Three-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

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NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With the first wave of free agent signings complete, it’s time to take another look at what may happen in this April’s 2013 NFL Draft, taking into account the repercussions of what has transpired so far in free agency. Read on to find out how recent events may have reshaped organizational draft strategies.

Last updated: March 19th, 2013


1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M*

After releasing Eric Winston, Joeckel seems more likely than ever. By trading for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, the Chiefs appear unlikely to target Geno Smith atop the draft.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida*

Roy Miller adds depth to the roster, but Jacksonville could still use a stud or two at defensive tackle. Jarvis Jones could be another option pending the results of his medical exam.

3. Oakland Raiders – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

Lotulelei could provide Oakland with talent at defensive tackle; losing Desmond Bryant and potentially Richard Seymour will hurt. Jones and Dee Milliner would make sense as well.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama*

The first order of business in Philadelphia has been repairing the defensive backfield, but more stability is needed at cornerback considering Bradley Fletcher’s durability concerns.

5. Detroit Lions – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

Jeff Backus’ retirement creates a need at one offensive tackle spot. The Lions recently invested a first-round pick in Riley Reiff, but could shift him to the right side to get value at number five.

6. Cleveland Browns – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia*

Assuming Jones passes his medical checks, he would be a solid value at this point in the first round; he is a more productive rusher than Dion Jordan, Ezekiel Ansah, or Barkevious Mingo.

7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

Levi Brown is currently slotted in at left tackle for the Cardinals, but they would be wise to seek an upgrade there. Drafting an athletic blindside protector such as Johnson could help.

8. Buffalo Bills – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Buffalo is in dire need of help at the quarterback position. On the heels of what was reportedly an impressive pro day, Geno Smith’s draft stock appears to be headed for the top ten.

9. New York Jets – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

Rex Ryan has assembled an impressive defensive line, but his defense still relies upon finding effective pass rushers. Jordan’s stock has been climbing and he could easily end up here.

10. Tennessee Titans – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri*

By signing Andy Levitre to a six-year deal, the Titans solidified their left guard spot, which should rule out Chance Warmack this high. Richardson would complement Jurrell Casey well.

11. San Diego Chargers – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee*

Without a legitimate left tackle available, San Diego may look to provide Philip Rivers with a true number one option such as Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, this year’s top receiver.

12. Miami Dolphins – DE Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana St.*

While help is required at cornerback, the Dolphins would do well to sign a rusher such as Mingo, who would rotate with Jared Odrick at left end and Koa Misi at strongside linebacker.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.*

This pick was reportedly involved in trade discussions surrounding New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis; if the Buccaneers are unable to land Revis, they may invest in Rhodes.

14. Carolina Panthers – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Although they need to address their run defense, adding a versatile playmaker such as Austin would offer Carolina plenty of options offensively; he is a perfect complement to Cam Newton.

15. New Orleans Saints – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.*

Werner’s measurables mimic those of Paul Kruger, who recently secured a lucrative deal in free agency. Rob Ryan needs additional pass rushers for a championship push.

16. St. Louis Rams – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

Warmack has been hailed as one of the top talents in this year’s draft; he could help Jeff Fisher and St. Louis regardless of whether or not they sign offensive tackle Jake Long.

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50 Responses to “Three-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. MaineMan says:

    I seriously doubt that the Pats are looking for another rush-end n the draft, and I don’t think their talks with Abraham and Freeney is an indication that they’re looking to “upgrade” from Nink (who is their most consistent all-around OLB/DE in all phases). Abraham or Freeney, should one of them be signed, will likely be tried as low-snap-count sub-rushers and the guys who would be “on the bubble” with them are Cunningham, Bequette and Francis, not Nink.

    For DL in the draft, I think the Pats will be targeting the interior, which is where the depth is weakest and they may use one of their top two picks there.

    I also seriously doubt that the Pats spend a high pick on an OT, even if Vollmer does not re-sign. I think they’re comfortable with Cannon starting at RT. To me, he already looks to be better than Kaczur, and the Pats survived pretty for several years with him over there, so . . .

    Finally, I see a lot of mocks touting Justin Hunter in the 2nd or 3rd, but no one even mentioning Chris Harper, who appears to be a much more polished route-runner with the physicality to beat press-man consistently.

