2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tony Santorsa 2/22

Tavon Austin Patriots Draft

Does Tavon Austin have what it takes to replace Wes Welker? (US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Now that the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, I can guarantee to you that the next time you take a look at my mock draft, it’s going to be a whole lot definitely.

With that being said, let’s take a look at my latest 2013 NFL mock draft, pre-combine.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

There is no chance that the Chiefs will draft a quarterback with the first overall pick—none of the prospects are even worthy going first overall. With that being said, Andy Reid will continue his trend by using his first round draft picks to select players in the trenches.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Who would have thought? Two Texas A&M products going No. 1 and No. 2. The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the worst pass-rushes in the NFL this past season, as they recorded only 20 sacks. Damontre Moore should certainly jump start Jacksonville’s defense in the pass-rush department next season.

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Star Lotuleli is currently the best player in this year’s draft, if you ask me. With that being said, the Oakland Raiders have needs across the board so why not only take the best player available, but take this year’s best prospect? It makes too much sense.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

No matter who’s playing quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, they need to be protected. With that being said, the Chip Kelly and the Eagles will likely take the best available offensive lineman with this selection.

5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Dee Milliner is going to be something special and should have a huge impact on Detroit’s defense in 2013—and for many years to come. Milliner has the potential to be an elite shut-down cornerback and should start right away, considering Chris Houston is an unrestricted free agent.








6. Cleveland Browns: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Cleveland Browns had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this past season, despite showing promising signs in 2011. The Browns desperately need a play-maker on the defensive side of the ball and FSU’s Bjoern Werner has that potential to be a difference-maker.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia 

I still believe that Geno Smith should not go anywhere near the top 10 of this year’s draft, but the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback more than anyone. If you don’t have a legitimate quarterback, then you’re simply not going to win too many football games. At least Smith should give the Cards an opportunity to have a legitimate starting quarterback this upcoming season.

8. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Much like the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills need a quarterback. Granted, Buffalo does have Ryan Fitzpatrick—but we all know by now that he’s not anything to build your future around. However, having Fitzpatrick is a luxury as the Bills can bring in Tyler Wilson and allow him to develop while riding it out with Fitzpatrick.

9. New York Jets: Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

With quarterbacks going left and right, the New York Jets might feel inclined to select one with their first selection. Mike Glennon is your typical pocket-passer as he isn’t very mobile and will have to improve his ability to read pass-rushes so he can step up into the pocket. You know what this means? The Sanchize era is over in New York—Thank god.

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OB, Alabama

With the No. 10 overall pick, the Tennessee Titans will get this year’s top offensive guard as well as one of this year’s top prospects. Chance Warmack is an absolute monster and should have a huge impact during his rookie season in the NFL after spending his collegiate career in the SEC.

11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma 

The San Diego Chargers biggest need is currently left tackle. With that being said, why not draft the best available left tackle in Lane Johnson? Makes sense to me.

12. Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas

Kenny Vaccaro is one of the most versatile defensive backs that I’ve ever seen and should have a first-year impact with the Dolphins. Miami might need a wide receiver or a left tackle, but Vaccaro is a top 10 talent so he’d be certainly hard to pass on.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers desperately need a cornerback. With the selection of Xavier Rhodes, the Bucs will definitely gain help for next season at cornerback and could very well have found their No. 1 cornerback for years to come.

14. Carolina Panthers: Jonthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Much like their divisional foe the Buccaneers, the Carolina Panthers need a cornerback. As Chris Gamble struggled in 2012 and Captain Munnerlyn being a free agent, the Panthers need to add some depth at this position.

15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

This selection should be labeled as a steal for the Saints. My NFL comparison for Jarvis Jones is Von Miller—granted, I don’t think he’ll been as dominant as Miller, but he should boost New Orleans very poor pass-rush.

16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee 

The Rams might need an offensive tackle, but at this point of the draft there’s no one real worthy of drafting at No. 16 overall. Assuming that the Rams don’t trade back, drafting this year’s top wide receiver would be a wise decision.

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48 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tony Santorsa 2/22”

  1. MaineMan says:

    I’ve been saying since the Senior Bowl that Marquise Goodwin brings the same speed and athleticism to the table as Austin, but he’ll likely be around much later. Goodwin is also noted for his consistent ability to defeat jams/press coverage and work the sidelines/out-routes (like Lloyd, but, y’know, fast).

