2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies

79. Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

If the Pittsburgh Steelers lose Emmanuel Sanders to the Patriots, they are going to be very thin at wide receiver outside of Antonio Brown. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton is an athletic wideout who can make plays both outside and in the slot, and is also a dynamic playmaker in the open field.

80. Dallas Cowboys: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC

The Dallas Cowboys are in desperate need of upgrades at safety as they convert to a Tampa 2 defense, especially following the release of Gerald Sensabaugh. USC’s T.J. McDonald has his flaws in coverage, but he is an intriguing size/speed athlete who is a big playmaker in run support and has high upside as a solid third-round value.

81. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

The New York Giants can use multiple additions at linebacker, and Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is outstanding value in the middle of Round 3. Greene is an athletic playmaker who was highly productive at Rutgers, and does a great job of making plays sideline-to-sideline in space as well as in coverage.

82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Nickell Robey, CB, USC

The Miami Dolphins are going to need to add more than just one cornerback if they do not sign any remaining free agents at the position. USC’s Nickell Robey is a very small cornerback, but he is an instinctive player with good ball skills and whose physicality makes him play bigger than he stands.

83. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina

The Minnesota Vikings are in need of an upgrade at middle linebacker following the departure of Jasper Brinkley, and North Carolina’s Kevin Reddick is one of the best available players at this point. Reddick is a very good run-stopper with great instincts, and is also an upgrade over Brinkley in pass coverage.

84. Cincinnati Bengals: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Drafting two wide receivers last year should not preclude the Cincinnati Bengals from drafting another wideout, as they still should have an open competition for the No. 2 spot opposite A.J. Green. Stedman Bailey is a dynamic playmaker who makes up for subpar measurables with physical play, good open-field moves and good route-running, and is good value late in Round 3.

85. Washington Redskins: J.J. Wilcox, SS, Georgia Southern

The Washington Redskins have a massive need to upgrade at safety, and could turn to one of the draft’s top small-school sleepers in Round 3 with Georgia Southern’s J.J. Wilcox. An athletic strong safety who makes plays in coverage but is also forceful in run support, Wilcox is an under-the-radar talent who could turn out to be a steal.

86. Indianapolis Colts: Cornelius Washington, OLB/DE, Georgia

The Indianapolis Colts should be looking to add some talent to their defensive front seven with their third-round pick, and a pass-rushing outside linebacker would fit the bill. Cornelius Washington never played up to his potential at Georgia, but flashed at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, and has big upside as a 3-4 outside linebacker, making him a potential choice late on Day 2.

87. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Pugh, G/OT, Syracuse

The Seattle Seahawks should be in the market for reinforcements at guard and right tackle, and Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a good talent with the potential to play both positions. He is good value late in Round 3, and could compete for an immediate starting spot.

88. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

The Green Bay Packers still lack a feature back, and can get great value on a productive, durable runner with in-state ties by selecting Wisconsin’s Montee Ball in the late third round.

89. Houston Texans: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

If the Houston Texans want a replacement for James Casey as an H-back and receiving weapon out of the backfield, Florida’s Jordan Reed is the perfect choice. A skilled receiver with good movement skills but not a traditional in-line blocker, the role Casey played in Houston’s offense is one tailored well to Reed’s game.

90. Denver Broncos: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia

The Denver Broncos signed Terrance Knighton, but should still be in the market for another run-stopping defensive tackle. Georgia’s Kwame Geathers is a big, space-eating nose tackle who can rotate with Knighton and be another addition that can help increase the Broncos’ interior run defense presence.

91. New England Patriots: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

The New England Patriots helped solve the short-term need at cornerback by re-signing Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington, but still have a major need to add young talent at the position. Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford could drop due to questions regarding his intelligence and Crohn’s disease, but red flags aside, Alford is a talented small-school cornerback with the potential to be a very good starter at the next level.

92. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

The Falcons re-signed Tony Gonzalez for the 2013 season, but Stanford tight end Zach Ertz is a steal late in Round 3. Ertz is a talented receiving tight end who can give the Falcons a second receiving playmaker at the position and be groomed to take over for Gonzalez should he retire following the 2013 season.

93. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona

Trading away Alex Smith leaves the 49ers in need of a backup quarterback for Colin Kaepernick. The best choice among available quarterback would be Arizona’s Matt Scott, a physically-gifted quarterback with the athleticism and running ability to run the read-option offense that Kaepernick runs.

94. Baltimore Ravens: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida

The retirement of Ray Lewis and free-agent departure of Dannell Ellerbe opened up a huge need at inside linebacker for the Ravens. Florida’s Jon Bostic is a rangy athlete and hard hitter who has the potential to be a very good 3-4 inside linebacker if he becomes more disciplined and consistent.

