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Mock Draft 3

Posted by titansdraft on February 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Look, Geno isn't the best player in this draft, but he is the best QB.  He fills a huge need for the Chiefs.  Quinn and Cassel are clearly not the answer and I'm sure Andy Reid will want his guy to restart the franchise with. Geno isn't Luck or Griffin, but he is a very solid QB prospect.  Reid will have a hard time passing on him.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Jacksonville would love to hit the reset button and get away from Blaine Gabbert here, but unfortunately there isn't a QB worth taking after Geno atnumber two.  Star is the best player available and while it isn't a primary need, he's got to be the pick here.  Star is a stud DT that isgoing to demand a double team at the next level.  Jacksonville was terrible against the run last year so Star would help.  With primarily dominant rushing teams like Houston and Tennessee in the division, run defense is a must.

 

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - Where to start with the Raiders. New GM Reggie McKenzie has his work cut out for him.  I started with defensive end.  Werner is a persistent end that can really get after the QB, something the Raiders desperately need. Werner doesn't do one thing exceptionally well, but he is solid at just about every aspect of the game.  He won't be flashy, but he will get his job done every down.

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - Another franchise ready to hit the reset button is the Eagles.  The new staff coming in has a relatively easy decision to make at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Whoever the QB is next year he is going to need time in the pocket.  Vick and Foles both were limited because of pressure. Joeckel is a no brainer.

 

5. Detroit Lions (4-12) - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - This is really high for Milliner. He's 14th on my board, but CB is such a need here it’s tough to go anywhere else. Wouldn't surprise me if they went Moore here, but I'll stick with Milliner for the time being.  Milliner has number one, shutdown corner ability.  As we saw in the National Championship game, he was ableto man up with ND TE Tyler Eifert. A 6'6 target.  Milliner handled it beautifully.  My favorite trait about Milliner is his ability to come upand hit in run support.  You don't see that a lot out of your number one Corner.

 

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M - Cleveland is a lot closer than you think.  I'm not sure how the Weeden experiment will work out long term, but that defense is close.  With the addition of Moore they become very formidable.  Damontre is one of my favorite prospects this year.  He is a big bodied DE that really could play OLB in a 3-4 scheme.  He has long arms and legs and is excellent in pursuit.  He can use those legs to eat up space in the pass rush as well.  He can also deliver a punch and walk back opposing OTs.  Moore is the number three prospect on my board for a reason.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) - Eric Fisher, OT, Michigan - I would love to give them a QB here, but I think they will wait until the second round with Fisher still available.  The OL was awful this year.  The Cardinals have Kolb, Skelton, and Lindley on their roster, so whoever they trot out next year they will need protection.  The Cardinals would love Fisher here.  He really impressed everyone during Senior Bowl week, enough to secure a top 10 pick in my eyes.

 

8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas - This was atough call.  The Bills just gave Fitzpatrick and long expensive contract,but he seems to be regressing instead of progressing.  They could go WRhere, but with QBs tendencies to rise through the draft process I went withWilson.  While durability is an issue, Wilson has all the tools to stepinto an NFL offense.  This could easily be Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley, orMike Glennon.  It’s just going to come down to a preference of a team.

 

9. New York Jets (6-10) - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - The slide of Jarvis Jones ends here at number nine.  The Jets could really use another pass rusher and Jarvis certainly fits the bill.  The 3-4 defense will be a perfect fit for JJ.  However, don't be surprised if Jarvis slides even further down in this draft.  He has spinal stenosis; a serious concern from NFL teams.  He transferred from USC because the school didn't want to put him back on the field.  He's a high risk high reward type guy.

 

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama - I've been very outspoken about this.  The Titans have a huge need on the interior offensive line.  They constantly get pushed around.  Look at the 49ers blueprint.  They have maulers that create lanes for their running backs which allow them to control and dominate games.  Warmack justsingle-handedly wrecked Notre Dame, dominating the National Championship game. It’s rare to say that about a Guard.  Chris Johnson needs Chance Warmack. The Titans need an identity again.  A consistent run game will do a lot for Locker too.  This pick helps in all aspects of the game. 

 

11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) - Keenan Allen, WR, California -  I would love to give the Chargers an OT, but I don't think they reach for Lane Johnson here.  San Diego has neglected the WR position for years. They never really had the go to guy last year.  They've got some decenttalent at the position in Floyd, Meachem, and Alexander, but no realplaymaker.  Allen is the most polished WR of this class.  He dealtwith mediocre QB play at Cal, so we really haven't seen what he can trulydo.  Rivers had a dismal year, so I'm sure he wouldn't be opposed toAllen.  

 

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Patterson is the most interesting prospect (to me) of this entire class. Simply put, Patterson is special.  He is really only scratching the surface too.  He is electric with the ball in his hands.  Not a great route runner at this point, but has room to improve.  Doesn't possess the greatest hands, but you will soon forget about that when he makes the entire defense miss and bird-walks into the endzone.  I'm envisioning Cordarrelle being used as a satellite type player.  He lined up at RB for Tennessee more than a few times.  He's a guy that you get 10-12 touches a game, no matter how you get it to him.  Tannehill desperately needs weapons, and Cordarrelle is the most explosive play maker of this class.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU - The Bucs desperately need a corner after the departure of Talib.  They were assaulted all year through the air and need a couple DBs to help. However, Mingo is one of the best DE prospects and has huge upside.  He was under-utilized at LSU and has big time physical tools. The Bucs get the next best thing here, and add a pass rusher. 

