2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Senior Bowl Is Affecting Draft Board

49. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

The comparisons of Ezekiel Ansah to Jason Pierre-Paul aren’t quite accurate, but the boom-or-bust prospect from BYU could become JPP’s teammate if still available at the Giants’ second-round pick.

Ansah is an incredibly raw prospect, but has tremendous upside. With his size and length, he has the potential to rush both outside and inside, and could be drafted as an heir apparent to Justin Tuck, who is entering the final year of his contract.

50. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (Jr.)

New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman should make the team’s offense more pass-oriented—and with that comes the need for a legitimate receiving playmaker at tight end.

Stanford’s Zach Ertz is great value at the end of the top-50 picks. He is a good all-around tight end, a skilled downfield receiver and a solid in-line blocker.

51. Washington Redskins: Keenan Allen, WR, California (Jr.)

It is unclear whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins will be starting next season under center for the Redskins, as Griffin will attempt to recover quickly from a torn ACL. Regardless who starts, adding another weapon to the passing game would be a great idea, especially with the value of receivers still available on the board.

California’s Keenan Allen would be a steal outside the top 50 and could give Griffin/Cousins a go-to playmaker opposite Pierre Garcon. Allen is a good possession receiver with great size, hands and route-running ability.

52. Minnesota Vikings: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

The Minnesota Vikings desperately need to improve at wide receiver to give Christian Ponder a better set of weapons in the passing offense. A good fit for the Vikings would be Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton.

Patton is a reliable receiver with great hands, route-running ability and body control. He is not a pure deep threat, but he does a great job getting open and making plays in the open field, which is the type of receiver Ponder needs in his offense.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted two talented wideouts last year, but that should not stop them from adding another receiver if the value is right. The Bengals still need to find a true No. 2 receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green, and Tennessee’s Justin Hunter would be well worth taking a shot on late in the second round.

Hunter may have the most upside of any wide receiver in the draft class, with great size, speed and leaping ability. As a deep threat opposite Green, Hunter could draw coverages away and give Andy Dalton another playmaker.

54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse (Jr.)

Jake Long may be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent. If that is the case, the Miami Dolphins will need to find another offensive tackle to start opposite Jonathan Martin.

Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a well-rounded tackle with good feet and who uses his hands well. He could be a fit to take over at right tackle if Long leaves, or inside at guard if Long returns.

55. Seattle Seahawks: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Sylvester Williams still being available late in the second round would be a dream scenario for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks could be in the market for a quick under tackle to start next to Brandon Mebane, and UNC’s Williams is a very explosive and quick defensive tackle. He struggles to penetrate if he does not win on his first move, which could cause him to slide down in the second round some, but he would be a real steal at this point.

56. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

DuJuan Harris has emerged in recent weeks as a talent in the Green Bay Packers backfield, but they should still be in the market for a feature back.

Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is a good all-around running back with in-state ties. Coming off a brilliant collegiate career, Ball is a durable, productive and dynamic between-the-tackles runner who could add consistency and reliability to the Packers backfield.

57. Houston Texans: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC

The Houston Texans could use an upgrade over unrestricted free agent Glover Quin at free safety, which could improve their deep pass coverage.

USC’s T.J. McDonald is a big, athletic and versatile free safety who could impact the Texans’ defense in a variety of ways, and be a potential upgrade in the secondary. He is solid in coverage, and he is very good as a blitzer and against the run.

58. Denver Broncos: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma (Jr.)

Rahim Moore has gone down as the scapegoat for the Denver Broncos’ postseason loss for his horrendous attempt at playing the Baltimore Ravens’ deep, game-tying touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation in that game. While Moore made progress in his sophomore season, upgrades at safety and in the secondary in general could be in order in the 2013 NFL draft.

Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an athletic safety who is a playmaker in coverage and an instinctive hitter. He would be a potential upgrade at free safety, or at least a third safety who can play in packages with five or six DBs.

59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU (Jr.)

The Patriots really need to add a leaner but quicker defensive tackle who can bring more pressure and be an interior pass-rushing threat inside next to Vince Wilfork.

LSU’s Bennie Logan would be a great fit as a late second-round pick. Logan is a very athletic defensive tackle who can shoot gaps quickly and has the upside to be a very good inside rusher.

60. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (Jr.)

If LSU’s Sam Montgomery falls all the way to late in the second round, the Atlanta Falcons will be getting a steal.

While Montgomery’s junior season was a bit of a disappointment, he is a first-round-caliber talent with a great combination of size and athleticism, and is both a skilled pass-rusher and solid run-stopper. The Falcons will be looking for another pass-rusher to rotate with Kroy Biermann and John Abraham, and would not want to pass upon Montgomery’s value in this scenario.

