2013 NFL Mock Draft: Offensive Skill Players Who Will Make an Immediate Impact
The 2012 NFL season hasn't even started, but that doesn't mean it's too early to begin NFL draft predictions. From now until the end of this year's football campaigns, NFL scouts will be dissecting hours upon hours of game tape for each potential draftee.
Among other things, NFL scouts will be searching for skill players who can help their team on the offensive side of the ball. There are many excellent offensive players in college this coming season, but not all of them are ready to contribute from Day 1 in an NFL setting.
That process begins now. We know who the best prospects are, but the draft order needed some projecting.
Let's take a look at how the 2013 NFL Draft will shake out.
*Italicized picks signify "instant-impact" offensive skill players.
1. Miami Dolphins: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Dolphins took Ryan Tannehill last year, but he's far from a sure thing. If Miami nets the No. 1 pick, the idea of trading back will be mentioned, but Barkley is too good to pass on if they stay put.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery is a menace off the edge, and the Jaguars will need his presence. Jeremy Mincey and Andre Branch aren't future solutions, but Montgomery could be a Pro Bowl player for the next decade.
3. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
Every AFC North competitor has its own elite "hybrid" rusher, but Cleveland doesn't. Jones is a natural pass-rusher with a knack for the big play.
4. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Robert Woods, WR, USC
This pick is simple. The Rams missed on Justin Blackmon last year. Don't expect them to whiff on this year's best pass target. Woods is a flawless route-runner with excellent hands and open-field explosion.
Woods will fit perfectly with Sam Bradford's west-coast arm. He's a bit undersized at 6'1'', but he has excellent separation ability at the line of scrimmage.
St. Louis took Brian Quick in the second round of this year's draft. Even if he pans out, he is going to need some help. Woods is the best receiver in this draft, and his maturity will allow him to make an impact right away.
5. Indianapolis Colts: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Colts re-signed Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but neither player is getting any younger. Mingo will terrorize quarterbacks in the NFL just like SEC teams are already used to seeing on Saturdays.
6. Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Raiders desperately need a face to build around, and Wilson will provide that. He's got very good arm strength and an outstanding head on his shoulders.
7. Minnesota Vikings: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
Amerson has absurd size (6'3''), and the Vikings desperately need a corner. They took Josh Robinson in this year's draft, but there's no guarantee that he pans out. Amerson is raw, but his ball skills are through the roof.
8. Seattle Seahawks: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Seattle doesn't have a true No. 1 receiver, but Allen will change that. He's an unbelievable athlete with true home-run ability. His size will give him a chance to compete from Day 1.
Allen could get a chance to start next to Sidney Rice from the get go. Golden Tate is more suited for the slot, and Doug Baldwin won't be able to hold his spot next to Allen's talent.
Whoever winds up behind center for Pete Carroll will need capable targets to throw too. Allen's superb athleticism and ability to make things happen after the catch make him a future No. 1 target in the NFL.
9. Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Chiefs have Branden Albert and Eric Winston, but neither are "big time." Either way, the Chiefs could use some depth up front, and Fluker is the best offensive lineman on the board.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
The Buccaneers have done a solid job of building their defensive line, but they still need an edge-rusher. Jeffcoat blends pass-rushing skills with the ability to stuff the run. He will be solid from Day 1 with a ton of room to grow.
11. Arizona Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Cardinals have no help for Darnell Dockett up front, but Lotulelei will help. Based on talent, he could go higher than this, but the Cardinals get a godsend here.
12. New York Jets- Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
This is another easy one. The Jets' offense seems to be heading in a new direction, but they need talent to do so. Lattimore, if healthy, will be the best offensive player to come out of this draft.
His blend of size, speed and toughness is unrivaled. For a player his age (20), he's a man among boys.
Lattimore is a three-down back because of his receiving skills and ability to block on passing downs. If his knee holds up, he will be a Pro Bowl player for years to come.
He's a blend of Trent Richardson and Adrian Peterson. He combines their best qualities and will make the Jets' front office very happy right away.
13. Tennessee Titans: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor's versatility will make him an excellent piece to play next to Derrick Morgan up front. The Titans have very little depth in their front seven, but Okafor will provide production as a rookie.
14. San Diego Chargers: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Teo is the best inside linebacker available because of his tenacity and tackling instincts. San Diego lacks skill at his position, and they could use his aggressive mentality on the defensive side.
