2013 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis 1/26

17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Age is more and more a concern for the Pittsburgh Steelers especially after losing five of their last seven games cost them a playoff spot. They’ve tried to get younger but not fast enough. Linebacker Larry Foote is a free agent this offseason and though he might return, he’s getting older. They’ll take Manti Te’o here to bring youth to the position.

Te’o is a well known name showcasing great instincts and leadership on Notre Dame’s top defense. He may not have great speed, but he’s always around the ball and making plays. With the recent Te’o girlfriend (or lack thereof) controversy, Te’o may fall on some teams’ boards but the Steelers will seize the opportunity to grab him here.

With experience in a 3-4, Te’o could seamlessly transition to the NFL and contribute to Pittsburgh right away.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
With the hire of Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator, the Cowboys will be transitioning to a 4-3 defense. It seems they play to move DeMarcus Ware to end, but other than Ware there aren’t many others who can contribute at end. They’ll grab Texas’ own Alex Okafor to fill the void.

Okafor has been a beast for the Longhorns and one of the few consistent players on the team the past few years. He can rush the quarterback (just watch his 2012 Alamo Bowl performance) and can contain and stop the run. He’s talented player with room to grow.

The transition to a 4-3 will be tough for Dallas to make in one offseason, but drafting Okafor will a good step in the right direction.

19. New York Giants
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Osi Umenyiora has likely played his last game as a Giant and Justin Tuck’s impact has diminished. Once again, they’ll draft a talented defensive end like Dion Jordan.

Jordan is a fantastic edge rusher who can play the run. He’s an athletic freak with a long, lean frame that can add bulk to it. He’s a top ten talent who will fall on draft day due to a torn labrum, but the Giants will see the value and capitalize.

Without Jason Pierre-Paul, Tuck and Jordan the Giants form a scary group of ends once again and won’t miss Umenyiora.

20. Chicago Bears
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Offensive line has been the bane of the Bears for several years as they gave up 44 sacks this season. They can no longer ignore it. Lane Johnson can become the left tackle they’ve lacked for years.

Johnson is an athletic lineman with great footwork that does well in the passing game. He still needs quite a bit of work, but he has lots of room to grow after starting his career as a tight end.

Protecting Jay Cutler has to be a top priority after finally giving him targets to throw to. Johnson should develop into solid left tackle giving them that blind side protection.


21. Cincinnati Bengals
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Bengals have one of the best collections of young talent in the league. Linebacker is a huge area of concern with Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson and Rey Maualuga set to be free agents. An aggressive linebacker like Alec Ogletree would be perfect in Cincinnati.

Ogletree has great speed, a fantastic skill set and a mean streak that fits the Bengals system. He is a hard hitter that could knock the ball out with every hit. Even though he played inside at Georgia, he projects better on the outside due to his range and athleticism.

No matter where they put Ogletree, teaming him with Vontaze Burfict would give the Bengals one of the best tandems of linebackers in the league.

22. St. Louis Rams (from WAS)
Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee
The Rams acquired this pick as part of the Robert Griffin III trade. With their second pick in the first round, they take an offensive lineman. When he’s not hurt, Rodger Saffold is the only good player on the line so they’ll need to invest quite a few picks here. They grab the best available lineman in Dallas Thomas.

Thomas is a good all-around lineman that has good feet, long arms and a strong hand punch. He’s versatile enough to play either guard or either tackle positions.

Depending on what else they can do in the offseason, Thomas will be able to fit in at any spot to protect Sam Bradford and open up the run.

23. Minnesota Vikings
Keenan Allen, WR, California
Minnesota rode Adrian Peterson to the playoffs, but their passing attack needs to get going to continue the success. Christian Ponder flashed traits that may make him a top quarterback, but he needs guys to throw to. Keenan Allen would be a big-bodied receiver that makes plays for Minnesota.

Allen is a taller receiver with good hands that creates after the catch. He’s not someone who will wow you on first viewing like an A.J. Green, but he’s consistently good and makes plays.

Should Percy Harvin come back healthy, he and Allen would form a great complementary set of receivers for Ponder to throw to. If they can get the passing game going, this team will be dangerous.

