2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Predictions for All 7 Rounds
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, how does it affect our complete seven-round mock draft? Not as much as you might expect.
The biggest news coming out of the combine involved two players who will see their stock fall due to injury—Jarvis Jones and Star Lotulelei—which should definitely shake up this draft class.
Much like last year, when I predicted the St. Louis Rams would trade the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins, this year I'm including one trade that I feel confident about. You'll have to read to find out which teams and players are making changes.
With that said, here is our updated seven-round mock draft. The draft order is final, pending any conditional trades yet to be determined, as provided by Pro Football Weekly.
And while it's important to remember that few teams can fill every need through the draft, the mock draft you see was made with the intention of bettering every team.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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The Pick: LT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
We heard from Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid from the NFL combine, and they both mentioned that the team will draft the best player available.
That player is Luke Joeckel.
Since word just broke that the Chiefs have reportedly traded for 49ers QB Alex Smith, it looks like their needs are now at defensive end and in the secondary. They also have a left tackle who is up for free agency. Whether or not the team re-signs Branden Albert will dictate what is done with this pick.
If Albert is re-signed, it's back to the drawing board for Dorsey and Reid.
It's telling that the team has said little about their desire to re-sign Albert through the media, though, and multiple reports say the team has fallen for Joeckel. It's easy to do.
Joeckel is the best left-tackle prospect I've seen since I started covering the draft back in 2001. With rare athleticism and quickness off the edge, Joeckel has the pass pro sets and hands to dominate on the edge.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Pick: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a great position to simply draft the highest-rated guy on their board. At the end of the day, that could mean staying in-state for the draft's best pass-rushing defensive tackle, Florida's Sharrif Floyd.
The Jaguars don't need a left tackle—not with stud Eugene Monroe on the edge—but they do have a need at almost every other position. The No. 2 overall pick could be spent on a defensive end, defensive tackle, cornerback or even a quarterback, if new general manager David Caldwell isn't sold on the duo of Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert.
Before free agency begins, the smart money has Caldwell and new head coach Gus Bradley going to the defensive line. And with Floyd on the board, it's a very simple decision to make.
3. Oakland Raiders
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The Pick: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
The Oakland Raiders' interest in Geno Smith dates back to the Senior Bowl, where I reported that the team had serious interest in the West Virginia quarterback. Geno's first meeting at the NFL Scouting Combine was also with the Oakland brass.
The Raiders need a quarterback. With Carson Palmer's contract a nightmare and Terrelle Pryor untested at the position, it wouldn't be a surprise to see general manager Reggie McKenzie put his faith and job security on the line for a new passer who can run Greg Olson's offense.
Smith isn't my No. 3-rated player; in fact, he's No. 10 overall, but the Raiders could be willing to overspend to land a franchise quarterback.
Smith has been very pointed in comparing himself to Aaron Rodgers. McKenzie and the Raiders will be hoping that comes true.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
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The Pick: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
It's easy to connect the dots from Oregon outside linebacker to new Philadelphia Eagles head coach (and former Oregon head man) Chip Kelly. In fact, it almost makes too much sense:
Dion Jordan to the #Eagles at No. 4. I'm writing it in ink.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 25, 2013
I've not been shy in my praise of Dion Jordan. He's explosive, athletic, aware and flexible. He didn't have great production at Oregon, but that's more because of the scheme he was asked to play in. Jordan lined up at defensive end, outside linebacker and slot cornerback for the Ducks.
Kelly's familiarity with Jordan and the team's need for an outside linebacker in their new 3-4 scheme makes this pick too easy to pass up. It also helps that Kelly really likes Jordan.
5. Detroit Lions
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The Pick: LT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Many people would tell you that the Detroit Lions need to draft a cornerback here, and that's definitely an option, but keeping quarterback Matthew Stafford upright is more important. The Lions have to draft a blindside protector if one is available.
Eric Fisher is a top-five player with instant starter ability on the left side. As Jeff Backus ages, the team must look to the future. Riley Reiff was a first-round pick last year, but after studying his snaps and performances this past season, it's clear that Reiff is a better fit at guard or right tackle, where he could replace Gosder Cherilus, who may leave in free agency.
Fisher is the answer to the team's problems on the offensive line. A cornerback can be found in Round 2 in a year with tremendous depth at the position.
6. Cleveland Browns
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The Pick: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Dee Milliner tore up the NFL Scouting Combine with a blistering 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, but Milliner's biggest question marks come on film. Those question marks will keep him out of my top five.
Like most Alabama cornerbacks, Milliner struggles when asked to flip his hips and run with wide receivers. The Nick Saban defense requires corners to play press coverage and doesn't ask them to line up off the ball and run with receivers.
Just like Dre Kirkpatrick in 2011, Milliner struggles when he has to turn his back to the quarterback.
Is Milliner worthy of a top-five pick? Not to me, but his physical, speedy style of play is worthy of a top-10 pick.
