2013 NFL Mock Draft: Underclassmen Make Big Splash

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NEPD Editor: James Christensen

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated January 14th, 2013

With the number of underclassmen declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft growing each day, how big of an impact do they have on this 2013 NFL Mock Draft?

Pretty darn big.

1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
As long as they don’t let Brandon Albert walk, I think the Andy Reid Chiefs bring Geno Smith on board to run his offense with Jamaal Charles and company. If Albert does leave, Luke Joeckel has to be the pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Mingo is a ridiculous talent that has improved each game this year. There is nobody that can match his athleticism and flexibility at the DE/OLB position in this draft class.

3. Oakland Raiders
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If the Raiders want a player that can make some big plays along their defensive line, Richardson is the guy to go after.

4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Joeckel is our top lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft and might end up being the top overall prospect when everything is said and done. No matter who is coaching the Eagles, a better offensive line is a top priority.

5. Detroit Lions
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
It’s pretty simple, Damontre Moore rushes the passer. His blend of power, speed, technique and motor make him a tough guy to handle for opposing defenses.




6. Cleveland Browns
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
With a new regime in town, I don’t see Brandon Weeden lasting long. Tyler Wilson had a tough senior season, but has the arm, athleticism and youth a new coach / GM will crave.

7. Arizona Cardinals
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Cardinals need help on the OL, but they might be able to trade down to grab one with Matthews and Lewan returning to school. Fisher doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he will be a first round selection come April.

8. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (SCOUTING REPORT)
I have Nassib rated as a 2nd-3rd round pick, but he probably won’t last that long. Look for Nassib’s former coach at Syracuse and current Bills coach Doug Marrone to snatch him up quickly before the Jets or any other team gets the chance.

9. New York Jets
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Star pushes the pocket, eats blockers and devours running backs as they try and slip by. He should be able to find a starting role on any NFL team as a rookie. His inconsistent motor might push him down this far, although he has top 5 talent.

10. Tennessee Titans
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner is a very balanced defensive lineman that would help the Titans defensive line against the pass and the run. He isn’t a splashy player, but he will make everyone around him better.

11. San Diego Chargers
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Like Dre Kirkpatrick and Kareem Jackson before, Milliner will be the next Alabama cornerback to be taken in the first round of the draft. He has the Saban pedigree and will thrive playing across from Antoine Cason.

12. Miami Dolphins
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Dolphins play in the AFC East. So does Tom Brady and his legion of receivers and tight ends. Banks has the size, strength and speed to cover both a Brandon Lloyd and an Aaron Hernandez. If Sean Smith isn’t back with the Dolphins, Banks would be an easy choice.

13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
An intriguing prospect that could theoretically line up about anywhere, Jordan would be a fun player for Greg Schiano to play around with on defense.

14. Carolina Panthers
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding a legitimate talent like Allen would give Cam Newton another threat that isn’t a 40+ million dollar running back. When healthy, Allen is the best receiver in this class.

15. New Orleans Saints
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Hankins is such a talented individual as a defensive tackle, that he might be too hard to pass up at this position. If he can develop a little more of a mean streak, he could be special.

16. St. Louis Rams
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If guards were valued more in today’s NFL, Warmack could be a top five pick. He is technically sound and would be a great addition to the Rams offensive line.

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39 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Underclassmen Make Big Splash”

  1. Dano S says:

    Pats need to get crowd into game that will be like a extra player for them. I would like Pats to strengthen both lines in draft and get a extra
    tight end. The tight end because Gronk and Hernadez are very physical
    player and injuries happen.Pats Mock Draft
    Sheldon Richardson DT, Ricky Wagner OT, Dion Sims TE,
    Connor Vernon WR and John Youboty DE. Go Pats!!!!

    • Yea, fans will be there. As for TE we have Jake Ballard (from Giants) comimng back from ir and position is alreadt deep. Agree line help on D important not so much O line but if we can address more criticle needs first all upgrades are good

  2. chieftiger says:

    Boy, the pats will just trade down and everybody will just bend over and take it. WOW with your thinking the KC Chiefs will trade and get two NO.1 two NO. 2 and a starting OL,ILB and CB. Lets do that!

  3. A player brought to my attention recently is Jordan Rogers qb @ Vandy. ( brother of GB’s Aaron Rogers) He has pretty good numbers for playing for a non-power school. The knock on him is size 6-1 205. That’s same as Drew Brees. Said to have a strong arm. I wouldn’t mind if we took him with a low draft choice.
    Thought I’d throw that out for fans to chew on because we’ve beaten the top of the draft prospects to death.

  4. Rich says:

    Is there any way that Chance Warmack could move outside and play tackle?

    • Interesting thought. Probably only in an emergancy situation because if he was a OT he would have started there already. No I doubt it, move a great OG to be a poor OT doesn’t sound right to me.

