|Posted by Andrew Aziz on February 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM|
2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
1st Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M
With the addition of Joeckel, the Chiefs will have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. Picking a quarterback like Geno Smith is a bit reach here, and it’s not worth the risk. Defense isn’t a need on the Chiefs, but the O-line is. Joeckel will fill a need and become their left tackle for years to come. He’s got perfect technique and is great in pass protection.
2nd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jarvis Jones – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Georgia
The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the league at getting to the quarterback. They only had 20 sacks. With the addition of Jones, they get arguably the pass rusher in the country. Jones is very similar to Von Miller, and if Jones is anything like Miller, he’ll be a great success. The Jaguars need a guy like Jones for their defense, or they’ll continue to get torn apart. It’s either him or Damontre Moore here.
3rd Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei – Defensive Tackle – Utah
They finally got a star in the middle. With this draft pick, the Raiders can afford to get rid of Richard Seymour, and could potentially have a guy who’s similar to Seymour for a much cheaper price. He could become the anchor of this defense, and potentially turn them around.
4th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Dee Milliner – Cornerback – Cornerback – Alabama
The Eagles definitely need a cornerback. They have Asomugha and DRC, but they have no depth, and they need performers. Milliner has perfect size, and is a physical corner who can tackle. The Eagles need guys like that. Milliner can also play in the nickel spot or the outside. He’s versatile, and strong.
5th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Damontre Moore – Defensive End – Texas A&M
The Lions got rid of Kyle Vanden Bosch, which is a clear sign that they are going defensive end. The question is, which one? Moore, in my opinion, is the best defensive end on the board, as he’s quick and disruptive. He had 13 sacks this past season, and was arguably the best defensive end in college. He’s not big, but he’s quick. He reminds me of Robert Mathis.
6th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns
Bjoern Werner – Defensive End – Florida State
Jabaal Sheard is a very solid defensive end, but there is nobody to compliment him. Werner had an outstanding season at FSU, and showed his great pass rushing skills as well as his good run stopping skills. He’s more well rounded that Moore and arguably Jones, but not as good of a pass rusher. This fills a need on the Browns’ defense.
7th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals
Geno Smith – Quarterback – West Virginia
This is a bit of a reach, but quarterbacks are always taken early. Geno Smith has a good arm, and has good pocket mobility. Smith is also solid at reading plays, and usually finds the right guy. He hasn’t really shown up in big games which is a bit of a problem, but with the right coaching staff and a good offense, he could become a very solid number 1 QB. In Arizona, he could have Bruce Arians help tutor him.
8th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Manti Te’o – Inside Linebacker – Notre Dame
I realize that he’s been dropping, but people have to realize that he had one of the best seasons a linebacker has had in a long time. He had 111 tackles (about 9 per game), 7 interceptions, and 1.5 sacks, as well as a lot of pressures. Te’o is also a great leader that can help this talented defense mold.
9th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Barkevious Mingo – Defensive End / Outside Linebacker – LSU
The Jets’ linebackers’ are getting pretty old, and they lack a really good pass rusher. Calvin Pace is decent, but they have no one else that can do anything decent. Mingo has a good body for pass rushing, and he’s quick. He can become a good compliment to Pace. The Jets D was torched a lot this year and that was because of their lack of a pass rush.
10th Overall Pick -- Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack -- Offensive Guard -- Alabama
The Titans have 2 solid tackles in Roos and Stewart, but they have no one on the inside. Warmack is one of the best guards to come out of college in the last 15 years. He’s an outstanding pass rusher, as well as being a mobile guard who can pull. The Titans are in need for some guards as their inside running game is very mediocre. Warmack takes away the Titans’ biggest need.
11th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Eric Fisher – Offensive Tackle – Central Michigan
Fisher has really risen in the past few weeks. He had a very good showing at the Senior Bowl, where he showed good mobility and shut down many good defensive ends. He went from being a late teens prospect, to possibly a top ten prospect. The Chargers have needed a good tackle since the departure of Marcus McNeill, and it definitely showed last year. Gaither isn’t horrible, but it seems that he’s a better right tackle. Fisher can become a left tackle from Day 1. He reminds me of a better Nate Solder.
12th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver – California
This is a bit of a controversial pick. I believe Keenan Allen is the best receiver in the draft, but some would argue that that title goes to either Cordarelle Patterson or even Justin Hunter. The Dolphins may sign a big wide receiver in free agency, but as it stands now, the wide receiver spot is clearly their biggest need. Even if they do sign one, they could use a good no.2 guy, as Bess is more of a slot receiver. Allen is a big body that can be used in the redzone. He’s strong and has good hands. He reminds me of Brandon Marshall.