    • patsfan says:

      i think the pats should take a closer look at ryan swope. Kid was fast and actually has some size. Would like for the Pats to double up on WRs. One with size and speed (Allen, Williams, Patton) and then a fast, quick slot guy which could be filled by swope. A trade back from the first for a 2nd and 4th could make this happen. What yall think?

      • MaineMan says:

        The problem that I have with Swope is that he consistently does not extend and attack the ball with his hands, but lets everything into his body which results in bobbles and drops. This was noted by a couple scouts during his one day at the Senior Bowl and was clearly evident in his gauntlet drill at the Combine (he and Dennard Robinson were very similar in that drill).

        If it were up to me, I’d go with Wheaton, Goodwin and maybe Conner Vernon later.

        • patsfan says:

          I would be cool with Vernon as well. I think he is a great mid round talent. Im really interested to see what moves they are going to make in FA.

  2. joe says:

    The patriots pick D lineman great and O lineman great they should stick with that. They cant draft CB and WR so grab those needs in free agent. BB draft what you know and do well Dl and OL

  3. floridated says:

    Dennar found guilty now the patriots biggest need is cb. Talib will get tagged,McCorty will have to go back to corner (God help us) that leaves a bunch of BB draft choices that can not play their positions. Villmer also will be FA and another hole in pats oline a starting ot to protect Brady’s back. Pats have more needs now that a week ago…WR now becomes about the 3rd most pressing issue. OT,CB,WR .

  4. chieftiger says:

    So the Chiefs should waste their pick on a OL we don’t need, because no QB worth the NO.1 pick. Even if QB is are biggest need, with WR, ILB, CB, and Safety are needs too.

  5. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Travon Austin just stated at the combine “He is the best all -around player in the draft”. HMMM,…….. sound like a guy you want on your team?

    Did you hear the Barrett Jones interview at the Combine, he was great, smart guy got his degree in three years, with a 4.0 avg. now working on his masters.

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    Hypothetical question: If the JETS cut Tim Tebow should we pick him up? BB liked him, josh drafted him, it would cost us nothing and it’s a damn shame that nobody has tried to fix his footwork and mechanics. Brady works on his mechanics in the offseason with Martinez. Baby jesus has the talent, has been a winner since HS, and because of the media attention in NY, it seem like nobody wants to help him. It’s a damn shame!!!

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      The place for Tebow is Seattle, to back-up thier started, when Flynn is gone. Tebow fits nicely with thier Offence, and can move around well.
      However BB did like the guy, maybe if Mallett, was gone. BB likes Kafka alot however.

  7. joeisme says:

    The Pack can get a decent RB in the third or 4th round. Harris looke good at the end and they are a pass first team. With so many needs in other places (LT-ILB-3/4 DE-SS) they need to address those areas before RB. Their D especially at DE and ILB, is why they got beat by SF.

  8. Stephen S says:

    How does Jeff Demps get used as a running back or something else
    Does Aaron Hernandez turn to a slot reciever if Wes Welker doesnt return

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I hope Demps returns Kick-off’s !!!

      • acm says:

        he better :) … but I think he may end up becoming a sort of a Tavon Austin-type player for the Pats. A jack of all trades, basically, contributing in the passing, running and returning facets of the game.

  9. Stephen S says:

    What are the thoughts about possibly getting Nnamdi Asomugha if he is cut by the Eagles thats if the price is right.
    Is he just not what he used to be or was it the system he played in didnt match his style of play and would the system the Pats use fit his style

  10. Shane Vereen says:

    Austin is a game changer and the Pats needs game changers. They could use him on special teams, as a 3rd down back and in slot as he is a nightmare for defenses. Get him the ball in open space and he’ll amaze you with his lateral quickness, his elusiveness and his speed. If the Pats got him AND utilized him correctly he’d be a star. He’s one part Devon Hester, one part Randall Cobb with a sprinkle of Donte Hall. Take a look at what he did to Okla this year and tell me he not electrfying.

    Get him….

  11. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Here is my Mock, with NO trades (no chance) But;

    #29- OG/C Barrett Jones 6’4″ 305
    #59- WR Markus Wheaton 6’0 185
    #91- DT Brandon Williams 6’2″ 320
    7th- CB Keith McGill 6’3″ 208
    7th-SS Cooper Taylor 6’4″ 220

    I strongly feel we need a min. of TWO more picks, 3d or 4th round area. Trading back by trading the #29 pick, is the most logical.
    As of today, I’m projecting we trade our #29 pick , to Tampa for thier 2nd #43, 4th #109, and 4h #123 (the Pats old pick).

    with these picks our draft looks like;

