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

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also moves well in the open field. He is good value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.

49. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

The New York Giants need to add playmakers to their linebacker corps. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an athletic linebacker who is a consistently playmaker as a tackler in space, a skilled coverage linebacker and a hard hitter. Greene could be an upgrade at either outside linebacker spot, and address one of the team’s greatest areas of need.

50. Chicago Bears: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

The Chicago Bears have made some strong additions to their offensive line this offseason, but should still be looking to add young talent and depth across the line. Alabama’s Barrett Jones’ stock is down due to a Lisfranc foot injury that could cost him the start of his rookie season, but he remains good value in the second round as a versatile, smart and physical offensive lineman who can play center, guard and even tackle.

51. Washington Redskins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3’s former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.

Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington.

52. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

Releasing Antoine Winfield opened up a need for the Minnesota Vikings to draft another cornerback. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is a second-round talent with the coverage instincts, ball skills and physical play to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL, and is ready to step in immediately as a No. 2 or nickel cornerback.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.

54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

The Miami Dolphins should be in the market for another pass-rusher to line up opposite Cameron Wake. Texas’ Alex Okafor is a skilled pass-rusher who uses his hands well and is quick off the edge, and would be good value late in Round 2.

55. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Green Bay Packers could use another interior defensive lineman to line up next to B.J. Raji as a 5-technique defensive end and in the two-man nickel formation as a penetrator and inside pass-rusher. Purdue’s Kawann Short is terrific value late in Round 2, and could be that impact player for the Packers on their defensive front.

56. Seattle Seahawks: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

The Seattle Seahawks should continue to be in the market for a true 3-technique/5-technique who can play at the interior pass-rusher spot in their defensive front next to Brandon Mebane. North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams has very good explosiveness for a big defensive tackle, and is great value late in Round 2, so he should be the choice for the Seahawks in this scenario.

57. Houston Texans: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

The Houston Texans should be looking for cornerback talent and depth to play behind starters Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, and they could stay local for a prospect with high upside. Hayden survived a life-threatening injury to his heart last fall, but now healthy, he is a very athletic cornerback with the potential to be a big playmaker in an NFL secondary.

58. Denver Broncos: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

After losing Elvis Dumervil in a fax machine contract fiasco, the Denver Broncos are in need of another pass-rushing defensive end to replace him. Auburn’s Corey Lemonier is an athletic pass-rusher who can help replace Dumervil’s replace off the edge to some degree.

59. New England Patriots: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Even with the potential addition of Emmanuel Sanders, the one thing the Patriots lack in their receiving corps is a big deep threat. That is exactly what they could get from Tennessee’s Justin Hunter.

Hunter has a tremendous combination of height (6’4”) and athleticism, and is a true big-play threat on the outside. He has to overcome his issues with drops, but could end up being a steal as a late second-round pick.

60. Atlanta Falcons: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

The Atlanta Falcons should be in the market for a big defensive tackle who can be a run filler next to Jonathan Babineaux in the four-man front, and also give the Falcons a true nose tackle for their hybrid defense. They could get that from Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive yet quick run-stuffing nose tackle who could be a steal late in Round 2 if he can overcome motor concerns.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

SMU’s Margus Hunt is a raw developmental prospect, but with a freakish combination of size and athletic ability, he has huge potential as an inside-outside pass-rushing 5-technique defensive end. The 49ers could be a perfect fit for Hunt, as he could be used situationally as a rookie but groomed into a long-term replacement for Justin Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Even with the signing of Glenn Dorsey, drafting more defensive line talent and depth makes sense, especially considering Hunt’s value late in Round 2.

62. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California

The Baltimore Ravens need a replacement for Anquan Boldin at wide receiver, and California’s Keenan Allen would be a terrific choice at the end of Round 2. Like Boldin, Allen is a big, physical wideout who runs good routes, has great hands and goes after the ball in traffic. Also like Boldin, he could slide in the draft due to subpar speed, as well as a lingering knee injury, leaving him available at good value here for the Ravens.

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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:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWTKrpnFNao
    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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