  2. Wolf says:

    The Browns have no reason to draft the players you suggested.

    Their D-Line is completely set with starters and depth. At OLB they have Kruger, Sheard and Groves. The only possible way they draft a OLB at 6 is if they trade Sheard as I dont see why they would trade Kruger or Groves, who they just signed. It makes no sense to draft a player at 6th overall who wont ever see the field.

    At ILB they have Jackson starting. They will have to decide whether Robertson or Johnson will start opposite of him, both are young and played well last year so this isnt a major need. Not to mention, you dont draft ILBs this high.

    So, outside of trading Sheard, there is simply no way they address the front seven in the 1st three rounds. There is no major need here and they currently only have a 1st and 3rd round pick.

    Then you have them drafting a WR in the 3rd. Why? They have no reason to bring in another young WR. They spent a 2013 2nd and 2011 2nd on Gordon and Little, who will start without a doubt. They also spent a 2012 4th Round pick on Benjamin who will likely start. They have a young slot WR in Norwood as well who can play. There isnt a need to bring in another young WR, at all. If your looking at their stats and think they are unimpressive then you havent been watching them play. Shurmur ran an offense where every run and pass was over the middle of the field, where the box was loaded. It is not an offense that RBs and WRs can produce numbers in. The only time they ever threw deep was to a WR lined up in the slot and they never called play-action. With a new vertical offense in place, there is no reason to draft a WR high at all.

    What do they need right now? Well, they only have one CB on the roster. They need two more CBs who can start as they came out and said they dont view Skrine as a starter. They also dont have a FS and only one TE who may be able to start, but there are none worth taking that high. They can upgrade RG, but its the only problem on the line and every other position is solid. Plus, 6th overall is way to high for a Guard. They also need a FB.

    They cant draft a QB high and go into the season without a CB or FS.

    That leaves Milliner as the only possible choice for them at 6th overall, unless they trade down. Nobody else would make sense as they either wont start or would be a massive reach.

  3. Sean says:

    No D.J. Swearinger in the first three rounds?

    I’ve seen him getting early 2nd consideration.

    • AM says:

      Love him as a prospect, but he seems to be all over the place in mocks–everywhere from early 2nd to late 4th.

  4. Joe Blake says:

    I can’t see J. Hankins slipping to 58. Grab him at 29 as DT is the prime need. Take a DE thru FA as we have enough young DE candidates and Abraham, Freeney and D’ville are all available to add a quality veteran presence to the mix.

  5. joe says:

    If desmond trufaunt is their they should grab him and bring back Brandon loyd. A wr from the draft usually is red shirted because it tough to learn or try to bring in DHB

    • AM says:

      Trufant would be a great addition at #29. I’d like to see them at least try for a WR as well, though–I personally like Aaron Dobson to fill the X-role.

  6. charles says:

    bet mock yet

  7. Dpmingo says:

    Not sure I could love the 49ers draft better than that. Every pick addresses a need and each pick represents good value. Good job.

  8. Mike says:

    Best mock I have seen to date. Hope Fisher falls to Detroit.

  9. joe grece says:

    Collins has to be in first two rounds

  10. joe grece says:

    Jamie Collins not in first two what?
    Mayock has him ahead of mingo

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Every year Mayock gets it right or very wrong. example (Cam Newton) was his 4th or 5th QB in 2011 on his board.

  11. AM says:

    I don’t doubt that the Bills are seriously considering Geno Smith in the first round, but it just seems like a waste to me. Is he really that far ahead of the other QB prospects in this class? If I were them, I’d prefer to take a chance on Barkley, Nassib, or Glennon in the second round, and either trade the first round pick or spend it on a blue-chip playmaker.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      the Bills and Nassib!

    • acm says:

      it’s not just Smiths ability but also The Bills’ need to find a starting Qb that factors in how high they may value a certain QB. Same goes for any of the other QBs in this draft they may be eyeing.
      As long as they have a particular QB in mind, their situation would basically force them to get him with their first pick otherwise they risk losing him to another team.

      Waiting to draft a QB till the second round and later, for a team like the Bills, would basically suggest they don’t have much of a preference i.e. they don’t have a plan for next season and might as well get a washed up veteran to get them thru this year and safe themselves the pick.

