2013 NFL Mock Draft: Draft Day Creeping Near

33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Alan Ball and Mike Harris are your starting cornerbacks in Jacksonville – that needs to change. Banks was much more impressive in games than he was at the NFL Combine.

34. San Francisco 49ers (via KC)
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (SCOUTING REPORT)
Patterson has that ability, but he is maddeningly inconsistent with his hands and concentration. His speed, quicks and ability with the ball in his hand are top notch, however.

35. Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (SCOUTING REPORT)
It remains to be seen whether Chip Kelly will get along with Mike Vick and Nick Foles and vice-versa. Nassib is a talented guy that I can see fitting in in Philly. If the Eagles don’t land Geno Smith in round one, Nassib might be a trade-up target in round two.

36. Detroit Lions
Jamie Collins, DE/OLB, Southern Miss (SCOUTING REPORT)
If the Lions pass on the likes of Mingo, Ansah and Jordan in round one, they are going to need to get a guy from the second tier in round two. Collins is an explosive athlete that will continue to develop in the NFL.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK)
Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Gio Bernard is just the guy that the Bengals need to add to their offense – a dynamic back that adds a little something that the reliable, but plodding, Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis just can’t bring to the table.

38. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals might be okay sticking with the status quo at quarterback – perhaps Drew Stanton is the quarterback of the future. That said, I think they would be wise to bring in some competition. Barkley is a polarizing prospect, but I like him better than the likes of Glennon and company here.

XX. Cleveland Browns
The Browns forfeit this pick due to the supplemental draft selection of Josh Gordon

39. New York Jets
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
Publicity! Oh yeah, and some defense too.

40. Tennessee Titans
Menelik Watson, OL, Florida State
I see why people are infatuated with Watson, but he still has a lot to learn. His athleticism is off the charts, but he still needs to learn how to put it all together.

41. Buffalo Bills
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
I think EJ Manuel is a third round talent. However, the emergence of players like Colin Kaepernick, RG3 and others have opened the door for players like Manuel to be drafted much, much higher. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Manuel goes in the late – or even early – first round.

42. Miami Dolphins
Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky (SCOUTING REPORT)
Warford is a powerful blocker that would make Lamar Miller smile. Plug Warford in and let him open up holes for Miller for the next 8-10 years.

43. Tampa Bay Bucs
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Even if the Bucs are able to trade for Revis, they shouldn’t avoid drafting a talented corner like Taylor either. Taylor is a physical corner that plays the way Schiano likes.

44. Carolina Panthers
Quinton Patton, WR, LA Tech (SCOUTING REPORT)
Brandon LaFell has developed into a starter, but the elusive 3rd option hasn’t appeared for Cam Newton yet at the wide receiver position. Patton and Steve Smith, along with LaFell, would give Newton the weapons he needs.

XX. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have forfeited their second round pick due to the “Bountygate” scandal.

45. San Diego Chargers
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
Lacy can offer the dynamic running style that the Packers have lacked over the last couple of years. He could (should?) be the only first round running back this year.

46. St. Louis Rams
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Adding Williams inside is a luxury next to Michael Brockers. The Rams are quietly building a young, ferocious defense.

47. Dallas Cowboys
Travis Frederick, OG/OC, Wisconsin (SCOUTING REPORT)
Fluker was just the beginning and Frederick might not be the end. He can play any of the interior line positions, giving the Cowboys some flexibility inside. I love him as a pulling guard, he is so good at the second level.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
After losing Mike Wallace the Steelers need another wideout for Roethlisberger to throw to. Bailey runs great routes and can contribute on special teams as well.


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47 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Draft Day Creeping Near”

  1. David L says:

    Enjoyed the various comments. I do not believe the Patriots will take a wide receiver in the first round or double-dip in the early rounds for a WR. Likely will take one WR this draft in the 3rd round where they hoped to get Sanders from Pittsburgh with that pick. I think Stedman Bailey or perhaps Aaron Dobson.

    I believe the #1 need is a defensive end like Tank Carradine or Okafor from Texas. Margus Hunt is 26 and don’t see him as a first round pick. There was little pass rush against the Ravens in the championship game without Jones available, so depth is needed.

    With Talib on a one year contract and current cornerback Dowling not staying healthy a CB in the 2nd round is likely. I’m not sold on Talib being worth $5 million and he would cost more next year if he plays better.

    On the other hand, the Pats brought in LB’s like Arthur Brown and Kiko Alonso for a look recently, so there’s a good chance they trade out of the first round to fill the needs of DE pass rusher, LB who can play on passing downs, CB, and WR. Can’t get all 4 positions with only 3 picks.

    • steve earle says:

      David hit the nail right on the head and is exactily as my thinking goes too. Although I’m not sure how many LB’s out there can really cover many WR’s? Nothing against Brown or Alonso there good LB prospects.

