2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Projections

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

The time has come for the Pittsburgh Steelers to add more young talent to their defensive line, especially at nose tackle, where Casey Hampton is 35, on the decline and an unrestricted free agent. The Steelers should be in the market for Hampton’s replacement, which makes Alabama’s Jesse Williams a great choice for them in Round 1.

A strong and powerful anchor in the middle of a defensive line, Williams is a very good fit to play as a nose tackle in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. Additionally, Williams has unusual quickness and athletic ability for his size, which gives him the upside to be a star and also the versatility to also be used in packages as a 5-technique defensive end.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

As the Dallas Cowboys switch to the Tampa 2 defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, it is imperative that they upgrade on the back end of their defense at safety. They could get that upgrade in Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro, an athletic and hard-hitting safety with the flexibility to play either safety spot and also line up as a slot cornerback.

If Vaccaro can become a more consistent tackler and more disciplined player, he has the potential to develop into the star safety the Cowboys lack. The Cowboys need to add playmakers to their defense to make a playoff run this year, and Vaccaro would be a very good choice for them from this draft class.

19. New York Giants: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

LSU’s Kevin Minter is a very good all-around inside linebacker prospect who would be great value in the second half of the first round, and a terrific fit to fill the Giants’ need for a middle linebacker.

The Giants need to find a leader and playmaker for their linebacker corps, and they can get that from Minter. He is a very sound run-stopper in the middle, and makes plays all over the field from blitzing into the backfield to dropping into coverage.

20. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

If guards were valued higher in the draft, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper and Alabama’s Chance Warmack would both be sure top-10 draft choices. The two clear-cut best prospects still on the board in this scenario, the Bears should pounce on the chance to draft either one of them if available.

Either guard would be a great choice for the Bears, who need to rebuild across their offensive line. A better athlete who also has the ability to kick into the middle and play center, Cooper could be the best choice for the Bears, who could potentially start him at any position on their interior offensive line.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

The Cincinnati Bengals need to add another young linebacker to lead that position group alongside Vontaze Burfict, with unrestricted Rey Maualuga not expected back. Kansas State’s Arthur Brown would be a good choice in the late first round to fill that need.

Like Burfict, Brown can play both middle and weakside linebacker, giving the Bengals two athletic and instinctive players at those positions. He could slide in the draft due to a shoulder injury concern, but if he checks out as healthy, he is a worthy selection in the latter first round.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The St. Louis Rams need to rebuild their offensive line, and Alabama guard Chance Warmack is a clear best player available in this situation. Picking him here seems like a no-brainer selection.

Guards aren’t typically top-20 draft picks, which could cause Warmack to slide, but he is among the top overall prospects in the draft class. A massive and powerful guard who is strong against the run but also quick and athletic in pass protection, he would truly be a bargain at the No. 22 overall pick.

23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Minnesota Vikings desperately need to add downfield playmakers at wide receiver for Christian Ponder and their passing offense. By selecting Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins at No. 23 overall, the Vikings could end up with the best wide receiver in the draft class.

Hopkins can give the Vikings a much-needed vertical threat on the outside of the field. Hopkins does a very good job tracking the ball in air, is a very good route-runner and is an explosive athlete with good speed and quickness. He could quickly emerge as a go-to offensive option for Ponder to pass to.

24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Indianapolis Colts need to rebuild their offensive line, with one of their biggest needs coming at the right tackle position. Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is a long, powerful and athletic right tackle who has the potential to be a very solid starter on that side of the line.

Fluker could be an immediate upgrade over Winston Justice, or could even kick inside to guard in a pinch. He does not have the footwork to play left tackle, but is a good pass blocker on the right side and can immediately help the Colts in run blocking.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Seattle Seahawks’ passing offense made incredible strides with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson this season. The Seahawks can make Wilson even better by adding a go-to option and playmaker at wide receiver.

Having recruited him while at USC, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll should know a thing or two about Robert Woods. He should know Woods is as good as any wide receiver in the draft class.