With the Cleveland Browns in a position to put Milliner opposite stud Joe Haden, they really can't afford to pass on the chance—especially not in a division featuring A.J. Green, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger.
7. Arizona Cardinals
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The Pick: QB Matt Barkley, USC
A bit of news broke on Sunday morning regarding the Arizona Cardinals and their interest in a certain quarterback:
Text I received from a scout this morning: Matt Barkley will not get past the Arizona #Cardinals at No. 7 overall.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 24, 2013
This doesn't mean that I value Matt Barkley at No. 7 overall, and it doesn't mean this is the pick I would make. This purely means that the Cardinals have interest in Barkley and a need at the position. Period.
Barkley wowed the media and multiple teams with his intelligence and overall makeup in interviews this week, as was expected. If teams are willing to look past a terrible 2012 season, it's likely they'll see a quarterback many expected to be the third quarterback drafted last season.
The Cardinals may be an odd fit due to Bruce Arians' love of the downfield passing game, but Arians also loves the play-action pass, and that's a strength of Barkley's.
The arm-strength question is a tough one to get past, but as of late February, this is the pick I'm liking most.
8. Buffalo Bills
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The Pick: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
My football crush on Cordarrelle Patterson is pretty strong. It's worth betting that multiple NFL teams will feel the same way.
Turn on game film of Patterson and you're instantly blown away by his open-field speed and moves. Then you realize he's 6'3" and 215 lbs., and you're more impressed to see someone so big making defenders miss the way he does.
Patterson's highlight reel is worth your time.
There are holes in his game, for sure. Patterson played at three schools in three years. He's had just one season of major college football. His route-running needs work. He doesn't always catch with his hands.
But those are coachable holes. Speed, awareness in space and ability to make people miss can't be taught. Neither can the ability to out-jump defenders for the ball.
If this year's class has a Julio Jones-type prospect at wideout, that prospect is Cordarrelle Patterson.
9. New York Jets
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The Pick: OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
Guys who measure in at 6'5", 271 lbs. are not supposed to run a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. They aren't supposed to broad jump 118".
But Ziggy Ansah is a special kind of athlete.
The BYU product is a raw, athletic specimen. He's able to move in space and make plays off the edge in a way that makes projecting him to a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker the easy move.
Much like Aldon Smith coming out of Missouri, Ansah is more athlete than football player right now, but that athletic ability is enough to propel his draft stock up the board.
Ansah needs work, and as much as any player in this year's class, his boom-or-bust level is high. But Jets fans can rest easy that Rex Ryan and company will be able to carve out a spot for this athletic beast.
10. Tennessee Titans
The Pick: DE Tank Carradine, FSU
The Tennessee Titans could go a number of ways in the first round. Recent mock drafts have seen them looking at offensive guard Chance Warmack here, but the defensive end position stands out as a better value and an equally important need.
Titans fans will be happy to know that at No. 10. the team is stealing my top-rated DE in this year's class. Were it not for a torn ACL against Florida in November, Carradine would be the talk of the town right now in Indianapolis. He still might be.
Carradine told us at the combine, "I expect to be 100 percent in April, so before the draft I’m gonna do everything they did at the combine—run the 40, do position drills at my pro day."
If Carradine can pull that off—and there's no reason to doubt he will—then teams will be lining up to get the Florida State defender off the board early.
11. San Diego Chargers
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The Pick: LT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
The San Diego Chargers have missed at left tackle the last two seasons.
First they trusted Marcus McNeill to come back from injury. Then they handed big money to Jared Gaither, a player known to have injury issues. Neither player paid off, leaving the team to look at the left tackle position once again.
Lane Johnson won't let the Chargers down.
The athletic left tackle has skyrocketed up draft boards after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Johnson backed that up with an exceptional showing at the combine, where he showed off his athletic ability and versatility in space.
At this point, it's no guarantee that Johnson will be on the board for San Diego. If he's here at No. 11, however, the team has to jump at the chance to grab a franchise left tackle.
12. Miami Dolphins
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The Pick: CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU
The Miami Dolphins have major needs heading into free agency. One of those needs rests at cornerback, a position that will be tougher to fill in free agency than needs at wide receiver and along the offensive line.
The Dolphins are expected to be heavy contenders in the wide receiver market when free agency opens on March 12, but that won't help fill their cornerback needs. The team traded away Vontae Davis and may struggle to re-sign Sean Smith (if they want him back) once he hits the open market. That leaves a starting job open in the defensive backfield.
Florida State product Xavier Rhodes has the ideal size and skill for a corner in today's NFL. He's big at 6'1" and fast (4.43 in the 40). As NFL wide receivers get bigger and faster, the need for cornerbacks with Rhodes' ability becomes greater.
The Dolphins' needs may shift after free agency, but two weeks prior, their biggest value at pick No. 12 is with Rhodes.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Pick: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Ronde Barber played well for an old man in a young man's game, but expecting him to hold on for much longer would be foolish.
