2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Pro Days Analysis of Round 1

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Pro Days Analysis of Round 1
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Manti Te'o solidified himself as a first-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft with a strong performance at his pro day. 

Jarvis Jones, on the other hand, saw his draft stock plummet after he showed up poorly at his pro day. 

NFL scouts don't judge players solely on what they do at at the combine or at their pro days, but these events provide an excellent opportunity for players to stand out in a good way. Unfortunately, some players end up hurting themselves by showing up out of shape and/or by posting poor numbers in measurable drills. 

Some players have yet to work out for scouts, but for the most part, pro days are in the rear-view mirror. With the draft less than one month away, this is one look at how the first round may play out. 

Certain selections will be highlighted with italics for more in-depth analysis.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs—OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

Joeckel didn't blow anyone away at the combine, posting mediocre numbers in most of the measurable drills, but he put on a nice show at his pro day during positional drills, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, via the Dallas Morning News:

What I liked is that Sparano kind of introduced some new techniques to him today – foot work, hand usage, some different things – and asked him to try and replicate it. I thought he processed new information quickly. I thought he was able to use it very quickly and it tells me he’s a coachable kid and that’s what I like.

Joeckel was already considered to be a popular choice as the No. 1 overall pick, and his performance at his pro day only further bolstered his draft stock.

There isn't another offensive tackle in this year's draft class as technically sound as this young man, and he has the look of a cornerstone player in the NFL. Joeckel will become an elite left tackle, sooner rather than later, and he'll be the top pick of the draft.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars—DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

Jordan didn't participate in Oregon's pro day, as he was recovering from shoulder surgery. The dynamic, athletic pass-rusher did enough at the combine, though, to cause his draft stock to surge. The Jaguars desperately need a pass-rusher, and Jordan looks like the second coming of Aldon Smith.

 

3. Oakland Raiders—DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

After missing Florida's pro day on March 12 due to an ankle injury, Floyd worked out for scouts from 14 teams on March 22. This young man is a dominant defensive tackle, and Oakland would be smart to draft him to anchor its defensive line for the next decade.

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles—QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Smith impressed scouts at his pro day, missing on just four of his 64 attempts during his throwing session. He also proved his athleticism and speed at the combine, where he posted top marks in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump. 

 

5. Detroit Lions—OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

After posting impressive numbers at the combine, Fisher decided to focus only on performing during on-field drills at his pro day. By all accounts, he performed well, and he has solidified his stock as a top-five pick in this year's draft. The Lions need the help, too, and they will not hesitate to use their No. 5 overall pick to solidify their offensive line. 

 

6. Cleveland Browns—CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

Milliner missed Alabama's pro day, as he was recovering from shoulder surgery. He did enough at the combine to prove he's worth taking high in the draft, however, running the 40 in 4.37 seconds. Combined with the excellent tape he's put together over the past few years, he's a lock as a top-10 pick. 

 

7. Arizona Cardinals—OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

After blowing scouts away with an impressive performance in every single drill—both measurable and on the field—Johnson chose not to work out at his pro day. That won't hurt his draft stock, though, and Johnson will be a huge pickup for the offensive lineman-needy Cardinals. 

 

8. Buffalo Bills—OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

Warmack is a prototypical bruiser of an offensive guard. He excels at making massive lanes for his running backs, which is exactly what the Bills need in 2013 to get C.J. Spiller going. Warmack and fellow 'Bama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker both had a strong showing at the team's pro day.

 

9. New York Jets—OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

One of the most-hyped players in this year's draft, Ansah might actually be worthy of the attention.

He was impressive at the combine, posting a 40 time of 4.63 seconds, showing explosiveness in his jumps and the 20-yard shuttle and smooth agility during the field drills.

Then, Ansah was put through the ringer at his pro day by Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Terrell Williams (h/t USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones), and he came through with a noteworthy performance. Not only is he a rare athlete, but Ansah displayed the will to overcome all obstacles at his pro day.

He'll be a tremendous pickup for the Jets and will be a key player for Rex Ryan's defense in 2013. 

