2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope’s Final Projections

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While many mock drafts have Geno Smith falling down the draft board, he is projected to go No. 2 overall here. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Final Update: 4/24, 11:30 p.m. ET

The day of the 2013 NFL Draft is finally here, when all the speculation will come to an end in a draft that is sure to be full of reaches, steals and surprise picks.

The actual draft is likely to destroy our mock drafts even more than usual this year. Less than 24 hours until the Kansas City Chiefs go on the clock, who they will select at the No. 1 overall pick remains uncertain, though Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher appear to be the most likely choices.

As a result, you should be able to find a wide variety of mock drafts not only here on NEPatriotsDraft, but throughout the NFL Draft Sites Network and the World Wide Web. Here’s my own, unique take on how the first three rounds of the draft could, hypothetically, play out.

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

As the draft approaches closer, the most likely scenario for the Kansas City Chiefs appears to be that they will trade franchise-tagged left tackle Branden Albert, and draft his replacement with the No. 1 overall pick. According to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones, the Chiefs are currently negotiating with the Miami Dolphins for an Albert trade, which would open the door for the Chiefs’ selection to either be Joeckel or Fisher.

Both players are very well-rounded prospects who have the ability to be outstanding NFL left tackles, but in my opinion, the edge should go to Joeckel when the smokescreening comes to an end. He is as good as any prospect in the draft class, a skilled pass-protector with great size and length, who has great footwork in pass protection and who does a great job of kicking out and getting to the second level as a run blocker.

Fisher is a slightly better athlete with more power, while Joeckel is the more polished technician with proven dominance against SEC competition. Joeckel is most ready to step in from Day 1 and be an NFL left tackle, which should get him the nod here, but neither pick would come as a surprise.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

After months of being projected almost universally among the top draft picks, some draft prognosticators have started to drop West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in their late mock drafts. Yet although I personally think Smith should be a late first-round or early second-round pick, I don’t think he’ll be on the board for long.

Quarterbacks are consistently overdrafted because of need, and if the Jaguars believe Smith can be the franchise quarterback Blaine Gabbert has not proven to be — it’s unknown whether they do — they will likely select him at No. 2 overall (or trade down to select him if anyone will bite on moving up). The Jaguars have a new head coach in Gus Bradley and new general manager David Caldwell, both of whom attended Smith’s pro day, and could be looking for a new signal-caller to lead the roster they are trying to build.

If the Jaguars are going to look in another direction, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei would be the best choice as a disruptive defensive tackle who can be a cog for their defense and much-needed playmaker on their defensive line. It would come as no surprise, however, if the Jaguars look to Smith as an answer to their “wide-open” quarterback competition.

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Oakland Raiders have made a major effort to improve their defense this offseason, signing a double-digit number of veteran free agents to compete for playing time in their defense next season. They don’t have many impact players in that group, however, especially on the defensive line.

The Raiders’ biggest need of their defense is to improve the pass-rush off the edge, but their best strategy would be to simply draft the highest-rated defensive player on their board. That player should be Utah’s Star Lotulelei, an outstanding defensive tackle who can play both the 1-technique nose tackle and 3-technique defensive tackle spots, and has the potential to be a truly dominant force.

Lotulelei has it all: explosive quickness, great strength and power, nose tackle size with 3-technique athleticism, and can both plug gaps and penetrate the line with his quickness. The Raiders need a star to build their defense around, and they could get that from Lotulelei, who has as much upside and ability as any prospect in the draft class.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The closer we get to the draft, the fewer picks it seems that Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher will still be on the board. But although offensive tackles have been rumored at both the No. 2 and No. 3 overall picks, those rumors are likely coming from a place of smokescreening, as both teams could be looking to trade down, while neither team needs a left tackle.

The Eagles, on the other hand, look like a legitimate landing spot for Fisher. While they already have one of the NFL’s best left tackles in Jason Peters, he is coming off of a torn Achilles and is 31 years old. Even so, the Eagles could draft Fisher, install him at right tackle while moving Todd Herremans inside to right guard, strengthening their entire offensive line while grooming Fisher as their franchise left tackle of the future.

To run the quick offense that Chip Kelly will want to run in Philadelphia, a quick offensive line up front is a prerequisite. An athletic offensive tackle like Fisher, who is a great pass-blocker with ideal size and length but also has the power to be a very good lead run blocker at right tackle, would be a good fit in Philadelphia, especially with Star Lotulelei off the board.