13th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sheldon Richardson – Defensive Tackle – Missouri
With Gerald McCoy as their big 4-3-nose tackle, the Bucs are in need for a utility tackle. Richardson is a perfect utility tackle. Richardson had 4 sacks this season showing good pass rushing skills, and 75 total tackles. Richardson has a good body for the utility spot and can be a good compliment to McCoy, kind of like Fairley to Suh.
14th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Lane Johnson – Offensive Tackle – Oklahoma
Jordan Gross didn’t have a very good season, but he’s still a very good left tackle and he isn’t going anywhere. Jeff Otah, when healthy is a decent right tackle, but the problem is, he never is healthy. The Panthers need a healthy, solid right tackle to help protect Cam Newton, who likes to roll out and option a lot. Johnson could be that perfect right tackle that they needed. This isn’t their biggest need, but it would definitely help their offense. The Panthers could also go secondary with this pick.
15th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints
Shariff Floyd – Defensive Tackle – Florida
The Saints need a defensive tackle very badly. They just got Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, and it’s the defense that needs a lot of help, so going with defense here is a must and most likely what’s going to happen. Floyd has really risen in the last few weeks, and I can see why. I watched his tape from the FSU game and he completely dominated them. They had no chance when they single teamed him. He must be double teamed each time, but even then, he knows how to break off blocks very well. He’s disruptive in the running game, and showed that he could be solid in the passing game. He’s definitely going to be something good in the future.
16th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Alec Ogletree – Inside Linebacker – Georgia
Especially in recent weeks, many have been talking about the rise of Alec Ogletree and many put him ahead of Manti Te’o. In my opinion, Te’o and Ogletree go in these two spots (#8 and #16), except they could be in different order. If we look at body of work, Te’o is better and was on a better team. Ogletree was a key player in a great defense, but there were some stars around him. That’s why I have Te’o ahead of Ogletree. Ogletree is very athletic and is a tackling machine. He fits at any linebacker spot, and could do well at the strong-side linebacker spot right next to James Laurinaitis. He had a huge game against Nebraska in his bowl game, compiling 13 tackles and a sack. He’s only gotten better as the season went on, and as mentioned before, he could be a top 10 pick.
17th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers
Dion Jordan – Defensive End / Outside Linebacker – Oregon
The Steelers are getting old on defense. All their stars are over 30. One of those stars is outside linebacker James Harrison, who happens to be a free agent this year. The Steelers are most likely going outside linebacker, so I went with the best available one in Dion Jordan. Jordan was a great player on a great defense. He’s a tall guy with long arms and has a good arsenal of moves. He’s fantastic at run stopping too, which is good considering Woodley is a pass rush guy. Jordan brings youth to an old defense.
18th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Jonathan Cooper – Offensive Guard – North Carolina
The Cowboys need interior lineman. Jonathan Cooper would be the best guard in most drafts, but because of Warmack, he isn’t. Cooper has very good experience, and has a good body for a right guard. He pulls very well as he is very mobile. He is the type of guy that can come in and upgrade an O-line right away.
19th Overall Pick – New York Giants
Ezekiel Ansah – Defensive End – BYU
THE ANSAH!! Ezekiel Ansah may not be the “ansah” yet, but he could be in the future. He’s a very athletic player with a lot of raw skills. He reminds me a lot of Jason Pierre Paul, who was in the similar situation as Ansah. Like JPP, all Ansah needs is good coaching and development, and with that, he could become the best defensive player in this draft. The Giants are getting rid of Umenyiora, and need a good rotational guy. They don’t need a guy who can start right away. Ansah could back up for a bit, and then take over when Tuck leaves.
20th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Zach Ertz – Tight End – Stanford
The Bears had a chance to draft Coby Fleener last year, and they didn’t. They definitely cannot pass up on his teammate Zach Ertz, who in my opinion, is a better prospect than Fleener. Ertz is a big guy with fantastic hands. His route running is very solid too. Him and Eifert are very even when it comes to pass catching, but Ertz has the advantage in the blocking department and that’s why he’s better. Cutler needs a big target in the redzone and on third downs, because Marshall is not enough.
