2013 Outside the Pocket mock draft
#1 Chiefs – Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
This could quite easily be Eric Fisher, but I believe Joeckel’s big school pedigree sees him being taken over the slightly more athletic Fisher. Joeckel is in many people’s minds the consensus number one pick.
#2 Jags – Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan
Many mock drafts have the Jags taking Dion Jordan here, but with Blaine Gabbert under centre and Chad Henne as the back-up, keeping the QB upright could be key. I’m thinking they take Eric Fisher to help this.
#3 Raiders – Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah
The Raiders could well go for Lane Johnson here making it three offensive tackles taken in the top three draft picks (when did this last happen?) I think the Raiders will try to trade down to stack up on picks, but should they be unable to do so they go for arguably the best defensive tackle in the draft – Star Lotulelei.
#4 Eagles – Dion Jordan – DE – Oregon
Jordan boosts the Eagles pass-rush here. As the Eagles pair him with his college coach Chip Kelly. Don’t rule out another team trading up to get to this spot in order to try to stop the Lions getting the next man.
#5 Lions – Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
Detriot take Dee Milliner here if he is still on the board, much to the upset of the Browns, and possibly Milliner. Another Nick Saban product, Milliner is the best cornerback of this year’s class.
#6 Browns – Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah – DE/OLB – BYU
Having missed out on Milliner, the Browns add to the work they did in the off-season by bringing in BYU defensive end, and raw talent Ziggy Ansah.
#7 Cardinals – Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida
Arizona takes highly rated University of Florida DT Sharrif Floyd with the seventh pick in this draft. Some experts view Floyd as the top defensive tackle in the draft and the Cardinals will be happy to have him.
#8 Bills – Chance Warmack – G – Alabama
Many mock drafts have Buffalo taking Geno Smith or Ryan Nassib at this spot. They need to keep Kevin Kolb safe, so I think they will go for the best guard on the board at this point and that is Chance Warmack. There is depth at QB and also the possibility that Nassib may still be around at the top of round two.
#9 Jets – Barkevious Mingo – DE/OLB – LSU
They’d love Tavon Austin but they need pass rushers, so they go for the best one available, hoping Austin will still be around when they use the 13th pick they got from Tampa in the Revis trade – he won’t. The Jets then, pick Barkevious Mingo, the man with possibly the best name in the draft, giving them a high energy player who makes their pass rush better from day one.
#10 Titans – Jonathan Cooper – G – North Carolina
Mingo could’ve been the pick here but instead they add guard Jonathan Cooper in a bid to try to protect Jake Locker and keep him on the field.
#11 Chargers – Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia
Austin is a playmaker who can make a difference to Phillip Rivers’ performance by opening up throwing lanes and the Chargers can’t afford to let the opportunity to sign someone as dynamic as Austin pass them by.
#12 – Dolphins – Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma
The Dolphins need a tackle to replace Jake Long so they take Jane Lonnson and quite frankly they can’t believe he has dropped to number twelve. Johnson has the calibre of a top ten pick, and will be if a team like the Titans go a slightly different way.
#13 – Jets (Via Bucs) – Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
The Jets make their second pick in the round and they opt for cornerback Xavier Rhodes. They have a need following Revis’ departure to Florida, but Rhodes will only be available if the Fins don’t pick him. If he is gone the Jets may try to trade down to stockpile later picks.
#14 – Panthers – Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri
Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri is rising up a number of draft boards, he is relatively inexperienced but the game tape is there.
#15 – Saints – Cornellius “Tank” Carradine – DE/DT – Florida State
Carradine started the season on fire, but suffered an injury and probably lost a few draft spots for it. Carradine can play in the middle or on the edge and has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
#16 – Rams – Tyler Eiffert – TE – Notre Dame
The Rams are hoping, after the Jets missed on him that no one trades above them and takes their man, athletic tight end from Notre Dame, Tyler Eiffert. The Rams paid Jared Cook and with Eiffert, they get a cheap partner. As well as giving Sam Bradford a player who can create space, make the catches and open up the field. Bradford is happy if this scenario plays out.
#17 – Steelers – Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia
The Steelers need to replace James Harrison and Jones by accounts is an ‘Harrison-like player’. This feels like a lazy pick by me, but an obvious one.