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

Having lost both of their starting offensive tackles from last season, the ideal situation for the Detroit Lions is for Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher to fall into their spot at the No. 5 overall pick. With Fisher off the board, Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson becomes a good option himself, but another possibility for the Lions is to address a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end with Brigham Young’s Ezekiel Ansah.

A boom-or-bust prospect with limited football experience, Ansah is a very risky choice as a top-five overall pick, but the Lions could easily fall in love with his potential, especially after having the opportunity to work with him closely at the Senior Bowl, where the Lions’ coaching staff coached the South squad, which Ansah played on.

Ansah has a raw game and needs to improve his technique, but his size, athleticism and flashes of brilliance as both a pass-rusher and run defender have had him rising up draft boards throughout the pre-draft process. The Lions desperately need to find a new premier pass-rusher for their defensive line, and Ansah could very well be the guy.




6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Cleveland Browns have one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in Joe Haden, but they need an upgrade over the spot opposite him dubbed by some Browns fans as the “(Buster) Skrine door.” They can get that immediate upgrade by selecting Alabama’s Dee Milliner.

Milliner is a long, athletic and physical cornerback with great ball skills and No. 1 cornerback potential. In Cleveland, he could step in right away at the No. 2 spot opposite Haden, and quickly form one of the NFL’s best cornerback tandems.

As one of the best players available addressing a major area of need, Milliner — who TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline reported to be the Browns’ No. 1 draft priority — makes perfect sense as the team’s first-round pick.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Simply put, upgrading the offensive line is an absolute must for the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s draft. The Cardinals gave up a league-high 58 sacks last year, and in an effort to improve their pass-protection, finding a franchise left tackle in Round 1 would be a great place to start.

If one of the draft class’ top three offensive tackles is still available at the No. 7 overall pick, the Cardinals should not pass up the opportunity to draft one of them. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is not quite as polished as Joeckel or Fisher, but may have the most upside of the trio, as a converted tight end with a truly rare and special combination of athleticism, length and strength for the left tackle position.

8. Buffalo Bills: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

The Buffalo Bills could certainly be in the market for a first-round quarterback, but that could change if Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan is still available at the No. 8 overall pick.

Rumored to be a possibility at both the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks, Jordan is one of the draft class’ hottest prospects. I expect him to fall a little farther, but if he is still available when the Bills are on the clock, they could be hard-pressed to pass upon his upside.

The Bills could use another hybrid pass-rusher, and Jordan’s length, athleticism and versatility not only give him star potential, but make him a very good fit to play in the Bills’ new “ameoba” defensive scheme. Although certainly a boom-or-bust prospect, it seems increasingly more likely that Jordan will be among the top selections in the 2013 NFL draft. The Bills, who brought Jordan in for an official visit earlier this month according to the team’s official website, are likely to have interest in him if he is available.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

After acquiring a second first-round pick in trading Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the possibilities for their first-round picks are now wide open. But if there is one position that the Jets should certainly address with one of the two picks, that should be finding a premier hybrid pass-rushing prospect.

LSU’s Barkevious Mingo would be a terrific fit if available at the No. 9 overall pick. Possibly the best conversion pass-rushing prospect for a 3-4 defense in the draft class, Mingo is an explosive athlete who compares favorably to Bruce Irvin, who the Jets targeted in last year’s draft according to The Sports Xchange’s Len Pasquarelli.

Like Irvin, Mingo is undersized and a weak point-of-attack run defender, but projects very well at outside linebacker given his sideline-to-sideline speed and ability to make plays in space.

10. Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

By addressing some of their more immediate needs in free agency, the Tennessee Titans have angled themselves toward taking a chance on a big-impact player, with a pass-rusher looking like a likely route. The Tennessee Titans have a decent pair of starting defensive ends in Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, but could be looking to spark that rotation with an explosive, high-upside player off the edge.

Florida State’s Bjoern Werner does not quite have the athletic upside that Ansah, Jordan and Mingo have, but he is a more polished pass-rusher and better all-around player than any of them.

Werner has great snap anticipation, explodes off the line of scrimmage and has very good pass-rushing technique. He is a three-down player who is also a strong run defender, and he has good size for the defensive end position. Werner is likely to be one of the best and most productive players from this draft, and he would be an upgrade and add an impact player to the Titans’ defensive line.

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The San Diego Chargers’ greatest need is to revamp their offensive line, a need that has become even greater with the loss of guard Louis Vasquez to the Denver Broncos. With the top left tackles off the board, the Chargers should turn their sights to selecting the draft’s top guard and best available player on the board, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper.