  2. Clarkie21 says:

    Why do people feel like we need more offense especially in the first round? The main reason why we haven’t won another Super Bowl is our poor defense!!! The Pats need to focus on defense at least in the one of the first two rounds. I just don’t get it!

    • patsfan says:

      They put up 13 points in last year’s AFC game and 17 points in Super Bowl XLVI. Sounds like the offense could us a spark to me. I understand the importance of defense but the offense should not be ignored because of it. TFB is your best player so why would you not want to give him all the tools he needs to be at his best. They gave him Moss and they broke all kind of weapons. Get him a stud WR and watch him go.

      • Clarkie21 says:

        Understood! But we tried this approach before in 2007. Yes, we had one of the greatest offenses in NFL history and we still lost in the Super Bowl!! I don’t mean to devalue the importance of offense. But, the Pats won Super Bowls with a good balance of defense and offense. Unfortunately, right now we are relying too heavily on our offense. And as we have seen in recent years a very good defense can stifle a great offense in a game. Tom Brady shouldn’t have to asked to carry most of the burden to win games. Our defense should be good enough to hold other teams when he is having an off day. Which can and has happened in the playoffs.

    • Kevin O says:

      The Viking has sign Matt Cassel. Not likely to take a QB in the second rd.

  3. Mike J says:

    As a Tampa fan, Eifert rd. 1 & the best available corner rd. 2 I can see, but a NT in the third would be a much better pick than a DE. Willaims from Mo. So. would be a good choice here, esp. as the Bucs have two journeyman starters to let him develop slowly.

    • steve earle says:

      Williams would be no doubt a fine choice. Many Pats fans covet him also but so many mocks have him going in the 2nd rd it’s a question if he will be around in the 3rd.

  4. Jordan says:

    Please explain why you have the Titans taking two offensive lineman with first two picks???? Cooper makes sense, Menelik Watson in round 2 makes ZERO sense. Titans have NO need for two OL in the top half of the draft. Adding Cooper would complete our OL. Only two reasons for Watson pick, it was a mistake by you or you have no clue about Titans needs.

  5. J H TARBORO says:

    1st combo at WR Robert Woods, Aaron Dobson
    2nd combo at WR De Andre Hopkins, Stedman Bailey
    an early and late round combo at WR Robert Woods, Mark Harrison

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I have my doubts we will take two WR’s, I think the best Patriot system fit is Markus Wheaton at #59, while a later pick (7th) I like WR Mark Harrison who would be a developmental player. If Bill takes Wheaton I can see him getting about 20- 30 catches during the season, Harrison about 10-15.

      • ryan says:

        the idea of “targeting” a position in the 7th is absurd – by then you just take the highest rated player on the board.

        • ryan says:

          btw not trying to be critical of Russell here who is, after all, as always, giving informative commentary of a wr who may be there in the 7th – just saying that by the time the 7th rocks around there will be a player or two they probably have a 4th or 5th round grade on who they would pick regardless if he is a safety, o line man, whatever. may be real interesting to see a few ufa in camp at wr.

      • steven earle says:

        I agree 2 WR’s in the top 3 picks is unlikely and not necessary. Wheaton would be a great pick at 59 if he lasts that long.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      RUS i do like Wheaton also!

  6. Tommy G. says:

    Whats with everyone and Jesse Williams? You guys act like he’s the second coming of Mean Joe or something.

  7. AM says:

    A double-dip at WR would be great, especially in light of missing out on Emmanuel Sanders. Dobson is one of my favorite prospects in this draft, ad I think he’s well worth the pick at #59. Hunter, on the other hand, has injury issues and problems with dropping the ball–his speed and size won’t mean anything if he doesn’t play with greater concentration. In this scenario, I’d rather the Patriots traded back for an extra 4th, and grabbed Quentin Patton instead.

    As to Mathieu, he has enough red flags (size, speed, freelancing, off-field issues, double-digit failed drug tests) that he’s barely worth a 7th-rounder, regardless of who’s on the board. Having D.J. Hayden still available, however, makes selecting Mathieu even more unwise; take Hayden, and let another team deal with the headaches.

    • steven earle says:

      I disagree about the double dipping at WR, too many other weak spots like pass rusher and DB. I agree about Mathieu being far to great a risk for a 3rd. Take a short at him with a 7th perhaps but otherwise no.

    • Bmp1113 says:

      I agree with you. I think trading back for patton or weaton would be best and it couldnt hurt to grab another in the 3rd. Passing on allen would be very tough though if he slides.

  8. Nick says:

    I think the pats will take Mark Harrison. He is a very good, very underrated WR from Rutgers who has drawn some anquan boldin comparisons. And he is 6-3. Him, Amendola, Gronk, and Hernandez should make for a fine group of receivers. He’s also considered a late round pick right now.