24. Indianapolis Colts
Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
In the first year under Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck led the Colts to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history and a playoff berth. With Pagano healthy and back, he can begin to install his defense. He’ll improve the interior by grabbing Arthur Brown.

Brown may get overlooked due to his size, but he’s got top notch instincts and good range. He’s an aggressive player who plays much larger than he is.

Despite making the playoffs, the Colts have lots of holes to fill and Brown would be a big addition to improving the defense.

25. Seattle Seahawks
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
With an outstanding rookie season from Russell Wilson, the Seahawks became one of the best-rounded teams in the league. Defensive tackle is a concern especially with Alan Branch and Jason Jones set to become free agents. Sharrif Floyd will be able to immediately contribute should they lose either Branch or Jones to free agency.

Floyd bursts off the line and he’s stronger than he looks. An all-around player who can rush the passer or disrupt the run, he can even play end and provide a true back up to Red Bryant.

Floyd isn’t getting a lot of attention yet, but he should shoot up boards before draft day and could be gone by now. Should he be here, expect his college defensive coordinator and now Seattle DC, Dan Quinn, to jump at the opportunity.

26. Green Bay Packers
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The Packers’ offensive line struggled at times in 2012. This culminated in benching Jeff Saturday late in the season. Ted Thompson does a good job of taking the best available and luckily that guy here is arguably the most decorated offensive lineman in NCAA history, Barrett Jones.

Playing tackle, guard and center at Alabama, Jones won awards at each position. Jones is extremely smart and has an outstanding football IQ to go with great technique.

Jones would likely line up inside at center for the Pack and should be able to play right away and would give them a guy who can be plugged in should the need arise.

27. Houston Texans
Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State
Houston’s defense has been one of the best in the league the past few years. Their weaknesses are up front with Shaun Cody and Antonio Smith, so taking a guy like Johnathan Hankins would be a smart pick.

Hankins is strong and surprisingly quick which allows him to plug holes and stop the run. He’s not much of a threat to sack the quarterback, but he can collapse the pocket generating pressure.

In Houston, he’d likely play end rather than nose tackle which will allow him to seal the edge before shifting inside to tackle on third down with J.J. Watt to rush the passer.

28. Denver Broncos
Kevin Minter, ILB, Louisiana State
When a 37-year-old Keith Brooking is starting at middle linebacker, that position becomes one that needs addressing by the Broncos. Though he may not have had as much hype as other players, Kevin Minter was the heart of the LSU defense and should be able to step in and contribute in Denver.

Minter does a good job of sniffing out plays and with a great closing burst makes plays. He does a good job of using his strength and positioning to shed blockers and make tackles. He can play in coverage which makes him a good fit in Denver.

29. New England Patriots
Eric Reid, S, Louisiana State
The Patriots used two picks on safety last year the early returns don’t look too promising. They do seem satisfied with Devin McCourty shifting to safety so now they need to find someone to play next to him. That someone else is Eric Reid.

Reid is a playmaker in the secondary displaying good instincts and the ball skills to make interceptions. He’s a very good tackler in run support and can deliver big hits to receivers across the middle.

With McCourty and Reid in the secondary, the Pats may have solved their safety woes for the first time since Rodney Harrison retired.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
Atlanta parted ways with defensive end Ray Edwards in November and have struggles getting a consistent pass rush since. While Margus Hunt is not the typical end that Atlanta generally employs, his tenacity and upside are too intriguing to pass up.

At 6’8” and 280 pounds, Hunt is a force on the defensive line. Originally from Estonia, he went to SMU to be on the men’s track program, but when he reportedly ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at a tryout, he was offered a scholarship. He’s a versatile play who could play inside or at end and give Atlanta lots of options on defense.

31. Baltimore Ravens
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Baltimore Ravens rallied behind Ray Lewis to make it to the Super Bowl. GM Ozzie Newsome will look at where he can get the most value by taking the best player available. With tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta being free agents this offseason, Newsome may opt to select Zach Ertz.

Ertz is a very good pass catcher with the size and route running abilities to get open and make players. He’s an accomplished blocker who can stay in and block even play like an extra tackle. Tyler Eifert gets all the attention in this class and may be a better pass threat, but Ertz isn’t too far behind and is a better all-around player.

