2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting How Potential Trades Could Shake Up The Draft

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.

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.

Floyd is a great athlete for a defensive tackle, but also strong and powerful at the point of attack. He can add a difference-maker to the Cowboys’ interior line, and is great value at the No. 18 overall selection.

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 could very well target another pass-rushing defensive end to line up opposite Jason Pierre-Paul with their first-round pick.

Cornellius “Tank” Carradine’s stock is hurt by a torn ACL suffered in November, but assuming he can recover fully, he is one of the draft’s most talented pass-rushing defensive ends. The Giants could afford to bring Carradine along slowly in 2013 — potentially starting his season on the Physically Unable to Perform list — while grooming him as Tuck’s eventual replacement in the lineup in 2014.

Carradine is a well-rounded and explosive defensive end with star pass-rushing potential. Going forward, Pierre-Paul and Carradine could be one of the NFL’s elite pass-rushing combinations.

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: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

Re-signing Rey Maualuga made it less likely that the Cincinnati Bengals will draft a linebacker with one of their first picks, but if Kansas State’s Arthur Brown is still available at the No. 21 overall pick, it would not be any surprise to see the Bengals add another playmaker to continue their rebuilding effort at linebacker.

An athletic linebacker who is good at attacking the run but is also effective in coverage, Brown has the versatility to play all three linebacker spots in the 4-3 defense. That makes him a good fit to play alongside Vontaze Burfict and Maualuga, as all three linebackers could rotate between spots.

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: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Minnesota Vikings need to add size to their wide receiver group, and they also need to add the dynamic playmaking ability they lost when they traded Percy Harvin. The Vikings can address both of those voids within the receiving group by selecting Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson is a game-changer with the ball in his hands. He is great at extending plays in the open field with his speed and quickness, but is also a big receiver who can make plays outside.

Paired opposite Greg Jennings, the Vikings would finally be able to give Christian Ponder the weapons he needs in the passing game. Adding Patterson, they would get a player who can impact the game in many different ways, not only as a receiver but who can also be used as a dynamic rushing threat and kickoff returner.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

Even with the signing of Ricky Jean-Francois this offseason, the Indianapolis Colts should be in the market for a 5-technique defensive end, especially one who can improve their interior pass-rush. UCLA’s Datone Jones is a prospect with huge upside for his combination of size and athleticism, and he projects very well to playing 5-technique defensive end in a three-man front.

Jones did not always play like a first-rounder at UCLA, but he has rare quickness for a 6’4”, 283-pound defensive end. He is an explosive playmaker who can both an asset not only as an interior pass-rusher, but also as a run defender.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

With one of their two first-round picks, the Minnesota Vikings should be in the market for an upgrade at defensive tackle. Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins is great value at the No. 25 overall pick, and could be exactly what they need on their interior defensive line.

Hankins is a big, powerful nose tackle with good quickness and penetration ability for his size. He can be both a space-eater and a disruptive force inside next to Kevin Williams, which the Vikings have not had since Pat Williams’ 2011 departure broke up the “Williams Wall.”

26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

With Jermichael Finley returning to Green Bay next season, tight end is not a major position of need for the Packers. That said, chances are good he will not be back after the 2013 season, the Packers could use another weapon in their passing offense and Eifert’s value is tough to pass up late in Round 1.

Eifert is a very good all-around tight end prospect, a dynamic downfield receiving weapon with great size, athleticism and catching ability. Drafting him would allow the Packers to use more of a two-tight end set following the loss of Greg Jennings at wide receiver, and he is arguably the best prospect available on the board.

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.

28. Denver Broncos: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

The Denver Broncos should be looking to strengthen their interior run defense, and one way they can do that is by upgrading at middle linebacker. Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o is great value late in the first round, and could be the physical run-stopper the Broncos need to lead their defensive front seven.

While he disappointed by coming into the combine smaller than expected at only 241 pounds, he is a sound run-stopper who fills holes well and will make plays in space. With overblown off-field issues aside, Te’o is one of the best players available at this point in the draft and worth a late first-round pick.