      Sure Seattle got their starter in the 3rd round last year but they already had a projected starter in Flynn at the time of the draft. Bill’s situation is different, at least at this moment in time.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        acm,.. makes a great point, if you want/target a guy you pick him. Mocks show players in differant rounds, and are not the best way to look at were a player should be drafted ! If you want a player why wait? If you feel you can trade your pick and move back and still get the guy you want/target, that is a solid move. But using your pick for another player, HOPEING you can get the guy you want/target with your next pick is a poor choice.
        Most teams have 1-3 targeted players, for differant areas of the draft. After watching hours of tape, reading scouting reports, doing interviews, determinding how the player will fit your system/team, is all important when you pick.
        As for the Bills, I think QB nassbit is the guy they want, he maybe there in the 2nd round but why wait? Take him with the 1st pick, and make a plan for your 2nd pick.

        • AM says:

          The point in waiting is not to overpay. Part of drafting effectively is knowing not only what you think of a player, but what the rest of the league thinks of him as well. Draft picks are a scarce resource, and you never want to spend more than you need to.

          For example, if the Bills think that Nassib is a franchise quarterback, they should draft him. But if they pass on him at #8, the next realistic landing spot for him is with the Jets at #9. If he falls past that point, he’s probably not in play again until the second round, barring a trade-up. If Smith, or Barkley, or Glennon are close in value, why not wait? Take a difference-maker at #8, and pick the best QB out of the group in the second round. Or trade back, and stockpile picks while waiting to take him in the teens or 20s. QBs usually get overdrafted by needy or desperate teams, but that can set a team back every bit as much as missing out on “their guy” (e.g., Mark Sanchez).

        • acm says:

          The reality is that you can always end up overpaying – independent of position – as you are drafting based on projections, hopes and expectations, not actual facts. It’s just that QB busts are more accentuated by the media with all the noise surrounding the position.
          And the reason why so often teams over-value QBs has to do with the uniqueness of that position and how important it is for the team’s future. Without having your QB, you might as well not bother building on a plan by drafting OL, DL, etc because you have no plan … that’s why teams feel they need to set the QB position first and that if there is one position in football worth overpaying for, it’s the QB.

          Generally I’d agree with you that Smith, Barkley, Glennon are not that much diff in draft value from one another and would represent better value in the 2nd. However that’s their value to you and me, not to a team in the Bill’s situation. To a team like the Pats, for example, their value would be even less – 4th round at best considering the Pats are set in the QB position and have few picks to operate in the draft.

          The point again is that “value” of a player is a rather relative entity and the talent of a player is only one of many aspects that determine it – in the Bills’ situation, they are forced to overvalue a QB by taking him in the 1st round otherwise they may as well say they have no plan for the coming season.

          Whether they get Smith there or go with one of Glennon/Barkley/Nassib instead, that’s yet to be seen and would likely be determined by who they deem to be the best fit for their offense. Once they set their mind on a particular player, however, they’d be forced by their circumstances to overpay for him with the 1st round pick otherwise they’d risk losing him and quite frankly might as well raise the white flag and call it a season now.

        • AM says:

          By and large, I agree with you about having a QB being an absolute necessity in order to succeed in the modern NFL. We are largely past the days where a mediocre QB could be carried by an outstanding running game and defense (although you can still win Super Bowls without a Hall of Famer in the mix).

          I disagree, however, when it comes to “having a plan” and zeroing in on a particular player. It is a hallmark of bad front offices that they are constantly reaching where they don’t need to, both in the draft and in free agency. With rare exceptions, the teams that perform the best in the draft don’t set their minds on an individual player in advance of draft day, unless the scouting demonstrates that they are head-and-shoulders better than the rest of the field (including fit in the team’s offense). In this case, if the Bills (or Cardinals) can’t say with certainty that Smith (or Nassib, or Barkley) is better than the rest of the QB field, it is smart management to just wait and pick one up in the second round. If Smith is that much better, fine–get hm before the Jets, or before the Cardinals trade up to grab him. But if he isn’t, then taking him in the first round is a waste, as one of the others will be available in Round Two; Smith himself might be, for that matter, given that most of the teams in the league are set at QB for the moment.

