2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Will the First 3 Rounds Shake Out?
It has been a big week for many of the top prospects in the 2013 NFL draft. Many players participating in the Senior Bowl have moved up or down the draft board as a result of their performance in practices in front of scouts and media in Mobile, Ala., this week.
As a result, some of the top seniors in the draft class have made big moves up or down in this week’s 2013 NFL mock draft. Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher has established himself as a top prospect with an outstanding week in North team practices, while Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has not been bad, but has not been good enough to establish himself as a No. 1 overall pick.
With 30 of the 32 slots of the NFL draft order set and prospects making moves up and down the board, see which players are projected to each team in the following three-round mock draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Jr.)
The Kansas City Chiefs desperately need to upgrade at quarterback, but as Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told 610 Sports Radio two weeks ago, there is no “clear-cut” No. 1 talent at the position in this draft class.
As a result, the Chiefs could instead turn draft the most solid all-around prospect in the draft class, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.
It is important not to read too closely into Hunt’s comments. His comment could have been a smokescreen. But general manager John Dorsey could also advocate the “best player available” strategy.
No quarterback, including Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, set himself apart from the class at the Senior Bowl, and the Chiefs might not suffer a significant drop-off in quarterback talent should they wait until Round 2.
What the Chiefs do prior to the draft will play a large part in dictating this selection. They could compensate for a weak quarterback class by signing a free-agent quarterback or trading for one. If they re-sign left tackle Branden Albert to a long-term contract, then Joeckel should no longer be the pick.
If the Chiefs go with a quarterback, Wilson is the most likely pick, with West Virginia’s Geno Smith also being an option. Their best bet, however, may be to draft a very good left tackle prospect to protect their quarterback for many years in Joeckel.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (Jr.)
New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will certainly be looking for playmakers early in the draft who can improve a defense that ranked 30th in total defense and 29th in scoring defense this past season.
That should leave the Jaguars deciding between the three best defensive players in the draft: Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.
Any of those would be a great choice for the Jaguars, but the best choice is Jones.
The Jaguars desperately need a playmaker at linebacker. Jones could be a Von Miller-type player. He would be an immediate upgrade at strong-side linebacker and could line up as a pass-rushing defensive end in likely passing situations.
3. Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (Jr.)
The Oakland Raiders were one of the NFL’s worst pass-rushing teams this past season, registering only 25 total sacks over the course of the season.
Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner could help fix that problem.
Werner is an explosive rusher off the edge with great speed, length and rush technique, but he is also a strong run-stopper.
He is one of the best players available high in the draft, and he would fill one of the largest of many needs on the Raiders defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Jr.)
The Philadelphia Eagles invested heavily two offseasons ago in the starting cornerback tandem of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Eagles secondary has seriously underperformed each of the past two seasons, however, which could have them moving on from either or both of them and looking for new talent at the position.
With very good size, length, quickness, physicality, instincts and ball skills, Milliner is the best cornerback prospect in the 2013 draft class. It is unclear what defensive scheme the Eagles will use, as they have not yet hired a defensive coordinator, but Milliner can fit any system.
Milliner may be considered a slight reach as a top-five pick, but in a draft class thin on standouts, he is one of the best prospects available. The Eagles need to build up their secondary, and Milliner would be a good chip to start with.
5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M (Jr.)
Cliff Avril, the Lions’ best pass-rushing defensive end, will likely leave as a free agent after failing to agree to a long-term contract extension last offseason. Meanwhile, Kyle Vanden Bosch is 34, his play is declining and he is entering the last year of his contract with the Lions.
That should prompt the Lions to find a replacement pass-rusher early in this year’s draft. With top cornerback Dee Milliner off the board, they would be smart to draft one of the class’ best pass-rushers and best players available in Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore.
Moore is a great athlete who does a great job making plays off the edge, and he is solid against the run as well. He would be not only an immediate replacement, but a potential upgrade over Avril.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU (Jr.)
Jarvis Jones, Bjoern Werner, Dee Milliner and Damontre Moore would all be terrific first-round choices for the Browns, so this scenario is far from ideal.
With that said, LSU’s Barkevious Mingo would be a fine choice if the Browns decide to switch to a 3-4 or hybrid defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
The Browns’ greatest need is for a premier pass-rusher, and they would get that from Mingo. While Mingo’s junior-year productivity was lower than expected, he is an explosive pass-rusher with terrific burst and athletic ability.
Although a defensive end at LSU, Mingo is a long but lanky athlete who is best suited to convert to 3-4 outside linebacker. While that position change can be a tough adjustment, Mingo has the speed, lateral athleticism and ability to drop into coverage to excel as an outside linebacker.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Sr.)