21st Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny Vaccaro – Safety – Texas
Vaccaro is a phenomenal safety. Some would argue that he may be better than Mark Barron from last year. He is extremely well rounded, as he’s great in coverage and aggressive in his tackling. He reads plays perfectly and makes everyone around him better. What more can you ask from a safety? The Bengals need a safety, as they’ve been beat on a lot of deep plays. Vaccaro could become one of the best players on this team and one of the better ones in the league.
22nd Overall Pick – St Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
Cordarrelle Patterson – Wide Receiver – Tenneessee
The Rams are in need for a receiver. Brian Quick has done absolutely nothing, and Danny Amendola is on the way out. The Rams also need a deep threat that’s also a speed merchant. Enter Cordarelle Patterson, who is 6’3, very athletic and very strong. He can win in 1-on-1 matchups and will beat you for balls thrown high, like on fade patterns in the endzone. He will need a bit of developing as he’s a bit raw, but with the right coaches, he can become one of the betters receivers in the NFC. He has that type of potential.
23rd Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
John Jenkins – Defensive Tackle – Georgia
Kevin Williams only has a couple of years left, and there has been a hole next to him ever since Pat Williams left. John Jenkins is a huge body (360 pounds) that clogs up the lane and is great at run stopping. He’s a 3-4 nose tackle, but could probably be pretty good in a 4-3. This would help the Vikings’ defense at run stopping.
24th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts
Jesse Williams – Defensive Tackle – Alabama
The Colts built their offense last year, now they must build their defense. A big problem last year was the play of their defensive line. They got absolutely no production from their nose tackles Mookie Johnson and Martin Tevaesu. Johnson is a free agent and most likely gone, which means that now they’ll be lacking bodies at the spot too. Williams had a very good season at Alabama, anchoring a great front 7 at Bama. He has good size for a nose tackle, and is quite productive. He could start from Day 1 and be productive.
25th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks
Justin Hunter – Wide Receiver – Tennessee
The Seahawks have a very solid team, but they have some gaping holes on offense, and the biggest one is wide receiver. Their best receiver is Golden Tate, who’s a #2 at best on most teams. Hunter is a deep threat who is sometimes a matchup nightmare. His hands are a bit inconsistent, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem. Because of this bad group, he could come in and be the number 1 right from the start.
26th Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Larry Warford – Offensive Guard – Kentucky
This one is a reach here, but every draft has reaches in the first round. Look at the Seahawks last year with Bruce Irvin. Projected to go in the 2nd-3rd Round, Irvin went 15th overall. He’s been a great addition to the Seahawks. Now, the Packers have a few big holes, and one of those includes interior lineman. Even though he’s projected to go in the late 2nd round, Warford is the 3rd best guard on the board. He has the right size for the position and could potentially even move to center. He’s quite versatile. The Packers need to solidify their interior line, because TJ Lang isn’t exactly that good. Warford could be used as a very good backup, or even their starting center with Saturday gone.
27th Overall Pick – Houston Texans
Tavon Austin – Wide Receiver – West Virginia
The Texans are in dire need of a receiver who can compliment Andre Johnson. They’ve never spent a high draft pick (1st or 2nd round) on a receiver. If they want to get rid of this need, they’ll need to do it this year. Austin had a very good year at WVU, and showed his great catching skills as well as his great speed. He reminds me of a better TY Hilton. If he can be like Hilton, the Texans have themselves a great compliment to Johnson.
28th Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Johnthan Banks – Cornerback – Mississippi State
Tracy Porter is a free agent, and is not expected to return. Champ Bailey has 2 years left, if he’s lucky. The Broncos definitely need a cornerback, as their future at that position is very cloud. Banks is a big physical guy who plays well in a zone defense. He can also play in man-to-man. He’s got good versatility and decent speed. He reminds me of Brandon Browner. He could give that secondary a big boost.
29th Overall Pick – New England Patriots
Sylvester Williams – Defensive Tackle – North Carolina
I really don’t see why many are saying this guy is a top 10 guy. I rank him as a late teens, early 20s prospect and far from the top 10. Williams has dropped a bit in the last few weeks, but he’s still a dominant player. He’s a good pass rusher, compiling 6.5 sacks this last year, and had 40 tackles. He has a good motor and could be a 3 down lineman. Belicheck loves the durable guys. Williams is a perfect fit in this system, as they can put him right next to Wilfork from Day 1.
30th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert – Tight End – Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez is most likely not going to come back, so it’s time to find his replacement. Even if he did come back, it would be for one season, and getting his replacement one year early is not a bad thing either. Tyler Eifert is a fantastic receiving tight end. He’s a former wide receiver, who converted, and the switch has helped him. His blocking is improving, but still relatively average. The good news is that in that Falcons offense, having a receiving tight end is better than a blocking tight end. In my opinion, a no brainer for the Falcons.
