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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and because I was home sick with the flu for two days I watched more of the combine than I ever have or ever imagined I would. I posted my first Mock Draft on February 19th, prior to the combine. You can check it out here. I gave my thoughts and opinions of whom and why that particular player was needed at that point in the draft.
I’m working on a piece that talks about where the top free agents should go
Since the combine, some players stocks have been like Google, while others have fallen faster than Enron, minus the scandal (Honeybadger, I’m waiting….).
1. Kansas City Chiefs- (2-14) Needs: QB, DT, WR
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Luke Joeckel
Andy Reid locked up Dwayne Bowe and got his quarterback in Alex Smith. Joeckel will be the man to protect Smith. To make Smith work, he needs proper protection.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- (2-14) QB, DE, CB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Jaguars will stay defense here, but will nab the best available cornerback in the draft. They’ll need a top defensive back in a division with Andrew Luck, Matt Schaub and Blaine Gabbert. Okay, I could barely type the last two without laughing.
3. Oakland Raiders- (4-12) DT, CB, LB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Sharrif Floyd draft stock is continuing to rise, if he’s not selected by Jacksonville, Oakland would be crazy not to draft this guy. This is Oakland we’re talking about so my money will be on Matt Barkley.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- (4-12) OT, SS, NT
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Eagles were a mess last season and a stud defensive lineman would be helpful here, but a stud offensive lineman would also protect whomever will be throwing the ball for Chip Kelly’s team.
5. Detroit Lions- (4-12) DB, OLB, OL
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Speaking of messes, ladies and gentlemen, the Detroit Lions. If Dee Milliner falls to #5, which I doubt, that’s the guy the Motor City Kitties should draft. You’ve got a division where Green Bay and Chicago are such threats in the air and the Vikings have Christian Ponder. Matthew Stafford is one sack away from IR and with an aging offensive line, Fisher would be a great pickup.
6. Cleveland Browns- (5-11) WR, LB, OL
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner’s stock is slipping as of late, but as silly as this sounds, the Browns have a franchise running back and solid wide receivers. Offensively, they’re okay. Defensively, if they can create and effective pass rush, they could be a .500 team next season.
7. Arizona Cardinals- (5-11) QB, RB, OT
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Geno Smith
The Cardinals started off the 2012 season 4-0. They finished 1-11. Defensively, they’re okay, but offensively they’re a mess. They have hands down a top five wide receiver who caught 71 passes for 798 yards and 4 touchdowns. His rookie year he caught 780 yards. You need someone to throw the ball to him, and keep him in Arizona or Fitz might be looking to play else where. Geno Smith is your guy…hopefully.
8. Buffalo Bills- (6-10) QB, WR, LB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Barkevious Mingo, LSU, OLB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Their defense features studs like Mario Williams and Jarius Byrd, but lacks a solid linebacking core. A guy like Jarvis or Mingo would fill that role and hopefully attract a solid free agent. Personally, I believe the Bills are a couple pieces away from being a Wild Card team.
9. New York Jets- (6-10) OT, DB, WR
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
I wish it was easy to say what the Jets frame of mind would be when it comes to this draft. Is Mark Sanchez awful because he has bad protection or is he awful because he has no one to throw to…or is he just awful? They could go a whole bunch of routes, but if Patterson has the capability to be a #1 Receiver, he might be their guy.
10. Tennessee Titans- (6-10) DB, OG, QB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Titans want to pick up a big name pass rusher. If they can do that via free agency, I think they’ll attack the offensive side of the ball with this pick. They could still go defense because they were picked apart last season.
11. San Diego Chargers- (7-9) OL, LB, RB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Veteran Linebacker Takeo Spikes was released which opens a big hole in the middle of the defense. Mingo is a top linebacker in the draft and I could easily see him falling to 11 and the Chargers snapping him up.
12. Miami Dolphins- (7-9) DB, DT, WR
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Miami Dolphins are in the race for free agent wide receivers Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings. If they manage to lock up either or both guys, I don’t think they’ll go receiver in the first round, especially after locking up Brian Hartline long term. Defensively the Dolphins need help, this could be a defensive pick here.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- (7-9) TE, DB, DT
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
The Bucs are primed at making a run at the postseason next year and to do that, they’ll need to focus on improving their defense, especially playing in the same division as the Saints, Falcons and Panthers. They’ve got a great offensive game plan with Josh Freeman and Doug Martin, but they need to improve a defensive backfield to go up against said divisional opponents.
14. Carolina Panthers- (7-9) DT, DB, OT
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The second of three straight NFC South picks will also go defense for the same reasons as I listed above. Cam Newton has offensive weapons in Steve Smith and Greg Olsen. Jonathan Stewart will be the feature back unless DeAngelo Williams takes a pay cut to come back. They could pick up a receiver or running back in later rounds, but I think defense is the pick here.
15. New Orleans Saints- (7-9) OT, LB, DB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Saints could go either way here. They could address their defense, which was pitiful last season or they could look at protecting Drew Brees. Brees had 19 interceptions last season and was pressured quite a bit. The loss of Carl Nicks last offseason proved that a valuable guard is what the Saints need.
