2013 NFL Mock Draft: Biggest Stock Changes Following Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl has come and gone, and with it big boards for the the 2013 NFL draft have seen a huge shuffle as seniors prove they won't be outdone by this year's underclassman.
Quarterback remains one of this year's most muddled positions, with many a senior making a case for himself in Mobile.
Also on the rise are a plethora of defensive players, showing how deep this draft is on that side of the ball.
With plenty of players on the rise and decline, here's a look at a new post-Mobile 2013 NFL mock draft.
(Note: Senior standouts from Mobile are italicized.)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith didn't travel to Mobile to compete in the Senior Bowl, but he remains the best available quarterback in the draft.
Even though he has holes in his game, he remains the Chiefs' best option for a franchise QB with the No. 1 pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Jacksonville's pass rush was as bad as it gets last season, posting an NFL worst 20 team sacks.
FSU product Bjoern Werner isn't the best pass-rusher in the draft, but possibly the best all-around defensive end. He'll shore up the entire Jags defense while getting plenty of sacks.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
With Richard Seymour set to become a free agent the Raiders could use an upgrade at defensive tackle.
Star Lotulelei has the size (6'4", 325 pounds) to play nose tackle and the athleticism to play in a 4-3 defense, making him a perfect fit for Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Eagles seem happy to move forward with Nick Foles at quarterback next season, meaning they'll avoid the pile up of "promising" arms coming up.
Philadelphia gave up 48 sacks last season, so it only makes sense they take the draft's best offensive tackle with pick No. 4.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Cliff Avril could be on his way out, and Kyle Vanden Bosch is a backup at best. Damontre Moore would give the Lions a solid pass-rusher, and perhaps the best defensive line in the league.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Sheldon Richardson is set to become a free agent, and the Browns need some depth in the secondary.
Dee Milliner is the best cornerback available this year, registering 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions as a junior in 2012/13.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
This is where the quarterback logjam begins. The Cardinals are desperate for a new man behind center, and Matt Barkley was once looked upon as a No. 1 pick.
The big-armed product from USC still has plenty of upside, and he'll enjoy throwing to Larry Fitzgerald.
Which senior is the better QB prospect?
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Despite speculation that the Bills could reunite Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib with his former head coach Doug Marrone, the senior saw his stock drop with struggles in Mobile.
Tyler Wilson makes a lot of sense for the Bills. He has solid upside and looked really good in the Senior Bowl, completing 8-11 passes for 40 yards.
Buffalo could still surprise with a Nassib pick, but Wilson remains the safer player.
9. New York Jets (6-10): Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
And Glennon could be the best steal of the draft.
The senior received rave reviews during the Senior Bowl, and was the only North quarterback to not throw an interception and not get sacked in the game itself.
Glennon finished his senior season with more than 4,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. If the Jets decide they want to give Sanchez some real competition for his job, Glennon's the way to go.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Titans have plenty of holes on defense, and it needs to be a priority with the No. 10 pick.
Barkevious Mingo is great at tracking the ball, and he can be explosive as a pass-rusher. Tennessee doesn't have an immediate need at defensive end, but could convert Mingo to linebacker if needed.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
While the quarterbacks made a lot of buzz in Mobile last week, no offensive player saw his draft stock spike quite like Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.
Is Eric Fisher the best tackle in this year's draft?
The 6'7", 305 pound, offensive tackle was often labeled the Senior Bowl's best player, with some even speculating he could be a top five pick.
The Chargers allowed 50 sacks last year on top of 70 QB hits. If they want to give to give Philip Rivers some breathing room in 2013, they'd be foolish to skip on Fisher.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Dolphins have their QB of the future with Ryan Tannehill, but now they need to give the man some weapons.
Keenan Allen saw limited time in 2012 due to injuries, but he remains the best wide receiver in this year's draft. His great hands will make a huge impact in Miami's passing game.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Buccaneers desperately need help at the corners, especially after trading away Aqib Talib. There's no chance Milliner falls this low, but the Bucs could get a steal with Johnthan Banks.
Banks finished his season with 63 tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes broken up. He didn't make a ton of buzz at the Senior Bowl, but rumor is he caught Tampa Bay's eye according to Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com.
Banks has very good speed and instincts, and should make a solid corner at the next level. He won't fix all of Tampa Bay's problems, but it's a start.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Panthers have a solid foundation for their pass rush, but they could use some depth at defensive tackle.
At 6'3", 315 pounds, Hankins has great size and quickness up front, making this a perfect pairing.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah is an enigma. The senior from BYU had a disappointing week of practices in Mobile, and he was classified at times as being too raw.
But when it came to the actual game, Ansah showed how much upside he has, leading the South in tackles (seven), sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (3.5).
Ansah is as athletic as they come. He has a big 6'6", 270 pound, frame, but he originally came to BYU to run track.
And if his stats from Mobile prove anything, it's that choosing to pursue football was the right move.
