2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Super Bowl Predictions

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
Ryan Clark is a free agent after the 2013 season and Troy Polamalu hasn’t been healthy for a full season in several years. Vaccaro is a versatile, aggressive safety who is a solid tackler in space and has great speed to range over the middle. Pittsburgh has been looking to upgrade its secondary and with no corner worth taking here, they get a safety who is athletic enough to cover like a nickel corner in the slot. With all of the talented tight ends on the elite AFC teams, it’d be nice for Pittsburgh to have an answer.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
As Dallas shifts to a 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin, filling out of the defensive line with a pass-rusher like Ansah would be critical in the development of this Dallas squad. Ansah is a high-motor player with burst and power around the corner. He’s strong enough to hold the edge, but also quick and skilled enough to turn the corner and create pressure. An excellent Senior Bowl has Ansah’s stock on the rise and could land him inside the top 15.

19. New York Giants – Shariff Floyd DT Florida
Tom Coughlin made it known last season he was dissatisfied with the way his defensive line played, particularly up the middle. Floyd is a big-bodied tackle with long arms and outstanding quickness. To me, Floyd is overrated as a top-tier talent and struggles to defeat blockers if his burst off the snap is late, but with some coaching, he has the talent and physical tools to be an impact player on an aging Giants defense.

20. Chicago Bears – Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
Word after the Senior Bowl was that Johnson wouldn’t make it past San Diego at 11, but with the talent on the board ahead of Johnson, I think it’s more than likely he falls into the teens at least. Johnson came to Norman as a quarterback and has steadily grown into a smart, athletic, NFL-caliber left tackle. With pass blocking being the biggest concern for the Bears, Johnson is an ideal fit, despite concerns about his ability to anchor in the run game.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
Cincinnati already has one of the best receivers in football; the problem is they don’t have much else. Patterson could change that in a big way, given his unique blend of size, speed, and explosiveness. Receivers who are 6-4 205 don’t usually run reverses or return punts, but that is the kind of special athlete Patterson is. If he falls to the Bengals here, Cinci will have no choice but to snatch up the talented former Vol.

22. St. Louis Rams F/ Washington – Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
Getting better upfront has been a priority for St. Louis ever since Orlando Pace retired it seems, yet they’ve struggled to get the right pieces. Cooper is a massive, powerful guard who plays with great balance and can be an asset pulling, as well as on screens. With Stephen Jackson heading for free agency, it will be even more important to have stellar offensive line play to open up holes for whoever is in the backfield.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame
Minnesota certainly has bigger needs, but I think it’s likely to assume the Vikes make a major move this offseason with a wide receiver, leaving the door open to take a flyer on Te’o. Minnesota needs some speed on the interior of the defense and Te’o has the quickness and playmaking skills to be an upgrade on the inside. Catfish scandal aside, Te’o is a first round talent and an elite-level leader, plus he already has a playing relationship with Harrison Smith, Minnesota’s promising young safety, as the two played together at Notre Dame.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Sam Montgomery DE/OLB LSU
Montgomery played end at LSU, but considering he played end at less than 250 pounds for most of his career in Baton Rouge, the talented pass rusher would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker for the Colts. Montgomery did stand up at times for LSU and is extremely quick off the edge. He plays with intensity and passion, always keen to deliver a big blow. With the careers of Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney in decline, Montgomery would be the future at outside linebacker.

25. Seattle Seahawks – DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
Sydney Rice really stepped his game up at the end of last season as this offense kicked into high gear, but no one on this roster is as naturally talented as Hopkins who lit up the ACC this past season. He reminds scouts of Roddy White with his deceptive speed and ability to find the zones underneath. Hopkins was unstoppable at times, even as teams knew Clemson wanted to go to him. Hopkins would give Russell Wilson that consistent top receiver and would make this Seattle team a nightmare to defend.

26. Green Bay Packers – Jesse Williams DT Alabama
Williams isn’t built like your typical 3-4 defensive end, but Williams makes up for his squatty build with unreal power and leverage. He actually played better as the end in Alabama’s 3-4 defense than he did at nose tackle and although he’s not as speedy as some of the other defensive tackles in this draft, he’s one of the most physically imposing. Even without elite quickness, Williams does a good job with his bull rush and can really collapse the pocket. It would be awfully tough to run on a defense with Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji and Jesse Williams anchoring that unit.

27. Houston Texans – Kevin Minter ILB LSU
It’s startling how much the Texans defense fell off when Brian Cushing was lost for the year. Houston could use another inside linebacker with a nasty demeanor like Cushing and Minter is that player. A downhill linebacker, Minter is a thumper who can fill in the run game and does an excellent job timing-up his blitzes. The LSU linebacker is a tackling machine and with the quality of Houston’s defensive linemen, would have plenty of room to work.