16. St. Louis Rams- (7-8-1) WR, OT, DB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Keenan Allen
My mind hasn’t changed on St. Louis’ first of two picks in the first round. I think they’ll bolster their receiving core by adding Allen or the best available receiver, especially if they can’t get Danny Amendola back, which seems unlikely at this point.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- (8-8) WR, LB, DE
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Mike Wallace won’t be back, so this could very well be a receiver as well. I do think that they will look to improving their aging defense. Mike Tomlin is a great defensive head coach and without his good defense, his team will be mediocre at best. This is key with the defending Super Bowl Champions and an emerging Cincinnati team.
18. Dallas Cowboys- (8-8) OL, DE, DB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Now that Rob Ryan is gone and Monte Kiffin is in charge, getting another pass rushing defensive end, who could play linebacker as well will be a key. Jordan fits that category.
19. New York Giants- (9-7) OT, CB, LB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Giants were burned a lot in the defensive backfield last season. A guy like Rhodes or Banks, clearly the top corner’s after Dee Milliner, will drastically improve that area.
20. Chicago Bears- (10-6) OL, TE, LB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The more I hear about Brian Urlacher and his future, the more I’m thinking he could possibly be done in Chicago. When a team that you’ve been the face of for 10+ years is thinking about countering a contract offer, its not a good sign. Much like Baltimore, I think the Bears will be replacing a star middle linebacker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- (10-6) LB, DE, RB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Alexander Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Bengals have weapons on offense but to contend in the AFC North along with the AFC they need to improve their defensive line. Sheldon Richardson would fit in perfectly and make the Bengals a run stopping force.
22. St. Louis (from Washington) (7-8-1) WR, OT, DB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
After getting Sam Bradford a target earlier in round one, they need to look at upgrading his protection. Much like the porcelain boned Matthew Stafford, Bradford is one big hit from IR as well.
23. Minnesota Vikings- (10-6) WR, LB, DB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Minnesota could go linebacker here if they believe the right guy is there, but personally I feel that if they’re going to be dealing Percy Harvin, they need to go with the best available wide receiver. If they do go after a Greg Jennings in free agency, Jarius Wright can play the slot like Harvin getting a 3rd guy like Austin would be a tremendous fit.
24. Indianapolis Colts- (11-5) OL, LB, DT
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Johnathan Hankins
Getting a guy like Hankins to replace Dwight Freeney would be huge, but will he have the same impact on the field as Freeney did?
25. Seattle Seahawks- (11-5) WR, DL, OL
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
This pick should be a receiver and I think the Seahawks will be watching with Minnesota does at 23. If they don’t go receiver, that leaves the door open to Seattle grabbing maybe the 2nd or 3rd best wide out in the draft. Imagine if Russell Wilson actually had good receivers to throw to last season!?
26. Green Bay Packers- (11-5) OL, LB, RB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Alexander Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
I’ve seen numerous Mock Draft’s that have Green Bay going with a WR or a RB or a Center, while the last two are potentially positions of need, I don’t think using your 1st round pick on one of them would be the smart thing to do. They need a lot of help at linebacker, it’s where they had the most injury and inability to tackle last season. They could also go offensive line, but whether it’s Ogletree or Te’o, it will be a linebacker.
27. Houston Texans- (12-4) OL, LB, WR
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
A nice compliment to Andre Johnson would be a great receiver like Williams. The window is closing on Houston, in my opinion. Can they make another run? Yes, I believe they can make another run like last season. It will be tough, but adding another threat at receiver would be the way to go.
28. Denver Broncos- (13-3) RB, DT, LB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Lacy is the hot name and this would be a great fit for him. Once McGahee went down last season the running game was Knowshon Moreno. He held down the fort nicely, but Lacy is a great talent coming from a school that’s brought some great running backs into the league.
29. New England Patriots- (12-4) WR, DE, CB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Who knows if the Patriots will bring back Aqib Talib? With that being said, adding depth to their secondary would be great, but again…this is Bill Belichick we’re talking about. Who he picks will be a surprise.
30. Atlanta Falcons- (13-3) DL, LB, RB
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
John Abraham was cut which opens up a spot on defense. I think the Falcons will take a running back here to compliment Jaquizz Rodgers but they could also address the pass rush.
31. San Francisco 49ers- (11-4-1) DB, DL, K
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Dashon Goldson who? If Trufant is there, Jim Harbaugh would be foaming at the mouth to get this guy.
32. Baltimore Ravens- (10-6) LB, DB, OL
The Ace’s Mock Draft 1.0: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Ace’s Mock Draft 2.0: Kevin Minter
I won’t stray on this pick. I think replacing Ray Lewis on defense will be priority #1A and if they can’t bring back Ed Reed, replacing him will be priority #1B.
There you have it!
Some guys look to be great fits with certain teams, some teams seem to have a great positional need and some teams we have no idea what’s going to happen.
I’ll do my 3rd and final Mock Draft the week of April 21st prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. Be sure to check out Macho Men Radio as we’ll be talking a lot of NFL Draft leading up to it.
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