2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope’s Final Projections

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones’ draft stock is not what it once was, but nonetheless, he has the skill set to be one of the best players to come out of the 2013 NFL draft. The Georgia outside linebacker’s slide should stop at the Pittsburgh Steelers, where Jones would be a tremendous fit to replace James Harrison and spark the Steelers’ pass-rush.

While Jones is not the most explosive pass-rusher in the draft class, he is better than his measurables would indicate. He is an instinctive player who finds ways to the backfield and has a playmaking knack, and was a consistent difference-maker on the field at Georgia. His ability to both rush off the edge and set the edge make him a potential three-down asset as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Though no longer considered likely to be a top-10 pick, Jones is great value in the second half of Round 1.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

As the Cowboys switch to a Tampa 2 defensive scheme, they should be in the market for another interior penetrator at defensive tackle who can bring pressure up the middle while also improve the Cowboys’ interior run-defense. They could get that out of Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, who is also tremendous value at the No. 18 overall selection.

Floyd, a great athlete for a defensive tackle who has a high motor and is also strong and powerful at the point of attack, is projected by some as a top-five overall selection. While he belongs more in the middle of the first round in my eyes, he would be a terrific addition to the Cowboys, where can add a difference-maker inside and help the Cowboys make the transition and improve in their new defense.

19. New York Giants: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State

The New York Giants pass-rush started to lose its luster last season. Following Osi Umenyiora’s departure and with Justin Tuck entering the last year of his contract, the New York Giants would be smart to take advantage of Cornellius “Tank” Carradine’s value if he is still available at the No. 19 overall selection.

Carradine’s stock is hurt by a torn ACL suffered in November, but he showed strong signs toward a full recovery on Saturday, when he ran the 40-yard dash at his personal pro day in front of NFL teams, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although the Giants were not one of the 11 teams reported by Reedy to be at the workout, they will certainly receive word of his impressive workout.

Carradine is a well-rounded and explosive defensive end with star pass-rushing potential, but is also a strong point-of-attack run defender. Going forward, Pierre-Paul and Carradine could become one of the NFL’s elite defensive end combinations. The Giants could afford to bring Carradine along slowly in 2013, potentially starting his season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is still dealing with knee issues, but it seems as though he will be healthy enough to play in 2013 while the Giants can groom him as Tuck’s eventual replacement in the lineup in 2014.

20. Chicago Bears: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

After officially moving on from the Brian Urlacher era, the Chicago Bears got to work in rebuilding their linebacker corps with free-agent additions of D.J. Williams and James Anderson. Even so, the Bears should still be in the market for a long-term cog with the potential to continue the team’s great historic legacy of middle linebackers.

LSU’s Kevin Minter is the best all-around middle linebacker in the draft class. He is an instinctive playmaker who is consistently around the football, tackles soundly and is effective in both blitzing and coverage.

The Bears need to find a new leader for their linebacker corps in the post-Urlacher era, and if Minter is still available with their first-round pick, he should be the guy.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

With two picks in Round 2 and few pressing needs, the Cincinnati Bengals can afford to take a chance in Round 1 if the right player falls into their spot. That could very well be the case if Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, one of the most dynamic offensive players in the draft class, is still available at the No. 21 overall pick.

Wide receiver is not a significant need, especially considering the Bengals drafted two receivers, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, in last year’s draft. That should not preclude them, however, from adding a dynamic playmaker like Patterson opposite A.J. Green.

Patterson can give the Bengals another big, fast downfield target on the outside, while he can also add another dimension to the Bengals’ offense with his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, while he can also be used creatively on running plays and as a kick/punt returner, all of which increases his value and makes him a plausible upside choice at No. 21.


 

 


22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

There is a good shot that Alabama guard Chance Warmack could be off the board even before the St. Louis Rams’ draft pick at No. 16 overall, so getting him with their second first-round pick would be an ideal scenario.

Warmack could slide due to the lack of value typically assigned to guards as first-round picks, but he is among the best overall players in the draft class. He is a massive, powerful road-grading run-blocker with good athleticism and is also an effective pass-protector. He could be an immediate upgrade at guard, where the Rams most need to upgrade their offensive line.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

The Minnesota Vikings are in need of a middle linebacker, and they appear to have interest in Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reported in a series of tweets last week that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman dined with Te’o before his pro day. With one of the Vikings’ two first-round picks, drafting Te’o would make sense to upgrade the middle of their defense.

An instinctive playmaker with enough of an all-around game to play on all three downs, Te’o could be the presence the Vikings need against the run from the middle linebacker spot, and he presents good value as a late first-round pick.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

The Indianapolis Colts have a decent group of inside linebackers in Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner, but they lack a true playmaker in that group. Brown, a terrific athlete who is good at attacking the run as a blitzer but also at making plays in space and dropping back into coverage, could be exactly what they need.