61. Baltimore Ravens: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State

Standout safety Ed Reed’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he could end up joining Ray Lewis in retirement. Regardless whether Reed comes back, the Ravens lack depth at the safety position and would be smart to address the position early in the 2013 draft.

Phillip Thomas had outstanding production as a playmaking safety for Fresno State, and is a ballhawk who has the potential fill at least some of the void Reed leaving would opening. Missed tackles are an issue for Thomas, but he is worth taking a chance on late in Round 2.

62. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

The San Francisco 49ers cornerbacks have struggled this season, leaving a need for a young influx of talent at the position.

Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is an instinctive, physical cornerback who has followed up a great senior season with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, and would be a great choice as an upgrade as No. 2 or nickel cornerback at the end of Round 2.


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24 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Senior Bowl Is Affecting Draft Board”

  1. Pam says:

    I can definitely see the Bengals taking a safety 1st pick. But no way will they wait past 2nd round for a RB. Its their biggest need period! The Bengals have a lot of cap space. 51 mill They can afford to sign some of their key players on D. These Mocks crack me up. No one does their homework o any team but their favorite. And its impossible to mock before FA.

  2. Dano S says:

    Here is my prediction for Pats.
    1 traded for a #2 and #4.
    2 traded for a # 3 and #5.
    2 Larry Warford G Kentucky
    3 Alex Okafor DE Texas
    3 Bennie Logan DT LSU
    4 Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
    5 Sean Porter OLB Texas A&M
    7 Adrian Bushell CB Louisville
    7 Alonzo Highsmith OLB Arkansas.

  3. JV says:

    I would take Elam all day over Vaccaro. Vaccaro missed a ton of tackles in 2012. I like the idea of the Pats upgrading the DL as well. Kyle Love and Deadrick are backups on any other team.

    Once again I think the Pats will do everything they can to trade out of the first (dont blame them) and try and pick up an additional 2nd rounder and 4th rounder.

  4. ernesto says:

    Vaccaro would be a nice pick but he will be gone. BB will probably want pick because the lack them in this years draft. Another pass rusher could be taken in the first to pair with chandler Jones

    • steve earle says:

      Agree Vacarro will go well before 29. Bill may look to inside DT before pass rush guy because lots of DT’s who can pressure up the middle and stop the runs in this draft. After top 20 most pass rushers are tweeners with questionable ability to set the edge on runs. If Bill can find one great but expect a DT.

  5. EccentricFan says:

    Interesting strategy for the Bills. Taking Nassib and starting him to excite fans and sell tickets while at the same time all but guaranteeing the Bills will be in a good position to draft his replacement next year.

    But seriously, I can’t imagine Buddy Nix sees Nassib as the best QB in the draft, especially with talk out of Mobile that he’s been disappointing and Glennon and Wilson have both looked much better. I try to stay hopeful every year, but if Nassib is taken at 8 and with every QB on the board still available, I’m giving up on the year before it’s even started and devoting my time to building a fan movement to fire Buddy Nix instead.

    Because even if he just let Marrone talk him into it, he’s still proven he’s completely incompetent.

    • BillsDraft says:

      Glennon has not looked ‘much better’ than Nassib. Glennon is thin, awkward, has very little mobility, has terrible footwork, locks in on one receiver, throws the ball into coverage when pressured, and is not really that accurate. The only thing, the ONLY thing, he has been doing better than the others at the Senior Bowl practices is throwing the ball deep and all the amateur ‘scouts’ there (otherwise known as blog writers who managed to get a press pass) are oohing and ahhing over that and are hyping him up. Glennon will be a bust in the NFL.

      I think Wilson is slightly better than Nassib but there isn’t really a lot of difference between them and Nassib already knows the offense. I think they both will be solid, but not spectacular NFL QBs and either of them would be a good choice for the Bills at #8.

    • JV says:

      My buddy is a season ticket holder for the Bills and trust me Nassib will not excite their fans.

  6. Hunter says:

    Looks good, but from everything I’ve heard Poyer is this year’s Stephon Gilmore, and will be off the board way before 62. I agree with Russell, I’d love to see Poyer at the Pats. If both Talib and Arrington (I’m praying for this) leave then the Pats are down to 1 solid CB, with Dowling as the wildcard. I’d like to see them go out and get Tracy Porter and figure out what the long-term plan with McCourty is. I can’t see them leaving him at safety if they have Wilson, Gregory, and draft Vaccaro in the first.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I think Arrington is gone, but the Pats put the “tag” on Talib and see what he can do after a full year. I like Vaccaro but feel he is gone at Pats 1st pick. If the Pats trade back with a mid-round team for an early 2nd and 4th pick, 7th pick,they would have a better chance at CB Poyer, and look for another S/CB like D.J. Swearinger, at #62 , or a guy I like DaVonte Holloman S/LB in the 4th.