    #43- CB Jordan Poyer
    #59- WR Markus Wheaton
    #91- DE Cornellius Carradine
    #109-OT Reid Fragal
    #123-LB/S DeVonte Holloman
    7th- CB Keith McGill
    7th- SS Cooper Taylor

    • Stephen S says:

      What makes you take DT Brandon Williams @ 91 with the 1st round pick but select DE Cornellius Carradine @ 91 without the 1st round pick

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Mainly because, Carradine ‘s injury rehab will most likely put him on the Pup list, leaving room on the roster for another player. DT Williams will fill a spot on the Roster, if he makes the team.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          So because of more draft choices, more players to make the roster.
          That what I was thinking, mabe I’m crazy just thinking of everthing.

  12. Nick says:

    I would prefer woods over austin. I am tired of the pats hiring a bunch of midget wide receivers. Woods is not that tall, but he is 6’1. better than 5’9 in my opinion. We need someobdy to be able to catch a pass that was a little too high, and than actually run with it. Loyd is 6’1, but falls every time he catches a ball.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Nick Tavon Austin is a hard wired midget, he is not the midget you have been looking at for 6yrs. Trust me!!

      • Stephen S says:

        I dont mind the size as long as they are 1 productive and 2 DURABLE. Shoot look at Barry Sanders he was 5′ 8″

      • Nick says:

        Don’t Get me wrong, I would not be pissed if the pats do take Ausitn, but I feel like Woods is the more necessary pick. He can be a decent outside threat, but also a good slot reciever. With Austin, you get a stellar slot guy, but no deep threat. Right now, the pats really have nobody but Gronk to catch deep passes. Also curious on your opinion of Cooper Taylor out of Richmond.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Cooper Taylor is one of the safeties i wanted to see at the combine, he looks good tape, if i’m correct 6’5″ 220 could be one of the biggest suprises. THE SLEEPER. good length and closing speed and awareness .

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Another big suprise at the Combine will be Demetrius McCray CB App. State !!!!! Speed 6’1″ 190

  13. Jim R says:

    Problem with WR’s in the Patriots system is the option routes. Look how many have not adjusted to it. I do not think they will consider a WR until after thier second pick. Offense is not an issue with this team. Kep building this D with young talent.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      Thats right, it takes WR’s wth strong IQ’s to understand what needs to happen at any given time. The Two guys I think will fit the Pariots system best are;
      Markus Wheaton 2d round or Conner Vernon 3d-4th round.

      • What makes you think that Wheaton and Vernon have the “strong IQs” that you state that WRs need to have in order to fit into New England’s system?

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Thank you for that retort. We are always speaking about a system, does our system not favor explosive receivers? Welker at 5’9″ we didn’t seem to have a problem with his height or weight as long as we were winning, drop a few balls in big games, and now we need a big receiver. We need a real football player that can make plays never mind the size, Tavon is much more dynamic than Welker and we’ve already signed receivers who are larger. It’s fear of change. Tavon will go in 2nd round because of teams wanting larger receivers, if we trade our 1st pick for multiple mid round picks we possibly can pick up a larger receiver later in the draft.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Well looking at the passing program, they are in , Wheaton at Oregon State (Passing program) and Vernon Duke (a passing program) .is a great place to start, interviews can tell you alot, College transcrip, grade avg. etc.

      • Also, who’s fault is it that the wide receivers don’t fit in? Who has fit into New England’s offense in recent years? Wes Welker? Randy Moss? That’s it.

        Do you really think that it’s the player that’s not fitting in or possibly the quarterback and the offensive coordinator aren’t allowing them to fit in?

        • Jim R says:

          Tony great point, Combo of all that however I do not think that BB will dip into the WR pool early (Chad Jackson,Taylor Price) to find that out. I think the way he looks at that position is to fill it with a low round pick or a UFA.
          Brady and McDaniels are a big part of it, If TB12 has no confidence in a guy he will not be getting his touches, JM can call plays to get it going you know that Brady will not look that guys way even if he is the primary reciver on the play.
          Tony, I think all you guys do a great job on these mock drafts and rankings. It keeps guys like me coming back for more. Everybody has opinions that we can agree with or challenge.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Thanks for your Mock and comments ! Chad did not fit the Patriots system, were to be, when to break it off, knowing how the play unfold’s even if your not the main target, were others are etc. There is alot to understand. Some WR ‘s grasp it better than others. So if they come from a College program, pro style , passing, makes them more likely to be NFL ready.