31st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Hankins – Defensive Tackle – Ohio State
The 49ers have a very well rounded team, but they could use some reinforcement on the D-line. Justin Smith is getting old, and a future replacement could be necessary. Isaac Sopoaga is very good as a nose tackle, but he’s a free agent next year, will be 32, and could ask for a big payday. Hankins could play as a nose tackle as he has the perfect body type, and is a great run stuffer. This pick is more a future/long-term pick.
32nd Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter – Inside Linebacker – LSU
Ray Lewis is unfortunately gone, and there is a hole at that inside linebacker spot. The current incumbents, Jameel McClain and Dannel Ellerbe are two slightly above average players, but are easily replaceable. Minter could compete for the starting job from Day 1. He’s used to that type of system, which only helps him. If the Ravens don’t want to use him as a starter from Day 1, they could use him as a rotational player like Ellerbe was at the beginning of last year. Minter will be the starting linebacker in Baltimore in 3 years time, if the Ravens go with him at 32. Minter is a good aggressive player as he shoots gap very well, is fast (sideline-to-sideline) and is tough to block.
33rd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
DJ Fluker – Offensive Tackle – Alabama
If the Jaguars want to stick with Gabbert, which seems to be what’s going to happen, they will need to solidify that offensive line. Monroe is a solid left tackle, but they need a right tackle. Fluker played as the right tackle at Bama, and would be a good fit at right tackle for the Jags. They both have similar systems. He could start from Day 1.
34th Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Barkley – Quarterback – USC
Barkley’s mediocre season is the reason why he falls to this spot. The Chiefs desperately need a quarterback, and Barkley could be a good fit. If they take Joeckel in the first round, then going with Barkley makes sense. Barkley has very good pocket presence, he’s smart, and he’s accurate. He also has the ability to start from Day 1.
35th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Montgomery – Defensive End – LSU
With Babin gone, the Eagles could use a better rotation. Who knows if Brandon Graham is the guy at right end. How many years does Trent Cole have left? You can stop worrying about those questions if they take Montgomery. The Eagles love going with defensive lineman in the draft, and this pick would solidify it. Montgomery has first round talent. His partner Mingo gets all the attention, but one could make the case that Montgomery is just as good.
36th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Robert Woods – Wide Receiver – USC
I had Woods as one of the best prospects going into the season. A lot has changed in 5 months. Woods is still a great possession receiver with good speed and very good hands. His routes are very well done, and he is versatile in the sense that he could play outside or in the slot. Woods could be a nice compliment to Calvin.
37th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Khaseem Greene – Outside Linebacker – Rutgers
Rey Maualuga is very overrated, and really isn’t that good a linebacker. In general, the linebackers on the Bengals aren’t that great. They need a good talented player in there. Greene had a great year at Rutgers, amassing 137 tackles, with 5 sacks and 2 interceptions. He also had a 22-tackle performance against Army. He’s a tackling machine, and tackling is an issue on the Bengals. This fills a need.
38th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Mike Glennon – Quarterback – North Carolina State
Glennon is a bit of a risky pick. He has the potential to be like Joe Flacco, as he has very good size and a big arm. However, he’s still a bit raw in his decision-making and his accuracy. Glennon could come in and potentially compete for the job. If he doesn’t pan out, he’s a backup. If he does, he’s a solid starter.
39th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans
Matt Elam – Safety – Florida
The pass coverage has been very weak on the Titans. They were torched a lot last year and it wasn’t because of their front 7. They have very good linebackers and a solid defensive line. They just need more talent in the secondary. Michael Griffin is very good, but his future is unknown in Tennessee. Babineaux is a question mark too. Elam is a great tackling safety, but he’s also fantastic in coverage, anchoring a very solid secondary at Florida. Notice how Florida rarely allowed big plays, that was because of the great play of Elam.
40th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Datone Jones – Defensive End – UCLA
Mario Williams did a fine job with the Bills last year, but the Bills need a guy to compliment him. Datone Jones is rising and could end up being a 1st round pick. He’s got good quickness and has an arsenal of move. With this selection, the Bills would have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL.
41st Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Xavier Rhodes – Cornerback – Florida State
Sean Smith’s future is cloudy in Miami. Even if he stays, they could use another cornerback. Richard Marshall is pretty good, but he’s a bit too inconsistent. After him, it’s Nolan Carroll. Carroll isn’t that great of a nickel cornerback and is a better special teams player and backup. Get Rhodes, who has first round talent, and patch up that secondary.