15. Buffalo Bills: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Porter is excellent in coverage and could actually go much higher than this. Kirk Morrison and Nick Barnett are not long-term solutions at outside linebacker, but Porter is. He will be the pick here.
16. Denver Broncos: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
The Broncos could reach for a receiver here, but Davis is the best offensive player on the board. He's got a tantalizing blend of size and speed.
Davis could start in Denver from Day One. He's better than any of Denver's current options, and he's too talented to keep off the field for long.
He's got the open-field vision of a 10-year NFL veteran and will provide stability behind Peyton Manning for the short time that they play together. If it wasn't for his ankle injury last season, Davis would be selected higher than this.
Running backs don't have a long shelf life, but Davis is a steal at No. 16.
17. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Rams are rolling into the season with Quinten Mikell and Darian Stewart as their starting safeties. Neither are horrible, but both could be replaced. Vaccaro needs some work, but his coverage instincts will give him a place in an NFL secondary.
18. Philadelphia Eagles: Barrett Jones, G/C, Alabama
Danny Watkins may be an answer at right guard, but left guard and center are still up for grabs in Philly. Jones can play either spot and is experienced in the SEC. Both will pay dividends at the next level.
19. New Orleans Saints: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Saints lost Jonathan Vilma. They did acquire Curtis Lofton, but they could use depth up the middle. Mosley is strong, smart and mean enough to shed bigger players at the point of attack.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Taylor has superior size off the edge, but he's athletic enough to stand up if he has too. Dallas has other holes, but they need to find a pass-rusher to complement DeMarcus Ware.
21. Carolina Panthers: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Carolina must protect their most important asset in Cam Newton. Jordan Gross is good, but he can't do it alone. Wisconsin is known for producing NFL-ready lineman, and Wagner is no different.
22. Cincinnati Bengals: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
The Bengals would love to add a running back here, but no one really makes sense in this slot. Warmack is a "safe" pick who could develop into an elite run-blocker in the NFL. His experience at Alabama only adds to his value.
23. Atlanta Falcons: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Gholston will sit behind Ray Edwards and John Abraham at first, but he will have a chance to be a very good sack artist. Expect him to earn situational time at first, but his elite edge-rush will be a valuable commodity for Atlanta for years to come.
24. Chicago Bears: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Bears eventually need to find Brian Urlacher's replacement. That's where Reddick comes in. He doesn't possess Urlacher's exceptional read-and-react skills, but his raw athleticism leaves him a lot of room to learn.
25. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Lions really needed a cornerback in the 2012 draft, but the value wasn't right. Milliner is a blessing at No. 25. He's a top-notch cover corner who will blanket one side of the field in the Motor City.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Hurst, OT, LSU
Michael Oher hasn't panned out, and the Ravens have to keep Joe Flacco upright. Hurst brings a nasty demeanor that will fit right into the AFC North's blue-collar style. He will be a legitimate bookend for years to come.
27. New York Giants: Nico Johnson, OLB, Alabama
The Giants don't have many glaring weaknesses, but their linebackers could use some help. Michael Boley is a solid player, but he needs a quality No. 2 to back him up. Johnson will be just that with room to grow.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Heath Miller is the league's best two-way tight end, but he's seen younger days. Eifert stretches the field with his speed and athleticism for the position. Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley will enjoy their new toy.
29. Green Bay Packers: Michael Dyer, RB, Arkansas State
Dyer was originally an Auburn Tiger. The lack of competition at Arkansas State knocks him down the board a bit, but he's a first-round talent. Green Bay has a multitude of receiving options, but they lack a consistent run game. Dyer will remedy that situation.
30. New England Patriots: Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State
The Patriots' secondary is bad, but their pass-rush isn't much better. Jenkins can put his hand in the dirt, or play standing up. He's a project, but his athleticism makes him worth a pick this late in the first round.
31. Houston Texans: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Wilson has NFL height (6'4''), but he's somewhat flimsy. Despite his penchant for getting bullied by stronger corners, the Texans need a running mate for Andre Johnson. If he gets tougher, Wilson will be a very good No. 2 option.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
This is a bit of a luxury pick for the 49ers. The team doesn't have any glaring weaknesses. Faulk can play either tackle spot, and depth on the offensive front never hurt anyone.
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?