2013 NFL Mock Draft 4th Round

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98. Jacksonville Jaguars- OT Vinston Painter (Virginia Tech)

Cameron Bradfield is a pretty mediocre right tackle and the Jaguars new regime has mentioned on several occasions that they’d like to add someone else to the mix there. They’ve worked Painter out privately.

99. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Reid Fragel (Ohio State)

If the Chiefs trade Branden Albert, they could double up on offensive tackles. Donald Stephenson would be the right tackle in that scenario and he was awful in a few spot starts at left tackle last season. The 2012 3rd round pick could be better in 2013, especially on the right side, but they need competition for him.

100. Oakland Raiders- QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas)

Trading for Matt Flynn won’t preclude the Raiders from taking a quarterback, especially if they accumulate more picks. Flynn’s salary is non-guaranteed in 2014 and he’s unproven. Meanwhile, the only other quarterback they have on their roster is Terrelle Pryor. Pryor was drafted about 3 rounds earlier than anyone else would have drafted him by Al Davis and the new regime doesn’t seem to be a fan of his. He was 3rd string behind Matt Leinart all last year until week 17 and when he did get to play, he was very inconsistent.

101. Philadelphia Eagles- G David Bakhtiari (Colorado)

The Eagles could need to take an offensive lineman at some point. There are a lot of uncertainties with guys coming off of injuries. From their expected 2012 offensive line, three suffered major injuries, while right guard Danny Watkins got benched. Bakhtiari can play tackle and guard and maybe even some center.

Side note: If I were drafting players based solely off of their name, David Bakhtiari would be the first pick. He sounds like a Dothraki. Dothraki never bust. Bleedy Ray Wilson would be a close 2nd. Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas is 3rd because, I mean, of course he is. Christine Michael is last.

102. Minnesota Vikings- CB Will Davis (Utah State)

The Vikings could use some cornerback depth after cutting Antoine Winfield. 2012 3rd round pick Josh Robinson struggled as a rookie, while AJ Jefferson and Chris Cook are both heading into the final year of their respective deals. Davis probably wouldn’t do much other than special teams as a rookie, but he could have a role in 2014 and beyond. They’ve worked him out privately.

103. Arizona Cardinals- S JJ Wilcox (Georgia Southern)

After cutting both of their starting safeties this off-season, I expect the Cardinals to add a safety through the draft at some point. Rashad Johnson is not a proven starter, while Yeremiah Bell is a 35-year-old who was signed on just a one year deal. With only 3 safeties currently on the roster, it’s likely they are saving a spot for someone they draft. They’re known to be interested in Wilcox.

104. Cleveland Browns- S Don Jones (Arkansas State)

I don’t know why the Browns cut Usama Young, a cheap, young functional starter, but they’ll need to replace him. Eric Hagg is behind him on the depth chart, but they reportedly want him to focus more on special teams next season. They’ll probably add a veteran after the draft, but that won’t stop them from drafting one in the mid rounds. They’ve worked Jones out privately.

105. Buffalo Bills- CB Logan Ryan (Rutgers)

The Bills are expected to move Aaron Williams from cornerback to safety in his 3rd year in the league. This makes a lot of sense. Williams, a 2011 2nd round pick, struggled mightily in coverage at cornerback in his first two years in the league and his lack of coverage ability won’t be as exposed at safety, a position many projected him to before the draft. However, they really need cornerback depth now as Leodis McKelvin is unreliable.

106. New York Jets- WR Stedman Bailey (West Virginia)

The Jets are stuck with Santonio Holmes for another year and Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill have some upside, so they probably won’t spend a premium pick on a receiver this year, but they’ll probably add one in the mid rounds of a deep receiver class, especially if they accumulate this many picks.

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107. Tennessee Titans- S Sanders Commings (Georgia)

Michael Griffin, Bernard Pollard, and George Wilson are their top-3 safeties for 2013, but none are locks to be back in 2014. Pollard and Wilson are veterans signed to just one year deals, while Michael Griffin was awful in 2012. Owed 6.2 million in 2014, he won’t be given another chance to bounce back if he plays in 2013 anything like he did in 2012. The Titans will probably add a safety at some point through the draft. Commings is a hot prospect right now. He’s taken 5 private visits, one of which was to Tennessee. He can play cornerback and safety and could be this year’s Tavon Wilson.

108. Carolina Panthers- CB BW Webb (William & Mary)

After cutting Chris Gamble, the Panthers’ need for a cornerback became even more desperate. Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Thomas, and Josh Norman are currently their top-3 cornerbacks and none of those guys are proven starters, let alone #1 cornerbacks. They don’t have a 3rd round pick and they have other needs, but this is a deep cornerback class so they’ll take one at some point.

109. New Orleans Saints- CB Leon McFadden (San Diego State)

Even after signing Keenan Lewis, they could add another cornerback. That’s how bad their secondary is. Patrick Robinson was benched and Jabari Greer could eventually be a cap casualty. They’re known to be targeting cornerbacks early and this is a deep cornerback class.

110. San Diego Chargers- QB Tyler Bray (Tennessee)

I believe that Philip Rivers’ recent struggles have more to do with his horrific supporting cast than anything, which is why I think they need to build around him early in the draft. However, I don’t know that for a fact and he’s owed 15.75 million in an age 34 contract year in 2015 so they’ll have a big decision to make on him coming up soon. They should add a developmental backup behind him at some point. Bray has a lot of upside and is worth a shot here in the 4th round for a team like San Diego.

111. Miami Dolphins- RB Andre Ellington (Clemson)

Reggie Bush is gone and Andre Ellington can do some of the same sort of things, namely play 3rd downs behind Lamar Miller. The Dolphins’ coaching staff is reportedly not thrilled with Daniel Thomas, a product of the old regime and Ellington would be a better fit for their scheme as a backup than him.

112. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- CB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU)

Even after trading for Darrelle Revis, the Buccaneers could still use cornerback help. Eric Wright is the only other proven cornerback on their roster and he struggled mightily last year. He had his salary slashed down to 1.5 million this season, which isn’t even guaranteed, and he’ll be a free agent next off-season. Mathieu will probably never replace him on the outside, but he can be a good nickel back and special teamer for them. They’ve worked him out privately.

113. St. Louis Rams- DT Jordan Hill (Penn State)

The Rams don’t have a lot of depth at defensive tackle. They could use someone to push Kendall Langford next to Michael Brockers. Langford struggled in his first year of a 4-year deal in 2012 and might not be back in 2014, owed 5 million, unless he can get his act back together.

114. Dallas Cowboys- RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford)

Felix Jones is a free agent and the Cowboys reportedly don’t trust either Phillip Tanner or Lance Dunbar as primary backups behind the injury prone DeMarco Murray. They’re known to be interested in Taylor and will reportedly target him in the 3rd or 4th round range.

115. Pittsburgh Steelers- S Duke Williams (Nevada)

Dick LeBeau mentioned that he’d like to see the Steelers add a young safety to the mix. That makes sense. Ryan Clark is heading into his age 34 season and Troy Polamalu, though younger heading into his age 32 season, just doesn’t seem to be able to stay healthy anymore. Look for them to address this in the first few rounds of the draft. Williams is a nice developmental safety for LeBeau to work with. They’ve worked him out privately.

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116. New York Giants- CB Marc Anthony (California)

The Giants struggled mightily against the pass last year, ranking 31st in the NFL. Jayron Hosley and Corey Webster were the worst offenders. Webster took a massive pay cut and will be back, but he’s now 31 and he’s not getting any better any time soon. He’ll be a 32-year-old free agent next off-season. Hosley, meanwhile, could bounce back as he was just a rookie, but he was also just a 3rd round pick and 3rd round picks only become starters around 30% of the time.

117. Chicago Bears- WR Marquise Goodwin (Texas)

The Bears are going to let Devin Hester focus on returns next year, rather than trying to turn him into a receiver, which is what they should have done 4 years ago. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are a great possession receiving duo, but they’ve expressed an interest in adding more of a speed element to their offense so they take Marquise Goodwin here.

118. Cincinnati Bengals- QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)

Bruce Gradkowski left as a free agent and the Bengals have expressed interest in adding a developmental quarterback to be Andy Dalton’s backup. Landry Jones fits the range.

119. Washington Redskins- S Bacarri Rambo (Georgia)

The Redskins could definitely double up on safeties and they’re known to be interested in Rambo. Brandon Meriweather is their top safety, but he tore his ACL in November and was having trouble staying healthy even before that. He can’t be counted on. Neither can any of their other safeties. Madieu Williams, Reed Doughty, and DeJon Gomes aren’t very good and Williams is also a free agent.

120. Minnesota Vikings- G Oday Aboushi (Virginia)

The Vikings could use competition for both Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco, who were the weak points on an otherwise very strong offensive line. Imagine how good Adrian Peterson would be with better guard play in front of him. They’ve worked Aboushi, a collegiate tackle and conversion candidate, out privately.

121. Indianapolis Colts- RLB Ty Powell (Harding)

The Colts signed Erik Walden in free agency and they also have former 1st round pick Jerry Hughes in the mix, but that shouldn’t preclude them from taking a rush linebacker through the draft. Hughes has been very underwhelming in his first 3 years in the league, while Walden has been awful as a spot starter for the Packers over the last 2 years, grading out as ProFootballFocus’ worst rated 3-4 outside linebacker two years running. Besides, Robert Mathis is also getting up there in years. He might not be around in 2014, owed 5 million heading into his age 35 season.

122. Green Bay Packers- RLB Trevardo Williams (Connecticut)

The Packers love drafting best available and this pick makes a lot of sense. Clay Matthews is obviously the real deal and they obviously still believe in 2012 1st round pick Nick Perry opposite him. However, when those two missed time with injury this year, Erik Walden and Dezman Moses were atrocious in their absence. Packers’ fans must be thrilled that the Colts signed Walden this off-season. They need better depth.

123. Seattle Seahawks- TE Ryan Otten (San Jose State)

The Seahawks don’t have a ton of needs, but Zach Miller hasn’t really contributed as a pass catcher like they had expected, catching 63 passes in the two last seasons combined. His blocking is good, but owed 5.8 million in 2014, that might not be enough for him to stick on the roster. Otten has the kind of speed Pete Carroll desires from the tight end spot anyway, something no one on their roster currently really has. It’s no surprise they’re known to be interested in him.

124. Houston Texans- S Josh Evans (Florida)

The Texans replaced Glover Quin with Ed Reed, but Reed turns 35 in September so they have to start thinking about the future at safety. They’ll spend a pick on a developmental safety at some point.

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125. Denver Broncos- DE Sam Montgomery (LSU)

Whoever the Broncos sign to replace Elvis Dumervil is probably going to be on the wrong side of 30 because all of their remaining options are over 30 (it’ll probably be Dwight Freeney). Given that, they could use a pick on a developmental pass rusher behind him to go with Freeney and Robert Ayers.

126. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- TE Nick Kasa (Colorado)

The Buccaneers have two great outside receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, but they don’t have much to work with in the intermediate part of the field. Jackson and Williams combined for 2380 receiving yards, but after those two, no one else had more than 472 receiving yards and that was running back Doug Martin. They added Kevin Ogletree at wide receiver, but they still need a tight end.

127. Atlanta Falcons- RB Mike Gillislee (Florida)

Steven Jackson is an upgrade over Michael Turner, but he turns 30 in July and has 2395 career carries. He’s 26th all-time in rushing yards at 10135, but the average top-25 all-time running back has his last 1000 yard season in his age 30 season at 2602 carrier carries. And after players have their drop off, they average just 169 carries per season at 3.5 yards per carry and just 5 touchdowns, so they’re really a non-factor as a back. I don’t think they’ll be able to count on him in 2014 and beyond and they clearly don’t view Jacquizz Rodgers as anything more than a complementary back. Here’s a back he can complement long term.

128. San Francisco 49ers- RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina)

I really like this fit. Frank Gore is probably heading into his last year with the team. They have Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James for the future, but neither of those two is the type of power, interior runner that Lattimore can be when healthy. The 49ers have plenty of picks and can afford to take a flier on Lattimore. He wouldn’t have to play a single snap as a rookie if he’s not ready, but he could be another very good and very cheap asset for their future in 2014 and beyond.