New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians could draw from his success as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator last season in helping general manager Steve Keim decide who their first-round pick should be. That could lead him to one of two conclusions.
Arians knows firsthand that with the right quarterback under center, a drastic offensive turnaround is possible. He can also draw from his experience in Indianapolis, however, and realize poor offensive play helped keep the Colts from making a run once they got into the playoffs.
Arians has been at the Senior Bowl this week, but even those of us who watched practices on NFL Network were impressed by Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Fisher was already the clear-cut No. 2 offensive tackle in the draft class, but a strong Senior Bowl week could push him into the top 10 picks.
There is no quarterback close to being Andrew Luck in this year’s draft class, so the Cardinals’ best bet would be to draft Fisher, who would be an immediate upgrade at left tackle for an offensive line that struggled immensely last season.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (Sr.)
No quarterback has done enough to establish himself as the top signal-caller in the draft class, which means that the quarterback-needy teams could all have different quarterbacks on the top of their board.
For Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, that could draw him to Ryan Nassib, a talented quarterback whom he has coached for the past four years at Syracuse.
Nassib is not the best quarterback prospect in the draft class, but neither Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson nor West Virginia’s Geno Smith is a clear-cut better choice.
Marrone and the Bills won’t necessarily be drawn to Nassib because of the obvious link between them. He would be a logical choice, however, because of his physical tools, familiarity with Marrone’s offense and his being used to playing in cold weather.
Nassib would be better value in Round 2, but in a weak class of quarterbacks, he may not even make it outside the top 10 picks. Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o no longer looks like a slam-dunk top-10 pick, and the Bills will almost certainly be looking to draft a quarterback in the first two rounds as a potential upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick.
9. New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (Sr.)
The New York Jets’ first-round pick should be a decision between a quarterback and a pass-rusher. With four potential fits at pass-rushing outside linebacker already off the board and being in a position in Round 2 where the remaining top quarterbacks could already be gone, drafting a signal-caller here would be smart.
With that strategy, the two best choices with the No. 9 overall pick would be Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Between the two, Smith is the better fit for the West Coast offensive scheme that new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will implement in New York.
Smith is a mechanically-sound quarterback with a great release, good mobility and good accuracy on timing routes. The Jets need to find a new signal-caller to replace the Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow circus, and although he's a risky top-10 selection, Smith may have the most upside of any quarterback in the draft class.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (Sr.)
There are only four prospects in this draft class who should be surefire top-10 picks. Utah’s Star Lotulelei is one of them.
Defensive tackle is not among the Titans’ greatest needs, but Lotulelei’s value is too good to pass up in this scenario.
He can be a consistent difference-maker—something the Titans do not have on their interior defensive line. He is a massive nose tackle who is very disruptive as both a penetrator and interior pass-rusher, and he also clogs gaps and is a tough man to move with his size and strength.
11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama (Sr.)
An offensive mind, new San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy ought to know that the key to reviving the Chargers offense is to fix their offensive line issues.
The Chargers’ biggest need is at left tackle, and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is a rising offensive tackle who would be a slight reach but fill that need. That said, both of the Chargers’ starting guards are unrestricted free agents, and Alabama’s Chance Warmack is the best offensive lineman available.
San Diego should make a strong effort to re-sign right guard Louis Vasquez, but Warmack could be an immediate upgrade over Tyronne Green at left guard. He would help the Chargers immediately in both pass protection and power run-blocking. Warmack is the best guard in the draft class and well worth a top-15 pick.
12. Miami Dolphins: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi (Sr.)
Having traded Vontae Davis last offseason, the Miami Dolphins opened up a need for another cornerback to start across from Sean Smith in their secondary. Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is a solid all-around cornerback who could fill that void and give the Dolphins a formidable duo at the position.
Banks is a big, athletic and physical cornerback who consistently played well against SEC competition. He is an NFL-ready playmaker who would be an immediate upgrade in the Dolphins secondary.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State (Jr.)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles in Gerald McCoy, but fellow 2010 NFL draft pick Brian Price did not pan out. That has left the Buccaneers with a hole to fill at the position, and Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins is great value outside the top 10.
A big, powerful, 320-pound nose tackle, Hankins would be a great complement for McCoy. He has the combination of strength and quickness to occupy multiple blockers at once, opening up McCoy and the rest of the Buccaneers’ defensive front seven to make more plays.
Hankins is the best player available in this scenario and would be a huge addition to the Buccaneers’ young defensive line.
14. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama (Sr.)
The Carolina Panthers have a major need at defensive tackle, and even with Star Lotulelei and Johnathan Hankins off the board, there are plenty of good first-round options still available.