 

14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - Somehave suggested that Sheldon Richardson grades out higher than Star.  I don't really see that but I can see why people are enamored with him.  He is an outstanding athlete to be at the DT position.  He is a perfect fit in Carolina.  He will bolster the Defensive line there and provide a good foundation to build around for the future. If they want to contend for a playoff position they need a defense to pair with Cam and the offense.

 

15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon - The Saints have been trying to pair a defense to match their offense ever since Drew Brees and Sean Payton have arrived.  Will Smith has been a good player for years in this league, but it’s time to look at replacements. Dion Jordan is a guy with big upside.  He played OLB in a 3-4 at Oregon, but is ready to make the transition to a 4-3 DE.  Dion can be a situational pass rusher his first couple years and eventually grow into an every down guy.

 

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas – The Rams continue to upgrade their secondary here.  Quentin Mikel and Craig Dahl are average safeties in this league, so the Rams take the versatile Vaccaro.  He can man up in situational football or takeaway a half of the field.  He has a ton of range.  Good value at 16.


17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8 ) - Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia. James Harrison is likely out of Pittsburgh and the Steelers desperately need youth and athleticism on defense.  That is exactly what Ogletree is.  As aformer safety, he can really cover some ground.  He has a problem with gap assignments, but the great Dick LeBeau can coach that out of him. 

 

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8 ) - Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida - With the ongoing saga of Jay Ratliff, the Cowboys will probably be shopping for a replacement this offseason.  Floyd is a guy that can be as good as he wants to be.  He moves very well for his size.  The Cowboys would be thrilled to snag him at 18.

 

19. New York Giants (9-7) - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU - Ansah is a perfect fit here.  With Osi on the way out the Giants will be looking to add another pass rusher.  Ansah is an extremely raw prospect that scouts are raving over.  He has some issues getting off of his blocks, but always stays engaged in the play.  New York would be a place he could go to play situational football, while still learning the game.

 

20. Chicago Bears (10-6) - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.  The Bears finally get a blindside protector for Cutler.  Lane Johnson proved to everyone that he has the ability to be a true LT in the NFL during Senior Bowl week.  This pick is long overdue.


21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) - Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina - This is a little bit of a reach here, but this is really the Bengals most glaring need.  Adding Bernard would allow them to have a split backfield with Green-Ellis.  Bernard, in my opinion, is this year's most talented runner and would be an excellent fit in Cincinnati. 

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Wash) (10-6) - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.  The Rams simply put need to give Bradford help.  They have 2 young backs that are ready to take the reins from aging RB S.Jackson.  Cooper isn't quite Warmack good, but he is still an excellent OG.  He's a guy that's going to impress at the combine.  He's an athletic big nasty that can create some holes.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State - Minnesota was pretty good vs. the run this year ranking 11th in the NFL.  With the addition of Hankins, they could soar even higher.  Hankins has a massive amount of talent using his power to be very disruptive.  As long as he controls his pad level, Hankins will be a stud for years to come. 

 

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) - Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU - The Colts seemingly dedicated the entire 2012 Draft to offense, so let’s get theball rolling with the Defensive side of the ball.  Minter is a defensive play maker that shows up big time every time you put on the LSU tape.  He can fill an ILB role for the next decade.

 

25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - Help for Wilson here.  Tavon isn't a prototypical receiver, but he does create mismatches all over the field.  I see him being used in a Percy Harvin role, taking a few rushing attempts and screens, while also providing a threat down the field.

 

26. Green Bay Packers (11-5) - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - Jermichael Finley is probably out after a couple of disappointing years.  This opens up the door for Eifert.  He is best receiving TE of this class and would provide another good target for Aaron Rodgers.  In the National Championship game you may remember Eifert being split out wide with Alabama's best cover corner in Dee Milliner on him. That should tell you of his athleticism.

 

27. Houston Texans (12-4) - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - I've said for a few years now that the Texans need to add a compliment to Andre Johnson.  This is the year to do it.  The late first, early second round will see a run on WRs.  Hopkins is an explosive guy that could really take the coverage off of Andre.

 

28. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - The Broncos finally get a replacement for Champ Bailey here.  Banks is a versatile defender with great height at 6'1.  He isn't really explosive coming out of his pedal, so he may struggle with smaller, quicker receivers.  Also returned punts while in college. 

 

29. New England Patriots (12-4) - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - The Patriots seem to keep making marginal picks on the defensive side of the ball.  Knowing Bill, this pick will probably be traded, but if not Datone would be a great value pick here.  He's another guy that popped in senior bowl practices.  He is a powerful guy that would be a great pairing with 2012 pick Chandler Jones. 

 

30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky - Falcons could go a number of different ways here, but with Warford still on the board I think they go this route.  Warford had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl, propelling him into late 1st round talks.  The Falcons will need to improve their rushing attack to bring a title home, and they'll start here with Warford.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) - Matt Elam, S, Florida - The 49ers will probably let Dashon Goldston hit the market which means they will need to fill his role.  Elam is one of my favorite prospects in this class. He is known for his big hitting ability and will be a perfect fit in the 49ers secondary, which could stand to be upgraded.  


32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame - The Ravens will need a replacement for the departing Ray Lewis.  After all the stuff Manti Te'o has been through, this would be a wonderful place for him to land.  A one-time top 10 prospect now falls to the late first.  Te'o will provide a fairly easy transition from Lewis next year.

 

 


 

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