Vaccaro's combine performance wasn't as expected due to cramping before his 40-yard dash run, but the eye in the sky doesn't lie, and Vaccaro's film is convincing.
The Texas product lined up at free safety, strong safety and even cornerback in his four-year college career, often taking away top threats like Kenny Stills and Ryan Swope in the process.
The Buccaneers can put Vaccaro right into the starting lineup, while allowing Barber to play more in a nickel package. That one move will go far in revamping a secondary that needs help.
14. Carolina Panthers
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The Pick: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
News of a heart condition kept Star Lotulelei—formerly my No. 2 overall prospect—from temporarily falling down the draft board.
No one yet knows what to make of reports of a heart condition that caused doctors to advise Lotulelei from working out in Indianapolis, but until more is known, it's best to be over-cautious with his draft stock.
Lotulelei would bring an instant upgrade to the Carolina Panthers defensive line, helping ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy get to the quarterback by drawing attention on the inside. He would also help shut down the run in a division full of talented backs.
Time will tell whether or not Lotulelei's stock is indeed slipping, but for now he's made a considerable tumble down the board.
15. New Orleans Saints
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The Pick: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
A move to a 3-4 defense will force the New Orleans Saints to make major upgrades in the offseason.
With the most important position being a pass-rusher, and no clear-cut options currently available on the roster, it's easy to make a connection for the Saints to one of the most explosive pass-rushers in this year's class.
Mingo is a tough player to get a feel for. In talking with NFL scouts, I've heard everywhere from No. 5 overall to No. 25. I have Mingo currently at No. 17 based on his particular boom/bust factor.
Mingo is far from a finished product. Teams that watch his film will see an athletic specimen with huge upside, but a player very similar to Bruce Irvin last season, in that he can't play the run and needs to add weight to be a factor on the edge.
Mingo may put up solid sack numbers in his first season, depending on the scheme, but his lack of strength and size makes him a liability for 4-3 defenses. That could push him down the board to the Saints, a team glad to find an in-state stud to come off the edge for them.
16. St. Louis Rams
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The Pick: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
How lucky are the St. Louis Rams to find a top-ranked player still on the board for them at 16? Damn lucky.
Chance Warmack is currently ranked as my No. 2 overall player, so why is he still on the board at No. 16? Offensive guards are rarely drafted as high as their grade.
Case in point: Last season David DeCastro was my No. 6 overall player, but he wasn't drafted until pick No. 24 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL teams simply don't value the position early in Round 1.
Warmack is a special player with rare strength at the point of attack. He's a mauler in the run game and strong enough to hold his ground in the passing game with almost 35" arms. The ability seen on film trumps any numbers at the NFL combine. Warmack is elite.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Pick: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
The red flags surrounding Georgia's outside linebacker may outweigh the talents of the NCAA's leading sack master from 2012. That's why a potential No. 1 overall player is still on the board for the Steelers at No. 17.
Jarvis Jones has spinal stenosis. It's a narrowing of the spinal cord (explained here) that was serious enough for USC to revoke his scholarship after one season. Jones left for Georgia, where he dominated for two seasons.
Will Jones' ability and production be enough to erase his medical red flags? At some point, yes. The tricky part is knowing where that line is in the draft. It may be the middle of the first round. It may be the start of the third round. Time will tell.
This is one player who, if healthy, can dominate the NFL, but is tough to grade based on the unknowns surrounding his future.
18. Dallas Cowboys
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The Pick: DE Bjoern Werner, FSU
Bjoern Werner is another tough player to put a good grade on at this point in the pre-draft festivities, but if the Dallas Cowboys find him available here at No. 18, they should have an easy decision on their hands.
Werner ranks as my No. 7 overall player, but there is overwhelming depth in this year's class and his projection is as purely a 4-3 defensive end. With many teams drafting ahead of the Cowboys now running a 3-4 scheme, having other needs outside of defensive end or already being set at the position, Werner is poised to fall down the board a bit.
Jerry Jones won't mind.
With Anthony Spencer a free agent and unlikely to be brought back on the franchise tag again, Werner could be the man to step in opposite DeMarcus Ware to round out the team's new 4-3 look.
19. New York Giants
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The Pick: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson ranks as my 11th overall prospect, but the needs of teams selecting ahead of the Giants drives Richardson down the board.
This is unlikely to happen in April due to free agency and best-player-available drafting, but as of February, this is a pick the Giants could be looking at.
Richardson would fill a need for a pass-rushing defensive tackle in the middle of the New York defensive line. With Richardson next to Jason Pierre-Paul, NFL offensive coordinators would face a nightmare on passing downs.
Richardson is a high-motor player with excellent pursuit skills. He may not be a thick body to clog holes against the run, but he'll move the line of scrimmage and attack the backfield.
That's what these New York Giants need.
