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

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

As Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley had success with big, physical cornerbacks. He could get another one in this scenario with Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes.

Rhodes is no Richard Sherman, but he does have great size and length for a cornerback, and has big upside. He is good value as a second-round selection, and would address one of the Jaguars’ greatest positions of need.

34. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

Following the free-agent departure of Dashon Goldson, the 49ers need to find a new starting free safety with one of their many draft picks. The best fit of any safety in the draft class would be LSU’s Eric Reid.

While Reid isn’t quite the playmaker or striker that Goldson is, he is an athletic safety who can be an upgrade in deep pass coverage. He needs to become a more consistent tackler, but he has good instincts and is active in run support.

35. New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

The Patriots have a solid starting duo of cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard, but Talib may only be back for one season, and depth is needed either way. Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is good value in Round 2, and has the potential to be a No. 1 cornerback for the Patriots long-term.

Banks is a great fit for the Patriots’ secondary, with great length and size, good instincts, great ball skills and physical play. Banks is ready to contribute immediately in the Patriots’ secondary in 2013, but can be groomed into Talib’s eventual replacement if Talib leaves after the 2013 season.

36. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Having lost Cliff Avril to the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions have a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end.

Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore’s stock has dropped considerably, but he is still good value as a second-round pick. A skilled edge rusher who uses his hands well, has a great motor and is also very sound against the run, he can be an immediate starter where the Lions have an immediate need.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International

The Cincinnati Bengals need to upgrade over Taylor Mays at strong safety. Florida International’s Johnathan Cyprien is a big, athletic safety who can be a big upgrade over Mays in deep coverage, while he is also a very physical hitter who is great in run support. He is a solid second-round choice who can fill the void in the Bengals’ secondary.

38. Arizona Cardinals: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

The Arizona Cardinals need to find an upgrade at left tackle, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead could be the right choice in Round 2.

He will need time to develop as a raw small-school talent, but his length, athleticism and strength give him serious upside to be a very good NFL left tackle. Among the offensive tackles still available on the board, Armstead is the best choice to play on the left side, and could be drafted much higher than people expect.

Cleveland Browns Pick Forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)

39. New York Jets: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

The New York Jets do not have a franchise quarterback on their roster, so they should be in the market for a signal-caller in the early rounds of the draft. A big, athletic quarterback with a strong arm and great footwork, Nassib is a solid second-round choice who could be a much-needed upgrade for the Jets.

40. Tennessee Titans: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The Tennessee Titans could draft a linebacker in Round 2 for the third consecutive year if Georgia’s Alec Ogletree is still available at the No. 40 overall pick.

Ogletree could fall steeply down the draft board due to serious off-field concerns, but he is a first-round talent. He is a great athlete who is both an aggressive blitzer and a very good coverage linebacker, and could play any linebacker spot. For the Titans, he could be worth the risk as an upgrade over Colin McCarthy at middle linebacker.

41. Baltimore Ravens (from Buffalo Bills): Matt Elam, SS, Florida

The Baltimore Ravens are replacing both starters at safety this offseason, and one of their greatest lingering needs going into the draft will be for a strong safety to line up next to Michael Huff. Florida’s Matt Elam is an athletic, hard-hitting safety who can be the enforcer they need on the back end of their defense, while he can also be the playmaker the Ravens need at the position following the departure of Ed Reed.

42. Cleveland Browns (from Miami Dolphins): Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

Kentucky’s Larry Warford could be a much-needed upgrade at right guard over Shawn Lauvao for the Cleveland Browns. Warford is a massive, 332-pound right guard with terrific run-blocking power, but also has good feet for his size, giving him the potential to be the upgrade the Browns need on their interior line.

43. Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

As the Buffalo Bills shift to a hybrid, “amoeba” defense, they will be looking for defensive playmakers with versatility. That is exactly what they could get from Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins, whose combination of size, athleticism, pass-rush ability and skill in space make him a great fit for the Bills’ new defensive scheme.

Collins can line up as an edge rusher, but he has the athleticism and ability to drop back and play strongside linebacker in a more traditional front. He has big upside, and would be a good choice to bolster a defensive front seven that still needs more playmakers, especially at linebacker.

44. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

The Carolina Panthers should be in the market for another playmaker at wide receiver, and Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton would be good value in the middle of Round 2. A physical receiver who has terrific body control, hands and route-running skill, he would be a great fit to line up opposite Steve Smith.

New Orleans Saints Pick Forfeited Due to Bountygate

45. San Diego Chargers: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

The San Diego Chargers should continue their offensive line rebuild on Day 2 by adding an offensive tackle, and Florida State’s Menelik Watson could be a potential choice in the second round. Watson is a raw talent with limited football experience, but he is considered a potential first-round pick for his upside, and could be an upgrade over Jeromey Clary at right tackle while possibly having some long-term developmental potential as a left tackle.

46. St. Louis Rams: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Rodger Saffold isn’t happy about moving to right tackle according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which makes it extremely unlikely that he will return to the Rams as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is a very good right tackle prospect who is terrific value in the middle of Round 2, so the Rams should not pass him up in this scenario as a potential upgrade and replacement, whether that be in 2013 or 2014.

Fluker’s length, athleticism and power give him the potential to be a very good right tackle, and if the Rams draft Fluker and keep Saffold, he could be moved inside to guard for the 2013 season while being groomed into playing right tackle in 2014.

47. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee

The Dallas Cowboys may be set to fill their need at right tackle with Eric Winston, as the two sides have “mutual interest” according to NFL.com, but even if so, they still have a need at right guard. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be a great addition to the offensive line, as he is a skilled offensive lineman with the size, athleticism and power fit to play either spot at a starting-caliber level.

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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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