2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matthew Jones

Defensive lineman Datone Jones is among the Senior Bowl’s early risers. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The Patriots’ season is over and Senior Bowl practices are underway, meaning it’s time for another examination of some of the 2013 NFL Draft’s first-round possibilities, with due attention paid to recent stock fluctuations.

Last update: January 24th

1. Kansas City Chiefs – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Based on draft history, it’s difficult to believe that Kansas City’s new management will eschew drafting a quarterback in favor of the “best player available” approach; the Chiefs are likely more inclined to try and sell their fans on the idea that a passer such as Smith is 2013’s top talent.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.*

Jeremy Mincey’s disappointing 2012 campaign suggests that his starting role may be up for grabs this offseason, especially considering he has already received the $9 million in guaranteed money contained in his contract; Werner is a well-rounded, safe pick at this point.

3. Oakland Raiders – DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M*

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen cannot be happy with Oakland’s pass-rushing production in 2012; sweeping changes appear incoming for Oakland’s defense, particularly in the front seven. Adding a versatile rusher should be a priority; Moore could potentially provide pressure.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

Fisher’s Senior Bowl appearance could skyrocket him into the top five or ten picks; Philadelphia looks particularly appealing as a potential destination. Left tackle Jason Peters tore his Achilles twice, substitute Demetress Bell will almost certainly be released, and Chip Kelly’s offense favors quickness.

5. Detroit Lions – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia*

Jones’ spinal stenosis may cause him to slip behind Werner and Moore in terms of draft positioning, but he remains the most consistent playmaker in the class; Detroit must consider replacing left end Cliff Avril, right end Kyle Vanden Bosch, and weakside linebacker DeAndre Levy.

6. Cleveland Browns – WR Keenan Allen, California*

Mike Holmgren and Cleveland’s previous regime may have already invested a second-round pick in wide receiver Josh Gordon, but new Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner will demand more talent at the position in order to improve an incompetent passing game.

7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M*

The perfect situation for Arizona: a decision between left tackle Luke Joeckel and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, both of whom would be ideal fits in the Cardinals’ defense; Joeckel seems more likely to be favored by new head coach Brian Arians in a division packed with dangerous pass rushers.

8. Buffalo Bills – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama*

Mike Pettine has been charged with rebuilding what was ultimately an underperforming 2012 defense; if his defensive philosophy resembles his most recent work with the New York Jets, Pettine will require a physical press coverage cornerback to start opposite Stephon Gilmore.

9. New York Jets – DE Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana St.*

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks surprised many onlookers by drafting hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin; in an attempt to uncover pass-rushing talent this offseason, don’t be surprised if former Seahawks executive John Idzik, Jr. targets another variable player in Mingo.

10. Tennessee Titans – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

It’s painful to pass on a player of Star Lotulelei’s caliber at this point in the draft, but Warmack is considered among the draft’s top prospects; adding a devastating inline blocker to the interior of their offensive line would do wonders for the Titans, who need to get younger, better guards.

11. San Diego Chargers – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

Quarterback Philip Rivers’ offense in San Diego is currently in the process of crumbling around him, but there’s no way San Diego can pass on arguably an elite prospect in Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, especially with many of the top offensive tackles opting to return to school.

12. Miami Dolphins – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee*

Patterson’s combination of size, strength, and athleticism has led to a meteoric rise up draft boards; he is in serious consideration to be among the draft’s top fifteen picks. Miami’s only consistent receiving option is impending free agent Brian Hartline; they could use a more dynamic target.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

It would be wise to be too hasty in picking sides regarding the recent outrage surrounding Manti Te’o’s character; even if Te’o was somehow complicit in the alleged scheme, it remains relatively safe to project a long, productive career as a professional inside linebacker.

14. Carolina Panthers – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri*

Three intriguing options are available for Carolina at this point: defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and nose tackles John Jenkins and Johnathan Hankins. The Panthers need to improve their interior run defense, but Richardson makes the most sense this high in the draft.

15. New Orleans Saints – DE Datone Jones, UCLA

Jones has been one of the Senior Bowl’s most impressive prospects; despite his relative lack of pass-rushing production (6.5 sacks in 2012), his versatility (left end, defensive tackle, right end) would allow him to move around in Steve Spagnuolo’s diverse defensive fronts.

16. St. Louis Rams – SS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

A versatile free safety/strong safety option, Vaccaro would fit in well with Jeff Fisher’s physical, aggressive roster. The Rams must consider releasing costly safety Quintin Mikell, and their opposite starter, Craig Dahl, is probably better suited to a reserve role; Vaccaro could slide into either spot.

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6 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matthew Jones”

  1. Matt says:

    You are kidding people if you think the Lions are going to pass on Luke Joeckel for a OLB/DE that doesn’t fit their scheme. let alone potential medical problems ala Best. The LIons will improve their defense in FA and in the later rounds if the Mock falls your way, but its not. The Lions will have a shot at Moore who fits their scheme is more of an impact player then Werner and player against much higher level of competition then Werner who played in the very week ACC. Just watch Werner go up against top notch OL and he desappears.

  2. floridated says:

    I agree 100% Bill B will trade down again. Bill as to realise that big and pysical conrerr backs are a must if the NFL> Look what Seattle and Baltimore did to the much heralded offense. THey beat and scared the sht out of the wide receivers and also th running backs. Bill the small corners on the roster no will not cut it. I see Pats signing free agent oreyu ready for this Rchard Seymour and Ed Reed. Both on the downside of their careers but great situational players.

  3. joeisme says:

    the Packers are not going to pick a TE in the first 4 rounds! They have FIVE tight ends already and they like Williams and Crabtree a lot. With one of the NFL’s worst O-lines they will pick a tackle or center first.

  4. russell easterbrooks says:

    The Pats will for sure trade back in this draft. There are a bunch of teams who would like to move up 22-16 spots in the draft from thier 2nd round position.
    So look for the Pats to trade thier 1st pick for,… 2nd, 4th and a 4th next year.
    Also there are rumors, Cleveland has interest in QB Ryan Mallet. If he’s not the future QB for New England, then I see him bringing , a 4th and 5th this year, and 4th next year.

  5. USMarine75 says:

    If it was me making the pick for the Pats… How good would Margus Hunt look opposite Chandler Jones? The upside is scary with this dude, seeing what he is capable of when he’s “raw”.

    Could we see Bill take another corner prospect, since we’ve seen how much better the overall D is with a corner that can lock up with their best WR. The hard part is having an elite DB fall to the bottom of the 1st / top of the 2nd. But, this year CB seems better suited to FA prospects (e.g. Grimes, Porter, DRC, etc). I do think he pulls the trigger (again) on a CB that falls into the 2nd/3rd like Poyer, Rhodes, Amerson, Slay, etc. Plus, the good news is we finally get Ras-I Dowling back… again… sigh.

    The exception to pulling the trigger in the 1st on a DB would be if Vaccaro fell to the bottom of the 1st. He would definitely look great across from McCourty!

    But, in the end… realistically… I could see the Pats grabbing G/C Barrett Jones with the late 1st, because he can play any spot on that line and he’s a smart, tough, pipeline Alabama guy.

  6. russell Easterbrooks says:

    DT Sharrif Floyd is not a bad pick for the Pats, However I believe they will go with OG Alvin Bailey. The Pats are very high on this guy replaceing Mankins in a few years.
    I think Bailey can be pickd in the early second, so look for the Pats to trade back with a mid-round team Dallas? Tampa? Pitts? Pats 1st for,.. a 2nd, 4th, and 4th next year.

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