2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tony Santorsa (4/20)

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NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It’s hard to believe but the 2013 NFL Draft starts in just a week.

With that being said, we’re in the complete swing of things when it comes to draft talk, so let’s jump right into my latest mock draft.

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

To be quiet honest, I’m not entirely sure that the Kansas City Chiefs hold onto the No. 1 overall pick as they could easily draft a top tier offensive tackle in the later end of the top 10. However, if the Chiefs do stay put at No. 1, then drafting the best available left tackle would be the smart thing to do for Andy Reid.

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

I think that it’s time to move on from Blaine Gabbert and bring in Geno Smith. For starters, the current regime in Jacksonville did not draft Gabbert—so why not bring in their own guy? Smith is more than capable of being a legitimate NFL starting quarterback, but it’s just a question of whether or not he can be a top tier passing at the professional level.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

There’s a solid chance that the Oakland Raiders trade out of this pick, considering they could use a couple of second or third rounders to bulk of their roster. However, if Oakland does decide to draft at No. 3 overall then Sharrif Floyd out of Florida should do wonders for Oakland’s defensive front for many years to come.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

In Chip Kelly’s first draft as an NFL head coach, it would be a wise idea to go with somebody that’s a known commodity: Oregon’s Dion Jordan.

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Drafting Eric Fisher will certainly give the Detroit Lions their left tackle of the future. I realize that the Lions might have holes on the defensive side of the ball, but protecting their franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford needs to be a priority.

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

In my opinion, Dee Milliner is the best available prospect out of this year’s draft class. At No. 6 overall, this is a great selection for the Cleveland Browns—a team that desperately needs help at cornerback opposite of Joe Haden.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

This selection almost makes too much sense in my eyes as Lane Johnson is the best available player on my draft board at this point of the draft and that the Cardinals need some help at offensive tackle. This would be an ideal scenario for Arizona.

8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Drafting an offensive guard with the No. 8 overall pick? You bet. Chance Warmack is just that good and should be a dominant offensive guard at the NFL-level for many years to come.

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

The New York Jets could use a cornerback considering that Darrelle Revis is likely on his way out the door, but adding LSU’s Barkevious Mingo should bolster New York’s defense entering 2013.

10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Many have Star Lotulelei as one of the top rated defensive tackles in this year’s draft class. With that being said, sitting at No. 10 overall the Tennessee Titans would gladly selection the former University of Utah standout.

11. San Diego Chargers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Taking into consideration all of San Diego’s needs, Xavier Rhodes would be a nice fit at this point for the Chargers. Granted that the Chargers could use an offensive linemen, but Rhodes is the best available player that fits any of their needs.

12. Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, S/CB, Texas

I really like Kenny Vaccaro at this point of the draft for the Miami Dolphins. Vaccaro is one of the most versatile defensive backs that I’ve ever seen as he can not only play safety but he can play a little cornerback.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Tavon Austin to the Bucs? Sounds a bit crazy, right? But not really when you think about it. Austin is probably the most talented offensive skilled position player in this year’s draft. The Bucs need some help in their passing attack, as Vincent Jackson can’t do it all on his own. By throwing Austin into the mix, Jackson along with Mike Williams should create havoc for opposing defenses in the NFC South.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Year after year, it seems like we’re always saying the same thing: The Carolina Panthers need help along their defensive front. With that being said, hopefully Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson can be the answer so we can finally stop discussing how the Panthers need help along their defensive front.

15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

This could be a dream come true for the New Orleans Saints. Many mock drafts have Jarvis Jones going as high as inside the top 10—so you might be shocked to see him still hanging around at No. 15 overall. With that being said, if Jones is still available at No. 15, then expect the Saints to snag him.

16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

It’s too bad Tavon Austin isn’t still available because I’m sure that he’s someone that the Rams would love to welcome aboard. However, St. Louis does need an upgrade at offensive guard and Jonathan Cooper should fill that void.

