2013 NFL Mock Draft 5th Round

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134. Kansas City Chiefs- RLB Sean Porter (Texas A&M)

The Chiefs addressed their pressing needs and are now free to focus on depth. Porter would provide much needed depth at rush linebacker and they’ve hosted him privately. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are great, but Houston has just 2 years left on his deal and Hali is a veteran with a big contract and we all know how fast those guys can be kicked out of town if they don’t perform.

135. Jacksonville Jaguars- S Cooper Taylor (Richmond)

Taylor is an intriguing prospect. The 6-5 228 pound Georgia Tech transfer has gone on 6 visits, including one to Jacksonville. They make the most sense for him considering they have a big hole at safety after cutting Dawan Landry and considering new Head Coach Gus Bradley comes from Seattle. The Seahawks love big strong safeties and Taylor might remind Bradley of Kam Chancellor, who also went in the 5th round just 3 years ago.

136. Philadelphia Eagles- S Tony Jefferson (Oklahoma)

Even after adding Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung, the Eagles probably aren’t done adding safeties. Neither of those guys can stay healthy, while Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman were arguably the worst starting safety duo in the NFL next season.

137. Detroit Lions- DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina)

With only 3 defensive ends on the roster, one of whom could play defensive tackle on passing downs, the Lions could easily double up on defensive ends through the draft.

138. Seattle Seahawks- OT Luke Marquardt (Azusa Pacific)

The Seahawks drafted James Carpenter in the first round in 2011, but he seems to have been converted to guard after struggling on the field and with injuries in his first two years in the league. Breno Giacomini is their new right tackle and he could be upgraded. With only 3 offensive tackles on the roster as of this writing and no backups with any experience, it’s very possible they’ll look to the draft for a developmental right tackle.

139. Cleveland Browns- WR Kenny Stills (Oklahoma)

Greg Little is still really inconsistent with drops on the outside opposite Josh Gordon. He could be moved to the slot long term, so the Browns have a need for a developmental outside receiver. The Browns have worked out Stills privately.

140. Arizona Cardinals- RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)

Ryan Williams has never been able to stay healthy, while Rashard Mendenhall is coming off a down year and is only on a one year deal. Ball would be a solid #3 back and is a good value at this point in the draft.

141. New Orleans Saints (TRADE)- OT Brennan Williams (North Carolina)

The Saints get this pick from the Jets for Chris Ivory in a predicted trade. The Saints let Jermon Bushrod walk because they don’t value the left tackle position as much as most teams because Drew Brees has excellent pocket presence and a quick release. Advanced statistics show that Bushrod was just a middle of the road starter that Drew Brees turned into a 2-time Pro Bowler. For this reason, I don’t expect them to use a premium pick on an offensive tackle, but they’ll have to add one at some point. New left tackle Charles Brown has an injury history, while right tackle Zach Strief is coming off an injury plagued season himself.

142. Tennessee Titans- OLB Gerald Hodges (Penn State)

Colin McCarthy played well down the stretch as a 4th round rookie in 2011, after taking over as the starter midway, but injuries kept him off the field in 2012 and he was pretty bad when he did play. They could use competition for him and competition across their young linebacking corps. Veteran presence Will Witherspoon is not expected back, so they are pretty thin there.

143. Buffalo Bills- OLB DeVonte Holloman (South Carolina)

GM Buddy Nix has spoken about the need to upgrade their linebacking corps and I don’t think he was referring to just cutting Nick Barnett and replacing him with Manny Lawson. Lawson is just a two-down linebacker. Middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard really struggled last year. Nigel Bradham, meanwhile, is still very inexperienced.

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144. New Orleans Saints- S John Boyett (Oregon)

Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper were awful for the Saints last season, but it looks like they’ll be given another shot in 2013. They’re unlikely to both be starting in 2014, however. Jenkins will be a free agent next off-season, while Harper will be owed 6.15 million, which he won’t see unless he turns it around in a hurry. The Saints could add safety depth in the middle rounds. They’ve worked out Boyett privately.