 

10. Tennessee Titans—DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

After missing the combine when doctors discovered a heart condition, Lotulelei needed to shine at his pro day. Not only did he get medically cleared, but this big man showed excellent strength, agility and technique, solidifying himself as a top player in this year's draft.

 

11. San Diego Chargers—OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

According to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, via NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, "Cooper exceeded all expectations at North Carolina Pro Day while turning in the best workout he has seen from a guard in a long time." 

He'll be a big-time addition to a team that lost Louis Vasquez to the Denver Broncos in free agency. 

 

12. Miami Dolphins—CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

Rhodes alleviated concerns that he might not be fast enough to cover elite receivers in the NFL by posting a time of 4.43 seconds in the 40 at the combine. Rhodes reportedly struggled at his pro day, slipping often and failing to catch the ball, but his game tape shows a different story.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Werner is an intriguing pass-rusher who displays a lightning-quick first step on tape. According to Derek Harper of the Sports Xchange (via NFLDraftScout.com), Werner, "showed off his versatility by running linebacker drills." He'll be a nice fit with Tampa Bay, which needs another pass-rusher.

 

14. Carolina Panthers—DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

Richardson showed excellent footwork and balance at the combine, and according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, his agent advised him not to work out at his pro day. Richardson didn't listen, and Brandt reports his decision and his results "impressed the scouts on hand."

Richardson shows up well on tape as a disruptive, pass-rushing defensive tackle who is also stout at the point of attack. His ability to penetrate into opposing backfields on both running and passing plays will make him a valuable player for any team. 

For Carolina, Richardson will be an tremendous asset, as his ability to draw double teams in the middle will allow Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson more one-on-one opportunities to rush the passer off the edges. 

Furthermore, those same double teams will give Luke Kuechly more space to run to the football, solidifying the team's front seven in a major way.

 

15. New Orleans Saints—OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Mingo is one of this year's biggest athletic freaks. At 6'4" and 241 pounds, he ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds at the combine and posted phenomenal numbers all around. He then impressed scouts at his pro day, looking smooth and quick during positional drills. Mingo will be a terrific selection for New Orleans, which needs pass-rushers.

 

16. St. Louis Rams—WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia

After posting a jaw-dropping 40 time of 4.34 seconds at the combine, Austin did nothing but further improve his draft stock with a rock-solid performance at his pro day. This speedy receiver will be an instant playmaker for Sam Bradford and the Rams in 2013. 

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers—OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss

Collins blew the hinges off the combine, posting top-five marks in five of the seven events he participated in. Collins then worked out for scouts at his pro day, showing off his versatility by doing drills as a linebacker and a down lineman, per NFL.com's Brandt. He's a dynamic pass-rusher who will instantly improve Pittsburgh's defense. 

 

18. Dallas Cowboys—S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Vaccaro has long been considered the top safety in this year's draft class. He wasn't able to run the 40 at his pro day, due to a hip flexor, but ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins reports, "he displayed a burst, lateral movement and quickness while performing position drills for Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer."

 

19. New York Giants—OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

Fluker more than held his own against Warmack when the two of them went head to head at their pro day. Adding him will give the Giants some much-needed stability on the right side of their offensive line. 

 

20. Chicago Bears—TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

After putting together a fantastic combine, Eifert continued to show his excellent skills as a pass-catching tight end at his pro day in South Bend. NFL.com's Brandt reported that Eifert, "dropped the first ball thrown to him, then didn’t have another drop the rest of the day. He looks like a first-rounder."

The Bears signed Martellus Bennett in free agency, but with the recent trend of teams going to more two-tight end sets, it makes sense that Chicago would be willing to bring in Eifert

Jay Cutler needs more weapons on offense, anyway.

Last year, Brandon Marshall caught 118 passes, but the team's next-best receiver—running back Matt Forte—caught just 44. Adding Eifert to the mix would give Cutler two big targets in the middle of the field, which will give Marshall more opportunities outside.

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals—ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

Ogletree looked fantastic at his pro day, bolstering the idea that he's the best inside linebacker in the 2013 draft class. According to Russ Lande of the National Football Post:

Showing good foot quickness, agility and balance, he changed directions with ease and exploded in the other direction. For such a well-built player, Ogletree’s flexibility to flip hips and change directions so easily in the workout was impressive.