      • steve earle says:

        Right, no way Vacarro comes down to 29 but there are still several 1st rd talent there for us like Rhodes, Datone Jones, Chris Faulk. Trading down and hoping some talent will be there isn’t worth the risk although it may be just what BB will do but I hope not.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I agree no-way Vaccaro is on the Board at 29. IF the Pats trade QB Ryan Mallett, for a 3d and a 4th pick, Bill may not trade back IF he sees a guy he wants. I think Datone Jones moves up to top 20 first round. Not sold on Rhodes, do like CB Jordan Poyer, a VERY high IQ player, good size at 6 190, runs a 4.49 40. The 2nd round is to late for Poyer, so maybe him.
          The Pats scouted #4 of South Carolina’s games this year. Were they watching; D.J.Swearinger S/CB, or DeVonte Holloman S/LB ???? I like Holloman, 6’2″ 234 runs a 4.62 40

        • steve earle says:

          Datone Jones withdrew from Sr. Bowl with shoulder injury, question of surgery. Can never be sure but usually this would drop a prospect out of the 1st rd. unless he’s a big name. I think jones will go mid 2nd.

    • steve earle says:

      I don’t see Downing as anything except down the road certenly not a wild card. He couldn’t stay on the field in collage and it’s worse for him in the NFL. On McCourty, he’s a decent safty but a poor corner so he’s a safty or nothing. So what’s wrong with Talib? He and Dennard did a good job when they got to play. Better to draft Rhodes and have three good cb’s on hand, oh and keep Arrington as inexpensive insurance. Heck Bill could still go after Porter because you can bet someone will go on the ir list at some point and depth at a critical position is a good thing.

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Fairly good Mock, tho the Pats would take Dante Jones DE/T over Logan. With the signing of DE/T Armstead. If Talib leaves, (I think they put the Tag on him) I would Take , CB Jordon Poyer #2, and I like Simon at #3.
    Tho I feel very sure Bill trades back out of the first, which will change things depending on the aquirred picks.

    • Jim R says:

      Yep, trading down and out.

    • steve earle says:

      I don’t understand your take on Armstead Russell, he was undrafted last year, had to play in the CFL, as far as I see he is camp fodder. What do you see that I don’t?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        He has a year in the CFL, and was not drafted because of medical issues. I think he will be on the roster next year. Scott, Cunningham, Forston are gone. Armstead, Pryor, DE/LB Simon (draft pick) make the team.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        The Tape on Armstead in CFL looks solid,run stopper, Avg. Pass rusher, high motor ,works hard, keeps blocker away from his body with strong hands.Holds up Double teams fair, does not spilt them .
        Whats not to like about Simon, if you watch the tape you will see Rob Ninkoich, only stronger at the point of attack and better in the run game . Most Scouts see him as to small at 6’11/2″ for DE, which I agree, (thats why the 3d round most likely) but I think he plays just like Ninkoich. With some work needed on his coverage in drops. Also has entangables that Bill will like.

  8. Jagsman says:

    man the 1st 2 rounds are brutal.

    Bradleys bringing the seahawks style 4-3 over to us which makes the Leo Position a Big Need and Jarvis Jones isnt good at that and isnt an improvement over allen. id go with moore or Star to upgrade that DLINE.

    as for the 2nd round pick i could understand barkley but i have to think Rhodes is the Perfect corner for Bradleys scheme and given that our 2 starting cbs are fas as well as middleton as well as ross Possibley being cut makes CB a Higher need as wellas the great fit with Rhodes.

    i do like that 3rd round pick in shorts. fills a need and imo would be a good steal there.

    in the 4th i would go with another CB or Brandon Williams.

    • biju says:

      Bradley is going to run a 4-3 there for sure, but I’m not certain that he’ll bring the exact same plan over to Jacksonville. I could be wrong, but I always thought that the LEO role was more Pete Carroll and also a scheme fit to take advantage of Red Bryant and his agility as a huge man.

      I would think with the Jags personnel he would run a more traditional 4-3 over, but then again I’m not as in-tune with your roster. And maybe I missed him already discussing how he’s going to run it. I just think this was scheming due to situation instead of situating to fit scheme.

      Good luck next year–we’re bummed Bradley is gone but I think he’s going to be a great head coach. If not, feel free to send him back…

  9. Phil says:

    Why is no one talking about Sio Moore? A coverage linebacker that can really play. I would take him over Simon.

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