145. San Diego Chargers- WR Ace Sanders (South Carolina)

The Chargers’ receiving corps is a mess. Malcom Floyd is not a #1 receiver and, heading into his age 32 season, he’s not getting better any time soon. Meanwhile, Danario Alexander looked like a #1 receiver down the stretch last year, but he was available on waivers mid-season because he is so injury prone. The Chargers don’t seem to have a ton of faith in him either, slapping only a right of first refusal tender on him and leaving him available for other teams to sign away. He’s also going to be a free agent next off-season. Vincent Brown has some potential, but he’s coming off a broken ankle. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal did nothing in their first season with the team after signing as free agents. Sanders could go as high as the 3rd round and he’s a steal in the 5th.

146. Miami Dolphins- CB Kayvon Webster (South Florida)

The Dolphins could definitely double up on cornerbacks in a deep cornerback class. Brent Grimes is an aging injury prone player signed to just a one year deal, while Richard Marshall and Dimitri Patterson could both be cap casualties eventually. Webster isn’t a big name, but he’s drawing interest, going on three private visits so far, including one to the Dolphins.

147. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- OLB Zaviar Gooden (Missouri)

Lavonte David and Mason Foster are two good young linebackers, but they have a hole at that 3rd linebacker spot. They have some internal candidates to replace the injured/released Quincy Black, but none of them are obvious long term solutions. They could add another linebacker through the draft.

148. Carolina Panthers- WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall)

The Panthers have been looking for a complementary receiver opposite Steve Smith for years. Dwayne Jarrett, Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, David Gettis, Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams, none of these guys have really worked out. LaFell is the best of the bunch and he’s marginal at best. With Smith turning 34 in May, that need is more dire than it’s ever been. They could address the position earlier than this, but Dobson makes sense here in the 5th.

149. St. Louis Rams- G Hugh Thornton (Illinois)

The Rams essentially traded Robert Griffin because they believed in Sam Bradford. Bradford has shown promise, but they need to get him more help. Adding Jake Long and Jared Cook this off-season will help, but he still needs more. The Rams have a huge hole at left guard. They’ve worked out Thornton privately.

150. Pittsburgh Steelers- MLB Nico Johnson (Alabama)

Larry Foote was brought back on a three year deal, but he’s heading into his age 33 season and they aren’t paying him like a starter. Besides, it’s highly unlikely he plays out all 3 years. The Steelers will try to find a long term solution at inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons either this off-season or next.

151. Dallas Cowboys- TE Dion Sims (Michigan State)

Tight end doesn’t look like an obvious need, but they’ve lost both Martellus Bennett and John Phillips behind Jason Witten in the last two off-seasons respectively. They ran a lot of two-tight end sets when they had Bennett, but not last year with Phillips as the #2 tight end. They have James Hanna, a 2012 7th round pick, but he doesn’t block like they like. Sims does. The Cowboys have had a private visit with him.

152. New York Giants- S Rontez Miles (California-PA)

The Giants lost Kenny Phillips to free agency this off-season. That might not seem like a huge deal because he was oft injured and Stevie Brown stepped big time in his absence this year, but the Giants were still a much better team when Phillips was healthy because it allowed them to use 3-safety looks and line Antrel Rolle up on the slot on passing downs. They’ll target safeties through the draft. Miles has been brought in by them for a private visit.

153. Chicago Bears- MLB Keith Pough (Howard)

The Bears could definitely double up on linebackers in the draft. James Anderson and DJ Williams are mediocre veterans, while Lance Briggs is heading into his age 33 season. They don’t really have much depth. Pough has been brought in by the Bears for a private visit.

154. Washington Redskins- OT Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin)

All the Redskins have at right tackle is Jeremy Trueblood and Tyler Polumbus. Polumbus graded out as one of the worst right tackles in the league last season. Trueblood was one of the worst in the league in 2011 with Tampa Bay and was benched early last season. They could add another player in the mix.