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)—S Matt Elam, Florida

An undersized safety, at 5'10" and 208 pounds, Elam does so many of the little things right that his size isn't a big issue. According to CBS Sports' Tony Pauline, Elam was "tremendous" at his pro day, showing "great range and lateral movement."

 

23. Minnesota Vikings—WR Keenan Allen, California

Allen's draft stock has slipped during the scouting process. The talented receiver hasn't been able to work out for scouts, thanks to a nagging knee injury. That said, his game tape speaks for itself, and Allen will be one of the first receivers selected in this year's draft. 

 

24. Indianapolis Colts—OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Once thought to be a lock as a top-five pick, Jones' stock has tumbled of late. One plus in his favor is that he was medically cleared by renowned orthopedic surgeon Craig Bringham (h/t National Football Post's Dan Pompei), who said he didn't see any sign of spinal stenosis.

That said, Jones bombed his pro day, posting a 40 time of 4.92 seconds.

Jones' 28 sacks the past two seasons are impressive enough, though, that he won't fall out of the first round. He's a natural 3-4 outside linebacker who will be a steal at this point in the draft.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings—DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

The Vikings need to bolster their defensive line, and Williams is a player who will make an instant impact. According to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Williams "boosted his cause" and even participated in linebacker drills at his pro day. 

 

26. Green Bay Packers—OLB Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

The past couple of months have not been kind to Moore's draft stock. First, he tanked at the combine, and then he struggled at his pro day after he "tweaked a hamstring," according to Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar. Still, Moore's production in college against SEC competition (21 sacks in the past two seasons) suggests he's capable of producing at a high level in the NFL. 

 

27. Houston Texans—WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Nobody's doubting Patterson's ability to make game-breaking plays at the next level, but he's far from a polished receiver at this point. He put together an eye-opening show at the combine, and according to NFL.com's Brandt, he did so once again at his pro day. Should Patterson fall to the Texans in late-April, the team will not hesitate to pull the trigger on taking him with its selection. 

 

28. Denver Broncos—ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

Te'o posted disappointing numbers at the combine, including a 4.82-second 40. The talented inside linebacker looked more comfortable at his pro day, and the numbers reflected this. He ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds and looked smooth during positional drills. He'll be a phenomenal pickup here at No. 28 for the Broncos—a team that needs an inside linebacker to replace D.J. Williams, who left via free agency to sign with the Bears. 

 

29. New England Patriots—WR Robert Woods, USC

NFL scouts flocked to USC to watch Matt Barkley throw recently, but the player who stood out the most was Woods.

Sam Farmar of the Los Angeles Times reported, "Some of the NFL evaluators who had projected Woods as a second- or third-round pick during last season now see him as a potential pick in the second half of the first round." 

The Patriots recently signed Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins to catch passes from Tom Brady, but Woods is a talented young player who would add speed and talent to an offense than needs it on the outside.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons—TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

Ertz did his draft stock a favor at his pro day, according to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News. Steward reports: 

...he posted times ranging from 4.57 to 4.63 in front of scouts representing all 32 NFL teams on hand to evaluate 12 Stanford draft prospects. Ertz also improved on his combine vertical jump by a whopping five inches—from 301/2 inches to 351/2.

The Falcons have Tony Gonzalez signed for the 2013 season, but it won't hurt to draft his replacement this season.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers—CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

After wowing scouts at the Senior Bowl and the combine, Trufant continued to impress at his pro day. According to NFL.com's Brandt,  "Trufant’s workout was phenomenal, and I would imagine that he’s knocking on the door to be a late first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft." The 49ers would be smart to select him if he does fall this far. 

 

32. Baltimore Ravens—ILB Kevin Minter, LSU

Lost in the hype surrounding Te'o and Ogletree is a highly skilled, instinctive linebacker in Minter. According to Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune, Minter ran an impressive 4.67-second 40 and improved his vertical jump by 1.5 inches at his pro day. He'll be an instant starter for Baltimore in 2013 at the inside linebacker position. 

 

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