2013 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis 1/26

Eric Reid LSU Safety

Could this LSU defensive back be wearing a Patriots uniform next year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Contributor: Joseph Curtis

The Patriots get some help in the defensive backfield, while the Chiefs choose not to pull the trigger on a quarterback. Check out the rest of the picks in my new 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

Updated: 1/26

1. Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs face the dilemma of whether to reach for a quarterback or draft the best player available. Without a stud signal caller, GM John Dorsey will go with Luke Joeckel. Joeckel is arguably the best tackle to come out in a long time and with Dorsey being a best player available guy, he can’t pass on him.

Joeckel displays outstanding athleticism, balance and technique against both the pass and run.

This would likely mean parting ways with upcoming free agent Branden Albert, but with an elite prospect depth charts have to go out the window. Albert also missed four games in 2012 and does not have the potential Joeckel has.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Jaguars have plenty of holes including quarterback, so they’ll have a similar decision as Kansas City. Like the Chiefs, they’ll look to the best player available and grab Bjoern Werner who also fills a big need as well.

Werner, originally from Germany, was one of the best defensive linemen in the country in 2012 recording 13 sacks in the process. He’s still raw but with only a handful of years on the gridiron, it’s impressive where he’s at as a player.

As a team who addressed their pass rush last offseason yet got worse (recording only 20 sacks in 2012), Werner’s pass rush abilities will be welcomed with open arms.

3. Oakland Raiders
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Salary cap issues devastated the Raiders last offseason and GM Reggie McKenzie will continue to rebuild this offseason. With as many holes as they have, they’ll take the most dynamic player who can contribute right away. At this point, it’s Jarvis Jones.

Jones led the nation in sacks in 2012 and finished second in 2011. He is arguably the best defensive player in this draft but medical issues have raised concerns. A condition known as spinal stenosis forced him to transfer from Southern Cal to Georgia when the USC medical staff would not clear him to play. If medical issues don’t get in the way, he could be the first defensive player off the board.

Jones has drawn comparisons to Denver linebacker Von Miller. Head Coach Dennis Allen is familiar with Miller having coached him in Denver, so the possibility of having Jones would delight Allen and the whole Raiders defense.

4. Philadelphia Eagles
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
New head coach Chip Kelly will have a hard time getting the right personnel for his system. Likely converting to a 3-4 will be difficult so they’ll take the best player who can play in that scheme. Star Lotulelei would be a fantastic defensive lineman in a 3-4.
Lotulelei is freak with power and rare athleticism for his size. He’s one of the best run defenders I’ve scouted which makes him an ideal fit in an odd front. He is scheme versatile should a 4-3 be employed even showcasing the capability of dropping into coverage at Utah.

Despite two years in the Pac-12, Lotulelei never faced Kelly and the Ducks, but I’m sure he’s heard the rave reviews throughout the conference. If his comparisons to Haloti Ngata hold true, this is a steal.

5. Detroit Lions
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Lions GM Martin Mayhew has stayed with philosophy of taking the best player available but sometimes an issue arises which needs addressing. Cornerback has long needed addressing and could no longer be ignored, so Mayhew gets clearly the best corner in the draft, Dee Milliner.

Milliner is far from a finished product but his instincts and athleticism will allow him to start from day one and learn on the fly. He’s great at supporting the run and will bring some physicality in the secondary that Detroit has lacked.
This pick isn’t that much of a reach and it addresses the biggest area of concern. He’ll immediately improve their defense and hopefully help get them back to the playoffs.


6. Cleveland Browns
Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M
The Browns are likely to move to a 3-4 new defensive coordinator Ray Horton so they’ll spend quite a bit of their resources to help. They’ll grab the best player available who can be a dynamic contributor to that scheme and here that is Damontre Moore.

Moore began his career at Texas as a linebacker before switching to end. He had a breakout season in 2012, recording 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles-for-loss. He may not wow athletically, but he always seems to be getting into the backfield and making plays.

Cleveland will ask him to stand up once again and play outside linebacker where he will immediately contribute and be a fantastic complement to Jabaal Sheard.

7. Arizona Cardinals
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
No area was more of an issue for the Cardinals than the offensive line. An offensive tackle would greatly help Bruce Arians installed his offense no matter who is under center. Eric Fisher would be the best pick lineman for Arizona here.

