A 2013 NFL Mock Draft? One year in advance? But the ink isn’t even dry on the silly grades from the 2012 draft! Some folks will toss out a Top 32, or a Top 100 list for 2013 … it’s much more fun to project a draft order. (Remember when we did this year year? Only got 10 of the Top 32 picks right.) As for the 2013 order … yes, we’ve got the Patriots winning the Super Bowl over the Lions. And the Bucs and the Chiefs and the Bills in the playoffs! Worst team in the league? Oakland, which drafts a QB to try and make up for the bad Carson Palmer trade …
1. Raiders – Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee. I’ve been hyping Bray since December. The junior is 6-foot-6 and missed 4 games due to injury last year. I think he’ll play his way to be the top pick in the draft. Others like Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (I don’t think he’ll come out early), but as a passer, I like Bray much more.
2. Jaguars – Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia. All-American, 13.5 sacks, and at 6-3, 240, a monster.
3. Colts – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Stayed in school to get his degree. Married with two kids. Looks like a future Pro Bowler. The Colts might have the league’s worst defense in 2012.
4. Seahawks – Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Reunited with Pete Carroll. Matt Flynn’s contract was only a 3-year deal. Barkley will be over-analyzed big-time this season.
5. Browns – Robert Woods, WR, USC. Right now, it looks like a good-not-great receiver class. Will Marquis Lee overshadow Woods this Fall?
6. Dolphins – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State.
7. Rams [via Redskins] – Seantrel Henderson, OL, Miami. Think the Rams will still need a playmaker, so I suspect if they have two Top 10 picks, they’ll trade one of them down.
8. Cardinals – Barkevious Mingo, LB/DE, LSU. Speed and power on the end at times reminds me of a smaller LT.
9. Rams – Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford. Love this kid. Check out his domination of Notre Dame last year.
10. Vikings – Kawann Short, Purdue. As you can tell, this is a loaded defensive tackle class (if the juniors come out). At 6-3, 310, Short could learn from the great Kevin Williams.
11. Titans – Eric Reid, S, LSU. Will be the best safety in the country.
12. Chargers – Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama.
13. Panthers – Denard Robinson, ATH, Michigan. Between Cam Newton, Joe Adams, Steve Smith and Robinson (he’s no NFL QB), the Panthers will be exciting. Also, this is a for-fun pick, it will never happen. It’s way too early to tell if Shoelaces is a first-round pick.
14. Giants – Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU. Because the Giants wisely collect pass-rushing stars.
15. Broncos – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. Seem to be a lot of good but not elite cornerback prospects.
16. Jets – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas. It’ll be the first draft pick by their new GM! This is on the belief that Sanchez bombs this year. And by bombs, I mean they Jets miss the playoffs. I think other QB prospect slike Aaron Murray of Georgia and Landry Jones of Oklahoma fall to the 2nd round.
17. Falcons – Manti T’eo, LB, Notre Dame.
18. Steelers – David Amerson, CB, N.C. State. Ike Taylor is still not an elite cornerback.
19. Saints – Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State. 21.5 sacks in the last two seasons.
20. Cowboys – Alex Okafor, DE, Texas.
21. Chiefs – Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee.
22. Buccaneers – Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama.
23. Bills – Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor. OMG playoffs in 2012-2013 and fire up the Super Bowl talk!
24. 49ers – D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama.
25. Ravens – Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State.
26. Bears – Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina. Because when they probably won’t pay Forte, they’ll need another back besides Michael Bush.
27. Bengals – Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford.
28. Packers – TJ McDonald, S, USC.
29. Texans – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. I’m not bullish on Smith, but Those In The Know claim he’ll be a first round pick. Schaub is injury prone, and Smith is a much more complete QB than Yates.
30. Eagles – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.
31. Lions – Tyrann Mathieu, S, LSU. Honey Badger is only 5-foot-9 and moves to CB in the pros. His swagger is a perfect fit in Detroit.
32. Patriots – Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU. Might be the most improved player in college football next season.