2013 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections Following NFL Wild Card Weekend

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee

The Jacksonville Jaguars may have a quarterback problem, but they also have a problem both protecting the quarterback and opening up holes for the ground game. The Jaguars would benefit by greatly from adding a versatile offensive lineman in Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas, who could be a much-needed upgrade at either right tackle or at left guard.

34. Kansas City Chiefs: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

Even in the post-Scott Pioli era, the defensive line is likely to remain a priority area under Andy Reid, who had stacked up on defensive linemen in Philadelphia. The Chiefs need a 5-technique defensive end to replace unrestricted free agent Glenn Dorsey, and could add an incredible physical specimen with huge upside in SMU’s Margus Hunt.

Hunt was an inconsistent performer at SMU, but is a potential star if he can improve his technique.

35. Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Jr.)

It would come as little surprise if Nnamdi Asomugha and his massive contract are released after two disappointing seasons in Philadelphia, and whether that is the case or not, the Eagles will need reinforcement in their secondary. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes is a big, physical cornerback who could be a potential upgrade at cornerback, and with his size could also project as an upgrade at free safety.

36. Detroit Lions: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

The Detroit Lions could use another playmaker at linebacker, and could get a very versatile and athletic one in Kansas State’s Arthur Brown. Brown can line up as both an outside and middle linebacker, can make tackles all over the field and is also a pass-rushing threat.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Keenan Allen, WR, California (Jr.)

Rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones showed promise this season, but for a team that never found a consistent No. 2 receiving threat across from A.J. Green, taking advantage of value at the position would be a smart move. If California’s Keenan Allen slides to the second round, he would be a perfect choice to play as a possession receiver across from Green.

38. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee (Jr.)

The Arizona Cardinals desperately need to upgrade at quarterback, so if they do not draft a quarterback in the first round or acquire a starter via free agency or trade, expect them to start the second-round run of quarterbacks. Their choice could be Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, a quarterback who was inconsistent for the Volunteers but is likely to rise given his physical attributes and high upside.

Cleveland Browns pick forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)

39. New York Jets: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

On the defensive side of the ball, the New York Jets’ greatest need is for a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Oregon’s Dion Jordan is a raw boom-or-bust prospect, but is unlikely to fall much farther than this point given his elite measurables and huge upside, and he is a good fit to transition to outside linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4 defense.

40. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The Tennessee Titans have a significant need to upgrade at safety, and Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro is good value as a second-round pick. Vaccaro is an athletic defensive back who can play either safety spot and also line up as a slot cornerback, and could really be a valuable playmaker for a secondary who had some issues in pass defense this season. He is also a very solid hitter and run defender as well.

41. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

New head coach Doug Marrone will almost certainly be looking for a quarterback to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and selecting Ryan Nassib seems like an obvious choice. Marrone has coached Nassib for the past four years at Syracuse, and Nassib is the best quarterback available and a definite potential upgrade over Fitzpatrick.

42. Miami Dolphins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Miami Dolphins drafted their franchise quarterback last season in Ryan Tannehill, but need to find him more playmakers in the 2013 draft. There are a number of wide receivers available here that are great value and could be big playmakers, but the best fit could be Baylor’s Terrance Williams, a dynamic deep-threat would could become a go-to option for Tannehill.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

Josh Freeman’s play has been disappointing for two years running, and the Buccaneers have no plans of extending his contract, which ends after next season, this offseason according to the Tampa Bay Times. That means the Buccaneers should be looking to draft a quarterback to develop and potentially be Freeman’s successor in 2014 should he continue to underwhelm next season.

North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon is an inconsistent, turnover-prone quarterback, but he has tremendous physical tools which could make him a first-round pick. He would be a perfect choice to develop next season and potentially develop into a starting-caliber signal-caller for 2014 and beyond.

44. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Jr.)

The Carolina Panthers need to upgrade at right tackle, and if they do not find one via free agency, they will need to act early in a draft where the demand for offensive linemen is high. Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is a long, powerful and athletic right tackle who projects to be a very solid starter at the position at the next level.

New Orleans Saints pick forfeited due to Bountygate

45. San Diego Chargers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (R-So.)

Ryan Mathews is a talented running back, but staying healthy has been a serious problem for him in his first three NFL seasons, and in a league where two- and three-back systems are the way to go, the San Diego Chargers don’t have a great complementary back.