129. Baltimore Ravens- WR Chris Harper (Kansas State)

Anquan Boldin is gone and the Ravens need a starting receiver opposite Torrey Smith. They have some intriguing young internal replacements like Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, and Deonte Thompson and also veteran Jacoby Jones, but they could still take a receiver in the early to mid-rounds. It’s a deep receiver class. Harper would complement Smith well. He’s been compared to Anquan Boldin and the Ravens are known to be interested in him.

130. Baltimore Ravens- C Barrett Jones (Alabama)

Gino Gradkowski is a 2012 4th round pick penciled in at center following Matt Birk’s retirement, but they could use some competition for him. Jones is versatile enough to play all 5 spots on the line even if he can’t beat out Gradkowski so that will appeal to the Ravens.

131. San Francisco 49ers- 3-4 DE Lavar Edwards (LSU)

Five-technique defensive end Justin Smith will be a free agent heading into his age 35 season next off-season. Expect the 49ers to prioritize extensions for Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick next off-season before re-signing him, so 2013 might be his last year with the 49ers, if not his last year in the NFL. The 49ers need to find a long term successor.

132. Detroit Lions- CB Brandon McGee (Miami)

The Lions retained Chris Houston, who played well last season, and have three cornerbacks going into their 2nd year in the league that they like, but the Lions could still add another cornerback at some point in the draft.

133. Atlanta Falcons- C Brian Schwenke (California)

They have more pressing needs, but the Falcons lost two starters on the offensive line from last season, one at center and one at right tackle. They will probably add an interior offensive lineman and an offensive tackle through the draft. Schwenke is the former. They’ve worked him out privately.

 

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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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2013 NFL Mock Draft 7th Round

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207. Kansas City Chiefs- C Braxton Cave (Notre Dame)

Rodney Hudson returns from injury for the Chiefs on the offensive line, but the Chiefs could add another center behind him. They don’t have much depth in case he gets hurt again and Andy Reid loves his offensive linemen.

208. Jacksonville Jaguars- G JC Tretter (Cornell)

Right tackle isn’t their only position of need on the offensive line. Will Rackley is currently penciled in at left guard. He was awful as a 3rd round rookie in 2011 and then missed all of last year with injury. It might sound weird that a 7th round pick could see significant action as a rookie, but Mike Brewster, the current backup, saw significant action as an undrafted rookie last year. He was atrocious and Tretter would be an immediate upgrade. Rackley and Brewster both might be better off long term at center, where Brad Meester is on his last legs.

209. Oakland Raiders- G Lane Taylor (Oklahoma State)

The Raiders add a 2nd offensive lineman here. They’ve worked Taylor out privately and he’d provide depth at guard. 2012 3rd round pick Tony Bergstrom will start at left guard next season, while Mike Brisiel is coming off a down year at right guard. He’s not a good fit for their new power blocking scheme anyway.

210. Philadelphia Eagles- TE Chris Gragg (Arkansas)

Chip Kelly loves his tight ends. Despite adding James Casey to go with Brent Celek, they’ve worked out several in the draft process. One of those tight ends is Gragg, whose straight line speed would make him a natural fit for Kelly’s offense. It’s no surprise they’ve shown interest in him.

211. Detroit Lions- S Jonathan Meeks (Clemson)

Even though they re-signed Louis Delmas and signed Glover Quin, the Lions could still bring in another safety. Delmas is often injured and no one else on their roster has looked remotely like they belonged when pressed into duty. They’ve worked out Meeks privately.

212. Philadelphia Eagles- RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon)

If he’s still available in the 7th round, I don’t see why Chip Kelly wouldn’t bring in his Oregon speedster even though they don’t have an obvious need at the running back position. Barner could push Chris Polk for #3 back duties and would more likely to make the roster than really anyone else they could take here.

213. Minnesota Vikings- OLB Etienne Sabino (Ohio State)

The Vikings take another linebacker. Manti Te’o in the 1st round solidifies the middle, but Erin Henderson on the outside is a pretty one dimensional run stuffer who struggles when asked to play in reverse and drop into coverage.

214. Minnesota Vikings- WR Cobi Hamilton (Arkansas)

A 3rd receiver? Well the Vikings have a severe need at the position and a ton of picks. Besides, Hamilton is a good value in the 7th round.

215. New York Jets- RLB Armonty Bryant (East Central Oklahoma)

The Jets accumulated a ton of picks by trading away the 9th pick and Darrelle Revis so they could triple up on edge rushers. They’ve worked out Bryant privately.

216. Tennessee Titans- WR Zach Rogers (Tennessee)

Kenny Britt is entering a contract year and he’s yet to be able to consistently stay healthy and stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, the Titans don’t seem to want to pay Nate Washington his 4.2 million dollar salary in 2013. If they can’t trade him, he’ll probably be cut. Expect the Titans to target receivers in the mid to late rounds. They’ve worked Rogers out privately.

217. Miami Dolphins- WR Ryan Spadola (Lehigh)

Davone Bess could be on his way out so the Dolphins could still take a receiver in the late rounds. They’ve worked out Spadola privately.

218. Philadelphia Eagles- C Dalton Freeman (Clemson)

It would surprise me if the Eagles didn’t come out of the draft with at least two offensive lineman. Freeman could eventually push Jason Kelce, who struggled mightily as a rookie and then missed most of last year with injury.

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219. Arizona Cardinals- CB Johnny Adams (Michigan State)

The Cardinals could add cornerback depth from a good cornerback class after losing Greg Toler to the Colts. Adams is a good value in the 7th round.

220. Seattle Seahawks- CB Demetrius McCray (Appalachian State)

Like they did with a safety in the 6th round, the Seahawks add another defensive back who fits what they look for here in the 7th round and take a tall, long cornerback. They love their defensive backs.

221. San Diego Chargers- RB Stefphon Jefferson (Nevada)

The Chargers added Danny Woodhead behind Ryan Matthews, but they still could use another running back. Woodhead is just a 3rd down specialist and not a real threat to steal significant carries away from Mathews. They need someone who is because Mathews is much better when working in tandem with another back.

222. St. Louis Rams- TE Levine Toilolo (Stanford)

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer loves tight ends. Even though they have Jared Cook and former 2nd round pick Lance Kendricks, the Rams could still add one late if the value makes sense. Toilolo is a project as a receiver, but he’s an NFL ready blocker and has all the tools to develop into a well-rounded tight end. I don’t know why he isn’t being mentioned as a mid-round pick.

223. Pittsburgh Steelers- TE Jake Stoneburner (Ohio State)

Heath Miller is a question mark for next season after tearing his ACL in December. The Steelers don’t have anyone on the depth chart behind him that can catch passes so I expect them to bring in a tight end through the draft.

224. Miami Dolphins- K Dustin Hopkins (Florida State)

Dan Carpenter’s roster spot is reportedly in jeopardy as the Dolphins could save 3 million against the cap cutting him and he’s a marginal kicker anyway. Hopkins would replace him.

225. New York Giants- DE Quanterus Smith (Western Kentucky)

I’ve had the Giants spending an early pick on a defensive end in recent mocks after Osi Umenyiora left as a free agent, but it now sounds like Mathias Kiwanuka will moving back to defensive end either full time or on obvious passing downs next season, so it’s not a pressing need. However, it wouldn’t be like the Giants to not add an edge rusher, especially with Justin Tuck in an age 30 contract year. They’ve worked out Smith privately. He may have to redshirt as a rookie with an injury problem, but he could prove to be a steal.

226. New England Patriots- WR TJ Moe (Missouri)

The Patriots could double up on receivers. Moe has the kind of short area quickness that the Patriots value, leading all wide receivers in the 3 cone drill at the Combine.

227. Cleveland Browns- CB Adrian Bushnell (Louisville)

The Browns could double up on cornerbacks given their need at the position. There’s nothing really tying Bushnell to the Browns, but he’s a draftable prospect that would make sense for them here.

228. Washington Redskins- WR Mark Harrison (Rutgers)

Pierre Garcon can’t stay healthy. Josh Morgan is heading into a contract year. Santana Moss is potential cap casualty heading into his age 34 contract year.

229. Minnesota Vikings- G Randy Richards (Missouri State)

The Vikings could use upgrades at both guard spots so with a ton of picks, they could double up on the position.

230. Indianapolis Colts- MLB Steve Beauharnais (Rutgers)

The Colts could use another middle linebacker in the mix. Their defense as a whole got destroyed last season, despite a fairly weak schedule.

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231. Seattle Seahawks- DE Rufus Johnson (Tarleton State)

More pass rush may seem like the last thing the Seahawks need, but they don’t really need anything and they’ve worked out Johnson privately.

232. Green Bay Packers- WR Charles Johnson (Grand Valley State)

The Packers don’t necessarily need another wide receiver, but they don’t really need anything at this point. They’ve worked out Johnson privately, one of two teams to do so (Patriots), and I think the small school kid gets drafted. He could be a welcome addition for a team that lacks experience after the top-3 receivers, should he make the roster. Given how they operate, it wouldn’t surprise me if they doubled up on receivers.

233. Houston Texans- RB Cierre Wood (Notre Dame)

Gary Kubiak is a Mike Shanahan disciple so he likes taking running backs late who fit the scheme regardless of need. That makes sense this year as Ben Tate is heading into a contract year and they don’t have anyone else to back up Arian Foster. Wood would be a good scheme fit and could end up being another late round zone blocking steal.

234. Denver Broncos- OLB Nathan Williams (Ohio State)

The Broncos’ linebacking corps could use an addition. Williams would compete for a roster spot and a special teams role as a rookie.

235. New England Patriots- DT Cory Grissom (South Florida)

Vince Wilfork turns 32 in November and will be owed 7.5 million in an age 33 contract year in 2014. As we know, the Patriots will not be loyal to you if you don’t play up to your salary. Meanwhile, Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick are both average situational players at best, while newcomer Anthony Armstead is still an unknown. They’ll add a defensive tackle at some point. They’ve worked Grissom out privately.

236. Atlanta Falcons- TE Josh Hill (Idaho State)

Tony Gonzalez returning makes it so the Falcons won’t be forced into taking a tight end early, but they could still take one. Gonzalez is unlikely to be around in 2014 and they still need a successor. They could take a developmental one in the mid to late rounds and ease him into some two-tight end sets down the stretch. They didn’t run a lot of those last season as they don’t have a capable 2nd tight end.

237. San Francisco 49ers- C Joe Madsen (West Virginia)

Jonathan Goodwin will be a free agent heading into his age 36 season next off-season so 2013 could easily be his final season with the team. They don’t have an obvious replacement so they could add another developmental interior offensive lineman in the late rounds with so many picks.

238. Baltimore Ravens- FB Tommy Bohanon (Wake Forest)

Vonta Leach might be the best fullback in the game, but he’s still a fullback. His cap number for 2013 is 4.33 million (as opposed to 1.33 million if they cut him) and he’s reportedly the next on the chopping block should the cap pressed Ravens feel the need to open up more cap space. Given that, it makes sense that the Ravens have worked out some fullbacks, including Bohanan.

239. Philadelphia Eagles- MLB Michael Clay (Oregon)

Chip Kelly brings in another one of his Oregon guys late. They’ve worked out Clay privately. He’s too small to be a starter, but he’s a versatile and willing special teamer and a coach’s dream character wise. I bet Kelly brings him with him to Oregon either with their final pick of the 7th round or as an undrafted free agent.

240. Cincinnati Bengals- S Bradley McDougald (Kansas)

The Bengals’ need at safety is big enough that they could double up on the position if they see it fitting. McDougald is a draftable safety and makes sense for the Bengals, who have way more picks than pressing needs.

241. Seattle Seahawks- QB Jeff Tuel (Washington State)

Is Brady Quinn really the long term solution behind Russell Wilson? He’s only signed to a one year deal so I expect them to add a quarterback at some point.

