2013 NFL Mock Draft: Most Ideal Picks for All 32 Teams
The hype machine is in full force behind Matt Barkley, but there's another quarterback atop the mock draft.
It's Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, who, despite a recent stumble against Pittsburgh, remains the quarterback with the most upside in the 2013 NFL draft class...and it doesn't hurt that the comparisons to Cam Newton just keep rolling in.
1. Arizona Cardinals Select Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech Hokies
It has become clear that neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb is the long-term answer in Arizona. While the Cardinals won't finish with the worst record in the league, their need for a franchise quarterback may necessitate a trade up to No. 1.
Matt Barkley has been getting all of the national attention, but Logan Thomas may have a leg up in the race to be the top pick. While Barkley has some physical limitations, the sky is the limit for Thomas.
2. Minnesota Vikings Select Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
With so many holes to fill on both sides of the ball, the Vikings could go in a number of directions in the first round.
Star Lotulelei looks like a surefire top-10 pick and should be high on the Vikings' wish list. He would be able to step right into a starting role at nose tackle, filling the very large hole left by the departure of Pat Williams two years ago.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Select Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU Tigers
The Jaguars ranked 25th in the NFL with just 31 sacks in 2011.
They drafted Andre Branch in the second round this past April to improve their pass rush, but through three games it hasn't helped. The Jaguars defensive ends have yet to record a sack in 2012.
Barkevious Mingo is still developing as an all-around defensive lineman, but he clearly possesses the potential to be an elite pass-rusher at the next level. He may be the type of defensive difference-maker the Jaguars need to jump start their rebuilding process on that side of the ball.
4. Miami Dolphins Select Justin Hunter, WR, Tennesee Volunteers
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland has staked his career on the success on Ryan Tannehill, so the next logical step is to surround him with playmakers.
Justin Hunter appears to be fully recovered from the torn ACL which forced him to miss the majority of the 2011 season. He has the type of size/speed combination to make an A.J. Green-type impact at the next level.
5. Cleveland Browns Select Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
The Browns revamped their offense this past offseason, adding a rookie quarterback, running back and two receivers. So their focus in 2013 should be putting the finishing touches on one of the league's top up-and-coming defenses.
Jarvis Jones has excelled in Georgia's 3-4 defense, but he should be able to make the transition to strong-side linebacker in Dick Jauron's 4-3 scheme in Cleveland. He would be a logical replacement for veteran Scott Fujita.
6. Indianapolis Colts Select Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State Buckeyes
The 2012 offseason was all about rebuilding the offense, but now the attention must turn to the defensive side of the ball.
Chuck Pagano helped build a dominant defense in Baltimore with Haloti Ngata anchoring the defensive line. In order for his scheme to work in Indy, he'll need to find a guy to fill that role.
Like Ngata, Hankins has the size to be a true nose tackle but also possesses the athleticism to be much more than just a space eater.
7. St. Louis Rams Select Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
The Rams finally decided to throw in the towel on Jason Smith, but they were left without an adequate replacement.Their patchwork offensive line simply isn't built to protect a franchise quarterback like Sam Bradford.
Joeckel has anchored the left side of the Aggies offensive line since his true freshman year in 2010 and is more than ready to jump to the next level.
The Rams would be able to ease Joeckel into the league by starting him off on the right side, with Rodger Saffold remaining at left tackle.
8. Kansas City Chiefs Select Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans
Barkley might be the most talked about player in college football, but his physical limitations will prevent him from being the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
That said, Barkley is still a first-round prospect, and a desperate team like the Chiefs will jump at the chance to add a potential franchise quarterback.
Matt Cassel clearly isn't the quarterback Scott Pioli thought he was acquiring from New England, and it's time to move on. The Chiefs can't afford to let the first round of the 2013 NFL draft go by without finding their quarterback of the future.
9. Carolina Panthers Select Keenan Allen, WR, California Golden Bears
Cam Newton appears to be learning the definition of "sophomore slump," but it's tough to put all the blame on his shoulders.
The Panthers need to upgrade the talent around Newton, and adding a playmaker like Keenan Allen would be a giant step in the right direction.
Allen solidified his place in the first round with a strong performance against Ohio State earlier this season.
10. Buffalo Bills Select Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers
While Ryan Fitzpatrick has done a commendable job keeping the seat warm for his successor, it's time for the Bills to find a franchise quarterback.
Geno Smith, whose stock continues to rise, is tailor-made for Chan Gailey's offense.
With a playmaker like Smith at quarterback and C.J. Spiller in the backfield, Gailey may finally be able to orchestrate the high-flying offense he envisioned when he took over in Buffalo.
11. New York Jets Select Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/LB, Texas Longhorns
For all the hype surrounding Rex Ryan's defenses in New York, they've always lacked an elite pass-rusher. Through three games this season, journeyman Garrett McIntyre is their only linebacker to register a sack.