Even if the Dickson and Pitta are brought back, Ertz could still come in and compete to be the starter from day one.

32. San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The league’s toughest defense and the threat of Colin Kaepernick have led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years. As showcased in the NFC Championship game, the secondary is the weakest area on this defense and they can start improving by taking corner Jordan Poyer.

Poyer may not wow you athletically, but he’s excellent in coverage and instinctual. His ballhawking abilities will be the most intriguing being able to change the momentum of the game in an instant.

They have to hope Carlos Rogers gets back to his 2011 form otherwise Poyer will immediately compete to start and should immediately contribute in the nickel at least.


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44 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis 1/26”

  1. chieftiger says:

    So the Chiefs sould just give up on alberts so they can make a hole they can fill with their fist pick. GREAT any other pick you like to waste for the Chiefs. PLEASE call soon, so you could help them waste the rest of their draft.

    • steve earle says:

      Tiger sais it! KC must get a decent QB else thay draft 1st again next year. Have faith tiger your only a qb away from div contender.

    • am_misfit says:

      Agreed. Create one hole to fill with your most valuable asset? Sounds like perfect work for an NFL franchise. They’d have to be paying a monkey at GM and HC to make such a blunder — UNLESS they can find a QB in the early 2nd or by trading back into the first round, which is a plausible scenario.

  2. Tom says:

    Not a good choice for the Ravens. While Ozzie is willing to go for the best player available, this choice don’t remotely meet team needs. Pitta and Dickson are RFAs.

  3. Ken Dogson says:

    Pack pick: right position, wrong guy.

    Cooper, not Jones.

    or TT could go with Ansah. If Vocarro is there that might be an option too.

  4. Jake says:

    For the Texans, to call Antonio Smith a weakness is offbase. The guy was a probowl player last season and he wasn’t bad at all this year. The weakness is in the middle with the DT and MLB. Cody is subpar and Cushing has no one worthy next to him. I would give them Minter there or whoever you think would be best at DT in our scheme if you think they need to go defense in the first. I would say there is almost zero chance the Texans draft someone in any round to take Smith’s job with the real weaknesses they need to shore up.

  5. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    anyone wanting to see tape on Armond Armstead DE/T the Pats signed, look at … 2012 CFL all-star highlight video

    • steve earle says:

      Thanks Russell, I checked it out and the highlights were impressive. I hope this can translate to the NFL. Any idea how we asses level of compitition involved?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        The oline plays alittle wider in the CFL because of the larger field, making some gaps, Armstead took advantage of that will not be there in the NFL. Olineman about avg. to NFL.
        Pats just signed Jason Vega from the CFL OLB, 6’4″ 248 runs a 4.72 40. Pending his contract cut by the CFL team.

        • steve earle says:

          Yes, I saw that. It looks as though the compitition at olb is going to heat up. I like that, our depth there is kind of shaky. So how do you feel about the guy? I haven’t had a chance to look him up yet.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I’m not sure he can make the team, much of his tape he is not blocked off the edge, when he is he doen’t go far. Tackles well, and runs down plays , can get caught in the wash, did not see much in coverage. Armstead is a sure thing with what i have scouted on him. Vega is alittle tougher to evluate.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          If I had to choose I would take Simon over Vega. Simon is MUCH stronger, and can bull rush or get around lineman. Vega 40 time is about the same as Simon, Vega is taller, but lighter, and has no real bull rush. Vega maybe better in coverage but I did not see much on tape. I feel Simon is a sure pick in the Pats draft some were.

        • steve earle says:

          Kind of what I expected to hear about Vega. My only knock on Simon is his height but I think thats less an issue the more I read about him. Still I’m reluctant to see him as more then a 3rd rd choice.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Simon’s highth allows him better leverage, he is so strong ,he has better balance, that shows up in the run game. I like him in the 3d, all depends were Bill grades him, trades with choices etc. 2nd if they get a second 2nd pick. Look at S wilson last year CLEARLY a 5th round pick, but Bill wanted him.

        • steve earle says:

          Yea, I hear you, everything comes down to Bill’s thinking not ours. I’d like Simon at 93 but not so much sooner depending ofcorse on how the draft unfolds. I’d like him even better if it were a 4th we got somehow.