242. Seattle Seahawks- G Jamaal Johnson-Webb (Alabama A&M)

As I mentioned earlier, the Seahawks have subpar play at left guard, right guard, and right tackle. They took a tackle earlier and now they add another guard into the mix.

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243. Atlanta Falcons- CB Rod Sweeting (Georgia Tech)

The Falcons lost two top cornerbacks this off-season so it only makes sense they could double up on the position. Sweeting is a local prospect that the Falcons have shown interest in, meeting with him at his Pro Day.

244. Atlanta Falcons- MLB Sam Barrington (South Florida)

The Falcons take a linebacker here with hopes that he can eventually push Stephen Nicholas and Akeem Dent. Their poor linebacking corps were a big part of the reason why they were among the league’s worst against the run this season.

245. Detroit Lions- OT LaAdrian Waddle (Texas Tech)

I expect the Lions to come out of this draft with two offensive linemen. They’ve worked Waddle out privately.

246. San Francisco 49ers- CB Josh Johnson (Purdue)

Nnamdi Asomugha and Tarell Brown will both be free agents next off-season, while Carlos Rogers could be a cap casualty. Expect the 49ers to spend one of their picks on cornerback depth, even if they trade away a bunch of their picks to move up.

247. Baltimore Ravens- 3-4 DE Will Pericak (Colorado)

Pericak provides extra depth on the defensive line if he makes the roster. They’ve worked him out privately.

248. Tennessee Titans- CB Khalid Wooten (Nevada)

The Titans could easily double up on cornerbacks. They seem to like Wooten. He’s the only late round prospect they’ve brought in for a private workout. They could target him in the 6th or 7th round and he’s here for them late in the 7th.

249. Atlanta Falcons- WR Anthony Amos (Middle Tennessee State)

The Falcons don’t have a lot of wide receiver depth behind Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas. Amos is a small school receiver that I expect to get drafted. The Falcons haven’t worked him out privately, but they met with him at the East/West Shrine Game, where he was one of the stars of the week.

250. Miami Dolphins- TE Matt Furstenburg (Maryland)

The Dolphins have been linked to Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz in the 1st and 2nd rounds respectively, as Dustin Keller is just on a one year deal. If they don’t get either, expect them to still add a tight end at some point.

251. Cincinnati Bengals- WR Denard Robinson (Michigan)

I really didn’t know what else to give the Bengals and I didn’t know where to put Denard Robinson either, so this seemed like a match made in heaven. He’ll compete to make their roster as a slot receiver/scat back.

252. San Francisco 49ers- S Zeke Motta (Notre Dame)

The 49ers take a 2nd safety. Not only did they lose Dashon Goldson this off-season, but Donte Whitner will be a free agent next off-season. Despite making the Pro-Bowl, Whitner actually really struggles in coverage, allowing a league leading 12 touchdowns this season, including playoffs. He was responsible for almost half of the 26 passing touchdowns they surrendered this season. Motta will make a solid special teamer as well.

253. New York Giants- TE Michael Williams (Alabama)

The Giants brought in Brandon Myers, but only on a one year deal, much like Martellus Bennett last year. They still have 2012 4th round pick Adrien Robinson, but could add another tight end. The Giants require their tight ends to block and that’s Williams’ specialty. Eli has made decent receivers out of blocking tight ends before.

254. Indianapolis Colts- OT Garrett Gilkey (Chadron State)

The Colts could come out of this draft with two offensive lineman. The recently signed Gosder Cherilus is very injury prone at right tackle.

 

Players drafted by school:

Alabama 10

LSU 9

Georgia 9

Florida State 9

Florida 8

Oregon 6

Tennessee 6

Ohio State 6

Notre Dame 5

Texas A&M 5

Clemson 5

North Carolina 5

South Carolina 5

 

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2013 NFL Mock Draft (Final 7 round version)

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Note: This mock was written before any possible Darrelle Revis, Branden Albert, or Chris Ivory trades became official, but it operates as if all 3 of those trades will be made. For that reason, compensation may not be exact if those 3 trades do go through.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)

The Chiefs cutting Eric Winston is probably a sign that the Chiefs will go offensive tackle at the top of the draft. Winston was a fine player for the Chiefs last year, reasonably priced, and cutting him provided minimal cap relief for a team that wasn’t really backed up against the cap to begin with. You don’t make that move unless you feel you have an opportunity to replace him with a special talent.

Unless they view 2012 3rd round pick Donald Stephenson, who was awful in limited action last season, as that special talent, it’s very likely that special talent is either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher. While Fisher has his supporters and people who believe he’s a better tackle than Joeckel, I’m not going to stray from convention here. Joeckel is as close to a consensus top talent as we have in this draft class and the Chiefs are known to be very interested in him. The rumors that the Chiefs are actively shopping Albert make it even more likely that Joeckel ends up being the pick. Joeckel would be the left tackle with Stephenson at right tackle in that scenario. Either way, Joeckel looks to be all but locked into this spot.

Other options:

OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)- Eric Fisher is the only other player I could see going here and even he’s a stretch.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)

There are two things the Jaguars have done a lot of this off-season. They’ve talked up incumbent Blaine Gabbert excessively and they’ve spent an awful lot of time with top quarterback prospect Geno Smith. Either they have very strong interest in making Geno Smith the #2 overall pick or they want to build around Gabbert in 2013. It can’t be both and it might not be either (they could go quarterback in the 2nd round), but they’ve really done a good job of making it unclear what their choice will be, with some around the league saying that they have “no clue” what the Jaguars are going to do at #2. The Jaguars say they have it narrowed down to 2 players and that they have no interest in moving back, but who knows what you can believe.

While I see two options for this pick, I actually believe the Jaguars know exactly what they’re doing with this pick. I don’t know exactly what that is, but whether it be Geno Smith or Dion Jordan, I think they know who they want. Last week I had Geno Smith mostly because Blaine Gabbert sucks, but they could just as easily take a quarterback in the 2nd round. Dion Jordan is becoming more and more the consensus at this point. They’d take him #2 overall and use him much like the Broncos use Von Miller, also the #2 overall pick. On obvious passing downs, he’d be an ideal Leo rusher for them at defensive end in Gus Bradley’s Seattle style system. That’s the Chris Clemons/Bruce Irvin/Cliff Avril role.

Other options:

QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)- As I’ve said, I think it’s either Smith or Jordan here. I can’t see them using the #2 overall pick on a right tackle and taking Eric Fisher or taking Sharrif Floyd over Dion Jordan.

3. Detroit Lions (TRADE)- OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)

This is the first of several trades I’m projecting. If the Lions really want Eric Fisher, they’ll have to move ahead of Philadelphia, who I don’t think passes on him. Along with Luke Joeckel and maybe Dion Jordan, Fisher is seen as one of the top-2 or top-3 players in this draft class and he’d fill a huge need for the Lions at left tackle with Jeff Backus gone and Riley Reiff expected to play either right tackle or right guard next season.

I don’t think the Lions would take Lane Johnson at 5. It’s not how they operate and while Johnson could go to the Cardinals at 7 or to a team trading up at 5 or 6, it would be out of desperation and need not because he’s the 6th or 7th best player in this draft class. Left tackle is just a premium position that teams will reach for (like quarterback) and this left tackle class falls off a cliff after Johnson. The Lions, however, don’t operate that way.

They give up a 2nd round pick to the Raiders to move up and the Raiders gladly do it given all they need. Besides, they can still take their top target Sharrif Floyd at 5 because Philadelphia is highly unlikely to take him given that he’s not an ideal fit for the 3-4. Or the Raiders could trade down again and accumulate more picks, which they obviously need. Stay tuned.

Other options:

DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)- If the Raiders were to stay put, I think Sharrif Floyd would be the pick. He’s the best 4-3 defensive player left on the board.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- NT Star Lotulelei (Utah)

The Eagles miss out on Eric Fisher, so they go to their secondary target, who I believe to be Star Lotulelei. Now that his heart has checked out, he’s back in the top-5 discussion and the Eagles are known to be very interested. He could play both nose tackle and 5-technique defensive end in the sub packages and, while he’s still a bit raw as a pass rusher, he could also rush the passer from the interior on passing downs out of sub packages. I expect the Eagles to take either Fisher or Lotulelei here, making it 9 of 11 years in which they’ve used their first pick on an offensive or defensive lineman.

Other options:

QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)- Geno Smith has been mocked here in some places. I wouldn’t be shocked if that happened, but I think it’s going to be either Eric Fisher or Star Lotulelei.

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5. San Diego Chargers (TRADE)-OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)

AJ Smith only once used a pick higher than a 3rd rounder on an offensive lineman in his tenure in San Diego dating back to 2004 and it shows. They have major holes at left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle. They ranked 31st in the NFL in pass block efficiency, worse than even the Cardinals and only behind the Colts. With top offensive lineman Louis Vasquez signing with the Broncos, things will only get worse next year unless they do something. Smith was fired, so they can finally get an upgrade on the offensive line.

They’ll have to trade up to get one of the top-3 tackles, however, which is what they do here, giving Oakland another 2nd round pick to move up 6 spots. With Branden Albert likely Miami-bound, the Chargers become the favorites to move up into the top-6 to grab Johnson. I think the Raiders are more likely to move down than Cleveland, who is most frequently predicted to move down. While they could stay put and take Floyd, I think, given all that they need, they’ll take the 2nd round pick and take best available at 11.

Other options:

DE Ezekiel Ansah (BYU)- If the Lions stay put, Ezekiel Ansah would likely be the pick. He’d be a great fit for their wide nine scheme, fill a need, fit the range, and they coached him at the Senior Bowl, which was really his coming out party.

DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)- If the Raiders stay put, once again Sharrif Floyd would likely be the pick.

6. Cleveland Browns- CB DeMarcus Milliner (Alabama)

As I just mentioned, many people expect the Browns to be the ones who move down, but right now, it sounds like they’re pretty locked onto DeMarcus Milliner. He might not be the 6th best player in this class, but the Browns’ biggest need is at cornerback and he’s by far the best cornerback in this draft class. It would make more sense to take him at 6 if available (which it sounds like he will be) than take Xavier Rhodes at 11 in a trade down with San Diego. He’d fill a big need opposite Joe Haden.

Other options:

OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)- There’s still a slim chance this is where a team moves up to take Johnson. If the Browns stay put, however, Milliner is the pick.

7. Arizona Cardinals- RLB Ezekiel Ansah (BYU)

If the top-3 tackles are off the board at 7, it will be the worst case scenario for the Cardinals, but it’s looking more and more like that’s going to happen. If the Cardinals want Johnson badly, they may have to move up to 6 themselves to secure him. Or they could just take the best available player at 7. Sam Acho, O’Brien Schofield, and Quentin Groves really didn’t do a good job of getting pressure from the rush linebacker position for the Cardinals this year and Groves left as a free agent anyway. Right now, they only have 3 outside linebackers on the roster. They could add another rush linebacker through the draft if the value makes sense, which it does here.

Other options:

G Chance Warmack (Alabama)- The Cardinals are known to really like Chance Warmack. Would they take a guard 7th overall though? He could be an option in a trade down.

8. Buffalo Bills- QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)

GM Buddy Nix, who is normally very candid about this type of thing, has made it known they want a quarterback. First he said, “I don’t want to leave here without a franchise guy [at quarterback] for the future in place. I have not said that before but I’m saying it now because it’s fact.” He also said this: “I think there’s a time that in the era that you’re in and the development of your team, there’s a time when you can move up a round to take a quarterback. And I think the time’s now for us. We need a good, young quarterback, and we’re going to do our best to get him.”

He also recently defended this quarterback class and said that taking a quarterback at 8 would not be a reach. His exact quote was this: “This quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it. Five or six of those guys, maybe seven, do a lot of things good and do them good enough to win. I’ve said this from the start, that two or three of these guys will be franchise quarterbacks. I believe that.” Of course, all you have to do is look at their depth chart to know they need a quarterback. The recently signed Kevin Kolb is nothing more than a stopgap with very little guaranteed money. I don’t think Smith falls past them.

Other options:

QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)- For various reasons, I won’t rule out the Bills shocking everyone and taking Ryan Nassib. If Nassib is their guy, however, they could probably still get him in the 20s either on a trade down or a trade up.

WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)- If the Bills were to trade down, Austin would probably be the one traded up for. The Bills could just take him themselves if they plan on moving up for Nassib.

DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)- Floyd is probably the best available. Someone, like Oakland, could move up for him.

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9. San Francisco 49ers (TRADE)- WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)

This trade makes sense for all involved. The 49ers have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds and 13 overall so they package 3 of them (picks 31, 34, and 74) and move up to 9. This still leaves them with 11 picks overall and a pick in each of the first 3 rounds. That’s more than enough to fill their limited needs. Austin is obviously a luxury pick and the 49ers do have Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and AJ Jenkins, but Boldin is likely just a one year rental and Jenkins has yet to even catch a pass in the NFL. Long term, Crabtree, Austin, and Jenkins could be very deadly and Austin would be an awesome fit in the 49ers’ speed and misdirection based offense. They can afford this luxury so why not?

As for the Jets, the appeal is obvious. Along with the Raiders, Jaguars, and Chargers, they have the least talent in the NFL and they need as many picks as they can get. No one they can take at 9 will turn things around for them entirely, but this trade gives them an extra 2nd and an extra 3rd rounder and 5 of the first 75 picks. That’s something to build around, especially if they also trade Darrelle Revis. Stay tuned.

Other options:

RLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)- If the Jets stay put, Barkevious Mingo is likely the pick.

10. Tennessee Titans- DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)

I think last week was the first time I’ve mocked a defensive tackle to the Titans in any round in a long time. It’s just not a need for them, unlike people seem to think. Jurrell Casey and Mike Martin both played very well in rotation with Sen’Derrick Marks last year. Marks didn’t play so well, but he’s gone and Karl Klug, who has impressed in limited action in his career thus far, is also still in the mix. Meanwhile, free agent acquisitions Sammie Lee Hill and Ropati Pitoitua will also be in the mix.

However, I think Floyd is too good to fall out of the top-10. He only falls because teams in the 5-10 range don’t really need defensive tackles. The Titans obviously have more pressing needs too, but they also don’t have a player at the position who can do what Floyd can do for you so they take a pure value pick here. Floyd could go as high as 3 and he’s unlikely to fall out of the top-10 entirely.

Other options:

G Chance Warmack (Alabama)- If the Titans go need over value, Warmack is likely the pick.

G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)- They’re also known to like Cooper, but Warmack would be a better fit because they need a right guard.

11. Oakland Raiders (TRADE)- DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)

The Raiders are expected to lose their top-3 defensive tackles from last season. Desmond Bryant signed with the Browns. Tommy Kelly was expectedly cut and is now in New England. Richard Seymour, meanwhile, is not expected to be retained and could retire. They’ve added Pat Sims and Vance Walker as cheap replacements, but they won’t knock anyone’s socks off. At the end of the day, I think the Raiders would prefer Sheldon Richardson at 11 and two 2nd round picks than Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei at 3.

Other options:

G Chance Warmack (Alabama)- If they want to go defense, Richardson is probably the pick. If not, they could take one of the two guards. Warmack would be a better fit for their power blocking scheme, though Cooper can’t be ruled out because they need left guard more than right guard.

G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)- See above.

12. Miami Dolphins- G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)

The Dolphins don’t trade up for a tackle in this scenario because I have them trading pick #54 for Branden Albert, but they could still take an offensive lineman. Neither Richie Incognito nor John Jerry are good fits for their zone blocking scheme and free agent signee John Jerry is a mediocre player signed to a one year deal. They’re known to be unhappy with their situation at the position. Cooper would be a perfect fit for their blocking scheme and an instant upgrade over everyone they have.

Jeff Ireland has put a lot of value on the offense line before, using first round picks on Jake Long and Mike Pouncey and a 2nd round pick on Jonathan Martin since 2008 and they could use another premium pick again this year and take Cooper. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly believes this pick will come down to Cooper, Tyler Eifert, and Xavier Rhodes if they stay put and don’t move up for DeMarcus Milliner. He eventually goes with Cooper and I agree.

Cooper would be the first guard to go higher than 15 since Chris Naoele went 10th in 1997. However, if there ever were a year for that to happen, it’s this one. This draft class is pretty devoid of top level talent, which means elite players at positions like guard could go higher than they ordinarily would. On top of that, Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are among the best guard prospects in the last decade. Besides, the Dolphins took Pouncey, a center, 15th in 2011, so this isn’t that much of a stretch.

Other options:

TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)- Eifert is one of the other players mentioned by Kelly.

CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)- Kelly also mentions Rhodes, but admits it’s unlikely. I agree because he doesn’t fit their coverage scheme well.

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13. New York Jets (TRADE)- RLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

This is what I was hinting at earlier. The Jets are expected to trade Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers for a 1st, 3rd, and a later pick (for the sake of this mock, it’s a 6th rounder). This would actually give the Jets 7 picks in the top-74 and if they can get starters out of 4 of those, it’s going to go a long way towards turning around their franchise. Revis is likely gone after next off-season anyway and their defense was actually alright without him last year. It’s the smart long-term move for a team unlikely to contend either way next year. For the Bucs, Revis would be a tremendous upgrade for them at cornerback and, with all of their cap space, he’s a very good fit for them.

As for the actual pick, the Jets really need someone to help what was the 27th best pass rush in the NFL last year in terms of pass rush efficiency. Calvin Pace is heading into his age 33 season and really hasn’t played well over the last 2-3 years anyway. They’re reportedly very smitten with Barkevious Mingo. He’d be a minor reach at 9, part of why they traded down, but they should be able to get him at 13.

Other options:

CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)- If the Bucs don’t get Revis, they’ll likely turn their attention to Rhodes. The Jets could also take him, but it sounds like they want Mingo.

14. Carolina Panthers- S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)

The Panthers have an obvious need at safety and, if it falls this way, I think they’ll take Vaccaro. Haruki Nakamura wasn’t very good, but he’s gone as a free agent and they don’t have a clear starter opposite Charles Godfrey, who also is coming off a down year. They’ve worked Vaccaro out privately and he’s known to be one of a few players they’re targeting at this spot, including Sheldon Richardson and Tavon Austin, who are both off the board. Xavier Rhodes is the other option, but I think Vaccaro is the better prospect.

Other options:

CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)- I mentioned Rhodes above.

15. New Orleans Saints- RLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)

The Saints had the NFL’s 3rd ranked scoring offense and 31st ranked scoring defense last year, so it’s pretty obvious which side of the ball is the problem side. Their only real hole on offense is left tackle and because of Drew Brees’ quick release and excellent pocket awareness they’ve never viewed the left tackle position as important position.

Jermon Bushrod was allowed to walk as a free agent for this reason. The advanced numbers show that he’s really just a middling talent that Brees made look a lot better than he was and he was overpaid by the Bears. They’ll likely just replace Bushrod internally and maybe take a developmental tackle in the middle rounds, especially since the top-3 tackles are all going to be long gone at this point and they don’t have the ammunition to move up.

Given that, this will almost definitely be a defensive player and they really need help at every position except middle linebacker, where Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne are going into the 2nd year of 5 year deals and will hopefully play better in the Saints’ new 3-4 defense. It’s between cornerback Xavier Rhodes and rush linebacker Jarvis Jones for me right now, but I think they’ll lean towards the latter.

Other options:

CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)- Once again, Rhodes gets left in the dust.

16. St. Louis Rams- OLB Alec Ogletree (Georgia)

The Rams obviously have offensive needs, but they have two first round picks and they’re also known to be very interested in Alec Ogletree. If they want him, they probably have to take him at 16 because Chicago and Cincinnati could both take him. They can then target a receiver at 22. JoLonn Dunbar randomly had a solid year as a 3-down linebacker for the Rams, but he might still be better as a 2-down linebacker in the future. Ogletree could play every down with Laurinaitis and allow Dunbar to be a 2-down linebacker and come out on passing downs. He’d replace the mediocre Rocky McIntosh in that role.

Other options:

G Chance Warmack (Alabama)- The Rams have a need at guard, but they need a left guard, not a right guard and they haven’t shown much interest in Warmack.

OT DJ Fluker (Alabama)- Fluker could play guard as well as a rookie and be their long term right tackle if they don’t feel they can re-sign Rodger Saffold next off-season.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)- If the Rams feel they can get Ogletree at 22, they could take their receiver here. They could also trade up from 22 to take Ogletree and take their receiver here.

WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)- Hopkins is their other receiver option. His last minute workout went very, very well with them, just like Brian Quick last year.

 

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers- WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)

Last week, I said it was close between Jarvis Jones and Cordarrelle Patterson for the Steelers. Well, this week Jones isn’t available so Patterson is the pick. They are reportedly very interested in him and he would replace Mike Wallace. While they have a need at rush linebacker, they also reportedly are high on both Jason Worilds and Chris Carter and don’t want to take a collegiate defensive end in the first round and convert him into a rush linebacker. That hurts Tank Carradine’s chances.

Other options:

TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)- I actually think Eifert is more likely than Carradine. Eifert would give them insurance for Heath Miller, who tore his ACL, and another offensive weapon.

RLB Tank Carradine (Florida State)- I won’t rule Carradine out.

18. Dallas Cowboys- G Chance Warmack (Alabama)

The Cowboys made two head scratching decisions at guard last off-season, signing Nate Livings to a 5 year deal to play left guard and signing Mackenzy Bernadeau to a 4 year deal to play right guard. Livings was one of the worst guards in the league in 2011, while Bernadeau was an inexperienced former 7th round pick that no one else saw as a starter. Livings actually played well this season, but Bernadeau played as expected. There’s been some talk of Bernadeau moving to center, though I don’t know how much that will help. Either way, they need a new starter at right guard. Warmack is too good to pass on at this point.

Other options:

OT DJ Fluker (Alabama)- I don’t think they’d pass on Warmack, but DJ Fluker would fill a need at right tackle. They’re reportedly not that interested in him though.

19. New York Giants- OT DJ Fluker (Alabama)

DJ Fluker is a rising prospect right now, with some saying he could go as high as 7th to Arizona. I don’t have him that high and I think it would be ridiculous to use a top-10 pick on a pure right tackle in an off-season where Tyson Clabo, Eric Winston, and Andre Smith are still available and Sebastian Vollmer and Phil Loadholt had to take less than they were expected to get. However, I don’t see the Giants passing on him at 19. They’re known to be very interested in him and he’d fill a huge hole at right tackle.

Other options:

DE Tank Carradine (Florida State)- The Giants are always interested in adding pass rushers.

20. Chicago Bears- TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)

The Bears already signed Martellus Bennett this off-season, but according to Draft Insider Tony Pauline, that won’t preclude the Bears from taking a tight end at #20. Tyler Eifert is a rising prospect right now with a good chance to go in the top-20. He’s the consensus top tight end and could be seen as the best available player here for the Bears. While Bennett is more of an inline tight end, Eifert can move all around the formation and would allow the Bears to use a bunch of two-tight end sets and creative looks. Jay Cutler will be really happy (or as happy as Jay Cutler can be) with this off-season if the Bears add Eifert here after adding Bennett, Jermon Bushrod, and offensive minded Head Coach Marc Trestman.

Other options:

MLB Arthur Jones (Kansas State)- Jones would fill a big need at middle linebacker and he’d be a perfect fit for their cover 2 scheme.

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21. Cincinnati Bengals- S Eric Reid (LSU)

The Taylor Mays experiment didn’t last long. The Bengals were forced to move Nate Clements from cornerback to safety to play alongside Reggie Nelson and they also re-signed Chris Crocker mid-season and he saw some playing time. They can’t rely on that long term. Both Crocker and Clements are free agents and are heading into their age 33 and 34 seasons respectively. They need a new starter next to Nelson.

The Bengals tend to lock onto position by round and address their biggest needs first. Safety would qualify this year. While Jonathan Cyprien will probably overall be seen as a better prospect than Eric Reid and Matt Elam, the Bengals prefer big school kids so they’ll probably have Reid and Elam higher on their board than Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien. They’ve worked both out privately and it was tough to choose between them here, but Reid has the size defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer prefers in a defensive back.