The Panthers’ emphasis should be on finding a defensive tackle who can shut down the run, so the best fit for them is Alabama’s Jesse Williams. Williams is a strong and powerful nose tackle who is quick off the snap and can occupy blockers at the line of scrimmage.
The Panthers need a stronger presence at the line of scrimmage. Adding Williams would be a great start to fixing that issue.
15. New Orleans Saints: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (Sr.)
The New Orleans Saints could use reinforcements at all three levels of their defense. One of the key upgrades they should be looking to make is to add another pass-rusher.
With many pass-rushers off the board, the Saints would be smart to draft one in the first round, and Texas’ Alex Okafor is proving himself as a first-round pick at the Senior Bowl. Okafor doesn’t blow opponents away with speed or strength, but he is an explosive rusher off the edge who uses his hands very well.
He can contribute on any down, but would especially be an asset on pass-rushing downs, giving the Saints a playmaker off the edge and enabling them to use Cameron Jordan as an inside rusher.
16. St. Louis Rams: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Sr.)
The St. Louis Rams need to add an offensive tackle to bookend with Rodger Saffold. Off a strong week at the Senior Bowl, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson has pulled away from the pack as the draft class’ No. 3 offensive tackle.
Johnson is a long offensive tackle with tremendous feet, and he has the frame to continue adding bulk and become stronger. He has excelled on both sides of the line at Oklahoma and also does a great job in pass protection of anchoring his opponents and keeping them away from the quarterback.
The Rams have struggled to keep pressure off of Sam Bradford throughout his tenure as their quarterback, but they can take a big step toward changing that by drafting Johnson.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame (Sr.)
When a Twitter follower asked me prior to the BCS National Championship Game if I thought Manti Te’o could fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers, I told him it was unlikely the Notre Dame middle linebacker would make it outside of the top five.
Three weeks later, following a very poor performance against Alabama and a girlfriend hoax that will certainly lead to intense questioning from NFL teams, it now seems plausible that Te’o could still be available.
With Te’o still on the board, he is the best choice for the Steelers. He could fill the role James Farrior excelled in for years as a gap-filling, run-stopping inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons.
Larry Foote is a 32-year-old unrestricted free agent, and Te’o is the best player available in this scenario. Without a nose tackle or offensive tackle worth drafting at this point, Te’o looks like the best choice.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (Sr.)
Tony Romo is a talented quarterback, but he is 32 years old, mistake-prone and has only led the Cowboys to one playoff appearance in the past five seasons. As Romo enters the final season of his contract, the 2013 NFL draft would be a smart time to draft his heir apparent.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson isn’t projected to be the No. 1 overall pick this time around, but if he makes it to the second half of the first round, he is well worth taking a chance on. Wilson is the most polished downfield pocket passer in the draft class, and a year of development could have him ready to make a big impact as a starter in 2014.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones never shies from making a splash with personnel decisions. Drafting the franchise’s quarterback of the future from his alma mater would certainly do that.
19. New York Giants: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU (Jr.)
The New York Giants need to upgrade across the linebacker corps. LSU’s Kevin Minter would be great value in the second half of the first round and could be the perfect fit to fill a need at middle linebacker.
He is a playmaking middle linebacker who would give the Giants a truly consistent and sound run-stopping presence at the position. He's a very good lateral athlete who can make plays all over the field, and he is also very solid in coverage.
A need for reinforcements in the Giants’ defensive front seven started to show this season, and Minter’s value should not be passed up on here.
20. Chicago Bears: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (Sr.)
No offensive lineman on the Chicago Bears is good enough that his starting spot should be guaranteed going into next season. The Bears’ biggest need is rebuilding their offensive line, so drafting the best offensive lineman available would be a smart first-round strategy.
Alabama’s Barrett Jones is a perfect fit because of the versatility he brings to the offensive line. He excelled at every offensive line position for the Crimson Tide and could be a potential upgrade at either guard spot, center or right tackle.
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper would also be a great choice to improve their interior line, but Jones’ versatility gets the nod for a team that could also use him at any of four offensive line positions.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, FS, LSU (Jr.)
Eric Reid’s stock has slipped a bit after a disappointing junior season, but he is still the best safety prospect in the 2013 draft class. The Bengals need an upgrade at safety next to Reggie Nelson and should pounce on the LSU product if he is available.
Reid is a terrific athlete who covers deep effectively. He is also a sound tackler and hard hitter who makes plays near the line of scrimmage. He has had some issues with inconsistency and penalties, but has huge talent and upside.
Nelson is capable of shifting to strong safety. Adding Reid could be a big step in solidifying the back end of the Bengals defense.