PROJECTED TRADE: The New England Patriots trade the No. 29 overall selections to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 35 and No. 101 overall selections.

29. Philadelphia Eagles (from New England Patriots): E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are notorious draft trading partners, and while that may no longer be the case with a new head coach in Philadelphia, this is a trade that would make sense for both parties.

Assuming the Patriots end up with restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, their third-round pick will go to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which would leave the Patriots with no picks in Rounds 3-6. The Patriots would be smart to trade down to pick up an additional draft choice, while the Eagles have multiple options if they move up.

The Eagles need to continue rebuilding their secondary, and there is a lot of talent available on the board at cornerback and safety who would be worth trading up to select. An even more likely reason for them to trade up, however, would be to draft Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.

If there is one quarterback in this draft worth taking a chance on for Chip Kelly and the Eagles, it would be Manuel, who would be a good fit for Kelly’s offense as a big, athletic quarterback who can run the read option effectively. His stock is on the rise to where a team could easily jump ahead of them at the top of Round 2 to draft Manuel, making a move up to secure Manuel a real possibility if the Eagles see him as the right fit at quarterback.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

The loss of Brent Grimes leaves the Falcons very thin at the cornerback position. Washington’s Desmond Trufant would be a good choice, as a rising prospect with the potential to be the No. 1 cornerback the Falcons need to replace Grimes, start opposite Samuel and give them a real playmaker at the cornerback position.

Trufant is a quickly-rising prospect with good size, athleticism, physical play and coverage instincts, and is the best in zone coverage among the top cornerbacks available.

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

The San Francisco 49ers need to continue rebuilding their secondary, and with a run on cornerbacks starting late in Round 1, they should use their late first-round pick to select the best cornerback available in Boise State’s Jamar Taylor.

A physical cornerback who excels in press man coverage, Taylor would be a very good fit and upgrade in the 49ers’ defensive scheme.

PROJECTED TRADE: The Baltimore Ravens trade the No. 32 overall selection to the Buffalo Bills for the No. 41, No. 105 and No. 143 overall selections.

32. Buffalo Bills (from Baltimore Ravens): Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Baltimore Ravens are a prime suspect to trade down in this situation, with no clear-cut first-round selection on the board and a chance to trade down and get better value on a player in Round 2. Meanwhile, having traded down earlier in the draft, the Buffalo Bills would be smart to move up and secure their chance to select USC’s Robert Woods.

The Bills need to add another playmaker at wide receiver, and Woods is great value at the end of Round 1 while adding him to pair with Barkley would be keeping a highly-effective combination together while helping to accelerate Barkley’s acclimation to the offense.

Woods is a very good wide receiver who runs terrific routes, has great hands, is physical and gets open consistently. He is a very good fit to pair opposite Steve Johnson as a possession receiver who has the open-field running ability to be a playmaker in his own right.

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42 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting How Potential Trades Could Shake Up The Draft”

  1. raynman says:

    i like it. looking for scheme fit as opposed to just need.

    as a panther fan it’s surprising to see jesse williams taken so early, but i like what he can do and he fits the need for a verastile body on the Dline who can play nose if needed. i think that he would fit well beside greg hardy. both those guys are insane and can play anywhere on the DL. jesse being a stud against the run is the biggest draw, tho.

    the only problem is they haven’t brought jesse in, but they did go to the alabama pro day. gettleman likes big powerful bodies on the DL and he may have seen enough on tape and at the pro day to make the call.

    and WR in the second is a good choice as well. patton will be good.

    nice job….and thanks for not sticking us with another UT in richardson. there’s been no sign of interest other than steve smith mentioning him on some radio show once upon a time. no visits. no pro days. nothing. that pretty much means no pick.

  2. joeisme says:

    Another stupid mock with GB taking a TE in the first round. They did very well w/o Jennings last year and Finley isn’t going anywhere. They already have SIX TEs on the roster. Adding a seventh would be ludicrous. They need immediate help on D, not offense other than LT.

