NFL DR Mock 2.0: Two Round Mock DraftPosted: April 10, 2013
The NFL is an ever changing environment. As such, it’s necessary to put together a fresh mock draft.
Time has passed and moves have been made. Previous picks are listed next to projected picks in parentheses, and for more info see NFL DR Mock 1.0.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
As with the last mock, I’m still going with the favorite in Joeckel at first-overall. The Chiefs have a clear need at tackle and are actively attempting to trade their other starter (disgruntled franchise-tag tackle Brandon Albert). There are rumors that Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher could eclipse Joeckel heading into the final couple weeks prior to the draft, but that would surprise many.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Oregon DE Dion Jordan (Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher)
With the expanding tackle market, it seems more and more viable that the Jaguars could pick up either a second-round starter or a free-agent to man tackle opposite Eugene Monroe. Jordan is arguably the best pass-rusher in the draft, and few teams need a pass-rusher more than the Jaguars–who have suffered from a lack of pass-rushing production for seasons now.
3. Oakland Raiders – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
The reasoning behind Floyd this time around is the same as last–Oakland’s biggest need on the defense is at the line, and Floyd’s versatility and upside makes him the best choice. Whether Oakland ultimately chooses to go with a hybrid front on defense or find a home in either a 4-3 or 3-4 front, Floyd could likely find success in any scheme. Oakland’s defensive line currently features very little talent, with additions Pat Sims and Vance Walker being at best rotational tackles.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher (Alabama CB Dee Milliner)
It’s no illusion that Michael Vick needs some help if he’s going to improve on a poor 2012 season. Fisher was already gone in my last mock at second-overall, so that’s why I went with Milliner for the Eagles. While Philadelphia would love to get their hands on a potential lock down corner, the offensive line clearly needs an upgrade in talent and durability.
5. Detroit Lions – Brigham Young DE Ezekiel Ansah
There’s a reason why Ansah’s name keeps popping up in connection to the Lions’ pick–ever since the Senior Bowl, where the Lions coaching staff got to work with Ansah in person, Detroit has been enamored with the athletic defensive end. Ansah would provide a boost to the pass-rush in Detroit that has lost both Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch–and while Ansah may be short on football experience, he has incredible upside.
6. Cleveland Browns – Alabama CB Dee Milliner (Florida St. XB Xavier Rhodes)
Rhodes was my wildcard pick in the last mock draft. Regardless, the Browns would love to get their hands on a corner to pair with Joe Haden. If Milliner falls out of the top-five there is little chance he’ll get past Cleveland.
7. Arizona Cardinals – LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson)
While originally I had the Cardinals taking a tackle, the market for tackles has dried up and there remains several high-level tackles on the market (and Bruce Arians is supposedly high on veteran Levi Brown as well). The Cardinals linebacker corps needs some help in the pass-rush, one of the only deficient spots on an otherwise strong defense. Mingo would immediately provide an upgrade at outside ‘backer.
8. Buffalo Bills – West Virginia QB Geno Smith
There is a distinct possibility that Geno Smith would still be available when the Bills pick–as in this situation. Don’t be fooled by the signing of Kevin Kolb, as the Bills are still looking for a quarterback to play over the likes of Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson. Smith would likely start from day one with Buffalo. I’m not a believer in the Bills passing up Smith to look for Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib in the second round, as many teams know that former Syracuse head coach (and now Bills head coach) Doug Marrone will look towards Nassib with an early second in that case.
9. New York Jets – Georgia DE/OLB Jarvis Jones (Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan)
With Jordan, Ansah and Mingo all off of the board, it makes sense that New York would jump at the next best pass-rusher in a guy that was once considered a top-five pick in Jones. I simply do not see the Jets going anywhere else with this pick, as they most deficient part of the defense has been the pass-rush for years now–look at desperation signings like former bust Aaron Maybin as an example of how little success New York has seen in getting to the quarterback.