20. Chicago Bears
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The Pick: LT Menelik Watson, FSU
A surprise first-rounder, Menelik Watson is a name I continue to hear mentioned in the first 32 picks. His athletic ability, raw upside and the need for left tackles to close out the first round are all driving forces in the rising stock of the Florida State tackle.
Watson lined up at right tackle for the Seminoles, but this athletic powerhouse will move to the left side in the pros. That would fill the primary need for the Chicago Bears heading into the offseason.
This could be an area that general manager Phil Emery looks to fill through free agency, but if the market becomes too rich or the right players aren't available, Emery will be forced to find his blindside protector through the draft.
Watson represents some bust potential, but he has the upside of a Jason Peters-type tackle. The Bears can't afford to pass on that opportunity.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
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The Pick: RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
The Cincinnati Bengals signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in free agency last offseason, and while the former New England Patriot posted a 1,000-yard rushing season, the team can't feel good about him as an impact player going forward.
Not only is Green-Ellis a better complementary back, but with a major pay raise due in 2013, the team could be looking to get younger, better and faster at the position. As is my theory on team building, why sign the almost-28-year-old back when you can have a fresh one in the draft at a reduced price?
Eddie Lacy is a power back with the quickness to make defenders miss in the hole. As seen over Alabama's championship season, Lacy can carry an offense.
Put him behind the Bengals offensive line and you have a recipe for a play-action offense that will do wonders for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
22. St. Louis Rams
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The Pick: SS Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
There may not be a more Jeff Fisher-like player in this year's class.
Jonathan Cyprien is tailor-made for the physical, hard-hitting defense that Fisher has become known for. It helps that the team lacks a presence at strong safety right now, a position that Cyprien could walk into tomorrow and lock down for the next decade.
The FIU product wasn't on my radar during the season, but a strong Senior Bowl performance led to a steady film review.
I came away impressed, and there's no doubt that NFL teams will too.
23. Minnesota Vikings
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The Pick: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Speed, speed and more speed. That's Tavon Austin.
The tiny West Virginia receiver may not have a true position, but what is undoubted is Austin's ability to be a matchup nightmare for NFL defenders. Put him in the slot, in the backfield, as a return man—whatever you must do to get Tavon the ball. Just do it.
There will be comparisons to Percy Harvin, a player Austin could be replacing in Minnesota, but a more apt description would be a faster Wes Welker.
Austin doesn't have Harvin's overall strength and bulk, but when compared to the Patriots' stud receiver, it's easier to see how Austin's game projects at the next level.
24. Indianapolis Colts
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The Pick: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
The Indianapolis Colts have to be happy if they can indeed find a starting-caliber cornerback like Desmond Trufant still on the board here.
The team traded away their 2013 second-round pick for Vontae Davis, but they lack a corner for the opposite side. With their first pick, they can lock down a huge need by selecting the speedy DB from Washington.
Trufant has the size, speed, cover skills and bloodlines of an NFL superstar. The Colts have an instant impact player here.
25. Seattle Seahawks
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The Pick: DE Alex Okafor, Texas
The Seattle Seahawks face an offseason in which they must determine the availability of Chris Clemons in 2013 after a late-season knee injury, while also worrying about upgrading the overall talent.
Pete Carroll's team is close to competing for an NFC West title, but replacing Clemons' production is a key to success. It's no secret that Carroll is looking for pass-rushers, and thanks to a draft class loaded at that particular position, the team is in a nice spot to add a quality defensive end in Round 1.
If Texas' Alex Okafor is available, expect Carroll and general manager John Schneider to race to the podium.
Okafor is a complete, three-down defensive end who has played both the right and left side for the Longhorns. That versatility is a major asset in the Seahawks' front four, as they like to flip their ends from the conventional system of speed ends on the right and power on the left.
Okafor's versatility makes him an option on either side, as well as a day-one starter.
26. Green Bay Packers
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The Pick: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
The Green Bay Packers are in an interesting situation this offseason.
Thanks to the drafting of general manager Ted Thompson, this is a roster without many holes—if all young players continue to develop and can stay healthy.
Staying healthy hasn't been easy for either side of the ball in Green Bay, which makes the overall depth and talent of this roster look worse than it really is at times. Make no mistake, though, help on defense is needed this offseason.
The release of Charles Woodson opens a spot in the secondary, and the rookie play of Casey Hayward will likely move him into the starting lineup in 2013. That leaves Green Bay looking for depth and upgrades at cornerback.
Johnthan Banks is a physical cover man who can step in and start in his first season. Pairing Banks with Hayward, Sam Shields and Tramon Williams would give Green Bay the depth it needs to make a run back to the Super Bowl.
27. Houston Texans
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The Pick: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
If the Houston Texans hope to make another run at the postseason with their aging roster, several needs must be filled over the course of the offseason. Chief among those is a wide receiver who can keep teams from double-teaming Andre Johnson.
DeAndre Hopkins isn't the fastest wide receiver in this class, but his abilities to track the ball deep and make plays with the football in his hands are renowned.