28. Denver Broncos – Eric Reid S LSU
No, this pick is not because of Rahim’s Moore pathetic attempt at Joe Flacco’s last gasp pass against the Broncos in the playoffs, but there is a need at safety for Denver. Reid is a hard-hitting safety with range to cover sideline-to-sideline. If anything, Reid’s aggressive can be his biggest weakness, but his athletic tools and physical play can’t be taught, while discipline can be learned. Reid could be a steal this late for Denver.

29. New England Patriots – Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State
If this pick isn’t a pass-rusher or a defensive back, I’ll be flabbergasted. New England’s two most obvious needs involve stopping opposing passing offenses and with Banks being the best corner on the board before a major drop-off in talent in the next few rounds, the Patriots would be smart to snatch him up here. Banks is an instinctive corner who has a big, strong body made for pressing zone coverage – he was often asked to play off in man coverage at Mississippi State, and he’s not really quick enough to play that scheme effectively. Banks, though, can absolutely cover and is actually similar in his playing style to current Patriot Alfonzo Dennard.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Zach Ertz TE Stanford
It’s the end of an era in Atlanta with Tony Gonzalez set to retire this offseason, but Zach Ertz could step in and immediately be that same kind of safety net for Matt Ryan. Much like Gonzalez – though let’s not quite call Ertz a future Hall of Famer – Ertz doesn’t have explosive speed, but is adept at finding holes and has great hands. Ertz is more comfortable split out like many NFL offenses do with their tight ends, including Atlanta, but he is a willing blocker, particularly down the field for teammates.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
Pegging this pick is so difficult because the 49ers are the most complete team in the NFL. If there is a weakness, it’s at corner, where San Francisco’s deficiencies are mostly covered by the outstanding front seven they have. Rhodes’ lack of elite deep speed would also be mitigated by the outstanding pass rush San Francisco gets. The former Seminole is a little stiff, but he has the size the 49ers like in their corners. When his biggest criticism from scouts is that he plays too physically, you know he’s a perfect for the 49ers defense.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Dennis Pitta has emerged as one of Joe Flacco’s go-to targets, but if Eifert is available, he would be awfully tempting for the Ravens offense. Eifert is a dual-purpose tight end who can block on the end of the line of scrimmage, but also has excellent receiving skills. He could be used in dual tight end sets with Pitta. Watching Eifert this season as Pitta was emerging, it was easy to see the similarities in their game. Given the proliferation of two tight end sets in the NFL, particularly with two guys who are receiving threats, there is value in picking up Eifert at this spot.


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46 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Super Bowl Predictions”

  1. GBMike says:

    The GM of KC is John Dorsey (not Ken) – your pick of Geno Smith is rediculous. Dorsey and Andy Reid won’t reach for their first pick for KC. Look for them to rebuild both the offensive and defensive lines first.

  2. Mike Allen says:

    The Pats first priority must be centered around the cornerback position, and it is two fold…. one in, and one out……. I am leaning toward Xavier Rhodes, if he is available, with David Amerson as my second choice. (Amerson is a good choice for free safety, also)…….. the other part of the cornerback situation is to get rid of the biggest piece of dead weight on the roster, Kyle Arrington, the worst cover corner in the NFL, and it doesnt matter if he is playing inside at nickel or on the outside corner position….he is the weakest link on the defensive side of the ball.

  3. Joe Blake says:

    If he is available with the 29th pick, I would like to see the Pats draft Jesse Williams, DT. A SS with the 2nd would be next. Sign Talib and Welker. 3rd pick: a wide receiver. Trade Mallett for mid rounders and draft O linemen and let Dante do his thing. Let Chung walk.

    • steve earle says:

      I could live with that although if Russell Easterbrooks is right about the Hollermen kid your ss might best be taken with the 3rd. Williams would be a great fit inside next to Wolfolk. Most mocks do have him going earlier though.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        DeVonte Holloman SS/LB is projected 4th-5th round, BUT he is a better player, if his speed is good at the Combine, 4.64 40 at 6’2″ 238 he will bring a load from SS. But as BB has shown if he wants a guy he gets him, so maybe 2nd or 3d.
        Cooper Taylor is another SS/LB 6’4″ 230 4.57 40 is a similar type, who has Med. issues ,cleared by surgery. Cooper is projected 5th-6th, mainly because of Med. issue.

