2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (1/3)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Steelers need to find some help before Roethlisberger is made out of metal. Fisher doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he will be a first round selection come April.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Scouting Notes)
The Cowboys could use Tyron Smith and four new guys on the offensive line. Johnson is an under-the-radar prospect that should give Dallas some flexibility on how they deploy their blockers.

19. New York Giants
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Giants love to collect talented pass rushers and Mingo certainly fits the bill here. Put him opposite Jason Pierre-Paul and he could wreak some havoc if he is able to harness his athleticism.

20. Chicago Bears
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Bears need help across their offensive line and adding the talented Cooper would be a great start. While he doesn’t get the attention that Chance Warmack and David DeCastro have received in the past, Cooper’s skills are right there.

21. Minnesota Vikings
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Austin is a Percy Harvin clone that runs better and isn’t such a liability on the injury report. In other words, when Harvin gets shipped out of Minnesota, Austin becomes a natural fit as a first round pick for the Vikings.

22. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Jenkins is a huge man that moves like a little man. Plugging him next to Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and company would be very dangerous to the rest of the AFC North.

23. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has finally grown into all that he was able to be this year – a dominant force capable of throwing around defensive lineman with brute strength and power. Barry Richardson should not be starting in the NFL – the Rams should snatch this guy up in a heartbeat.

24. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed is perhaps the greatest safety of all time. If he hangs up his cleats, there will be a big hole to fill. Jefferson isn’t Ed Reed yet, but he has the range, ball skills and hitting ability to get the job done.

25. Seattle Seahawks
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Seahawks defense is just nasty. However, adding one more cog to their front four – especially one as versatile as Jordan – could take them over the top.

26. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
The new Peyton Manning needs his new Jeff Saturday. Jones is a versatile lineman that is very adept at making line calls and running things up front. He should be able to start right away in 2013.

27. Green Bay Packers
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Ogletree is an incredible athlete that is finally learning how to play linebacker – his best football is ahead of him in the NFL.

28. San Francisco 49ers
Robert Woods isn’t Randy Moss, but he is a savvy receiver with great hands that could help Colin Kaepernick become all that he can be – especially if AJ Jenkins still isn’t ready to contribute. Terrance Williams would be a great option here as well if the 49ers were looking for more of a strict vertical threat.

29. Houston Texans
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
This might be a bit of a reach for the Texans here, but Williams looks like a good fit for their defense with Shaun Cody probably on the way out.

30. New England Patriots
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Imagine a sub-package of Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib at corner, Kenny Vaccaro at “star”, with Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson/Pat Chung/Steve Gregory at safety. Excited? Vaccaro hits like a linebacker, covers like a corner, and competes like a perfect combination of Tom Brady and Rodney Harrison. Vaccaro’s ability to play as a slot corner as well as both safety positions gives him a leg up in the crowded Patriots defensive backfield. Phillip Thomas from Fresno State is also a strong option here, along with a WR or DE.

31. Denver Broncos
Robert Ayers has been a disappointment in Denver, adding a situational pass rusher like Ansah is a luxury pick for the Broncos, but one that could pay huge dividends down the line.

32. Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Tony Gonzalez is probably going to retire after the 2012 season, but even if he doesn’t, Eifert would be a great pick here for the Falcons. Trying to cover White, Jones and Eifert would be very difficult for the NFC South.



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20 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (1/3)”

  1. rob1965 says:

    Titans will take warmack at 10

  2. USMarine75 says:

    If I were the Pats and had a late first pick I would use it on DE Margus Hunt. He is a freak with a nonstop motor. They had to triple team him in the bowl game to stop him.

    Even better if no one pays attention to him because he went to SMU and they can steal him by trading back to the top of the 2nd.

    Am I the only one who noticed that Clowney (not elgible for this draft) separated himself from Golston as a top college DE? Golston never seems to come up big in big games, whereas Clowney seems to always make the clutch play. Unfortunately, Golston is looking more like Vernon every day…

  3. steve earle says:

    I love the first two picks but question if they would be there at 1 & 2. I’m not high on a wr and this guy Wheaton, or any 3rd rd wr leaves me with grave doubts about there ability to crack the current lineup. Rather I would much prefer to see Bill package the #1 & #3 to move up and be sure of getting Vaccaro. Rather have only two sure things then a lot of ?????

  4. Cliff says:

    They have a rookie big back from Baylor. Terrance G.