Consider that Hopkins was only able to focus on "just" football for one season due to his basketball commitments, and it's even more impressive that he's been able to develop like he has.
The Texans will find a place for Hopkins on the outside opposite Johnson, giving the team its first reputable one-two punch at the position.
28. Denver Broncos
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The Pick: CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
The Denver Broncos' biggest need this offseason comes, once again, at cornerback.
With Champ Bailey aging and no No. 2 cornerback clearly established, the team has to look at their secondary as the biggest area of focus for additions through the draft. Adding a future successor to Bailey's throne as the No. 1 cornerback is key.
The Broncos haven't had great success drafting cornerbacks, but Jordan Poyer looks like a can't-miss prospect at the end of Round 1.
With exceptional size, speed and the toughness needed to survive on the outside, Poyer looks like the player Devin McCourty should have been.
The Broncos will take that for a secondary that desperately needs new life.
29. New England Patriots
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The Pick: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper's name is starting to generate almost rock-star-like hype among draftniks, but the fact of the matter remains that guards simply don't get overdrafted like other positions.
That could set up nicely for the New England Patriots.
The Patriots offensive line looked set before the 2012 season, but injuries and poor play resulted in question marks in the middle of the line. Dan Connolly can't be expected to hold down the starting right guard job for long, and Marcus Cannon may end up at right tackle, replacing Sebastian Vollmer.
That leaves a big hole in the middle of a line protecting a 35-year-old quarterback.
Jonathan Cooper is a top-15 player on most draft boards, making this an easy call for Bill Belichick as he looks to keep his team competitive in 2013.
30. Atlanta Falcons
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The Pick: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
The NFL Scouting Combine can be dramatically overhyped at times, but it's also a valuable evaluation tool for NFL teams and media folks like myself.
One player who was much higher on my board pre-Indy? Texas A&M defender Damontre Moore.
Moore's athletic numbers weren't inspiring, but the more I look at this player the less convinced I am that he can play standing up in a 3-4 scheme. He does have good hand use and a nice first step, but when asked to convert speed to power he's not in the top tier of players in this year's class.
The best situation for Moore would be in Atlanta, where the team can use him as a situational pass-rusher in year one while letting him gain strength behind John Abraham.
Moore in Atlanta makes sense from a value-and-need standpoint.
31. San Francisco 49ers
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The Pick: DE Jesse Williams, Alabama
The San Francisco 49ers led all NFL teams with 15 picks in this year's draft (pre-compensatory selections). How will the best team in the NFC use them all?
It's very likely that Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh move around the board early and often. The 14 picks can be used to move up this year to acquire better players and to move out of spots to pick up future selections in next year's class—which is expected to be even better than the 2013 crop.
Assuming the 49ers hold steady in the first round, Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams is a natural fit for the team's 3-4 scheme. He'll also be filling a big hole at defensive end, should Ricky Jean-Francois leave in free agency.
We saw what happened in 2012 when Justin Smith went down with an injury. The entire defense fell apart. To prevent that from happening again, the team must insure against Smith being injured by adding a defensive lineman ready to step in from day one.
32. Baltimore Ravens
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The Pick: ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
I'm sure everyone wondered when they opened this mock draft where Manti Te'o would end up. It's the most-asked question every time I'm on a radio or TV program, so I'm sure you're all dying to know as well.
Te'o to the Ravens has been a constant for me since the dead-girlfriend hoax began. Before the hoax and the national championship, he was slated for the Pittsburgh Steelers with pick No. 17, so you can see that his "stock" has slipped some since then.
I don't put much into Te'o's poor 40-yard dash time (it was expected), but I do see a linebacker with average quickness and agility in space.
That didn't keep Vontaze Burfict from dominating the NFL in his rookie season, and I'm betting it won't stop Te'o either.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars—RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
The Jaguars have a major need at right tackle after Eben Britton failed there.
2. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City)—FS Eric Reid, LSU
Dashon Goldson may be in line for a new deal, but with 15 draft picks, the 49ers can afford to roll the dice here on a potential replacement.
3. Philadelphia Eagles—DE Datone Jones, UCLA
The move to the 3-4 defense and the release of Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson means it's time to add a 3-4 defensive end.
4. Detroit Lions—CB David Amerson, N.C. State
Amerson in 2011 was a top-five pick, but in 2012 he was just picked on. The Lions need the help bad enough to gamble.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland)—OLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Getting past Ogletree's off-field issues will be tough, but his talent is too good to ignore here.
6. Arizona Cardinals—G/T Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
Improving the offensive line takes priority after finding their quarterback in Round 1.
7. Cleveland Browns—FORFEIT
Pick used to select WR Josh Gordon in 2012 supplemental draft.
8. New York Jets—ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
Releasing Bart Scott opened a hole in the defense that Minter can fill from day one.
9. Tennessee Titans—OG Larry Warford, Kentucky
A guard may be atop the team's wish list. Warford is the strongest in this class.