        • steve earle says:

          For Hollorman to move up into the 2nd he would need to run better then 4.62 and also surpass expatitions in a number of other tests. I allowed he possably slip into the low 3rd rd in reply to Joe Blake’s comment but I think that’s about it.

  4. J.H TARBORO says:

    Just in,Detriot Lion WR Titus Young just released. A possible bargain for New England.

    • steve earle says:

      I liked the guy at Boise St. kind of on the light side, I’m surprised he didn’t work for the lions. As a fa he could be worth picking up if the price is right.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I would pick -up Chris Rainey that the steelers let go. I had the Pats drafting him last year.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      Titus Young has got a big mouth, and clearly is not a team player,….just the guy for the Raiders!!!!! Patriots no-way!

  5. baba says:

    Belichik will not produce more SB , he is not best in drafting .

  6. baba says:

    The best pick would be Milliner , but it’s a dream ! Belichik has never picks best players , he looks for best athletes , that is is why he rarely successful . He and Brady past their pick performance , don’t expect more SB , will not happened !

    • steve earle says:

      I think it’s not so much him drafting athletes it’s drafting “value picks” and trading down to accumulate future picks. He struck giold with Brady doing that but that won’t happen again. His value picks provide a team of good depth year after year but lacks those players like Brusci, Law, McGinnest. Thoughs he has gotten like Asante Samual, he will not pay to keep them. That is why we are always looking to fill this hole or that. With a little less playing the collect draft picks game and actually drafting potential play makers I believe we could have had 2 or 3 more Super Bowl wins to our credit.

  7. Jim R says:

    …..and with the 9th pick in the 2013 draft the New York Jets select ………Leon Sandcastle

  8. AM says:

    Banks is a nice pick, but I’d be pretty surprised if he dropped that far.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I agree, S Vaccaro, CB Trufant, CB Milliner (a bust anyway) and CB Banks gone befoe #29. CB Poyer to Detriot in the 2nd if we don’t take him 1st.

  9. russell easterbooks says:

    I like Banks alot and is rated higher on my board than Rhodes, Reid, or Trufant. This Mock also would mean the Patriots would pass on, DE Datone Jones, OG/C Barrett Jones, ect. HMMMM
    I have Banks going sooner than #29. The fact that BB may trade back still looks like the best option. It all depends who the Pats target as the player(s) they want. Trading back with Dallas or the Bears, would bring a second pick at #47 or #50 to add to our pick at #59, plus a 4th rounder and maybe a 4th next year. If the Patriots target players in this area, this looks very good to me! I feel very sure the Pats take two CB’s in this draft 1 early and 1 in the 7th. I also think an OG/T and a SS/LB type. WR is a need, and that maybe what BB goes for, the last early darft pick for a WR was Branch.
    If I could make this trade;
    #47 or #50 CB Jorden Poyer or OG/T Brain Winters
    #59 ……..OG/T Brain Winters or (if no Poyer) CB Darius Slay
    #91 …….. SS/LB DaVonte Holloman or DE/LB John Simon
    #111 or 114 DT Joe Vellano or WR Conner Vernon
    7th……. CB/S Keith McGill or CB Demetrius McCray
    7th……. QB Sean Renfree (if we trade Mallett) or WR Aaron Mellette

    • steve earle says:

      Russell you keep making the case for this trade down scenario but I don’t know. Bill has to know Brady’s time is short, couple years, three? Any realistic chance of another SB win depends on getting playmakers on the tean not just guys who will do, the so called value picks. Like many other fans, I’m hoping for one or two prospects to fill that roll. After that if we get a couple others for sub packages or what not, fine. Bill traded up last year with great results, now I know we don’t have the ammo this year to do it but trading down is not very likely to fill the very real needs on this team. Really no one knows what Bill will do at this point but as I recall everybody expected him to trade down last year too and were shocked when he went the other way. At this stage I’d say it’s 50/50 on which way he’ll go.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I think BB sees the team in the long term , and NOT what he has to do now, to win next year, but for many years to come. Team Money is important too, part of the future. Tom won’t play for ever, but the team will.
        We could trade up by sending our 1st pick and QB Ryan Mallett to Cleveland for thier 1st pick #6. What would you do with it? OT Fisher and let Vollmer hit the road? Take OG Warmack, an all-pro a G for 8-10 years? take CB Milliner , with only 1 year of college foot played? (A Bust I think) Trade that choice to move back for more picks? BB traded up last year and we got two starters, I thought he would trade one of those picks and get more picks. The year before we got Nate Solder with the 1st pick. So maybe we should go after one guy?
        I see the talent in the 2nd-3d rounds being very good, at a better value long term for the team. More players, better value , or one guy? Solder is very good, as are Jones and Hightower, sound choices for the teams future. After the Combine we will have a better , look at the best players, but I think its 90/10 we trade back Or get future picks next year.

