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

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon

If the Chiefs don’t draft Dion Jordan at No. 1, they could very well end up drafting another Oregon linebacker, Kiko Alonso, at the top of Round 3. Alonso is an aggressive, athletic playmaker at inside linebacker who could fill their need for a starter next to Derrick Johnson.

64. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

The Jacksonville Jaguars lack any particularly disruptive playmakers on their interior defensive line. LSU’s Bennie Logan is an athletic defensive tackle who could provide a much-needed interior pass-rush, and is a high-upside pick worth an early third-round choice.

65. Detroit Lions: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

The Detroit Lions do not have much proven talent at cornerback outside of Chris Houston, so drafting another one in the early rounds would be a smart plan. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan is a well-rounded cornerback with starting potential and is great value in Round 3.

66. Oakland Raiders: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

There are many different directions with which the Oakland Raiders could go with their second selection of the 2013 NFL draft, but one area of need is to replace Brandon Myers at tight end. Stanford’s Zach Ertz is arguably the best prospect available, and a good value selection to add a weapon to the offense for Matt Flynn in Round 3.

67. Philadelphia Eagles: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

After passing upon the cornerback wave earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles should look to add a cornerback before the end of Day 2 with some very good value still on the board. Mississippi State’s Darius Slay is a rising prospect with high athletic upside, so he could be long gone by Round 3, but would be a very good choice for developmental potential if still available.

68. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Browns have already had visits with at least five quarterbacks (according to Draft Ace), which indicates they are not completely sold on going forward with Brandon Weeden. Considering the value of Tyler Wilson as a third-round pick, the Arkansas quarterback could be a very smart investment to provide competition for Weeden with one of the draft class’ best quarterbacks.

69. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

The Arizona Cardinals have turned to veteran quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton this offseason, but they would still be smart to draft a young developmental quarterback in the middle rounds, since neither Palmer nor Stanton is a long-term solution. North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon makes a lot of sense in Round 3, as a tall, strong-armed quarterback who has some serious flaws in his game, but has the developmental potential to be a good starter in time.

70. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Once viewed as a first-round pick and the best running back in the draft class, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore unfortunately suffered a three-ligament knee injury from which he is still recovering, and leaves his stock up in the air. But while concerns about the injury have dropped his stock, he could be a third-round steal if he can return to form upon recovery, and would be a great addition to the Titans offense.

71. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills): Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State

The Buccaneers need a big, powerful gap-filling nose tackle to replace Roy Miller and fill a void in the defensive line next to Gerald McCoy, especially to improve the team’s run-stopping presence. Missouri Southern State’s is a massive yet explosive nose tackle with big upside, and a small-schooler worth taking a chance on in Round 3.

72. New York Jets: Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia

The New York Jets need to upgrade at free safety, which they could get with good value in Round 3 with Georgia’s Baccari Rambo. Rambo is a ballhawking safety who hits hard and is effective in coverage, and has the potential to be a difference-maker in an NFL secondary.

73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, which could also be his final year as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback if he does not make significant progress from two consecutive disappointing seasons. The time is now to bring in a developmental quarterback, and strong-armed Tennessee product Tyler Bray is a terrific choice in Round 3, as he has high upside if he can become more accurate and intangibly sound.

74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia

The San Francisco 49ers lack a true anchor nose tackle for the middle of their defensive front. Georgia’s Kwame Geathers is a massive yet decently quick nose tackle with the potential to play that role, at least situationally against the run, for the 49ers.

75. New Orleans Saints: Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State

The New Orleans Saints should continue to rebuild their defensive front seven by adding a pass-rushing outside linebacker at some point in the draft. The Saints attended Florida State’s pro day, and a potential target could be outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins, who is still recovering from a foot injury but has good potential as a conversion rusher.

76. San Diego Chargers: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary

The San Diego Chargers added one starting cornerback this offseason in Derek Cox, but still need improvements beyond Cox. William and Mary’s B.W. Webb is among the best cornerbacks available, and has the potential to be a very solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback in the rotation with Cox and Marcus Gilchrist.

77. Miami Dolphins: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State

Brent Grimes was only signed to a one-year contract, and the Miami Dolphins do not much outside of him at the cornerback position. North Carolina State’s David Amerson had his stock drop in an up-and-down junior season, but he is a playmaker with great ball skills and big upside, and is great value in the middle of Round 3.

78. St. Louis Rams: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State

The St. Louis Rams need upgrades at both safety spots, so they should be looking to draft at least one safety in the first three rounds. Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas is a playmaking ballhawk who needs to become more consistent in both tackling and coverage, but has the potential to be a solid starter at either safety spot.

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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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