Other options:

S Matt Elam (Florida)- Elam is their other option. Safety is big far their biggest need.

22. St. Louis Rams- WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)

After losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in free agency, the Rams are now missing 2 of their top-3 receivers from last year and it wasn’t a strong receiving corps to begin with. They’ve added Jared Cook and Chris Givens, their leading receiver last year, could be headed for big things in his 2nd year in the league. However, Brian Quick is still incredibly raw, though they haven’t given up on him. Austin Pettis, meanwhile, is only a backup caliber player. They also have just 5 receivers on the roster as of this writing and two of them have never caught a pass in the NFL. Just like Quick last year, Hopkins had a last minute workout with the Rams this year that reportedly went very, very well.

Other options:

WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)- Justin Hunter is the other receiver option.

G Justin Pugh (Syracuse)- This would also help their offense.

S Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International)- Cyprien would fill a big need, but don’t they have to take an offensive player with one of these picks?

23. Minnesota Vikings- MLB Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

The Vikings obviously have a need at wide receiver, but they pick at 25 in two more picks and it’s unlikely the Colts take a receiver at 24 so they’ll probably wait until that pick to take a receiver. With pick 23, I expect them to address defense, especially the front 7. Te’o is still expected to go in the 1st round when all is said and done and the Vikings appear to be the team most comfortable with him. He’d fill a massive need at middle linebacker.

Other options:

MLB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)- It’s between Te’o and Brown for them right now.

DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)- They’re known to be interested in Williams, but I think he’s only an option if both linebackers are gone.

WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)- Maybe they want to take their receiver here instead of 25.

24. Atlanta Falcons (TRADE)- CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)

The Falcons are rumored to be interested in moving up from 30. It’d make sense given their recent history, just two years after moving up 21 spots in the 1st round for Julio Jones. If Rhodes falls into this part of the first round, they’ll be working the phones and the Colts, who are without a 2nd round pick, make sense as a trade partner. They wouldn’t be able to recoup their 2nd round pick (the trade value chart says the Falcons would have to give up their 3rd rounder), but they’d still add a valuable asset.

After cutting Dunta Robinson, cornerback becomes a big need for the Falcons. Asante Samuel just turned 32 and might only be with the Falcons for one more season and Brent Grimes is gone. Rhodes could step in as an immediate starter opposite Samuel and allow Robert McClain to remain on the slot, where he was very good last season.

Other options:

3-4 DE Margus Hunt (SMU)- I believe Margus Hunt is the Colts’ target. He should be available at 30 though.

RLB Tank Carradine (Florida State)- Carradine is also an option for the Colts and, to an extent, the Falcons.

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25. Minnesota Vikings- WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)

Even after adding Greg Jennings, the Vikings still need another wide receiver opposite him. Besides, Jennings is turning 30 this season and might not be worth his contract once he’s into year 4 or 5 so they need to think about developing a long term #1. They’ll probably take one with one of their two 1st round picks. At the end of the day, even after trading Harvin, they’ll end up with a better receiving corps in 2013 than 2012 and have an extra 1st rounder to spare.

Other options:

DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)- It’s a deep wide receiver year so maybe they wait until the 2nd round to address the need.

26. Green Bay Packers- 3-4 DE Datone Jones (UCLA)

The Packers’ defensive line got absolutely no pass rush in 2011. They used a 2nd round pick in 2012 on Jerel Worthy to help them out there, but that might not be enough. They still ranked just 30th in pass rush efficiency in 2012 as only Clay Matthews could get consistent pressure. They could use a 2nd pick on a pass rushing defensive lineman for their 3 man defensive line.

Other options:

3-4 DE Margus Hunt (SMU)- Hunt is their other defensive line option.

OT Justin Pugh (Syracuse)- Pugh’s versatility could be very attractive to the Packers if they want to address the offense and go with a lineman.

27. Houston Texans- OT Menelik Watson (Florida State)

The Texans lost the right side of their offensive line last off-season. They drafted a right guard in the mid rounds last year and could take right tackle this year. Derek Newton and Ryan Harris split snaps there last season, but Newton struggled and Harris, the better of the two, is still an unsigned free agent. Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle, who admits he is not a big fan of Watson, believes the Texans love him and that he’s going to go in the top-27 picks. He’s a project, but he’d obvious be a natural fit for their zone blocking scheme and fill a need, so the intrigue is understandable, even though I side more with Zierlein on Watson’s long term projection.

Other options:

MLB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)- With the top-4 receivers off the board, the Texans don’t have many other options, but they could address the linebacker position.

28. Denver Broncos- CB Jamar Taylor (Boise State)

Don’t ask me why, but reports suggest that the Broncos will target cornerbacks early in the draft, probably in the first round. They have Champ Bailey obviously and just signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Also, Tony Carter and Chris Harris played well last season. Finally, they have Omar Bolden, a 2012 4th round pick who only fell because of a knee injury he’s since recovered from. DRC was only signed to a one year deal and Bailey could be eventually moved to safety, but I don’t get why they’d use a premium pick on a cornerback when they already have 5 presumably locked into roster spots. Anyway, it’s not my call. If they’re interested in cornerbacks in the first round, Taylor makes a lot of sense. They’ve worked him out privately and they are reportedly smitten with him.

Other options:

CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)- Trufant is the other cornerback option.

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29. New England Patriots- CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)

Even after re-signing Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington, the Patriots could still draft another cornerback. Trufant probably wouldn’t play much as a rookie, but Talib was only brought back on a one year deal and they could use better depth should injuries strike or if Alfonzo Dennard has to serve a suspension. Arrington belongs on the slot and should not be moved back outside even if injuries strike.

Other options:

QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)- If someone wants to trade up into the 1st round to take Nassib, the Patriots are likely going to be a willing partner.

30. Indianapolis Colts (TRADE)- 3-4 DE Margus Hunt (SMU)

The Colts won 11 games last year despite replacement level talent all over the field, but they’ll have to play better to match that win total in 2013. Despite one of the easiest schedules in the league, they still had a negative points differential and the worst points differential in NFL history by an 11-win team. They won just 3 games against .500 or better teams and 2 games total by more than a touchdown (one of which was against the Jaguars). There’s a reason they couldn’t hang with the big boys in the post-season as the Ravens exploited their issues defensively and on the offensive line in their 24-9 victory.

However, they had a lot of cap space this off-season to add talent to a young and improving nucleus so I gave them a good chance to improve their level of play in 2013 and still make it back to the playoffs. That being said, I don’t like what they did with their cap space. It wasn’t just that they overpaid players; it’s the type of players they overpaid. If you’re going to overpay players, make sure they’re players who can have a big impact. I don’t know how much guys like LaRon Landry, Gosder Cherilus, Erik Walden, Ricky Jean-Francois, Greg Toler, and Donald Thomas will help this team (I did like the Thomas deal though, that wasn’t an overpay). They would have been better off signing two or three higher end free agents and filling other needs through the draft.

Now it’s unclear which position they still view as a major need and for that reason it’s unclear what they’ll do in the 1st round. Rush linebacker, offensive line, cornerback, and defensive line should all be considered, but they may not view them all as major needs. I’m giving them Hunt here because I think he’s one of the best available and because I think defensive line is their biggest need right now. Even after signing Jean-Francois, they need more youth there. Aubrayo Franklin, recently signed cheap, turns 33 this season at nose tackle, as does starting five-technique defensive end Cory Redding. They’ve worked Hunt out privately and he’s seen as a first round lock by several sources.

Other options:

RLB Tank Carradine (Florida State)- As it did at 24, Carradine makes some sense to the Colts.

31. New York Jets (TRADE)- S Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International)

The Jets lost both of their starting safeties from 2012. They’ve brought in mediocre veteran Dawan Landry and they have a pair of 2012 late round picks, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen, but they will still probably add a safety through the draft. Cyprien probably won’t make it out of the first round so he makes a lot of sense here for the Jets.

Other options:

CB DJ Hayden (Houston)- Hayden also makes sense for the Jets, but it’s more likely he’s on the board at 34 than Cyprien.

32. Baltimore Ravens- MLB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)

Ray Lewis is obviously retired and while, Dannell Ellerbe played well in his absence, he’s gone as a free agent. Jameel McClain is a mediocre player who will be coming off a major injury in 2013 and even if he can lock down a starting spot, the Ravens run a base 3-4, so they need two starting linebackers. Middle linebacker will be a priority of their off-season.

Other options:

S Matt Elam (Florida)- Elam would address their safety need.

QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)- The Ravens are another team that likes to trade down on draft day. A team could move up here to get Nassib.

 

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33. Jacksonville Jaguars- QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)

The Jaguars have to add another quarterback at some point. They can’t just have Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert compete for the starting job. Ryan Nassib is currently expected to be the 2nd quarterback off the board, maybe even in the late 1st round with a team trading up for him. According to the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, Nassib to the Jaguars is a very logical fit.

34. New York Jets (TRADE)- CB DJ Hayden (Houston)

Rex Ryan loves cornerbacks. Former Ravens scout and current NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah says that when Ryan was their defensive coordinator in Baltimore, he would always come into the draft room and try to persuade them to take another cornerback, regardless of whether or not they actually needed one. Even if they don’t trade Revis, I wouldn’t be surprised if they added one in the late rounds, but if they do trade Revis, expect them to target cornerbacks early.

35. Philadelphia Eagles- QB EJ Manuel (Florida State)

The Eagles already have Michael Vick and Nick Foles, but the former is really just a one year stopgap at this point in his career and probably won’t be back with the team in 2014 as a free agent. Foles, meanwhile, isn’t a proven commodity and he wasn’t really a high pick so Chip Kelly probably won’t feel a lot of loyalty to him, especially since he lacks the mobility Kelly likes in a quarterback. He still could be traded. Manuel is someone who has that mobility and he’s someone Kelly is known to really like. He recruited Manuel at Oregon and mentioned him as someone he wishes he had a chance to coach. They also worked him out privately.

36. Oakland Raiders (TRADE)- TE Zach Ertz (Stanford)

As I’ve mentioned before, the Raiders basically need every single position. Brandon Myers was their leading receiver last year, but the tight end is now with the New York Giants. The only three tight ends on their roster have a combined 14 career catches. They’ve shown a lot of interest in the local product Ertz. He makes a lot of sense for them here.

37. Cincinnati Bengals- RB Giovani Bernard (North Carolina)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a bunch of rushing yards this season, but that has more to do with the Bengals’ awesome offensive line and the sheer number of carries he got. He once again averaged less than 4 yards per carry overall this season. He can run through holes if they’re there, but he’s only a between the tackles plodder and he frequently ranks among the worst in the NFL in yards after contact per carry. The Bengals have mentioned adding another back this off-season. They’ve shown interest in Bernard, who would complement BJGE well and who would fit their system like a glove.

38. Arizona Cardinals- OT Justin Pugh (Syracuse)

Through the first 8 weeks of the season, D’Anthony Baptiste and Bobby Massie allowed a combined 25 sacks. However, Baptiste was then benched for rookie Nate Potter and fellow rookie Massie improved tremendously around the same time and the duo combined to allow just 7 sacks in the final 8 games of the season. They’re still young so the Cardinals won’t feel forced to take an offensive tackle in the first round if they don’t like the value. However, they’ll address the position at some point. They’ll like Pugh’s versatility. Even if they don’t need him to play tackle, he could still play guard.

39. New York Jets- QB Matt Barkley (USC)

The Jets are unlikely to address the quarterback position in the first round because they still have too much invested in Mark Sanchez, but they can’t go into 2013 with just Sanchez and Greg McElroy at quarterback. They’ll bring in an alternative this off-season. Hopefully they actually decide to use that alternative this season if/when Sanchez struggles, unlike last year.