10. Buffalo Bills—QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Doug Marrone brings in his old college quarterback to run the show in Buffalo.
11. Miami Dolphins—TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
A pass-catching tight end will make Ryan Tannehill's second season much more successful.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
The Bucs continue to overhaul the secondary with this instant starter from Greg Schiano's last job.
13. Carolina Panthers—WR Keenan Allen, California
Steve Smith needs a partner in crime, and Allen fits the run-after-catch system in Carolina.
14. New Orleans Saints—FORFEIT
Pick taken by NFL over bounty scandal.
15. San Diego Chargers—TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
Antonio Gates cannot play forever—we think. A protege is needed, and Ertz can do it all.
16. St. Louis Rams—WR Quinton Patton, La. Tech
It's no surprise the Rams need a receiver. Patton is a steal in the middle of Round 2.
17. Dallas Cowboys—OG Kyle Long, Oregon
The Cowboys could use Long at guard or right tackle—both major positions of need.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—DE Margus Hunt, SMU
The 3-4 defensive end position needs some help, and Hunt has unreal potential at the position.
19. New York Giants—ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Brown falls here due to a shoulder injury, but the Giants aren't complaining. He's an instant starter.
20. Chicago Bears—OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
An all-around stud at outside linebacker, Greene is a perfect fit in a 4-3 defense.
21. Washington Redskins—FS Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
The Redskins fill their biggest need with their first pick of many in the secondary.
22. Minnesota Vikings—DT Kawann Short, Purdue
Kevin Williams needs help at tackle, and Short can be the guy to crash the backfield for the Vikings.
23. Cincinnati Bengals—FS D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
The Bengals waited until Round 2 and still found a starter at free safety. Swearinger has all-around skills.
24. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis)—WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
The Vontae Davis trade nets the Dolphins a big receiver with speed to stretch the field.
25. Green Bay Packers—WR Robert Woods, USC
Potentially losing Greg Jennings opens a hole at receiver, and Woods is an ideal fit for the Packers' system.
26. Seattle Seahawks—WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
The Seahawks need to keep upping the talent at receiver, giving Russell Wilson more targets to work with in 2013.
27. Houston Texans—QB E.J. Manuel, FSU
Matt Schaub has reached his ceiling, and E.J. Manuel can learn behind him for a season or two before taking over full-time as the starter.
28. Denver Broncos—DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
All this front seven is missing is a big defensive tackle to draw double teams. That's what Hankins does best.
29. New England Patriots—CB Dwayne Gratz, UConn
The cornerback position is weak, again, for New England. Gratz's speed and physical style of play will be huge for the Pats.
30. Atlanta Falcons—RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
They may sign a veteran in free agency, but until then, this a top-three need for the Falcons in 2013.
31. San Francisco 49ers—NT Brandon Williams, MSSU
Isaac Sopoaga has been good, but a younger and better version is needed. This small-school monster is ready for the NFL.
32. Baltimore Ravens—WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Anquan Boldin could be a cap casualty, but with or without him this team needs depth at receiver, and Bailey fits the offense.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs—WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas
Cutting Steve Breaston opens room for a slot receiver, and Goodwin adds return ability that the team doesn't have.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars—DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Jason Babin's inconsistency is an issue, and Lemonier is an ideal fit for Gus Bradley's defensive system.
3. Detroit Lions—DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
With Cliff Avril a free agent, defensive end becomes a priority. Sam Montgomery has to give better effort, but the talent is there.
4. Oakland Raiders—CB Will Davis, Utah State
The Raiders had some of the worst cornerback play in the NFL last season. This is a need pick.
5. Philadelphia Eagles—NT John Jenkins, Georgia
A move to a 3-4 defense means adding a nose tackle. Jenkins can be a day-one starter for Chip Kelly.
6. Cleveland Browns—OLB Brandon Jenkins, FSU
The Browns will adopt a 3-4 defense, and to do that they need quick-twitch athletes off the edge.
7. Arizona Cardinals—DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Darnell Dockett's future is in doubt, and even if he's back, youth and strength are needed.
8. Tennessee Titans—TE Jordan Reed, Florida
Jared Cook may or may not be back in 2013, but either way the Titans need more options in the passing game.
9. Buffalo Bills—OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Pugh was good enough to pass-protect for Doug Marrone at Syracuse; he'll be good enough to do the same in Buffalo.
10. New York Jets—QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Mark Sanchez isn't the answer; Tyler Wilson could be. The Jets need another option.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia
Left tackle Donald Penn is solid; right tackle Demar Dotson is not. Aboushi can start in his first season.
12. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)—WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
Mario Manningham's injury and Randy Moss' age means the 49ers will be adding receivers in the draft.
13. New Orleans Saints—SS Matt Elam, Florida
The Saints need all the help they can get on defense. Elam is a versatile hitter who lacks elite size.
14. San Diego Chargers—CB Tharold Simon, LSU
The Chargers are getting old at cornerback. Simon has the chops to be an early impact as a nickel cornerback.
