Post Super Bowl Updated Mock Draft

Posted: February 4, 2013 in 2013 NFL Draft, Mock Draft

The dust has settled on Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans and the Baltimore Ravens are World Champions. While it was great to see such a well played game and all the pageantry that comes with the Super Bowl, both the Ravens and the 49ers will need to use this draft process as a catalyst for another good season. Both teams have some major issues to address and holes that need to be filled. Gone is the time when a Super Bowl winning team could just sit back, pick last in the draft, and continue on with success. With the NFL being such a parity driven league, no team, NO TEAM, can afford to miss on their draft picks in the early rounds.

With that being said, here is my first round complete Mock Draft for 2013. I will update this again as the Free Agency period closes in and the Combine process sorts out some risers and fallers at each position.

Quick Recap of the first 20 picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21. Cincinnati Bengals- OLB Arthur Brown, 6’1 228 lbs, Kansas State

brownIf there was a true first round talent at running back, it would be easy for me to project this pick, at least in terms of where the Bengals are going to go with their choice. However, this position is losing value by the year as the NFL becomes more of a passing league and the running back is overlooked in offenses. Now, the position will never go away by any means, but teams can find value in the later rounds. That is why I say the Bengals don’t take RB in round 1 and they look to fill another glaring need, linebacker. Rey Maualuga and Manny Lawson are free agents and neither is a slam dunk to return. Therefore, the Bengals will look to grab one of the best linebackers in the draft in Brown. He is a physical and intelligent player who really is all over the field when you watch the film. He could play inside if needed, but I think the Bengals move Vontaze Burfict inside and Brown will play outside.

 

22. St. Louis Rams- OT D.J. Fluker, 6’6 335 lbs, Alabama

flukerWith their first selection, I have the Rams going with a wide receiver . These two first round picks could easily be flipped as we get closer to the draft and depending on players rising and falling, the Rams may go another direction. However, as it stands the Rams have to get better at right tackle. They can immediately upgrade the position by taking Fluker at this pick. Fluker is a mauler, a guy on film who engulfs defenders and is great in the run game. He will have his moments as a pass protector but it is not something of a major concern. He is technically sound and shows great fundamentals. Most players who project as a right tackle only are not always great values, but Fluker is rare in that he could occupy that spot for years to come, or kick inside to play either guard position. On a side note, he has quite possibly the longest arms in this years draft and he can use that to separate and punch with the best of them.

 

 

23. Minnesota Vikings- WR Robert Woods, 6’1 190 lbs, USC

woodsAdrian Peterson lead this team to the playoffs on his back and if the Vikings want to preserve Peterson for the future and allow for Christian Ponder to grow into the team’s leader, they have to get play makers. Wide Receiver is not a need, it is an issue. I think Percy Harvin will come back and play well, but he is a slot/novelty guy. The Vikings have to find size and speed to stretch the field. Woods is a polished route runner with great speed and return skills. He could help fill a vast hole on the outside and also could take pressure off the running game. I think Woods is the most complete receiver that is still on the board and has a higher Boom rating than Bust rating in my opinion. They could possibly take defensive tackle at this spot, but I only see that happening if they make a splash in free agency by signing a wide out.

 

 

24. Indianapolis Colts- DT/DE Shariff Floyd, 6’3 305 lbs, Florida

floydI had to take a step back from the keyboard and watch more film on this one. My mock draft works out in a way that the Colts biggest need, guard, isn’t a good selection at this point. Johnathan Cooper from UNC would be ideal here, but in my thought process he will be gone. That leaves another of the Colt’s three biggest needs (G,DT,WR) to be addressed. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with a tall receiver here to counteract their smaller wide out group that is already on the team, but as of today I say they bolster their weak defensive front. Floyd reminds me a lot of Marcel Dareus of the Bills when he was coming out of school. Floyd is an above average athlete for a big man and can easily fit into a 3-4 end for the Colt’s system. The Colts need to help get Dwight Freeny, Robert Mathis, and Jerry Hughes to the quarterback and there is no better way then to get a big body on the line to occupy blockers. Floyd offers some versatility and is a rising draft prospect.

 

 

25. Seattle Seahawks- DE Ezekial Ansah, 6’6 270 lbs, BYU

ansashBefore it is all said and done, Ansah may be the “it” prospect that comes out of this year’s draft. He is also, without a doubt, the most raw prospect that has a first round grade. It will not surprise me that a team will move up and get him, but as of now I have him falling in the draft until now. The Seahawks are a team that don’t have “glaring” needs if you look at the roster. They are also a team not afraid to push the envelope on who to draft early. They don’t read mock drafts and they stick to their instincts and their board and pick the best player available. Ansah has an NFL ready physique and will only get more bulk and strength added to him going forward. He showed his skills in the Senior Bowl game and made some money for himself with a great week. The Seahawks need help at end, but they also need outside linebacker help and Ansah quite possibly could fill both spots during his career.

