2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (1/3)

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The Patriots wait until the third round, but find an impact wide receiver. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated January 3rd, 2013

1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
There isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this draft class, just like most years. That isn’t to say that this class of quarterbacks doesn’t have talent – they’ll just need a little more development.

Smith has phenomenal touch down the field and is comfortable with pressure in his face, two things that the Chiefs have lacked with Matt Cassel under center. Kansas City could also take the best player available here and target a second tier quarterback (Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Zac Dysert) with their second round pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner is a very balanced defensive lineman that would help the Jaguars defense play the run as well as being able to rush the passer. Even if Jason Babin sticks around in Jacksonville, they could still use more help on the defensive line.

3. Oakland Raiders
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Raiders have tried many a quarterback over the last few years, but they haven’t had a promising young signal caller since Jamarcus Russell weighed under 300 pounds. Tyler Wilson didn’t have a great season with the circus going on at Arkansas, but he should thrive with NFL coaching. The Raiders could theoretically target any position here, they just need better overall talent.

4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
Joeckel is our top lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft and might end up being the top overall prospect when everything is said and done. He is a phenomenal pass blocking left tackle that run blocks as well. The Eagles’ offensive line wasn’t ready for primetime in 2012 and even with some players returning from injury, they need some additional help.

5. Detroit Lions
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
It’s pretty simple, Damontre Moore rushes the passer. He isn’t a great stack and shed guy, but he will live in the offense’s backfield and blow up plays with quickness and athleticism. If Cliff Avril is done in Detroit, this is a natural fit for the Lions.

6. Cleveland Browns
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Like Dre Kirkpatrick and Kareem Jackson before, Milliner will be the next Alabama cornerback to be taken in the first round of the draft. He has the Saban pedigree and will thrive playing across from the talented Joe Haden.

7. Arizona Cardinals
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cardinals quarterback situation is a mess, but it always will be until they shore up their offensive line. Matthews is a balanced prospect that has few true flaws in his game, he should find a home in the early parts of the first round.

8. Buffalo Bills
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Bills play in the AFC East. So does Tom Brady and his legion of receivers and tight ends. Banks has the size, strength and speed to cover both a Brandon Lloyd and an Aaron Hernandez. He will fight with Dee Milliner to be the top cornerback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Bills could also go with Te’o here if they want to improve their linebacking corps.

9. New York Jets
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Jets have a joke of a receiving corps, to go along with their circus at quarterback. Allen is exactly the type of versatile receiver that the Jets need to turn things around… and a good quarterback somehow.

10. Tennessee Titans
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Lotulelei is a bit inconsistent, but nobody is more disruptive on the interior when he comes to play. He pushes the pocket, eats blockers and devours running backs as they try and slip by. He should be able to find a starting role on any NFL team.

11. San Diego Chargers
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Chargers have a lot of needs, most glaringly in the front office, but adding a 10-year starter at either LT or RT is a no-brainer here. Lewan is nearly as good as former Wolverine Jake Long.

12. Miami Dolphins
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Dolphins are slated to have a ton of cap room next year, so they can have some flexibility in the free agent market as well as the NFL Draft. Hankins is such a talented individual as a defensive tackle, that he might be too hard to pass up at this position.

13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones makes splash plays with regularity, but his injury history (spinal stenosis) might scare some teams off in the top ten. Tampa Bay has been willing to take that sort of risk before and could stand to add a dynamic edge rusher to their defense.

14. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri (SCOUTING NOTES)
Near 300 pounders just aren’t supposed to move like Sheldon Richardson. He is a disruptive force that can rush the passer as well as gobble up running backs. If he keeps his head on straight and continues to improve, he could be a star in the NFL. I expect Richardson to move up into the top five after the NFL Combine.

15. New Orleans Saints
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
There aren’t many prospects that are as solid as Te’o. He isn’t a top five guy for us, but a three down linebacker with some versatility and off the charts intangibles is exactly what the Saints need.

16. St. Louis Rams
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If guards were valued more in today’s NFL, Warmack could be a top five pick.


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20 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen (1/3)”

  1. rob1965 says:

    Titans will take warmack at 10

  2. USMarine75 says:

    If I were the Pats and had a late first pick I would use it on DE Margus Hunt. He is a freak with a nonstop motor. They had to triple team him in the bowl game to stop him.

    Even better if no one pays attention to him because he went to SMU and they can steal him by trading back to the top of the 2nd.

    Am I the only one who noticed that Clowney (not elgible for this draft) separated himself from Golston as a top college DE? Golston never seems to come up big in big games, whereas Clowney seems to always make the clutch play. Unfortunately, Golston is looking more like Vernon every day…

  3. steve earle says:

    I love the first two picks but question if they would be there at 1 & 2. I’m not high on a wr and this guy Wheaton, or any 3rd rd wr leaves me with grave doubts about there ability to crack the current lineup. Rather I would much prefer to see Bill package the #1 & #3 to move up and be sure of getting Vaccaro. Rather have only two sure things then a lot of ?????

