a skilled pocket passer with a strong arm and good feet, and would be a perfect choice as a developmental quarterback to learn behind Flacco and potentially take over in 2014.

22. New York Giants: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State (R-So.)

New York Giants cornerbacks have been burned too often this season, so even with numerous draft picks invested in the position over the past two years, the Giants still need to upgrade at the position.

Ohio State’s Bradley Roby is a very athletic playmaker with great ball skills and tackling ability, would be very good value outside of the top 20 and could be the true No. 1 cornerback that the Giants have struggled to find.

23. Cincinnati Bengals: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State (Jr.)

The Cincinnati Bengals need to add playmakers to their secondary. A big cornerback with great athleticism and ball skills, North Carolina State’s David Amerson would fit the bill.

Amerson tends to be overaggressive in coverage, but he has a tremendous nose for the ball. His game resembles that of Devin McCourty, and if he could make the transition to free safety, he could fill the Bengals’ need for a safety who can line up alongside Reggie Nelson in their starting lineup.

24. Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Jr.)

The Seahawks need to add another weapon to the passing offense, specifically a wide receiver who can stretch the field and make plays downfield to take advantage of Russell Wilson’s deep throwing ability.

A wideout with dynamic speed and downfield receiving ability, Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins may be the best deep-threat receiver in the draft class.

25. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The Indianapolis Colts desperately need to upgrade their interior offensive line, which has really struggled to protect Andrew Luck this season. Drafting North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper, who could be an immediate upgrade at either guard spot, would be a great strat.

Cooper has great size and power, combined with the best feet of any guard prospect in the draft class. For an interior offensive line that has struggled consistently, the addition of Cooper could pay huge dividends.

26. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (Jr.)

The St. Louis Rams still need to add more weapons to their offense, and if they have a chance to select the draft’s best offensive playmaker with their second first-round pick, it would make perfect sense. That player is Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, a prototype tight end with great size and athleticism combined with outstanding receiving ability and adequate blocking ability.

Drafting a tight end would be a value pick over a need pick, but it makes sense for an offense that needs more explosiveness.

27. Green Bay Packers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Jr.)

The Green Bay Packers have a solid group of interior defensive linemen, but what the group lacks is an interior pass-rusher to line up alongside B.J. Raji.

Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson is the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the draft class, and would be great value late in the first round. The offensive line is the Packers’ biggest need for the 2013 NFL draft, but any available lineman would be a reach at this point, while Richardson could be a steal.

28. Denver Broncos: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

The Denver Broncos need to upgrade at defensive tackle. Specifically, they need a big, powerful nose tackle who can be both a sound run-stopper and have the quickness to line up alongside Derek Wolfe inside on pass-rushing downs.

Even at more than 350 pounds, Georgia’s John Jenkins has that quickness. He has the potential to be the force and difference-maker the Broncos have lacked on their interior defensive line.

29. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)

The Houston Texans need a wide receiver with size and athleticism who can draw double coverages away from Andre Johnson and give Matt Schaub a second downfield playmaking weapon.

Tennessee’s Justin Hunter would be a great choice as a late first-round pick, as he has huge upside as a downfield receiver. Hunter has some issues with drops, but is a potential standout with the most downfield receiving potential of any prospect in the 2013 draft class.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

The Atlanta Falcons are likely to be in the market for another pass-rushing defensive end, a player who can bring athleticism onto the field and rotate with John Abraham and Kroy Biermann, having released Ray Edwards earlier this season.

Texas’ Alex Okafor does not have elite athleticism, but he is a very well-rounded defensive end who is a skilled pass-rusher and is also strong against the run. Adding him to the defensive line rotation could improve the Falcons’ defense on all three downs.

31. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)

The New England Patriots are already thin on depth at wide receiver. If Wes Welker leaves this offseason as an unrestricted free agent, a new slot receiver will be needed.

With terrific speed, quickness and route-running, West Virginia’s Tavon Austin is a terrific playmaker and would be a perfect fit to replace Welker. The Patriots already have the NFL’s most explosive passing offense, and Austin’s dynamic speed and elusiveness could give them yet another dimension.

32. San Francisco 49ers: Sylvester Williams, DT/DE, North Carolina

The San Francisco 49ers have an elite defensive front seven, but the one piece they lack is a true anchoring nose tackle in the middle. Sylvester Williams isn’t a true nose tackle, but the 49ers could make a strong defensive front stronger by adding him into the mix.

At 320 pounds, Williams has enough size to line up as a nose tackle, while he also has explosive quickness and interior pass-rush ability that would make him an option to come in playing a rotational role at defensive end.


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25 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope (12/21)”

  1. Justin says:

    You know im a lions fan but i wish the lions would do what the Pats did last year. I really liked there picks.

  2. floridated says:

    After watching the Jaxonville Jags put up close to 400 yds passing makinh Henne a guaranteed lock for Hall Of Fame. Their defense sucks no rush no coverage skills at all. Pats had better hire a draft consultant for help on the d side of the line CB is a must, safety is also a must. The midget cb’s and safeties the Pats have can’t cover anyone. Never mind the trend to get bigger and faster WR’s. Coach hoodie can not find talent in secondary whith his dart board. Hirea consultant or at least listen to someone who does know more about the defensive side of the ball than he does. Defense is simply awful and pains me to watch weekly.

