I could live with this (Charles Davis's) mock draft
I love the way the first 8 picks play out (and, yes, I'm the Dion Jordan camp).
NFL Mock Draft: Early offensive tackle run
By Charles Davis |
Analyst, NFL.com and NFL Network
Published: March 5, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.
LUKE JOECKEL OTTEXAS A&M
Yes, Joeckel's being challenged for the No. 1 spot, but he's still the guy at this point to supplement the Alex Smith acquisition.
ERIC FISHER OTCENTRAL MICHIGAN
There's a big need for a pass rusher in Jacksonville -- what else is new? -- but this riser will help struggling young QB Blaine Gabbert.
SHARRIF FLOYD DTFLORIDA
Tremendous season, tremendous NFL Scouting Combine. The Raiders get a building block who will make plays.
LANE JOHNSON OTOKLAHOMA
Johnson's athleticism wowed at the combine. He's an excellent fit in Philly, with the expected tempo change on offense under Chip Kelly.
DEE MILLINER CBALABAMA
Milliner quieted speed concerns at the combine. The Lions need guys to cover NFC receiver threats.
JARVIS JONES OLBGEORGIA
Questions abound with Jones' neck, but once he clears medical hurdles, look out. This is the best edge pass rusher in the 2013 NFL Draft.
GENO SMITH QBWEST VIRGINIA
Another fresh start in Arizona. New head coach Bruce Arians begins his tenure with a quarterback he can build around ... and win with.
CHANCE WARMACK OGALABAMA
There's some sentiment for a quarterback or wide receiver here, but the guard from Alabama improves the pass and run games. Warmack's one of the best overall players in this draft class.
DION JORDAN DEOREGON
After shoulder surgery, Jordan will need to get bigger and stronger, but his versatility and speed will help Gang Green in a big way.
JONATHAN COOPER OGNORTH CAROLINA
Another top-level offensive lineman who will help a young QB get comfortable by creating space for Chris Johnson, who's hungry for another CJ2K season.
STAR LOTULELEI DTUTAH
Lotulelei had a heart-condition scare in Indianapolis, and NFL teams will await the results of further testing. If everything checks out, the Chargers get an active, versatile front man.
CORDARRELLE PATTERSON WRTENNESSEE
A crying need meets its match. The Dolphins lack a dynamic playmaker on the perimeter, and Mr. Patterson fills that role.
XAVIER RHODES CBFLORIDA ST.
Rhodes is the long, big corner (6-foot-1 1/2, 210 pounds) that Tampa has been seeking to fill the hole vacated by Aqib Talib.
SHELDON RICHARDSON DTMISSOURI
A gifted defensive tackle who can play defensive end (and was even used as a linebacker at times at Missouri). The Panthers need a playmaking DT.
BARKEVIOUS MINGO DELSU
The Saints have a new defensive coordinator for the third time in three years. Rob Ryan will turn "KeKe" loose, making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
KEENAN ALLEN WRCALIFORNIA
With the first of two first-round picks, the Rams grant Sam Bradford's request, delivering a strong, sure-handed receiver.
KENNY VACCARO SSTEXAS
Not sure a running back will be ranked this highly. Vaccaro is a sure tackler who can cover, too. Not to mention, he offers insurance for Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark, both in their 30s.
D.J. FLUKER OTALABAMA
The O-line overhaul continues. Fluker and Tyron Smith give the Cowboys two young bookends to build around.
ZIGGY ANSAH DEBYU
Surprised? Well, the Giants love pass rushers -- and know how to develop them. Ansah's a project with huge potential.
TYLER EIFERT TENOTRE DAME
Brandon Marshall was targeted at an astounding pace in 2012. It's time to get him -- and quarterback Jay Cutler -- some help in the form of a top-rated tight end.
BJOERN WERNER DEFLORIDA ST.
The German-born defensive end will benefit greatly from playing in Mike Zimmer's defense.
ERIC REID FSLSU
Many people have Florida safety Matt Elam rated higher -- and he's a tremendous player -- but I'm a big fan of this rover from LSU. I like his superior length against tight ends in today's game.
SYLVESTER WILLIAMS DTNORTH CAROLINA
The Vikings pride themselves on playing strong defense, and their front four could use an infusion of youth. The big man from Chapel Hill will help.
JAMIE COLLINS OLBSOUTHERN MISS
You might not know much about this terrific player, who blew up in Indianapolis, but he's more than a workout warrior -- he plays fast, too.
SAM MONTGOMERY DELSU
Many people questioned Seattle's 2012 draft, but one year later, the Seahawks appear to be savants. This pick helps fortify their defensive front.
DAMONTRE MOORE DETEXAS A&M
A tough combine might hurt his draft status, but the Packers are still seeking pressure opposite Clay Matthews.
TAVON AUSTIN WRWEST VIRGINIA
Not only did he test through the roof in Indy, but he's that explosive in game action, too. Austin's a gamebreaker Andre Johnson would welcome with open arms.
ALEC OGLETREE ILBGEORGIA
A top-10 talent who might slide due to off-the-field concerns. If so, Ogletree's speed will make an already great defense even better.
DESMOND TRUFANT CBWASHINGTON
A four-year starter at Washington, Trufant does not back down. A tremendous Senior Bowl week really helped his draft stock.
ZACH ERTZ TESTANFORD
The Falcons need pass rushers. And cover guys, too. But even if Tony Gonzalez returns for one more season, this is a need pick of a highly ranked talent.
JUSTIN HUNTER WRTENNESSEE
Randy Moss is exiting. Mario Manningham is recovering from a knee injury. This flyer from Tennessee struggled at times last year, but he's ready to provide a true deep threat for " Optimus Prime," Colin Kaepernick.
MANTI TE'O ILBNOTRE DAME
NOT the next Ray Lewis, but who is? Highly productive (and scrutinized), Te'o can be a solid addition to a proud defense.