2013 Mock Draft
1. Tyler Wilson - QB - Arkansas
If the Jaguars are picking first in 2013, that means the Blaine Gabbert Experience has failed. Many have Matt Barkley going here, but I have Tyler Wilson as the top QB in this year's draft at the moment. It is time for the Jags to get a true franchise QB in Wilson.
2. Star Lotulelei - NT - Utah
Oakland has struggled stopping the run for over a decade and they ranked 27th in run defense last year. They've been in the bottom third of the league in that category since 2002. The Raiders haven't made the playoffs in that span. They select an elite defender in Lotulelei.
3. Matt Barkley - QB - USC
After spending loads of cash on Kevin Kolb to only see him fail along with John Skelton, the Cards pick the other franchise QB in the 2013 Draft; Matt Barkley. Larry Fitzgerald and Matt Barkley will immediately become one of the best QB-WR duos in the league.
4. Robert Woods* - WR - USC
The Vikings want to stick with Christian Ponder, but he needs a true weapon to throw to. The inconsistent Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson aren't going to cut it. In my opinion, USC's Robert Woods would be the best pick here.
5. Barkevious Mingo* - DE - LSU
Dolphins have three main needs right now in wide receiver, another pass rusher, and safety. Out of those three categories, Barkevious Mingo is probably the best player. Mingo and Cameron Wake become a scary combination.
6. Chris Faulk* - OT - LSU
The Rams need to find a way to protect Bradford. The biggest reason for his regression last year was due to the his poor offensive line as he was sacked 55 times in 2011. Chris Faulk may be the best pass blocking lineman in the 2013 Draft if he decides to leave early.
7. Jarvis Jones* - DE/OLB - Georgia
The Browns spent their first three picks last year on offensive players. They have a nice core for their offense and need to build their defense in this year's draft. Jarvis Jones is probably the best defensive player on the board at this point.
8. Keenan Allen* - WR - California
The Seahawks could pick a QB in the first round for the first time in a really long time if they are picking this early. However, I think they stick it out with either Wilson or Flynn for another year and get a weapon. Keenan Allen is that weapon.
9. Sam Montgomery* - DE/OLB - LSU
I'm afraid that Da'Quan Bower's career isn't going to last much longer than 5 years after he injured his Achilles this year and already has a terrible knee. The Bucs bolster their defensive line, which has under preformed even with the draft picks they've spent, with the pick of Sam Montgomery.
10. David Amerson - CB - North Carolina State
The Colts got their man in Andrew Luck last year and helped him out as they spent the next three picks on offensive players. This year, defense will be the priority. David Amerson can become the staple of Indy's defense for years to come.
11. Barrett Jones - OT/G/C - Alabama
The Rams already picked up Chris Faulk earlier, so why am I mocking Jones to the Rams? Jones is extremely versatile as he can basically any position on the line. The Rams could use another receiver or DB, but it would be a reach right now to draft one.
12. Jackson Jeffcoat* - DE - Texas
It seems like everyone and their mom is mocking Jeffcoat to the Texans, so I'll do the same. Jeffcoat racked up 17 tackles for loss last year.
13. D. J. Fluker* - OT - Alabama
The biggest need for the Panthers is tackle, specifically right tackle. D.J. Fluker has been Alabama's right tackle for the past two years. Fluker can go and start right away at right tackle and probably take over left tackle in the future.
14. Jake Matthews* - OT - Texas A&M
The Jets tried to acquire Jeff Otah from the Panthers, but he failed the physical. Now the Jets are in desperate need of a right tackle. Wayne Hunter has been really, really bad so far this preseason. Jake Matthews, like D.J. Fluker, plays right tackle in college.
15. Logan Thomas* - QB - Virginia Tech
The Bills can only go so far with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the quarterback. They need a true, franchise QB and Logan Thomas should fulfill that need.
16. Xavier Rhodes* - CB - Florida State
Adding an extremely athletic corner in a division like the NFC South isn't a bad idea.
17. Tony Jefferson* - S - Oklahoma
A pass rusher, safety, and offensive line are all needs for the Cowboys. Jefferson is the BPA, so the Cowboys go with him. Jefferson is versatile as he even played some OLB last year for the Sooners.
18. Tyler Bray* - QB - Tennessee
The Chiefs are really good, but they can only go so far with Matt Cassel. Tyler Bray has a cannon for an arm and if he matures physically and mentally, he can become the best QB in this draft class.
19. Jonathan Banks - CB - Mississippi State
Banks is a solid cornerback that has been playing for Miss. State since his freshman year. Ike Taylor's contract is set to expire in 2014.
20. Manti Te'o - ILB - NotreDame
Meet Brian Urlacher's replacement. Urlacher's health is starting to become a big issue for the Bears. Te'o is a very athletic linebacker who does an excellent job at getting off blocks.
21. Aaron Dobson - WR - Marshall
Malcom Floyd is a free agent next year and Vincent Jackson is with the Bucs now. Dobson, I believe, is one of the most underrated prospects in the Draft. Dobson has nice size (6'3) and great hands; remember this guy's name.
22. Johnathan Hankins* -DT - Ohio State
The Broncos are thin at DT, literally and figuratively. Jonathan Hankins, at 6'4/320, is a big object for linemen to move and should become an effective stuffer.
23. T.J. McDonald - S - USC
Safety is still an area of concern for the Eagles ever since they lost Brian Dawkins. Right now, T.J. McDonald is the best safety eligible in the 2013 NFL Draft.
24. Bjoern Werner - DE - Florida State
The best player on the board right now seems to be DE Bjoern Werner. The Lions could have opted to help the secondary by adding T.J. McDonald if he wasn't selected a spot before. RB Marcus Lattimore is another option.
Bjoern (6'4/275) is extremely athletic and raw. He has only been playing the game for a handful of years as he is a former exchange student from Germany. By all reports, he explodes off the line which resulted in seven sacks last year. Bjoern will fill a need as Kyle Vanden Bosch continues to age and the future of Cliff Avril with the Lions is uncertain.
25. Marcus Lattimore* - RB - South Carolina
The Bengals need another back to go with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and with the best RB in the draft available, the Bengals make the smart pick in Lattimore.
26. Terrance Williams - WR - Baylor
The 9ers add the 6'3 receiver from Baylor who was overshadowed by Robert Griffin and Kendall Wright last year.
27. Eric Reid* - S - LSU
While the Ravens drafted a safety last year in the fourth year, they go with the more talented Eric Reid. With Ed Reed's career almost over, Reid can step in and hopefully become the replacement of the future HOFer.
28. Tyler Eifert* - TE - Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez is 95% sure he retiring after this year. Tyler Eifert, the best eligible TE for the Draft, is available and is a great fit for the Falcons.
29. Brandon Jenkins - DE - Florida State
The Texans don't have a big need, so they pick the best available in Brandon Jenkins, who can try and fill the whole that Mario Williams left.
30. Knile Davis* - RB - Arkansas
The Packers are weak at running back. Kniles Davis, if he stays healthy this year, should be the second running back taken off the board.
31. Sean Porter - OLB - Texas A&M
Porter adds to the very talented front seven of the defending champions.
32. Matt Elam* - S - Florida
When you're picking 32nd, you don't have much of a need. However, the Patriots struggled last year defending the pass. Matt Elam may be a stretch for the first round, but they can use some help in the secondary.