2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matthew Jones (2/27)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.*

Rhodes, one of the stars of this year’s Combine, could help replace expensive free agent Keenan Lewis as an outside cornerback.

18. Dallas Cowboys – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

Doug Free could shift inside to guard; another option is to draft a cost-effective alternative such as Jonathan Cooper in the draft.

19. New York Giants – DE Datone Jones, UCLA

Someone like Datone Jones would fit New York’s scheme; he could play left end and slide inside on passing downs a la Justin Tuck.

20. Chicago Bears – LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia*

Ogletree’s character concerns could be overlooked by Chicago, where his athleticism would provide a quality replacement for Brian Urlacher.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama*

An incredibly powerful running back, Lacy would offer Cincinnati a workhorse to complement their improving passing attack.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Vaccaro is just the kind of player Jeff Fisher likes: big, aggressive, and physical; Craig Dahl should be replaced in the secondary.

23. Minnesota Vikings – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Tavon Austin’s very similar to mercurial Vikings receiver Percy Harvin; the Vikings may be better off moving on from Harvin for a cheaper option.

24. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

A reliable two-gapping option with the versatility to play either defensive tackle, nose tackle, or five-technique, Jesse Williams would fit well.

25. Seattle Seahawks – OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama*

Replacing Breno Giacomini with a road-grader like D.J. Fluker could stabilize Seattle’s offensive line, which has been shuffled often recently.

26. Green Bay Packers – DT Kawann Short, Purdue

Short weighed in at 299 pounds during the Combine this week; his reduced weight may alleviate concerns about his conditioning and stamina.

27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, Southern California*

Houston has been searching for a quality receiver to help shoulder some of Andre Johnson’s offensive burden; Woods is a solid value.

28. Denver Broncos – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

The Tracy Porter signing didn’t quite work out, and Champ Bailey may be nearing the end of his career; Trufant tested well in Indianapolis.

29. New England Patriots – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St.*

Carradine’s stock is difficult to project because of his ACL injury; however, his tools could convince New England he’s the next Chandler Jones.

30. Atlanta Falcons – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame*

Tony Gonzalez should return for another NFL season; nonetheless, it’s imperative for Atlanta to consider their future without him.

31. San Francisco 49ers – CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers*

Ryan is a big, physical cornerback with outstanding tackling skills; he recalls former Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs.

32. Baltimore Ravens – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Ray Lewis must be replaced at linebacker; Te’o is talented enough to fill in as long as he can win the respect of an NFL locker room.

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20 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matthew Jones (2/27)”

  1. Mike J says:

    A guard for T. B. in the 3rd?? No way!!!

  2. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    With OG/C Barrett Jones not in this Mock , BB would take him, BUT not over Banks, BUT I feel Banks will be gone to Tenn.
    The more time that goes by and we are not signing guys, looks more like thay maybe gone. I feel Vollmer will be signed first, soon.

    • steve earle says:

      Agree with Russell though I expect both Jones and Banks will be taken before 29 , at least as things stand now. After the combine there are bound to be shifts and as some stocks go up others will slip and that is unpredictable right now. As for signings those processes are undoubtededly ongoing behind the sceans. I have no clue as to any order but Vollmer is a good place to start

    • acm says:

      I think Jones, with the surgery he had, may fall deeper in the 1st round draft and the Pats may well get a shot a him. As for Banks, I personally would prefer Rhodes and Trufant if it came to an early CB pick, and think they both have a better chance at falling to the Pats anyway.

      Resigning Vollmer would depend on whether he is looking for RT or LT money, imo. If the latter, he’s as good as gone imo. Also, hat could well determine if BB trades down that 1st pick and, if not, what he goes for there – if Vollmer is not resigned, OT may well be a lock for that 29th pick.

  3. floridated says:

    Don’t kid yourself. If all of Bill’s big board players are gone so is the pick. Pats will trade to a team that needs and wants the best available qb left in the draft. Pats sign are you ready for this one, Richard Seymour, and Ed Reed both on the downside of their careers and a temporary fix to their biggest problem the secondary and a pass rush. Bill has a history of players on the decline comming here as role players for a year or two. Biggest need is a safety who can keep the young secondary in check and bark out the orders….