10. Tennessee Titans – Alabama OG Chance Warmack
I’m standing pat with the Titans from the previous NFL DR mock draft simply because the Titans need to reinforce the offensive line if they’re going to get Chris Johnson back on course. While I don’t buy two guards going in the top-ten, it’s not inconceivable that Johnson’s pressure for a run-blocking guard will move the Titans towards drafting a piece to boost the run game (and therefore alleviate pressure on inexperienced starting quarterback Jake Locker).
11. San Diego Chargers – Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson (North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper)
Last mock had all three of Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson going in the top-ten–and thus San Diego lost out on Johnson. While Cooper would also help out the offensive line, tackle is a bigger need than guard for the Chargers. Jared Gaither has been a question mark over his time with San Diego, due to injuries and poor play, and although there are still tackles on the market in the likes of Tyson Clabo or Andre Smith, Johnson is a better fit on the blind side than anybody on the market.
12. Miami Dolphins – North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper (Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson)
With Cooper falling from his original pick (San Diego), that means Miami can get a guard they need to beef up the offensive line. The Dolphins went out and got two receivers in Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson to add to a receiving group that already featured Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, so receiver isn’t quite such a necessity any more. Some are projecting Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker to the Dolphins if Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson are all gone by 12th-overall, but it’s such an overdraft for a player better suited for right tackle (which would leave the struggling Jonathan Martin on the blind side).
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – West Virginia WR Tavon Austin (Utah DT Star Lotulelei)
The Buccaneers need all the help they can get on offense to aid quarterback Josh Freeman, who is rumored to have fallen from favor in the Greg Schiano administration. Even so, it’s likely Freeman will start the season under center for Tampa Bay. The departure of Arrelious Benn leaves a hole in the slot for the Bucs that could be filled by the explosive slot receiver Austin, while Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams man the outside.
14. Carolina Panthers – Utah DT Star Lotulelei (Ohio DT Johnathan Hankins)
We’re starting to see a bit of a domino effect here, as the Panthers manage to get a big body in Lotulelei because the Buccaneers take Tavon Austin instead. While some have Sheldon Richardson going to the Panthers, it is often because Lotulelei is already off the board, whereas in this situation both remain in play. Lotulelei helps beef up Carolina’s defense and is a steal at 14th-overall after many top-three projections.
15. New Orleans Saints – Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree (Georgia DE/OLB Jarvis Jones)
The Saints need help all over their defense, and Ogletree gives them a solution inside as New Orleans converts to a 3-4 look under Rob Ryan. With many of the first-round ranked pass-rushers off the board, the Saints can afford to look deeper in the draft for a pass-rush and shore up a inside ‘backer in Ogletree.
16. St. Louis Rams – Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson (West Virginia WR Tavon Austin)
While the Rams would have loved to get Austin to man the slot (and replace the departed Danny Amendola), instead they can grab an offensive weapon to play opposite Brian Quick on the outside. While safety may be a need for St. Louis, depth in first-round safety talent can allow the Rams to wait and grab a safety with their second first-round pick and get a playmaking receiver in the process.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Florida St. DE/OLB Bjoern Werner (Texas A&M DE/OLB Damontre Moore)
I may list the Steelers as taking a different pass-rusher here from last time, but Werner offers the same plug-and-play possibilities as Moore (while Moore continues to slide down draft boards). The Steelers need some help in the pass-rush, and Werner could step in as an immediate starter over Jason Worilds–although Werner must make the transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside ‘backer if he’s going to contribute for the Steelers. It’s a gamble, but he’s got more talent than the other pass-rushers on the board.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson
Dallas is in the midst of a transition from Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3 scheme, so they’ll need tackles if it’s going to be successful in 2013. Richardson has both size and overall ability to play both run-stuffer and create an interior rush.