  9. STEVEN says:

    I love the double dip at WR. I believe both Hunter n Dobson will be terrific pros. Just not a big fan going with honey badger in 3rd. Prefer the 2 other cb ‘s u have slotted after him, Hayden or Webb. Hunt truly peaks my interest if fallen this low.

  10. Ryan says:

    Not sure what the infatuation is with Jesse Williams. DL is certainly a need, but i dont think it is a first round priority. We paid Armond Armstead pretty good money, and i suspect he will see the bulk of the time next to Wilfork. And to draft him as the heir apparent, doesnt seem like a great option either, as we already have Kyle Love and I am not sure a NT is as big of a priority in the new Pass First NFL. Rather grab Bennie Logan or Brandon Williams later if we trade back and grab a receiver a defensive back and a coverage backer. Then grab another receiver as a late round flyer. Not high on Mathieu either, almost prefer BW Webb

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      Amen on DT stuff

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Williams is seen more of a 2 gaping nose, not a DT like Armstead

    • steven earle says:

      You make good points in that there is some good mid round DT prospects this year. Love is a useful DT but will never be confused with a difference maker. I’d prefer a better pass rusher, inside or out, for our 1st but Williams deserves to be on the short list of possables.

  11. PSW says:

    My hope and pray draft is 1st Jesse Williams 2nd Margus Hunt 3rd DB 7th 2 OL projects

    • steve earle says:

      Do we really need 2 Ol prospects in the 7th rd? Does anyone expect them to be better then Zusevies, McDonald, Cannon, Svitch, Drahiem, Tennant, Hix or Richard? Much rather take chances on high risk/ high reward guys like Ray Ray Armstrong or Travon Mathieu then guys who don’t have a snowballs chance of sticking.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        i haven’t heard Ray Ray Armstrong’s name mentioned very much at all.

        • steve earle says:

          For good reason JH, he is another of those guys with great phyisical abilitys but like Trevon Mathieu his off field antics got him booted from Miami U, He resorted to transfering to Faulkner but if I read correctly even little Faulkner had second thoughts about him so he hasn’t played for a year and a half or so. To be clear I’m not advocating that BB select them even in the 7th but I wouldn’t throw a fit if he does.

  12. Phil says:

    I actually want Hunter over Patterson. But I don’t see Patterson falling out of the first. Keenan Allen is dropping quick too but that far? Nahhh. I actually really like your picks of Dobson and Mathieu. Love this mock from a Pats perspective

  13. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Tampa taking a TE at #13 , hell will freeze first.

  14. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Holey smokes we can’t pass on DT Jesse Williams, at #29, WR Markus Wheaton #59, and LB Sio Moore #91 !!
    Jesse will be 1st rounder, LB Moore will be an early 2nd!

    • steven earle says:

      I could pass on Moore at 91. Prefer a DB here provided a decent prospect is available of course.

  15. acm says:

    ludicrous mock from a Ptas perspective, imo. 2 WR in the 1st and 2nd and taking Hunter over Allen, Patterson and especially Jesse Williams? Only in my nightmares, I hope.

    As someone said earlier, Hunter represents everything the Pats aren’t and shouldn’t be looking for in a WR.

    And when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I see the Honey Badger in the 3rd? Shoot me now 🙂

  16. Eric says:

    I’d be so angry if the board fell this way and the Patriots chose Hunter over Patterson. Still, coming out with Hunter, Dobson, and Honey Badger would be awesome.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      I have to disagree. Mathieu fail 10+ drug tests, call me skeptical but…

      Also if the pats don’t come away with someone that can spell/groom behind Wilfork OR someone to provide pass rush (which was nonexistent after Jones got injured) it is a huge mistake.

      • Tommy G. says:

        The last player who had big drug issues and fell to a middle round and the Patriots drafted went by the name of Aaron Hernandez.

        I think taking Mathieu in the 3rd would be a great value. You all look far too much into this drug stuff.

    • Nick says:

      No honey badger dammit.

      • Alex says:

        Not Matthieu.

        The drugs are a small thing, the lack of size, the mediocre athleticism, the limited role he will be able to play in the pros. All of that adds up to guy that will be a returner, and slot CB/ back up ‘SS’ at best. 4th round talent + UDFA character concerns = 6th round prospect.

        • acm says:

          my thoughts exactly on Mathieu – I don’t have much of an issue with his drug issues in the past. It’s more of his utility as a player in the NFL due to size and role limitations. He is one of those players who one can expect to easily be great at the college level but not transition well to the pros.

          All in all, I have no issue with getting Mathieu in the 6th, 7th or UDFA but no way would I want my team to spend a 3rd rounder on him and definitely not in a year where early picks are already at a premium anyway.

        • steve earle says:

          Drugs are small thing one or two times but 10+ is not so small a thing.

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