2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Pro Days Affected Entire First Round
A prospect's pro day generally marks the last time a team will be able to see him in drills, barring personal workouts.
Leading up to the 2013 NFL draft, many prospects have already had their pro days. Some have passed with flying colors, while others have actually lowered their draft stock (looking at you, Johnathan Hankins).
With April 25 closing in, here's my latest NFL mock draft, complete with pro day information.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher may be a more athletic prospect than Luke Joeckel, but most teams appear to have settled in on the fact that Joeckel is the best OT in the class. His technique, instincts and consistency stand out. Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted after Joeckel's pro day on March 8 that it was unlikely the Chiefs would pass him up.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Dion Jordan didn't participate in Oregon's pro day after undergoing shoulder surgery, but there don't appear to be many concerns about his health moving forward. His explosiveness and versatility make him a nice fit for the Jaguars' "Leo" linebacker position. He's also expected to visit the Jaguars before the draft.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Sharrif Floyd didn't work out at Florida's pro day. Not that it matters. His combination of power and quickness could make him an impact player in the NFL against the run and the pass.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
One scout reportedly told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that Eric Fisher looked "outstanding" during his pro day.The Eagles are scheduled to have Fisher in for a visit, according to Tim McManus of Philadelphia Magazine. Fisher ranked second in the broad jump (116.0 inches) and tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle (4.44 seconds) among offensive linemen at the combine.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah did limited work at BYU's pro day, according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. The Lions lost star defensive end Cliff Avril in the offseason. They did sign a decent player in former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jason Jones, but they'll want more of a pass-rushing threat. Ansah is raw, but his explosiveness is through the roof.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Browns appeared to address their lack of a top pass-rusher by signing former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger in the offseason. Cornerback is the next position to fill. Dee Milliner didn't attend Alabama's pro day, but he's already cemented himself as the No. 1 corner in the class for many NFL teams.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith visited Kansas City on Tuesday. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said his pro day tape looked "impressive," according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. I don't see the Chiefs taking Smith, but I do still think there's a chance Arizona nabs him. The release of Kevin Kolb and the acquisition of Carson Palmer aside, I still don't see why the Cardinals don't draft Smith and groom him for the future if he lands here.
8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Matt Barkley's pro day was met with mixed reviews. In my opinion, he could become a solid quarterback in the NFL, as long as he isn't placed in a vertical passing system. I like his fit in Buffalo.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Barkevious Mingo is raw, but he could make an impact right away as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. That's exactly what the Jets need. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was impressed with the LSU product at his pro day, via Doug Tatum of the Times-Picayune.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
While I don't particularly agree with what seems to be a drop in stock for Jarvis Jones, it is what it is. As Brendan Leister of DraftBrowns.com noted, his pro day—combined with his diagnosis of spinal stenosis—is scaring some teams off. But after the Titans signed veteran guard Andy Levitre, I expect them to take a chance on Jones to address the pass rush. I personally think he's going to overcome all of this hoopla.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Oddly, teams didn't ask Lane Johnson to work out for them at Oklahoma's pro day, per Gil Brandt of NFL.com. That doesn't mean the Chargers aren't looking at him, though. It's clear they need some pass protection for Philip Rivers. Johnson ranked second in the 40-yard dash, second in the vertical jump, first in the broad jump, second in the three-cone drill and fifth in the 20-yard shuttle among offensive linemen at the combine.
12. Miami Dolphins: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
With the top three offensive tackles off the board, I expect the Dolphins to add a spectacular guard prospect in Chance Warmack here. They signed Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and re-signed Brian Hartline, then signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes. Bolstering the offensive line would be a good way to go. Warmack showed his stuff alongside offensive tackle prospect D.J. Fluker at Alabama's pro day, per Izzy Gould of Al.com (video).
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
There are concerns about Star Lotulelei's possible heart condition, but if teams are comfortable with his health, he could land somewhere around here. His 38 reps on the bench press on his pro day on March 20 would have tied him for first among defensive linemen at the combine.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Sheldon Richardson's size (6'2", 294 pounds), strength and athleticism basically make him a lock in the first round. His pro day also went well, via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. Steve Smith even thinks the Panthers should select him.
15. New Orleans Saints: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner is about as polarizing as a player can be without character concerns. There are concerns that he doesn't have spectacular athleticism, while others believe his pass-rushing moves, knowledge of the game and motor will boost him in the NFL. Gil Brandt of NFL.com, on the other hand, was impressed with his pro day, calling him a "very, very good athlete." The Saints need a pass-rusher off the edge.
