2013 NFL Mock Draft: Teams That Will Look to Next Year for Franchise QB

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers attempts a pass during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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There were only two real franchise QBs in the 2012 NFL draft. Most teams chose not to try to create one like the Miami Dolphins did with Ryan Tannehill.

At this very early juncture, there appears to be a much better class of signal-callers awaiting teams in the 2013 NFL draft.

That said, at this time last year, not many people expected Robert Griffin III to be looked at as highly as he ultimately was.

While the crop of top-notch QB prospects could shrink, grow or flip-flop, there are teams that will find their QB of the future in 2013.

Here are the teams and the QB that could become the most coveted of the 2013 draft.

(The spotlighted teams and players have been italicized.)


1. Cleveland Browns: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

With the Browns taking NFL-ready and 28-year-old Brandon Weeden in the 2012 draft, it isn't likely they select another one here.

Instead, a true No. 1 receiver like Wilson makes more sense. 

Needs: WR, ROT, OLB, DE, DT, G/C


2. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

With the Colts selecting Andrew Luck they will want to find him a personal protector. Fluker looks to be the premier protector of a right-handed QB's blind side.

Needs: NT, CB, WR, TE, G, DE, LB, LT


3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans gets ready for the game with the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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This could very well end up being the top overall selection.

If it sounds like I don't believe in Blaine Gabbert, that's because I don't. He has been given a premier young WR in Justin Blackmon, and he already had a top-notch running game.

If the Jags don't make significant strides, they will look elsewhere for a QB.

In my opinion, Gabbert's failure could make them one of the league's worse teams and a candidate for the top selection in the draft.

That would mean a healthy shot at Barkley, who appears to be the top prospect.

Needs: QB, C, ROT, CB, OLB, RB, DT


4. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Vikings addressed their O-line and secondary in the 2012 draft. In 2013, they need to find a big-time WR.

Needs: WR, S, CB, MLB, DT, OLB, DE


5. Miami Dolphins: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU

Montgomery has big-time pass-rusher written all over him, and he meshes well with the Dolphins' scheme.

Needs: WR, ROT, S, DE, CB, TE, OLB


6. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 26:  Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers throws a pass during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats  at Commonwealth Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals didn't find their franchise QB in the 2012 NFL draft, but they still need one. If the Cardinals take Bray here, he may be coming into the best situation a rookie QB has seen since Ben Roethlisberger walked into a Super Bowl. 

The Cards already had Larry Fitzgerald, but they took Michael Floyd in the first round of the 2012 draft.

Now they have two big-time WRs, and that has to be exciting for a young QB.

Bray is only a sophomore; were he eligible this year, he would have been a top-10 pick. I wouldn't be surprised if he surpasses Barkley by the time the 2013 draft rolls around.

Needs: ROT, WR, 3-4 OLB, QB, DE, DB, C/G, ILB


7. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Rams are setting themselves up nicely under Jeff Fisher. This is a solid pick to protect Sam Bradford and it would continue their solid draft work.

Needs: OT, DT, CB, RB, LB, S


8. Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - APRIL 21:   Quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks Red Team throws a pass during the Spring Game at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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I don't believe in Carson Palmer, and Terrelle Pryor will not be ready to be the starting QB by next year—if ever.

Because of that, the Raiders have to take a long look at the QB spot in 2012. Wilson, from Arkansas, could be an excellent choice for the Raiders.

He has shown great leadership, and impressive passing abilities. For once, the Raiders need a QB with strong intangibles. Wilson could be that guy.

Needs: QB, WR, LB


9. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): David Amerson, CB, N.C. State

The Rams moved around quite a bit leading up to and during this draft. This pick is one of the benefits. They did select potential stud CB Janoris Jenkins, but Amerson is a great prospect as well.

Needs: OT, DT, CB, RB, LB, S


10. Seattle Seahawks: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

Allen could add a much-needed speed threat for Matt Flynn and the Seahawks. 

Needs: LB, G/ROT, WR, RB, CB, TE, QB


11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Bucs are addressing the defense, as they should, but Gerald McCoy has been less than dominant. Kawann Short could be a solid pick to control the line of scrimmage. 