The Colts are lacking impact players on their defense, and they could get one at good value late in Round 1 with Brown.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

After releasing Antoine Winfield, the Minnesota Vikings should look to use one of their early picks on a cornerback. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes, considered by many to be the second-best cornerback in the draft class, could very well end up being their choice with their second first-round pick.

There is a lot to like about Rhodes: he has terrific size and length for a cornerback, is a physical press cover corner and he has very good athleticism considering his size. He also has some flaws—he has some issues in zone coverage and is penalty-prone—but he has the most upside of any available cornerback, and he could be a difference-maker in the Vikings’ secondary.

The Vikings also have needs at defensive tackle and wide receiver, but can address those in Rounds 2 and 3 considering the depth of the draft classes at both positions.

26. Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

The Green Bay Packers could be in the market for another interior pass-rusher to line up alongside B.J. Raji as a 5-technique defensive end and in the two-man front in the nickel defense. UCLA’s Datone Jones would be a perfect fit to fill that role as a late first-round pick.

Jones did not always play like a first-rounder at UCLA, but with a rare combination of quickness, athleticism and size (6’4”, 283 pounds), he has huge upside as a 5-technique end. He is an explosive playmaker who can both an asset not only as an interior pass-rusher, but also as a run defender, and is worth taking a chance on late in Round 1.

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Houston Texans need a legitimate No. 2 option at wide receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins would be a very good fit, and good value late in Round 1.

Hopkins is a very skilled receiver who runs great routes, has great hands, is physical and goes up and gets the football. He has good size and athleticism, and would give Matt Schaub another go-to receiving weapon while helping to draw multiple coverages away from Johnson with a reliable intermediate target who does a great job of getting open.

PROJECTED TRADE: The Denver Broncos trade the No. 28 overall selection to the Atlanta Falcons for the No. 30 and No. 127 overall selections.

28. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

The Atlanta Falcons are rumored to be considering a trade up the draft board, per Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and one possible target of a move up could be Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant, who would be a great fit to address their need for a cornerback. If Trufant falls to this point on the board, the Falcons could be smart to make a move to jump the New England Patriots, who are also a strong candidate to draft Trufant, and get in position to draft him, while the Broncos could look to trade down with the top middle linebackers and defensive tackles off the board.

Following the loss of Brent Grimes, the Falcons are very thin at the cornerback position. With good size, athleticism, physical play and coverage instincts, Trufant has the potential to develop into a No. 1 cornerback and is the best in zone coverage among the top cornerbacks available.

Trading up just two spots may not be the big move up the board the Falcons have in mind, but it would make sense to assure the chance to select Trufant at this point in the draft.

29. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Having missed out on restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the Patriots have a major need for playmakers at the position. If USC’s Robert Woods is still available at the No. 29 overall selection, he would be a perfect fit and great value for what the Patriots need.

With terrific hands, crisp route-running, a willingness to play physically and good open-field quickness, Woods is an excellent intermediate receiver, which is the crux of the Patriots’ passing offense. Woods can give the Patriots a much-needed downfield playmaker on the outside, but he also has the versatility to line up in the slot and make plays inside and over the middle.

PROJECTED TRADE: The Denver Broncos trade the No. 30 overall selection to the New York Jets for the No. 39 and No. 141 overall selections and a 2014 third-round selection.

30. New York Jets (from Denver Broncos): E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

Trading down into Round 2 to get better value on a middle linebacker or defensive tackle while stocking up on future selections makes sense for the Denver Broncos, while the New York Jets can afford to mortgage a 2014 third-round selection having picked up the Buccaneers’ third-round pick for that draft in the Darrelle Revis trade. In anticipation of a big run on quarterbacks to start Round 2, trading up for a third pick in Round 1 would make sense for the Jets to take a shot on a potential franchise signal-caller.

The most likely target for the Jets in a trade up would be Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. While Manuel has some unresolved issues in pocket passing, including downfield accuracy and making better reads, he has the most intriguing physical tools of any quarterback in the draft class. Manuel could add a dual-threat dynamic to the Jets’ offense, and could end up being a very good quarterback if developed properly.

With two top-13 picks, the Jets are going to be big players in the 2013 NFL draft, and could be even bigger players if they can put this deal together.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

The San Francisco 49ers made big addition at cornerback already this offseason by signing Nnamdi Asomugha, but Asomugha is only signed to a one-year contract, which should have the 49ers for more reinforcements at the position with at least one of their many early draft picks.

