2013 NFL Mock Draft: New York and Roger Goodell Are Waiting (Updated)
It is far too early to make any realistic projections for the 2013 NFL Draft but it is always fun to speculate on who the top prospects will be.
The draft order is just my own interpretation on how the season may go, so don't be offended by where I have placed your team.
I'll try to update the mock draft every so often and hopefully I'll look like a genius come April 2013.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Blaine Gabbert experience will end for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I felt sorry for Gabbert last season because he was fed to the lions with no warning, but I just can't see him getting the Jags above 3-4 wins.
Matt Barkley returning for his senior season ensures that he will be the top quarterback prospect available for 2012. Barkley doesn't have great size but he can make all the throws and he has experience in a offense that ensures he is NFL ready.
Robert Woods was his partner in crime at USC; Justin Blackmon takes on that mantle now.
2. Miami Dolphins
Robert Woods, WR, USC
I don't think Miami added enough weapons for Moore or Tannehill in the draft, they do not have a number one receiving option.
Robert Woods isn't the biggest, but he has great speed and hands. His timed speed is not as impressive as his ability to separate. However, most important is the fact that he can run the entire route tree. Too often wide receivers entering the NFL can only run a few routes.
Not an issue here.
3. Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
It was a tough choice between Sam Montgomery and Jarvis Jones.
I opted for Jones because I think he is the best pure pass-rushing threat in the 2013 draft class. Jones is still a very inexperienced player and I expect him to have a monster 2012/13 season for Georgia.
Adding Jones to an emerging defense featuring the likes of Joe Haden can only make them more likely to contend in their division.
4. St. Louis Rams
Keenan Allen, WR, California
I think that Allen is the most talented wide receiver in this draft class.
I have Woods ranked ahead of him at the moment but that could change very soon.
5. Oakland Raiders
Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU
Oakland lost a good player in Kamerion Wimbley during fee agency and so I'm giving them a replacement who has the potential to be even better.
I considered giving the Raiders David Amerson but I think that their young secondary is going to improve a lot.
6. Minnesota Vikings
David Amerson, CB, NC State
Antoine Winfield is ageing and the Vikings will need to find a replacement.
Chris Cook is talented but unreliable so he will need a good partner in the secondary.
Chris Carr and Josh Robinson are the two best cornerbacks that the Vikings added for next season, but I think they still need an upgrade.
Amerson has rare length and playmaking ability. Eventually he could be a great starting cornerback in the NFL for a long time.
7. Indianapolis Colts
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas
After a 2012 draft that focused on adding offensive talent, 2013 is the time to improve the defense.
Jeffcoat is a great player coming off the edge and should provide the Colts with a replacement for the aging Dwight Freeney.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Gerald McCoy is always injured and Brian Price hasn't worked out so I'm giving Tampa Bay the best defensive tackle in the 2013 draft class.
Lotulelei is really athletic for his size and should occupy enough blockers in order to allow both Adrian Clayborn and DeQuan Bowers to wreak havoc off the edge.
9. Arizona Cardinals
Taylor Lewan, LT, Michigan
Lewan is the most gifted left tackle prospect in college football.
At 6'8" he has great size and athleticism. His 2011 season doesn't warrant this high of a selection. but he has so much upside that I expect him to shoot up draft boards much like Tyron Smith did in 2011.
10. New York Jets
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The New York Jets need to add to their defense and Mingo brings a different element to their current group of linebackers.
He has great speed and quickness. The Jets will hope that he and Quentin Coples can terrorize quarterbacks for years to come.
11. Seattle Seahawks
Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Seattle has some nice weapons on offense but they will have to improve their offensive line.
Wagner will work opposite James Carpenter in helping to protect newly-acquired QB Matt Flynn.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
The Chiefs have a really good team.
They have a good defense and they have two stud offensive players in Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.
Matt Cassel is an average quarterback and the Chiefs have to look for an upgrade soon.
Logan Thomas could end up being selected in the top 5 if he manages to refine his game.
13. San Diego Chargers
Marquess Wilson, WR, Wasington State
San Diego needs a big wide receiver.
Robert Meachem isn't going to be the answer to Phillip Rivers's woes and so I think somebody like Wilson would be an ideal option.
Wilson is definitely a reach at this point but it was tough to choose between him and Keenan Allen. Wilson was my pick over guys like Cobi Hamilton because he is going to put up some crazy numbers in a pass happy offense.
He is no A.J Green but I think he has just as much NFL potential as Justin Blackmon did after his sophomore year.