Jackson Jeffcoat is an explosive pass-rusher who could finally give the Jets that one defensive game-changer who opposing offenses are forced to game-plan around.
12. Tennessee Titans Select Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State Seminoles
This is a make-or-break year for 2010 first-round pick Derrick Morgan. If he doesn't finally live up to expectations, the Titans will be looking elsewhere for help along the defensive line.
Bjoern Werner should be high on their wish list if they choose to upgrade the defensive line. He may not be an elite pass-rusher at the next level, but there isn't a more well-rounded defensive end in the college ranks.
Werner may be one of the most NFL-ready prospects in the 2013 draft class.
13. Oakland Raiders Select Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State Bulldogs
The Raiders attempted to piece together a secondary by bringing in Ronald Bartell, Shawntae Spencer and Pat Lee this offseason, but they're clearly lacking a true shutdown corner.
This isn't an elite class of cornerbacks, but Banks has already established himself as a legitimate first-round prospect.
Physically, he compares favorably to former Raider Nnamdi Asomugha. He's a tall, lanky corner and will be able to match up in man coverage with just about anyone at the next level.
14. Seattle Seahawks Select Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
The Seahawks may have found the steal of the 2012 draft in Russell Wilson. Now they need to build up the supporting cast around him.
Matthews, the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, has the ability to step into a starting role at right tackle immediately, giving the Seahawks two strong bookend tackles to protect Wilson and open up holes for Marshawn Lynch in the running game.
15. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) Select Robert Woods, WR, USC Trojans
Journeyman Danny Amendola has emerged as Sam Bradford's favorite target, which pretty much sums up the state of the Rams receiving corps.
2012 second-round pick Brian Quick has the potential to develop into a No. 1, but he's far from a finished product and Bradford needs help immediately.
Woods may be slightly overrated due to his success in USC's offense, but he's a fairly polished collegiate receiver who will be able to make an immediate impact as a rookie.
16. Philadelphia Eagles Select Eric Reid, FS, LSU Tigers
It's tough to figure out the ideal scenario for the Eagles because so much depends on how this season plays out. If they miss the playoffs, major changes could be on the way.
One position that is likely to be addressed this offseason is free safety, where 2010 seventh-round pick Kurt Coleman has started off and on over the past three seasons.
Eric Reid could probably start for the Eagles right now, and he is one of the few defensive backs in this draft class that already looks like a first-round lock.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Kawann Short, DT, Purdue Boilermakers
The Bucs have already attempted to plug in Brian Price and Amobi Okoye next to Gerald McCoy, and both experiments failed. Now it's Roy Miller's turn, but the Bucs will likely be looking to fill that gap in their defensive line next offseason.
Fortunately for the Bucs, 2013 should provide another deep class of defensive linemen. Kawann Short flies under the radar at Purdue, but he is one of the top linemen in the nation.
He's the type of big body that would fit perfectly next to McCoy in Tampa.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers Select Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Wolverines
The Steelers are finally starting to make Big Ben's health a priority.
After years of putting a patchwork offensive line in front of their franchise quarterback, they have spent two first-round picks on the position in recent years and another could be coming in 2013.
Taylor Lewan is built like a prototypical left tackle and is athletic enough to be an asset in Pittsburgh to help protect Roethlisberger as he rolls out of the pocket.
19. New Orleans Saints Select Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Saints parted ways with Tracy Porter this offseason, making an already shaky secondary even more suspect. And in a division with a number of up-and-coming quarterbacks, the Saints can't survive if they can't stop the passing game.
Adding a playmaker like Milliner would take some of the pressure off Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer, neither of whom are suited to be a true No. 1 cornerback.
20. Detroit Lions Select David Amerson, CB, N.C. State Wolfpack
Is there any question as to what position the Lions need to address next offseason?
The Lions play in the most pass-happy division in the league, and they're trying to get by with Chris Houston, Jacoby Lacy and Bill Bentley at cornerback.
David Amerson would be welcomed with open arms in Detroit, where he would immediately become their most valuable asset in the secondary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals Select Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU Tigers
After an impressive 2012 draft class, the Bengals have few holes to fill. Their ideal situation for the 2013 draft is to simply sit and wait for someone to fall to them.
It should be another strong class of defensive linemen, giving the Bengals an opportunity to scoop up a talented prospect who slipped further than expected.
If Sam Montgomery is that guy, he'll provide the Bengals with yet another pass-rusher, giving them a dangerous rotation of playmakers at the position—exactly the strategy which helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowls in five years.
22. Denver Broncos Select Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina Gamecocks
Peyton Manning can't do it alone.
The Broncos need to spend the upcoming offseason building up the offense around him, and one of the key additions necessary is a feature running back.