  5. Zach says:

    Tavon Austin makes no sense for the Vikings. Even if Harvin is traded the only WR left that shows any promise is Jarius Wright, and he is another slot guy. I am a huge Tavon fan but not for the Vikings

  6. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I’ve studied hours of game tape and Patriot scouting reports, and I can tell you for sure, the Pats will trade back, as the players they want are 2nd-3d round guys. SOME of these guys have a great chance of being Patriots after the draft;
    DE/LB John Simon
    OG Brain Winters
    OG Alvin Bailey
    S/LB Devonte Holloman
    WR Quinton Patton
    WR Markus Wheaton
    WR Ryan Swope
    LB Jake Knott
    OT/TE Reid Fragel
    CB Darius Slay
    CB Kenny OKora

    • Russell may be convinced but I wonder if BB is? All those players he lists may or may not be on Bills radar and with all due respect Russell, I find it hard to believe you have a direct line as to what the coach will do. You name some good players here and a couple might indeed become Patriots. Still I do like this mock done here because it gives us 3 guys who can be expected to play right away at high levels and at positions of need.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Coach use’s scouting reports as well as game tape, But Bill knows best! Last year 3 of his picks suprised me, but as a former try-out with the Pats, I spend my free time following, and doing articles about the Pats.
        As we get closer to the draft, the Pats choices will/maybe clear. Unlike last years draft, I don’t think any of the choices this year will be starters. FUTURE starters, and situational players yes, DE/LB, SS, OG, WR.

        • What Russell says makes a lot of sense espically if Bill trades out of the first round, not that a low 1st is much different then a high 2nd, Some think a wr like Markus Wheaton may be taken early and if so, given our lack of outside wr’s that player might start or at least see some extended playing time. Depending on who they end up drafting the same may be said for any of them. You have solid ideas Russell, keep them coming.

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I’m more sure now Pats trade back then ever. Bears need OL and LB, so they maybe a big trade partner. Pats 1st to Bears, for 2nd, 4th, and 3d next year.
    Pats draft board could go in may directions, but unlikely to take a CB/S with 1st pick were ever that is; More likely pick is a LB/DE like John Simon or OG/T Brain Winters. Pats have scouted S/CB D.J. Swearinger and some WR’s Wheaton, Swope, Vernon for a later round pick.

  8. Dano S says:

    Here is what I would do for the Pats. Sign free agents Shonn Greene RB
    Jets,Brandon Moore G Jets,Brian Hartline WR and Richard Seymour DT
    Raiders.I would draft 1 Sam Montgomery DE/OLB LSU 2 Brennan
    Williams OT NC 3 Aaron Dobson WR Marshall 7 Dillon Baxter RB Baker
    7 CJ Fiedorowicz TE Iowa. Good Luck to Pats against Texans. One play at a time.

    • Robert K says:

      Resign our own free agents. Then go after a guard like Andy Lavitrie Dt Henry Melton safety Jarius Byrd CB Brent Grimes and wr Mike Wallace trade back in the draft while acquiring as many draft pics for next years draft and filling in depth with what ever picks we keep this year. Dream big if you’re going to dream.

  9. LarryWP says:

    Buffalo Taking Ryan Nassib, are you bleepin kidding me? Why take him, just because the new h.c. came from That School? Why not take a Dual threat QB Like Collin Klein/EJ Manuel/Logan “freakin” Thomas
    New England Taking another Guy in the Secondary in the 1st Round No less and Kenny Vacaro is your answer? he has no size. Why not that DB From Florida State? 2nd Rd. I have them taking WR but not Markus Wheaton.

    • I don’t know what Larry considers sufficant size for a safty 6-1 215 seems pretty good and his speed reportedly is 4.5 +/- It’s sais Vaccaro gives good run support as well as being able to cover TE’s and wr. If all this is true he’s big enough for me. The question how does BB feel?

  10. russell Easterbrooks says:

    The Pats need to get a young WR, that can play years for them.
    They like;
    DeAndre Hopkins, Markus Wheaton, Quinton Patton, and Ryan Swope.

    Also it is VERY important the Pats add depth at LB, if one of the three starters go down , we are weak.
    They like,
    Jake Knott, Bruce Taylor, John Simon DE/LB

    Getting younger a OG is important, for a future starter,
    They like;
    OG Alvin Bailey, OG/C Travis Frederick, (7th) round Reid Fragel OT/TE

    • steve earle says:

      We only have 1, 2, 3, 7 & 7. Unless that changes not every need let alone wants can be filled. I read where one guy suggests BB will trade his #1 down for more and trade Mallett away for a couple 3rd day picks. that gives more bodies but will they be impact players or just depth guys? I’d rather get fewer/better players then just more.