95. Houston Texans (compensatory selection): Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State

Derek Newton did not pan out for the Houston Texans at right tackle last season, leaving them in need of an upgrade. Ohio State’s Reid Fragel is a raw talent with only one year of collegiate experience at the position, but he is a good athlete with the potential to be a very solid starting right tackle.

96. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): Chris Faulk, OT, LSU

Branden Albert was franchised at left tackle, but it is questionable whether he will be a Chief for the long haul. LSU’s Chris Faulk is coming off of a knee injury, but could be developed as a potential success for Albert at left tackle in 2014, and could also compete for playing time at right tackle and guard.

97. Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): Bruce Taylor, ILB, Virginia Tech

The Tennessee Titans could use depth at linebacker. Virginia Tech’s Bruce Taylor is a skilled linebacker who could provide depth in both the middle and at outside linebacker, and provide competition for Colin McCarthy in the middle.


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56 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies”

  1. Nick says:

    Even though the pats have only five picks this draft, what are the chances they double dip in the receiver position? BB did it before with the TE and RB, why not now with the receivers? Complete the offense for the future. Players like Hunter, Hopkins, Woods, and Dobson would help the offense take it to the next level.

  2. Gary says:

    I’d love to see Dion Jordan slip to #17 insofar as I’m a Pittsburgher and a huge Steeler fan. But, I don’t think it likely. Jarvis Jones, if questions persist about his health, I can see at 17, maybe. But, Shariff Floyd at #18…I don’t think so. Then, to have Eddie Lacy, the only truly legitimate first round RB at 48, well, I had to stop there. Come on man!!! If he gets past Green Bay at 26 the GM of the Packers should be
    executed, not just fired.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    U. of Geogia LB Jarvis Jones had a disappointing pro day today and it could hurt his draft stock, but not if they watch his game tapes.

  4. joe says:

    Im sorry but this is the worst mock draft ive ever seen. That other one the other night was so much better. This looks like a mock draft from October

  5. joe says:

    Seriously, this guy Dan gets paid to write this garbage. This is the worst mock draft I’ve. Seen yet. First everyone knows KC will either take a OL or trade it also cb banks going ten or something and DE floyed going around 15th. COMMON MAN, this looks like a mock draft from October. I hope you wrote this for free. Dan should have paid me for wasting my time reading this

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    I have a feeling 4QBs are coming off the draft boards in the first 12 picks and most mock drafts are going to be off by 3 spots.

    • Ryan says:

      I wouldn’t have said this before the rookie wage scale, but with the little money 1st round picks make and the fact they are guaranteed a 5th year. There is NO reason to not take a leap on a QB in the first, get the guy you want and hopefully you build around him. Its not like your paying him a lot of money any more, if he doesn’t work out (Weeden) draft again next year.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Ryan, i looking at how free agency is going to change draft boards and you see some teams talking about receivers, when half their team is missing, knowing they could use CBs, OTs, DTs etc. I don’t apologise for wanting Tavon Austin for the Patriots but it might be a slim to no chance but maybe not, i have been looking at some of teams that need receivers in front of us in the draft, some may value the larger receivers over Austin and ignorance is bliss.

    • cc says:

      You mean around the spot to one of the teams where BB needs to trade Ryan Mallet at with a cpl other players attached like Cunningham, Edelman, and Deaderick?
      That 12th type spot?

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Another possible trade partner for the Patriots is the Cowboys.
    With the Patriots sending #29 1st to Dallas for #47 2nd, and #80 3d round.
    This would improve the Cowboys pick by moving up 18 picks, from thier 2nd pick. Allowing them OT D.J. Fluker, and DE Datone Jones
    The Patriots draft may look like;
    #47- CB Jordan Poyer
    #59- DT Brandon Williams
    #80- LB Cornelius Washington
    #91- WR Mark Harrison

  8. joeisme says:

    You have the Packers taking a SIXTH tight end in the first round. Idiotic! When they need so much D help they won’t waste a pick on a TE. Round 2 you have them taking a DT. Again wasted pick. They are loaded with DTs. They need 3/4 DEs. Inside wasn’t their problem. Containing the corner was their biggest weakness. They will go in rounds 1&2 one of the following: LT if one slips to them-3/4 DE-Safety-RB in the second or third round only.

  9. td says:

    Am I the only one that thinks BB sees his TE’s as WR’s? Gronk and Hernandez will get 90 catches each if they play 16 games. That leaves Amendola as the 3rd option, probably Vereen as 3rd down back and Jones/yet to be determined as the other wideout. Even though Lloyd had decent stats last year BB was not ready to pay him $4mil as the 4th/5th option.