Boise State’s Jamar Taylor could be exactly what the 49ers need at the position at the No. 31 overall selection. Taylor is a physical cornerback who excels in press man coverage, which is a significant component of the 49ers’ coverage, and he is also a very good athlete with strong ball skills. He would be a very good fit and is ready to contribute immediately in the San Francisco secondary either as a starter or in the nickel.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International

One of the Baltimore Ravens’ many key losses on their defense this offseason was future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who has long been the leader and playmaker of their secondary. The Ravens need to add another playmaker at safety to replace him, and Florida International’s Johnathan Cyprien would be an adequate choice to fit the bill.

Cyprien doesn’t quite have the coverage skills that Reed had in his prime, but he is a hard-hitting safety who excels in run support, while he is also an athletic safety with very good playmaking range. The Ravens added a good complementary playmaker at free safety this offseason in Michael Huff, but they could the hard-hitting ballhawk they need at the position by drafting Cyprien at the end of Round 1.

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58 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope’s Final Projections”

  1. joeisme says:

    I cannot see the Packers having any interest in Moore. He is too slow for an OLB and too small to play 3/4 DE. He will struggle against good NFL linemen and would be a backup at best. The Packers can’t afford to waste a high pick on a backup.

  2. Eric says:

    I’d hate it if the Patriots passed on DJ Hayden, if he were still on the board.

  3. PatsDJ says:

    First off, I think Mallet is gone for a 2nd this year or next. If he was in this draft he would be the number 1 rated QB. I know he hasn’t played much, but the talent is there. To many teams neeed QBs now rather than later.
    Pick #29 will be traded.
    I would like to trade with the Jags for # 33 & #98.
    Or, with Atlanta for #60 and a 1st next year.
    Players I like in 2nd & 3rd rounds are:
    Kyle Long G/T Oregon
    Jonathon Banks CB Miss St
    Margus Hunt DE SMU
    Tyler Bray QB Tenn
    John Jenkins DT Georgia
    Christine Michael RB Texas A&M
    Terrance Williams WR Baylor
    This is not a great draft, I want more picks in the 2014 Draft.
    I think BB just wheels and deals to the tune of about 4-5 trades.

    • I think your assesement of Mallett is pretty much on the mark and may very well come about. If it happens this year likely it will be late in the first round at earlyest. Teams looking for QB’s will see their options reduced by the second round. Also I like your list of prospects. Margus Hunt and Terrance Williams perk my intrest.
      Predicting 4-5 trades is bold, good for you!

      • PatsDJ says:

        I think BB showed what he really thinks of this years draft with the RFA signing of WR Saunders of the Steelers. Willing to give up his 3rd round pick. That would have left the Pats with 4 picks in 2013. This is why I think he has a deal in place for Ryan Mallet. BB almost has to trade, he just doesn’t have enough picks this year.

        • Agree we don’t have enough picks.It is possable a trade for Mallett is in place but if so I expect it’s a conditional one where the trade partner is looking at a QB in the draft who if is not still available to them they would then activate the trade for Mallett. Otherwise why would everyone be silent about it? More likely I think teams are waiting to see if they can get someone in the second round they can develope in there own system. I’m just going by my gut, no inside info.

  4. Guess it’s time to stick my neck out and make my picks. Here goes.
    Bill will trade down the #29 because his short list players are off the board. He gets a 2nd somewhere in the mid to low 40′s and a 4th rounder.

    2#X Eric Reid ss
    2#59 Brandon Williams DT
    3#91 Leon McFadden cb
    4#X Aaron Dobson WR
    7#a Kenny Tate OLB/SS
    7#b Jordan Rogers QB

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I like Brandon Williams, Tate , and Rogers if Mallett is gone! I’m just going with what I know we have, 5 picks but know trades will give us more!

      LB Sio Moore
      WR Markus Wheaton
      CB Jordan Poyer
      OG/C Barrett Jones
      DT Jared Smith

      • Nuf Ced says:

        Stop with Mallet…

        Please. Just stop. It’s not happening

      • I usually only go with what we have also but you convinced me that Bill will likely trade down the 29. Only guessing who will still be on the board and Reid seems very possable to me and think he would tighten up the secondary. McFadden though smallish would provide depth. As for Rogers I’d go for him regardless of Mallett who will be in his final yearnext year. Not to soon to cover that possability now, plus Rogers has shown signs of good upside.
        However it goes down it promases to be very intresting, can’t wait.