The Saints had the worst pass defense in the league last season, and notched just 30 team sacks. They need a high upside pass-rusher at No. 15, and Ansah could pay off huge dividends.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Sam Bradford is finally starting to look like a franchise quarterback, and it's time for St. Louis to start building around him.
Taking a wide receiver here is a reach, but it makes sense for the Rams to jump on an offensive lineman. Chance Warmack is this year's best guard and a solid pick.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Steelers need to start getting younger on defense, and Jarvis Jones would be a great pick.
Pittsburgh is solid at outside linebacker, but you have to wonder how much longer 35-year-old James Harrison will last.
Jones is aggressive, physical and a great pass-rusher, making him a perfect fit for the Steelers.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Dallas Cowboys could use a safety, but picking one here might be too soon. Instead it makes more sense to shore up the defensive line with the athletic Sheldon Richardson.
19. New York Giants (9-7): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
The Giants' pass rush took a step back in 2012/13, and it's time to find some new blood.
Jordan was explosive at Oregon and could be a solid pick for the Giants. Due to his size (6'6", 243 pounds), he could eventually move to linebacker which wouldn't be a big deal for New York.
The former Oregon star did have recent shoulder surgery, but his upside is too high to make it out of the first round.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Chicago Bears need some help on the line this year, and lucky for them this draft class is overflowing with lineman.
Oklahoma's Lane Johnson is still a great pick, even this late in the draft.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Datone Jones was a man to watch heading into Mobile, and he didn't fail to impress.
As a senior Jones registered 5.5 sacks in 2012/13, as well as 19 tackles for loss. He looked great in the Senior Bowl, notching three tackles and 0.5 sacks.
The Bengals had a solid pass rush, but they could use some extra depth at the line. Jones would be a perfect addition to an already explosive squad.
22. St. Louis Rams* (From 10-6 Washington Redskins): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
It makes sense for St. Louis to draft a wide receiver at some point in this draft, but No. 22 could be too early—there's plenty of solid value to be had in the second round.
Tyler Eifert is the draft's best tight end, and will make a dangerous target in the passing game. He makes a lot of sense here.
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Cordarrelle Peterson, Tennessee
The Vikings need to start adding some weapons on offense. And while taking a wide receiver at No. 23 might be too soon, they can't afford to wait.
Cordarrelle Peterson is the next best thing after Keenan Allen, and he'll give Minnesota much needed depth at wide receiver.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Slowly, but surely, Alex Okafor's draft stock is on the rise. After a tremendous showing in Mobile, he's bound to go in the first round.
The explosive Okafor notched 12.5 sacks as a senior, while forcing four fumbles.
During practice he was often paired up with top offensive tackle prospect Eric Fisher. Instead of backing down Okafor ramped things up and got the best of Fisher several times.
The Colts are rebuilding their offense, but with Andrew Luck to build around it makes more sense to focus on the equally ailing defense.
This late in the draft Okafor is a solid find, and he should instantly improve Indianapolis' pass rush.
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Seattle featured a great pass defense this season, primarily because of its physical duo of corners. But the 'Hawks could use some depth in the secondary, making safety Matt Elam a perfect pick.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
If the Packers didn't need offensive line depth before the impending retirement of Jeff Saturday, they certainly do now.
Barrett Jones isn't the flashiest pick at No. 26, but he's the best center available. He gives Green Bay depth, as well an anchor to build on in the future.
27. Houston Texans (12-4): Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Houston has one great player in the secondary with Johnathan Joseph, but it needs to start building some depth.
The athletic Kenny Vaccaro would give the Texans a solid man to cover the middle of the field.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Broncos are pretty sound on defense, and Peyton Manning has that offense as elite as ever. But shoring up at defensive tackle wouldn't hurt and Jesse Williams has great upside.
29. New England Patriots (12-4): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Desmond Trufant turned heads during his week in Mobile, and it was rare when his name wasn't making headlines.
The physical corner has great competitive drive, as well as all the tools to make it at the next level as a great cover man.
The Patriots have to find a way to improve their pass defense. While safety makes more sense here, the impending free agency of Aqib Talib could have New England thinking corner at No. 29.
Even if the Pats do re-sign Talib, Trufant provides plenty of depth and long-term upside to make this pick worth it.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Falcons desperately need some new blood on their defensive line. Standouts from Mobile have Montgomery dropping down draft boards, which could make the LSU star a steal this late.
31. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
With the impending retirement of Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens will be looking for a replacement at middle linebacker.
After an abysmal performance in the BCS National Championship Game, and the ensuing fallout from the Lennay Kekua hoax, Manti Te'o's draft stock continues to take a hit—but the Notre Dame star still has upside.
He may not fit Baltimore's smash mouth style of defense, but there's plenty of guys for Te'o to learn from on this team.
30. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Dashon Goldson is set to head to free agency, and without a lot of cap room the 49ers could be looking for a replacement.
Eric Reid was a standout at LSU, and would be a solid pick to close out the first round.
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