        • steve earle says:

          What would I do with the #6, let me count the ways!!!!!
          Really though my best plan would be trade down to 10 to 15 range picking up an additional 4th this year then take Vaccaro for ss. Then trade 29 down for a high to mid 2nd and another 4th and draft Wheaton wr. Keep our 59 with an eye on either Chris Faulk ot or Tank Carradine de (medical conditions pending) Gathers dt at 91 and with 3 x 4’s look to o line, cb and another d line, who and in which order depending on our pick at 59. Both 7’s then could be free to try to find sleeper, like Dennard.

        • Nuf Ced says:

          “We could trade up by sending our 1st pick and QB Ryan Mallett to Cleveland for thier 1st pick #6.”

          Why in Gods name would Cleveland do that? This sounds as logical as Bedard and a BleacherReport article… actually sounds just like it 😉

          I can’t see Lombardi risking the capital of a 6th pick in the new salary structure to acquire a 3rd year backup QB that has completed 1 of 4 passes in his pro career.

        • steve earle says:

          Nuf Ced said it. Of course Cleveland wouldn’t go from #6 to #29 for Mallett. Interesting thought though, something to fool around with here. Can’t see Clev willing to drop more then half dozen spots under any conditions really.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          OK than as Cleveland you would draft a guy out of this QB class, 1st ? Lets not forget Cleveland has NO- 2nd pick ,Guys. So Cleveland would get a QB ,as good as any in this class, and still have a 1st pick at #29. Sounds very fair for Cleveland, in fact very smart move!

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Steve we would send #29 to Cleveland. Vaccaro SS is agreat pick, if we could trade back, and pick-up a 4th and still have a 10-15 1st round pick to get Vaccaro SS or ???

        • AM says:

          Cleveland will stick with Brandon Weeden this year; he showed some potential, and they’re not going to give up on a first-round pick so easily, especially not for an untested backup. They’re much better off trading back a few spots at a time, and taking a shotgun approach to drafting WRs in such a deep draft.

          Also, maligned as it may be, many teams still use the draft trade chart, which shows that the price for a drop that far is a mid-first-round pick. You really think Mallett is worth that?

        • steve earle says:

          Oops, thinking about my mock if we had Clev 1#1 I realized I goofed. We would have no #29 to trade down for the wr in the 2nd. As the kids say, my bad.

    • Billy C. says:

      You forgot Jackson the WR the Pats traded up in the second round to draft out of Florida four or five years ago. In addition, the Pats drafted Bethel Johnson in the second round. That was another complete bust.

  10. boyd says:

    hah Geno Smith top 10 player…lol hes BARELY one of the top 10 qbs!

    • steve earle says:

      Short QB class for sure but come on he is the best this year. I suspect boyd has a different player he favors but trashing a kid in this forum won’t make it happen.

  11. Mike says:

    I seriously doubt the Pats will get one of the elite CBs in this draft. Detroit has no one on their roster that’s even nickel cover quality. They will go CB 1st rd because of the positional depth at DL and LB.

  12. acm says:

    I think I would rather see the Pats take Rhodes or Trufant – need some zest in the secondary.
    This being said, best guess is all these mock drafts with tha Pats drafting in the1st would prove to be useless come April.

    • AM says:

      Agreed on the “zest;” we need aggressive, hypercompetitive CBs. I’d love Trufant, but with a good Combine he could end up being a top-20 pick.

      • steve earle says:

        I’ve wondered why Trufant isn’t mocked in the 1st rd for a long time. Probably because most offenses threw to the other side so his numbers look average but I’ve read he has run a 4.42/ 40. I’m always kind of careful when I hear times like that but even if he doesn’t run that at the combine anything sub 4.5 should move his stock up. How high is anyones guess.

        • AM says:

          It might have been questions about his strength, physicality, tackling, etc. The Senior Bowl practices may have put a few of those to rest (although I have to wonder about teams that value all-star games over hours and hours of game film).

        • steve earle says:

          Agree, all star games are over rated what with their special rules and such. Best that can be said for them is they give scouts eyeball looks at pratices and face to faces. He did play well, from what I’ve read, at Senior Bowl and strength may be checked at the combine. Just have to wait and see.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          He ran pretty fast running down that guy returning the kick-off in the bowl game!!

  13. Jagsman says:

    i would go with moore over werner because he fits the Leo Position a bit better.

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