    • jim r says:

      That would work, Tate is interesting. Coming into this year he was rated pretty highly at the safety position and moved down to OLB. Lot of flexibility there

    • acm says:

      I can see Reid drop in the 2nd although I personally would prefer Thomas there. Not so sure about Mcfadden in late 3rd and especially Dobson in the 4th though. Dobson is more of a mid to late 2nd rounder, maybe, just maybe he drops to early 3rd but into the 4th? Very much doubt that.

      It’s a very good set of players but I think a bit unrealistic. Also drafting a S early, thanks to mcCourty’s positional versatility, makes it imo unnecessary to spend another early pick on a CB – for a CB I’d rather look in the 7th in this scenario and spend that 91st pick on other needs – possibly trade it down for more options a bit later … depends on what value falls there really.

      • AS for McCourty’s versatility he doesn’t have any though. He failed at badly at CB. He does a decent job at FS but a good SS like Reid, yes! I’m not impressed with any of the other saftys now on the team.

        • MaineMan says:

          I don’t understand why people keep claiming that McCourty “failed” at CB.

          McCourty joined the Pats as an exceptional zone-read player (which is also why he’s so good at deep coverage safety). In his second season (the one without any off-season) the Pats switched to a primarily press-man coverage scheme and McCourty had never played press-man in his life (and it certainly didn’t help him that the Pats had basically nothing at deep safety to back him up). Still, by the Superbowl he was pretty much holding his own and he was okay at it last season.

        • OK, have it your way McCortney can play CB. All you have to do is convince most of the rest of us on that.Even if he could I’d really, really like another decent prospect drafted, just in case.

    • Jeff M says:

      Zero chance Dobson makes it out of the 3rd round.

  5. cc says:

    Leaving (CB)’s both X.Rhodes & J.Taylor before and after, just to take an ankle injury potential not 100 % WR in R. Woods? That’s just kinda dumb I.Many.O..

  6. kevin says:

    Trade the 1 for a 2-4 this year to nab justin hunter he has a higher ceiling to excell and pull that safety to his side over the top. margus hunt for the second 2 he will excell as a chess peice in our defense and BB loves to give differnt looks between 3-4 and even fronts use our other picks to get some secondary.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Justin Hunter drops 12%+ of the balls that he gets his hands on – no way would I touch a receiver that can’t catch

  7. gutstring says:

    Dan, how about adding a fourth round, now that the Patsies have two selections there in this mock?

  8. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Know Bill will make some trades I am selesting my 5 players with that in mind, to be Patriots next year.
    Sio Moore LB
    Markus Wheaton WR
    Jordan Poyer CB
    Barrett Jones OG/C
    Jared Smith DT

    • Russell you don’t give us any clues as to where these picks are to be taken. I only guss you think trade down #29 but if so will Poyer slide into the 3rd and Jones into 4th or are they two 3rds? Can you clearify please?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I think there will be a number of trade moves, so I’m just picking the players I think will be Patroits after the draft. So i’m looking at it as, all these guys are before the 5th round. I only get 5 picks so I’m using guys i think Bill will draft. Good luck I like your Brandan Williams, I just went with Smith instead, it was close.

    • kdog says:

      Russell, what makes you think Wheaton? After reading about him I’m unsure b/c of size and durability issues. Then again, he’s similar in size to E Sanders. . .

      but I’m with you on Sio and Barrett Jones. . . there’s so many CBs I think they might just see who falls. . . on the DLine I am lost.

      I’ll come up with a pick-5 by Thursday.

      • My 2 cents, Why some concern about Wheaton he has’t had any issues in collage I’m aware of? About D line, lots of depth well into the 4th rd likely. Still the higher a guy is taken the better player he is likely to be. Add to this that DE is also deep so if a player BB likes falls into range don’t be surprised if Bill grabs him he has a love of big athletic DT’s.

  9. gutstring says:

    Agree with Nuf re Sports Science…Sylvester the Younger was moving off the line before the C could finish his 3-ft hike to the QB’s hands…amazing quickness.

  10. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Trade #29 to Tampa , #43, #112, and a 4th next year.
    #43- Markus Wheaton
    #59- Sio Moore
    #91- Micah Hyde
    #112- Jared Smith

    • I see Russell has jumped on Sio Moore in his two scenarios here so far.I’m wondering if he is thinking best player or feels there is a need at LB? Perhaps if Sio is an upgrade on say Hightower, he feels Hightower could moveinto the RDE slot? Be interested in hearing Russell’s thinking regarding this choice.

      • correction, I ment Hightower to the LDE.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I think Moore is a great cover LB, who can rush the passer, but is very strong with great hand use to get off blocks in the run game. Bill loves LBers, and I think Moore is a situational LB for now, unless there is an injury. He is stronger than DeVante Holloman who I like as well, and just better in the run game.
        I’m the only person I have heard calling for Moore as an early pick by the Patriots, but I think Bill likes him.

