Post Combine 2013 NFL Mock Draft – Updated 3/11
With the NFL Combine coming and going, we now have had plenty of time to thoroughly analyze the results of each prospect. With that being said, let’s take a look at my post-combine 2013 NFL mock draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
With the Chiefs having their quarterback in Alex Smith and franchising offensive tackle Branden Albert, I see Andy Reid continuing his trend of drafting players that play in the trench and will gladly welcome aboard defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Jaguars have arguably the worst pass-rush in all of football and certainly need to get that turned around real fast. By selecting Barkevious Mingo, he should certainly help boost Jacksonville’s ability to get after the quarterback.
3. Oakland Raiders: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
This pick has “Oakland Raiders” written all over it. The Raiders will likely look to move into the future without Carson Palmer, who is mediocre at best at this point of his career. Geno Smith might not be the best player in this year’s draft, but he’s certainly the quarterback with the most potential and could create offense on his own.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
First things first: The Eagles might have talent at all of their skill positions, but they’re lacking it in the trenches. With that being said, many expects have Luke Joeckel as a first overall selection and Chip Kelly and the Eagles will gladly take a franchise left tackle with the fourth overall pick.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Detroit basically has two major needs on defense: Cornerback and defensive end. With Dee Milliner being hands down the best cornerback that this year’s class has to offer, he makes perfect sense at fifth overall.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Cleveland has one huge need on defense: A rush linebacker. The Browns already have Jabaal Sheard playing on one side but don’t have anyone else opposite of him—Dion Jordan should be a perfect fit.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Arizona Cardinals might not have a quarterback, but it doesn’t matter who’s playing behind center—they need to protect their passer. With that being said, Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan is a pretty easy decision here for the Cards.
8. Buffalo Bills: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Buffalo’s obvious glaring need is a franchise quarterback, but with Geno Smith already being selected, there’s no quarterback worthy being selected at the eighth overall pick. The Bills do have Mario Williams and Mark Anderson at defensive end, but certainly could an upgrade over Anderson—Bjoern Werner could be that guy.
9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Rex Ryan will also have one of the NFL’s top defenses, regardless of the talent on that side of the ball. Granted, New York’s defense is getting up their in age and has recently cut quite a few players which means that they’re are holes on defense. With that being said, Jarvis Jones is quite the athlete and should be a first-year impact player in Rex Ryan’s system.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
To me, this pick is a no-brainer. The Titans desperately need help along their offensive line, especially in the interior part of that unit. Chance Warmack is certainly worthy going tenth overall, however some people might have issues with the Titans drafting an offensive guard this high in the draft—but believe me, he’s well worth the selection.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson’s stock continues to rise on my draft board and with the San Diego Chargers sitting here at No. 11 and will glaring needs at offensive tackle, there’s no question that they’ll snag Johnson as he’s one of the top tier offensive tackles in this year’s class.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
I could see the Dolphins going in two directions with this pick: Wide receiver or cornerback. With this year’s top wide receiver still being available, it’s a no-brainer for Miami to snag Cordarrelle Patterson. The Dolphins already have a young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but don’t have a true No. 1 receiver—Patterson will be that guy.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Each and every mock draft that I’ve done, I always have the Buccaneers drafting a cornerback. With Aqib Talib failing to be their No. 1 cornerback of the future, they’re now currently searching to find that guy. With cornerbacks like Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant still available, the Bucs will have no choice but to draft the best available—which happens to be Rhodes on my draft board.
14. Carolina Panthers: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Carolina Panthers might have holes along their interior part of their defensive line, but Ezekiel Ansah is simply too much of a talent to pass on. Granted, he is considered an athletic freak and might end up being a big-time bust—but someone with this kind of speed and athletic abilities is something that you cannot pass on.
15. New Orleans Saints: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Both of New Orleans starting offensive tackles this past season were mediocre at best. If the Saints want to win a Super Bowl, then they need to protect Drew Brees. With that being said, D.J. Fluker out of the SEC is a great offensive tackle prospect and could start from day one.
16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper is a prospect that I’m really beginning to like. Cooper is a solid run-blocker and a very good pass-blocker. The St. Louis Rams need to keep Sam Bradford off of his back as he’s starting to recess in his progression as an NFL starter. Cooper seems like a good fit right here for St. Louis.
Picks 17-32 are on page two.