A tremendous choice to pair with Mathews would be North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, a fast and dynamic running back with great receiving ability out of the backfield. Bernard is arguably the best running back in the draft class, and could add a needed spark to the Chargers’ offense.

46. St. Louis Rams: Matt Elam, SS, Florida (Jr.)

Florida’s Matt Elam has quickly risen up the draft board with an impressive junior campaign, and would be considered great value in the middle of the second round. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Rams need an upgrade at safety.

Elam lacks ideal height for an NFL safety, but he plays bigger than he is as a hard-hitting safety who is a terrific in-the-box playmaker but is also a very solid deep cover safety.

47. Dallas Cowboys: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia

The Dallas Cowboys cannot afford to go far into the 2013 NFL draft without addressing their need for upgrading their offensive line, and have some decent choices for a potential right tackle upgrade available in the second round. The best available is Virginia’s Oday Aboushi, a long, powerful offensive tackle who would be a good fit to take over for Doug Free on the right side.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Jr.)

Rashard Mendenhall’s 2012 season was a trainwreck, and as he is set for unrestricted free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers should be in the market for a new feature back. A physical power back who also has good speed and the moves to make defenders miss, Alabama’s Eddie Lacy would be a perfect fit as their second-round pick.


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17 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections Following NFL Wild Card Weekend”

  1. chieftiger says:

    Tyler Wilson to KC. ARE YOU CRAZY!!! NO WAY!! Geno Smith is still the best QB in the draft. Get a clue.

  2. russell Easterbrooks says:

    Dallas will draft a QB ,but not here, the oline is the pick here. Don’t be suprised if Dallas trades up with New England for its 1st pick. Sending thier 2nd, 4th , and 4th next year to the Pats. This would improve Dallas’s pick by 18 spots, and alow for two starting players. Then the 3d pick will be a QB with promise, unless The Cowboys go for a free agent QB (Smith from SF)

  3. russell Easterbrooks says:

    I also think the Pats are in need of depth, at LB. If one of the starting three goes down with injury, they are in trouble. Dane Fletcher is on injured R, who they like, but my quess is thay grab one later in the draft. Bruce Taylor is someone they like, listed as a 4-5 round pick, could take as 3d or a 4th (if a pick can be traded for.)

  4. russell Easterbrooks says:

    No question Pats trade back thier 1st pick, to a mid-round team, Dallas, Tampa?? And get 2nd, 4th and 4th next year.
    with two 2nd round picks Pats take;
    OG -Alvin Bailey
    S/CB D.J. Swearinger
    3d round, WR Ryan Swopes
    4th pick from trade,-LB Bruce Taylor
    Compensatory pick 5th ??? WR Conner Vernon

    • russell Easterbrooks says:

      This is one of the better Mocks I have seen ! John Simon to the Pats looks very good, as a (Ninkovich) type player. Tho, D.J. Swearinger is VERY likely in the 2nd round as well. Pats will take Two WR’s in this draft, some were, Not sure they are to high on Austin. WR Conner Vernon late, sounds Very good. Maybe WR Wheaton, Hamilton, Swopes. OG Alvin Bailey is someone the Pats like VERY much to replace Mankins in the future.
      I think they offer , Welker a deal , two years 5 mill.a year. If he wants more they let him go, which will bring a great Compensatory pick (s) in 2014, seeing he has the Franchise tag this year.

  5. cc says:

    1st of all signing Welker is a clear and cut need. The only way to solidify what we have now and let them keep gelling nevermind the insert any “new”, is to have that guarantee. … and that guarantee has a name.
    It’s Wes Welker!
    3 years IMO.
    We’ll do fine as long as we look to Replace Arrington and get a F.A. to sit beside V. WILFOFK for now. Arrington’s replacement is what the use of a 1st pick should be used on.

    • Jim R says:

      Yes cb, first pick. I do however think that pick will be in the second round. They will trade out to stockpile again.

  6. Billy c says:

    The guy who can line up next to Wilfork and rush the passer is still there at 31. His name is Margus Hunt and he’s a steal at the 31st pick. The problem is after the combine he’ll be long gone before the 31st.

  7. Patsman says:

    i am going to get sick if i see the pats taking tavon austin in another mock. The guy is over rated and there is much better value in receivers late in the draft. Sylvester williams is an interior pass rush threat right? why not pick him up.