40. Tennessee Titans- G Larry Warford (Kentucky)

Chris Johnson is great when he has great blocking, but when the offensive line isn’t opening up holes for him, he’s pretty bad. Why do you think he has such good games against bad run defenses and bad games against good run defenses? Their run blocking was better last year than in 2011, but they still need help. Center Fernando Velasco was their best interior lineman and Andy Levitre, a free agent acquisition, will lock down the left guard position. However, right guard is still a major need. That position was a rotating door last year. They’ve worked out Warford privately.

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41. Buffalo Bills- WR Robert Woods (USC)

Teams that draft quarterbacks in the first usually spend their next pick on an offensive player, doing so in 18 of the last 23 instances. 2012 3rd round pick TJ Graham projects best as a slot receiver long term so they still need a receiver opposite Steve Johnson. Buddy Nix said that would be something they’d be targeting and he’s normally very candid about this type of thing. They’ve worked out Woods privately, something they usually do before spending a premium pick on a prospect.

42. Miami Dolphins- DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)

This is a deep defensive tackle class so Williams, who could go in the late teens, could fall this far, but I don’t think he’d fall any farther. The Dolphins are known to be very interested in him. Both of their defensive tackles, Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, are set to be free agents next off-season and with Jared Odrick expected to focus more on defensive end full time, they don’t have much depth either.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DE Tank Carradine (Florida State)

They have other needs and they seem to feel confident with 3rd year ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers playing the bulk of the snaps at defensive end next season, but after losing Michael Bennett as a free agent, they need to add depth. Carradine is too good to pass on at this point. After he ran a 4.93 at 6-4 276 less than 5 months after tearing his ACL, Carradine is definitely in the top-20 mix.

44. Carolina Panthers- DT Kawaan Short (Purdue)

The Panthers passed on Fletcher Cox at 9 in the 2012 NFL Draft because they still believed in 2011 3rd round picks Terrell McClain and Sione Fua. However, between now and then, McClain was a final cut and Fua lost his starting job and played just 256 snaps all season. He was also horrible when he played, ranking 83rd out of 85 eligible at his position on ProFootballFocus, despite his very limited playing time. The Panthers started Dwan Edwards and Ron Edwards at defensive tackle in 2012. The former Edwards was a final cut of the Bills right before the season, while the latter Edwards was recently a cap casualty going into his age 34 season in 2013. They could definitely take their defensive tackle this year, after ranking 18th against the run despite the emergence of stud rookie middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.

45. Oakland Raiders (TRADE)- DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)

The Raiders could really use help at almost every position. They don’t have anyone who is any good opposite Lamarr Houston at defensive end. Veteran Andre Carter, the mediocre Jason Hunter, and 2012 5th round pick Jack Crawford are all in the mix. Werner falls out of the first round because of the depth at his position and because he’s just not the type of prospect he was envisioned as at the start of the process. He has a great motor, but possesses no special skills. The Raiders will take him, however, and he has a good chance to be a starter long term.

46. St. Louis Rams- RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)

The Rams like Daryl Richardson, who had 98 carries as Steven Jackson’s primary backup last season, and they probably haven’t given up on 2012 2nd round pick Isaiah Pead. However, Jeff Fisher has always enjoyed having a stable of young backs. They’re known to be interested in Eddie Lacy. I never considered him a realistic option for them in the 1st round, but after a disappointing Pro Day, he makes a lot of sense for them if he falls to them in the 2nd.

47. Dallas Cowboys- S Matt Elam (Florida)

I thought the Cowboys needed a safety before they cut Gerald Sensabaugh. Now I think they need two. They probably won’t get two, which means the inexperienced Barry Church will probably start at one spot coming off a torn Achilles. However, safety will be high on their priority list this off-season.

48. Pittsburgh Steelers- RLB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi)

The Steelers like Jason Worilds and Chris Carter, but that won’t deter them from taking someone to play 3-4 outside linebacker. This is a strong edge rusher class. Collins is a small school prospect, but a strong Combine has put him in the day 2 range. Mike Mayock has him rated ahead of Barkevious Mingo among 3-4 outside linebackers. The Steelers have worked him out privately.

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49. New York Giants- MLB Kevin Minter (LSU)

The Giants signed Dan Connor, but only to a one year deal. They could still look at linebackers fairly early in the draft, as they mentioned they needed to get better play from the position next year. They stick to their board anyway and Minter could easily be seen as best available here. He could go as high as the late first round.

50. Chicago Bears- OLB Khaseem Greene (Rutgers)

Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach are gone. The Bears brought in DJ Williams from Denver, but he’s pretty washed up as he heads into his age 31 season. Fellow free agent acquisition, James Anderson, also isn’t very good. Lance Briggs, meanwhile, is not washed up, but it’s worth mentioning that he’s heading into his age 33 season and can’t do this forever.

51. Washington Redskins- CB Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State)

The Redskins’ secondary was a weakness in 2012, ranking 22nd in YPA allowed. It doesn’t look much better going into 2013 as EJ Biggers has been the only addition, replacing Cedric Griffin as the 3rd cornerback with DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. All 3 of those cornerbacks are free agents next off-season anyway. Banks is a steal in a loaded cornerback class and they’re known to be very interested in him.

52. Minnesota Vikings- DT Jesse Williams (Alabama)

One half of the Williams wall is already long gone as Pat Williams was out of the league last year in his age 40 season. He was never really replaced as the Vikings use a committee of players at that spot opposite Kevin Williams. Kevin, meanwhile, turns 33 in August and, owed 7.5 million in each of the next 2 seasons, he might not be around much longer. The Vikings could add a defensive tackle early through the draft.

53. Cincinnati Bengals- OT Kyle Long (Oregon)

It’s about 4 days to draft day and Andre Smith is still not on the roster. He won’t come down with his price and the Bengals, despite having the most cap space in the NFL, are content to let him leave and take his replacement through the draft. Kyle Long can be that replacement. If they do retain Smith after the draft, Long has the versatility to serve as a valuable 6th offensive lineman for them and a potential future successor for left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who turns 32 this off-season.

54. Kansas City Chiefs (TRADE)- MLB Kiko Alonso (Oregon)

The Chiefs got this pick from the Dolphins in a projected Branden Albert trade. The Chiefs have a massive hole at middle linebacker, where the inexperienced Cory Greenwood is currently penciled in as the starter. Alonso provides an immediate upgrade out of the 2nd round and would fill the Chiefs’ only pressing starting need after left tackle (Luke Joeckel).

55. Green Bay Packers- RB Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)

The Packers were kind of just throwing shit at the wall and seeing what stuck at running back this year, using Alex Green, James Starks, Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, and DuJuan Harris at running back. They were generally ineffective, ranking 22nd in the NFL, averaging 3.9 YPC. Harris played well down the stretch, but can they really count on him in 2013? I know they don’t value the running back position much, but they need to bring someone else into the mix this off-season. Franklin is their type of back.

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56. Seattle Seahawks- WR Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech)

Even after trading for Percy Harvin, the Seahawks could use another wide receiver as Sidney Rice has trouble staying healthy. Without a ton of other needs, they could add someone like Quinton Patton here in the 2nd round. They’re known to be very interested in him.

57. Houston Texans- WR Keenan Allen (California)    

Andre Johnson will be 32 next year and Kevin Walter was cut. They used a 3rd round pick on DeVier Posey and a 4th round pick on Keyshawn Martin last year, but they need a blue chip prospect in the mix. Posey might miss the whole 2013 season after tearing his Achilles and Martin’s only contributions to this team were as a return man. Owner Bob McNair recently mentioned that the Texans need to add another playmaker at wide receiver and he’s right. Expect them to target receivers early in the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen fits what they look for in terms of size at the wide receiver position.

58. Denver Broncos- DT Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State)

Even after re-signing Kevin Vickerson and bringing in Terrance Knighton, the Broncos still have a need at defensive tackle. Hankins is going to be seen more as a 3-4 nose tackle than a 4-3 defensive tackle by most teams, but defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio loves big run stuffing defensive tackles, regardless of their ability to get to the quarterback.

59. New England Patriots- WR Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)

The Patriots have brought in Danny Amendola to replace Wes Welker, but they aren’t done making over their receiving corps. They need someone to replace Brandon Lloyd, who was cut. Woods can be that receiver. If Wheaton pans out long term and Amendola can stay healthy, the Patriots will have both a younger and improved receiving corps going forward as Tom Brady heads into the final 5 years or so of his career.

60. Atlanta Falcons- DE Cornelius Washington (Georgia)

Even after signing Osi Umenyiora, the Falcons still need pass rush help. Umenyiora probably won’t play a lot of snaps when they go to any of their 3-4 packages and he’s getting up there in age as well, heading into his age 32 season coming off an underwhelming 2012 season. None of their other pass rushing options are real sure fire things either, so they’ll probably take an edge rusher in the first couple of rounds, preferably someone versatile who can play in multiple fronts. They’ve worked the local prospect Washington out privately.

61. San Francisco 49ers- S DJ Swearinger (South Carolina)

The 49ers didn’t make much of an effort to re-sign Dashon Goldson. That makes a lot of sense for the 49ers as they have a lot of talent to fit under the cap over the next few off-seasons and Goldson, while talented, is replaceable. DJ Swearinger can be that replacement. He’s a steal who falls because this is a deep safety class.

62. Baltimore Ravens- OT Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

The Ravens’ offensive line is so much better when Michael Oher can play right tackle and Kelechi Osemele can play left guard, but that would require someone to adequately play left tackle. Bryant McKinnie stepped up as that guy in the post-season, a huge part of the reason why the Ravens won the Super Bowl, but the soon to be 34-year-old free agent is incredibly unreliable. Even if they re-sign him, they could draft a developmental tackle at some point in the draft to slot in behind him. Armstead is too good to pass on at this point.

 

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63. Kansas City Chiefs- WR Ryan Swope (Texas A&M)

The Chiefs could use some added receiver depth out of a deep receiver class. Jonathan Baldwin has been a bust to this point in his career and they don’t have a long term starter opposite Dwayne Bowe. Donnie Avery, preferably, would just be a depth receiver going forward and neither Dexter McCluster nor Devon Wylie project as starters long term. They’ve shown interest in Swope, who is expected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round.

64. Jacksonville Jaguars- CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Connecticut)

The Jaguars lost a lot of free agents this off-season and they also cut Aaron Ross. That’s not such a bad thing because they ranked 21st against the pass in YPA, but they need to replenish talent. The only cornerbacks on their roster right now are Alan Ball, Mike Harris, Kevin Rutland, and Antwaun Molden. Gross.  Blidi-Wreh Wilson has the length former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley covets from the cornerback position. Also, his name is pronounced Bleedy Ray Wilson, which makes him sound like an old blues singer, which is awesome.

65. Detroit Lions- DE Corey Lemonier (Auburn)

The Lions lost both of their starting defensive ends from last off-season and Lawrence Jackson, one of their top reserves, is still a free agent. They signed Jason Jones, but he’s really struggled at end in his career and will be most effective on passing downs as a pass rushing defensive tackle. Aside from Jones, they have just two other ends on their roster. Lemonier is a great fit for the wide nine scheme.

66. Oakland Raiders- CB Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana)

All of the cornerbacks who played a single snap for the Raiders in 2011 combined to play 13 snaps for them in 2012 (all by 2011 4th round pick Chimdi Chewka, who wasn’t on their week 1 roster). With no cap room or high draft picks, they were forced to bargain shop for two guys coming off injuries, Shawntae Spencer and Ronald Bartell, and that didn’t work out. They barely played and it was up to a bunch of castoffs and youngsters to man the cornerback position. The group didn’t play well in general, en route to ranking 25th against the pass. Frequent burn victims Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins are currently penciled in as the starters after being signed to one year deals in free agency.

67. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Darius Slay (Mississippi State)

Even after signing Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, the Eagles probably aren’t done adding talent at cornerback. Neither of those two are particularly reliable or talented and Brandon Boykin is so much better on the slot than outside so they won’t want to have to put him out there should one of those two struggle or get hurt. Slay is insurance and a developmental future starter.

68. Cleveland Browns- QB Matt Scott (Arizona)

The Browns have Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell at quarterback, but they could still use a pick on a developmental quarterback to slot in behind them and maybe be a long term starter. Neither Weeden nor Campbell appears to be one. Scott is raw, but he’s got plenty of upside and they’ve worked him out privately. His arm strength and mobility make him a good fit for Rob Chudzinski’s offense.