16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
After losing Craig Dahl and cutting Quintin Mikell during the offseason, Jeff Fisher and the Rams would be thrilled to land the top safety prospect in the class, Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro didn't run the 40-yard dash due to a hip flexor injury at his pro day, but he was impressive in other drills, via NBCDFW.com.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
If a team like the Dolphins doesn't select Xavier Rhodes, it's hard to believe the Steelers wouldn't draft the tough, physical corner to start opposite Ike Taylor. He's the type of player Pittsburgh loves. Rhodes had "an excellent workout" at his pro day, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Some people think Jonathan Cooper could be selected before Chance Warmack in the draft. His pro day drew rave reviews, ranging from his athleticism to his character. The Cowboys wouldn't mind bolstering the interior of the line with the UNC product.
19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Goergia
Yes, Alec Ogletree has certainly had his fair share of brushes with the law, but his pro day went very well. Russ Lande of the National Football Post was impressed, noting his combination of athleticism and fluidity. Ogletree's natural ability appears to have overshadowed his off-the-field incidents for now.
20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
Arthur Brown's measurements may turn some teams away at 6'0" and 241 pounds, but he plays much bigger than his size. He's a physical, tenacious player with sound tackling skills and the instincts and range to by a dynamite inside linebacker at the next level. His pro day went well, too. He could succeed Brian Urlacher in Chicago.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
D.J. Fluker's stock has risen since he lost 16 pounds from the Senior Bowl to the combine (via Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com). He's a logical selection for the Bengals, who need to add talent to the offensive line.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin soared up draft boards after his pro day. Todd McShay of ESPN sure seemed to like his performance. It would make sense for the Rams to put Austin in the slot after losing Danny Amendola via free agency. Austin ran the 40-yard dash at the combine in 4.34 seconds.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Several teams have expressed interest in Sylvester Williams, including the Jaguars, per Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Kevin Williams is due $7.5 million next season and he's declining. Williams would be a worthy successor to Williams, given his burst and athleticism.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Datone Jones has the versatility to line up off the edge or stand up as a pass-rusher in the Colts' new 3-4 scheme. He also looked "great" at his pro day, via Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Pauline called him a "lock" in the first round.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
After Cordarrelle Patterson's pro day, Gil Brandt of NFL.com noted he had "unlimited potential." Brandt also said—interestingly enough—that the Vikings took a look at him. Even after signing veteran receiver Greg Jennings, the Vikings lost Percy Harvin. There is no question that Cordarrelle Patterson is raw and needs to develop his route-running, but he has the physical tools to be a star one day in the NFL.
26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Packers may have kept Jermichael Finley for another year, but that doesn't mean they'll retain him next season. Tyler Eifert not only has the athleticism to be Green Bay's next starting tight end, he has the hands and route-running, as Chris Dougherty of FootballNation.com noted after his pro day.
27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
There is some level of concern about a PCL injury Keenan Allen suffered last season at Cal, but his pro day on April 9 should be a better indicator of his status. His combination of size, athleticism and hands could make him a nice fit opposite Andre Johnson in Houston.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Johnathan Hankins ran the 40-yard dash in 5.31 seconds and his frame was described as "extremely sloppy." He also participated in limited workouts during his pro day, for some reason. However, he has such a great combination of quickness and strength—albeit in flashes—that's it's hard to see him falling out of the first round.
29. New England Patriots: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Gil Brandt of NFL.com called Desmond Trufant's workout at his pro day "phenomenal," noting he could see the brother of Marcus and Isaiah Trufant as a late first-round pick. Trufant's combination of size, toughness, athleticism and coverage skills is hard to ignore. The Patriots could use some help in the secondary, especially after Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of felony assault on a police officer.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Before tearing his ACL last season at Florida State, Tank Carradine was playing at an eye-opening level that frankly surpassed teammate Bjoern Werner. He has a personal workout coming up. If he can alleviate teams' concerns about his health, he could be a first-round pick. His combination of explosiveness, agility, footwork and instincts at Florida State was phenomenal. He would be a nice successor to John Abraham if healthy. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com noted on Monday, "After watching his tape and talking to several different teams, I'll be surprised if Tank Carradine isn't a 1st round pick."
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The 49ers may have signed former Ram Craig Dahl to "replace" Dashon Goldson, but Dahl would be better as a backup than a starter. He received the third-worst rating in 2012 among this year's crop of free agent safeties from ProFootballFocus.com. Eric Reid, on the other hand, was reportedly "outstanding" during LSU's pro day, via Russ Lande of the National Football Post. Reid reportedly displayed the agility, burst and athleticism at his pro day to potentially be a first-round pick. He's also a high-character kid.
Will Kevin Minter be selected before No. 32 overall?
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Kevin Minter could be selected before Alec Ogletree and Arthur Brown after his pro day. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com noted he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds at his pro day, while looking smooth in linebacker drills. After losing Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe via retirement and free agency respectively, the Ravens could do a whole lot worse than Minter at No. 32 overall.
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