Woods is an outstanding route-runner with great hands and the running ability to make plays happen in the open field. He can line up outside and in the slot, and could quickly become Wilson’s most reliable and dynamic weapon.

26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Tight end Jermichael Finley may end up being released by the Packers, which would leave an opening at the position. With Greg Jennings also likely out of Green Bay as an unrestricted free agent, the Packers could go with one of the best players available by selecting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.

Eifert is a big, athletic playmaker who can add yet another spark to the Packers offense and is well worth a first-round draft pick. They have bigger needs than adding a tight end, even if they do release Finley, but he would make sense as a replacement and is great value late in Round 1.

27. Houston Texans: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

The Houston Texans’ late collapse at the end of a promising season centered much around the deep passing plays they gave up in the secondary late in the season. The Texans need to add a playmaker to their secondary, and could use an upgrade at free safety over unrestricted free agent Glover Quin.

Eric Reid’s stock is slipping after a subpar junior season, but he is still the most gifted safety in the draft class. Reid is a very good athlete who can both solidify and add a playmaker for the Texans in the secondary, especially in deep coverage. He is well worth a late first-round pick.

28. Denver Broncos: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

The Denver Broncos should be looking to strengthen their interior run defense, and one way they can do that is by upgrading at middle linebacker. Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o has seen his stock slip in recent weeks, but he is great value late in the first round, and could be a great addition to the Broncos’ linebacker corps.

While he disappointed by coming into the combine smaller than expected at only 241 pounds, he is a sound run-stopper who fills holes well and makes plays in space. With overblown off-field issues aside, Te’o is one of the best players available at this point in the draft and worth a late first-round pick.

29. New England Patriots: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

With Aqib Talib an unrestricted free agent and Alfonzo Dennard facing legal issues, the Patriots’ greatest need is once again to add cornerbacks. If the Patriots choose to that in Round 1 of the draft, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes is a likely choice.

Rhodes has the size and length that the Patriots love in their cornerbacks, and he is a very physical cover corner who is also great in run support. His stock is on the rise after running faster than expected at the combine, and he has the potential to be a very good starting cornerback for a team that still needs to reinforce their secondary.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State

The Atlanta Falcons are likely to be in the market for another defensive end in this year’s draft, and need a difference-maker to improve their pass rush. Although coming off of a torn ACL, Florida State’s Cornelius Carradine is a very skilled pass-rusher who could get the call from the Falcons late in Round 1.

Carradine is big and strong but also athletic and explosive, and once healthy, he could become a real impact player in the Falcons’ defensive line rotation. He is a slightly risky selection coming off of injury, but he is a player worth taking a chance on at the No. 30 overall pick.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

With five selections in the first three rounds of the draft, the 49ers have a lot of flexibility with their picks this year, but one area they must address early and often is their secondary. The 49ers need to upgrade at cornerback, and would make a smart choice by selecting Boise State’s Jamar Taylor with their first pick.

A physical cornerback who excels in press man coverage, Taylor would be a very good fit and upgrade in the 49ers’ defensive scheme. Even with many picks, the 49ers would be smart to address one of their biggest needs early.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia

The Baltimore Ravens already have one of the NFL’s more explosive offenses, including two very fast receiving threats in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Nonetheless, with Anquan Boldin’s long-term future with the team in question, they have room to add another playmaking receiver to the roster.

If they have a shot to draft Tavon Austin at the end of Round 1, they would be smart to take advantage of that shot. Austin is a dynamic playmaker with both great speed and agility, and he could give the Ravens yet another weapon to work with as a slot receiver and out of the backfield.

As if teams had enough trouble slowing down the Ravens’ passing game in their run to the Super Bowl, the addition of Austin could make them downright scary.


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27 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Projections”

  1. steve earle says:

    I really liked this mock better then the past few. At least it recognises our needs. If not Rhodes or Trufant at 29 maybe Cypren? Logan I’d like better as a 3rd pick then 2nd. I think the talent level will be solid through the 3rd round and into the 4th so Bill should be able to really fill some needs. Having no idea what BB is planning I’d hope for a draft that looks like this:
    1#29 Xavior Rhodes cb/s
    2#59 Markus Wheaton wr
    3#91 Kwain Gathers DT
    Yes I know, it’s just like my others. At least I’m consistant.