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24 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tony Santorsa (4/20)”

  1. merrittsol says:

    Pats DEs a little underrated. Chandler, Ninkovich, Francis, even Bequette may show some more improvement this year. Ninkovich is a playmaker. However the push up the middle is an area that needs big improvement. Would love to see Pats get Williams. Along with Kelly DT ( and Armstead DE ) that looks like a D line that is a step up from last year.
    At WR hope Pats look at Wheaton.Then , Swope and Dobson who they may realistically have a shot at after first round.
    CB intrigues with Taylor and Hayden.
    Really hope they address these publicly perceived needs.
    Then again Bill may make his first three picks: C, OG and TE.

  2. floridated says:

    Patriots have a young good team and only missing a few pieces to get back to the Super Bowl. Wide receiver and corner back is what is missing fo right now. If Pats could trade up to get the most highly talked about shut down corner Milliner from Alabama and a wide receiver I think that puts them ahead of their competition in the AFC Denver. Milliner is said to be a shut down corner that along with Talib would free up som of the secondary to either ply the run or blitz. Instant pressure on qb.

    • steve earle says:

      Chances BB will trade up when he has only 5 picks (2 in the 7th) seems darn unlikely but never know. Nice thought though. I think a trade down is far more likely, that way he can address team needs with good prospects going into the 4th rd this year.

  3. Tommy G. says:

    I really hope we don’t pass on Jamar Taylor. What a player.

    He gives us the insurance if Dennard or Talib go down to injury so we can keep Arrington inside, and if Talib walks next year…Taylor and Dennard will be the new tandem for years to come. On the CHEAP.

    • AM says:

      Agreed–especially with fantastic WR depth in this class, I’d think going CB with the first pick is the wisest course if Hunter is available.

      • steve earle says:

        Agreed, though not sure why Taylor is suddenly rising? My hope would still be that Trufant makes it to our 29.

        • AM says:

          I would prefer Trufant to Taylor, but would be content with either. Trufant himself has also been a fast riser. He was considered a mid-to-late second round pick at the end of the college season. I think that the Senior Bowl (rightly or wrongly) put people on to both of them, and good Combine performances accelerated their stock in both cases. Among the public, that is–I’m not sure how much the teams themselves alter their boards in response to those items.

        • steve earle says:

          That sounds reasonable AM though I heard lots about Trufant immeaditly after the sr bowl and combine but not so much about Taylor. Wondered if something other happened that I missed, and I do miss lots?

        • AM says:

          lol I don’t think you missed anything. The prospects who play in “lesser” conferences, at smaller schools, or out of big media markets always take a little while to climb the boards, with the exception of the splashy, Steve McNair-type prospects. But once one draftnik gets onto them, the rest tend to hop on the bandwagon. I’d bet that’s what happened with Taylor.

          He may also be suffering from a bit of “Stephon Gilmore Syndrome,” where he starts to look better and better as other prospects’ issues start to come to light (think Millner’s injury).

  4. MaineMan says:

    Tall, reasonably fast, developmental WRs who drop the ball 12% of the time are a dime a dozen. Why would the Pats draft one in the 1st round when they need competent WRs who can contribute on a regular basis immediately, if not sooner?

    Wheaton (who is as fast and athletic as Hunter and a much more polished route-runner) will almost certainly be off the board by #59 – and I suspect he may not even last until #29. If the Pats can’t trade down from #29 into the early 2nd, I think they’d take Wheaton if they take a WR at all there. Second choice would be Jamar Taylor (excels in both man and zone coverage).

    And, yeah, if Jesse Williams is still on the board at #59, that’s pretty much a no-brainer over Okafor (I’m still not convinced that yet another pass-rushing DE is all that high a priority for the Pats when the interior DL is still so thin beyond Wilfork).

    • AM says:

      Agreed on Hunter. A sure-handed receiver is key; Chad Jackson and Bethel Johnson had plenty of speed. I don’t think Wheaton is a first-rounder–more of a mid-second–but he’s a much better fit than Hunter.

