ScoutingBlitz’s 1st Mock Draft- Picks 11-20

Posted: February 1, 2013 in 2013 NFL Draft, Mock Draft

Yesterday was my first crack at doing a Mock Draft and I have to say I am enjoying the process. It is fun to speculate and guess what these teams are going to do with these picks. I have been looking over depth charts and players who are unrestricted and restricted free agents, and trying to see who the right fit will be. We know there will be trades and picks that come out of nowhere (hello Bruce Irvin to the Seahawks last year) and it is all part of this great process.

Quick Recap of the first ten picks from yesterday.

1. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Luke Joeckel, 6’6 310 lbs, Texas A&M

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- DT Star Lotulelei, 6’4 320 lbs, Utah

3. Oakland Raiders- DE Barkevious Mingo, 6’5 240 lbs, LSU

4. Philadelphia Eagles-CB Dee Milliner, 6’1 196 lbs, Alabama

5. Detroit Lions- DE Bjoern Werner, 6’4 272 lbs, Florida State

6. Cleveland Browns- OLB Jarvis Jones, 6’3 241 lbs, Georgia

7. Arizona Cardinals- OT Eric Fisher, 6’7 310 lbs, Central Michigan

8. Buffalo Bills- QB Geno Smith, 6’3 214 lbs, West Virginia

9. New York Jets- OLB/DE Dion Jordan, 6’6 243 lbs, Oregon

10. Tennessee Titans- OL Chance Warmack, 6’3 320 lbs, Alabama

So here goes for picks numbers 11-20.

11. San Diego Chargers- OL Lane Johnson, 6’7 303 lbs, Oklahoma

lane-johnsonThe San Diego Chargers are by no means the high octane team that they once were very recently. However, new head coach Mike McCoy has done more with much less (insert Tim Tebow here) and can work with the supremely talented Phillip RIvers. The running game is a mess, and you can attribute that to the failures of Ryan Matthews to produce at a first round level and also to a porous offensive line. I think, and this could change in a week, that the Chargers have to build from within the offense and get that OL straightened out. Johnson is a rising star in the draft process and had an excellent Senior Bowl to really thrust his way into this position. He is a great pass protector, but if you put on the film you can see he plays with a mean streak. He will help shore up one major issue and the Chargers can address wide receiver concerns in later rounds.

12. Miami Dolphins- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, 6’3 205 lbs, Tennessee

cpNeed meets value here in this pick. The Dolphins invested a lot in the franchise by making Ryan Tannehill their franchise QB. However, they have no true #1 receiver for him to throw to. They have a pretty solid offensive line, even if they don’t resign Jake Long. They need to get more play makers on the outside and Patterson brings that immediately. Now, he is raw and he has only one season of big time football as he came from the Junior College route. But Patterson is a rare athlete who can out jump and out run defenders. He has great size and catching ability and in the right system he will thrive.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Sheldon Richardson, 6’4 295 lbs, Missouri

sh richjpgI have to give this pick my first anxiety attack. I think the Buccaneers have to get better at corner and they have to get younger, however, I don’t think there are that many 1st round talents that warrant reaching for at this spot. I think the Bucs can get a corner in the 2nd round that allows them to draft for need and a value at this pick. That is why I have them taking Richardson from Missouri. I love his athleticism and he has a great motor and fights from whistle to whistle. I think he is a better prospect than Gerald McCoy was coming out of school and if you pair them together you have the makings of a very young and very solid front seven.

14. Carolina Panthers- DT Sylvester Williams, 6’3 320 lbs, North Carolina

s willijpgThe Panthers have a pretty solid edge rushing tandem in Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson, and I think they have done well enough to get a few solid defensive tackles in the past couple of drafts in Andre Neblett and Sione Fua. However, they have to get a stout run defender who can pressure the QB on passing downs and Williams is just that. I think they haven’t found a player that has the strength and girth to take up multiple gaps and blockers since Kris Jenkins left. Williams has violent hands and can really get into the back field. He is someone who will rise through this process and I see him as a great mix of a pass rusher and run stuffer.