Cooper is a terrific all-around guard prospect, with truly outstanding footwork and rare athleticism for an interior offensive lineman, but also has great size and power. He is very skilled as both an interior pass-blocker and as a pull run blocker, but can drive defenders back in-line as well.

A guard is not a sexy first-round pick, but Cooper would be an immediate upgrade on the interior offensive line with All-Pro potential, and even at a position where players are not usually top-20 draft picks, Cooper’s rare talent makes him very good value outside the top 10.

12. Miami Dolphins: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

The Miami Dolphins’ first-round strategy will likely be shaped by whether they fill their need of an offensive tackle by trading for Kansas City Chiefs veteran Branden Albert. If that trade ends up happening, the possibilities could be wide open for the Dolphins at the No. 12 overall pick, who will still have four picks in the first three rounds even if they trade one of their second-round picks for Albert.

The Dolphins have done a good job this offseason of adding weapons for young quarterback Ryan Tannehill to work with, signing wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller to give the team more downfield playmakers. Keller, however, is only signed for a one-year contract, and the Dolphins have a chance to get a true star at the tight end position by selecting Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert.

With a terrific combination of size, athleticism and receiving ability, Eifert has the potential for greatness. While his blocking still leaves something to be desired, he can be a go-to receiving target in the middle of the field and is a big downfield playmaker who can stretch the field. He is one of the draft’s top talents, and would be a great addition to the Dolphins as they continue to rebuild their offense.

13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The New York Jets received this selection in return for trading cornerback Darrelle Revis, which is leaving their secondary looking quite weak outside of Antonio Cromartie. Either a cornerback or safety would be a smart selection for the Jets with the No. 13 overall pick to add an impact player to the secondary and still building the defensive backfield back up.

Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro is projected to be a selection in the top half of Round 1, and he would make sense for the Jets here. He adds a much-needed impact playmaker at the safety position as a hard-hitting, athletic striker with good coverage skills, while he also has the ability to fill a need at slot corner situationally.

Taking a chance on a new franchise player by selecting a quarterback is also a possibility for the Jets, but with no sure-fire first-round quarterbacks on the board, they may be better off bolstering their secondary with Vaccaro.

14. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

With fantastic value still on the board at the defensive tackle position, the choice for the Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick should come down to which player at the position is the best fit for their defensive scheme. The Panthers have a major need at defensive tackle, but the best choice would be powerful and explosive nose tackle Jesse Williams of Alabama.

Williams is not the interior pass-rusher that Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson and Florida’s Sharrif Floyd are — and therefore, he hasn’t received as much attention as a draft prospect — but he is a massive lineman with the potential to be a fantastic run-stopper, not only due to his size and strength but also due to very good athleticism and quickness for his size.

Williams can be a three-down player for the Panthers, and though it would come as a shock to many if he is selected over both Richardson and Floyd, it shouldn’t. For a team in need of increasing their run-stopping presence up front, Williams is a terrific fit.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri

As the New Orleans Saints convert to a 3-4 defense, they need to reinforce their defensive front seven. An ideal first-round choice would be Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson, an explosive athlete and interior pass-rusher who projects very well to playing 5-technique defensive end in a three-man front.

The Saints need an impact player on their defensive line, and they can get that from Richardson, who could form a very good defensive end tandem with Cameron Jordan, a great run-stopper. Richardson is great value at the end of the top 15, and has huge upside with his ability to shoot interior gaps, make plays in the backfield and draw double-teams.

16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

There has been a lot of talk about the Rams drafting West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, and with good reason. The Rams could use another playmaker at the wide receiver position, and Austin is as explosive as they come while a perfect fit to replace Danny Amendola in the slot.

Austin is small, but makes up for his lack of size with fantastic speed and agility. He is a threat to turn any play into a big play, while he is a clean route-runner with good hands, and can also be used as a running threat out of the backfield.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that the Rams are likely to draft either Austin or Clemson wideout DeAndre Hopkins, and that favor would likely go toward Austin if both are available.

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58 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dan Hope’s Final Projections”

  1. joeisme says:

    I cannot see the Packers having any interest in Moore. He is too slow for an OLB and too small to play 3/4 DE. He will struggle against good NFL linemen and would be a backup at best. The Packers can’t afford to waste a high pick on a backup.

  2. Eric says:

    I’d hate it if the Patriots passed on DJ Hayden, if he were still on the board.

