2013 NFL Mock Draft: Where Matt Barkley, Manti Te'o and Top Stars Will Land
You know what? It might be too early to look ahead to the 2013 NFL draft, but the nation's love of college football and the annual pre-draft process has led to this mock draft.
Here goes nothing.
(Disclaimer: Total crapshoot here on the order. Don't be too happy if your team's picking at the end of the first, or too upset if I have your club in the top-10.)
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
If Blaine Gabbert doesn't make a considerable positive stride in 2012, the Jaguars could be looking for a new face of their franchise.
Barkley has the size, experience in a pro-style system and arm strength to be that guy.
With Robert Woods out wide, the USC quarterback should flourish in 2012, leading to being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
2. Indianapolis Colts: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones would be the perfect guy to learn the game from Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. He attacked off the edge for the Bulldogs last season and registered 13.5 sacks.
3. Miami Dolphins: Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods is a tremendous prospect due to his speed, hands and knack to find open spots in zones. The Dolphins need a true No. 1, and although he's a bit lanky,
4. Minnesota Vikings: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
They've addressed two most important offensive positions with their first-round picks in the 2011 and 2012 drafts. Now Minnesota goes defense and grabs a fine cornerback prospect—a huge need.
5. St. Louis Rams: Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
Te'o has three-down potential and should shine the golden domers in 2012. Michael Brockers was picked in 2012 to fortify the defensive line, now Te'o steps in as the leader of the linebackers.
6. Tennessee Titans: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Mingo is a freakish athlete who uses unrivaled speed to get to the quarterback. Mingo becomes the team's defensive stalwart, and Mike Munchak hopes he's the next coming of Javon Kearse in Tennessee.
The raw talent is certainly there.
At 6'3'' and 205 pounds, Allen's size typically overwhelms smaller cornerbacks. He's a fluid route-runner and has great leaping ability, as well.
The Seahawks have a handful of solid receivers, but none that look like No. 1 material.
Allen will become the favorite target of Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson, or dare I say Russell Wilson?
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Mingo and Montgomery will feast on opposing quarterbacks in 2012 just like they did last season. Two defensive ends from the same school isn't out of the question here.
At 6'4'' and 245 pounds, Montgomery registered nine sacks in 2011.
9. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
The Browns miss on the two best receivers in the class, so they grab the best available player that gives them an intimidating edge-rushing presence.
10. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
When watching Lattimore run a see a young Steven Jackson.
With Jackson nearing the end of his illustrious NFL career, this South Carolina product can step right in and take over feature back duties in St. Louis.
At 6'1'' and 226 pounds, Lattimore runs with an aggressive, downhill style, but can make defenders miss in the open field.
Mathieu is probably a better play-maker than he is as a pure cover corner, but the Chagers would like to get more dynamic and their secondary.
After what should be another magical season in the SEC with LSU, Mathieu lands in San Diego.
12. New York Jets: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Right tackle Wayne Hunter isn't the future for the Jets. He was victimized far too often in 2011. At 6'6'' and 330 pounds, Fluker has ability to be a devouring right tackle for Gang Green.
13. Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Wilson's nearly as polished as Ryan Mallett was when he entered the league in 2011. The pro-style system at Arkansas will draw in many GMs and coaches, but the Raiders land him.
They need a franchise quarterback, badly.
14. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
I'm still not sure why Levi Brown was re-signed during the 2011 off-season, but if he has another disappointing 2012 season, Arizona will be looking elsewhere for a left tackle.
15. Buffalo Bills: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
Logan Thomas has great size and a fantastic arm. He's not exactly the next Cam Newton, but he's athletic and can pick up yardage with his feet too.
The Bills are building a fine squad up in Buffalo and need a true franchise signal-caller.
16. Carolina Panthers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short is the epitome of what it means to be a penetrating defensive tackle. He's totalled nearly 30 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks over the last two years.
What a perfect plugger to place in front of 2012 first-round pick Luke Kuechly.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
Jones is a nice guard prospect, having gained much experience playing in the toughest conference in football. With Jones and promising tackle Tyron Smith, the Cowboys offensive is set.
18. New York Giants: Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
The Giants don't have a ton of roster holes, but a talented, ball-swarming linebacker would be nice. That's precisely what they'll get with Reddick.
19. Denver Broncos: T.J. McDonald, S, USC
McDonald is a special athlete and will fill the void left by the retired Brian Dawkins. In order for Denver to make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl, they need more skill in their secondary.
20. New Orleans Saints: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
With Drew Brees throwing the rock as often as he does, the Saints can never have too much offensive line depth. That's exactly what Wagner provides.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Davis plays at Arkansas, and frankly, runs a lot like Darren McFadden. Though he's not as physically intimidating, he's a one-cut-and-go back that has deceptive acceleration.
Exactly what the Bengals want.
22. San Francisco 49ers: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
The pick of Jefferson can be insurance if Dashon Goldson is signed to a long-term extension during the 2013 offseason.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The Chiefs roster is pretty solid, especially for a team that didn't make the playoffs in 2011. However, I'm not the biggest Matt Cassel fan. Jones should be the starter on opening day in 2013, but he could at least provide serious competition to Cassel.
24. Atlanta Falcons: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Henderson has franchise tackle potential and the Falcons knows they must do whatever it takes to keep Matt Ryan's uniform clean.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
David DeCastro's inexplicable fall in the 2012 draft led to the Steelers essentially being forced to pick him.
In 2013, they find their James Farrior replacement with Mosley.
26. Detroit Lions: Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
The Lions must dedicate their 2013 draft to defense. They don't need anymore offensive weapons. Adams is a play-maker with great instincts. With Greg Jennings, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery int he division, this is a smart pick.
27. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
More offensive line depth for the Eagles who need it. Jason Peters will be coming back from a season-ending injury and Demetress Bell is injury prone, as well.
28. New England Patriots: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
Vince Wilfork is still a impactful player, but it's time to find his future replacement. Enter Kwane Geathers.
29. Chicago Bears: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor is the ideal candidate to help alleviate pressure and additional blocking assignments from Julius Peppers. This 6'4'', 260-pound defensive end has a nice skill set and is experienced.
30. Baltimore Ravens: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Ray Lewis is the ageless wonder, and he helps Porter become a productive outside linebacker early in his career.
31. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Texans got a nice complement to Andre Johnson in the 2012 draft when they picked DeVier Posey out of Ohio State.
To keep secondaries off balance, Austin plays the Wes Welker role for Houston.
32. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Ball's a hometown kid that has a good bounce to his step and runs with incredible patience. Don't underestimate his power and explosiveness, either.
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