Vikings Corner analyst Daniel House is set to unveil his 3rd NFL Mock Draft for the 2013 season. Which player does he have your favorite team selecting?
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel- OT: Texas A&M- Nothing changes with the first pick in this season’s NFL Draft. Joeckel gives the Chiefs an offensive tackle for the future. He has long arms, is very agile and easily could be a fixture on the Chiefs offensive line for many seasons. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher has a ton of upside, but comes from a smaller school, which poses less security with this pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars-Dion Jordan- DE/OLB: Oregon- Jordan has watched is stock rise over the past few months. I think he stays here at the number two pick and fits Gus Bradley’s system very well. He was by far the most impressive player at the Scouting Combine and proved that he is a top pick. He is so lanky, but is strong and quick at the point of contact. He reminds me of Aldon Smith and could be a premier pass rusher for the Jaguars. The Jaguars could not get to the quarterback last season and need to improve that skill..
3. Oakland Raiders- Sharrif Floyd- DT: Florida- This pick makes the most sense, but we never can completely understand the Raiders thought process on draft day. Floyd's stock has immensely rised over the past few months. He has great size and can be a run defender at the same time. Many have compared his skill set to J.J. Watt, but he has interior technique. The Raiders voided the contract of Richard Seymour and released Tommy Kelly, so defensive line is definitely a need.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Geno Smith-QB: West Virginia- Offensive line is definitely a need for the Eagles and I mocked it in my last projections, but I have a change in heart. Smith fits the type of style that Chip Kelly would like to implement in the NFL. With the read-option revolutionizing the NFL, the Eagles want to try this style. The entire Eagles ownership flew out to Smith’s pro day, including the Jeffery Lurie, which shows they are thinking hard.
Pick Change; previously Eric Fisher, OT
5. Detroit Lions- Eric Fisher- OT: Central Michigan- The Lions were desperately hoping that Fisher would fall to their number 5 pick. Jeff Backus retired and Riley Reiff is shifting to guard, which means the right tackle position is open. This would be an absolute steal for the Lions and provides them with an immediate upgrade to their offensive line.
Pick Change; previously Demarcus Millinier, CB
6. Cleveland Browns- Ezekiel Ansah- DE/OLB: BYU- The Browns need to immediately upgrade their pass rush this season. The Browns were near the bottom of the league in sacks and are looking for a versatile pass rusher. Ansah brings this and more to the Browns defensive line. He has speed and can be shifted in and out of the defensive line and at linebacker. He is the hybrid defensive lineman the Browns need.
Pick Change; previously Tavon Austin, WR
7. Arizona Cardinals-Lane Johnson-OT: Oklahoma- Johnson upgrades the Cardinals desperate offensive line from last season. He is agile and quick and will help protect newly acquired quarterback, Carson Palmer. Johnson is an upgrade and has been slowly moving his way up the draft board.
Pick Change; previously Ezekiel Ansah , DE/OLB
8. Buffalo Bills- Tavon Austin- WR: West Virginia- The best option at quarterback isn’t available, so the Bill's will select the best talent available on offense. Austin gives the Bills versatility at the wide receiver position and gives their quarterback a reliable target to begin with. Look for the Bills to address quarterback in the second round of the draft. I really like E.J. Manuel for the Bills in the second round.
Pick Change; previously Geno Smith, QB
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo- DE/OLB: LSU- Based on reports I have seen Rex Ryan has hinted he loves Mingo and his versatility. This selection makes sense for the Jets who need lots of help in many parts of their defense. They couldn’t get to the quarterback and need an elite pass rusher that can make things happen. Mingo brings size, speed, and athleticism to a defense that had few of these categories last season.
Pick Change; previously Bjoern Werner , DE
10. Tennessee Titans- Dee Milliner- CB- Alabama: The Titans will not hesitate to draft Milliner if he falls to this juncture of the NFL Draft. Value comes into play and also history plays a role into Milliner’s drop. No cornerback has been selected in the top 5 since Charles Woodson in 1998. The Titans were shredded through the air last season and could use a coverage cornerback to change the backend of their defense.
Pick Change; previously Jonathan Cooper, OG
11. San Diego Chargers- Chance Warmack- OG- Alabama: Phillip Rivers was so battered and bruised by the end of last year, which the Chargers can't afford to not upgrade the offensive line. The Chargers can upgrade the interior of their offensive line by drafting Warmack. He has great size, but is one of the most athletic guards to enter the draft in seasons.