14. St. Louis Rams
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Steven Jackson is aging and St. Louis will need to find a replacement soon.
Coming off surgery, Lattimore will have to prove that he is the same player he was prior to injury.
If Lattimore can do that, he is a steal at this spot.
15. Buffalo Bills
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Wilson has all the physical tools needed to become a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a good quarterback, but I think that he will be lucky to remain the starter unless he really improves.
16. Carolina Panthers
Barrett Jones, OT, Alabama
Jones is starting to get some hype after a strong junior season.
With Jones, you are getting a good tackle, guard and center all rolled into one great player.
17. Chicago Bears
Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
Chicago already has an imposing defense but it doesn't hurt to add even more pieces.
Brian Urlacher is getting older and Te'o will be able to make an impact right away, whilst also being groomed as the replacement for Urlacher.
18. New Orleans Saints
19. Dallas Cowboys
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne won't make any difference unless the Cowboys address their poor safety play.
Eric Reid is every bit as talented as Mark Barron and this selection would immediately give Dallas one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
20. Cincinatti Bengals
Shayne Skov, OLB, Stanford
Skov is one of the most physical defenders in college football, but he has made some silly mistakes.
An injury ruined his junior season but if he can regain his sophomore form, he should be a first round pick.
21. Tennessee Titans
Will Gholston, DE, MSU
The Tennessee Titans added Kamerion Wimbley in free agency but Gholston would give them another terror off the edge.
He is a raw but talented player who could be selected much sooner than this if he realizes his potential in 2013.
22. Denver Broncos
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Gilbert is an electric player who will shine at the next level.
An incredibly athletic player, Gilbert can also be a great return man.
23. Philadelphia Eagles
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Asante Samuel is gone and the Eagles would love to add another player to their secondary.
Rhodes has all the physical tools but he hasn't really put everything together yet.
Rhodes reminds me a little of Jimmy Smith in 2011 because he arguably has the most skills of any cornerback in the 2013 draft class. Yet, he may not go as high because his tape doesn't match up with his physical skills.
24. Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Atlanta needs to find a replacement for Tony Gonzalez eventually.
Eifert has not put up amazing numbers because of poor quarterback play but he has amazing skills.
He is a better player than Coby Fleener who went at the top of the second round this year.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jesse Williams, DT/DE, Alabama
Williams could end up being a top 10 pick if he manages to put together a great season.
He is a versatile end who has scary power.
26. Baltimore Ravens
T.J McDonald, S, USC
Ed Reed won't play forever so if a safety this talented falls, the Ravens have to pull the trigger.
McDonald is a fearsome hitter who will need to learn to wrap up a little better.
However, it's his playmaking ability that really stands out, he can come up with interceptions at crucial times.
27. Detroit Lions
Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
Aboushi is beginning to get some recognition and that should be enough to vault him into first round consideration.
Detroit needs to get younger on the offensive line and Aboushi could be their left tackle for a long time.
28. Houston Texans
Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
Tharold is extremely underrated because all the national attention that Tyrann Mathieu receives.
His workload will increase and he will be a starter come the beginning of the season.
A very tall, physical corner, Simon should follow in the footsteps of Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne by becoming a first round pick
29. Green Bay Packers
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Nick Perry was added to their defense but Werner will be another good addition.
He fits the 3-4 scheme well and should further improve an underwhelming defensive unit.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Kawann Short, NT, Purdue
I'm still clinging on to the hope that Dashon Goldson will sign a new deal.
This means that I'm not going to project that the 49ers take a safety.
Tyrann Mathieu was my previous pick for the niners but I'm now thinking that I'd like to find the futre anchor of the defensive line.
Isacc Sopoaga is great but it would be nice to find his future replacement.
31. New England Patriots
Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Patriots already have Vincent Wilfork, but it wouldn't hurt to add another talented defensive player.
Hankins has the talent to be a top 10 pick but I'm not willing to place him that highly until his potential starts to turn into production.
32. New York Giants
D.J Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker will probably end up going much higher than this.
I considered putting him in the top 20 but he fell out of circumstance.
Fluker is not a left tackle. I think he can be a really good right tackle, but I still think he is overrated because of the team he plays on.
Players in 1st Round Consideration
Tavon Austin, Tyrann Mathieu, Alex Hurst and Margus Hunt are all players I would have liked to fit into my first round.
Alex Hurst, Tyann Mathieu and Margus Hunt in particular will most likely end up being first round picks and I'm sure I will fit them in when I update my mock draft in the future.