April 7th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Could North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams find a spot in the first round of this month’s NFL Draft? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, it’s time to take another look at how the first round could progress. As always, player rankings and values are provided via FRX.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M* (FRX: #1 overall prospect, $4,081)

It looks like an offensive tackle will be the first pick in this year’s draft; Eric Fisher is another possibility, but Luke Joeckel still appears to be the most likely selection.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (FRX: #4 overall prospect, $3,204)

Blaine Gabbert’s play has not been encouraging thus far, and Smith seems like a top-five pick right now. Jacksonville could also target Dion Jordan or Sharrif Floyd.

3. Oakland Raiders – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah (FRX: #8 overall prospect, $2,393)

Desmond Bryant left for Cleveland, Richard Seymour remains a free agent, and Tommy Kelly has been released; this pick should be either Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama* (FRX: #6 overall prospect, $3,050)

Eric Fisher is another possibility here, but with Jason Peters rumored to be completely healthy, Milliner makes sense as well; Bradley Fletcher is no lock to stay healthy.

5. Detroit Lions – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (FRX: #3 overall prospect, $3,281)

Dee Milliner would have been nice, but Eric Fisher is a coup as well; Riley Reiff could shift over to right tackle. Don’t count out a rusher such as Bjoern Werner or Ezekiel Ansash.

6. Cleveland Browns – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee* (FRX: #15 overall prospect, $1,738)

A player such as Dee Milliner would be ideal, but Patterson is a nice consolation prize. Current starting receiver Greg Little has incredibly inconsistent hands.

7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (FRX: #9 overall prospect, $2,298)

It’s too early for Matt Barkley; drafting an athletic stud such as Lane Johnson could finally solidify the left side of Arizona’s line, which has been a problem for years.

8. Buffalo Bills – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama (FRX: #11 overall prospect, $1,993)

The Bills could go in a few different directions here: a weapon such as Tavon Austin or Tyler Eifert, a pass rusher such as Barkevious Mingo, or a top guard.

9. New York Jets – LB Dion Jordan, Oregon (FRX: #5 overall prospect, $3,127)

Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo are both pass-rushing upgrades at number nine; Jordan may be a little bit safer as a prospect, so he gets the nod here.

10. Tennessee Titans – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida* (FRX: #2 overall prospect, $3,386)

This may be a little bit further than Floyd slips on draft day; if he’s available with the tenth overall pick, he would represent an ideal compliment to Jurrell Casey.

11. San Diego Chargers – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.* (FRX: #17 overall prospect, $1,704)

This is a worst-case scenario for San Diego, with Cordarrelle Patterson and all three top tackles off the board. Left cornerback Marcus Gilchrist struggled in 2012.

12. Miami Dolphins – DE Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana St.* (FRX: #13 overall prospect, $1,950)

Mingo makes a lot of sense in Miami; he could rotate with Jared Odrick at left end when additional pass rushers are needed, as well as with Koa Misi at linebacker.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri* (FRX: #14 overall prospect, $1,834)

Although selecting Richardson would leave Tampa Bay with what are essentially two three-techniques, a combination of Richardson and Gerald McCoy would be fearsome.

14. Carolina Panthers – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (FRX: #19 overall prospect, $1,628)

Tavon Austin would be the ideal complement for Cam Newton in a creative spread-option offense; the Panthers must find additional weapons for Newton in the passing game.

15. New Orleans Saints – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.* (FRX: #10 overall prospect, $2,009)

Physically and athletically, Werner bears some similarities to Paul Kruger; he would both drastically and instantly improve a stagnant New Orleans pass rush.

16. St. Louis Rams – FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (FRX: #18 overall prospect, $1,687)

This may be slightly early for Vaccaro, but St. Louis has a dire need at the safety spot; their current starters at the position are Rodney McLeod and Darian Stewart.

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28 Responses to “April 7th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)”

  1. BBinDenial says:

    Another Reach for a No name DB ala Mccourty , dowling , butler,etc…
    NO THANKS stick with what you know draft Dline playmaker or just move down and pick up some extra picks can easily get a Db with similiar upside late in 2nd and 3rd round

  2. kdog says:

    Belichick ran a 4.3? Wow – he’s go to be the fastest HC in football.

  3. VT Bill says:

    I can’t believe the Pats would take a CB in 1st round. I would think DT and WR would be 1st priorities, and in this mock, Kawann Short and DeAndre Hopkins are still available, and I’d be on them before Wren-Wilson.
    In this draft, I’d take Short, and then pick up marcus Wheaton or Stedman Bailey in the 2nd, and then go after a coverage type OLB, like Sio Moore, Jelani Jenkins , or even a CB, S , or OL. If they get a WR and DT, they have a lot of options.