19. New York Giants – Washington CB Desmond Trufant (Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree)
While the Giants could go with an inside ‘backer to shore up the linebacker corps here, there is plenty of depth at the position that would let New York wait and take a corner now. Trufant is a better fit than higher-ranked Florida St. corner Xavier Rhodes due to build and play style–Rhodes is more of a man coverage corner while Trufant is a better tackler and overall coverage corner. Trufant could play both traditional corner outside or in the slot while also having the ability to play safety should the need arise.
20. Chicago Bears – Alabama OT D.J. Fluker
Chicago is another team that could use an inside ‘backer in the near future, but the additions of D.J. Williams and James Anderson in free-agency should lessen that need a bit in the short term. The Bears simply need better blockers if Jay Cutler is to succeed in Chicago, and Fluker could immediately step in at right tackle over J’Marcus Webb while free-agent acquisition Jermon Bushrod mans the blind side.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Florida S Matt Elam
I said it before and I’ll say it again: Andre Smith will re-sign with the Bengals at some point. The market for right tackles is too slow for Smith to hold out much longer if he’s going to get a starting job. In that case, Cincinnati can upgrade over bust Taylor Mays by grabbing a good coverage corner in Elam.
22. St. Louis Rams – Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien
This is another pick that I’m staying with, as the Rams are in dire need of a safety. Cyprien is perhaps the most underrated of the safety class, and while he may not be a true center fielder, he is still good in coverage and tackles well in the box. The Rams would still need to add another safety in a later round, but Cyprien replaces the loss of Quintin Mikell.
23. Minnesota Vikings – UCLA DE Datone Jones (California WR Keenan Allen)
In the previous mock I had the Vikings going with a receiver at 23rd-overall and Jones at 25th-overall, but with the way things shaped out in this scenario it’s likely the Colts will look at Jones at 24th-overall, so the Vikings jump ahead and grab the UCLA product ahead of Indy. Jones offers a long term solution to the Jared Allen question–Allen is entering a contract year and the acquisition of Jones could mean Minnesota won’t have to shell out to re-sign Allen following 2013.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Florida St. CB Xavier Rhodes (LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo)
With Jones off the board, Indianapolis instead grabs a starting corner in Rhodes, who provides an instant upgrade over Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler. With Rhodes and free-agent acquisition Greg Toler, the Colts would have a much improved defensive backfield.
25. Minnesota Vikings – USC WR Robert Woods (UCLA DE Datone Jones)
Whereas last mock had the Vikings grabbing Keenan Allen and Datone Jones, this mock has Minnesota grabbing first Jones and then Robert Woods instead. The reason? Keenan Allen’s recent 40-yard dash times of 4.71 and 4.75 have assured he will not be a first-round pick come draft day. Woods is an improvement over under-achiever Jerome Simpson (who also has off-the-field question marks), and could pair up with free-agent signing Greg Jennings as a potentially deadly duo for developing quarterback Christian Ponder to target.
26. Green Bay Packers – Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert (Florida St. OT Menelik Watson)
While I still feel that the Packers could use an upgrade at tackle due to injuries and inconsistencies, the addition of Eifert solves a big question for the Packers: does Green Bay re-sign Jermichael Finley after the 2013 season? Drafting Eifert would make for a resounding ‘no’ from the team. Eifert could be slowly integrated into the offense as a rookie, while allowing Aaron Rodgers to develop rapport with the Notre Dame product while Finley remains the starter–and then when Finley asks for too much money in the offseason the Pack can cut him loose without downgrading the offense.
27. Houston Texans – Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins (USC WR Robert Woods)
With Woods gone, Houston looks towards another receiver in Hopkins to pair up with Andre Johnson. Hopkins gives Matt Schaub another weapon on offense and a possible future for the aging Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos – Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore (Florida St. DE Bjoern Werner)
Over the past couple weeks I’ve reconsidered the draft stock of Werner–he likely won’t fall far enough for the Broncos to grab him. Moore, however, will likely still be available. While Denver’s coaching staff says that they’re happy with former first-round pick Robert Ayers replacing Elvis Dumervil at end, there is a decent chance this is either a smokescreen or simply a false vote of confidence for the public.