  3. PatsDJ says:

    First off, I think Mallet is gone for a 2nd this year or next. If he was in this draft he would be the number 1 rated QB. I know he hasn’t played much, but the talent is there. To many teams neeed QBs now rather than later.
    Pick #29 will be traded.
    I would like to trade with the Jags for # 33 & #98.
    Or, with Atlanta for #60 and a 1st next year.
    Players I like in 2nd & 3rd rounds are:
    Kyle Long G/T Oregon
    Jonathon Banks CB Miss St
    Margus Hunt DE SMU
    Tyler Bray QB Tenn
    John Jenkins DT Georgia
    Christine Michael RB Texas A&M
    Terrance Williams WR Baylor
    This is not a great draft, I want more picks in the 2014 Draft.
    I think BB just wheels and deals to the tune of about 4-5 trades.

    • steve earle says:

      I think your assesement of Mallett is pretty much on the mark and may very well come about. If it happens this year likely it will be late in the first round at earlyest. Teams looking for QB’s will see their options reduced by the second round. Also I like your list of prospects. Margus Hunt and Terrance Williams perk my intrest.
      Predicting 4-5 trades is bold, good for you!

      • PatsDJ says:

        I think BB showed what he really thinks of this years draft with the RFA signing of WR Saunders of the Steelers. Willing to give up his 3rd round pick. That would have left the Pats with 4 picks in 2013. This is why I think he has a deal in place for Ryan Mallet. BB almost has to trade, he just doesn’t have enough picks this year.

        • steve earle says:

          Agree we don’t have enough picks.It is possable a trade for Mallett is in place but if so I expect it’s a conditional one where the trade partner is looking at a QB in the draft who if is not still available to them they would then activate the trade for Mallett. Otherwise why would everyone be silent about it? More likely I think teams are waiting to see if they can get someone in the second round they can develope in there own system. I’m just going by my gut, no inside info.

  4. steve earle says:

    Guess it’s time to stick my neck out and make my picks. Here goes.
    Bill will trade down the #29 because his short list players are off the board. He gets a 2nd somewhere in the mid to low 40’s and a 4th rounder.

    2#X Eric Reid ss
    2#59 Brandon Williams DT
    3#91 Leon McFadden cb
    4#X Aaron Dobson WR
    7#a Kenny Tate OLB/SS
    7#b Jordan Rogers QB

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I like Brandon Williams, Tate , and Rogers if Mallett is gone! I’m just going with what I know we have, 5 picks but know trades will give us more!

      LB Sio Moore
      WR Markus Wheaton
      CB Jordan Poyer
      OG/C Barrett Jones
      DT Jared Smith

      • Nuf Ced says:

        Stop with Mallet…

        Please. Just stop. It’s not happening

      • steve earle says:

        I usually only go with what we have also but you convinced me that Bill will likely trade down the 29. Only guessing who will still be on the board and Reid seems very possable to me and think he would tighten up the secondary. McFadden though smallish would provide depth. As for Rogers I’d go for him regardless of Mallett who will be in his final yearnext year. Not to soon to cover that possability now, plus Rogers has shown signs of good upside.
        However it goes down it promases to be very intresting, can’t wait.

    • jim r says:

      That would work, Tate is interesting. Coming into this year he was rated pretty highly at the safety position and moved down to OLB. Lot of flexibility there

    • acm says:

      I can see Reid drop in the 2nd although I personally would prefer Thomas there. Not so sure about Mcfadden in late 3rd and especially Dobson in the 4th though. Dobson is more of a mid to late 2nd rounder, maybe, just maybe he drops to early 3rd but into the 4th? Very much doubt that.

      It’s a very good set of players but I think a bit unrealistic. Also drafting a S early, thanks to mcCourty’s positional versatility, makes it imo unnecessary to spend another early pick on a CB – for a CB I’d rather look in the 7th in this scenario and spend that 91st pick on other needs – possibly trade it down for more options a bit later … depends on what value falls there really.

      • steve earle says:

        AS for McCourty’s versatility he doesn’t have any though. He failed at badly at CB. He does a decent job at FS but a good SS like Reid, yes! I’m not impressed with any of the other saftys now on the team.

        • MaineMan says:

          I don’t understand why people keep claiming that McCourty “failed” at CB.

          McCourty joined the Pats as an exceptional zone-read player (which is also why he’s so good at deep coverage safety). In his second season (the one without any off-season) the Pats switched to a primarily press-man coverage scheme and McCourty had never played press-man in his life (and it certainly didn’t help him that the Pats had basically nothing at deep safety to back him up). Still, by the Superbowl he was pretty much holding his own and he was okay at it last season.