Pick Change; previously Lane Johnson, OT
12. Miami Dolphins- D.J. Fluker-OT- Alabama: No change at this pick unless the Dolphins trade up to select Lane Johnson. This has been heavily rumored and don’t be surprised if the Browns are a likely partner. Fluker is on the rise and has already performed visits with many of the teams in the top tier of the draft. Fluker has nice size and is agile at the point of initial pass rush. He has had exposure with the competition of the SEC and has faced some of the best defensive line competition in the country. With the Dolphins losing Jake Long to free agency, they need to pick up someone to protect Ryan Tannehill.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Star Lotulelei- DT: Utah- Lotulelei has been in the top ten of many draft boards, but I’m not comfortable with that. I think teams will question whether Lotulelei will be a legitimate option after his heart problems. The Bucs lost Roy Miller in free agency and need to fill a hole in the defensive line. Lotulelei has the skills to be a top draft pick, but has been falling lately due to his heart valve condition.
14. Carolina Panthers- Sheldon Richardson- DT: Missouri- Panthers receiver Steve Smith has been vocal in the media and says he wants the team to draft Richardson. The Panthers had one of the worst pass rushes and struggled to put pressure up the middle. With one of the worst middle defensive line attacks in the league, defensive tackle is a must for the Panthers. Richardson is explosive off the ball and can create a pass rush up the middle. The real downside is he is very unpolished and would need time with coaches to develop his skills.
15. New Orleans Saints- Jarvis Jones- OLB/DE: Georgia- Despite the injury concern, I believe the Saints will take a chance on Jones in the middle of the first round. His talent is incredible and his speed off the edge gives the Saints a nice piece to their new 3-4 scheme defense.
Pick Change; previously Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB
16. St. Louis Rams- Kenny Vaccaro- S: Texas- The Rams may go with Jonathan Cooper at this pick, but I think the backend of the defense is a higher priority. The Rams have a huge hole at safety. With Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell gone, the Rams are in complete rebuilding mode at this position. Many believe they will look for a receiver, but with the depth in this year’s draft, they can address this in later rounds. Vaccaro is an absolute ball hawk and is a physical presence at the position. I like how he isn’t afraid to stick his nose into run support.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Keenan Allen- WR: California- Here is my surprise of the draft for this year. The Steelers need an upgrade and Allen gives them one of the best receivers in the draft. Teams are scared away by his PCL injury, but Mike Tomlin is willing to take risks to be successful.
Pick Change; previously Xavier Rhodes, CB
18. Dallas Cowboys- Jonathan Cooper-OG- North Caolina: The interior of the Cowboys offensive line is in shambles and it needs to be fixed to give Tony Romo more time in the pocket. Cooper could be drafted in the top ten, but has fallen in my latest draft. Teams ahead of the Cowboys will not need help at offensive guard and Cooper brings pure athleticism to a offensive line that needs help.
Pick Change; Chance Warmack, OG
19. New York Giants- Alec Ogletree- ILB: Georgia- This pick has not changed in mind and provides the Giants with an athletic beast. Ogletree has a ton of off the field issue that could scare teams away, but many people close to him say he has them under control. The Giants need help on the weak side of the defense after losing Chris Canty on the defensive side of the ball. Ogletree will be drafted based upon his explanation of the off the field issues.
20. Chicago Bears- Sylvester Williams- DT: Notre Dame- Williams is driving up the draft boards of many experts and could be taken much higher. The Bears could use an upgrade to an aging defensive line. Williams brings uncharacteristic size and gives the Bears an athletic specimen up the middle.
Pick Change; previously D.J. Fluker, OT
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Matt Elam- S: Florida- The Bengals were ranked 7th against the pass last season, but need to keep up with the passing league. They didn’t address safety until the 5th round of the NFL and won’t survive with Taylor Mays and Reggie Nelson in the backend of the defense. Elam has great ball skills and is an immediate upgrade to the Bengals secondary.
Pick Change; previously Desmond Trufant, CB
22. St. Louis Rams- Eddie Lacy- RB: Alabama- This pick doesn’t change because I believe the Rams address safety with pick 16. After allowing Steven Jackson to leave for Atlanta, the Rams need immediate help at running back. Lacy is easily the best running back in the draft and brings small size, but shifty ability. Lacy was successful at Alabama and has proven he can continually receive elevated carries on a consistent basis.