  5. Ryan says:

    I’d prefer Rhodes or Minter at 31 and Greene or OL in round 2

  6. Ryan says:

    2 DE’s with Denver’s first two picks? Doubtful. Hunter will be healthy next year, Wolfe plays DE on early downs, and Ayers has been a solid rotation guy. I get the “build on strength” argument but this is just counter productive. We are pretty deep at DE and making those picks will just force out some good, cheap depth. I’d rather bolster up the depth at LB, OL, WR, RB, or even CB. we are either too old or just have no talent behind current starters at those positions, problems we don’t have at DE.

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Pats will trade back in the draft with a mid-round team , Dallas ?? for a 2nd, 4th, and 7th. This is the way I see it , IF these Players are on the Board.
    2nd round from Dallas 47- WR DeAndre Hopkins
    2nd round Pats- C/G Travis Frederick
    3d rounds Pats- S/CB D.J. Swearinger
    4th round from Dallas- OLB Bruce Taylor
    5th round Comp. pick – OT Ried Fragel
    7th round fron Tampa- CB Kenny Okora
    7th round from Dallas- DT Brent Russell
    7th round Pats- K Calab Sturgis

    • steve earle says:

      Good grief, haven’t we had enough of this trade down and out in the past few years? Sure we have plenty of good depth players from this but far, far to few impact players. I sure hope Russell is wrong though he could be right.

      • Nick says:

        Yeah, trading down does not work as well as either staying where you are or trading up. I would rather they trade up in the first round to take Ansah. Him paired with Jones Wilfork and Francis would be fun to watch.

  8. dslave says:

    for the pats, chung, brace, and yes welker will be out. stedman baily might be their first round pick. lovethe ide of chase thomas, kawan short, or elam at ss. vaccario is really good, but in the later rounds,possibly in the 5th when they get a comp pick for bge or mark anderson, damion stafford is a fs/ss from nebraska that they could draft.

  9. Rockdog says:

    Nice mock, James. I would LOVE to see Pats find a stud Safety like Vacarro in this draft. Think I would follow-up with another CB or possibly a WR in 2nd and then like the OL idea in 3rd.

    I suspect Pats will be looking to move down the first 2 days of draft. I know a lot of people want them to move up because they don’t have a lot of holes but those same people don’t understand capology. Pats are far and away the most consistent contenders every year because 1) Tom Brady but also because they have affordable talent, not a couple high-priced players like a divisional team that has green colors.

    • steve earle says:

      Contenders is the right term however it’s been nine years since we won it all and thats with the best qb of the decade. Take a look at our def. Wolfolk, love, Jones and Ninkovich. After that who? Cunningham, Baquette, Francis, Deaderich, and Scott. Sure there afforadable but how many plays do they collectivle make? Not many. The lbs are good and depth is ok but we all know the backfield isn’t. We NEED a solid safty and a bookend to Jones. Ninkovich is better in the lb rotation so saying, as many of us do, that a couple of high rd draft picks to FIX our def is better then a dozen more afforadable non factor players. We’re not saying we want only all-pros on the team, we are saying fill the holes that are there with players that can start and do the job while we still have Brady because after he’s done it will be long cold winters before we see another like him.

  10. Jagsman says:

    i can work with the first 2 picks for the jags. rhodes and werner would be a partial solution to fixing the defense. still not sure how id feel about adding hopkins when we need more of a slot wr than another outside wr. Shorts and Blacmon almost had 1000 yards each(Shorts finished 21 yards short and Blackmon 150 but he also had blaine Gabbert throwing to him not as much as henne.

    i would look heavy at Thomas, Frederick, ryan, Okafer, Porter.

    Thomas and frederick could solve one of our oline holes at RT(bradfield needs consistency, LG(rackley unproven and Brewster the same), C(Meester is old and free agent).

    ryan would give us a quality 3rd corner on the roster if we keep cox or even give us a starting pair if we dont.

    Okafer would add even more juice to the pass rush.

    Porter would be an upgrade at OLB over allen because of his all around game and his ability to rush the passer.

    i would lean between Frederick, Ryan, porter and okafer. best bet would be ryan or frederick in my opinion.

  11. Jon says:

    I agree with DB, DL and WR being areas where I’d like to see the team target early.

  12. Billy C says:

    I’d take Margus Hunt with the first round pick but after the combine he’ll most likely be off the board by pick 30

  13. jeffrey says:

    Jeff Fisher hasn’t drafted an OL in the first round his entire career and now he drafts two?

  14. kevin says:

    Kenny would be great if we pick him up our secondary might look darn good.next year. And the the second round needs to go dline to help the rotation I would go guard at the third round for depth and development

  15. football guru says:

    Panthers will not take a DE when they have Hardy and Johnson, just spent a 4th on Alexander. could take the top ranked WR, OT , or S prospect.

  16. James says:

    YES KENNY!!!!!!!!

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