2013 NFL Mock Draft
17 PIT - JARVIS JONES OLB Georgia
With Harrison gone, the Steelers need a pass rusher. Jones had 14 sacks playing in the ultra-tough SEC. Jones fills Harrison’s spot with youth, and a big chip on his should, after being projected as a top 10 pick initially.
18 DAL - ERIC REID FS LSU
With an injury plagued running back corps, I think Dallas looks at Eddie Lacy here. Need trumps want for once in Dallas, and Reid is a top talent, that fills a huge need in the Dallas secondary.
19 NYG - ALEC OGLETREE ILB Georgia
Ogletree is a major playmaker with speed and instincts that played in the SEC successfully. He also has problems showing up on time. Fortunately, Tom Coughlin takes that as a challenge, and Coughlin’s 15-minite early rules help him mature.
20 CHI - MANTI TE'O ILB Notre Dame
How do you replace a player of such talent intangibles and leadership as Brain Urlacher? You grab the defensive player with the highest Heisman showing in a decade. Chicago feels the media drama starting even as Te’o is announced.
21 CIN - MATT ELAM FS Florida
Cincinnati has need for another wide receiver, and could use held in the linebacking corps and secondary. A versatile safety like Elam, who plays in the box like a linebacker and can still cover well, meets multiple needs.
22 STL - CORDARRELLE PATTERSON WR Tennessee
After watching Justin Blackmon snatched from their grasp last year, the relief in the Rams draft room in palpable as they sprint to the podium with Patterson’s name. Some had Patterson the #1 WR, but slid because of Austin’s rise.
23 MIN - SYLVESTER WILLIAMS DT North Carolina
Ogletree gone, Te’o gone, Austin gone, Patterson gone…the Vikings may look to trade out of one of these picks. Picking here would get them a force on the inside of their defensive line. Jared Allen is happy, shining his cowboy boots, and thinking of which pair to get his new fellow lineman.
24 IND - EDDIE LACY RB Alabama
The Colts need linebackers, a new playmaker on the defensive line, and corners. All of those needs are passed up, as the chance to get Andrew Luck a legitimate playmaker at running back to pair with Vic Ballard. Giving the Colts a marvelous group of young talent at wide receiver and running back, led by veteran Reggie Wayne
25 MIN - DEANDRE HOPKINS WR Clemson
Hopkins is falling because of character concerns. Minnesota is happy to get a 1,400-yard receiver with ridiculous hands to pair with Greg Jennings. Drops killed the Vikings receivers after Harvin went down, Hopkins could catch a bowling ball shot from a cannon one handed.
26 GB - JOHN CYPRIEN FS Florida International
The pass defense was a hindrance to the Packers success last year, and smarter safety play may have kept Colin Kaepernick from running 200 yards up on them in the playoffs. Top it off with the release the leader of the secondary, Charles Woodson, and you have immediate needs for a talented safety. Cyprian is a big talent from a small school, who would have humungous shoes to fill.
27 HOU - JUSTIN HUNTER WR Tennessee
The Texans have some guy who catches a whole lot of passes in their offense, and if you haven’t heard of Andre Johnson yet, just see how he explodes with a legitimate deep speed threat in Hunter on the other side.
28 DEN - BJOERN WERNER DE Florida St.
Denver has a no brainier pick here; Werner has fallen into their laps after the untimely departure of Elvis Dumervill. With Manning and the rest of the offense confidently moving forward, the Broncos may look to their defense often in this draft.
29 NE - DESMOND TRUFANT CB Washington
New England always looks to trade, and will entertain offers here. Yet there is a talent worth a first round pick, that fits a needs sitting right there. Trufant will bring physicality to the New England secondary that is much needed.
30 ATL - TYLER EIFERT TE Notre Dame
The Falcons are asking, “Did Eifert really fall to us here?” As the dream scenario of pairing a playmaking tight end behind THE playmaking tight end in Tony Gonzalez is a fairy tale. Having Eifert learn from Gonzalez in his last year is the kind of intelligent move that builds a champion.
31 SF - ZACH ERTZ TE Stanford
Harbaugh recruited Ertz at Stanford, and now he sees his personal project tight end sitting there with a need at tight end with Delanie Walker now gone. Vernon Davis and Zach Ertz may be even more dangerous than Walker and Davis. Ertz is a better blocker, and in the 49ers power scheme, may be on the field more often
32 BAL - KEVIN MINTER ILB LSU
Ray Lewis who? The Ravens know that replacing a Hall-Of-Famer is an impossible task. Yet the need is there, and Minter’s good tackling is a perfect fit for the Ravens hybrid scheme.
I expect that 3 quarterbacks will be taken in the first round this year, Geno Smith first, then Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib.
Yet, there are no quarterbacks in my draft because I believe all three quarterbacks will be selected either by a team that trades up or back in order to get them
There were 8 trades in the first round last year. In this new age of the CBA limiting cost of first round picks I expect there to be a lot of movement again this year.
This draft is a projection of who the teams would take if they kept their first round picks and selected based on each teams particular preference of need vs. want.
I do not think a team picking in its natural spot will select any quarterback. Someone is going to have to really want one of these quarterbacks to take them, and a team’s movement in this draft will dictate who goes.