2013 NFL Mock Draft ... Yes, One Year Before the Draft Happens

2013 NFL Mock Draft ... Yes, One Year Before the Draft Happens


2013 NFL Mock Draft ... Yes, One Year Before the Draft Happens

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.