        • Ken W says:

          I think he is a good LB, but to say he is a good situational guy at a position that the Pats are pretty deep at right now plus they have Fletcher coming back who was playing really well in the preseason until he got hurt. So why would you spent a 1st round pick on a situational player?

          1st and 2nd rounders should be impact starters for teams not situational players.

          If he was there in the 2nd then maybe it would be worth it.

      • acm says:

        I think people may be underestimating the need for a quick, good in coverage, 3-down LB as that weakness is almost as glaring as the need for a WR and a player for the secondary (be it a S or a CB).

        The Pats as of right now have only one 3-down backer in Mayo and two situational, stout vs the run, very similar to one another players like Spikes and Hightower. Another 3-down backer is needed to make that part of the team complete and that would improve the D by a mile, not just marginally.

        I disagree that players like Brown or Moore are situational players – either one of those is likely to start in the WSL role leaving hightower and Spikes for the run stopping role in the middle. Also, let’s not forget Spikes’ contract is up next year and there are no guarantees he would be resigned as the presense of Hightower on the team hardly makes him irreplaceable.

        I’d agree that players like Greene, Alonso, Holloman, klein etc would likely be situational players should they arrive but not the case with Brown or Moore, imo.

        And Fletcher coming off an injury and still going thru his transition to LB is hardly more than a good back-up at this point.

        Not saying we should spend a 1st rounder on a LB but I think the need for another 3-down player is going severely underestimated by people, who are focusing on CB and WR probably a bit too much than necessary.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Well said, the sports news clouds people’s thinking. WR and CB will be part of the draft, but OLB that can cover is important to a successful D. I like Brown and Sio Moore, I think Moore ia alittle stronger, but Brown is faster.

    • Jeff M says:

      I’d rather try Jelani Jenkins in the 4th/5th and maybe Kenny Tate in the 6th/7th for the sub LB roles than Sio Moore in the 2nd unless he’s ultimately replacing Spikes.

  11. Rob says:

    I like
    1. Jamar Taylor
    2. Markus Wheaton
    3. Trade for 112 and 126
    112. Aaron Dobson
    126. Jon Bostic

  12. Jagsman says:

    id go with dion jordan round 1, rhodes in the 2nd, and keenan allen in the 3rd.

  13. Ken W says:

    If it went this way I would go:

    1. Xavier Rhodes CB
    2. Margus Hunt DE
    3. Trade with Tampa for 112 and 126

  14. Nuf Ced says:

    Heck the more I look at this I wouldn’t take Woods over Olgetree… If Williams or Olgletree are there at 29 please dear God don’t take a WR

    • acm says:

      I wouldn’t mind either of the Williams DTs – Jesse or Sylvester – but not a big fan of Ogletree, tbh. He sure is a physically gifted athlete but not a 1st round prospect at the 4-3 OLB position (they keep plugging him as an ILB but think he projects as a OLB in the NFL).

      Only 4-3 OLB this year worthy of a 29th pick for me is Arthur Brown, who may or may not make it there. He has better instincts and is overall a more intelligent player than Ogletree, imo.
      Other than that, I’d rather go with Moore, Greene or Alonso, who I think project somewhere starting from mid 2nd to about mid 3rd.

      • Nuf Ced says:

        I see him as an inside replacement for Spikes who can’t cover; becomes a 3 down ILB for us

        • You don’t draft a situationay player in the 1st, otherwise I too like Brown but given our shortage of picks and other pressing needs think it unlikely Brown will fit into Bill’s plans.

        • CORRECTION, I think you were saying he would become a three down LB not a 3rd down LB as I interpeded you. If so my mistake and can understand that reasoning. Interesting thought!

  15. Nuf Ced says:

    If the Pats took Poyer over Jenkins or Hunt I would have punch a hole in my Sheetrock

  16. Prime says:

    My Mock Draft
    1. D.J. Hayden
    2. Da’rick Rodgers
    3. Josh Boyce

  17. chris mcmahon says:

    0% Sherrif Floyd lasts to 18 and dion jordan falls out of top 5

    • joe says:

      Finally someone who knows what their talking about. Hope always does the worst mock draft. And he says woods would be good value. Woods is one of the most over rated players in this years draft

  18. Nuf Ced says:

    After watching Sports Science on ESPN I want Sly Williams from UNC… Scary fast twitch and power

    • Silvester is good prospect and as DT’s go I’d take either of the Williams’. As for Poyer there are several guys I would pass him over for, all depends on how things unfold. Please though don’t take it out on innocent sheetrock. lol.



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