    The biggest need is pass defense. Do they improve it by getting cover guys, improving the rush or a combo of both. Knowing BB it will be a combo, but not by spending big $$. They need at least one more cover corner and an interior rush guy.

    • AM says:

      Certainly the TEs are (ideally) more prominent in the passing game than the WRs in Belichick’s current system, which is the reverse of most other teams. I think the real issue is that they need someone to threaten down the field in order to keep opposing safeties honest; that in turn opens up the middle of the field and the running game. If Hernandez can be that guy, then the need for another WR is substantially diminished, but I’m not sure he has the raw speed for it.

      Agreed on the pass defense–I’m inclined to think improving the pass rush is the first preference, although part of that will hopefully come from current player development. I’d really like to see either Freeney or Abraham on the roster as a situational pass rusher.

      • td says:

        I’m all for getting Abraham and throwing him in for just pass rushing. He has great production as a pass rush specialist

  10. Stephen S says:

    Hmm I was just thinking which would you rather have Robert Woods in the 2nd or trade the third to Pittsburg for Emmanuel Sanders

  11. Jim R says:

    If they do not move, I do not think they will take a WR in the first 3 rounds.
    Rd 1- CB Rhodes/Trufant/Banks
    Rd 2- DE Lemonier/Simon/Golhston/Simon/Taylor
    Rd 3- Best Ol available or Corner again

  12. Hunter says:

    Can someone explain the fascination many have with the Patriots adding a DT in the draft in the first three rounds? The team literally has ONE proven receiver on the roster in Amendola, who is also injury prone, followed by a developmental prospect in Jones (I live outside Buffalo, the Bills fans are glad to see him go), a ST Captain and a bunch of practice squaders. In the secondary, they have a scumbag with bad hips who also has injury issues, a guy who may or may not be in jail/facing NFL suspension, Kyle “Broken Coverage” Arrington, Dowling and Cole. The way this draft played out, how on earth could you not pick Rhodes/Trufant first and Patton/Wheaton in the 2nd?

    Meanwhile, at DT, the Pats have Pryor, Armstead, and Deaderick, competing for that spot next to Wilfork, with Forston and Love also on the roster. Pryor is the player that everyone is looking for, when healthy. He was a great interior pass rusher two seasons ago.

    I just don’t get how they could pick their 9th ranked DT when higher ranked DBs and WRs are on the board.

    • Hunter says:

      And I didn’t even mention all of the Free Agent DTs that are still out there that could contribute on 3rd down.

      • cc says:

        They need a real DT, not cheapest retreadz or other team leftovers.
        An actual young top tier, tenacious, tough, enthusiastic, high motor-go getter!

    • Ryan says:

      Lets be realistic here:
      1. Dennard will not spend time in jail and even if he does a weekend in jail at most he will be at camp and a starter on day one. Also, he will not face ANY suspension from the NFL. The offense happened while he played college football.

      2. Talib who you refer to as a scumbag plays football very well.

      But I will more than agree with you that CB and WR are early needs. Maybe even RT if we don’t sign anyone.

    • kdog says:

      Personally, I don’t think Deaderick is better at his position than Talib and Dennard are at theirs (YMMV).

      There’s certainly a case to be made for strengthening the DL as a means for helping the secondary succeed.

      That said, if you do want a difference-maker on the DL, you likely have to get him in round 1 or 2.

      It seems to me that the CB value in this draft is 3rd round, WR value is 2nd or 3rd round.

      I think we could go a lot of different ways in this draft. . . DT is only one. . . you have to draft players, not positions.

      All that said, I agree with those who have said they’d draft Rhodes in this scenario – or trade back!

    • AM says:

      I agree that WR and CB are major issues, but I think the focus on DT is based on the fact that the team’s pass rush is awful.

      When Chandler Jones went down with an injury, the rush was virtually nonexistent–any team that depends on a rookie that much for such a critical aspect badly needs a talent infusion. Ninkovich is solid to good, but he’s not really a rusher; more of a “hustle” player. Wilfork is unbelievable, but he’s just one player. That leaves one spot on the line that isn’t producing and can be upgraded. Hence, the focus on upgrading at DT. (Armstead may be that guy, of course, but there’s no telling just yet.)

  13. Ryan says:

    Many mocks have Tavon lasting until 23 with Minn. If the Patriots had to give up a pick or two, would it be worth it to get him at this point?

    With Ammendola and possibly Edelman I’m not sure we would take him anyway? Thoughts?