  4. Cliff says:

    They have a rookie big back from Baylor. Terrance G.

  5. Ryan says:

    I’d prefer Rhodes or Minter at 31 and Greene or OL in round 2

  6. Ryan says:

    2 DE’s with Denver’s first two picks? Doubtful. Hunter will be healthy next year, Wolfe plays DE on early downs, and Ayers has been a solid rotation guy. I get the “build on strength” argument but this is just counter productive. We are pretty deep at DE and making those picks will just force out some good, cheap depth. I’d rather bolster up the depth at LB, OL, WR, RB, or even CB. we are either too old or just have no talent behind current starters at those positions, problems we don’t have at DE.

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Pats will trade back in the draft with a mid-round team , Dallas ?? for a 2nd, 4th, and 7th. This is the way I see it , IF these Players are on the Board.
    2nd round from Dallas 47- WR DeAndre Hopkins
    2nd round Pats- C/G Travis Frederick
    3d rounds Pats- S/CB D.J. Swearinger
    4th round from Dallas- OLB Bruce Taylor
    5th round Comp. pick – OT Ried Fragel
    7th round fron Tampa- CB Kenny Okora
    7th round from Dallas- DT Brent Russell
    7th round Pats- K Calab Sturgis

    • steve earle says:

      Good grief, haven’t we had enough of this trade down and out in the past few years? Sure we have plenty of good depth players from this but far, far to few impact players. I sure hope Russell is wrong though he could be right.

      • Nick says:

        Yeah, trading down does not work as well as either staying where you are or trading up. I would rather they trade up in the first round to take Ansah. Him paired with Jones Wilfork and Francis would be fun to watch.

  8. dslave says:

    for the pats, chung, brace, and yes welker will be out. stedman baily might be their first round pick. lovethe ide of chase thomas, kawan short, or elam at ss. vaccario is really good, but in the later rounds,possibly in the 5th when they get a comp pick for bge or mark anderson, damion stafford is a fs/ss from nebraska that they could draft.

  9. Rockdog says:

    Nice mock, James. I would LOVE to see Pats find a stud Safety like Vacarro in this draft. Think I would follow-up with another CB or possibly a WR in 2nd and then like the OL idea in 3rd.

    I suspect Pats will be looking to move down the first 2 days of draft. I know a lot of people want them to move up because they don’t have a lot of holes but those same people don’t understand capology. Pats are far and away the most consistent contenders every year because 1) Tom Brady but also because they have affordable talent, not a couple high-priced players like a divisional team that has green colors.

    • steve earle says:

      Contenders is the right term however it’s been nine years since we won it all and thats with the best qb of the decade. Take a look at our def. Wolfolk, love, Jones and Ninkovich. After that who? Cunningham, Baquette, Francis, Deaderich, and Scott. Sure there afforadable but how many plays do they collectivle make? Not many. The lbs are good and depth is ok but we all know the backfield isn’t. We NEED a solid safty and a bookend to Jones. Ninkovich is better in the lb rotation so saying, as many of us do, that a couple of high rd draft picks to FIX our def is better then a dozen more afforadable non factor players. We’re not saying we want only all-pros on the team, we are saying fill the holes that are there with players that can start and do the job while we still have Brady because after he’s done it will be long cold winters before we see another like him.

  10. Jagsman says:

    i can work with the first 2 picks for the jags. rhodes and werner would be a partial solution to fixing the defense. still not sure how id feel about adding hopkins when we need more of a slot wr than another outside wr. Shorts and Blacmon almost had 1000 yards each(Shorts finished 21 yards short and Blackmon 150 but he also had blaine Gabbert throwing to him not as much as henne.

    i would look heavy at Thomas, Frederick, ryan, Okafer, Porter.

    Thomas and frederick could solve one of our oline holes at RT(bradfield needs consistency, LG(rackley unproven and Brewster the same), C(Meester is old and free agent).

    ryan would give us a quality 3rd corner on the roster if we keep cox or even give us a starting pair if we dont.

    Okafer would add even more juice to the pass rush.

    Porter would be an upgrade at OLB over allen because of his all around game and his ability to rush the passer.

    i would lean between Frederick, Ryan, porter and okafer. best bet would be ryan or frederick in my opinion.

  11. Jon says:

    I agree with DB, DL and WR being areas where I’d like to see the team target early.

  12. Billy C says:

    I’d take Margus Hunt with the first round pick but after the combine he’ll most likely be off the board by pick 30

  13. jeffrey says:

    Jeff Fisher hasn’t drafted an OL in the first round his entire career and now he drafts two?

  14. kevin says:

    Kenny would be great if we pick him up our secondary might look darn good.next year. And the the second round needs to go dline to help the rotation I would go guard at the third round for depth and development

  15. football guru says:

    Panthers will not take a DE when they have Hardy and Johnson, just spent a 4th on Alexander. could take the top ranked WR, OT , or S prospect.

  16. James says:

    YES KENNY!!!!!!!!

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