  4. floridated says:

    Bill is going to bite on another UConn corner??I don’t thinks so this pick will be traded to a team who needs a QB and fell in love with, one that they might not get if they use ther pick. Time to step up and get one of the top corners trade up Bill you have a young team missing a few pieces why use all 4 picks make a trade and get 1 top notch starting CB you won’t have to move up that much. Sometimes less is more..Smewhere in the draft look for another tight end Bill has a thing for te’s. according to him they are the best athletes on the field. Go away from Patriots thinking in the draft quatity instead of quality.

    • mjp says:

      Anyone but Blidi Wilson, he’s not worth a 1st round pick, try any of the next three players in this mock (though Reid is a fringe guy).

      • cc says:

        Yup. You never know, but I’d just assume jump up for DT Jessie Williams w/ our 1st and a next year pick.
        Go ? DE/OLB & WR with the 2nd and 3rd.
        Beefcake Up & Solidify the front and middle of the D Line right 1st.

        Wait for CB/DB’ s
        A/. By the Trade Deadline.
        B/. Free Agency. &
        C/. Next years Draft.

  5. AM says:

    Cornerback is definitely a huge need, but I’m not sure that this is the best scenario for the Patriots. Wreh-Wilson is a fine zone corner, but the Patriots have seen much better results with aggressive man coverage, and I doubt he can fill that need. I would prefer to see a trade back in this scenario. If forced to opt for a player, I would think Jamar Taylor a much better fit.

    • acm says:

      I agree with your assessment on Wreh-Wilson but one shouldn’t forget that none of these rookie CBs are the finished article yet. just because right now he is a better zone-cover CB that doesn’t mean he can’t develop into a fine well-rounded corner later on.

      But yeah, he would be quite the reach at 29 and there are probably 2-3 other CBs, likely going somewhere in the 2nd I’d consider over Wreh Wilson anyway. But it also depends where the Pats are planning to draft a CB – if it’s in late 2nd, I think Wreh-Wilson would be one of the better CBs with a chance to fall there.

      This being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pats decide to solve the CB issue by drafting a safety – Thomas, Swearinger, Evans come to mind – which would make use of Mccourty’s position flexibility. Think that may depend on value available at the time.

      • MatthewJones says:

        I think people are really underrating Wreh-Wilson, who has a very appealing combination of size, athleticism, intelligence/intangibles, polish, and versatility. He may be considered a reach in terms of where current projections have him slotted, but there aren’t any major flaws in his game and I think he could project as a quality starter on the outside. Obviously, New England’s rankings are often very different as well; they don’t seem to operate very close to the consensus opinions of where players will be drafted, especially at defensive back (Dowling at 33, Tavon Wilson and Terence Wheatley in the second, Patrick Chung in the early second), but also with guys like Logan Mankins and Ben Watson at the end of the first round.

        • AM says:

          I don’t have any objections to the qualities you listed about Wreh-Wilson, and I would agree with all of them. My problem with the assessment is that precisely the same things could be said about Devin McCourty. I love McCourty, especially at safety, but he really looks lost in man coverage. I fear the same would apply to Wreh-Wilson.

          I would also agree that the Patriots do not operate close to consensus on defensive back drafting. I think that is hardly a ringing endorsement, however, given what we have seen from Dowling, Wheatley, and Chung so far (jury being out on Wilson).

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          I agree with the statement that the Patriots do NOT operate close to the consensus opinions where players will be drafted. I also agree, with the appealing size, intelligence/intangables of Wreh-Wilson. I just have a hard time seeing BB drafting a CB 1st.
          I think BB goes for DT Jesse Williams or DT Brandon Williams, with the 1st pick. If he can get Wreh-Wilson at #59 yes sir, we take him. I also feel BB likes CB Brandon McGee, who is Mocked in the 4th or later, that BB could take at #91. My favorit is CB Micah Hyde at #91. I think BB will take two CB’s, alot depends on the WR Emmanuel Sanders deal, and loss of the #91 choice.

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          BB could have been at Conn. to see Silo Moore given the need for a cover LB.

  6. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    The Steelers are about ready to sign Ahmad Bradshaw, this will eat-up more cap money, making the WR Emmanuel Sanders deal, better for the Patriots????

    • acm says:

      iirc, the Steelers right now barely have enough cap room, if that, to even cover the new draft class … so, my guess is they have already planned on how to generate more cap room, as needed.

      I think it won’t be easy to get Sanders from them without overpaying – I expect the Pats put in an offer sheet near the deadline but the Steelers would manage to keep him, unless BB really wants Sanders and is ready to pay big for him.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        The Steelers will be getting 5mil in cap space June 1st from the displacement ,from the release of OG Willie Colon. So I think the draft picks this year will be signed after June.

