2013 NFL Philosophy Mock Draft

I’m not a fan of mock drafts but there are so many people asking me for one, I literally felt bad for not doing one. I didn’t do any trades because there’s really no way to predict those. So here you go, with very quick synopsis of each pick.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan

Fisher is more athletic than Joeckel and I believe that’s what Andy Reid wants out of his LT.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dion Jordan – LB – Oregon

Too much of a fit. Jordan fits both Caldwell and Gus’s type in speed and versatility.

3. Oakland Raiders

Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah

Star is dominant. He can collapse the pocket and is versatile. Good fit for what the Raiders want to do.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama

The Eagles can’t compete in the NFC East without being able to defend the pass. Milliner gives them someone capable of hanging in with some good receivers in the division.

5. Detroit Lions

Cornelius “Tank” Carradine – DE – Florida State

Tank is my best 4-3 defensive end in this draft and he just seems to fit the Lions here.

6. Cleveland Browns

Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri

The Browns are in desperate need of a beast along the defensive front to take up space and allow some good LBs to roam free. Richardson fits that role.

7. Arizona Cardinals

Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame

They got their QB and Arians was ecstatic about getting 2 tight ends last year in Indy. This will be a good fit and will help take some pressure off of Fitzgerald. Oh, and the Cards like their OL more than you do.

8. Buffalo Bills

Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee

Don’t be surprised if this is Geno. But they Bills are really hurting at WR outside of Stevie Johnson. Other than WR and QB there aren’t many glaring holes for the Bills but I don’t think Nassib is the answer and I don’t believe that they are sold on him either.

9. New York Jets

Barkevious Mingo – LB – LSU

Need a pass rusher. Rex could do fantastic things with Mingo.

10. Tennessee Titans

Jonathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina

Tennessee wants to get tougher but I don’t think Warmack is a good fit for their zone blocking. Cooper is a much better fit.

11. San Diego Chargers

Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State

The Chargers have some serious holes all over the place but I think they’re looking at Peyton and thinking, “How are we going to defend him?” They may upgrade at OLB or OL here, but I think Rhodes fits for them.

12. Miami Dolphins

Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M

Miami doesn’t have to move to get the LT they want.

13. New York Jets

Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia

I just can’t see New York passing on Geno here. I tried to go a different direction but I couldn’t talk myself into it.

14. Carolina Panthers

Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington

The Panthers have a pass rush but no secondary. I think they’re targeting a CB before a safety here. Wouldn’t be surprised if they went wide receiver here either, but I think in the NFC South they’re going to need a much better secondary first.

15. New Orleans

Arthur Brown – LB – Kansas State

Brown is my favorite LB in this draft. I think he’d be a great fit in the middle instead of Hawthorne or even on the outside if necessary.

16. St. Louis Rams

Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia


17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma

Steelers have pressing needs on defense but they could be enticed by Johnson’s upside here.

18. Dallas Cowboys

Chance Warmack – OG – Alabama

If Warmack is here, can’t see Dallas passing on him. Possibly the best overall player in this draft. Huge OL upgrade.

19. New York Giants

Ezekiel Ansah – DE – BYU

Great physical skill set but so, so raw. Giants would be a good spot for Ansah and fits what they look for.

20. Chicago Bears

Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas

This pick probably won’t be popular but I feel like Vaccaro fits at SS for the Bears. Remember this is a whole new regime so history means very little. Alternative picks are WR (Hopkins?) or LB.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jonathan Cyprien – S – Florida International

I see Andre Smith re-signing with Cincy and therefore they are able to move Reggie Nelson to SS and let Cyprien play FS.

22. St. Louis Rams

Eric Reid – S – LSU

STL are in need of a safety and Eric Reid seems to be flying a bit under the radar in my opinion.

23. Minnesota Vikings

DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson

Best receiver on the board and I think the Vikings love him.

24. Indianapolis

Jesse Williams – DT – Alabama

I think Jesse Williams fits well here for what the Colts want to do. They need a pass rusher but I think Williams clogs up the middle to help LBs stay clean.

25. Minnesota Vikings

Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida

All of the Vikings defensive linemen are in contract years. Floyd is the best player available here.

26. Green Bay Packers

Menelik Watson – OT – Florida State

I don’t like this pick. I really don’t know who GB picks. It was either Watson or Werner here for me. Very well could be the FSU DE.

27. Houston Texans

Keenan Allen – WR – Cal

Supposedly Houston wants someone opposite Andre Johnson and like Allen. 1 + 1 = 2.

28. Denver Broncos

DJ Hayden – CB – Houston

Broncos aren’t bad at any position. They’re a little weak at DB and I think Hayden is probably the best player available here. Champ may not want to play safety but this could force it.

29. New England Patriots

Justin Hunter – WR – Tennessee

I can almost guarantee you this isn’t who New England picks. Hunter is not the type of guy they draft. Wide receiver is CLEARLY New England’s biggest need and it’s not even close. DB is a distant second. DeAndre Hopkins fits them but he’s long gone. Hunter is big bodied field stretcher that they need.

30. Atlanta Falcons

Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State

Werner shouldn’t last this long but he could. Falcons could get a steal here.

31. San Francisco 49ers

Datone Jones – DE – UCLA

This isn’t where SF picks. They’ll either move up (Jesse Williams maybe?) or down for some team wanting to move up and grab a QB. In the meantime, Jones is big enough to slide in at DE and could be the heir to Justin Smith’s position.

32. Baltimore Ravens

Kevin Minter – LB – LSU

Another team that could go wide receiver. Quinton Patton or Robert Woods could sneak into the 1st round here.

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