15. New Orleans Saints- DT Jesse Williams, 6’4 320 lbs, Alabama

j willijpgDefensive scheme changes can be tough, especially if the defense was as bad as the Saints were last year. The Saints have some players that are getting up there in age and they need to establish themselves in this draft up front. I feel that there is no true nose guard to anchor the middle of this defense on the team. By drafting Williams of Alabama the Saints can shift their personnel around and have a pretty stout front seven. Akiem Hicks, Brodrick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis (if he is re signed) will be great ends in the 3-4 scheme that will free up the backers to make plays. Williams is a beast in the middle and plays with a fire and aggression that you can’t coach.

16. St. Louis Rams- WR Keenan Allen, 6’3 206 lbs, California

k allenjpgJeff Fisher did a pretty solid job last year in building his team up with players that were extremely talented but a little raw in fundamental skill level. The Rams still have issues on the offensive line, and after Free Agency I wouldn’t doubt that I change my decision on this pick to an offensive lineman However, as it looks now, the Rams do not have a true # 1 receiver on this team. My gut was telling me that they would take DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson but I just didn’t think he brought much more then the current wide outs they have RIGHT NOW. Allen is a gifted athlete who has separation speed and great body control. He out jumps defenders and is a solid route runner. He has some injury history but should clear all tests at the combine and team visits.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- NG John Jenkins, 6’3 351 lbs, Georgia

jenkinsThis is the highest pick I have seen associated with the Steelers in a long time, and it doesn’t come without warrant. The Steelers are aging fast in a lot of key areas and I am having trouble with this pick. I think they have to try and build from the ground up and start fresh at nose guard. Jenkins is a load of a player and he is strong against the run. He will eat blocks and allow for the LB’s to roam and make plays. Casey Hampton is getting old and he is having trouble staying healthy. Another place the Steelers could look is Guard and pass rushing OLB.

18. Dallas Cowboys- OG Jonathan Cooper, 6’3 310 lbs, North Carolina

cooperTony Romo spent way too much time running for his life this past year. The Cowboys need help along the offensive line in a few spots and Cooper is the best lineman available. They have a lot of money invested at the tackle spots with Doug Free and Tyron Smith so the only natural way to take it is at Guard or Center. Therefore, I think Cooper is the best value/need player on the board. Cooper is a great pulling guard and moves his feet well. If you add his athleticism with his nasty disposition on the field, it makes for a player who can start from day 1 and have a long and success filled career.

19. New York Giants- DE Damontre Moore, 6’4 250 lbs, Texas A&M

d mooreMy Mock Draft has Moore slipping a lot more than other people have noted. I just think that Moore has his flaws and isn’t the player who can step in right away and be the starter from Day 1 like you need now out of your top 10 picks. Enter the Giants who have pretty good success with molding pass rushers into Pro Bowl players (JPP anyone?). The Giants are getting old at the position with Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora and have a pretty solid foundation on their roster that they don’t really need to draft a ready made starter. Moore is an elite pass rusher who has skills off the edge and is pretty solid in the run game. If he can sit and learn behind a great group of veterans then I think this pick is a slam dunk.

20. Chicago Bears- TE Tyler Eifert, 6’6 251 lbs, Notre Dame

t eifertjpgAll signs point to the Bears taking a tight end, but that does not mean it wont change in the next few months. The bears need help at inside linebacker, defensive tackle and offensive line. But one of the most glaring needs is to find a secondary receiver besides Brandon Marshall. Jay Cutler will be pounding the table to have Eifert and he will add immediate impact to the passing game. Also, Eifert has become a solid blocker in the run game and will be serviceable in that department.

Still there are some big names on the board and I am looking forward to “mocking” the rest later. I will get the next 10 picks out tomorrow and finish the round out on Monday when the Super Bowl winner has been decided and picks 31 and 32 are set.

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