#18 – Cowboys – Vacarro – S – Texas
Vacarro is arguably the best safety in the draft and the Cowboys need one.
#19 – Giants – D.J Fluker – OT – Alabama
The Crimson Tide’s former tackle is good against the run and would add something to the Giants defense. Fluker is strong and is used to having his way with defenders on the field. The Giants will hope his recent twitter “hack” means he falls to them here.
#20 – Bears – Alec Ogeltree – ILB – Georgia
Many mock drafts predict Manti T’eo to go to the Bears here, but I think they will select Alec Ogeltree, if they don’t trade down. Their biggest area of need is linebacker but they have more needs, so if Ogeltree is gone, they may trade back, get extra picks and still pick Manti T’eo.
#21 – Bengals – Matt Elam – S – Florida
Like the Cowboys, the Bengals need a safety and University of Florida player, Elam fits the bill. Elam is versatile and can play a number of positions in a nickel defense, which sort of means he fits Bill Belichick’s type, but the Bengals take him first.
#22 – Rams (via Redskins) – Justin Hunter – WR – Tennesee
With their second pick in the first round the Rams aggressively go for another offensive player. Hunter is a quick receiver who would complement the core group of young guys they have at the position, saving the need to pick a WR next year. This pick will probably be Hopkins now I’ve said Hunter but oh well.
#23 – Vikings – DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
The Vikings need to replace Percy Harvin, Hopkins won’t do that immediately but he will give Ponder someone to aim at.
#24 – Colts – Eric Reid – S – LSU
Cornerback makes sense here, as would another player to fill the offensive line to give Andrew Luck a bit more protection. While I could see Sylvester Williams or Manelik Watson going here, I don’t think they will. Williams could be available to a team in round two, as could Watson, who projects as being a bit more of a project, so could fall to the Colts in round three if they are lucky. With that in mind I think they select the second best safety in the draft, Eric Reid of LSU.
#25 – Vikings (Via Seahawks) – Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State
The big German-born defensive end out of Florida State can play as an outside linebacker or a defensive end. The Vikings get a productive player with good upside.
#26 – Packers – John Cyprien – S – Florida
I think the Packers wanted Eric Reid, but they get the next best thing in safety John Cyprien of Florida International. Reid is a big tackler who impressed at the Senior Bowl and has seen his stock rise even further off the back of a great combine performance.
#27 – Texans – Robert Woods – WR – USC
The other guy in the Matt Barkley led USC Trojans offense, the one not named Marqise Lee, he’s pretty good too. Woods wasn’t targeted as much as Lee in 2012, and has been known to lack concentration at times but the 6’1″ Woods was superb in 2011 and the Texans take a chance they can rekindle that form.
#28 – Broncos – Datone Jones – DE – UCLA
As Jordan, Ansah, Floyd are off the board, Denver decide to go for the next best defensive end. They have a need after the whole Elvis Dumervil debacle in the off-season. Bjoern Werner and Margus Hunt have also likely been considered.
#29 – Patriots – Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington
The Patriots draft cornerbacks. They hit with some and miss with others, but it is a need. Dennard and Talib should be a solid starting point this season but the Pats need someone to complement these two and Desmond Trufant is that player. Trufant is possibly the third best corner back in the draft, so may not be available here. In that case expect Bill Belichick to look to trade down if possible, or to select D.J Hayden.
#30 – Falcons – Zach Ertz – TE – Stanford
The Falcons need to think about replacing Gonzalez, who could be in his last season, or not. Ertz is talked about as the second best tight end in this draft behind the slightly more athletic Eiffert, but Ertz has good hands and comes up with the goods on third down.
#31 – 49ers – Margus Hunt – DE – SMU
The 49ers needs are slim, but a good pass rusher is never a bad thing. Taking Estonian discuss thrower Hunt will give an already tough defense another edge.
#32 – Ravens – Manti T’eo – ILB – Notre Dame
The reigning Superbowl champions lost several key figures in the off-season. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in particular won’t be easy to replace. Much has been made of T’eo’s performance in the championship game against Alabama and rightly so, although T’eo had an exceptional season and finished among the Heismann trophy candidates, he could be a bit of a project.