22. St. Louis Rams: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (Jr.)
The Rams offense made positive strides this season, but should still be looking to add more weapons for quarterback Sam Bradford. While tight end is not truly a position of need for the Rams, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert could give Bradford a go-to downfield receiving weapon in the middle of the field.
Eifert’s combination of size, athleticism and ball skills fit the modern “basketball player” prototype of tight ends that is all the rage in today’s NFL. In addition to giving the Rams a big downfield receiving threat, he is also a solid blocker who could contribute to the team’s run-blocking efforts.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Jr.)
Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is one of the most quickly-rising players in the 2013 NFL draft class. He could come off the board much earlier than the No. 23 overall pick, but if he's available in this scenario, the Minnesota Vikings should not pass him up.
The Vikings need an explosive penetrator at defensive tackle to start next to Kevin Williams. Richardson, who may be the best pass-rushing interior lineman in the draft class, would be a great fit.
The Vikings interior defense hasn’t been the same since Pat Williams’ departure broke up the “Williams Wall” at defensive tackle. The Vikings have an opportunity to restore that strength inside by selecting Richardson.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina (Sr.)
The draft selection in this scenario should be a no-brainer. The Indianapolis Colts desperately need to improve their interior offensive line, and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper is a terrific guard prospect who stands out as the best player available.
Cooper has outstanding feet for a guard, combined with great size and power. For a team that gave up far too much interior pressure this past season, Cooper could be an immediate upgrade and potential star at either left or right guard.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Robert Woods, WR, USC (Jr.)
The Seattle Seahawks' passing offense made incredible strides with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson this season. The Seahawks can make Wilson even better by adding a go-to option and playmaker at wide receiver.
Having recruited him while at USC, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll should know a thing or two about Robert Woods. He should know Woods is as good as any wide receiver in the draft class.
Woods is knocked for having sub-par measurables, but he is an outstanding route-runner with great hands, open-field quickness and playmaking ability. He can line up outside and in the slot, and he could quickly become Wilson’s most reliable and dynamic weapon.
26. Green Bay Packers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Jr.)
The Green Bay Packers haven’t gotten much pass-rushing production from their defensive linemen this season. To fix that, the Packers should be looking for a quick interior lineman who can line up alongside B.J. Raji or Jerel Worthy in their two-man base nickel defensive front and as a 5-technique defensive end in the 3-4 package.
Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, an explosive interior defensive lineman with great athleticism and quickness, would fit that description. He is an effective interior pass-rusher and a good run-stopper.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Jr.)
The Houston Texans need to find a legitimate No. 2 threat at wide receiver to line up across from Andre Johnson. Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins is the best playmaker among wide receivers in this draft class and could be the missing piece to the Texans offense.
Hopkins is an athletic receiver who is good at tracking balls downfield, and he is a good route-runner with consistent hands. The addition of Hopkins could attract coverage away from Johnson and give quarterback Matt Schaub another reliable and explosive weapon.
28. Denver Broncos: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (Sr.)
The Denver Broncos need to upgrade at defensive tackle. Specifically, they need a big, powerful nose tackle who can improve their interior run defense.
Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive 350-plus-pound nose tackle, would be a perfect fit. He has great quickness for his size and can contribute as a powerful run-stopper and an interior bull-rusher.
Stamina and consistency are issues for Jenkins to overcome, but he has the overall game to develop into a three-down force for the Broncos’ four-man front.
29. New England Patriots: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas (Sr.)
The Patriots’ pass defense made significant strides this season with the trade for cornerback Aqib Talib and emergence of rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, but there is still a need for playmakers and depth on the back end of their defense.
Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro would be a very good fit. In coverage, Vaccaro would be an upgrade over Steve Gregory at strong safety, and he is also very solid against the run and has the versatility to play free safety and slot cornerback.
Vaccaro could give the Patriots a safety who can both play cornerback if needed for depth reasons. He would be a great addition at a position that already has Devin McCourty.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Jr.)
The Atlanta Falcons have a number of great options who would be great fits for both value and need as late first-round picks available to them in this scenario. The best choice may be Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, the top running back in this year’s draft class.
Michael Turner is on the decline, leaving the Falcons looking for a new feature back. Lacy could be exactly what the Falcons need. He is a big and powerful between-the-tackles runner with good speed and open-field moves with the durability to hold up over a heavy load of carries.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia (Jr.)
Ray Lewis will have his chance to go out on top when the Baltimore Ravens play in Super Bowl XLVII, but that will be his final game before retirement. The Ravens need to draft his replacement at inside linebacker to start next to Dannell Ellerbe, and Georgia’s Alec Ogletree would be a terrific fit.