29. New England Patriots – Tennessee WR Justin Hunter (Washington CB Desmond Trufant)
There’s no way around it, the departure of both Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd this offseason hurts the offense. Hunter has size (6’4″) and speed (4.44 40-yard dash) to match an excellent vertical (Combine-best 39.5″ vertical jump). Hunter could immediately replace Lloyd as a deep threat as he develops as a receiver in the NFL. Hunter may be a bit of a reach here, but the Patriots won’t get this caliber of a receiver late in the second-round.
30. Atlanta Falcons – Florida St. DE Cornellius Carradine
I’m standing pat here, as the Falcons need to find a long term successor to the departed John Abraham (Osi Umenyiora is at best a short-term solution). Some may say that Texas DE Alex Okafor is a more proven and durable option, but Okafor is more of a Ray Edwards-type end (good against the ground game, decent pass-rusher), so Carradine is a better pick for Atlanta.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Alabama DT Jesse Williams
There is a distinct possibility that San Francisco could go with Southern Methodist’s Margus Hunt instead, but it all depends on how the 49ers staff uses free-agent signee Glenn Dorsey–currently he’ll play nose tackle, but he’s definitely more suited for end in a 3-4 scheme. With Justin Smith aging (34 in September), the 49ers could move Dorsey to end after the departure of Smith while Williams develops behind Dorsey as the future nose tackle.
32. Baltimore Ravens – LSU ILB Kevin Minter
The Ravens are in dire need of an inside ‘backer, and Minter answers that need. I’ll stick with Minter as a hard-hitting complement to Albert McClellan for Baltimore’s 3-4 scheme.
- (33) Jacksonville Jaguars: USC QB Matt Barkley
- (34) San Francisco 49ers: LSU S Eric Reid
- (35) Philadelphia Eagles: Florida St. QB E.J. Manuel
- (36) Detroit Lions: Houston CB D.J. Hayden
- (37) Cincinnati Bengals: Notre Dame ILB Manti Te’o
- (38) Arizona Cardinals: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
- Cleveland Browns: Exercised in 2012 Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
- (39) New York Jets: Stanford TE Zach Ertz
- (40) Tennessee Titans: Lousiana Tech WR Quinton Patton
- (41) Buffalo Bills: Syracuse OG Justin Pugh
- (42) Miami Dolphins: Florida St. OT Menelik Watson
- (43) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams
- (44) Carolina Panthers: South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger
- New Orleans Saints: Forfeited in bounty investigation
- (45) San Diego Chargers: Kansas St. ILB Arthur Brown
- (46) St. Louis Rams: Alabama RB Eddie Lacy
- (47) Dallas Cowboys: Oregon OG Kyle Long
- (48) Pittsburgh Steelers: Oregon St. WR Markus Wheaton
- (49) New York Giants: Connecticut LB Sio Moore
- (50) Chicago Bears: California WR Keenan Allen
- (51) Washington Redskins: Connecticut CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
- (52) Minnesota Vikings: Purdue DT Kawann Short
- (53) Cincinnati Bengals: Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT Terron Armstead
- (54) Miami Dolphins: Boise St. CB Jamar Taylor
- (55) Green Bay Packers: Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox
- (56) Seattle Seahawks: SMU DE Margus Hunt
- (57) Houston Texans: Ohio St. DT Johnathan Hankins
- (58) Denver Broncos: Mississippi St. CB Johnthan Banks
- (59) New England Patriots: Kentucky OG Larry Warford
- (60) Atlanta Falcons: Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce
- (61) San Francisco 49ers: San Diego St. TE Gavin Escobar
- (62) Baltimore Ravens: Syracuse SS Shamarko Thomas
So what do you think? Comment below with your opinions.
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