Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vikings Corner's Final 2013 NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is tomorrow evening and Vikings Corner's Daniel House unveils his final mock draft before the NFL Draft begins. What surprises does he have in store?

UPDATED: 8:30 A.M. 4/25/13

1.Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher- OT: Central Michigan- John Dorsey loses and the coaching staff wins with Fisher. The Chiefs like his physicality and want to have a young prospect with a fiery personality.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars-Luke Joeckel-OT: Texas A&M- Joeckel falls and the Jaguars won't resist the temptation to take a player with raw talent. I think the Jaguars would like to trade back, but it isn’t as enticingin this season’s draft. This would help elevate Maurice Jones-Drew’s game andmake the Jags a perennial running team in the NFL.

Pick Change; previously Dion Jordan, DE/OLB

TRADE 3. Miami Dolphins- Lane Johnson- OT: Oklahoma- The Raiders know they can get Floyd at pick number 12, so they flop first round picks with the Raiders and the Dolphins trade their third round pick to the Raiders. Johnson has met multiple times with the Dolphins and they need someone to replace Jake Long.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- Dion Jordan- DE/OLB:Oregon – Anyone else smellingthe Chip Kelly and Dion Jordan Oregon connection. Jordan is one of the mostathletically sound defensive ends in this year’s draft. His athleticism cansimply not be passed, with a team in complete shambles on both sides of theball. In order to be successful in a difficult NFC, the Eagles need to improveon the defensive side of the ball.

Pick Change; previously Geno Smith, QB

5. Detroit Lions- Eskiel Ansah- DE/OLB: BYU- The Lions lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and need someone to highlight their pass rush. Ansah brings speed and agility off the edge for the Lions. The tackles are off the board, so they take talent instead of need.

Pick Change; previously Eric Fisher, OT

6. Cleveland Browns- Geno Smith-QB: WestVirginia- The Browns are in need of someone who can give them a morsel of hope tocompete. Smith brings athleticism and arm strength to the table and will easilybe the first quarterback taken. If he isn’t selected here, look for him to takethe proverbial nose dive.

PickChange; previously Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB

7.Arizona Cardinals-Chance Warmack-OG: Alabama- With Lane Johnson off the board, they will look to improve the interior of their offensive line.

8. Buffalo Bills-Ryan Nassib- QB: Syracuse- The Bills will reach for Nassib and will address other needs in the later rounds of the draft. Doug Marrone wants a quarterback to build around and Nassib has experience in his system at Syracuse.

9. New York Jets- Tavon Austin- WR:West Virginia- Tavon Austin would electrify the Jets and bring them aplayer that is versatile and can make plays happen. He could change theiroffense and give them an element that that have never had. Rex Ryancould make more things happen if he was given a playmaker as a wide receiver.

Pick Change; previously Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB

10. Tennessee Titans- D.J. Fluker- OT- Alabama:Fluker has versatility thatcould significantly help Chris Johnson in the rushing game. The Titans need todo something immediately, as the coaching staff and front office is in jeopardy.Fluker can play guard and then shift over to right tackle when 2014 free agentDavid Stewart leaves.

Pick Change; previously Dee Milliner, CB

11. San Diego Chargers- Jonathan Cooper- OG- NorthCarolina: Phillip Rivers was so battered and bruised bythe end of last year, which the Chargers can't afford to not upgrade theoffensive line. The Chargers can upgrade the interior of their offensive lineby drafting Cooper. He has great size and could be converted to center if theChargers get into a pinch.

Pick Change; previously Chance Warmack, OG

12. - Sharrif Floyd-DT- Florida: The Raiders trade back and understand they can corral Floyd at this pick in the draft.

Pick Change; previously D.J. Fluker,OT

13. NewYork Jets- Barkevious Mingo- DE/OLB: LSU- Based on reports I have seenRex Ryan has hinted he loves Mingo and his versatility. This selection makessense for the Jets who need lots of help in many parts of their defense. They couldn’tget to the quarterback and need an elite pass rusher that can make thingshappen. Mingo brings size, speed, and athleticism to a defense that had few ofthese categories last season.

14. Carolina Panthers- Star Lotulelei- DT: Utah- the Panthers will be jumping up and down if Lotuleleiis still available in this spot of the draft. He is one of the bestdefensive tackle prospects in the draft and is very athletic for his size. Hedropped mainly because of the heart condition that was discovered at theScouting Combine. That looks to be resolved and the Panthers will draft fortalent.

Pick Change; previously Sheldon Richardson, DT

15. New Orleans Saints- Jarvis Jones- OLB/DE:Georgia- Look for the Saints topotentially trade out of this pick after Roger Goodell suspended their secondround pick in this year’s draft. Despite the injury concern, I believe the Saintswill take a chance on Jones in the middle of the first round. His talent isincredible and his speed off the edge gives the Saints a nice piece to theirnew 3-4 scheme defense.

16.St. Louis Rams- Kenny Vaccaro-S: LSU- The Rams have a huge hole at safety. WithCraig Dahl and Quintin Mikell gone, the Rams are in complete rebuilding mode atthis position. Many believe they will look for a receiver, but with the depthin this year’s draft, they can address this in later rounds. Vaccaro is anabsolute ball hawk and is a physical presence at the position.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Xavier Rhodes- CB: FloridaState –Rhodes is great at jamming atthe line of scrimmage and fits well into Mike Tomlin’s physical scheme. TheSteeler’s defense was absolutely terrible at times and their secondary wasshredded. They need something to help bolster an aging defense.