Like Lewis, Ogletree has outstanding speed for a linebacker and is a big, hard-hitting tackler. A converted safety, Ogletree is effective in coverage and a solid run defender.
With Lewis calling it a career, the Ravens need to add a linebacker who can be a three-down playmaker inside. Ogletree has the skill set to be that player.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU (Sr.)
As Justin Smith has battled a torn triceps down the stretch this season, it exposed a lack of depth at defensive end on the 49ers' three-man front. Their best backup defensive end, Ricky Jean Francois, is an unrestricted free agent, so the 49ers need to find another player who can rotate in with Smith and Ray McDonald on the defensive front.
At the end of the first round, SMU’s Margus Hunt would be a player well worth taking a chance on. While he is a very raw talent and inconsistent performer, he has huge upside and an exceptional combination of length and athleticism.
Hunt will need to bulk up to play defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, but his 6’8” frame and inside pass-rush ability give him huge potential at the position. A player who is still very much developing, the 49ers could give him a perfect situation where he could start as a rotational player and gradually develop into an every-down player.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC (Sr.)
New Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has already stated that Tim Tebow won’t be the Jaguars’ next quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he will stand pat with Blaine Gabbert as the team’s signal-caller, either.
Matt Barkley was once projected to be the top pick in the first round, but after a rough senior year, he may be the first pick of the following round. He is a talented quarterback who could end up being a steal if he falls into Round 2.
34. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee (Jr.)
If the Chiefs don’t find a veteran quarterback this offseason or use the No. 1 overall pick on a signal-caller, they have little choice but to use their second-round pick on the best quarterback available.
Tennessee’s Tyler Bray has as much physical upside as any quarterback in the draft class. He would not be an instant fix at the position, but is the best bet among available quarterbacks to fill Kansas City's need under center.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky (Sr.)
Kentucky guard Larry Warford is a prospect on the rise with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. The Eagles need to upgrade at right guard, and Warford is a massive, powerful guard who could fill the biggest hole on their offense.
36. Detroit Lions: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Jr.)
The Detroit Lions have a very weak group of cornerbacks and could potentially lose their best player at the position in unrestricted free agent Chris Houston. Xavier Rhodes is a big, physical and athletic defensive back who is the best available player to fill the Lions’ biggest need.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (Sr.)
The Cincinnati Bengals would be smart to replace unrestricted free-agent middle linebacker Rey Maualuga in their lineup. Kansas State’s Arthur Brown is a versatile, instinctive and athletic linebacker who can make plays all over the field.
Both Brown and returning starter Vontaze Burfict can play middle linebacker and outside linebacker, which would give the Bengals an interchangeable pair of talented young linebackers in their nickel package.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State (Sr.)
Unless the Arizona Cardinals find a veteran quarterback prior to the draft, using one of their first two picks on a signal-caller is a must. Mike Glennon isn’t close to being Bruce Arians’ new version of Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck, but while he is not an immediate fix, he has promising physical tools and big upside.
Cleveland Browns Pick Forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
The Cleveland Browns used their second-round pick in the 2012 NFL supplemental draft to select Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.
The pick looks like a smart investment thus far: Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.
39. New York Jets: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon (Sr.)
On the defensive side of the ball, the New York Jets’ greatest need is for a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
Oregon’s Dion Jordan is a raw boom-or-bust prospect, but he is an explosive player with elite measurables and huge upside. A defensive end at Oregon, his game is best suited to playing as a stand-up outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense like the Jets'.
40. Tennessee Titans: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee (Sr.)
The Tennessee Titans need to upgrade at guard and could get a very solid in-state prospect in Dallas Thomas to fill that need. Thomas is a versatile offensive lineman who can also play offensive tackle, but is best suited to play inside at guard—a position for which he has good feet as a pass-blocker.
41. Buffalo Bills: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers (Sr.)
Outside of a new quarterback, the Buffalo Bills’ greatest need is to add playmakers at linebacker. Khaseem Greene fits the bill. He is an athletic, instinctive outside linebacker who makes tackles all over the field, can force turnovers and would be a first-round pick if not for a lack of size.
42. Miami Dolphins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor (Sr.)
The Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill in last year’s draft as their franchise quarterback. This year, they need to add playmakers for him at wide receiver.
There is a lot of value at wide receiver on the board at this point, but the best fit would be Baylor’s Terrance Williams. He has the speed and deep receiving ability to take advantage of Tannehill’s ability to throw the ball deep. He could become a go-to playmaker.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (Jr.)
Having traded Aqib Talib midseason and with Eric Wright expected to be cut after only one season with the team, cornerback is the Bucs' biggest need. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan, an athletic and skilled cover corner with good ball skills, is the best cornerback available.