42nd Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Desmond Trufant – Cornerback – Washington
There was a bit hole that was left after the departure of Aqib Talib. With him gone, the Bucs only have Eric Wright (he’s the only good corner on that team). They need a guy to play across from him. Trufant is a very good corner that can play right away. He has brothers in the NFl, which helps a lot. He has decent size and good athleticism. He was that defense.
43rd Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Terrence Williams – Wide Receiver – Baylor
The Panthers’ biggest need is the wide receiver spot. Steve Smith probably has 2 years left and their next best guy is barely a #2 receiver. Terrence Williams is a very fast, big deep threat that can also be used as a possession guy. He could end up being the best receiver, or even offensive player (that latter being a bit of a stretch) in this draft. He could become the #2 right away and eventually be the #1.
44th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Arthur Brown – Outside Linebacker – Kansas State
Brown is a solid underrated player. One of the better outside linebackers in the draft, but I haven’t heard one person talk about him. He’s not very big, but makes yp for it with great sideline-to-sideline speed. He reminds me a lot of Daryl Washington. The Chargers like going with linebackers, and Brown is a solid inside (4-3 outside) linebacker. They need an inside linebacker next to Takeo Spikes and Brown could be that guy.
45th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Montee Ball – Running Back – Wisconsin
This guy has star written all over him. He was the main reason why Wisconsin was very good this last season. Ball has star potential. He’s got the perfect size for a running back, great athletic skills and great elusiveness. I could easily see him sliding into the 1st round. The only reason he’s in the 2nd round is because he’s had a great O-line the last few seasons along with a run heavy offense. I see him being more of a 800-1000 yard guy, but he has the potential of being a perennial 1200 yarder. He could be the replacement for Steven Jackson.
46th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Alex Okafor – Defensive End – Texas
Anthony Spencer is not expected to return, which leaves a hole at the outside linebacker spot. Okafor established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the country this year. He’s got good size, good athleticism and good stats. He had 12.5 sacks this last season including a 4.5 sack performance against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. That’s a great way to end the season. He fills a potential need on the Boys.
47th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers
Jordan Poyer – Cornerback – Oregon State
Poyer is one of those guys that will not wow you on paper, but if you watch him on tape, he’s a solid player. He’s got good size, pretty good athleticism, and good instincts. He has a good idea of where the ball is going on each play. He’s a zone coverage kind of guy, but he should be fine in Lebeau zone based system. He fills a need on that team. They needed a #2 cornerback for awhile now.
48th Overall Pick – New York Giants
Shawn Williams – Safety – Georgia
Kenny Phillips is proving that he’s injury prone, and when healthy, isn’t that great. They need a better guy in the run stopping department, because they have a solid pass defender in Stevie Brown. Williams is a great tackling safety, and reminds me a lot of Adrian Wilson. He needs to work on his coverage skills, but that shouldn’t be a big problem with Brown next to him.
49th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Barrett Jones – Center / Offensive Guard – Alabama
The Bears must protect Cutler. The Bears addressed their outside protectors last year by picking Gabe Carimi. Now they must help the interior of that line. Barrett Jones can play both interior positions on the O-line (and can play as a tackle). He has good experience and is a leader. He could be the leader and anchor of this porous offensive line. He’s versatile and agile, which makes him a good fit as a right guard.
50th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins
Kevin Reddick – Inside Linebacker – North Carolina
Surprised? Many people expected Reddick to be a late 3rd, even early 4th round pick. Not me. Reddick is a fantastic overlooked player. He doesn’t get recognition because he plays at North Carolina. The great thing about him is that he gets to the quarterback. He had 6 sacks this season. Getting inside guys (defensive lineman and inside linebackers) to the quarterback has been a problem for the Redskins. This would eliminate that problem.
51st Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
Deandre Hopkins – Wide Receiver – Clemson
It’s looking like Percy Harvin will stay on the team, but the Vikings still need a #2 receiver. Michael Jenkins isn’t that guy, and neither is Jairus Wright. Hopkins had an amazing season filled with huge games against tough opponents. He finished the year and his college career with a 13 catch, 191 yard, 2-touchdown performance against LSU (a top 6 team) in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. He proved this year that he’s a very good possession receiver, as averaging 6 catches during the season.