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Absolutely, only if we can trade Mallett for picks

    • Hunter says:

      No. The Patriots do not need a slot receiver, they need a perimeter guy (or 3). Also with only 3 useful draft picks I don’t see a scenario worth trading up for, unless it’s to get Trufant, and even then I’d be hesitant due to deep CB options

      • Ryan says:

        My thought being the same as last year. With Ballard, Ras I, Demps, Vega and Armstead. I’m not sure the Pats have as many roster spots as we would like to think. While there is no guarantee any of them make the team. It just feels like we want quality over quantity.

        • Ken W says:

          Good point, but depends on how many they lose to FA.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Ryan i hope Demps comes back from Track&field to make the squad, think of the real possibilities if we get this guy acclimated into our offense, i was watching his youtube highlights again, he is no lie the fastest running back and he has really good hands too. If BB and Mcdaniels can get Demps back to football and get him committed to the game, this realistically could be the best weapon the Patriots have and Leon Washington’s stay could be cut.

        • AM says:

          I agree that there are always fewer roster spots than it appears, but I have a feeling that three of those guys (Demps, Dowling, Vega) may not even make the team. There are also usually surprise cuts that require backfilling.

  14. Ken W says:

    If this is how it went I would prefer this:

    1st Rhodes CB
    2nd Patton WR
    3rd Ertz TE (great value)

    • Ryan says:

      Love it until TE, dont we have like 6 on the roster?

      • patsfan says:

        Im with you. Not sure why they would use one of their limited picks on a TE. There are 5 on the roster with 3 of them under 25 I think. I do like Rhodes and Patten tho.

        I think they trade back for a 2nd and a couple of 4s and double up on WR in the 2nd and 3rd round. I would like Hopkins, Patton, Allen or Wheaton. After that draft on value, trading back when the value isnt there for remaining needs of DT, CB, Interior OL, LB/DE.

        • Ken W says:

          I agree that the Pats don’t need a TE, but I also know that BB likes to take best player available most of the time. It would be better to trade back and get a 4th and 5th or 6th. Then you could get:

          Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
          and a OLineman

  15. Ken W says:

    Warmack should be in the top ten, top 15 at worst due to position.

  16. Ken W says:

    Ertz at the end of the 3rd! The difference between him and Eifert isn’t that big.

  17. Stephen S says:

    Hmm Woods over Hopkins, Trufant, Cyprien and Jones tough call I’d personally would take Hopkins over Woods durabilty concerns me but Trufant over Hopkins and address receiver later thats my two cents for what its worth lol.

  18. Kjb008 says:

    No offense but this 1st round is trash. Way to many reaches.

  19. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Well I think the Patriots trade back, with Tampa.
    #29 1st for, #43 2nd, #109 4th, #123 4th. This allows Tampa to get DT Lotulelei with #13, and CB Rhodes with #29.
    The Patriots look like:
    #43- DT Brandon Williams
    #59- LB/DE Cornalius Washington
    #91- OG/T Brian Winters
    #109- CB Micah Hyde
    #123- WR Mark Harrison
    7th- TE Mychal Rivera
    7th- OG/C T.J. Johnson

    • Ryan says:

      I like the thought process but I’d imagine the Patriots would get more than that.

      My guess is a 2nd 3rd and a 5th.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      i hope it happens

    • Hunter says:

      I will literally punch a baby if the Patriots draft a DT before CB and WR

      • munchkin says:

        Let it go man. Love, Deaderick and and an oft injured Pryor are part of the long term problem, not the solution. If they can get a DT at 29 that is a value pick then I am all for it. The offense isn’t a problem, they can score points. The D needs help. And with Dennard, Talib and Arrington the need along the D line may be greater. BPA, if that is a WR so be it.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Wilfork is not getting an younger, and BB needs to think of the future. If Wilfork gets hurt,…. The Dline is in trouble. I think DT Brendon Williams is a guy that the Patriots will target, and CAN get. Jesse Williams will be an option, but chances are he is gone early.

        • cc says:

          All day DT/NT@ 29!
          A long awaited compliment to Wilfork on the line.
          imo jessie williams is who I’m shooting for & I use a next year 3rd round pick tossed in if I need 2 jump for him and swap.

    • AM says:

      I doubt that Rhodes will be available at #29, but if he is, forget trading back–the Patriots should pounce.

  20. Ryan says:

    Love Woods in the first and Alford in the 3rd. I’m not sure Woods will be there, but then again I personally have him a lot higher than most. The whole draft will hinge on how many QB’s and OT’s/OG’s go in the first round. A lot of good talent could fall as a result. Otherwise I really see the Pats moving out of the first. Possible trade with the Chiefs.

  21. Steve Leggett says:

    NO WAY Pats draft Woods here – maybe with their 2nd pick. Too many good DL, OL & CB’s available.

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