44. Carolina Panthers: Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia (Sr.)
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin is a dynamic player who would be a steal in the middle of Round 2. Austin can be a playmaker both out of the slot and the backfield with his great open-field quickness that makes defenders miss consistently.
New Orleans Saints Pick Forfeited Due to Bountygate
The New Orleans Saints lost their second-round pick as part of their punishment for operating a bounty system.
45. San Diego Chargers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (R-So.)
Ryan Mathews is a talented running back, but staying healthy has been a serious problem for him in his first three NFL seasons. Two- or three-back systems are the way to go in today’s NFL, and the San Diego Chargers need a complementary back for Mathews.
A tremendous choice to pair with Mathews would be North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, a fast and dynamic running back with great receiving ability out of the backfield.
46. St. Louis Rams: Matt Elam, SS, Florida (Jr.)
After overhauling at cornerback last offseason, the Rams need to do the same at safety this offseason.
Florida’s Matt Elam is a hard-hitting, athletic safety who can be a much-needed playmaker both in coverage and in the box in the back end of the Rams defense. He would be an upgrade over either Quintin Mikell or Craig Dahl at safety.
47. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Jr.)
The Dallas Cowboys had serious issues with the right side of their offensive line this past season, in large part due to the poor play of right tackle Doug Free.
Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is an athletic right tackle with outstanding length and great power. He could be an upgrade over Free, who simply hasn’t played up to his $32 million contract.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to lose Mike Wallace as an unrestricted free agent, which would leave them seeking another deep threat at wide receiver to fill Wallace’s shoes and start opposite Antonio Brown.
Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson is a quickly-rising wide receiver prospect with huge upside. He has great size and athleticism, and like Wallace, he is a great downfield playmaker.
49. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Sr.)
The comparisons of Ezekiel Ansah to Jason Pierre-Paul aren’t quite accurate, but the boom-or-bust prospect from BYU could become JPP’s teammate if still available at the Giants’ second-round pick.
Ansah is an incredibly raw prospect, but he has tremendous upside. With his size and length, he has the potential to rush both outside and inside and could be drafted as an heir apparent to Justin Tuck, who is entering the final year of his contract.
50. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (Jr.)
New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman should make the team’s offense more pass-oriented, and with that comes the need for a legitimate receiving playmaker at tight end.
Stanford’s Zach Ertz is great value at the end of the top-50 picks. He is a good all-around tight end, a skilled downfield receiver and a solid in-line blocker.
51. Washington Redskins: Keenan Allen, WR, California (Jr.)
It is unclear whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins will be starting next season under center for the Redskins, as Griffin will attempt to recover quickly from a torn ACL. Regardless of who starts, though, adding another weapon to the passing game would be a great idea, especially with the value of receivers still available on the board.
California’s Keenan Allen would be a steal outside the top 50 and could give Griffin/Cousins a go-to playmaker opposite Pierre Garcon. Allen is a good possession receiver with great size, hands and route-running ability.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
The Minnesota Vikings desperately need to improve at wide receiver to give Christian Ponder a better set of weapons in the passing offense. A good fit for the Vikings would be Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton.
Patton is a reliable receiver with great hands, route-running ability and body control. He is not a pure deep threat, but he does a great job getting open and making plays in the open field, which is the type of receiver Ponder needs in his offense.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted two talented wideouts last year, but that should not stop them from adding another receiver if the value is right. The Bengals still need to find a true No. 2 receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green, and Tennessee’s Justin Hunter would be well worth taking a shot on late in the second round.
Hunter may have the most upside of any wide receiver in the draft class, with great size, speed and leaping ability. As a deep threat opposite Green, he could draw coverages away and give Andy Dalton another playmaker.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse (Jr.)
Jake Long may be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent. If that is the case, the Miami Dolphins will need to find another offensive tackle to start opposite Jonathan Martin.
Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a well-rounded tackle with good feet who uses his hands well. He could be a fit to take over at right tackle if Long leaves or inside at guard if Long returns.
55. Seattle Seahawks: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina (Sr.)
Sylvester Williams still being available late in the second round would be a dream scenario for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks could be in the market for a quick under tackle to start next to Brandon Mebane, and UNC’s Williams is a very explosive and quick defensive tackle. He struggles to penetrate if he does not win on his first move, which could cause him to slide down in the second round some, but he would be a real steal at this point.
56. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin (Sr.)
DuJuan Harris has emerged in recent weeks as a talent in the Green Bay Packers backfield, but they should still be in the market for a feature back.
Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is a good all-around running back with in-state ties. Coming off a brilliant collegiate career, Ball is a durable, productive and dynamic between-the-tackles runner who could add consistency and reliability to the Packers backfield.