  2. cc says:

    I’d like to see them snag Terron Armstead OT out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Lots of speed and upside.
    He’s projected like a Joe Staley of the 49ers & with Dante Scar coaching him up, he should help solidify our O-line whoh’s and needs & give us maneuverability in our line.
    Vollmer is roughed up, Thomas &
    McDonald are not what we need in the wings. Cannon can stick mainly at Gaurd.

  3. Richardson at #1 would be interesting, but I still believe KC has to build it OL with a new QB. Most mocks at first-pick.com have Joeckel or Floyd going into the #1 slot, with the occasional trade. Another player to watch is obviously Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Projected first overall by some mocks we’ll have to see just what the cardiologist examinations show and what it may mean for his NFL future.

  4. joeisme says:

    The Packers’ gm has said even if they release Finley they will look in house for a TE since they like Williams and Crabtree a lot. There is no way they draft a TE in the first round since they have such pressing needs in so many other spots; 3-4 DE/ILB/LT/SS.

  5. JV says:

    Please stop mocking CBs to the Pats in the first rd….it make me throw up in mouth every time I see it. Bottom line…Bill sucks at drafting players in the secondary.

    • D.S.T. says:

      if you don’t try, you can’t succeed. LOL. His record drafting secondary is NO WORSE THAN ANY OTHER TEAM OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

    • steve earle says:

      Get a bucket man and let it all out. The problem with Bill db drafting is he kept trading down for “VALUE PICKS”. Downing had injury history from high school. What’s needed is a high ranking talent without issues who can actuall play a few seasons without being on ir. This year there is a bunch of them. We’ve seen that mid rd and fa’s arn’t doing it but no reason to pretend not drafting them will fix the problem.

  6. AM says:

    It would be absolutely stunning if Keenan Allen were to be available at the bottom of the second round–if he even falls as far as #29, the Patriots should jump on him, much less #59.

  7. John says:

    Did this site put in adds? Damn it.

  8. EccentricFan says:

    I know Jarvis Jones is incredibly talented, but even without his medical concerns, it would be hard for the Bills to pass up the top QB in the draft falling right into their laps.

    With the medical concerns, I think it’s no contest between the two. Geno has to be the choice, and having the Jets right behind the Bills ready to scoop him up would only make the decision to pass on him all the more painful.

  9. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I don’t see any way BB passes on OG/C Barrett Jones if he is on the board when we use our 1st pick. In the years to come Jones is very likely an all-pro at OG, And even tho we need other positions filled, I can’t see BB passing on Jones.
    So with this MOCK in mind I would go;
    #29 OG/C Barrett Jones
    #59 DT Brandon Williams
    #91 CB Robert Alford or CB Darius Slay

    BB will trade at some point for extra picks, then look for;

    WR Ryan Swope or WR Conner Vernon
    and /or
    SS Cooper Taylor, or SS Kenny Tate

    • JV says:

      Barret Jones to the Pats would mean an immediate upgrade at RG.

      • cc says:

        The better upgrade CLEARLY is getting an OT. *example of Terron Armstead out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
        Then just integrate Marcus Cannon taking over Guard duties on the regular.
        Cannon should be around 4 a while. … Sebastion Vollmer is respectfully on injured/borrowed time.
        Trade/dump Thomas and McDonald.

    • steve earle says:

      Russell, with all due respect I just can’t see taking Barrett Jones at 29. Yes he’s probably the best center/ guard prospect this year but jeeze Bill has to fix the def 1st. That means cb/s and DT. Plus more then a center we need an outside wr for the off. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and fix whats broken and if it’s not broken don’t fix it.

