2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (12/18)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has shown a ton of improvement over his time at Alabama. A team like Pittsburgh that can use a solid, mauling tackle that can play either side will love Fluker.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Each win that Tony Romo racks up this December makes this pick more likely, but Jerry Jones might get impatient with Romo and Garrett if they fail to make the playoffs again. Barkley has the accuracy and experience to come in and play on day one.

19. New York Giants
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
New York can’t pass up good pass rushers. Mingo has a lightning first step, but will need to add bulk to be more than a rush specialist. Mingo could be a steal if he continues to develop.

20. Chicago Bears
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Seriously Chicago, blocking is good for you. Fisher is an under the radar prospect that has excelled protecting the quarterback for the Chippewas. This might be a bit high for him, but his skills are the real deal.

21. Minnesota Vikings
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
If Percy Harvin is on the way out, they need a replacement. Austin is an electric threat that has to be accounted for in the slot. He has excellent speed and is an absolute terror once he has the ball in his hands – after the catch, from a handoff, or on a kick return.

22. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Jenkins moves like a man 100 pounds lighter than the 320+ that he is. Plug him in to a defensive line (4-3 or 3-4) and he will be a stalwart for a decade.

23. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Featuring a lightning-quick first step and the frame to add a few pounds, Montgomery is one of the most electric pass-rush prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. Put him opposite Robert Quinn and watch out.

24. Seattle Seahawks
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
Dion Jordan has one of the biggest upsides in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is really just starting to understand how to play on defense, although his physical skills have allowed him to excel already.

25. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Andrew Luck needs to find his own Jeff Saturday. Jones can play across the entire offensive line, but I want him making the calls at center.

26. Green Bay Packers
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Mosley is the type of versatile linebacker that can fit in nearly any scheme. He can play inside and out and will help in the run game as well as coverage.

27. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed, the best safety of all time, might be nearing the end of his career. Tony Jefferson has the instincts, hitting ability and athletic ability to try and fill his shoes.

28. New England Patriots
“Ziggy” Ansah is quite possibly the closest thing to Jason Pierre-Paul in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has only played three years of football but his freak athleticism has allowed him to impact the game from the DT, DE and OLB position. Rushing from the edge or from the inside like Jermaine Cunningham, the versatile BYU prospect would give Belichick even more options on defense. Ansah’s best football is in front of him.

29. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning needs a savvy receiver. Woods just knows how to get open, especially in the red zone. A dynamic receiving threat at USC, Woods has flashed that he is ready to make an impact in 2013 as a rookie.

30. San Francisco 49ers
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro, a favorite defensive back of mine for a long time now, is known for shutting down slot receivers, blitzing the quarterback and helping against the run. He is also a special teams wizard and can cover a deep half when called upon.

31. Atlanta Falcons
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Falcons don’t have any glaring needs, so they can take the best player available here. Cooper had the talent to come out as a junior last year, but with another year of seasoning, he has really developed into a top-notch interior lineman.

32. Houston Texans
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Houston is a solid team and can afford a luxury pick here. Eifert is a walking matchup problem. He has incredibly strong hands and has a knack for getting open. He will be a weapon in the NFL.



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6 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (12/18)”

  1. P8ryts says:

    Watched and ah last night against San Diego State. He showed me zero. Did’nt see any push or intensity. Looked like he was pacing himself.

  2. Brian says:

    I would jump for joy if we drafted Ziggy Ansah. He is the player I want most out of this draft and pray that he falls to us.

  3. Russ N. says:

    Love the Ansah pick. He looks good as both an OLB and a 4-3 DE, so it would allow BB even more versatility to dial up pressure. Between Ninkovich, Jones, and Ansah they would have a few good pass rushers to couple with an improving secondary.

    And Kawann Short would create a very stout interior for the Pats. Wilfork is obviously the best there is, and Love is good and improving, but once they get off the field for rest, there’s a huge drop off. Deaderick has played well the last few weeks, but beyond him it’s pretty much scrubs. After the Niners did some damage running up the middle this week, DT is definitely a position of need. Would have been nice if Fanene worked out in the offseason, but Short would definitely add a good body to the mix.

    I’d be absolutely thrilled if the draft ended up that way. Two more young, talented players to add to an improving defense? What more can you ask for?

  4. Jagsman says:

    i cant see the Jags passing up Rhodes or Jesse Williams to take an OT. Rhodes makes alot of sense given the fact that Mathis, middleton are bad cbs as well as Ross. Cox who i think the jags keep is injury prone but is a FA as well as Middleton and mathis.

    our DT spot is interesting because we could really use a DT to shore the run defense up some and williams should be an improvement over mosley.

    • td says:

      who the heck is going to play QB? Gabbert is terrible and Henne so-so. The lack of an NFL QB is going to cost your coach and/or assistants their jobs.

      • Jagsman says:

        Henne or Gabbert is going to play qb.

        sure RT could be an issue but its definitely not as bad as CB or DT.

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