15. Miami Dolphins—RT Jordan Mills, La. Tech
If Jake Long isn't back, Mills starts at right tackle. If Jake Long is back, Mills could push Jon Martin inside to guard.
16. St. Louis Rams—RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Steven Jackson likely won't be back. The Rams can replace him with his clone. Once healthy, Lattimore will be a steal.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers—FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
The age of the Pittsburgh safeties is a concern. Jefferson will add youth and speed to a slowed-down defense.
18. Dallas Cowboys—OC Barrett Jones, Alabama
The Cowboys need a new center to match up with their new guard. Jones has the ability to be a 12-year starter here.
19. New York Giants—OC Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
The Giants face tough decisions on David Diehl and Chris Snee. Frederick can add depth or come in and replace David Baas.
20. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago)—WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
The Dolphins need to keep adding targets for Ryan Tannehill. Stills can be a stud in the slot.
21. Minnesota Vikings—QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Christian Ponder hasn't convinced anyone that he's the long-term answer. Bray gives Minnesota a big arm to pair with its third-year starter.
22. Cincinnati Bengals—DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky
Smith has first-round talent, if healthy. The Bengals can afford to wait on his knee to heal.
23. Washington Redskins—OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
Bailey is an athletic, moving guard who is ideal for the Redskins' zone scheme up front.
24. Indianapolis Colts—OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford
No more Dwight Freeney and uncertainty about Jerry Hughes opens a hole at outside linebacker.
25. Seattle Seahawks—OLB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
One of the best coverage linebackers in this class, Holloman could be a starter in his rookie season.
26. Green Bay Packers—RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
The Packers won't bring back Cedric Benson, but they still need an every-down back. Randle can be that guy.
27. Houston Texans—DE Kwame Geathers, Georgia
Geathers has the body and strength to be an asset as a 3-4 defensive end in his rookie season. He's versatile enough to slide inside.
28. Denver Broncos—WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
A speedy slot receiver who has return potential, Swope will be Peyton Manning's new best friend.
29. New England Patriots—WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tenn. Tech
Brandon Lloyd's future may be limited in New England. The Patriots need a big outside receiver like Rogers to stretch the field.
30. Atlanta Falcons—TE Vance McDonald, Rice
Tony Gonzalez has, at best, one year left in the tank. McDonald can become the future of the position in Atlanta.
31. San Francisco 49ers—SS T.J. McDonald, USC
McDonald comes to San Francisco to play a position his dad used to play for the 49ers. He's the hitter Jim Harbaugh likes at safety.
32. Baltimore Ravens—QB Mike Glennon, N.C. State
We all assume that Joe Flacco will be back in 2013, but the Ravens need a quarterback with or without him. Glennon can be a backup and future trade bait.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars—OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M
2. Kansas City Chiefs—CB Darius Slay, Miss. State
3. Oakland Raiders—OT Chris Faulk, LSU
4. Philadelphia Eagles—WR Josh Boyce, TCU
5. Minnesota Vikings (from Detroit)—G/T David Bakhtiari, Colorado
6. Arizona Cardinals—OLB John Simon, Ohio State
7. Cleveland Browns—QB Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)
8. Buffalo Bills—DE Joe Kruger, Utah
9. New York Jets—RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
10. Tennessee Titans—RB Andre Ellington, Clemson
11. Carolina Panthers—CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana
12. New Orleans Saints—CB Sanders Commings, Georgia
13. San Diego Chargers—WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
14. Miami Dolphins—RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
15. Tampa Bay Bucs—WR Conner Vernon, Duke
16. St. Louis Rams—OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina
17. Dallas Cowboys—QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
19. New York Giants—CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
20. Chicago Bears—WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse
21. Cincinnati Bengals—DT Akeem Spence, Illinois
22. Washington Redskins—CB Nickell Robey, USC
23. Minnesota Vikings—WR Chris Harper, Kansas State
24. Indianapolis Colts—DE Bennie Logan, LSU
25. Green Bay Packers—OLB Meshak Williams, Kansas State
26. Seattle Seahawks—QB Matt Scott, Arizona
27. Houston Texans—SS Duke Williams, Nevada
28. Denver Broncos—RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon
29. Tampa Bay Bucs (from New England)—CB/S Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
30. Atlanta Falcons—CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn
31. San Francisco 49ers—TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
32. Baltimore Ravens—FS Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
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1. Kansas City Chiefs—QB Sean Renfree, Duke
2. Jacksonville Jaguars—QB Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
3. Philadelphia Eagles—ILB Jon Bostic, Florida
4. Detroit Lions—OG Brian Winters, Kent State
5. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland)—DE Lavar Edwards, LSU
6. Cleveland Browns—ILB Kiko Alonso, Oregon
