2013 NFL Mock Draft – Mike Watkins (1/24)

15. Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Scouting Notes)
A lot of the Saints issues where on defense this year and a lot of the problems are because they are weak up the middle. The Saints have tried investing in DT’s but really haven’t hit a home run yet. Richardson could change that

16. Rams: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Scouting Notes)
Bradford needs more help at the WR position and Hopkins should drum up memories of Torry Holt for Rams fans

17. Steelers: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (Scouting Report)
Mingo had an up and down year but the raw talent is there. That talent mixed with LeBeau coaching ability leave the sky the limit for Mingo

18. Cowboys: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Scouting Notes)
It’s not the flashy sexy pick but it would be the right pick for the Cowboys. They need to start injecting talent into a weak OL if they plan on taking the next step into the playoffs.

19. Giants: Alec Olgetree, LB, Georgia (Scouting Notes)
The Giants are value drafters so any position is in play for them at all points through the draft. DL could be in play as well as OL but Olgetree gives them the sideline to sideline LB they have lacked and the value meets the need here

20. Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (Scouting Notes)
As much as the Bears would love for an OT to be here there isn’t going to be one that warrants this high of a pick. Eifert could provide the next best thing however and that’s a safety valve for Cutler to get the ball out quickly.

21. Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
This could be an interesting pick because the Bengals biggest hole is at RB but its one of the weaker spots in the draft. Bernard however is a spark plug that could fit in with what they have already at the position as well as give them a boost on special teams. E.Lacy could also be in play here

22.Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas (Scouting Report)
First pick was spent on offense and I expect them to use this pick on defense. Their front 7 is really coming along and the CB’s improved as the year went along. Safety remains a problem and Vaccaro fits what Fisher likes to do at that position

23. Vikings: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor (Scouting Notes)
They really have nothing to write home about after Harvin and Rudolph. Williams could be a nice fit on the opposite side and with his deep speed needing to be respected he could help the running game even more by drawing defenders down the field

24. Colts: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (Scouting Notes)
Freeney is on the wrong side of 30 and a free agent this year. Okafor can play in both a 3-4 and 4-3 and should fit right in to what Pagano like to do on defense

25. Seahawks: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Scouting Report)
The Seahawks are one of the better drafting teams in the NFL and while a WR might be in play here I imagine they will stick to their board and select Ansah. Clemons is getting up there in age and Ansah could help in the rotation

26. Packers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina (Scouting Notes)
It all revolves around Rodgers and keeping him up right. The more time he has the better shot the Packers have of pulling out Wins

27. Texans-Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma (Scouting Report)
As the season went along it became apparent that the Texans are vulnerable in the secondary. The CB’s are not bad at all, the safety position could use an upgrade. Jefferson is all over the place when he plays and could start early in his career

28.Broncos: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Scouting Notes)
After watching Champ Bailey get torched against the Ravens its time to finally admit he is in the twilight of his career. Due to that a CB is the pick here

29. New England Patriots: Matt Elam, S, Florida (Scouting Notes)
The Patriots have to do something about their secondary. Elam meets need and value at this point in the draft

30. Falcons: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (Scouting Notes)
The Falcons have issues along the DL and could use a run stuffer and a DT that draws a double to help the rest of the DL. Jenkins could provide both those

31. Ravens: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU (Scouting Notes)
The Ravens are BPA drafters and while I’m not as high on Montgomery as most everyone else he is still high on a lot of peoples boards. Due to that I don’t think the Ravens pass on him here.

32. 49ers: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (Scouting Notes)
Not a whole lot of needs on this team and when that happens skill positions usually get picked. Like they say, you can never have enough good CB’s on your team

Round 2: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Scouting Notes)
As a first rounder I’m not that high on him. He tends to have a lot of drops but if he can shore up that part of his game and become more consistent his upside is a nice value/risk for the second round

Round 3: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida (Scouting Notes)
Bostic caught my eye in nearly every Florida game I watched this year. He’s a well-rounded player who should put up decent work out numbers and push Sheppard for playing time

Round 4: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State (Scouting Notes)
Physical CB with good speed that likes to fight for the football. The Bills need at least to add depth even if they address the CB position in Free Agency

Round 5: Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State
If you caught a Miss State game this year then you know who Lawrence is. He was all over the field on defense and there was rarely a play in which he wasn’t involved one way or another. He has great instincts and is a three down LB

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One Response to “2013 NFL Mock Draft – Mike Watkins (1/24)”

  1. Matt says:

    Banks was a very good first round top tier prospect before his injury. No one except you has him going before 15 in the first round and some think he will slip out of the first round if he doesn’t get clearance on his injury. NO way the Lions reach their for him. IN your draft scenario it would be Warmack, or the OT from CMU or Milner. All healthy and all are beasts. They can trade back and pick up a draft pick or two and still take one of them.

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