      • steve earle says:

        Once again I agree with AM about Wheaton (my personal favorite) and I’d be very happy if a trade down landed him with a mid second. At 59 I’d be happy with Okafor and thrilled with Williams who along side Wilfolk will crush the pockets of the offense. Pressure in any QB’s face is totally disruptive. Okafor rushing from the edge would still be an improvement giving depth and insurance. In short I’ll take either.

        • AM says:

          Personally, I’d like to see a Wheaton-Dobson combo in the second and third rounds. One speedy outside receiver, one big body with decent speed and great hands. Add in Trufant or Taylor in the first round (or Bjorn Werner, if he should fall that far), and it would be a dream draft.

        • steve earle says:

          Lot of guys like yourself would like to double dip in WR and if we trade down it might happen but then that means Trufant wasn’t there. Dobson, your big body receicer, wouldn’t he be somewhat redundant given the TE crew we have? He would help with downfield blocking no doubt. How about a small speedy WR like Ace Sanders from SC? Somesay he’s a poor mans Tavon Austin? But really I’d prefur some D-line help as I’m not putting all my money and on Armsted and Kelly.

        • AM says:

          To be honest, I have been so enthused about Dobson that I am probably overrating him a bit at this point. 😀 But one of the reasons I like him so much is that he has a lot of experience at the X receiver spot, which is where I think he will have to play in the pros. He isn’t a DeSean Jackson-type burner, but he has the strength, height, and just enough speed to be consistently successful on the outside. He might be a little duplicative with Hernandez (though not completely), but that would free Hernandez up to work the inside more with Gronkowski. He (or Wheaton) will at least demand some safety help, and keep defenses honest.

          I do agree, though, that if the choice is coming away with two quality WRs or one quality WR plus one quality CB, the CB selection is almost mandatory. If Trufant, Hayden, and Taylor are all off the board at #29, I’d advocate trading back, and maybe looking towards a second or third round replacement (I personally like Robert Alford). But if any of those three are available at #29, pick him, and let the chips fall where they may.

          I also do think Ace Sanders is an interesting choice–smaller guy, but lightning quick; a nice all-purpose weapon. He might be a rich man’s Danny Woodhead, and I think he would be a great addition. I wouldn’t pull the trigger on him until the sixth round or so, though, and I do think they need to get an outside guy as well. Wouldn’t mind seeing them trade both the seventh round picks to move up and get him.

  5. Bobthebuilder says:

    How can everyone want Jesse Williams?

    • acm says:

      because the need to give an aging Wilfork a breather and find his eventual replacement is very obvious?

    • steve earle says:

      Not sure why Bob has this attitude about Williams and not sure it matters because if he is on the board at 59 no way BB will not take him, just look at his drafting history. He loves big athletic DT’s. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Bill takes him at 29.

  6. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    No-way we pass on Jesse Williams Twice?

  7. jim r says:

    If it falls like this Pats should go with Carradine-29 Jesse williams -59 then corner in the third. developmental wr’s in 7th

    • cc says:

      In this scenario I’d take both Okafor DE/OLB & DT Jessie Williams in the late 2nd and garner an extra pick for moving back, then look for Da’Rick Rogers or other best scenario WR with the #91 3rd rounder-knowing I can move up for it, by using my free aforementioned above pick for moving back if I need to.

    • Billy C. says:

      That’s exactly my thoughts when I read the article.

    • steve earle says:

      I’d go along with jim r here if all the best CB’s are off the board but again my thinking is, if they are, Bill will trade down. Just to much depth this year not to.

  8. cc says:

    Sorry buddy; but in your scenario, I take Jamal Taylor (CB). Way better pick & need.
    Also, you took Alex Oakafor DE Texas. He’s a great option sure, & id love too see him in a Patriot uniform. …but you left DT Jessie Williams on the board. …? End of the second…..? Williams still on the board….?
    You musta’ been smoking something when you laid out this one.

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