23. Minnesota Vikings- Manti Te’o- LB: Notre Dame- Yes, I’m back to my prediction of Te’o at pick 23. After eating dinner with Rick Spielman, it shows the Vikings have interest in his talents. Te’o is great in pass coverage and run support, but speed is a definite issue. I’m not even going to bring up his girlfriend hoax because that is in the past and we must look at skill. Te’o is a week 1 starter and significantly upgrades the signal caller of the Vikings defense. The Vikings won’t pass up his abilities at this part of the draft.
Pick Change; previously Cordarelle Patterson, WR
24. Indianapolis Colts- Cornellius Carradine-DE: Florida State- This might be a little high for a player coming off of knee surgery, but Carradine is a solid football player when healthy. The Colts need to add some youth to the outside linebacker position and Carradine would bring that element.
Pick Change; previously Sheldon Williams, DT
25. Minnesota Vikings- Cordarrelle Patterson-WR: Tennessee- Patterson may be gone by this pick, but the Vikings really like his skills. He has raw athletic ability and with the coaching of wide receivers coach George Stewart, he can become elite. He had some of the best numbers of the wide receiver prospects and is an immediate upgrade on the vertical edge of the Vikings offense.
Pick Change; previously Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE
26. Green Bay Packers-Eric Reid-FS: LSU- Reid's stock has been on the rise since he impressed coaches and scouts with his movement at LSU's Pro Day. GM Ted Thompson could select a Pro Bowl-caliber safety with the potential to make an immediate impact in the middle of the secondary. Reid has great ball skills and is an upgrade for the Packers on the backend of the defense
Pick Change; previously Tyler Efiert, TE
27. Houston Texans- Robert Woods-WR: USC - Andre Johnson is in his 11th season and could be hitting the production decline. Woods is gaining steam and is a sleeper prospect at wide receiver. Many were scared after his decline in production last season, but with the athleticism and skill set he brings, Woods can be one of the best receivers in this draft class.
Pick Change; previously DeAndre Hopkins, WR
28. Denver Broncos-Bjoern Werner-DE: Florida State- The Broncos needed to address defensive end after losing Elvis Dumervil in free agency. Werner was in my top ten in my last mock draft, but after reading and watching more tape on Werner, I think he is a late first round pick. He doesn’t have the best instincts and could use some coaching. The Broncos must select Werner because he fills the talent and value category at this juncture.
Pick Change; previously Damontre Moore, OLB/DE
29. New England Patriots- Desmond Trufant- CB: Washington- The Patriots resigned Aqib Talib to a 1 year deal and signed Adrian Wilson, who will be 34 this year. Despite these signings the Patriots will look to upgrade the secondary in hopes that Trufant can start next season. Trufant brings great balls skills and excellent run support help. Bill Belichick simply cannot pass up this type of talent at this pick.
Pick Change; previously Kawann Short, DT
30. Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Efiert- TE: Notre Dame- Tony Gonzalez is coming back, but won’t be around much longer for the Falcons. The Falcons should draft Efiert in hopes that Gonzalez can mentor him and get him ready for the NFL. Efiert brings leaping ability and great hands to a team that may look to incorporate more two tight end sets.
Pick Change; previously Zach Ertz, TE
31. San Francisco 49ers- Zach Ertz- TE: Stanford- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has knowledge of Ertz, having recruited and coached him at Stanford. With Delanie Walker gone, the 49ers could use another tight end to pair with Vernon Davis. Ertz can be a blocking tight end, but has great hands for his size. He also is so strong and can move the pile at the front of the line of scrimmage.
Pick Change; previously Jessie Williams, DT
32. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Minter- LB: LSU- This pick doesn’t change unless a player like Manti Te’o slides down the draft board. Minter is known for his physicality and has been rumored to be rising up many draft yards. . The Ravens need someone to replace Ray Lewis and an aging group of linebackers. Minter foots the bill and can be developed into a premier linebacker in this league.
That concludes my third mock draft of the 2013 NFL Draft. Look for things to change in the next week leading up to the draft. We will have it covered for you and will post our latest mock drafts after they are formulated.
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