  7. Jacob Prieto says:

    I honestly think dat Blidi Wreh- Wilson iz not a Guud pick Patriots needs 2 do better then dat Patriot should target Tyrann Mathieu nd Dezmond Trufant nd Tank Carrdine nd Dion Jordan

  8. JV says:

    I would throw up in my mouth if this is the pick. With all the talent on the board on the OL and DL a CB from Uconn is the last thing NE needs. See Darius Butler/terrance Wheatly/Johnathan Whilhite/Ras I downling/hell even mcCourty hasnt worked out at CB.

    Use the draft picks on OL/DL and $$$ on CBs and Safetys. I have no faith in this team drafting WRs either.

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      Why would NE take an OL before a CB? Both are depth moves now, and CB is more likely to be a future need, considering Talib is on a 1 year deal. Also, the idea that one should only draft positions they have been successful at drafting is moronic. Interesting team build with 27 O-linemen. Finally, remember when Belicheck sucked at drafting TEs? Well, if he followed your idiotic strategy, NE wouldn’t have Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

  9. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    This is an interesting Mock , Jesse Williams, Datane Jones, and Sylvester williams all gone before the Patriots pick.
    I do NOT see BB taking a CB 1st, so I would think, DT Brandon Williams would be the pick. I do not think Brandon will be on the board at #59, so #29 should be safe, tho early, however if he’s a targeted player than anytime is good to pick him.
    Another interesting idea, could be BB trading-up, by sending QB Mallett, and the #29 pick, to Tampa, for thier, 1st #13, and a 3d next year.
    This could open the door to get; DT jesse Williams, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Datone Jones, or ????

    • MatthewJones says:

      Keep in mind that Aqib Talib is only on a one-year deal and has a history of character concerns. He was also hurt for much of his time with the team last year. Someone like Wreh-Wilson makes a lot of sense from an intangibles standpoint, and has the type of measurables that Belichick prefers. He was personally in attendance to see Wreh-Wilson at his pro day, so I could easily see the Patriots targeting Blidi in the first round.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        I agree CB depth is a need, but not early in the draft. Wilfork is not getting any younger, and an injury would be hard on the Patriots. BB needs to have an eye to start working on a replacement for wilfork, as well as ,OG, the two areas we are the oldest.
        I would like Jesse Williams , 1st, but on my draft board Brandon Williams scores as high as Jesse, just for differant reasons. If BB can get one of these guys DT should be set. He can draft CB’s 2nd-3d, and 7th, to add two guys to the team. I think he will move on an OG some were, maybe early or late. Still like Barrett Jones, but don’t see him there at #59, maybe Brian Winters.

        • cc says:

          Move back with our late 1st rounder & the 2 seventh rounders for an early/early-mid 2nd rounder + “whatever”…..

          We should look 2LOCK-UP DT Short, early in the 2nd round, & DE/OLB Alex Okafor in the early to mid 2nd round .
          Nice Defensive 1-2 punch. + it adds an additional “unknown pick” back 2US for the combo of A/. Two 7th rounders & B/. Moving back a 1/4 – 1/3 round…
          *Still have the 3rd rounder for a push on Wide Out like Da’Rick Rogers in the Third Round.
          + the “whatever” additional pick for either this OR next year for moving back about a 1/4 – 1/3 of a round!

      • Jeff M says:

        I agree Pats will target Wilson, but no chance it’s in the 1st…this guy is a 3rd rounder/late 2nd at best. Bill would have to have totally lost his mind to waste a pick like that.

        Sorry…not buying it. Bill always goes BPA in the first, regardless of needs. Zero chance Wilson hears his name before the 2nd round. Bill doesn’t over draft in the 1st…

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      Why do you want Brandon Williams or Jesse Williams? NT is not a need, penetrating DT is. Neither can penetrate at all.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Stop the Run first, and start training a guy to replace Wilfork, starting his 10th year.

        • Bobthebuilder says:

          I think the league has evolved to a point where it’s stop the pass first. Also, other teams will be passing to keep up with our offense.

        • cc says:

          Yup, get a Compliment to Big Vince Wilfork on our D-line like a Jessie Williams is “THE” priority IMO.
          Now just think,; a DL from the CFL was already added, A. Armstead and a DE from the CFL Jason Vega as well.
          All signs point to BB knowing previously that “his” D-line Sucks Major Donkey Dukie! Pass Rush is like nothing…..& has been!
          1 bad-ars DT/NT/DL first.
          Then best to continue with the “D” with our second as well.
          DE……Jermaine Cunningham is still a monumental BUST.
          Jake Bequette is obviously a late round, sub par, In-Training ROOKIE.
          Justin? Francis is what? an UFA who has some potential flashing……..that’s it. Is it a full time starter that’s on his locker tag!!? & how long will this flash last?….like Kyle LOVE has in/on the D-line???????
          Oh, wait. Chandler Jones. Thats right, the Pats actually do have an actual(ROOKIE) DE to speak of!!!
          Time for some DE help in round 2 this year!


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