69. Arizona Cardinals- QB Mike Glennon (NC State)

The Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer, but he’s not a long term solution. Drew Stanton, meanwhile, remains just a backup caliber player. The Cardinals could still take a quarterback like Mike Glennon on day 2. He has the ideal arm strength for Bruce Arians’ offense and sitting for a year or two behind the veteran Palmer would really do him some good as he attempts to work out his mechanical and accuracy issues.

70. Tennessee Titans- CB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State)

The Titans lost their #1 cornerback Cortland Finnegan in free agency in the 2012 offseason. They were known to be interested in Dre Kirkpatrick at 20 in the 2012 NFL Draft, in order to maintain cornerback as a position of depth. Kirkpatrick, unfortunately for them, went 3 spots earlier. They’ve really missed Cortland Finnegan this year as they ranked 24th against the pass and dead last in points per game allowed so they could use an early pick on a cornerback in 2013.

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71. Buffalo Bills- TE Vance McDonald (Rice)

Scott Chandler was a favorite of Chan Gailey, but Gailey has been fired. What he really is in reality is a marginally talented tight end who will be coming off a torn ACL suffered in December. Even if he’s not a cap casualty, owed 2.45 million next season, they need some competition for him and a 2nd tight end anyway. Gailey rarely used two-tight ends so they don’t have a competent 2nd tight end on the roster. Buddy Nix, who is normally candid when he speaks about the draft, recently spoke about the need to add another tight end. They’ve worked McDonald out privately.

72. New York Jets- NT John Jenkins (Georgia)

After cutting Sione Pouha, the Jets have a need at nose tackle. John Jenkins is frequently mocked in the 1st round, but many in the know disagree. NFL.com’s Josh Norris says that the two prospects he sees mocked in the 1st round most often that he’s not comfortable with are Terrance Williams and John Jenkins. Jenkins is plenty talented, but concerns about his weight and motor could drop him into the 2nd round like Terrence Cody in 2010 or even farther because this is a deep defensive line class.

73. New York Jets (TRADE)- TE Gavin Escobar (San Diego State)

The Jets get this pick in the Darrelle Revis trade. The Jets lost Dustin Keller to free agency and Jeff Cumberland is penciled in as the starter. Playing 608 snaps last year as Keller missed time with injury, including 12 starts and 292 pass snaps, Cumberland caught just 29 passes for 359 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Jets will try to add competition.

74. New York Jets (TRADE)- G Travis Frederick (Wisconsin)

The Jets lost both of their starting guards in free agency this off-season. Vladimir Ducaase will man one spot, but the former 2nd round pick has been very inconsistent in limited action in his career thus far. At the other spot, veteran Willie Colon will start after the 30-year-old signed just a one year deal. They still need help. With so many picks in this scenario, expect them to take a guard like Frederick at some point.

75. New Orleans Saints- NT Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern)

The Saints will look at defensive linemen for their new 3-man defensive line at some point in the draft. Akiem Hicks is penciled in as the starting defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan, but he’s an inexperienced 2012 3rd round pick, while Brodrick Bunkley is playing nose tackle for the first time in his NFL career in his age 30 season. Williams is versatile depth and could eventually end up as a starter.

76. San Diego Chargers- RLB Sio Moore (Connecticut)

I know the Chargers just used a 1st round pick on Melvin Ingram last year, but they need a bookend long term for him. Jarret Johnson and Shaun Phillips are both heading into their age 32 seasons. The former isn’t much of a pass rusher, as his strength is stuffing the run, while Phillips is a free agent this off-season. Meanwhile, Antawn Barnes proved his random 11 sack performance in 2011 was a complete fluke. He had just 3 this season and barely played down the stretch. He signed with the Jets as a free agent anyway.

77. Miami Dolphins- CB David Amerson (NC State)

Even after adding Brent Grimes, the Dolphins still need cornerback help. Grimes is an injury prone player heading into his age 30 season and only on a one year deal. Plus, none of Nolan Carroll, Richard Marshall, or Dimitri Patterson are starting caliber and the latter two could easily be cap casualties this off-season or next. Marshall is owed 9.85 million over the next 2 seasons combined, while Patterson is owed 9.8 million. Neither one of them is worth that.

78. St. Louis Rams- S Phillip Thomas (Fresno State)

The Rams have lost both of their starting safeties from last year, as Craig Dahl has signed with the 49ers and Quintin Mikell remains a free agent after being cut and is not expected to be brought back. That’s not such a bad thing. Dahl was terrible last year on an otherwise great defense, while Mikell, though he played well, was getting up there in age. The Rams will add at least one new safety through the draft.

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79. Pittsburgh Steelers- RB Christine Michael (Texas A&M)

Part of the reason the Steelers had a poor year offensively was their inability to run the ball. Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, and Jonathan Dwyer were all hit or miss to say the least, as they ranked 27th in the NFL in yards per carry at 3.7. Mendenhall left as a free agent, while Redman and Dwyer aren’t the answer either. They’ll add a running back at some point.

Christine Michael is an enigma. He’s been described as the most talented back is this draft class by some, but his limited tape (just 88 carries as a senior) and his numerous off the field run ins will lead to him being drafted somewhere in rounds 2-4. Also, he has two first names and one of them is a girl’s name, so I don’t know what’s up with that. The Steelers have worked him out privately though so maybe they’ll be able to answer those questions.

80. Dallas Cowboys- DT Bennie Logan (LSU)

Jay Ratliff is on thin ice after a DUI and his play isn’t what it used to be. His roster spot is likely safe for this season after restructuring his contract and getting a 3.66 million dollar signing bonus in March, but 2014 is a different story. He’ll be owed 5.5 million going into his age 33 season. Logan can be a defensive tackle behind him and a potential future successor. They’ve worked out Logan privately.

81. New York Giants- DT Akeem Spence (Illinois)

Cutting Chris Canty really created a need depth for at defensive tackle, even after signing veteran Cullen Jenkins. Marvin Austin can’t stay healthy next to Linval Joseph, while Jenkins just turned 32. Spence would help fill the need for depth.

82. Miami Dolphins- DE Damontre Moore (Texas A&M)

The Dolphins will probably use an early pick on a defensive end because Cameron Wake is their only consistent pass rusher and he’s on the wrong side of 30. No one else had more than 5 sacks. Jared Odrick was awful in his first year at defensive end, though he’ll be given one more chance to lose weight and start outside. Meanwhile, Olivier Vernon is still incredibly raw as a 2012 3rd round pick. Moore could end up being a starter or a rotational end long term.

83. Minnesota Vikings- WR Terrance Williams (Baylor)

I don’t need to tell you why the Vikings could double up on receivers. They’ll add a starting caliber receiver in the first round to play opposite Greg Jennings, but they’ll also take a developmental receiver in the mid rounds of this deep receiver class. Greg Jennings was a nice short term signing, but he’s heading into his age 30 season and by year 3 or year 4 of that deal, he won’t be worth his salary. Williams will probably slot in as a 4th or 5th receiver as a rookie and possibly make an impact in 2014 and beyond.

84. Cincinnati Bengals- WR Da’Rick Rodgers (Tennessee Tech)

The Bengals have a bunch of candidates for the #2 receiver job opposite AJ Green, but no one has taken the job and run with it yet. With a bunch of picks in a deep receiver class, they could add another developmental wide receiver to the mix. Rodgers has 1st round talent, but his off the field stuff will cause him to drop. He’s worth the risk here in the 3rd round for a Bengals team that has taken some risks like this in the past.

85. Washington Redskins- S Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse)

The Redskins could take defensive backs with their first two picks. Brandon Meriweather is their top safety, but he tore his ACL in November and was having trouble staying healthy even before that. He can’t be counted on. Neither can any of their other safeties. Madieu Williams, Reed Doughty, and DeJon Gomes aren’t very good and Williams is also a free agent. They need to add at least one new starter at safety this off-season.

86. Indianapolis Colts- G Brian Winters (Kent State)

The Colts’ biggest weakness was exposed in their post-season loss to the Ravens. The Colts’ offensive line was terrible all year and the Ravens were able to pressure Luck on seemingly every drop back, making it impossible for him to get anything done downfield. They ranked dead last overall in pass block efficiency. Luck was actually one of the best in the league at avoiding sacks, only taking a sack on 14.9% of pressured drop backs, but they need to get him some help at upfront, even after adding Gosder Cherilus and Donald Thomas. The biggest problem was at guard. They struggled for consistency there all year as four different guys, Mike McGlynn, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Reitz, and Seth Olsen, saw significant action there. Every single one of those four was awful. Winters could play left guard opposite Thomas.

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87. Seattle Seahawks- OLB Jelani Jenkins (Florida)

LeRoy Hill was recently arrested again and could be facing suspension. He was just a two down run stuffer for them last season and he’s a free agent heading into his age 31 season. It’s very possible the Seahawks don’t see him as worth the headache anymore. If they don’t re-sign him, they will need a new 3rd linebacker. Jenkins can compete with Malcolm Smith, a 2011 7th round pick who impressed in limited action this year.

88. Green Bay Packers- OT David Quessenberry (San Jose State)

The Packers haven’t worked out very many draftable prospects, but they reportedly have a lot of interest in David Quessenberry, who would be a great fit for their blocking scheme and provide depth at all 5 positions. Left tackle Marshall Newhouse could be upgraded and Derek Sherrod is no guarantee to be ready to take over that spot. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, meanwhile, is going into his first year as a starter.

89. Houston Texans- MLB Jon Bostic (Florida)

When Brian Cushing got hurt, it really showed their lack of depth at middle linebacker after they traded DeMeco Ryans this off-season. The Ryans trade was smart because he never really fit their 3-4 scheme and he wasn’t worth what they were paying him, but they never replaced him and that came back to bite them. There was way too much of Bradie James, Tim Dobbins, Daryl Sharpton, and Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker for the Texans. Bostic is a developmental prospect and a potential future starter.

90. Denver Broncos- RB Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State)

The Broncos don’t have a ton of needs, but they could use another running back. Willis McGahee will be 32 next season, coming off a major injury. Knowshon Moreno is hard to rely on long term. 2012 3rd round pick Ronnie Hillman, meanwhile, is probably just a change of pace back long term. John Fox likes using multiple backs anyway and though they aren’t run heavy now because of Peyton Manning, in the future, when Manning isn’t around or when he declines, Fox will probably go back to his conservative, run heavy ways. They’ve worked out Bell privately.

91. New England Patriots- G Dallas Thomas (Tennessee)

The Patriots could take an offensive lineman like Dallas Thomas. He has the versatility Belichick likes and he could be a long-term upgrade at right guard over Dan Connolly, the weak link on an otherwise very strong offensive line.

92. Indianapolis Colts (TRADE)- CB Dwayne Gratz (Connecticut)

The Colts could use another cornerback since Greg Toler can’t stay healthy and Vontae Davis has had his share of injury issues as well. The latter is heading into his contract year anyway. Gratz could also push Darius Butler as the #3 cornerback if he regresses this year, after signing a 2-year deal.

93. San Francisco 49ers- TE Travis Kelce (Cincinnati)

Delanie Walker left as a free agent. He might have just been a #2 tight end, but Walker played on 713 of 1229 possible offensive snaps, roughly 58%. He was a big part of their offense. The 49ers will have to replace him. It’s an important position on their team so they could easily use a premium pick on one with so many picks overall.

94. Baltimore Ravens- S Earl Wolff (NC State)

Michael Huff has been signed, but if the value makes sense, the Ravens could still take a safety early. Mediocre veteran James Ihedigbo will compete with unproven youngsters Omar Brown and Christian Thompson at the other safety spot. The latter will start 2013 on a 4 game suspension.

95. Houston Texans- TE Jordan Reed (Florida)

The Texans lost James Casey this off-season, which is a much bigger deal than most teams losing their fullback. Casey lined up at fullback, h-back, and tight end and was a versatile weapon for them in the passing game, playing 668 snaps in 18 games. If you can count him as a fullback, he would have led the position in snaps played this season. They’ll need to replace him after losing him and Joel Dreessen in the last two off-seasons.

