Spencer and Engle FINAL 2013 Mock Draft

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2013


Well, could there have been a harder mock to create? Probably not. There’s a good chance that this year, a higher percentage (than usual) of mock drafts will be completely wrong. So we decided to stray from our normal “no trade predictions” and threw a few in. Even if we’re 100% wrong, what would the day before the draft be without a frantic, last minute mock draft? : )

1. Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
 It’s a toss up whether or not KC will select Joeckel or Fisher here, so our predictions could be off to a great, or terrible start.
 2. Jacksonville Jaguars  Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan
 The Jags would love to trade out of this spot but if they’re forced to stay, why not get a top tier LT? Fisher would play RT for a year but with Eugene Monroe’s contract coming up next year, this isn’t drafting a RT…it’s drafting a top LT for 2014.
 3. Oakland Raiders  Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah
 A bit of a surprise here as most would assume Shariff Floyd would go first. However, Star has tremendous versatility along the line and we could easily see the Raiders falling in love. Certainly, Oakland is desperate to trade back and it probably wouldn’t take much to convince them.
 4. Philadelphia Eagles  Dion Jordan – OLB/DE – Oregon
 Switching to a 3-4 is no easy job and Jordan has a lot of upside as an edge rusher. Chip Kelly knows Jordan well and can help maximize his potential. Philly is another team that would really like to move back and in an ideal scenario, they could move around and get Geno Smith later in the first.
 5. Detroit Lions  Ziggy Ansah – DE – BYU
 Sure, the Lions could potentially take Lane Johnson here but they need to get better at rushing the passer. The Lions coached Ansah at the Senior Bowl, so they’re well aware of his potential. Ansah’s development will be assisted by having a strong pair of DTs beside him.
 6. San Diego Chargers (from Cleveland)  Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma
 In our first predicted trade, the Chargers move up and grab their left tackle. Cleveland is without a second round pick so being able to move back a few spots and pick that up would be huge. When the Lions pass on Johnson, the Chargers get on the phone with Cleveland because Arizona certainly wouldn’t pass.
 7. Arizona Cardinals  Chance Warmack – OG – Alabama
 After just missing out on a talented LT, the Cards adjust their focus towards the inside of the offensive line. They need to find a way to keep Carson Palmer upright if they want to be successful. Warmack would step in immediately and be effective.
 8. Buffalo Bills  Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia
 Sure, this might be a bit of a surprise to some and while the Bills do like Ryan Nassib, we just don’t see them taking him at the 8th pick. If they can’t trade back, they may have to make a move up from the 2nd to get him. However, Austin is too talented of a play maker to pass up.
 9. New York Jets  Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia
 Another surprise to many, the Jets go with the productive Jones instead of Barkevious Mingo. There’s something about Jarvis Jones that looks like a Rex Ryan guy to us and wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen. Regardless, an effective pass rush is priority #1 for the Jets.
 10. Tennessee Titans  Jonathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina
 Adding an athletic, yet strong interior offensive lineman could go a long way in helping the Titans re-establish their run game.
 11. Cleveland Browns (from San Diego)  Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
 The Browns end up having a best case scenario by trading back from 6 and still being able to pick up their guy. Milliner will match up perfectly opposite Joe Haden and the Browns secondary is instantly better.
 12. Miami Dolphins  Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame
 The Dolphins will likely finish the trade for Brandon Albert so they decide to add another play maker for their young quarterback. Miami has added a lot of talent to their roster this offseason, so it’s sink or swim for Ryan Tannehill.
 13. New York Jets  Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia
 It’s no secret that the Jets are highly disappointed in Mark Sanchez and with two picks in the first round, the risk of taking a QB is a little lower. We wouldn’t be surprised if Geno is the pick here, but for another team. The Jets have several holes on their roster and if they can entice someone to trade up to this spot, they could wind up with even more solid draft picks.
 14. Carolina Panthers  Shariff Floyd – DT – Florida