57. Houston Texans: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC (Sr.)
The Houston Texans could use an upgrade over unrestricted free agent Glover Quin at free safety, which could improve their deep pass coverage.
USC’s T.J. McDonald is a big, athletic and versatile free safety who could impact the Texans defense in a variety of ways and be a potential upgrade in the secondary. He is solid in coverage, and he is very good as a blitzer and against the run.
58. Denver Broncos: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma (Jr.)
Rahim Moore has gone down as the scapegoat in the Broncos’ postseason loss for his horrendous attempt at playing the Baltimore Ravens’ deep, game-tying touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation. While Moore made progress in his sophomore season, upgrades at safety and in the secondary in general could be in order in the 2013 NFL draft.
Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an athletic safety who is a playmaker in coverage and an instinctive hitter. He would be a potential upgrade at free safety, or at least a third safety who can play in packages with five or six DBs.
59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU (Jr.)
The Patriots really need to add a leaner but quicker defensive tackle who can bring more pressure and be an interior pass-rushing threat inside next to Vince Wilfork.
LSU’s Bennie Logan would be a great fit as a late second-round pick. Logan is a very athletic defensive tackle who can shoot gaps quickly and has the upside to be a very good inside rusher.
60. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (Jr.)
If LSU’s Sam Montgomery falls all the way to late in the second round, the Atlanta Falcons will be getting a steal.
While Montgomery’s junior season was a bit of a disappointment, he is a first-round-caliber talent with a great combination of size and athleticism, and he is both a skilled pass-rusher and solid run-stopper. The Falcons will be looking for another pass-rusher to rotate with Kroy Biermann and John Abraham and would not want to pass upon Montgomery’s value in this scenario.
61. Baltimore Ravens: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State (Sr.)
Standout safety Ed Reed’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he could end up joining Ray Lewis in retirement. Regardless of whether or not Reed comes back, the Ravens lack depth at the safety position and would be smart to address it early in the 2013 draft.
Phillip Thomas had outstanding production as a playmaking safety for Fresno State. He is a ball hawk who has the potential fill at least some of the void Reed leaving would opening. Missed tackles are an issue for Thomas, but he is worth taking a chance on late in Round 2.
62. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (Sr.)
The San Francisco 49ers cornerbacks have struggled this season, leaving a need for a young influx of talent at the position.
Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is an instinctive, physical cornerback who has followed up a great senior season with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He would be a great choice as an upgrade as No. 2 or nickel cornerback at the end of Round 2.
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (Sr.)
Datone Jones is an explosive rusher from both inside and outside. He has the body and strength to be a great fit as 3-4 defensive end, where the Chiefs need a replacement for unrestricted free agent Glenn Dorsey.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (Sr.)
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to upgrade at defensive tackle, and Purdue’s Kawann Short is a thick, explosive defensive tackle who is great value in Round 3.
65. Detroit Lions: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State (Jr.)
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is known to prefer drafting the “best player available,” which Gholston is at this point. He would give the Lions a young pair of defensive ends to bookend their line long-term.
66. Oakland Raiders: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State (Jr.)
The Oakland Raiders desperately need to upgrade at cornerback. Jamar Taylor is a physical, instinctive cornerback who would fit the bill.
67. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida (Jr.)
Brent Celek is a solid all-around tight end, but as Chip Kelly will likely look to add even more speed to the Eagles offense, a tight end with great athleticism like Jordan Reed could be a very good fit for the system.
68. Cleveland Browns: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State (Jr.)
David Amerson’s stock dipped sharply over the course of a very up-and-down junior season, but he was once considered a first-round talent. He is a playmaking cornerback with the potential to be a terrific player if he becomes more consistent.
69. Arizona Cardinals: Oday Aboushi, OT/G, Virginia (Sr.)
The Arizona Cardinals need more than just one offensive lineman from the 2013 NFL draft, and Virginia’s Oday Aboushi is a long, athletic lineman who could potentially be an upgrade at right tackle or right guard.
70. Tennessee Titans: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford (Sr.)
The Tennessee Titans have an explosive back in Chris Johnson, but would benefit by adding a more physical, between-the-tackles back like Stepfan Taylor to rotate with him.
71. Buffalo Bills: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia (Sr.)
If the Bills are going to invest in a quarterback early, they also need to invest in more receivers for him to work with. West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey is a potential No. 2 or No. 3 receiver who plays with physicality and can make defenders miss.
72. New York Jets: Robert Lester, FS/SS, Alabama (Sr.)
Robert Lester is a physically-gifted safety with a nose for the ball. He could be a potential starter at either free or strong safety for the Jets.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio) (Sr.)