    • russell easterbrooks says:

      Great point, Pats are not high on Tavon Austin. They like WR Conner Vernon , Ryan Swope, Cobi Hamilton,in a later round. I think DT Sylvester Williams maybe gone when the Pats Pick. The Pats WILL trade back, sending thier 1st pick to a mid-round team , Dallas, Tampa, Pitts, … for a 2nd,4th and 4th next year. There are also Rumors that Cleveland wants Pats QB Ryan Moffitt , for a 4th pick this year and a 3d pick in 2014. IF the Pats do that they will be watching for a late round QB with a future for the Pats, Sean Renfree, from Duke ??Colin Klien??

  8. Alex says:

    Where do you have Ezekiel Ansah going? I haven’t heard him saying that he will be staying in college.

    Given the way this draft falls, I would take Dion Jordan in the first, as a Von Miller style 4-3 OLB pass rusher, but also for his ability to cover tight ends, and the for the scheme versatility he would give us with being a great fit as a 3-4 OLB. If not him then Margus Hunt, and then take Ansah with the second, (they would both be great as prospects for either 4-3 or 3-4 end, and to move inside to provide interior rush on passing downs), or a DT, or a tall pacy wide receiver.
    Welker is great, and a hugely important cog in this offense, but we have other guys that can play through the middle, so instead of signing a ‘replacement’, why not sign something we are missing.
    Then we can vary Brandon Lloyd’s route tree a bit more, and maybe bring back Branch to play in the slot and Edelman, or Demps.

  9. floridated says:

    No way Pats keep first round pick. Austin would be a great addition but this pick will be traded to a team that wants that qb in the top of the second round and are affraid of not getting their top choice. Pats need a top flight olineman to protect Brady his window is closing. They need a big physical corner look what Seattle did to the Pats with the big corners. Then we need a burner at wr with some height, and another pass rusher if available. Long list but can be done.

    • cc says:

      I say, go for the 3rd rounder and one of the 7th rounders & trade for a nicer next year 2nd and an upgrade of the 7th to a betterment whether it be a betterment now or next.
      Next year’s stock will be nice and we’ll want and need alot next year!!
      Right now, replace Arrington and get a F.A. to sit next 2 Big V.
      Resign: Woody, Welker, Vollmer, J. Ed……and Talib.
      I’d also look hard at Marcus Cannon. ….??
      He and a pick actually look like a nice trade.

  10. Jagsman says:

    so wait a second here. a guy you work with says hes the 17th best player. the scouting report linked to him has a grade of 7.41. just looking at some of the other scouting report grades of defenders and Werner has a 7.7 grade. that means hes the better prospect or player.
    lol thats probably the worse pick you can make for the jags. with his Spinal stenosis its a very risky 1st round pick especially at pick 2. i mean werner, moore, joeckel, matthews, star, richardson, milliner would all be better picks.

    Werner and moore would upgrade the pass rush which seems to be what you think the jags need to do. they also have definitive positions in the 4-3. moore probably could even play OLB the same way jarvis does.

    Joeckel and Matthews would be good rts for the jags and give the qb arguebly among the best ot pair in the NFL if they develop.

    star and Richardson would both improve the DT position. Alualu has been a huge dissapoinment and doesnt provide any push up the pocket. Knighton was benched this year. mosley is a solid but unspectacular player.

    Milliner would be a strict need pick with 3 of our top 4 corners being Free agents. Mathis and Middleton are bad cover guys. Cox is good when healthy. Aaron ross is a complete bum at corner. Mike harris is strictly a slot corner.

    • Jagsman says:

      as for the 2nd round pick its pretty bad as well. sure LG and RT are needs. so is our Defense and is a much bigger need as mentioned by you.

      Margus hunt and dion jordan would both better picks becuase of the potential they have. i like Jordan better for us as a 4-3 OLB in the mold of Manny Lawson.

      Xavier Rhodes would be a hell of a pick as well for reasons noted above.

      • CC says:

        My only reply 2 ur post….is the word ” potential”.

        The pats have gone on 2 much possable potential and even though it may help em get out cheaper…..and under a cap scenario. …
        The pats DO NOT NEED POTENTIAL now, they need playmakers.

        Get straight up solid known commodities inserted in the place of guy’s like Arrington and a “cpl” others. Stock pile as best YES(next year’s draft will/should ROCK), but the only picks this year need be Solid……not potential!
        All others should be traded and transfered, and that includes using as many posssble actual players involved as possable in order 2 better next years picks….

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