      • russell Easterbrooks says:

        I feel sure the Pats trade thier 1st pick back to a Mid-round team, Dallas,? Pitts? , Tampa? … for a 2nd , a 4th and a 4th next year. I think the Pats first pick where ever it is (2nd) will be OG Alvin Bailey if he’s on the board, then S/CB D.J. Swearinger, then a WR. We will also be getting a Compensatory pick or two for free agent’s RB Ben Jarvis Geen, and DE Anderson. 5th rounds ???
        The Pats have many Quality players on the boad that will be there 2nd-5th . The 7th picks ,one of which will be a DT, Brent Russell ??

  11. russell Easterbrooks says:

    Pats draft needs are;
    WR -young guy that can start and grow into a long term player
    OG – young guy to add depth, with future as starter
    LB – depth, if one of the three starters go down, Pats are in trouble
    CB/S- depth
    DT- young guy to grow to replace Wilfork, maybe a high pick in 2014

    • steve earle says:

      I think russell has it backwards. I start with
      - CB/S
      - DE/DT
      - WR
      - OG
      - LB
      Still everything depends on whos available/when and does BB start trading around. Then everything changes.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I agree that the WR’s will be a 3d pick , as ther will be value there for sure. (Wheaton, Swope ,Patton) However the Pats 1st pick after tradeing back, into 2nd round, will be LB/DE John Simon, or OG/T Brain Winters, OG Alvin Bailey.

  12. Jagsman says:

    cant say i loved the draft for the jags.

    Mingo sure he has the athletic ability but its pretty easy for me to pick RIchardson(he helps us more cuz Babin and Mincey were decent and we got lil to no push up the middle).

    round 2 i like rhodes but im sure id rather go with Margus hunt because as you said he has all the tools to be an elite defender just with more coaching and technique work.

    round 3 is a workable pick because hes a decent prospect but i like CB Logan Ryan more and i would strongly even consider Alex Okafer(seems like solid value there).

  13. EccentricFan says:

    I do worry that Marrone’s connection to Nassib will be enough that the Bills will draft Nassib over more quality QBs in the second, but I don’t think Buddy is such a pushover that he can be talked into drafting him with the 8th overall pick.

    I haven’t seen anyone, anywhere rank him high enough to be worth that.

  14. td says:

    If this draft is full of good safeties, I would expect BB to get one after the 2nd round. He usually gets a really good player in the 1st round because:
    1 QB needy teams panic,
    2 specific position needy teams start a run bypassing better players,
    3 they are good at evaluating first rounders,
    3 he is patient, patient, patient

    • Jim R says:

      Pats 1-corner 2-Hybrid lineman 3-WR. He can fill oline and Safety needs in FA

      • russell easterbrooks says:

        Pats will trade back thier 1st pick to,.. a mid -round team, Dallas?? for a 2nd, 4th and 4th in 2014.
        Then take;
        WR- DeAndre Hopkins, or Quinton Patton,or Ryan Swope
        OG Alvin Bailey, or Travis Frederick,C/OG
        3d round,
        D.J. Swearinger S/CB, or Bruce Taylor LB, or Jake Knott LB
        4th round,
        Everett Dawkins DT, or Bruce Taylor LB
        7th ,Reid Fragel OT/TE
        7th, Collin Klein QB/WR

        • steve earle says:

          Gee, I scroll down and see Russell too thinks BB will trade down/out 1st but still he has it backwards. DB, DL then WR

  15. charles says:

    why did ball fall to #90/

  16. charles says:

    1. No QB for the vikes??
    2. Why did Ertz drop so far?
    3. stop projecting the pats to fall short of the super bowl

  17. chad weiss says:

    I don’t see the Steelers drafting an o lineman in first five rds.Injuries hurt that line.Even with departure of colon.They might go guard if they lose foster also.Imo they go safety, wr, or nt in first but it will prob be bpa.I doubt they let teo go by them and if louteli drops past 8 I wouldn’t be shocked if they pulled the trigger and moved up

    • td says:

      don’t they usually get all their WR’s in last half of the draft?

      • USMC says:

        Yikes… If those 3 picks are the steelers i would be furious…

        The steelers O-line was a wreck again this yr. We all know but that was due to injuries, not lack of talent. We have invested 1st N 2nd rounders on the oline the past couple yrs.

        Pouncey, Gilbert, Decastro, Adams. <<<All but pouncey were out for more then 6 games this season.

        We can not afford to use another high round pick on Oline with the age and holes we have on defense.

        The Steelers are going Pass Rushing OLB/DE or Safety in the first round. ILB if Te'O is there.

        I also think we go RB in the 3rd Like Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball

  18. Ajm says:

    I understand the concern for the pats defensive secondary but wouldn’t adding Vaccaro make Tavon Wilson useless? Where would Wilson end up in this situation?



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