2013 NFL Mock Draft: Crunch Time for New England

49. New York Giants – Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

Jayron Hosley and Prince Amukamara have been the Giants’ cornerback investments over the last couple drafts. But according to ESPN Stats and Info (via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com), no team gave up a higher completion percentage or more yards per attempt last season on throws over 10 yards downfield than New York. UConn’s Blidi Wreh-Wilson could avert that trend.

50. Chicago Bears – Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Chicago supplies its offensive line with a small-school, big-talent offensive tackle in Terrron Armstead. Armstead is an elite athlete and a pretty good blocker as well. Jay Cutler was hit early and often last season, which makes this an easy choice for the Bears in the middle of Round 2

51. Washington Redskins – Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

According to Chuck Carroll of CBS DC, Phillip Thomas came away from his meeting with the Redskins impressed. The Fresno State safety said that Washington runs the same defensive scheme as Fresno State. Seems like a good enough fit. The Redskins need a playmaker at safety, even if this is a round too early.

52. Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Manti Te’o is what the Vikings could use: A middle linebacker. According to ESPN NFC North Blogger Kevin Seifert (h/t Peter King), Minnesota GM Rick Spielman ate dinner with Te’o before Notre Dame’s pro day. For what it’s worth, he is a fan of ND products.

53. Cincinnati Bengals – Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Bengals add a spark to the running back position with North Carolina’s Giovanni Bernard. Benjarvus Green Ellis and Bernard Scott are Cincinnati’s current one-two punch, but the Tar Heel would be a very fitting long-term solution due to his down-low running style and elusiveness.

54. Miami Dolphins (via Colts) – DaMontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

A poor showing at the NFL combine allows the Dolphins to grab Texas A&M pass-rusher DaMontre Moore at pick 54 of Round 2. Miami needs additional help on the edge and Moore would be ideal at this point in the draft. GM Jeff Ireland still has to find a cornerback in this scenario, but Moore’s availability puts the edge rush first.

55. Green Bay Packers – Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama

Barrett Jones was once a surefire first-rounder. Then an injury issue and a focus on his average athletic ability saw him drop down boards. But with Jeff Saturday retired, the Packers find a fluid pass-blocker here at the end of Round 2. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best in the game, and Jones gives Green Bay’s line enough of an anchor for that to continue.

56. Seattle Seahawks – Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

The Seahawks get arguably the best cover linebacker in the draft here with Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene. Adding this Scarlet Knight outside linebacker provides Seattle’s defense with yet another toy – this time, one the weak-side.

57. Houston Texans – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer at pick 57 gives the Texans a very solid defensive back to play across from Jonathan Joseph. While Poyer is not the most athletic corner, his ability to make plays in both man and zone schemes would bode well for the pass-rushing Houston defense.

58. Denver Broncos – D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

D.J. Swearinger played all over the place in South Carolina’s secondary and would be a very good addition for the Broncos. His ability to hit and cover is what Denver needs in the center of the field.

PROJECTED TRADE: The Cleveland Browns trade the No. 68 and the No. 104 overall selections in the 2013 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for the No. 59 overall selection.

59. Cleveland Browns (via New England Patriots) – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

With only five total draft selections, Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio swindle a trade with the quarterback-searching Cleveland Browns. This move not only helps the Patriots acquire mid-round value picks, but it also helps the Browns’ new management acquire a quarterback prospect with all the tools to succeed: Tyler Wilson.

60. Atlanta Falcons – Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist

Tony Gonzalez is returning for what will allegedly be his final NFL season, so the Falcons must find a tight end to groom to replace him. Although, that’s not what Atlanta does here. Justin Pawlowski of 98.7 The Fan in Tampa was told my SMU’s Margus Hunt that the Falcons are one of the teams showing the most interest in him. At 6’8” with a 4.6 40-time, Hunt doesn’t leave Round 2 without a team. He’s raw and he’s 25 years old, but the Falcons get one of the biggest wild cards in this draft to ramp up the pass rush.

61. St. Louis Rams (via San Francisco 49ers) – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Concerns about Kawann Short’s motor leave the Rams very fortunate at the bottom of Round 2 with this trade-back selection. The Purdue Boilermaker gets across the line real well and knows how to pressure the QB. Yes, Kendall Langford is there, but Short is arguably the best player available. He’s a strong pocket-pusher for St. Louis to put next to Michael Brockers.

62. Baltimore Ravens – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Offensive tackle and cornerback are options at pick 62, but there’s also the possibility of wide receiver. The Ravens haven’t replaced Anquan Boldin in the offense, and are rolling with the lightning quick Jacoby Jones across from Torrey Smith. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton isn’t an Anquan Boldin-esque receiver, but he makes the most out of his size and can be a very effective ‘Z’ receiver in the NFL.


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11 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Crunch Time for New England”

  1. joeisme says:

    Eifert is a horrible pick for GB. Their GM doesn’t value a TE as a round 1pick. They need too much on defense to waste a pick on a backup TE. Their offense is outstanding already. They need a LT and RB, but their defense has the most needs. If TT wants a TE he can get one in the 4-7 rounds to compete with the SIX they already have on the roster.

  2. Jim R says:

    Do not be dissapointed if the Pats do not select a WR with thier first round pick. I do not think it is in BB’s DNA to pick one there

  3. steve earle says:

    Only 2 rounds? Pat’s take one guy? Not much to comment on here.

  4. Joe says:

    Milliner will not go to the Lions. They need an OT to protect Stafford or they go 0-16 again. Would you trust Hilliard, Fox, or Reiff to protect Brady???

  5. Matt says:

    You have got to be kidding me? Do you actually thinkt he Lions are going to pass up on Fisher let alone Johnson for a good CB. Fisher and Johnson have aal-pro written all over them for the next 10 to 15 years. They have no LT Backus retired and both of these two gentlemen are way better then him. Wait you are going to fall on the Reiff as the LT. They have already practiced him at RT and RG in the OTA’s. You are drinking the Milner koolaide and not doing any research at all.

  6. AM says:

    I love Hopkins as a pick, but if Trufant and Taylor are still on the board at #29, it would difficult to pass on both, in light of the WR depth in this draft. There will be quality WRs available throughout the fourth and even fifth rounds, whereas top CBs are harder to come by this year. That said, would be more than happy with Hopkins on the team.

    This mock also illustrates the really interesting point about this year–the depth is so strong, and the superstar prospects so few, that there is really no consensus first round. Some of the “benchmark” players in this draft (Te’o, Taylor, Minter) slip into the second here, but in very plausible ways. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  7. Jeff M says:

    Ummm Jordan Poyer didn’t go to HOU…that was DJ Hayden.

  8. Victor Kiam's ghost says:

    So how does Terron Armstead get drafted by both the Bears and Chargers? Inquiring minds want to know?

  9. Abraham says:

    Not saying it can’t happened, but the likelihood of the Rams being willing to trade their pick to the 49ers, giving the 49ers Tavon Austin, seems highly unlikely. I can’t remember a recent time when intradivisional trading happened in the 1st round.

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