  4. steve earle says:

    Banks would be a good pick at 29, I could live with that. Russell Easterbrooks thinks Talib will be tagged if a deal can’t be done this year and I think that is possable. Having three talented cb’s can’t be a bad thing after going so long with an assortment of poor ones.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      Tagging Talib will cost to much money I think, But it’s one way of keeping him for a year without a contract. I’m watching but the time that goes by does not look good for Talib , or Welker. IF they are signed there will be NO free agent money. I think BB sign’s S Jim Loanard .

      • steve earle says:

        Yes Russell but you suggested it. It always costs money to sign these guys as well as to sign free agents. I have no idea how BB will choose to spend but I do know both Welker and Talib are quality players. But if Talib is not resigned Bill must either sign or draft a cb of equal or better ability. The Question then is can he do that at less then he needs pay Talib or draft a rookie even at 29 to meet that standard? Seems a catch 22 to me. As for Loanard, what did you hear or see that makes you note him?

        • acm says:

          tagging Talib is out of the question, imo, as that would cost 10+ mil and he is not a shut-down CB anyway. He is a good corner, best on last year’s team, but didn’t quite reach top-tier in his time with the Pats. Add to that the questions regarding his character and durability and spending 10+ mil on him even if just for a year becomes lunacy.
          Only way he stays with the Pats is if he can’t get a better offer on the FA market than what the pats will likely offer him – best guess would be nothing better than a 2 year deal at 5-6 mil tops, if that.

          I think the Pats would try getting a CB from free agency, who hasn’t reached his top game yet but has shown big potential (Lewis from Pitt) or someone like DRC, who has the talent but has shown lack of focus/off-field issues and need to get their career back on track.
          CBs like that should come cheaper and will not be a step-down from Talib, imo.

          Then draft a good CB talent, as well.

  5. J.H TARBORO says:

    This is a great defensive draft class this year. Let us not kid ourselves about Bill keeping the1st round pick. Patriot draft picks are 1,2,3,7,7 We know,Bill doesn’t like holes on his draft board. Looking at MIAMI’s draft page and their picks,they have picks at 1,2,2,3,3,4,5,7,7 If we trade our 1st round pick for 3,4,5 to miami. It’s a lot good player still on the board in the middle rounds.Because of free agency, draft boards will change.

    • steve earle says:

      To Miami? A div opponet? Highly unlikey from both sides. Just a note, we already have lots of “good players” what we need are impact players, differance makers. You don’t usually find those in great numbers at 3,4, & 5.

      • J.H TARBORO says:

        Steve E. I aree with you, to some degree,but this is business and because of spending caps, this could happen. Bold prediction: this year a undrated free agent will make a impact!!!

        • steve earle says:

          Anything could happen but I think that trades unlikely. Undrafted free agent impact? Do you have someone in mind?
          I hope we get three or four guys that make an impact and I could care less about where or if their drafted.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          That undrafted player , your talking about will be DE/T Armstead!!

        • steve earle says:

          Could be that’s right Russell but I was wondering if J.H. had another name to throw out for our concideration.

        • acm says:

          well, before J.H. were to throw in a name, he’d have to know who would be UDFA in the first place 🙂

  6. Neither of my top picks were taken by 29 in this mock draft and I think coach Bill would be all over either Barrett Jones or John Jenkins at this pick level. I now live in Tampa area and follow both Bucs and Pats and agree with AM about Vaccaro pick for Bucs.

  7. AM says:

    All three of my favorite targets (Datone Jones, Trufant, Hopkins) are gone by #29 in this mock. Probably going to end up that way in reality as well. I’d definitely advocate for trading back in this scenario.

    And a Vaccaro/Barron safety combination in Tampa has enormous potential, and would be especially worthwhile in a division that’s so addicted to the deep throw.

  8. mjp says:

    If we pass on Dion Jordan I’ll kick an old lady in the shin.

    • steve earle says:

      Please no kicking. Remember Jordan is recovering from a torn labrum so before any team drafts him that want to be confident he will be healthy going forward. Having said that, boy would I like watching him come off the edge getting after the other guys qb.

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