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

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

A lot has gone wrong for the Kansas City Chiefs this season, but the No. 1 reason why they are projected to be picking No. 1 overall is the poor quarterback play they have had all season. The Chiefs should be focused on selecting the best available quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft, and that quarterback is West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

There are many better prospect in the 2013 draft class than Smith, but the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and the Chiefs have to get better under center. With a strong arm, a great release and good accuracy and mobility, Smith is the best franchise quarterback option this draft class has to offer.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team with many needs, with an emphasis among those needs on finding playmakers for their defense. Drafting the best player available with their first-round pick makes sense, and that player is top prospect and Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Jones can be a much-needed playmaker at linebacker, as he excels in every area from pass-rush to run tackling in space to pass coverage.

3. Oakland Raiders: Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)

In the aftermath of Rolando McClain’s falling-out with the Raiders, he may still be a member of the team for now, but is unlikely to remain their middle linebacker going forward to 2013 and beyond.

Because of that, the Raiders should not pass upon the opportunity to select one of the elite prospects of the draft in Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o. Te’o has a complete physical skill set to excel as an NFL middle linebacker, while he is also a cerebral player who can become an immediate and much-needed leader of the Raiders’ defense.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

If Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is available when the Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock, they will be hard-pressed to pass him up. Joeckel is an outstanding all-around left tackle prospect who could be the building block of their offensive line for many years to come.

The Eagles’ offensive line has struggled mightily this season, and even if All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters returns healthy and strong next season from a torn Achilles, drafting the best offensive lineman in the draft class would be a great investment.

5. Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (Jr.)

With star defensive end likely to leave Cliff Avril as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the Lions will likely be in need of a new pass-rusher to replace him. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner would be a perfect choice.

With a terrific combination of length, athleticism, burst off the line of scrimmage and tackling ability, Werner is both an excellent pass-rusher and a very good run defender, making him the top defensive end prospect in the 2013 draft class.

6. Cleveland Browns: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

The Cleveland Browns’ defense has gotten significantly better this season, but they still lack a premier pass-rushing defensive end.

Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore is an athletic playmaker with a great ability to get into opposing backfields, and he would give the Browns a real difference-maker on their defensive line.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (Jr.)

The Arizona Cardinals desperately need to rebuild their offensive line, and that all starts at the left tackle position.

Michigan’s Taylor Lewan isn’t quite the star prospect that Luke Joeckel is, but he is a well-rounded left tackle prospect with the strength, leverage and footwork to continue to be excellent at the next level. He could be an immediate upgrade for an offensive line that has given up 52 sacks through 14 games this season.

8. San Diego Chargers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (Jr.)

The San Diego Chargers need to upgrade at both offensive tackle spots, and would get a player capable of excelling at either spot by drafting Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews.

Matthews is a star as a collegiate right tackle for the Aggies, but with terrific length, athleticism and pass-blocking prowess, he has the potential to be a great NFL left tackle as well. He could also be an immediate upgrade over Jeromey Clary on the right side, but projects well to take over from Mike Harris at left tackle as well.

9. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC (SCOUTING REPORT)

Linebacker is the Buffalo Bills’ biggest need, but unless Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o is available, they will most likely turn to drafting a new quarterback instead.

USC’s Matt Barkley is a bit of a reach as a top-10 pick, but even with a bad senior season, he still has the potential to be a very good NFL starting quarterback. An upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick is needed for the Bills to become a contending team, and Barkley has the potential to be that and much more.

10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Defensive tackle isn’t the Tennessee Titans’ biggest need, but without a true difference-maker at the position, Utah’s Star Lotulelei would be tough to pass up.

A massive but explosive and consistently disruptive nose tackle, Lotulelei is one of the elite prospects in this draft class and could give the Titans the star (not only in name) they currently do not have on their defensive line.

11. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State (Jr.)

The Carolina Panthers’ run defense has been weakened by subpar defensive tackle play, and the Panthers really need to make an upgrade at the position in this year’s draft class.

Even if the Panthers miss out on Star Lotulelei, selecting Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins would not be much of a drop-off. While he isn’t quite the consistent and dominant playmaker that Lotulelei is, he is yet a massive nose tackle with explosive quickness, and he has the potential to be an elite NFL defensive tackle.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Jr.)

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots, they moved on from their No. 1 cornerback. Add in the fact that the Buccaneers could release Eric Wright after a suspension that voids future guaranteed money in his contract, and it is likely the Buccaneers will draft a cornerback early in the 2013 draft.

Alabama’s Dee Milliner, whose combination of size, athleticism, ball skills and tackling ability make him the best all-around cornerback prospect in the draft class, is an easy choice for the Buccaneers in this scenario.

13. Miami Dolphins: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Having traded Vontae Davis prior to the start of this season, the Miami Dolphins need another cornerback to start across from Sean Smith.

Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is a very good all-around cornerback prospect with the size, athleticism and physicality to match up with the NFL’s best wide receivers. He could give the Dolphins a formidable duo at the position for years to come.

14. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU (Jr.) (SCOUTING REPORT)

The New York Jets had reportedly hoped to draft West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin, a boom-or-bust pass-rusher with freakish athleticism, in the 2012 draft, and could get a very similar prospect in LSU’s Barkevious Mingo in this scenario.

Mingo, a defensive end at LSU, is best suited to play in a 3-4 defense and dropping back to outside linebacker at the next level, which he could do in the Jets’ scheme. They desperately need to find upgrades at pass-rushing outside linebacker, and Mingo has the upside to be exactly that.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (Jr.)

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the NFL’s weakest pass-rushing teams, and could really benefit from adding another defensive end who can get after the quarterback as a pass-rusher. LSU’s Sam Montgomery is an athletic defensive end who can play on all three downs, but could really be an asset as a pass-rusher to rotate in with Cameron Jordan and Will Smith.

The New Orleans Saints need help at all three levels of their defense, so drafting any of the best defensive players available would make sense here, but the best choice for both value and fit is Montgomery.

16. St. Louis Rams: Eric Reid, FS, LSU (Jr.)

The Rams need to add a playmaker at safety, especially one with great coverage skills. LSU’s Eric Reid, an athletic safety who excels in both pass coverage and run support, is a tremendous talent and great value in the middle of the first round.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Tyler Wilson

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!!

      • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

        • 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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