96. Kansas City Chiefs- 3-4 DE Malliciah Goodman (Clemson)

Tyson Jackson and Mike DeVito will start at end for the Chiefs and both are solid at what they do, which is tie up blockers against the run in base packages. However, neither of them can get any pressure whatsoever. In fact, Chief defensive linemen combined for 5 sacks, 7 hits, and 18 hurries on 1225 combined pass rush snaps last year, a pathetic 2.7% rate. For comparison, JJ Watt had 21 sacks, 24 hits, and 31 hurries by himself. DeVito had just 1 sack and 11 hurries last year, so he won’t help much. They need to find a penetrating defensive lineman to play on passing downs. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston can’t do it alone. As good as they are, the Chiefs still ranked 29th in the NFL in sacks last year.

97. Tennessee Titans- DE Alex Okafor (Texas)

Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley are both good starting defensive ends, but they don’t have any depth, which is why they’ve shown interest in several veteran defensive ends this off-season. It doesn’t sound like they’re going to end up signing one, so they’ll turn to the draft for depth.

 

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2013 NFL Mock Draft 6th Round

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169. Jacksonville Jaguars- FB Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard)

Juszczyk should get drafted as a fullback. He’s taken 6 private visits, one of which was to the Jaguars, who lost fullback Greg Jones to free agency.

170. Kansas City Chiefs- RB Latavius Murray (Central Florida)

The Chiefs could use a better backup for Jamaal Charles. Andy Reid is a pretty strict one back Head Coach, but that hasn’t stopped him from using late round picks on developmental running backs before. They’ve worked Murray out privately.

171. Detroit Lions- WR Tavarres King (Georgia)

The Lions once again need a receiver again somehow. Titus Young was cut for behavioral reasons and even though they also have Ryan Broyles, he tore his ACL late in the season and probably won’t be ready for the start of the season. Besides, the pass heavy Lions drafted him with the idea of having 3 good, young receivers in mind. They’ll want someone to replace what Young was supposed to be. Fortunately, it’s a deep wide receiver class.

172. Oakland Raiders- OT Chris Faulk (LSU)

Right tackle is a problem spot on an overall actually decent Oakland offensive line. Faulk falls because of injury, but could be a steal in the 6th round, especially for a team like Oakland who needs a power blocking right tackle.

173. San Francisco 49ers- RLB Brandon Jenkins (Florida State)

The 49ers have so many picks and this is a deep edge rusher class so they could add some depth at 3-4 outside linebacker. Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks are great outside linebackers in the 49ers’ 3-4 scheme, but if either of them were to get hurt, they’d be in serious trouble. They clearly don’t trust their depth as reserves played a combined 78 snaps for them at that position this year. Parys Haralson is coming off a season ending injury and is currently their #3 outside linebacker. Jenkins falls into the 6th round coming off an injury, but if he can stay healthy, he could be a steal for the 49ers, who can afford to wait on him.

174. Arizona Cardinals- MLB Vince Williams (Florida State)

The Cardinals added Jasper Brinkley and Lorenzo Alexander at middle linebacker this off-season, but Brinkley was awful as a starter for the Vikings last season, while Alexander struggled in limited action last year with the Redskins and has primarily been a pure special teamer in his career. They could add a developmental talent behind them.

175. Cleveland Browns- TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA)

The Browns don’t have a 2nd round pick so they might not be able to add a tight end earlier than this, but they do seem fine with going into 2013 with Jordan Cameron as their starting tight end. Still, expect them to add one at some point.

176. Oakland Raiders- MLB AJ Klein (Iowa State)

The Raiders signed 3 free agent linebackers and all 3 are penciled in starters right now. That’s how thin things are there. None of the three are clear long term solutions so they could add a linebacker at some point in the draft.

177. Buffalo Bills- G Alvin Bailey (Arkansas)

The Bills lost Andy Levitre to free agency and now David Snow is penciled in as their starting left guard. They’ll have to find some competition this off-season, probably through the draft. I don’t expect them to use a premium pick on this position as you can find quality starting guards in the mid to late rounds, but they’ll add a guard. Bailey could end up making a few starts as a rookie.

178. New York Jets- RLB Stansly Maponga (TCU)

Despite taking Barkevious Mingo in the first round, they could still add someone like Maponga in the later rounds. They really have nothing at the rush linebacker position.

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179. San Diego Chargers- G Earl Watford (James Madison)

The Chargers addressed the offensive tackle position earlier in the draft, but guard is a need as well, especially after losing Louis Vasquez as a free agent. He was their only good offensive lineman last year. Considering they started an undrafted rookie on the offensive line last year, Watford has a chance to be a rookie starter out of the 6th round for them.

180. San Francisco 49ers- NT TJ Barnes (Georgia  Tech)

The 49ers don’t use much of a true nose tackle, but they still don’t have one on the roster. The massive run stuffing Barnes could have an immediate role.

181. New York Jets (TRADE)- RB Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State)

The Jets get this pick in the Darrelle Revis trade. Even after trading for Chris Ivory, the Jets could add another back. They have a ton of picks and none of Ivory, Mike Goodson, or Bilal Powell are proven backs. Randle is a great value at this point anyway.

182. Carolina Panthers- OT Xavier Nixon (Florida)

The Panthers have just 5 picks in the draft, but not a ton of needs either. They need defensive tackle, cornerback, safety, wide receiver, and someone to upgrade the right side of their offensive line. They have 4 of those 5 so far and now they take their right tackle.

183. New Orleans Saints- 3-4 DE Quinton Dial (Alabama)

The Saints took Brandon Williams in the 3rd round, but they could double up on defensive linemen. While Williams is more of a nose tackle, Dial provides depth at 5-technique defensive end.

184. St. Louis Rams- WR Conner Vernon (Duke)

As I mentioned earlier, the Rams only have 3 wide receivers on the roster who have ever caught a pass in the NFL. They could easily double up on wide receivers through the draft.

185. Dallas Cowboys- WR Josh Boyce (TCU)

The Cowboys could use some wide receiver depth. Kevin Ogletree, the closest thing they had to a consistent #3 receiver last year, left as a free agent. They’ve worked out Josh Boyce privately.

186. Pittsburgh Steelers- 3-4 DE Nick Williams (Samford)

Brett Keisel is heading into an age 35 contract year and former 1st round pick Ziggy Hood has been awful whenever he’s been counted on in his first 4 years in the league (he’s also going to be a free agent next off-season). Cameron Heyward is also a former 1st round pick and he’s very inexperienced, though I still believe in him. Still, they need someone opposite him long term and it doesn’t look like that player is on the roster right now.

187. New York Giants- RB Jawan Jamison (Rutgers)

This is more of a luxury pick than anything, but Jamison would give the Giants insurance behind David Wilson and Andre Brown. The Giants met with him at his Pro Day, as they did with a bunch of local prospects. He could go a couple rounds earlier than this.

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188. Chicago Bears- G Edmund Kugbila (Valdosta State)

Matt Slauson will play left guard next season, but he was only signed to a one year deal. Kugbila can provide depth there and maybe even at center, where Roberto Garza will be a free agent heading into his age 35 season next off-season. They’ve worked out Kugbila privately, one of 4 teams to work out the small school kid.

189. Minnesota Vikings- DE Mike Catapano (Princeton)

The Vikings could use defensive end depth and they’ve worked out Catapano privately. He’s a good value at this point in the draft.

190. Cincinnati Bengals- DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois)

The Bengals retained Robert Geathers, but he kind of sucks. He’ll rotate with Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, who are both scheduled to be free agents next off-season. The Bengals like rotation on the defensive line and Buchanan could crack that rotation by the end of the season with a bigger role potentially coming in 2014.

191. Washington Redskins- RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt)

It just wouldn’t be right if Mike Shanahan didn’t add a running back in the late rounds. Alfred Morris is awesome, but so was Terrell Davis and Shanahan drafted a running back after 3 of his 4 thousand yard seasons. It’s just how he operates. Stacy could be a steal for a zone blocking team.

192. Indianapolis Colts- WR Tyrone Goard (Eastern Kentucky)

Even after adding Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Colts could still add another receiver. They were one of 5 teams to work out the small school Goard privately and the 6 foot 7 receiver could go a round or two higher than this.

193. Green Bay Packers- C Khaled Holmes (USC)

Evan Dietrich-Smith played well in limited action in relief of a benched Jeff Saturday down the stretch last season, but he’s inexperienced and in a contract year. The Packers don’t have a lot of needs and could add some competition for him.

194. Seattle Seahawks- S Brendan Melanophy (Fordham)

Do the Seahawks need another safety? No, but they don’t have many needs and love adding defensive backs. Melanophy fits what they look for in a defensive back and they were one of several teams to meet with him at his Pro Day.

195. Houston Texans- 3-4 DE William Gholston (Michigan State)

This is a pure BPA pick. Gholston could really go in the 5th round or even the 4th, but here in the 6th he’s an excellent value as defensive line depth for a Houston team that has an aging Antonio Smith (32 in October) opposite JJ Watt. Smith will also be a free agent next off-season.

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196. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Everett Dawkins (Florida State)

Gerald McCoy showed what he can do if he can stay healthy, playing all 16 games for the first time in his 3 year career and having one of the top years by a defensive tackle this season. However, they need an upgrade next to him. Roy Miller was a decent run stuffer, but he had just 5 total quarterback pressures all year. He left as free agent anyway.

197. Cincinnati Bengals- CB Terry Hawthorne (Illinois)

The Bengals don’t need a cornerback right now. In fact, they might have the deepest cornerback crew in the NFL. However, both Terence Newman and Adam Jones are on the wrong side of 30 so with no more pressing needs they can add a cornerback for developmental purposes in the late rounds.

198. Atlanta Falcons- DT DeWayne Cherrington (Mississippi State)

After losing Vance Walker in free agency, the Falcons could add another defensive tackle for depth purposes. They’ve shown interest in Cherrington.

199. Baltimore Ravens- S Cody Davis (Texas Tech)

Even after signing Michael Huff, the Ravens could double up on safeties through the draft after losing both Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard this off-season. They have a bunch of picks.

200. Baltimore Ravens- MLB Brandon Magee (Arizona State)

Like safety, the Ravens could double up on middle linebackers through the draft after losing Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.

201. Houston Texans- RLB David Bass (Missouri Southern)

Whitney Mercilus will step into the starting lineup for departed free agent Connor Barwin opposite Brooks Reed, but they need to replenish depth. If Bass pans out as a starter in 2014 and beyond, they could move Reed to middle linebacker next to Brian Cushing, another major long term need of theirs.

202. Tennessee Titans- RB Knile Davis (Arkansas)

The Titans could add another back behind Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene. If Johnson doesn’t get his act together, he won’t be back in 2014, owed 8 million and 25 million over the final 3 years of his deal. Greene, meanwhile, isn’t a starting caliber back.

203. Baltimore Ravens- QB Jordan Rodgers (Vanderbilt)

The Ravens could add another backup behind Joe Flacco. All they have is the inexperienced Tyrod Taylor. There’s not another quarterback on the roster. Rodgers could push him for #2 duties or be the 3rd quarterback or a stash for their practice squad.

204. Kansas City Chiefs- QB Sean Renefree (Duke)

The Chiefs have brought in Alex Smith and Chase Daniel this off-season, but that won’t stop Andy Reid from using a mid or late round pick on a developmental quarterback. He’s always adding developmental quarterbacks when he has a roster spot. Ricky Stanzi is currently their 3rd string quarterback and he’s never played a snap in the NFL, not even behind Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel, and Tyler Palko. A product of the old regime, Reid is unlikely to be loyal to him.

205. Oakland Raiders- DT Michael Brooks (East Carolina)

The Raiders could easily double up on defensive tackles considering their lack of talent at the position. They’ve worked Brooks out privately.

206. Pittsburgh Steelers- QB Ryan Griffin (Tulane)

The Steelers are known to be interested in adding a developmental quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger. They’ve worked Griffin out privately.

 

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