52nd Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Long – Offensive Guard – Oregon
The Bengals went with Kevin Zeitler last year and that turned out very well. Clint Boling is pretty solid. The thing about Long is that he can play both guard and tackle. He can be a solid backup for both and potentially a starter. Keep in mind that Andre Smith may not be returning and that a right tackle might be needed. If that’s the case, then Long could be that guy.
53rd Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts)
Quinton Patton – Wide Receiver – Louisiana Tech
This is how bad the wide receiver group is in Miami. It’s so bad that even with the addition of Allen (in the 1st round) they still need help. Hartline is most likely not coming back, and all they have is Bess. With Allen, that makes 2 good receivers. With Patton, who’s a great possession receiver who had 21 catches this year against Texas A&M, would make this core respectable.
54th Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Blidi Wreh-Wilson – Cornerback – Connecticut
Wilson was the Huskies’ MVP of their team this past season. Wilson has great size, good intangibles and great leadership. He’s what this Packers secondary needs after the departure of Charles Woodson. He may not start right away, but nickelback is definitely an option, and potentially he can move to outside corner or even safety. He fits well in this secondary.
55th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks
Jamar Taylor – Cornerback – Boise State
Sherman and Browner are two great players, but they need a third guy, plus, you can’t have enough cornerbacks. Now, they are going to have a lot of cornerbacks after this pick, but that means they’ll have to cut a lot of guys. Taylor is a good nickel cornerback who knows how to tackle very well. He has the size and intangibles to play inside. This pick only helps this great defense.
56th Overall Pick – Houston Texans
Chase Thomas – Outside Linebacker – Stanford
Connor Barwin is a free agent and had a very disappointing season this year with only 3 sacks. That’s terrible. It’s clear that he’s not a 3 down linebacker. Chase Thomas has been great the last couple of years at Stanford, finding ways to get to the QB and stop the run. He was the best player on this defense last year. He reminds me of a Rob Ninkovich or Shea McClellin. He’s a solid player and could take over Barwin’s spot.
57th Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Logan Ryan – Cornerback – Rutgers
Now, some of you are wondering why I’m going with another cornerback for the Broncos. I was initially going to do just one cornerback for the Broncos, but they I realized, Tracy Porter isn’t coming back, Champ Bailey doesn’t have more than 2 years left, and they have no other real starters on the roster. Omar Bolden is the next best guy and he’s a nickel back at best. With the addition of Banks and Ryan, they assure that their secondary remains strong for years to come. Ryan is a very good tackling cornerback, with the ability to make big plays in coverage. Ryan could eventually become the #2 cornerback on the Broncos.
58th Overall Pick – New England Patriots
David Amerson – Cornerback – North Carolina State
I had Amerson as my #8 guy going into the season. Suffice to say, he has been very disappointing this year. Amerson is still a solid corner, he just needs to get smarter. A couple of years with Belicheck and he could become one of the best cornerbacks in the AFC. He has the athletic ability, as he’s 6’3 and runs a sub 4.5 40-yard dash. He just needs to improve on his coverage reading skills, that’s all. He’s very aggressive, which is good and bad, so he’ll need to stay more calm out there.
59th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons
Margus Hunt – Defensive End – SMU
John Abraham does not have more than a couple of years left, and the Falcons could use another guy, although Biermann is pretty good. They need a guy that could eventually replace Abraham and for now be a good rotational player. Hunt is that guy. Hunt is freakishly athletic. I’m serious; he may be the most athletic defensive lineman (hell, even player) in this whole draft. He’s 6’8, 280 pounds, could run a 4.55-4.6 and is predicted to have over 40 bench press repetitions. He’s still raw, which is why with a couple of years behind Abraham, he could be a star.
60th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Cobi Hamilton – Wide Receiver – Arkansas
The AJ Jenkins experiment doesn’t look to be going so well, and maybe it’s time to start looking at other guys. Crabtree is their number 1, but with Randy Moss most likely gone and with Ginn and Williams being injury prone, and not that great, a number 2 is a need. Hamilton is a big strong body that played well in a pass heavy system. He could come in and probably win the number 2 job.
61st Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
Sean Porter – Outside Linebacker – Texas A&M
I’m willing to bet that Paul Kruger is not going to be back with the Ravens next season. That leaves just Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw as the only legit pass rushers. In my opinion, Courtney Upshaw is not a 3 down guy. Terrell Suggs also took a step back this season, and was invisible in the playoffs. He’s still a great player though. My point in all of this is that they need a 3rd outside linebacker involved. Porter is good value here. He was a very solid player on a solid defense. He was big in their win against Alabama.