Needs: RB, OLB, SS, G, TE, ILB, WR


12. Buffalo Bills: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida

The Bills can't have too many pass-rushers, especially not in their scheme. Jenkins and Mario Williams could be a superb combination. They did take Tank Carder from TCU and Nigel Bradham from Florida State, but neither figure to be what Jenkins is. 

Needs: WR, OLB, CB, QB, TE, ILB, G


13. Tennessee Titans: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Hankins would improve the Titans' run defense. It was ranked 24th in the NFL against the run in 2011.

Needs: LB, S. OT, DE, RB, WR, DT


14. Carolina Panthers: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

The Honey Badger would add a much-needed playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. 

Needs: CB, OLB, WR, OT, G, DE


15. Denver Broncos: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Broncos have Peyton Manning now, but he isn't a long-term solution.

They need to bring in his successor. Manning the teacher is almost as valuable as Manning the franchise QB. When Jones is ready to take the reins, he could have already completed an apprenticeship under the master.

This would be a near-ideal situation for the Broncos. Jones would sit until Manning walks away. Wait a minute, didn't this just happen to Manning?

Needs: CB, G/C, RB, WR, QB


16. Kansas City Chiefs: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Chiefs need weapons for Matt Cassel, besides Dwayne Bowe. Williams could be an excellent speed option on the outside.

Needs: NT, G, OLB, RB, DE, WR


17. Chicago Bears: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama

By 2013, it'll be time to get younger at CB for the Bears. Charles Tillman is getting long in the tooth, and the Bears need to think about turning the page.

Needs: CB, DE, LB, TE, DT, G, LT


18. Cincinnati Bengals: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

Mingo could easily become a solid DE if he gains about 10 pounds of muscle, which is very feasible. He would improve and allow the Bengals' D-line to get younger.

Needs: G, SS, DE, RB, OLB, DT


19. San Francisco 49ers: Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama

Jones is a big and nasty O-lineman who fits in nicely with the Niners' power-running style.

Needs: G, DE, CB, OLB, TE S, ILB


20. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Teams must have more than one RB. The Cowboys saw that when DeMarco Murray went down in 2011. Adding Lattimore is adding one of the best RB prospects in the past few years.

Needs: S, CB, WR, G, RB, OLB


21. New York Jets: Michael Dyer, RB, Arkansas State

The Jets need a young RB badly. There figures to be a good amount of turnover at the position for the Jets in the next two years. 

Needs: WR, RT, DE, S, RB, ILB


22. Philadelphia Eagles: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

If Jason Peters' injury lingers, the Eagles must address the T position.

Needs: LT, OLB, DT, QB, RB


23. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

Jones looks like a terror as a pass-rusher, I wonder about his abilities against the run though.

Needs: Best available


24: San Diego Chargers: T.J. McDonald, S, USC

The Chargers took Brandon Taylor in the 2012 draft, but the position still needs depth and options. McDonald could be a special player at the position.

Needs: OL, OLB, S


25. Atlanta Falcons: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Falcons need to return to a power style on offense and defense. Floyd could help bring that on the defensive side of the ball.

Needs: Best available


26. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU

The Ravens' O-line is aging, so they began remaking the inside of it in 2013. Faulk would give them a young stud at T.

Needs: G, OLB, LOT, DE, RB


27. New York Giants: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

The G-Men took David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 draft, but the team will need a second RB. Ball would give them a nice one-two punch.

Needs: OT, RB, LB, DT, DE, S


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28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

The Steelers need to address their ILB position. Te'o has the look of a potential star and 10-year starter.

Needs: OT/G, CB, NT, ILB, RB, S


29. Detroit Lions: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

The Lions may not retain Cliff Avril after this year, he has been franchise-tagged. Okafor would give them depth or a replacement.

Needs: CB, LOT, LB, DE, RB, S


30. Houston Texans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

The Texans need a physical tackler in the middle of their 3-4 defense. Mosley could be that guy.

Needs: ROT, ILB, G, CB, OLB


31. New England Patriots: Khaled Holmes, G/C, USC

The Pats' O-line is aging as well. They need to make sure they keep fresh and capable bodies in front of Tom Brady.

Needs: S, G/C, OLB, CB, RB


32. Green Bay Packers: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma

The Pack went almost exclusively defense in the 2012 draft. They still figure to need depth and talent to their secondary in 2013.

Needs: S, RB, DE, CB, TE



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