  10. Matt says:

    First off the biggest need for the Lions is not CB but Safety. Second although Milner proved he has speed at the combine he also proved to have tight hips and average ball skills. Even if you go back to his tape he didn’t have a lot of interceptions I believe 2 for the year. He is not a top 5 player to me that would be someone like a Patrick Peterson dynamic CB and returner. The Lions will go with either Fisher or Joeckel or Ansah, or Mingo or Warmack in the first and the Elam or Slay (CB) or the best safety available. OLB is not a priority as they have drafted several in the last two years still on the roster and they can pick one up later in the draft. In the third round look for them to take the best OG available the Kid from Wisconson had a disappointing combine but is still a tremendous ball player. If Montgomery the DE from LSU falls to them in the third they could take him. They will not take multiple DE’s in this draft. Their is talk of them trading up into the second round and taking the slot receiver from West Virginia, but I think that will depend on how much it would take and if they sign Reggie Bush.

    • Dan says:

      wow, amen to that man. Finally someone sees Milliner not being able to turn and run. even though his 40 was great, his 20 yard shuffle was terrible. those pick would be a lot better than Milliner maybe Dion Jordan too after his combine

    • Ken says:

      I could not have said it better than you just did. The Lions drafted several CB’s last year. Injuries kept them off the field. Time to see what you have got with them. Look for:

      Round 1) Fisher or Ansah, (Although a strong case can be made for Warmack)

      Round 2) Top rated safety

      Round 3) Frederick, the C from WI or next best Center or interior offensive lineman on the board.

      Anything much different than this, and Lions management heads will roll at seasons end.

  11. Hunter says:

    Everything I’ve heard has Rhodes not getting very far out of the top 10. There is no way he’s there when Pats draft. Trufant would be nice there though. The best part of these mocks is that it shows me that good prospects will still be around in round 3. Also, if we pass up on Chase Thomas for a WR that quit on the team I will be furious.

  12. floridated says:

    Pats will trade first round pick. Mallett will be traded also leaving the Pats with no back up qb.I Pts can’t trade first round pick her is another secenario BB always takes the player with the highest mark on his board who will be Barkley (qb) Ideal fit for Pats future right height, pocket passer,great stats until this year, tons of upside, 2 years under Brady and Pats system he will be ready to step right in and not miss a beat.

    • Jim R says:

      USC QB’s scare me. I think next years QB class has some real talent. at least 4 first round picks. You have Kafka as a backup if mallett is traded. Maybe Cassell gets cut and you bring him back for a couple of years. This might not be the year to draft a QB.

    • Rockdog says:

      Got news for you. Brady will be playing long past 2 more years. Brady broke every other stereotype and he’s going to break another by playing another 5-6 years. Next starting QB for Pats is currently learning Albebra I as a High School freshman.

    • steve earle says:

      Well maybe! I get kind of a chuckle when someone says Bill will do this or won’t do that. Over the years we’ve all seen Bill do what Bill wants to, to the surprise and sometimes shock of the current wisdom Plus bet you a coffee and jelly donut he doesn’t take Barkley or any qb in the first 3 rounds. They just extended Brady meaning any qb this year would have his contract expire before Brady’s.

  13. DaveM says:

    Logan in the 2nd and Wilson in the 3rd. I thought Tavon Wilson was a reach last year, but these two are ridiculous.

  14. Joe Blake says:

    Banks at 13, no way…too high. Rhodes to Pats at 29: right on. No Slay in top 94 , & Trufant at 44: way low, they will go before Banks given combine numbers. Like Geathers or B. Williams ahead of Logan (did Logan really jump only 25″: he must be carrying the coins Saban gave to recruit him!). Wilson at #91? Like Swope better. (Did Wilson put up only 7 reps! And run >4.5…answer: yes). I wonder if the player assessment test results will ever be public. We draft pundits could use that info. To help rank the players.

    • steve earle says:

      Okay Joe, sure hopy your right about Rhodes but the guy ran two 4.41’s at the conbine. Unofficial but in with the top group. Righ on! with Gathers and Williams. Another guy I like is Joe Vallano from Mar’ld. 59 may be a little early for him but watching him on tapes he remindes me of Tedy Bruscci. Slightly undersized but looks to have the fire in his belly and always making plays. Russell Easterbrooks alearted me to him awhile back.
      Did they have pockest for coins in those tights? lol!

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