Pick Change; previously Keenan Allen,WR

18. Dallas Cowboys- Sheldon Richardson-DT-Missouri:Richardsonwill be an absolute steal for the Cowboys if he is still available atthis pick. He could go earlier, but he brings the Cowboys the perfect styledefensive tackle for their new 4-3 defense.

PickChange; Jonathan Cooper, OG

19. New York Giants- Tank Carradine-DE: FloridaState- Despite undergoing kneesurgery less than five months ago, Carradine is one of the most talented passrushers in this draft. After the Giants lost Chris Canty, they need someone whocan come off the edge.

Pick Change; previously Alec Ogletree,LB

20. Chicago Bears- Manti Te’o-Notre Dame- I’mback to the Bears taking Manti Te’o as I did in my 2nd mock draft ofthe season. The Bears need someone to replace Brian Urlacher and Te’o is my candidate.The Bears are looking for a fierce tackler and Te’o brings that asset to thetable. Coverage and run support is an issue, but the Bears will gamble on Te’o.

Pick Change; previously SylvesterWilliams, DT

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Eddie Lacy- RB: Alabama- Marvin Lewis would love to add a physicalrunning back that could complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the backfield. Lacyhas size, speed and toughness, all the talents that a good running back canbring to the table.

Pick Change; previously Matt Elam, S

22. St. Louis Rams- Alec Ogletree-LB: Georgia- Ogletree has the ability to be an immediate impact with the Rams. He gives there defense an entirely different look and gives the Rams one of the best linebacker tandoms in the NFL.
Pick Change; previously Eddie Lacy, RB

23. Minnesota Vikings- Cordarrelle Patterson- WR:Tennessee- This is a great pick for the Vikings and gives themanother player to compliment Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright. Patterson is an athleticspecimen and can make plays with his speed and leaping ability. He also has hadsome experience returning punts and has versatility for a big target. He is theperfect fit for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pick Change; previously Manti Te’o, LB

24. Indianapolis Colts- Desmond Trufant-CB: Washington – The Colts need an upgrade in the secondary and couldmake a huge leap with Trufant. He is long and strong and can make playshappen on a consistent basis. He is an absolute upgrade to the current cast ofColts cornerbacks.

Pick Change; previously Sheldon Williams,DT

25. Minnesota Vikings- Sylvester Williams-DT: NorthCarolina- The Vikings restructured Kevin Williams’contract, which means he won’t be returning for the 2014 season. The Vikingsneed to draft a player that can replace Williams next season. He is tall forhis position, but is athletic for his size. He will be substantial upgrade andcan play one season alongside Kevin Williams. You know what that means; the “WilliamsWall” is back!

Pick Change; previously CordarrellePatterson, WR

26. Green Bay Packers- Datone Jones- DT/DE: UCLA- The Packers lose their trade partner in the Bills, as they reached for Nassib. Datone Jones is gaining steam and is one of the more talent 3 technique defensive lineman in the draft. He can play defensive end in situations, but will primarily be a defensive tackle. Ryan Pickett is 34 years old at the start of the season and the Packers could use an upgrade at this position group.
27.Houston Texans- Robert Woods-WR: USC – Robert Woods isrising and will easily be selected here, if the Texans are comfortable. AndreJohnson 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 werescared after his decline in production last season, but with the athleticismand skill set he brings, Woods can be one of the best receivers in this draftclass.

28. Denver Broncos-Bjoern Werner-DE: FloridaState- No pick change here, asWerner is the best value at this selection in the draft. The Broncos needed toaddress defensive end after losing Elvis Dumervil in free agency. Werner was inmy top ten in my last mock draft, but after reading and watching more tape onWerner, I think he is a late first round pick. He doesn’t have the best instinctsand could use some coaching. The Broncos must select Werner because he fillsthe talent and value category at this juncture.

29. New England Patriots- Jamar Taylor- CB: BoiseState - The Patriots resignedAqib 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 hopesthat Taylor can start next season. He has been rising up the boards andis one of the most underrated prospects in this season’s draft. Mike Mayockeven says he could be the best cornerback in this draft class after the smokeclears.

Pick Change; previously Desmond Trufant,CB

30. Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Efiert- TE: NotreDame-Tony Gonzalez is coming back, but won’t be around much longerfor the Falcons. The Falcons should draft Efiert in hopes that Gonzalez canmentor him and get him ready for the NFL. Efiert brings leaping ability andgreat hands to a team that may look to incorporate more two tight end sets.

31. San Francisco 49ers- Zach Ertz- TE:Stanford-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasknowledge of Ertz, having recruited and coached him at Stanford. With DelanieWalker 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 isso strong and can move the pile at the front of the line of scrimmage.

32. Baltimore Ravens- Matt Elam- S: Florida- With Ed Reed gone, Elam is the logicalreplacement for the Ravens. He has great ball skills and was projected in themiddle of the first round in my early mock drafts. The Ravens have been linkedto Elam and GM Ozzie Newsome has been reported to have liked Elam.

That concludes my final mock draft of the 2013NFL Draft. This is the last one, barring a major trade or development tomorrowthat shatters the entire look of the draft. Thank you for following my 2013Mock Drafts and we look forward to continuing our draft coverage throughout theweekend.

No comments:

Post a Comment