 

 

26. Green Bay Packers- S Kenny Vaccaro, 6’1 215 lbs, Texas

vaccaroGreen Bay doesn’t have that many holes to fill, it really comes down to making sure that they fill them well this off season. The defense had some major injury concerns last year and in all reality, they have a pretty solid front seven. However they are in desperate need of a 3-4 end and that would be an obvious pick here. But, another major need is at safety and the best one by far is Texas’ Vaccaro. He is a guy that Texas used all over the field and had him do a lot of free lancing, covering slot receivers and blitzing. He will fit in with what the Packers like to do. Add his value to the fact that Morgan Burnett is an average starter and Charles Woodson is just getting too far into his 30’s, Vaccaro is a great example in this Mock draft where need meets value.

 

 

27. Houston Texans- WR Terrence Williams, 6’3 205 lbs, Baylor

t willI like the possibilities that the Texans have in filling some of the more glaring needs in this draft and add some younger players in the later rounds and free agency to bolster a roster that could and should be favorites to win the AFC. The Texans bolster a lot of top end talent at some key positions, but are getting older if you want to look for a weakness. That is why I think they can use this pick to either trade out of the first round, or use it on the best available need position. That is where Baylor’s Williams enters. I am not cracking some elaborate code in saying that the Texans covet big bodied wide receivers and Williams is the best available at 27. He has quick feet and has been in a system where he has shown off his long speed and deep ball skills. I think he is a great fit for the Texans offense and add an immediate upgrade over Kevin Walter.

 

 

28. Denver Broncos- DT Kawann Short, 6’3 310 lbs, Purdue

shortWhen I was looking at the depth chart for the Broncos, a glaring hole is at defensive tackle. Both end of the season starters are free agents and over 30. That is not a solid combination for your roster to have. My immediate gut feeling went to Short of Purdue. I can honestly say he is the first person I think of fitting into the Broncos system and needs at this point in my Mock Draft. He had a very solid Senior Bowl week and looking back on his film and his stats, he makes a lot of plays in the backfield. His size will be a blessing for Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, and Derek Wolfe and allow them to get more one on ones and those are the battles they can win at ease. Short can add value immediately.

 

 

29. New England Patriots- WR DeAndre Hopkins, 6’1 200 lbs, Clemson

hopkinsjpgThere really is nothing ever sexy about looking at the Patriot’s skill players (for the most part) and they have a lot of uncertainty this year in the wide receiving core. Four of their top 5 wide outs are set to be free agents in March and the usually frugal Patriots wont re sign all of them. I think that they need help in a few areas and they have a good enough offense and defense to draft the best available player here at this spot. Hopkins of Clemson is a play making machine. He goes about his business on the field and his abilities jump off the game film. I think he is the perfect fit for a system that bodes itself to selfless players and constant workers. Hopkins wont run in the 4.3’s I don’t think, but he has tremendous upside and pass catching abilities.

 

 

 

30. Atlanta Falcons- TE Zach Ertz, 6’6 250 lbs, Stanford

ertzTalk about being too early to tell. The Falcons are putting the full court press on Tony Gonzalez to stay around for one more run. If they are successful in doing that, the pick here goes to defensive end so we will keep a close eye on this in the weeks ahead as we figure out more on Gonzalez. But as it is, I think he retires and that leaves a major hole in this talented Falcons offense. Ertz can step in and make an immediate impact in the passing game. He will have the benefit of having two of the best outside receivers in the game to take the pressure off of him and open up the middle of the field. Ertz is a big target with a similar body type to Gonzalez. He isn’t the same athlete but he has great ball skills and above average speed for a player his size. Big break for the Falcons if they lose Gonzalez and can get a talent like Ertz at pick 30.

 

 

31. San Francisco 49ers- S Eric Reid, 6’2 208 lbs, LSU

reidOne thing that you can say for certain is that San Francisco’s pass defense struggled in the playoffs and an immediate need exists at Safety. Now, by no means do I think the 49ers are set in a lot of other areas, but as you would expect from a Super Bowl team, they don’t have many holes to fill. But safety is one that is the most prevalent and that is where LSU’s Eric Reid fits in. He has ideal size and speed to play in the NFL and he has a swagger about him that would fit right in with the 49ers. Reid can give up the deep ball on occasion and needs fundamental work, but he produced for LSU throughout his career and is a first round talent who has tremendous upside. As we saw last year with AJ Jenkins in the first round for the 49ers, they are not scared to take a chance.

 

 

32. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Kevin Minter, 6’2 242 lbs, LSU

minterWith Ray Lewis riding off into the sunset kissing the Lombardi Trophy, this one seems like a no brainer to me. The Ravens have to get help at inside backer. They are set on the defensive lines and have very few holes to fill that aren’t depth related. Besides inside linebacker, they need help at corner, but I think the need for an inside presence is too glaring. Minter is a polished prospect and a tremendous athlete. His upside can be noticed when watching him on film and he is a sideline to sideline player, like Lewis was. I like Minter over Manti Te’o and it is not because of the girlfriend hoax but because I just think Minter is a better athlete and has better polish in play recognition.

 

This list will be changing in the very short future I am sure. It has been fun to analyze the team needs and look to the future. I would love to say I am certain about my picks but I cant imagine I will get too many right off this list. The NFL: draft is just so fluid now and trades are always happening I think this is a great start for ScoutingBlitz and I look forward to updating my Mock Draft soon. Tomorrow I will start putting my Big Board in place and also listing my top players by position as I get closer to the Combine and Draft. Stay tuned.

 

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