Fisher is just as good if not better against the pass as top prospect Luke Joeckel. He lacks the mean streak you’d like to see especially in the run game but has the potential to get stronger and become a top tackle.

Right away Fisher would solidify the blind side for Arizona. A quarterback will be intriguing here, but a solid blind side protector is a better selection than reaching for a QB.

8. Buffalo Bills
Barkevious Mingo, DE, Louisiana State
Despite signing Mario Williams and using their first pick to draft Stephon Gilmore, the Bills defense struggled for most of the season. Adding an end like Barkevious “Keke” Mingo across from Williams, would potentially give them one of the most feared pass rushes in the league.

Mingo is a long and extremely quick athlete who is a dangerous rusher off the edge. He is still raw yet still shows good block shedding abilities against the run. He’s a versatile player who can play standing or with his hand in the ground.

The Mark Anderson project was a failure in its first year and there’s no reason to think it’ll improve. Mingo may not be an immediate solution but with his amazing athleticism and potential, he could end up making him a steal.

9. New York Jets
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Mark Sanchez saga came to an all-time low this past season and with one year left on his contract, the Jets have to decide what to do. With the top quarterback in this draft, Geno Smith, falling to them this is the time to move on.

Smith has good size and athleticism to go with excellent arm strength. He shows the ability to put touch throws and fit them into tight windows. He’ll have quite a transition to make though playing out of the shotgun in West Virginia’s Air Raid offense.

Smith is very talented and may very well be gone by this time, so if he’s still here they should pull the trigger as quick as they can.

10. Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Improving the interior offensive line was one of the biggest areas of concern for the Titans last season, but they were only able to bring in Steve Hutchinson as an interim solution. While spending a top ten pick on a guard is rare, Chance Warmack is an elite player at the position.

Warmack has outstanding quickness, strength and balance which he displays with great pass and run skills. He’s by far the best interior lineman in this draft and arguably the best since Hutchinson to come out.

If Warmack is available, Head Coach Mike Munchak should be salivating to get him on the team. It’s not the flashiest pick to make here, but it’s one that makes a lot of sense.

11. San Diego Chargers
Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, Brigham Young
The Chargers offensive line needs addressing but it’d be a reach to get one, so they’ll grab the best available. The past few drafts an emphasis has been put on improving the defensive front seven and they’ll continue that trend by taking Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah here.
Ansah has elite athleticism to go with his 6’6”, 270-pound frame. Originally from Accra, Ghana and having only played gridiron football for a few years, his abilities on the field are astounding considering his experience and the sky is the limit. Despite his size, he is a versatile player having lined up at end, tackle and outside linebacker at BYU.

This is a bold move considering they have Shaun Phillips, Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram. Yet with the athleticism and upside Ansah shows, it’ll be hard to pass on him here.

12. Miami Dolphins
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Ryan Tannehill showed lots of promise his rookie year which is impressive considering he had Brian Hartline as his main receiver. Getting a playmaking receiver in free agency or the draft has to be at the top of their list. Cordarrelle Patterson has the ability to become a number one receiver in the NFL.

Patterson showcases the best combination of size and explosiveness of any receiver. Playing only one year of FBS football, he still has lots of room to grow and become an All-Pro caliber wideout.

The Dolphins look to have made the right move going with Tannehill last year and they now have to give him some guys to throw to. They start here with Patterson.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Bucs invested two high picks on defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price and while Price is already gone, McCoy has begun to flourish. He needs someone who can take up blockers and allow him to take on offensive linemen. Jesse Williams can be that guy.
Williams started at nose tackle but played all over for Nick Saban at Alabama. He possesses the strength to take on double teams while possessing the quickness to get in the backfield and get to the quarterback. He’s a guy Saban had to find a way to get him on the field and that’s saying a lot with Bama’s talent.

The improving the pass defense has to be the biggest concern for Tampa this offseason and while this doesn’t appear to do that, Williams’ ability to collapse the pocket and allow McCoy to run inside will be a great help.

14. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Carolina defense improved thanks to Luke Kuechly and the emergence of Greg Hardy but the job is still not done. The interior line has been an issue for years and they’ll have to address again it this year. Sheldon Richardson could be the guy who wreaks havoc from the inside.

Richardson is a very quick, explosive interior player who seems to constantly be in the backfield making plays. He showcases a great range and motor to even make plays downfield.

