2013 NFL Mock Draft (12/4/2012)
The combination of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn has been awful. The Chiefs actually have a few playmakers, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t get those playmakers the ball in big situations. I had Matt Barkley here for a while, but his recent shoulder injury probably cost him a ton of money.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10): Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
3) Oakland Raiders (3-9): Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
The Raiders could also plug their defensive line with Star Lotulelei, but defensive line is loaded in this year’s draft class and they can address that need later. Instead, they use the #3 pick on the safest prospect around. Rolando McClain wants out, and Oakland desperately needs young leadership on defense, which is exactly what Te’o provides.
4) Philadelphia Eagles (3-9): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Philadelphia let Michael Vick get massacred behind the line, and without reinforcements, the same thing will happen to Nick Foles. You need to protect quarterbacks, and here, the Eagles are in position to take the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Probably the most dominating lineman in the draft this year, Lotulelei has emerged as a force in the PAC-12. Carolina’s defense is inconsistent, especially late in games, and this selection gives them stability up the middle as well as one of the best players in the draft. I’ve had them taking Lotulelei for a while, and with their struggles defending against the run, that’s not going to change unless their record does and they pick too late to grab him.
7) Cleveland Browns (4-8): Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
New Orleans’s porous defense has been a big problem all year, and they can’t get pressure on the quarterback, either. Hankins can fill plenty of holes on the defensive line, and his 6’4”, 325-pound frame gives him plenty of leverage.
Mark Sanchez was benched, and when the ensuing quarterback controversy involves Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy, there’s a problem. Sanchez clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the coaching staff and upper brass, and the Jets need to rectify the situation by taking Landry Jones. Jones can make all the throws, as he’s shown during a very good, under-the-radar career at Oklahoma.
15) St. Louis Rams (5-6-1): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Tampa Bay traded Aqib Talib, and their cornerback situation wasn’t rosy to begin with. With Ronde Barber likely retiring, they need to restock the defensive backfield, and Banks is a solid pick at this point in the first round.
20) Cincinnati Bengals (7-5): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Geno Atkins is a stud at defensive tackle, but he could use help coming off the edge. Jordan is a bit of a tweener, but there’s no question he can get to the quarterback and wreak havoc in the backfield.
24) Indianapolis Colts (8-4): Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
You can run on the Colts, whose front seven ranks 22nd in the NFL. Their defensive tackle situation isn’t promising, and while the defense as a whole has overachieved this year, they need reinforcements, which Jenkins helps provide.
As good as Chicago is when everything is clicking, their offensive line is still a question mark. Jay Cutler needs time to throw, and Matt Forte could use better blocking. Jones is the most versatile lineman in the draft, and can fill in anywhere he’s needed.
Green Bay needs help in defending the pass, especially with Charles Woodson getting older. I’ve mocked Reid to the Steelers before, but he fits here as well. He can defend against both the run and the pass, and can learn from one of the best if Woodson decides to play another year.
27) Denver Broncos (9-3): Giovanni Bernard, HB, North Carolina
Willis McGahee just suffered a bad MCL injury, and Ronnie Hillman, while explosive, may not be an every-down back. Bernard is a big-play threat every time he touches the football. He averaged 214 all-purpose yards per game, good for third nationally, and if he declares for the draft, he’s probably the best back in the draft class.
28) Baltimore Ravens (9-3): Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Baltimore needs to find a replacement for Ray Lewis, who may end up retiring following his season-ending injury. Ogletree has some character issues, and could go from anywhere between the middle of the first round to the beginning of the second, but he’s a great fit here at #28.
29) San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
San Francisco relies very heavily on their front seven, but their defensive backs could stand to improve. I’m a fan of Trufant, who has played very well the past two seasons in establishing himself as a shutdown corner, and he fits here.
30) New England Patriots (9-3): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Wes Welker is in a contract year, and an over-the-hill Deion Branch is playing a ton of snaps. This could be a real need position for the Patriots this coming offseason, and Williams is the best wideout available at this point. I could also see the Pats taking a defensive lineman, but that position is very deep.
31) Atlanta Falcons (11-1): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Atlanta’s run defense hasn’t been good, especially in the last several weeks. Ansah is a high-upside player with a knack for getting into the backfield. The Falcons have had problems at defensive end, and this takes a step towards addressing them.
32) Houston Texans (11-1): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short has a rare blend of size and athleticism. Unlike some defensive tackles, he can get to the quarterback pretty well, and that’s an asset from the nose tackle scheme the Texans run.