          Moreover, the idea that a team doesn’t have a “plan” because they don’t overpay for a prospect who isn’t worth it is the same kind of thinking that drives teams to overspend in free agency. It is a fan- and media-driven perspective that rarely works out for the team itself (e.g., Mark Anderson). That doesn’t make it insignificant–fans and media can cost coaches and GMs their jobs–but it does mean that the external push to just “do something big” must be taken with a grain of salt.

        • acm says:

          I replied to your post but clicked the wrong “reply” link so it ended up further below 🙂

      • AM says:

        I agree that if they have a certain QB in mind, they should go after him. My real question is whether they should bother having Smith valued so highly. If he’s a top-15 prospect on their board, they might as well go for him. I think, though, that the QB prospects in this class are tightly bunched up, and that most of the top ones are roughly second-rounders. I don’t think Smith is enough of a sure thing to justify the top pick, nor that he is so far ahead of the rest to worry about missing out on him.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Well I personally can’t see QB smith playing in the weather in Buffalo, were a guy like Nassbit is a better fit.
          In the draft I think the only time you take a player who is a high prospect is AFTER you have gotten your targeted players. Then only when the prospect fits your system and offers good value. Last year the Patriots picked Nate Ebner with a 5th pick. CB Dennard was on the board, but BB wanted/targeted Ebner, EVEN tho Ebner was most likely to be undrafted! When the 7th round came-up and Dennard was still on the board, BB pulled the trigger, because of the value of Dennard (2nd-3d round pick, with outside football issues)

      • acm says:

        The “not having a plan” part in my previous post was related more to a team like the Bills absolutely needing a QB than which one of the 3 Qbs in question they may go for. A team in their circumstances simply cannot afford to overlook the QB position and risk losing their man, or his back up, by the time they pick again.
        Also, one shouldn’t forget that quite a fe of the top 10 teams, as well as Tampa, are in need of a QB and many of those teams, even if they don’t pick a QB in early 1st round, will likely give one a go in the early 2nd … which means that by the time Bill’s 2nd pick rolls along, all of Smith, Glennon, Barkley, Nassib could well be off the board already.

        One other thing, I think the biggest issue here that you have with the Bills picking a Qb in the first is that you are basing your opinion on the comparison of two values. One, is the value YOU put on either one of these rookie QBs, which I think we both agree is somewhere in the 2nd round.
        On the other end of the balance, you seem to be putting the intrinsic value of the 8th pick in the draft, which just like for any draft is very high.

        The problem is, again, what matters is not how high you and I value these rookies but how a team facing the Bills circumstance does and quite frankly is forced to … and that value is much higher than our evaluation for them.
        Furthermore, ultimately it’s not the intrinsic value of a pick that matters – when it comes to weighing the worth of that 8th pick – but it’s extrinsic value, which is determined by the player you draft with it.
        For example, a 1st round pick always has the same, exteremely high, intrinsic value, however it’s actual, extrinsic value varies tremendously based on whether you use that 1st pick to get Peyton Manning or Jamarcus Russell.

        Basically, in the Bills’ case, you outright assume that the player they are gonna draft with the 8th pick is bound to be a difference maker and not a bust or just an average player at best. The reality is that they may very well end up wasting that pick no matter what and if you look at their draft history, you’d see it’s a crapshoot really. So, if you are gonna take risk of overpaying for a player, in the end of the day you’d likely be better of to at least do so on a QB, a position of absolute necessity for the Bills, as things stand right now … also considering the fact that the good QBs may well be gone by their 2nd pick.

        • AM says:

          I agree on most points here. First and foremost, my opinions are definitely based on my perception of the players, which has zero bearing on what the Bills (or any other team) does. This puts me nicely in line with every other commenter on these forums, as I’m sure you would agree. 🙂 Second, I agree that the value of an individual pick is ultimately determined by the NFL quality of the player–never mind comparing Manning and Russell, just consider the value of a certain Pick 199 some years ago. Third, I agree that there is a risk in waiting for a QB prospect this year, but in my opinion that risk is less this year than most, for three reasons: 1) fewer teams are actively seeking QBs, 2) there are no surefire first-round prospects, and 3) there are a surfeit of second-round prospects.