He’ll be a good disruptive player inside that gives them an outstanding young foundation in the trenches and will hopefully solve their defensive tackle issues.

15. New Orleans Saints
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Saints had by far the worst defense in football this season and improvement starts with getting someone to help in the passing game. After letting Tracy Porter go a year ago, the depth at corner is terrible. Bringing in Johnthan Banks should help remedy the issue.

Banks may not be an elite corner prospect, but he shows off good coverage skills and makes plays. He’s tall with room to add weight which should help him support against the run.

Banks will be a solid addition for the Saints, maybe not an elite player but will improve a defense that needs lots of help.

16. St. Louis Rams
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Jeff Fisher’s first season in St. Louis was very promising and after getting lots of talent in the 2012 Draft and should do that with two first-rounders in 2013. After spending several picks on the secondary last year, they should continue that trend by grabbing Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is a good all around player that can start at either free or strong safety. He has good coverage skills being able to move into the slot as the nickelback and is very good in run support.

Improving the safety position will move them towards the top defenses of the NFC West. Fisher liked Texas products while in Tennessee and will continue that in St. Louis by grabbing Vaccaro.

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44 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Joseph Curtis 1/26”

  1. chieftiger says:

    So the Chiefs sould just give up on alberts so they can make a hole they can fill with their fist pick. GREAT any other pick you like to waste for the Chiefs. PLEASE call soon, so you could help them waste the rest of their draft.

    • steve earle says:

      Tiger sais it! KC must get a decent QB else thay draft 1st again next year. Have faith tiger your only a qb away from div contender.

    • am_misfit says:

      Agreed. Create one hole to fill with your most valuable asset? Sounds like perfect work for an NFL franchise. They’d have to be paying a monkey at GM and HC to make such a blunder — UNLESS they can find a QB in the early 2nd or by trading back into the first round, which is a plausible scenario.

  2. Tom says:

    Not a good choice for the Ravens. While Ozzie is willing to go for the best player available, this choice don’t remotely meet team needs. Pitta and Dickson are RFAs.

  3. Ken Dogson says:

    Pack pick: right position, wrong guy.

    Cooper, not Jones.

    or TT could go with Ansah. If Vocarro is there that might be an option too.

  4. Jake says:

    For the Texans, to call Antonio Smith a weakness is offbase. The guy was a probowl player last season and he wasn’t bad at all this year. The weakness is in the middle with the DT and MLB. Cody is subpar and Cushing has no one worthy next to him. I would give them Minter there or whoever you think would be best at DT in our scheme if you think they need to go defense in the first. I would say there is almost zero chance the Texans draft someone in any round to take Smith’s job with the real weaknesses they need to shore up.

  5. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    anyone wanting to see tape on Armond Armstead DE/T the Pats signed, look at … 2012 CFL all-star highlight video

    • steve earle says:

      Thanks Russell, I checked it out and the highlights were impressive. I hope this can translate to the NFL. Any idea how we asses level of compitition involved?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        The oline plays alittle wider in the CFL because of the larger field, making some gaps, Armstead took advantage of that will not be there in the NFL. Olineman about avg. to NFL.
        Pats just signed Jason Vega from the CFL OLB, 6’4″ 248 runs a 4.72 40. Pending his contract cut by the CFL team.

        • steve earle says:

          Yes, I saw that. It looks as though the compitition at olb is going to heat up. I like that, our depth there is kind of shaky. So how do you feel about the guy? I haven’t had a chance to look him up yet.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I’m not sure he can make the team, much of his tape he is not blocked off the edge, when he is he doen’t go far. Tackles well, and runs down plays , can get caught in the wash, did not see much in coverage. Armstead is a sure thing with what i have scouted on him. Vega is alittle tougher to evluate.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          If I had to choose I would take Simon over Vega. Simon is MUCH stronger, and can bull rush or get around lineman. Vega 40 time is about the same as Simon, Vega is taller, but lighter, and has no real bull rush. Vega maybe better in coverage but I did not see much on tape. I feel Simon is a sure pick in the Pats draft some were.

        • steve earle says:

          Kind of what I expected to hear about Vega. My only knock on Simon is his height but I think thats less an issue the more I read about him. Still I’m reluctant to see him as more then a 3rd rd choice.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Simon’s highth allows him better leverage, he is so strong ,he has better balance, that shows up in the run game. I like him in the 3d, all depends were Bill grades him, trades with choices etc. 2nd if they get a second 2nd pick. Look at S wilson last year CLEARLY a 5th round pick, but Bill wanted him.