  6. Shake says:

    Colts pick seems unlikely imo. While it could definitely be better, ILB is probably the least problematic spot on the Colts D right now. Freeman, Conner, Angerer and Foku is a solid group there. With Barrett Jones or Eric Reid available to address far bigger holes and two good DL prospects there too, I don’t think ILB would be the pick.

  7. ActonBob says:

    Hope the Pats keep the 1st and trade either the 2nd or 3rd for pics next year. Seems bad track record in 2nd and 3rd but great in the 1st. Comments? At least get 1 top player.

    • steve earle says:

      Also hoping Bill keeps 1st, though Russell (below) is convinced of a trade down. Could happen but! Rumors of a Mallett trade have been going around which could get us a couple mid round picks (4th & 5th ?).If that happens things change but until it does I’m sticking with what we have. I see nees as & in order as 1)db 2) dt/de 3)wr 4) g/t
      Having researched Armstead last pm I’m not nearly as negative to the signing thinking he may be relevant after all. So heres a thought,
      29. Xavior Rhodes cb : best db likely to still be on the board.
      59. Chris Faulk ot : yes a lt not a need but value is indesputable and higher value then any wr still on the board
      93. Kwain Gathers dt : big body inside fits rotation need.
      As for the 2 #7’s anybodys guess.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Well IF the draft picks don’t move, and Bill gets two more with a Mallett trade, these guys Steve picked are good. I like Gathers !!I like:
        29. Jordon Poyer CB
        59. Brain Winters OG/T
        93. DE/LB John Simon
        7th is tough to guess, Demetrius McCray CB
        7th ????

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Pats will have to use a 4th to get McCray CB after the combine, but now he’s a 7th pick.

        • steve earle says:

          Been thinking about this some more Russell. You had mentioned Cleveland might be interested in Mallett a while ago. If that’s so I colul see asking a 4th & 5th this year for him. Take Simon with their 4th while keeping to my above picks. That would strengthen our D-line inside and out, Grab your McCray with the 5th, beafing the backfield (along with Rhodes) And so with Faulk ot, (insurance for Vulmers back) & no doubt could play inside too. Only hole would be wr meaning Welker must be resigned. Still too there could be a wr fa out there Bill might like.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I think Mallett is worth more to Cleveland as competion for Weeden. Also If they were to get a QB in this years draft, they would be spending a 2nd.
          So i think for QB Mallett, Cleveland would give, 4th, 7th, and 4th and 5th next year.

  8. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I don’t think Reid, Pats will trade back most likely BUT for the Mock, I think CB Jordon Poyer, 1st. I think Poyer could be early 2nd round but not late. If Bill stays at #29 then he wants a player, DE/TDante Jones? But I would say 95% that Bill trades back with a mid-round team Dallas, or Bears, for a 2nd,4th, and 4th next year. Cleveland does not have a 2nd round pick, so getting a second 1st pick could look good for them, for 3d, 4th, and 3d and 4th next year.
    As far as Safties go, D.J. Swearinger S/CB or DeVonte Holloman S/LB , could be a 3d pick. I feel for sure Bill Picks two CB’s or a S and CB, in the draft. A sleeper CB I like is Demetrius McCray from App. state 6’1″ 185 runs a 4.4 40 is projected as a 6th-7th BUT will move up after the Combine!!

    • steve earle says:

      McCray coming up from 6-7 even to 4th is a big jump. ( better description then sleeper is comatose) Sorry, couldn’t resist attempt at humor. Another guy I’ll have to look up, your really making me work for it Russell but that’s okay, keep the ideas coming.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        This guy is going up the Board !! in the NFLPA bowl he had a stip tackle fumble and recovery, and a tipped pick ! Speed best time was 4.23 !! good looking player who will be at the combine.

    • steve earle says:

      I don’t like your Cleveland scenario much even with the 2014 picks. I question the probability of guys drafted in 3rd to actually provide upgrades over our existing players. We really need upgrades in all the positions of need not more backups. Hopefully if Bill does trade down it will be for a high or at least a mid 2nd. Best of all would be to keep our 1st and trade Mallett.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I’m not sure I like (the cleveland trade) as good either, but starting to look like that maybe it. Long way to go, but will see. Not sure how I feel about S Cyprien, some of his tape is just OK against med-schools??
        Saw more tape on Devonte Holloman, I really like this guy, very good IQ, his diagnosing plays is VERY good! Still believe he is the best bet for Patriot SS ! At 235 running a 4.64 he brings a load, and great size for covering TE’s !!