        • steve earle says:

          OK, have it your way McCortney can play CB. All you have to do is convince most of the rest of us on that.Even if he could I’d really, really like another decent prospect drafted, just in case.

    • Jeff M says:

      Zero chance Dobson makes it out of the 3rd round.

  5. cc says:

    Leaving (CB)’s both X.Rhodes & J.Taylor before and after, just to take an ankle injury potential not 100 % WR in R. Woods? That’s just kinda dumb I.Many.O..

  6. kevin says:

    Trade the 1 for a 2-4 this year to nab justin hunter he has a higher ceiling to excell and pull that safety to his side over the top. margus hunt for the second 2 he will excell as a chess peice in our defense and BB loves to give differnt looks between 3-4 and even fronts use our other picks to get some secondary.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Justin Hunter drops 12%+ of the balls that he gets his hands on – no way would I touch a receiver that can’t catch

  7. gutstring says:

    Dan, how about adding a fourth round, now that the Patsies have two selections there in this mock?

  8. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Know Bill will make some trades I am selesting my 5 players with that in mind, to be Patriots next year.
    Sio Moore LB
    Markus Wheaton WR
    Jordan Poyer CB
    Barrett Jones OG/C
    Jared Smith DT

    • steve earle says:

      Russell you don’t give us any clues as to where these picks are to be taken. I only guss you think trade down #29 but if so will Poyer slide into the 3rd and Jones into 4th or are they two 3rds? Can you clearify please?

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I think there will be a number of trade moves, so I’m just picking the players I think will be Patroits after the draft. So i’m looking at it as, all these guys are before the 5th round. I only get 5 picks so I’m using guys i think Bill will draft. Good luck I like your Brandan Williams, I just went with Smith instead, it was close.

    • kdog says:

      Russell, what makes you think Wheaton? After reading about him I’m unsure b/c of size and durability issues. Then again, he’s similar in size to E Sanders. . .

      but I’m with you on Sio and Barrett Jones. . . there’s so many CBs I think they might just see who falls. . . on the DLine I am lost.

      I’ll come up with a pick-5 by Thursday.

      • steve earle says:

        My 2 cents, Why some concern about Wheaton he has’t had any issues in collage I’m aware of? About D line, lots of depth well into the 4th rd likely. Still the higher a guy is taken the better player he is likely to be. Add to this that DE is also deep so if a player BB likes falls into range don’t be surprised if Bill grabs him he has a love of big athletic DT’s.

  9. gutstring says:

    Agree with Nuf re Sports Science…Sylvester the Younger was moving off the line before the C could finish his 3-ft hike to the QB’s hands…amazing quickness.

  10. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Trade #29 to Tampa , #43, #112, and a 4th next year.
    #43- Markus Wheaton
    #59- Sio Moore
    #91- Micah Hyde
    #112- Jared Smith

    • steve earle says:

      I see Russell has jumped on Sio Moore in his two scenarios here so far.I’m wondering if he is thinking best player or feels there is a need at LB? Perhaps if Sio is an upgrade on say Hightower, he feels Hightower could moveinto the RDE slot? Be interested in hearing Russell’s thinking regarding this choice.

      • steve earle says:

        correction, I ment Hightower to the LDE.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I think Moore is a great cover LB, who can rush the passer, but is very strong with great hand use to get off blocks in the run game. Bill loves LBers, and I think Moore is a situational LB for now, unless there is an injury. He is stronger than DeVante Holloman who I like as well, and just better in the run game.
        I’m the only person I have heard calling for Moore as an early pick by the Patriots, but I think Bill likes him.

        • Ken W says:

          I think he is a good LB, but to say he is a good situational guy at a position that the Pats are pretty deep at right now plus they have Fletcher coming back who was playing really well in the preseason until he got hurt. So why would you spent a 1st round pick on a situational player?

          1st and 2nd rounders should be impact starters for teams not situational players.

          If he was there in the 2nd then maybe it would be worth it.

      • acm says:

        I think people may be underestimating the need for a quick, good in coverage, 3-down LB as that weakness is almost as glaring as the need for a WR and a player for the secondary (be it a S or a CB).

        The Pats as of right now have only one 3-down backer in Mayo and two situational, stout vs the run, very similar to one another players like Spikes and Hightower. Another 3-down backer is needed to make that part of the team complete and that would improve the D by a mile, not just marginally.