        • MaineMan says:

          Actually, out of the 40-something WRs that have made the roster during BB’s tenure, six FAs and two draft picks have made decent positive contributions in their first season:

          Welker (2007) 112/1175, 8 TDs
          Moss (2007) 98/1493, 23 TDs
          Lloyd (2012) 74/911, 4 TDs
          Caldwell (2006) 61/760, 4 TDs
          Patten (2001) 51/749, 4 TDs
          Stallworth (2007) 46/697, 3 TDs
          Branch (2002) 43/489, 2 TDs (drafted in the 2nd)
          Edelman (2009) 37/359, 1 TD (drafted in the 7th)

          Arguably, three more could be said to have “fit in”, though they didn’t come on till their 2nd seasons:

          Gaffney (2006) 11/142, 1 TDs his first season – avg’d 37/459, 3 TDs over 2007, 2008
          Givens (2002) 9/92, 1 TD his first season – avg’d 50/707, 4 TDs in 2003, 2004, 2005 (drafted in the 7th)
          Tate (2009) “redshirted” as a rookie – 24/432, 3 TDs in his first active season

          BTW, in 11 drafts (starting with 2002), the Pats have spent a total of nine picks on WRs – 3 2nds, 2 3rds, 1-5th, 3 7ths. The other 31 WR acquisitions have been FAs or trades.

          WRT the “system”, I think that the fact that the Pats have a very disciplined system in the first place (plus fairly unique terminology) seems to make it difficult for a lot of guys to work out, especially those whose previous experience has been with a gunslinger QB and/or fewer read-adjustments (the core problem for Ocho and numerous other vets). Even so, I’m pretty sure “the sytem” changes from season-to-season. McDaniel’s himself admitted that the passing playbook was streamlined and simplified for the 2007 season (when Welker, Moss and Stallworth all succeeded at once).

          It’s entirely possible that, if the Pats indulge in a wholesale “youth movement” at WR for 2013, McD could “simplify” things again for a season. Still, guys with good awareness and football smarts (in addition to decent talent and athleticism) will be more likely to have 1st year success.

  14. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I’m not sure about Austin, he is versitail, but he lacks that BB type entangables, for the most part. I maybe all wrong on him. I have watched him play, in person along with WR Bailey who I don’t care for either.
    Given BB will trade back his 1st pick, unless he wants Austin, he maybe gone by mid-2nd round. For my money, Markus Wheaton can play the slot OR outside, where Austin will be poor at the NFL level. Wheaton could be a 2nd round guy as well.
    Also looking at this MOCK draft board, we would be passing on;

    DE Detone Jones
    OG/C Barrett Jones
    CB Jordan Poyer
    DT Jesse Williams

  15. floridated says:

    Wo will replace Sebastan Vollmer??#1 need of patriots right now is to find a replacement for ot position. No protection for Brady no wins. Looks like pats will not tag Vollmer since Dennard was found guilty in court. Possibly jail time..so that means that the pats will tag Talib since that is an immediate need no starting cb on team and McCorty will be back at cb. Look for a long season of pats getting killed again by below average qb with impressive stats everyone passed for over 300 yards against the defense of pats…Bad drafts in the past bite the pats in the ass again…

  16. Brian says:

    I doubt we will be in the position, but if we pass on Ezekial Ansah I will be extremely upset. My hope is that Ansah or Hankins falls to us in the 1st round, then we take Dj Swearinger/Aaron Dobson/Tank Carradine/Da’Rick Rogers or the best cornerback available in the next couple rounds.

    • munchkin says:

      I am all in on the idea of taking a DT prospect if the value I’d there. Wilfork is aging and there is no replacement on the roster.

  17. J H TARBORO says:

    Answer to that Tavon Austin question: HELL YEAH!!! We are afraid of change based on the question, remember he is just not one thing WR/RB/KR line him up any and everywhere, also remember who is throwing him the ball if he comes to New England. We can draft a larger receiver in later rounds, we can’t panic. We are always sceaming about needing a real PLAYMAKER, well there he is, we shouldn’t fear this pick at all. If drafted and with the core players around him and some newcomers we might be watching THE GREATEST SHOW ON GRASS,TURF,ASPHALT etc..

    • Jim R says:

      Does Jeff Demps do a lot of those same things too? I would like them to get a big WR, I just think that is not a top need for this team

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Jim R, it’s really hard to say, but i can see him with the same role as Danny Woodhead, but Danny is one hell of an athlete, competition will be fierce in camp. If the Pats gets this right, it will be an explosive Patriots’ team that we’ve never seen before and remember the core pieces are still there.



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