          But I am definitely not assuming outright that the player taken 8th will be a difference-maker. I am saying that every team ranks every draftable prospect by whatever standards are set by the organization, and that means that in the eyes of the team’s scouts, the 8th prospect on the board is substantially more likely to have an impact than the 28th or 48th. To use your (apt) terminology, the extrinsic value of any draft pick is a logical unknown, so best and only way to maximize draft value as a whole is to maximize the intrinsic value of each individual pick. The wisest teams play those percentages by hewing close to their draft boards.

          In other words, I think that if on draft day the Bills board looks in part like this:

          #5–Jarvis Jones
          #35–Geno Smith
          #40–Matt Barkley
          #42–Ryan Nassib
          #48–Mike Glennon

          . . . and the first four prospects are gone, they should draft Jarvis Jones. He’s the best prospect available at a position of need. Reaching for a lesser prospect means that in the eyes of your scouts, you are passing up a better chance at a quality player for a worse one. Teams that consistently do that consistently end up at the top of the draft. They have a solid chance of getting one of the QB prospects in the second round, and they can trade back into the first round relatively cheaply if needed.

          Now, if Geno Smith is (for example) #17 on the draft board, that makes for a tougher call. At that point, a reach is probably warranted, as it is the biggest need on your team. I generally disagree with your thought, though, that it is better to take a chance on a QB than another player with a high draft pick–I think quite the opposite, as being wedded to QB bust can set a team back for years, both because of salary cap and offensive sophistication, whereas it is much easier to work around another type of bust. The salary slotting for the top picks relieves the burden somewhat, but nonetheless–if you pick a QB high, you’d better be as sure as possible that he’s your guy. Put another way, it’s quite one thing to take a chance on a “boom-or-bust” WR at #8; you definitely don’t want to do that at QB.

          All of which leads to the reason for my original post, which is that I really think Geno Smith is a lot closer to a second round value than a first round one. If Buffalo agrees, I think they would be a lot wiser to take a chance on getting him there than to go against their board.

  12. J H TARBORO says:

    It would disgust me to see Tavon Austin in a Panthers uniform, thought he make a good Patriot reciever, but with some of the moves we made, it will be a wait and see.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Based on a Tyrann Mathieu interview at combine, the Patriots interviewed him the longest and drilled him hardest on tough questions. (they like him? or why waste your time?)

  13. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I alway enjoy looking at Matthew Jones Mock drafts, they are very well thought out, team by team. I think OG will be an area BB will add depth with a future starter, as well as DT in this draft.

    #29- OG/C Barrett Jones, a future starter at OG, and back-up at C
    #59- DT Brandon Williams, working with Wilfork,as his future replacement
    # 91- CB Micah Hyde or CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

    • acm says:

      If Vollmer resigns, I can see BB go after Jones; otherwise he’d be looking for an OT to replace Vollmer and doesn’t have two picks to spare for the OL. B. Jones has played OT before but projects at G or C in the NFL and don’t think he can free up someone we already have for the OT position (hope BB isn’t planning to replace Vollmer with Cannon should the former leave).

      I think there would be a 3-4 round diff between where Hyde and Wreh-Wilson get drafted. I don’t see Hyde getting off the board before the 5th (more likely 6th) while Willson is unlikely to make it pass the mid 3rd, more likel late 2nd, imo.
      So, I’d expect if BB likes Hyde that he trades back the 3rd and gain an extra pick or two as he can still get Hyde latyer on. Having so few picks would make reaching so deep unwise even for someone like BB, imo. 🙂

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I agree if Vollmer does not resign, that an OT will be picked , I like Reid Fragel, but will see. As for Hyde, I feel BB looks for things in players that sets them apart, and Hyde is a guy I think will be a Patriot after this draft, were ever he is picked. DT Brandon Williams is another guy I think BB likes, IF DT Jesse Williams is gone,(Most likely) and again when he is picked?? Could be 1st.
        Because I expect trades and differant choices then we see today, I will have a list of the 5 players I think BB picks on draft day.
        For now , CB Micah Hyde, and DT Brandon Williams, are two guys I’m set on so far.