  3. m says:

    As a Bucs fan, I could certainly see this trade’s happening. Perspicacious.

  4. joe says:

    Easterbrooks is right look at hoyer the pats have 0 to show for him I think BB is pissed. I still think mall at will go to Cleveland. I don’t think Lombardi is sold on weedon. And what’s up with this mock the raiders selecting Werner and Arizona needs an OL so does phillu . I’m not a big fan of this mock

    • Nuf Ced says:

      There was no investment in Hoyer he was a UFA. I doubt BB was angry, he flat cut Hoyer he could have carried 3 QBs again.

      There was ZERO market for Hoyer; he was cut in September and didn’t get picked up until Rothlesberger got injured and Pitt picked him up in November. He didnt impress enough for the Steelers to keep him over Leftwich or Batch. So Hoyer was cut again. The Cardinals liked him more than Skelton and Kolb to get a RFA tender this year but they didn’t like him enough not to trade a 7th and a conditional pick for Carson Palmer…

      Again it’s hard to get angry that we didn’t get anything for him… There was no interest. It’s also hard to think Hoyer had any trade value if Palmer went for what he did.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        WRONG, there was an investment in Hoyer, you paid the guy for three years, waisted time training a player with out a future as your starter, and tied up a roster spot when you could have had someone else.
        There was Zero market for Hoyer, because he played poorly in preseason. The only way BB could get anything for Hoyer, was Hoyer had to play good.

  5. TD says:

    Trading down into the mid 30’s and gaining an extra pick would be ideal. I am the president and founder of the Jonathan Banks Fan Club so I enjoyed this mock. I’m with AM though, I found it odd Keenan Allen went as late as he did

  6. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    The issue now is Mallett, BB is not going to carry 3 QBs on his roster. If Mallett is not the future in New England then? If he plays the preseason and does poor ? and Kafka does well ? It will be to late and you will have lost any value the Patriots had. BB already knows if Mallett has a future in New England. So getting a 3d pick now or next year in a trade, is good value for both teams.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Based on what? The Pats carried 3 QBs in 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.

      Kafka a good decision-maker, gets the ball out quickly and is very accurate with his short and intermediate throws. His biggest drawback is his arm strength. He cannot throw the ball deep and struggles with passes outside the numbers. I would be SHOCKED if Kafka made the final roster over Mallet.

      Trading Mallet is made more difficult with the new CBA; any team that trades for Mallet cannot renegotiate his contract until next year. So if Mallet were to come in and have a monster year Mallet has the leverage of playing out his deal the become an FA. I think also there is a facet of the CBA with rookie deals that gives the team an option of paying the player the average if the top10 salaries at the position. I have to read more about that. Either way I’m not trading value for something I can’t lock up.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Kafka looks better on tape to me, Malletts college tape was OK. Why did BB sign Kafka??

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      The more depth on the roster the less room for a 3d QB. BB will carry extra dline this year, after being short last year, looks like more WR as well, as depth at LB this year. I have him drafting LB Sio Moore 1st.

  7. Jeff M says:

    Hunter is everything the Pats DON’T draft in WRs…tall, athletic, dumb, can’t run routes, poor hands, bad concentration, poor hands, doesn’t read defenses…no chance they draft this guy. If anyone they’d go for Woods, Bailey, or Wheaton long before Hunter. They might take a flier on Hunter in the 5th or 6th rounds, but not before that.

  8. Bryan says:

    Mississippi State L/B Cameron Lawrence #10 2010-2012.
    291 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 9 pass break ups, 5 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions. All-SEC football, ALL-SEC academics, Team Captain, Back to Back 120+Tackle seasons

  9. J H TARBORO says:

    Former Michigan and Rice RB Sam McGuffie just blew up the regional super combine in Dallas. Running in the upper 4.2s-4.3 40yd one the most impressive at athletes at the event. vert and long jump also very good, check his highlights on youtube. Maybe an UFA.

  10. Nuf Ced says:

    I can’t see Williams going that high nor Ogletree and Lacy falling that far; neither can I see the Pats taking Hunter or any other WR ahead of Jenkins in the second round.

