2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Projections

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also has good speed and moves in the open field. He is outstanding value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.

49. New York Giants: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

With Osi Umenyiora unlikely to return as an unrestricted free agent, and Justin Tuck entering the final year of his contract, the time is now for the Giants to reinforce their defensive line and pass-rush. Texas’ Alex Okafor is a very talented pass-rusher who is good value in the latter half of Round 2, and would be a great addition to the Giants’ defensive end rotation as one of the best players available.

50. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Georgia’s Alec Ogletree may be the most talented of any linebacker in this year’s draft class, but an alarming string of legal issues, including a DUI arrest earlier this month, could lead to a big slide on draft weekend. If he is still available at the No. 50 overall pick, the potential reward of adding the athletic, playmaking linebacker would be worth the risk for the Bears.

51. Washington Redskins: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, the Redskins should try to give him more weapons in the passing game.

Quinton Patton is a very good receiver who can line up both outside and in the slot, a talented downfield playmaker with athletic ability and body control but also a great route-runner. He can quickly emerge as a go-to target in the Redskins’ offense.

52. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

The Minnesota Vikings interior run defense has not been the same since Pat Williams’ departure following the 2010 season. The Vikings need to upgrade at the position next to Kevin Williams, and could create “Williams Wall 2.0” by selecting Sylvester Williams with their second-round pick.

The North Carolina defensive tackle has explosive quickness and is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in this year’s draft class. He has the size and strength to play the nose tackle position next to Williams, but can also bring pressure as an interior pass-rusher himself.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.

54. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

The Miami Dolphins’ only starting-caliber cornerback, Sean Smith, is an unrestricted free agent. The Dolphins have a major need to add cornerbacks in this year’s draft, and would make a great choice to select Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer in Round 2.

While not as explosive or big as some of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft, Poyer is an instinctive, fluid cover corner who can at least be a solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback in an NFL secondary.

55. Green Bay Packers: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee

The Green Bay Packers need to reinforce their offensive line, and would do well to draft a versatile offensive lineman like Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas. Thomas is best suited to kick inside to guard, where he could compete for a starting spot, but also has experience playing both tackle spots, making him a player who could bring versatility, depth and talent, all needed components for the Packers offensive line.

56. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Seahawks should be in the market for a quicker under tackle/5-technique who can line up next to Brandon Mebane on their interior defensive line and bring more pressure. Purdue’s Kawann Short is a well-rounded defensive tackle who is both a skilled interior penetrator and powerful run-stopper, and he is good value as a late second-round selection.

57. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

The Houston Texans need to find a better No. 2 receiving option to start across from Andre Johnson. Tennessee’s Justin Hunter is great value late in Round 2, and could draw coverages away from Johnson while giving the Texans another dangerous downfield playmaker.

With a great combination of size, athleticism and catching ability, Hunter has as much upside as any wide receiver in the draft class. He has some issues with drops and inconsistency, but could end up being a steal as a fantastic deep threat and red-zone target.

58. Denver Broncos: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

The Denver Broncos need to reinforce the defensive tackle position on their roster with size, power and strength. Georgia’s John Jenkins has fallen down the board due to motor and stamina concerns, but even if only a two-down player, Jenkins could be a very big addition to the Broncos’ interior run defense with his massive size and raw power.

59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

The New England Patriots need to add an interior pass-rusher to their defensive line. LSU’s Bennie Logan is a raw talent, but he is a very athletic interior lineman who has the potential to be a dynamic penetrator as an under tackle next to Vince Wilfork, which is what the Patriots need badly to bring more pressure against their opponents.

60. Atlanta Falcons:  Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

Tony Gonzalez is expected to retire, leaving the Falcons in need of a replacement at tight end. Being able to get Stanford’s Zach Ertz as that replacement near the end of Round 2 would be a dream scenario.

Ertz is a very well-rounded tight end prospect. He is a big tight end with good athleticism and can really go up and get the ball as a receiver, but he is also a good run blocker. He is great value as a late second-round pick.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Keenan Allen, WR, California

With a surplus of draft picks, the 49ers can afford to draft on value when a bargain falls into their lap. California wide receiver Keenan Allen would be a major steal if still available near the end of Round 2, and would give the 49ers a big, strong outside receiving threat to line up opposite Michael Crabtree. As the best player available, they should not pass him up in this scenario.

62. Baltimore Ravens: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon

With Ray Lewis’ retirement, the Baltimore Ravens need to add a playmaker at the inside linebacker position who is an athletic blitzer and can drop into coverage. They could get that player in Oregon’s Kiko Alonso, a high-upside talent worth a shot at the end of Round 2.


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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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