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155. Minnesota Vikings- S Shawn Williams (Georgia)

Harrison Smith is the only safety on the Vikings roster you can really count on. Williams adds more depth. With so many picks, expect them to use at least one on a safety.

156. Cincinnati Bengals- MLB Kevin Reddick (North Carolina)

The Bengals re-signed Rey Maualuga and signed James Harrison this off-season, instead of waiting for the draft to add talent at linebacker. That may come back to hurt them as they have plenty of premium picks and few needs. Maualuga was arguably the worst middle linebacker in the league last year and Harrison is only a two down linebacker in a 4-3. I still expect them to add a linebacker at some point, however.

157. San Francisco 49ers- QB Zac Dysert (Miami-Ohio)

The 49ers have a billion picks so a selection like this makes sense. Dysert is a developmental quarterback for Jim Harbaugh and he has the kind of mobility and arm strength needed to effectively run their system. I know they added Colt McCoy, but he’s a free agent next off-season and not an ideal scheme fit long term.

158. Seattle Seahawks- DT Stefan Charles (Regina)

The Seahawks don’t really need much, but they could use a developmental interior defensive lineman. They’ve worked out the Canadian prospect Charles privately.

159. Green Bay Packers- RLB Chase Thomas (Stanford)

The Packers could double up on rush linebackers because they lack depth and because they draft purely off their board. Unlike Trevardo Williams, who they took in the 4th round, Thomas is versatile enough to play middle linebacker as well.

160. Houston Texans- NT Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin)

Earl Mitchell and Shaun Cody split snaps at nose tackle this year, but neither really played well. Cody is a free agent anyway.

161. Denver Broncos- S TJ McDonald (USC)

Rahim Moore gets a lot of heat for what happened in the playoffs. While that might have been the single worst snap for any defensive back in the league this year, he was generally a solid, above average player up until that point. However, opposite him, Mike Adams is heading into an age 32 contract year. They have Quinton Carter, a former 4th round pick, behind him as a developmental prospect and future starter, but they could use another player in the mix.

162. Washington Redskins- TE Mychal Rivera (Tennessee)

Fred Davis is only signed to a one year deal and coming off a torn Achilles. Logan Paulsen, meanwhile, isn’t much of a pass catcher. They could take a pass catching tight end in the mid to late rounds.

163. Atlanta Falcons- OT Jordan Mills (Louisiana Tech)

As I mentioned earlier, the Falcons will probably add an interior offensive lineman and an offensive tackle through the draft. The already did the former. Mills would be the latter.

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164. Cleveland Browns- RLB John Simon (Ohio State)

New Browns GM Michael Lombardi always used to say on NFL Network that he wishes he could take a defensive lineman or a pass rusher with every pick in the draft. Even though it’s not a real need, I expect the Browns to use several mid to late round picks on defensive linemen and pass rushers, especially if they’re as good of values as Simon.

165. Baltimore Ravens- NT Kwame Geathers (Georgia)

The Ravens are known to be interested in upgrading the nose tackle position. Ma’ake Kemoeatu is a free agent heading into his age 34 season this off-season and former 2nd round pick Terrence Cody has never been able to beat him out for the starting job. They seem to have soured on the former Alabama prospect because of his constant issues with weight and effort. Geathers can push him and maybe start long term in 2014 and beyond.

166. Miami Dolphins- S Robert Lester (Alabama)

Rashad Jones and Chris Clemons will both be free agents next off-season so the Dolphins, who don’t have very good depth at the position, will probably add a safety at some point in the draft.

167. Green Bay Packers- WR Aaron Mellette (Elon)

The Packers lost Greg Jennings this off-season, which isn’t a big deal because he’s been oft injured and Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb are more than capable of holding down the fort as their top-3 receivers. However, they don’t really have any depth behind those 3 so the BPA loving Packers could dip into this deep receiver class in the mid rounds.

168. Baltimore Ravens- CB Tharold Simon (LSU)

The Ravens have a bunch of picks and could add a cornerback if it makes sense, which it could considering the depth of this class. Cary Williams is gone and Lardarius Webb is coming off a torn ACL.

 

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