7. Arizona Cardinals—RB Mike Gillislee, Florida
8. New York Jets—WR Aaron Mellette, Elon
9. Tennessee Titans—CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State
10. Buffalo Bills—ILB Nico Johnson, Alabama
11. New Orleans Saints—DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
12. San Diego Chargers—ILB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
13. Miami Dolphins—FS Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
14. Tampa Bay Bucs—RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
15. Carolina Panthers—OLB Sio Moore, UConn
16. St. Louis Rams—OLB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri
17. Pittsburgh Steelers—SS Robert Lester, Alabama
18. Dallas Cowboys—TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State
19. New York Giants—OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
20. Chicago Bears—OC Brian Schwenke, California
21. Washington Redskins—DE William Gholston, Michigan State
22. Minnesota Vikings—OLB Jelani Jenkins, Florida
23. Cincinnati Bengals—TE Dion Sims, Michigan State
24. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis)—OLB David Bass, Missouri Western
25. Seattle Seahawks—RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
26. Green Bay Packers—SS Shawn Williams, Georgia
27. Houston Texans—OG J.C. Tretter, Cornell
28. Denver Broncos—SS Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
29. Washington Redskins (from New England)—ILB Michael Mauti, Penn State
30. Atlanta Falcons—OG Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
31. San Francisco 49ers—WR Denard Robinson, Michigan
32. Baltimore Ravens—OLB Travis Long, Washington State
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars—WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall
2. Kansas City Chiefs—DE Josh Boyd, Miss. State
3. Detroit Lions—OLB Gerald Hodges, Penn State
4. Oakland Raiders—DT Jordan Hill, Penn State
5. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)—C/G Khaled Holmes, USC
6. Arizona Cardinals—TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
7. Cleveland Browns—WR Tavarres King, Georgia
8. Arizona Cardinals (from Minnesota via Tampa)—DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois
9. Buffalo Bills—OLB Trevardo Williams, UConn
10. New York Jets—OT Rick Wagner, Wisconsin
11. San Diego Chargers—RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
12. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami)—CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary
13. Tampa Bay Bucs—QB Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah
14. Carolina Panthers—OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-PB
15. New Orleans Saints—OLB Lerentee McCray, Florida
16. St. Louis Rams—TE Chris Gragg, Arkansas
17. Dallas Cowboys—DT Everett Dawkins, FSU
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville
19. New York Giants—OT Xavier Nixon, Florida
20. Chicago Bears—OT David Quessenberry, San Jose State
21. Minnesota Vikings—DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
22. Cincinnati Bengals—OT Reid Fragel, Ohio State
23. Washington Redskins—CB Steve Williams, California
24. Indianapolis Colts—OLB Cornelius Washington, Georgia
25. Seattle Seahawks—CB Marc Anthony, California
26. Green Bay Packers—TE Mychal Rivera, Tennessee
27. Houston Texans—P Brad Wing, LSU
28. Denver Broncos—ILB A.J. Klein, Iowa State
29. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England)—TE/WR Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
30. Atlanta Falcons—DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg
31. San Francisco 49ers—K Dustin Hopkins, FSU
32. Baltimore Ravens—FB Lonnie Pryor, FSU
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1. Kansas City Chiefs—RB Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
2. Jacksonville Jaguars—TE Michael Williams, Alabama
3. Oakland Raiders—RB Dennis Johnson, Arkansas
4. Philadelphia Eagles—DE William Campbell, Michigan
5. Detroit Lions—CB Micah Hyde, Iowa
6. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland)—FS Josh Evans, Florida
7. Minnesota Vikings (from Arizona)—OG Sam Brenner, Utah
8. Seattle Seahawks (from Buffalo)—TE Levine Toilolo, Stanford
9. New York Jets—RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
10. Tennessee Titans—OC Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
11. Miami Dolphins—CB Terrence Brown, Stanford
12. Tampa Bay Bucs—DT Cory Grissom, South Florida
13. Oakland Raiders (from Carolina)—DE Eric Martin, Nebraska
14. Seattle Seahawks (from New Orleans)—OT Manase Foketi, West Texas A&M
15. San Diego Chargers—NT Anthony McCloud, Florida State
16. St. Louis Rams—OLB Brandon Sharpe, Syracuse
17. Pittsburgh Steelers—CB Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
18 Miami Dolphins (from Dallas)—FB Tommy Bohanon, Wake Forest
19. New York Giants—WR Rodney Smith, FSU
20. New England Patriots (from Chicago)—OLB Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
21. San Francisco 49ers (from Cincinnati)—CB Johnny Adams, Michigan State
22. Washington Redskins—WR Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
23. Minnesota Vikings—FS John Boyett, Oregon
24. Indianapolis Colts—QB Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
25. Seattle Seahawks—DE Stansly Maponga, TCU
26. Green Bay Packers—OT Travis Bond, North Carolina
27. Houston Texans—FB Zach Line, SMU
28. Denver Broncos—RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
29. New England Patriots—ILB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
30. Atlanta Falcons—WR Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
31. San Francisco 49ers—TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland
32. Baltimore Ravens—OG Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State