        • acm says:

          I agree that Bill has his ways in the draft and if he’s set his mind on someone, he’d get his guy. But I also think your expectation for Bill to reach for a player sometimes make you over-predict said expectation, where Hyde comes in. I can see Hyde getting drafted by the Pats, I am not disagreeing with that. Just saying that getting him in the 3rd, when even in the 4th he would be a reach, would be something even Bill is unlikely to do … not this year at least where he lacks the number of picks and reaching for a player has more to do with wasting picks than getting that player a round or two earlier.

          I understand that the pick situation, and roster needs, will likely change but was just responding to the placement you had for Hyde based on the current order of Patriot picks.

    • qazmlpgh says:

      Good players but I think all can be had a round or two later than where you have them. I don’t think Bill will go with interior O-Line in the first round given Coach Scar’s ability to coach up backups for those spots. I’d prefer they trade back from the first round and pick up an additional 2nd and 3rd (not sire if that’s fair value, but please bear with me).

      Mid-2nd: WR Deandre Hopkins
      #59: CB Jamar Taylor
      Mid-3rd: DE Corey Lemonier

      • acm says:

        I like Hopkins quite a bit but he seems to be projected to go in the 1st round and even likely not fall to the Pats at 29, let alone a potential mid-2nd round pick.

        Taylor is one of the Cbs that has been shooting up boards after the combine, however he seems to be a poor fit for the Pats, who play quite a lot in zone coverage at the back and he isn’t very adept to that system … sure he may be able to learn/improve in time I’d have my doubts as to whether BB would spend a valuable pick on him in a year where picks at a premium in general.

        CBs like Banks, Slay, Poyer, Wreh-Wilson or Ryan would be a better fit for the Pats in the 2nd, imo.

        As for Lemonier, would love to have him for a 3rd pick but doubt he falls that deep – even if he makes it into the 3rd round, chances are he is off the board in the top half of picks there.

        • acm says:

          regarding CM, I just saw you had him in mid 3rd (thought you had him at 91, late in the 3rd). I guess that’s a more realistic expectation 🙂

        • MaineMan says:

          I disagree about Poyer being a poor fit for the Pats. Beginning in 2011, they de-emphasized the zone-read scheme in the secondary to begin shifting toward Man-1/Man-2 – which is the main reason that McCourty (a zone corner with little experience in man-coverage) struggled, and is also the reason they Talib and began starting Dennard (both are experienced man-corners). Yes McCourty plays mostly zone-read, but that’s pretty much the definition of the deep-cover safety’s role, while Gregory and Tavon Wilson play a mix of man and zone underneath.

          So, Poyer may actually be the best fit, with Trufant being not far behind.

  14. Stephen S says:

    What would you rather do draft someone like the honeybadger in the 3rd round or use that 3rd rounder for the wr from Pittsburg Emmanuel Sanders

    • Ryan says:

      I’d take the Honey Badger in the second if that were the case. Something tells me the Patriots like him more than other teams. He could help the Patriots in many areas. We really don’t draft only the good guys any more. Spikes and Dennard being the prime example.

      But if its between the two: I’d have to say Sanders

    • AM says:

      Forced to choose, I’d opt for Sanders. This is a very deep safety class, and there are plenty of quality prospects with few or no red flags.

  15. Stephen S says:

    Does anryone know anything about DJ Hayden looks like he has recovered from his heart condition to have trained and perform at the pro day today any thoughts on him if he is healthy(round projection)

  16. Phil says:

    Love this mock. Great players. Tank Carradine is a steal in the late first round. He is definitely a top 5 talent if it werent for his injury.

    • Michael says:

      Tank has an ACL injury and would not contribute much if at all to the Patriots in 2013. I see him as an option at #91 because teams would be hesitant to draft him early

      • Ryan says:

        I’m not sure what schedule he is on. But it doesn’t take two years to come back from an ACL. I thought he was going to have some what of a pro day?

      • acm says:

        I think he aiming at having his pro-day right before the draft, when he should be fully healed from his injury (takes about 6 months or so to regain normal physical activity after an injury of the sort).
        Whether he’d have the time to regain his pre-injury shape, that’s a diff matter.

        So, I guess whether teams think he’s worth a 1st round (likely late) pick or not would depend on how he performs on hid pro-day.

        Good news for teams interested in him is that the guy who’s overseeing his recovery is the same guy who took care of AP during his recovery from a similar injury last year.

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