        • steve earle says:

          Yea, I hear you, everything comes down to Bill’s thinking not ours. I’d like Simon at 93 but not so much sooner depending ofcorse on how the draft unfolds. I’d like him even better if it were a 4th we got somehow.

  6. Shake says:

    Colts pick seems unlikely imo. While it could definitely be better, ILB is probably the least problematic spot on the Colts D right now. Freeman, Conner, Angerer and Foku is a solid group there. With Barrett Jones or Eric Reid available to address far bigger holes and two good DL prospects there too, I don’t think ILB would be the pick.

  7. ActonBob says:

    Hope the Pats keep the 1st and trade either the 2nd or 3rd for pics next year. Seems bad track record in 2nd and 3rd but great in the 1st. Comments? At least get 1 top player.

    • steve earle says:

      Also hoping Bill keeps 1st, though Russell (below) is convinced of a trade down. Could happen but! Rumors of a Mallett trade have been going around which could get us a couple mid round picks (4th & 5th ?).If that happens things change but until it does I’m sticking with what we have. I see nees as & in order as 1)db 2) dt/de 3)wr 4) g/t
      Having researched Armstead last pm I’m not nearly as negative to the signing thinking he may be relevant after all. So heres a thought,
      29. Xavior Rhodes cb : best db likely to still be on the board.
      59. Chris Faulk ot : yes a lt not a need but value is indesputable and higher value then any wr still on the board
      93. Kwain Gathers dt : big body inside fits rotation need.
      As for the 2 #7’s anybodys guess.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Well IF the draft picks don’t move, and Bill gets two more with a Mallett trade, these guys Steve picked are good. I like Gathers !!I like:
        29. Jordon Poyer CB
        59. Brain Winters OG/T
        93. DE/LB John Simon
        7th is tough to guess, Demetrius McCray CB
        7th ????

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Pats will have to use a 4th to get McCray CB after the combine, but now he’s a 7th pick.

        • steve earle says:

          Been thinking about this some more Russell. You had mentioned Cleveland might be interested in Mallett a while ago. If that’s so I colul see asking a 4th & 5th this year for him. Take Simon with their 4th while keeping to my above picks. That would strengthen our D-line inside and out, Grab your McCray with the 5th, beafing the backfield (along with Rhodes) And so with Faulk ot, (insurance for Vulmers back) & no doubt could play inside too. Only hole would be wr meaning Welker must be resigned. Still too there could be a wr fa out there Bill might like.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I think Mallett is worth more to Cleveland as competion for Weeden. Also If they were to get a QB in this years draft, they would be spending a 2nd.
          So i think for QB Mallett, Cleveland would give, 4th, 7th, and 4th and 5th next year.

  8. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I don’t think Reid, Pats will trade back most likely BUT for the Mock, I think CB Jordon Poyer, 1st. I think Poyer could be early 2nd round but not late. If Bill stays at #29 then he wants a player, DE/TDante Jones? But I would say 95% that Bill trades back with a mid-round team Dallas, or Bears, for a 2nd,4th, and 4th next year. Cleveland does not have a 2nd round pick, so getting a second 1st pick could look good for them, for 3d, 4th, and 3d and 4th next year.
    As far as Safties go, D.J. Swearinger S/CB or DeVonte Holloman S/LB , could be a 3d pick. I feel for sure Bill Picks two CB’s or a S and CB, in the draft. A sleeper CB I like is Demetrius McCray from App. state 6’1″ 185 runs a 4.4 40 is projected as a 6th-7th BUT will move up after the Combine!!

    • steve earle says:

      McCray coming up from 6-7 even to 4th is a big jump. ( better description then sleeper is comatose) Sorry, couldn’t resist attempt at humor. Another guy I’ll have to look up, your really making me work for it Russell but that’s okay, keep the ideas coming.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        This guy is going up the Board !! in the NFLPA bowl he had a stip tackle fumble and recovery, and a tipped pick ! Speed best time was 4.23 !! good looking player who will be at the combine.