Marcus Lattimore is the only running back prospect that looks like a surefire first-round pick at this early stage of the draft process. He's the type of back who can carry the load and take some of the pressure off Manning.
23. New York Giants Select D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Giants offensive line has been slowly falling apart over the years, and it may finally be time for them to bring in a high-profile upgrade.
D.J. Fluker is a massive lineman and perfectly suited for the physical play of the Giants offensive line.
Fluker could play right tackle or guard, giving the Giants some flexibility as they rebuild their offensive line in the coming years.
24. Dallas Cowboys Select Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau were brought in to fix the Cowboys interior offensive line this past offseason. But through the Cowboys' first two games, three of the four sacks allowed were attributed to Livings and Bernadeau, according to Pro Football Focus.
Warmack would be an instant upgrade in Dallas, helping out in pass protection and also giving their power running game a serious boost.
His size and physical play will remind Cowboys fans of the great Larry Allen.
25. San Diego Chargers Select Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Fresh off the biggest game of his career, Manti Te'o's stock couldn't be higher. He's shown significant improvement this year, especially in pass coverage, and now looks like a first-round lock.
The Chargers would love to add another playmaker on defense. Thirty-five-year-old Takeo Spikes is slowing down, and Te'o would be a perfect replacement if the veteran decides to hang up the cleats this offseason.
26. Houston Texans Select Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor Bears
Adding another receiver would definitely be a luxury pick for the Texans, but it may be necessary to put their offense over the top.
Andre Johnson can't do it all by himself, especially now that he's on the wrong side of 30. The addition of another playmaker like Williams would open things up for Matt Schaub in the passing game and potentially take some of the attention away from Johnson.
27. Chicago Bears Select Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama Crimson Tide
Jay Cutler has made it perfectly clear how he feels about the performance of his offensive line.
Entering this offseason, right tackle Gabe Carimi may be the only lineman whose job is secure.
With so many question marks on the line, the versatile Jones would be an ideal fit in Chicago. He has experience at every offensive line position with the exception of right guard.
As a four-year starter in the SEC, Jones is more than prepared to step into a starting role as a rookie in the NFL.
28. Atlanta Falcons Select Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn Tigers
The Falcons are trying to get over the hump and establish themselves as one of the teams to beat in the NFL. To do so, they would be wise to take a page out of the Giants' playbook and build up their defensive line.
Ray Edwards and John Abraham are a dangerous duo at defensive end, but the 34-year-old Abraham would be more effective if the Falcons expanded their rotation.
Bringing in a pass-rusher such as Lemonier would keep everyone on the line more fresh and help keep the pressure on the quarterback.
29. New England Patriots Select John Jenkins, DT, Georgia Bulldogs
The Patriots drafted Ron Brace in the second round in 2009 to take some of the load off Vince Wilfork. But Brace has failed to develop, leaving Wilfork to play more snaps than a 30-year-old weighing well over 320 pounds can reasonably handle.
Adding another nose tackle such as Jenkins would allow the Patriots to expand their defensive line rotation.
A fresh Wilfork and Jenkins for 30 to 35 snaps per game apiece would be a scary thought for opposing offensive lines.
30. San Francisco 49ers Select T.J. McDonald, FS, USC Trojans
The 49ers have so few holes it's tough to find an ideal scenario for them. But as they're building one of the league's most dominant defenses, they may as well make a luxury pick to put them over the top.
McDonald would offer an upgrade over Dashon Goldson, giving the Niners the ball-hawking free safety they've been lacking in recent years.
The presence of McDonald would take some of the pressure off their corners, shoring up the only minor weakness on an otherwise dominant defense.
31. Baltimore Ravens Select Alec Olgetree, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
This might finally be the end of the road for Ray Lewis, and the Ravens don't have the heir to his throne on the current roster.
Ogletree plays in the shadow of teammate Jarvis Jones, but both could wind up in the first round of the 2013 draft.
Olgetree's athleticism and instincts make him a potential elite inside linebacker at the next level, and his experience in Georgia's 3-4 defense would allow for a seamless transition into Baltimore's hybrid scheme.
32. Green Bay Packers Select Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State Spartans
The Packers have a stable of running backs, but no one has stepped up and demonstrated the ability to carry the full load.
Bell is a prototypical feature back, with the size and strength to carry the load over the course of the 16-game season.
His lack of elite athleticism may limit his upside, but at worst, Bell will excel in a thunder-and-lightning duo if the Packers could settle on someone to share the load.
Second Round: Washington Redskins Select Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
The Redskins traded away their first-round pick to land Robert Griffin III, forcing them to wait until the second day of the draft to add another playmaker.
Rogers has first-round talent, but he transferred to Tennessee Tech after failed drug tests led to a suspension from Tennessee.
Dan Snyder has never been shy about gambling on players, and Rogers could excel in Washington and develop into RG3's favorite target.