Josh Freeman’s play has been disappointing for two years running, and the Buccaneers have no plans of extending his contract (which ends after the 2013 season) this offseason, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Zac Dysert is a very solid quarterback prospect who could be a good developmental option to challenge for the starting spot going forward.
74. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina (Sr.)
Dashon Goldson may not be back as an unrestricted free agent, and even if he is, drafting another talented defensive back who can play both safety and cornerback in D.J. Swearinger is a smart idea.
75. New Orleans Saints: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (Sr.)
The New Orleans Saints desperately need reinforcements at cornerback, and physical cornerback Desmond Trufant’s stock is on the rise with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
76. San Diego Chargers: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU (Jr.)
Chris Faulk’s stock is down after missing the entire 2012 season due to injury, but he is a talented offensive tackle with the potential to be a starter on either side of the line.
77. Miami Dolphins: Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida State (Sr.)
Cornelius Carradine was on the fast track to being a first-round pick before suffering a torn ACL. But he is a very talented pass-rushing defensive end who could be a third-round steal as a result of his injury.
78. St. Louis Rams: Kyle Long, OL, Oregon (Sr.)
Kyle Long is the brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long and is a high-upside offensive line prospect who could challenge to start or provide depth at both guard and tackle.
79. Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Travis Frederick is a big, powerful interior offensive lineman with good feet. He could be a potential upgrade at either center or guard—both positions of need for the Cowboys.
80. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (Sr.)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a dearth of talent at running back and could get a well-rounded, quick running back at a great value in Florida’s Mike Gillislee.
81. New York Giants: Nickell Robey, CB, USC (Jr.)
The New York Giants have invested considerable draft selections in cornerbacks in recent years, but are still suffering from poor play at the position. Nickell Robey is a small but physical and athletic cornerback who could help improve the Giants in pass coverage.
82. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago Bears): Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (Sr.)
Markus Wheaton is a fast, physical receiver who runs crisp routes and could add another playmaker to the Dolphins’ passing offense as a No. 2 or slot receiver.
83. Minnesota Vikings: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas (Sr.)
Cobi Hamilton would be the Minnesota Vikings’ third Arkansas receiver draft choice in two years, but drafting another receiver makes sense for a team really lacking talent at the position.
84. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (Sr.)
The Cincinnati Bengals could be in the market for a speed back to rotate with BenJarvus Green-Ellis—a role for which Johnathan Franklin is a good fit.
85. Washington Redskins: Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia (Sr.)
The Washington Redskins desperately need to upgrade at safety. Bacarri Rambo is a physically-gifted safety who could develop into a very good safety in both coverage and against the run.
86. Indianapolis Colts: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Sr.)
Terron Armstead is a small-school offensive line prospect with the potential to make a big rise up the board, as he possesses great feet and size and has potential to help a team like the Colts at either tackle or guard spot.
87. Seattle Seahawks: Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas (Jr.)
Guard is a weak spot for the Seattle Seahawks, and with many offensive linemen already off the board, Alvin Bailey is a good value pick late in Round 3.
88. Green Bay Packers: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M (Sr.)
Sean Porter is a terrific value in the third round. He could provide much-needed depth at linebacker, where he could potentially play either outside or inside in the Packers’ 3-4 defense.
89. Houston Texans: Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State (Sr.)
The Houston Texans could benefit by adding a truly massive, powerful nose tackle to the middle of their defensive front, and small-schooler Brandon Williams is a talented sleeper who fits the bill.
90. Denver Broncos: Khaled Holmes, C, USC (Sr.)
The Denver Broncos need both talent and depth on their interior line, and they could get a potential starting center or depth from USC’s Khaled Holmes.
91. New England Patriots: John Simon, DE, Ohio State (Sr.)
Ohio State’s John Simon is a similar player to his collegiate defensive line coach, Mike Vrabel. He would be a great fit for the Patriots and should draw Bill Belichick’s attention with his outstanding motor and a likely recommendation from Vrabel's and Belichick's friend, Urban Meyer.
92. Atlanta Falcons: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida (Jr.)
Jelani Jenkins’ stock is down coming off of an injury-riddled junior season, but the Falcons could use an athletic linebacker like him who covers tight ends effectively.
93. Baltimore Ravens: Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia (Jr.)
The Baltimore Ravens could use another true nose tackle, and Kwame Geathers is a massive-yet-quick interior lineman who fits that bill.
94. San Francisco 49ers: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford (Sr.)
Having coached him at Stanford, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would know that Chase Thomas is a steal at the end of Round 3 and a good fit to provide depth as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Dan Hope is an NFL draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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