        • steve earle says:

          Yes NEPD had some really good insight on his smarts. I’m begining to lean over toward this guy. I see him listed at 241 up to 246, boy , now that is a load. Hope he can move well, the combine is really going to be interesting this year. I wonder if school inflated his weight?
          Have to admit i’ve not seen much on Cyprein, have to look closer.

  9. floridated says:

    At pick 29 he patriots will trade it guaranted. BB likes more picks he just can’t draft secondayhelp his record is dismal . THe more picks he has the bette chance of getting a good player. If he could get agood pass rusher in the draft that would takesome pressure of secondary. Pats corners are too small and not physical enough. Easy fix is to sign free agent ae you read for this Richard Seymour and Reid quick fix for 2 of th biggest problems with pats.

    • steve earle says:

      Not much of a fix, both Seymour and Reid are to old. We need some young hungry studs. Bill traded up last year with excellant results so he may follow up the example by keeping the pick. Guaranteing what Bill will do don’t make it so.

  10. Nick says:

    So, just wondering about Reid. I did not catch many LSU games this year, but I have heard mixed comments on him. Some people say he can hit but cant cover, while others say he can cover but his tackling is questionable. Anybody know for sure whats up?

    • acm says:

      he is one of the better Ss coming out of this draft but not the best. He is good at both run support and coverage but is consistently great at neither, so it would really depend on what game you watch him play – sometimes he would exhibit issues with coverage, other times with the run.
      Don’t think he is worth a 1st round pick but that may indeed be the only way for the Pats to get him, at least with the current pick order. This being said, I fully expect the Pats to trace down that 1st rounder.

      Imo, the best way to fix the secondary would be thru tried and proven players from free agency. Then draft a safety (Cyprien, Duke Williams, etc) in the later rounds and let him come into his own more slowly as opposed to throwing him in the meatgrinder from day one and putting all that responsibility of fixing an ailing secondary on his rookie shoulders.

      • Nick says:

        If you like tried and proven players, what do you think about them bringing in ed reed? Kind of unlikely but I have heard people talking about it.

        • steve earle says:

          Thought Nick was talking about Ed Reed above not Eric Reid, sorry. Yes to Eric no to Ed.

        • acm says:

          provided the money is right, I would love Ed Reed coming to NE. Brady and Belichick’s window is closing so they need to thing short term, imo, especially when it comes to fixing the secondary. Reed can still bring it and he will make everyone around him a better player by being their coach on the field – you just can’t teach experience, not in a position as tricky as the Safety.
          This being said, they should still bring in a talent from the draft that won’t require a high round pick and let him learn from someone like Reed.

      • steve earle says:

        I can’t say I have seen all of Ed Reed’s game this year but from those I did and decriptions, Ed has lost a step and depends more and more on experance. When a player reaches that stage he does not “bring it”. It happens quickly and there is no “right money”. Far better to draft a quality prospect who will grow because there will be Patriots after Tom and Bill.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I agree with “acm” Reid is not great at niether run support of coverage. He’s not a Bill type guy . Look for a later pick at S, and someone like CB Poyer earlier. I feel like Bill wants a run support guy at SS with TE coverage, smart to take good angles in deep coverage, and great play diagnoseing with a late pick, D.J. Swearinger, S/CB or DeVonte Holloma S/LB com to mind, as Patriot scouts , Scouted 5 of South Carolina’s games last year.

      • Nick says:

        Thanks man, what do you think about them possibly bringing in Ed Reed? I know he is old, but he is still probably one of the best FS’s in the NFL.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          NO I don’t see it happening to much money, to old ,short term. Bill’s player moves are for the future of the team, just can’t see it.

        • Nick says:

          Oh well, I guess Mccourty will have to do at FS

  11. Jagsman says:

    id go with Moore over werner because Moore is the Better Leo.

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