  11. J H TARBORO says:

    7th round consideration QB/WR/TE Marqueis Gray could be huge playmaker in our system.

  12. J H TARBORO says:

    If we deal Mallett, why not package Cunningham and Deaderick for other picks, there is a lot of defensive talent in this draft, Hell, even kyle love, deal them!!!

    • Nuf Ced says:

      What value would you expect them to bring? If this draft is loaded with defense why would any team trade any picks of value for two average defensive players I the last year of their contracts?

      • J H TARBORO says:

        possible 3rd or 4th rounds

        • Alex says:

          That’s funny.
          Maybe we should trade Kafka to the Chiefs for the first and third round picks?

      • J H TARBORO says:

        They’re proven, play on a winning team and a lot of teams still need things.

        • Nuf Ced says:

          Basically he repeated what he did on the Rice pro day last month. Just started playing slot this year, led Rice in receiving.

        • Nuf Ced says:

          Love your optimism, but neither are proven to the point either warrants a 3rd or 4th. Carson Palmer went for a 7th and Anquan Bolden went for a 6th; those two I would qualify as proven. I would say these two are no more proven/valuable than Arrelious Benn and TB couldn’t fetch much more than a 6th for him packaged w/ a 7th

  13. AM says:

    All quite plausible trades; nice analysis. That being said, I will be severely disappointed if the Patriots select Justin Hunter over Keenan Allen (whom I doubt will fall so far).

  14. MaineMan says:

    I’m not 100% sold on Banks, but the way this mock is set up, he’s probably the best fit left for the Pats on the defensive side at that level (and not a bad pick, by any stretch). For the #59, if Wheaton is still available, I’d take him all day over Hunter.

  15. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I like CB Banks, but #59 needs to be Sio Moore, not a WR if we get Sanders in the Steelers deal.

  16. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I’m not sure I can see the Eagles trading for the #29th pick and moving-up just 6 picks? QB Manuel will be on the board at #35, why move-up?

    I think Tampa is more likely to trade for the #29th pick. Thier first choice, #13 allows Tampa to get CB Xavier Rhodes. By trading for The Patriots #29 allows them to move up from #43 by , 15 picks , where they can take a QB , with the only QB off the board, is Geno Smith, OR Tampa could get QB Ryan Mallett in the deal’.
    Patriots send QB Mallett, and #29 to Tampa for #43,#112,#126, and a 3d next year. Then Tampa could use #29 for other team needs.

    • qazmlpgh says:

      i would be really pissed if that trade went down. I’m all for trading the 1st and collecting some picks, but Mallett and a 1st for 2nd and 4th round picks wouldn’t be a good deal, IMO.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I have the Patriots getting a 3d next year for Mallett.

        • Nuf Ced says:

          I don’t think a third next year would be acceptable value to BB, he didn’t invest a third to get a third

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          If Mallett does poor in this preseason, and Kafka does well what will Bill do? He’s not going to carry 3 QBs on the roster. If he cuts Mallett he gets zipo, so trade him now unless Bill thinks he has a future for the Patriots.

        • Alex says:

          That is a terrible trade.
          Kafka almost certainly won’t beat out Mallett, so you don’t need to worry about him being cut.

        • Nuf Ced says:

          Russ – I can’t follow your logic. Are you saying BB should just unload Mallet now for fear he has a poor preseason ? Mallet’s current value isn’t high now there is little tape on him; the only people that know how good he has progressed are the coaching staff; I think if BB thought Mallet had not progressed to the point of being a capable backup or worth more than what he was being offered BB would have moved him.

          As a person who lives in the Philly media market I saw every preseason game Kafka played for the eagles; not sure why Reid loved him nor do I believe he will outplay Mallet. Kafka is a smart kid with average tools.

      • cc says:

        Amen. Definitely not a smooth move by far. If the #29 goes, its for better than (2) 4th rounders included with a minimum mid-upper 2nd rounder!!
        And Mallet gets something more than just a 3rd in return…..just sayin’.

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