2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Elder 12/31

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Keenan Allen-California* (Scouting Report)

The big play junior WR from the west coast will travel east and give Big Ben a size WR to combine with Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown. Allen isn’t going to be the most athletic WR on his team but he runs great routes and outworks most CB’s he goes up against.

18. Dallas Cowboys 

DT John Jenkins-UGA (Scouting Notes)

Rob Ryan should have a lot of fun plugging big John Jenkins into multiple positions along their 34 and watching him give OL fits. He’s coming out of a 34 system at UGA and played both NT and DE at times. Jenkins conditioning will need to improve but when his motor is on, few players are as good.

19. New York Giants 

OT Eric Fisher-Central Michigan (Scouting Notes)

The Giants need to add some OL depth and help at multiple positions. Fisher is the top rated OL left on our board and he goes here. Fisher is an underrated prospect by most fans but he’s the best senior OT in the country and should be able to play quickly in the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears 

OT Jake Matthews-Texas A&M* (Scouting Report)

Some will tell you Jake Matthews is a better OT prospect compared to Luke Joeckel but I’m still not quite sold on that. Matthews projects as a definite RT for me with the possibility to kick over to the left side. He’s got good feet and great strength at the point of attack.

21. Minnesota Vikings 

WR Justin Hunter-Tennessee* (Scouting Notes)

The Vikings need to add weapons down the field for Christian Ponder and bringing in Hunter will do just that. He should fit in well on a team that already has Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson on it.

22. Cincinnati Bengals 

DE Barkevious Mingo-LSU* (Scouting Report)

The Bengals may or may not be bringing Michael Johnson back next year and even if they do the Bengals could still look to add a rotation pass rusher to be an upgrade over a quickly aging Robert Geathers.

23. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)

WR Tavon Austin-West Virginia (Scouting Report)

The Rams have added some WR talent to their team but none of those additions have anywhere near the ability that Austin does to make things happen when the ball is in his hands. Austin is quite possibly the quickest player in the country and should absolutely fly on that St. Louis turf.

24. Baltimore Ravens 

SAF Tony Jefferson-Oklahoma* (Scouting Report)

The Ravens must begin the process of replacing their older defensive parts. Tony Jefferson offers the Ravens a lot of what Ed Reed brings to the table along with better range and more ability to play in man to man coverage.

25. Seattle Seahawks 

WR Cordarrelle Patterson-Tennessee* (Scouting Notes)

Patterson is a bit of a risk pick to some because he’s only spent one year in the SEC but its important to note that no matter the level (HS, JUCO, or Tennessee) Patterson has dominated. That kind of domination will not go unnoticed but a former college coach like Carroll.

26. Indianapolis Colts 

DE Sam Montgomery-LSU* (Scouting Notes)

The Colts needs to add some pressure off the edge and Montgomery has Top 5 ability when he wants to. His motor is an issue which is why he’ll drop this far but he’s got the size, athleticism, and ability to dominate and I think the combination of Pagano and a veteran like Freeney can get him motivated.

27. Green Bay Packers 

RB Eddie Lacy-Alabama* (Scouting Notes)

While its the aerial attack of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay WR’s that the Packers have become known for the ability to add a punishing RB like Lacy may just be too much for them to overlook. Lacy could be dynamic late in the season as Green Bay tries to put people away on a cold and snowy Lambeau Field.

28. San Francisco 49ers 

DT Johnathan Hankins-Ohio State (Scouting Report)

The 49ers defense is one of the best in the business but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use to get a little bit younger. With Justin Smith aging and Issac Sopoaga on the wrong side of 30 its time for the 49ers to replenish a defensive line that has been dominate.

29. Houston Texans 

OT DJ Fluker-Alabama* (Scouting Notes)

Fluker can come in and immediately fill the Texans need at RT. Fluker is a devastating run blocker who struggles a little bit against speed rushers. He should be able to seal the edge consistently for Foster and has the athleticism to lead the way on outside runs.

30. New England Patriots

SAF Phillip Thomas-Fresno State (Scouting Report)

The back end of the Patriots defense has been a sore point for a couple of seasons now and this year it’s gotten really bad. The Patriots need an upgrade at safety and I think with a good week in Mobile Phillip Thomas could unseat Kenny Vaccaro as the top senior safety.

31. Denver Broncos 

OG Jonathan Cooper-UNC (Scouting Notes)

No matter who the starting RB is in Denver next year the onus will be on continuing to find way to open up running lanes and maintain protection for Peyton Manning. Cooper is a road grader in the running game and is as stout as they come in pass protection.

32. Atlanta Falcons 

RB Gio Bernard-UNC* (Scouting Notes)

Michael ‘The Burner’ Turner is all but burned out at this point and a very soft RB market allows for a premier talent like Gio Bernard to slip. The Falcons get great value in Bernard who is a Top 20 talent and finally have a RB who can combine speed, power, vision, and versatility into one position.


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3 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Elder 12/31”

  1. Tyler says:

    I wouldn’t say the Pats safety position has been worse than the last 2 years, it’s a weakness but it’s stable right now. Love the pick though.

  2. CleveSteve says:

    wow, I think Jarvis Jones is overrated, too, but lasting to the second round?

  3. bill says:

    Kordy Glenn,when I focused on him. When he pulled he was a wrecking crew for spiller

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