    • choplouie says:

      Forget WR in RD.1 – Larry Fitzgerald or Percy Harvin will be on board in 2013. You heard it here 1st!!

      • steve earle says:

        Come on, the chances these guys won’t resign with their current teams are slim at best. Even if they don’t resign either one would cost BB big, BIG money. Stop teasing yourselves.

  3. cc says:

    They need 2 move up for Barrett Jones out of Bama, and the best DT/NT avail as well , & specifically use as much trade bait/players as a significant portion as part of the deal as possible.
    Brace, Deaderick, Vereen, Arrington and even possibly J. Eddy as well as D. Fletcher. ………
    All IMO are preferred 2b packaged in order 2 move up in pick level(s).
    Jones stablizes the Oline & a NT/DT worth playing next to BIGVINCE gives the backfield the time they need 2 gel.

    • steve earle says:

      I doubt any of those guys you list would garner much intrest from any team. Look at the lack of impact they have had with Pats. Also our d-backfield has had 16 games to gel I don’t think more time is the problem. Xavior Rhodes, Eric Reed or Kenny Vaccaro are on my wish list. Love to see Tank Carradine fall to us in the 2nd. After that best players.
      Only way bill moves up is if he uses future draft picks. How highof picks would you think he might trade?

  4. JMC says:

    Would rather the Patriots draft defense in the first round-

  5. R.U. High says:

    Seriously, are you high? With all of Baltimore’s issues this second half of the year, A BACKUP QB in the 1st round? Dude, I WANT some of whatever it is you’re smoking.

  6. aldo says:

    even if Welker leaves next year they still have Edelman if he resigns and don’t forget Jeff Demps, who is faster than anyone already on the team. i would rather they go safety or off. line

  7. sid says:

    i would love a huge widereceiver as much as the next guy but the fact is tavon wilson fills several neads as next year we could possibly lose welker and edeldman. he would also have a huge help in our kick returning and would provide explosive plays from all over the feild. however if we resighn welker def go terrance williams

  8. Ryan says:

    We havn’t drafted a good WR in what seems like a century. Address the position through FA, with Amendola or someone like that and move on. We do a much better job nabbing DL or OL. If its me I think we move up again this year and nab a Safety.

  9. Alex says:

    Would much rather go Ezekiel Ansah or Dion Jordan in this scenario

  10. Andrew says:

    Love tavon Austin he’s exactly what we need a punt returner kick returner and wider receiver who excels inside the numbers and does a great job outside the numbers. People have to realize a welker deal is slim thanks to The pats ability to groom great players out of know where so all you pats fans should hope this is the man roger godell will be handing a pats jersey to come April

    • steve earle says:

      Really? Give me that long list of great wr’s and db’s we’ve drafted. Trading down and out doesn’t work unless your loaded with impact starters already. Much better we resign Welker and Edelman for three each and go def with the draft.

  11. James says:

    Can we stop with the tavon Austin to New England please. Geez these mocks r so boring.. He most likely won’t end up here anyway

  12. Jagsman says:

    as much as Jones might be a good player from wat ive seen hes 2 1-demensional for a 4-3 OLB. hes alright in coverage and is a good pass rusher but hes something bad at Run defense. i personally would rather see matthews there as i feel he is the best RT prospect in the draft but i could see a guy like werner or Star being a good pickup.

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      None of the guys you mentioned will be available when the pays pick, and jones is very good against the run.

  13. Phil says:

    I mean I know Welker might not be a Patriot next year but someone other than Tavon Austin for once?

    • Ajm says:

      I agree, can you explain why you insist on choosing Austin in each of your mock drafts? I’d much rather choose a big outside receiver like Terrance Williams or Cobi Hamilton

      • Billy C says:

        Pleeeeease, no WR in the first round!

      • DanHope says:

        My hunch is that the Patriots will not resign Wes Welker this offseason, and Tavon Austin is the best fit of any player in the draft as a potential replacement. There are players who I would project the Patriots would pick over Austin if available (Sheldon Richardson, Robert Woods among them), but in this scenario, I had them sticking with Austin.

        It’s anyone’s guess what Belichick will end up actually doing in the draft. But since the purpose of the mock draft is to make the projection most likely to happen, I would only change the pick if another player I think they would draft instead was still available, or in a scenario where Austin is off the board. As we get closer to the draft, the projection can certainly change entirely, but it hasn’t yet.

        • steve earle says:

          Let me make my case for resigning Welker. !) he stays on the field. Something you can’t say for AH, Gronk, Edelman. 2) Bill payed him francise money this year and he showed no signs of loosing anything so until he does why worry about, say a three year deal? 3) trying to project when a players skills will start to drop off is a fools erand. 4) Austin will be a rookie with as much chance of flopping as he does of becoming a star. 5) with our current off Pat’s are highest scoring team now. 6) we have greatest needs on def. Bet you a coffiee and donut they can’t win the SB with current def. Just being realistic, hope I’m wrong about that. 7) Jeff Demps has just as good a chance as Austin of becoming a star.

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