 What a break for the Panthers! There’s been talk of Carolina looking to move up to grab Floyd and in our scenario, he drops right into their laps. A no-brainer pick that desperately needs help in the middle of their defensive line.
 15. New Orleans Saints  Barkevious Mingo – OLB/DE – LSU
 Well, the Saints certainly won’t complain about the Jets passing over Mingo. Switching to a 3-4 defense makes picking up an edge rusher imperative and Mingo can fill that role. Maybe Rob Ryan gets his brother Rex a nicer Christmas gift this year for passing over Mingo.
 16. St. Louis Rams  Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas
 The Rams couldn’t be happier to select the top safety in the draft, filling one of the weakest spots of their roster.
 17. Pittsburgh Steelers  Justin Hunter – WR – Tennessee
 Pittsburgh decides to go with the more talented, but less consistent receiver from Tennessee. Losing Mike Wallace was going to be a blow to their offense, but Hunter will flourish with Big Ben throwing to him.
 18. Dallas Cowboys  DJ Fluker – OT – Alabama
 “But, the Cowboys don’t need a right tackle!?!” No, but they need interior offensive lineman and Fluker as a guard is a frightening thought. He certainly fits the mold of the large offensive linemen that Dallas loves and he would bring a nasty, aggressive style of the play to the middle of the Cowboys line.
 19. New York Giants  Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri
 Sure, the Giants need help at linebacker but that’s been a trend for several years in the draft. The G-Men value defensive linemen, possibly more than any other team in the league and they’d be happy to select Richardson at 19.
 20. Chicago Bears  Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia
 Chicago needs help in their linebacker corps and Ogletree has all the talent in the world. Besides, the Bears seem to know how to work with LBs that are converted from Safety.
 21. Cincinnati Bengals  Jonathan Cyprien – SS – Florida International
 DC Mike Zimmer recently held a private workout with Cyprien and since Taylor Mays has been, well, a disappointment, they’ll get an upgrade at the strong safety spot.
 22. St. Louis Rams  Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee
 The Rams would like to add an additional weapon for Sam Bradford and it’d be hard for them to pass on Patterson here.
 23. Minnesota Vikings  Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina
 Williams will instantly help the Vikings stop the run and has further room for development.
 24. Indianapolis Colts  Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
 A tall, strong corner that can play press coverage fits in nicely in Chuck Pagano’s scheme.
 25. Minnesota Vikings  Manti Te’o – ILB – Notre Dame
 The Vikings have a glaring hole at MLB after Jasper Brinkley left, and Te’o can immediately play that role. Sure, he doesn’t have great timed speed but the kid is instinctive and a good, downhill thumper.
 26. Green Bay Packers  Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama
 The streak of 1st round running backs is alive and well. The Packers haven’t been the same since their running game went downhill and adding Lacy will quickly alleviate that problem.
 27. Houston Texans  DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
 Andre Johnson has been begging for another WR and rightfully so. Hopkins is a tough, physical player that is more than willing to work the middle of the field.
 28. Denver Broncos  Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State
 Denver needs to fill the hole left by losing Elvis Dumervil and Werner could fit in nicely here. He won’t have to be “the guy” with Von Miller there, so Werner can continue to develop, yet still be a nice addition to their pass rush.
 29. New England Patriots  DJ Hayden – CB – Houston
 There’s a good chance Hayden won’t last this long, so the Patriots would absolutely love this scenario. They’ve been thin at the CB position and some believe Hayden can be the best corner out of this entire draft.
 30. Atlanta Falcons  Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington
 After losing Dunta Robinson, there has been much speculation that Atlanta could even trade up in the draft to snag a corner or a pass rusher. Here, they’re happy to take Trufant at the bottom of the round instead.
 31. San Francisco 49ers  Tank Carradine – DE – Florida State
 The 49ers can go in a lot of directions here but their defense and the multitude of draft picks allow them to bet on upside here. If Carradine meets his potential, the combination of him and Aldon Smith would prove to be a lethal one.
 32. Baltimore Ravens  Matt Elam – SS – Florida
 Baltimore could potentially trade out of this spot but Elam is a player they’re bound to covet. His combination of size and speed, plus excellent tackling ability are exactly what the Ravens are looking for. Producing at a high level in the SEC doesn’t hurt, either.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.