    • steve earle says:

      I don’t like your Cleveland scenario much even with the 2014 picks. I question the probability of guys drafted in 3rd to actually provide upgrades over our existing players. We really need upgrades in all the positions of need not more backups. Hopefully if Bill does trade down it will be for a high or at least a mid 2nd. Best of all would be to keep our 1st and trade Mallett.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I’m not sure I like (the cleveland trade) as good either, but starting to look like that maybe it. Long way to go, but will see. Not sure how I feel about S Cyprien, some of his tape is just OK against med-schools??
        Saw more tape on Devonte Holloman, I really like this guy, very good IQ, his diagnosing plays is VERY good! Still believe he is the best bet for Patriot SS ! At 235 running a 4.64 he brings a load, and great size for covering TE’s !!

        • steve earle says:

          Yes NEPD had some really good insight on his smarts. I’m begining to lean over toward this guy. I see him listed at 241 up to 246, boy , now that is a load. Hope he can move well, the combine is really going to be interesting this year. I wonder if school inflated his weight?
          Have to admit i’ve not seen much on Cyprein, have to look closer.

  9. floridated says:

    At pick 29 he patriots will trade it guaranted. BB likes more picks he just can’t draft secondayhelp his record is dismal . THe more picks he has the bette chance of getting a good player. If he could get agood pass rusher in the draft that would takesome pressure of secondary. Pats corners are too small and not physical enough. Easy fix is to sign free agent ae you read for this Richard Seymour and Reid quick fix for 2 of th biggest problems with pats.

    • steve earle says:

      Not much of a fix, both Seymour and Reid are to old. We need some young hungry studs. Bill traded up last year with excellant results so he may follow up the example by keeping the pick. Guaranteing what Bill will do don’t make it so.

  10. Nick says:

    So, just wondering about Reid. I did not catch many LSU games this year, but I have heard mixed comments on him. Some people say he can hit but cant cover, while others say he can cover but his tackling is questionable. Anybody know for sure whats up?

    • acm says:

      he is one of the better Ss coming out of this draft but not the best. He is good at both run support and coverage but is consistently great at neither, so it would really depend on what game you watch him play – sometimes he would exhibit issues with coverage, other times with the run.
      Don’t think he is worth a 1st round pick but that may indeed be the only way for the Pats to get him, at least with the current pick order. This being said, I fully expect the Pats to trace down that 1st rounder.

      Imo, the best way to fix the secondary would be thru tried and proven players from free agency. Then draft a safety (Cyprien, Duke Williams, etc) in the later rounds and let him come into his own more slowly as opposed to throwing him in the meatgrinder from day one and putting all that responsibility of fixing an ailing secondary on his rookie shoulders.

      • Nick says:

        If you like tried and proven players, what do you think about them bringing in ed reed? Kind of unlikely but I have heard people talking about it.

        • steve earle says:

          Thought Nick was talking about Ed Reed above not Eric Reid, sorry. Yes to Eric no to Ed.

        • acm says:

          provided the money is right, I would love Ed Reed coming to NE. Brady and Belichick’s window is closing so they need to thing short term, imo, especially when it comes to fixing the secondary. Reed can still bring it and he will make everyone around him a better player by being their coach on the field – you just can’t teach experience, not in a position as tricky as the Safety.
          This being said, they should still bring in a talent from the draft that won’t require a high round pick and let him learn from someone like Reed.

      • steve earle says:

        I can’t say I have seen all of Ed Reed’s game this year but from those I did and decriptions, Ed has lost a step and depends more and more on experance. When a player reaches that stage he does not “bring it”. It happens quickly and there is no “right money”. Far better to draft a quality prospect who will grow because there will be Patriots after Tom and Bill.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I agree with “acm” Reid is not great at niether run support of coverage. He’s not a Bill type guy . Look for a later pick at S, and someone like CB Poyer earlier. I feel like Bill wants a run support guy at SS with TE coverage, smart to take good angles in deep coverage, and great play diagnoseing with a late pick, D.J. Swearinger, S/CB or DeVonte Holloma S/LB com to mind, as Patriot scouts , Scouted 5 of South Carolina’s games last year.

      • Nick says:

        Thanks man, what do you think about them possibly bringing in Ed Reed? I know he is old, but he is still probably one of the best FS’s in the NFL.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          NO I don’t see it happening to much money, to old ,short term. Bill’s player moves are for the future of the team, just can’t see it.

        • Nick says:

          Oh well, I guess Mccourty will have to do at FS

  11. Jagsman says:

    id go with Moore over werner because Moore is the Better Leo.

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