        I disagree that players like Brown or Moore are situational players – either one of those is likely to start in the WSL role leaving hightower and Spikes for the run stopping role in the middle. Also, let’s not forget Spikes’ contract is up next year and there are no guarantees he would be resigned as the presense of Hightower on the team hardly makes him irreplaceable.

        I’d agree that players like Greene, Alonso, Holloman, klein etc would likely be situational players should they arrive but not the case with Brown or Moore, imo.

        And Fletcher coming off an injury and still going thru his transition to LB is hardly more than a good back-up at this point.

        Not saying we should spend a 1st rounder on a LB but I think the need for another 3-down player is going severely underestimated by people, who are focusing on CB and WR probably a bit too much than necessary.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Well said, the sports news clouds people’s thinking. WR and CB will be part of the draft, but OLB that can cover is important to a successful D. I like Brown and Sio Moore, I think Moore ia alittle stronger, but Brown is faster.

    • Jeff M says:

      I’d rather try Jelani Jenkins in the 4th/5th and maybe Kenny Tate in the 6th/7th for the sub LB roles than Sio Moore in the 2nd unless he’s ultimately replacing Spikes.

  11. Rob says:

    I like
    1. Jamar Taylor
    2. Markus Wheaton
    3. Trade for 112 and 126
    112. Aaron Dobson
    126. Jon Bostic

  12. Jagsman says:

    id go with dion jordan round 1, rhodes in the 2nd, and keenan allen in the 3rd.

  13. Ken W says:

    If it went this way I would go:

    1. Xavier Rhodes CB
    2. Margus Hunt DE
    3. Trade with Tampa for 112 and 126

    • Jim R says:

      Sold, I like that call it a day

      • cc says:

        Why not tag a WR LIKE SAY, Ryan Swoop with 3rd instead of trading back?
        He’s proven 2 be reliable with solid foot quickness & has strong route knowledge…

    • steve earle says:

      Sounds great as far as you have gone but who do you pick with the 112 and 126?

      • Ken W says:

        112 and 126 I would go with:

        One of these two as a cover LB or Safety
        Devonte Holloman OLB
        TJ McDonald FS

        And then Mark Harrison WR that I think has the potential to be a Boldin like WR.

  14. Nuf Ced says:

    Heck the more I look at this I wouldn’t take Woods over Olgetree… If Williams or Olgletree are there at 29 please dear God don’t take a WR

    • acm says:

      I wouldn’t mind either of the Williams DTs – Jesse or Sylvester – but not a big fan of Ogletree, tbh. He sure is a physically gifted athlete but not a 1st round prospect at the 4-3 OLB position (they keep plugging him as an ILB but think he projects as a OLB in the NFL).

      Only 4-3 OLB this year worthy of a 29th pick for me is Arthur Brown, who may or may not make it there. He has better instincts and is overall a more intelligent player than Ogletree, imo.
      Other than that, I’d rather go with Moore, Greene or Alonso, who I think project somewhere starting from mid 2nd to about mid 3rd.

      • Nuf Ced says:

        I see him as an inside replacement for Spikes who can’t cover; becomes a 3 down ILB for us

        • steve earle says:

          You don’t draft a situationay player in the 1st, otherwise I too like Brown but given our shortage of picks and other pressing needs think it unlikely Brown will fit into Bill’s plans.

        • steve earle says:

          CORRECTION, I think you were saying he would become a three down LB not a 3rd down LB as I interpeded you. If so my mistake and can understand that reasoning. Interesting thought!

  15. Nuf Ced says:

    If the Pats took Poyer over Jenkins or Hunt I would have punch a hole in my Sheetrock

  16. Prime says:

    My Mock Draft
    1. D.J. Hayden
    2. Da’rick Rodgers
    3. Josh Boyce

  17. chris mcmahon says:

    0% Sherrif Floyd lasts to 18 and dion jordan falls out of top 5

    • joe says:

      Finally someone who knows what their talking about. Hope always does the worst mock draft. And he says woods would be good value. Woods is one of the most over rated players in this years draft

  18. Nuf Ced says:

    After watching Sports Science on ESPN I want Sly Williams from UNC… Scary fast twitch and power

    • steve earle says:

      Silvester is good prospect and as DT’s go I’d take either of the Williams’. As for Poyer there are several guys I would pass him over for, all depends on how things unfold. Please though don’t take it out on innocent sheetrock. lol.

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