2013 NFL Mock Draft
17. Tampa Bay-OG Chance Warmack, Alabama (Scouting Notes)
Top player remaining on my board and with a current starting duo of Zuttah and Meredith the position could use an injection of talent. Warmack is a dominant interior lineman who loves to do nothing more than punish defensive players. He does a great job getting out of his stance and getting his hands on his opponents.
18. Minnesota-DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri* (Scouting Notes)
The Vikings need to replace Kevin Williams and Sheldon Richardson is an ideal prospect to do that. He’s the #1 DT on our board and does a great job shooting the gap and using his power to beat the offensive lineman. He plays with impressive leverage and does a good job staying low out of his stance.
19. Dallas-QB Matt Barkley, USC (Scouting Report)
Alright before Cowboys fans try and shoot the messenger, yes I’m aware there are reports that Romo may get an extension. From what I’ve been led to believe that is somewhat contingent upon Romo and the Cowboys not suffering another December swoon. Well let’s just say I expect history to repeat itself and it may be time to start over.
20. Cincinnati-SAF Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (Scouting Report)
Vaccaro is a prospect who has flown under the radar to some degree. He plays on an under whelming Texas team but he is still a top notch prospect. Vaccaro plays both the run and the pass very well and his versatility is one of his better traits.
21. Pittsburgh-TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (Scouting Notes)
Heath Miller feels like he’s been with the Steelers for forever and according to his team bio he has. Its time to look at replacing some of the older parts and Eifert is a steal this late. He’s had a down senior year due to the offense being limited by a rFr QB but his numbers have started to pick up and we all already know how good he can be.
22. Seattle-OT DJ Fluker, Alabama* (Scouting Notes)
The Seahawks appear to have the franchise QB they so badly needed and now add a RT who can help lock down the OL with Russell Okung for the next 10-12 years .Fluker is a dominating run blocker who should help clear the way for Marshawn Lynch, but he’s also an excellent pass protector.
23. New York Giants-OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (Scouting Notes)
This pick was strictly about value and versatility. Thomas projects as an OT to me but easily could spend a year or two inside given how well he played there for Tennessee this season. The Giants have some depth, aging, and talent issues along the line so adding a guy who fit in multiple players makes a lot of sense.
24. Green Bay Packers-OC Barrett Jones, Alabama (Scouting Notes)
The Packers signed veteran pivot Jeff Saturday a couple of years ago to hold down the center position but he’s aging and it may be time to seek a replacement. Jones offers position versatility and should be able to be asset in both the running and passing game for the Packers very early on.
25. Indianapolis Colts-WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech* (Article)
Some will say this is too high for Rogers, who I think has Top 10 ability, but with the right coach, and system he could be very good. Rogers will have plenty of talent around him and a new favorite QB in Andrew Luck who should have no problem getting the ball to his most dangerous WR.
26. Chicago Bears-OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M* (Scouting Notes)
The Bears need to find some OT help and they get lucky here with Matthews falling to them. Matthews is thought of by some to be able to play LT or RT and the Bears will have to hope its LT. This will allow him to pair with Carimi and hopefully give Jay Cutler enough time to actually smile.
27. San Francisco-WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (Scouting Report)
The 49ers offense is already dangerous since the insertion of Colin Kaepernick into the starting lineup but adding the speed of Austin may just make it ridiculous. Austin has impressed scouts with his ability to not just be a WR or returner but also a ball carrier out of the backfield. Nobody in this class can do what he can when the ball is in his hands.
28. Denver-DT John Jenkins, UGA (Scouting Notes)
The Broncos need some beef on the inside and John Jenkins would add plenty of it. He has one of his best games since coming to UGA last weekend v. Alabama and is starting to learn how to use his hands in conjunction with his size and power.
29. Baltimore-ILB Alec Ogletree, UGA* (Scouting Notes)
The Ravens need to find a replacement for Ray Lewis especially given his injury this season. Ogletree is not a polished ILB prospect but he’s making big leaps and no LB in the country has his combination of speed and size. He runs like a SAF and hits like a LB in a couple of years he could be really good.
30. New England-OG Jonathan Cooper, UNC (Scouting Notes)
The Patriots add some needed size and depth to the interior of their line with Cooper. Cooper is one of the nastiest maulers in this class and would be a good fit in a division that features some very stout DT’s. Cooper should also be an asset in pass protection as he’s almost impossible to bull rush and move off his spot.
31. Houston-DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (Scouting Notes)
The Texans add the big man from down under to their already incredible stout defense. This more value pick than anything else but the Texans could certainly find a use for Williams as they are a bit undersized at the NT position.
32. Atlanta-OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (Scouting Notes)
The Falcons take the athletic Greene here who projects best into the Falcons 43 look. He’s a converted SAF who can run all day and should be able to play opposite Witherspoon as the teams SLB and provide help covering the TE in the passing game.