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NFL Mock Draft, v2.0

April 16, 2013 by Steel Haven


Round 1

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

    OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M

    Did a solid job of filling needs through free agency and trades so taking the best player available makes sense. Andy Reid has shown a propensity for taking linemen in the first round. Franchised Branden Albert has been adamant in his refusal to move to the right side if this pick is used on a left tackle. Moving him to add a second rounder after the deal for QB Alex Smith would not be the worst idea.
    • Needs: OT, ILB, DE, QB, FS, G/C
    • Other Options: OT E Fisher, DE S Floyd, QB G Smith, trade down
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars

    DE Dion Jordan - Oregon

    Need a presence on the edge after finishing last in the league with only 20 sacks. Jordan has been rising up draft boards. A torn labrum limited his productivity in the second half of the season and required post combine surgery. His pre-surgery workouts were eye popping. New GM David Caldwell has been playing his hand extremely close to the vest. A trade down for extra picks is likely his preferred strategy. Finding a partner is the problem. Starting over at QB with Geno Smith remains a possibility.
    • Needs: QB, DE, CB, RT/G, OLB, SS
    • Other Options: DE E Ansah, DT S Floyd, CB D Milliner, QB G Smith, trade down
  3. Oakland Raiders

    DT/DE Sharrif Floyd - Florida

    Defense is a shambles. The Raiders could stand to replace their entire front seven and both corners. Free agent signings were more journeyman type fill-ins than difference makers. Taking the best defender on the board seems like a no brainer. Floyd is scheme versatile possessing the skill set to be a 3-technique inside in a 4-3 or a 5-technique at end in a 3-4 alignment. His ability to rush the passer from the inside should further benefit a defense that managed only 25 sacks last season.
    • Needs: DE, CB, DT, LB, FS, RT/G
    • Hope might be available: OT L Joeckel, DE D Jordan
    • Other Options: DE E Ansah, DT S Lotulelei , CB D Milliner, QB G Smith
  4. Philadelphia Eagles

    QB Geno Smith - West Virginia

    Not much has been clarified in the months since the surprise hiring of Chip Kelly after he reportedly decided to return to Oregon. What is abundantly clear is that unreliable Michael Vick looks at best to be a short term stopgap and Nick Foles is not suited to the new offense. Smith has the requisite mobility to play in Kelly's system despite not racking up eye opening rushing yards in college. He looked like the top pick in the draft midway through the season before the Mountaineers crashed and burned in the second half against tougher competition. Despite opinions on Smith being wildly divergent, he unquestionably remains the most gifted signal caller in an undistinguished class.
    • Needs: OT, DE, CB, QB, G/C, NT
    • Hope might be available: DE S Floyd, OT L Joeckel, OLB D Jordan
    • Other Options: OT E Fisher, NT/DE S Lotulelei, CB D Milliner
  5. Detroit Lions

    OT Eric Fisher - Central Michigan

    The retirement of Jeff Backus and free agent loss of Cliff Avril have left gaping holes on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Fisher falling to this spot would be a blessing since immediate help at defensive end will be much easier to attain later in the draft. Fisher is a tall, agile pass blocker with the ability to step in on Matt Stafford's blind side. Additional bulk added in a pro weight program combined with a fiery demeanor should also eventually make him formidable at the point of attack in the running game.
    • Needs: OT, DE, CB, G/C, WR, DT
    • Hope might be available: OT L Joeckel, DE D Jordan
    • Other Options: DE E Ansah, OT L Johnson, CB D Milliner, OG C Warmack
  6. Cleveland Browns

    CB Dee Milliner - Alabama

    Looking for a replacement for aging free agent Sheldon Brown opposite Joe Haden. Milliner's size, toughness and football awareness make up for his lack of top line makeup speed. He profiles as an immediate, long term starter. Milliner paired with Haden would cause major problems for opposing pass offenses. After basically wasting a first rounder last season on the now 30 year old Brandon Weeden the complete change in the front office from owner all the way down through the coaching staff makes starting over with another rookie QB a realistic option especially if Geno Smith falls into their laps. Adding another edge rusher for new defensive coordinator Ray Horton is another possibility. The lack of a second round pick could also lead to a trade down for extra picks. Both the Dolphins and Saints are rumored to want to get ahead of the Cardinals to take Lane Johnson.
    • Needs: QB, CB, OG, FS, OLB, WR
    • Hope might be available: OLB D Jordan, QB G Smith
    • Other Options: OLB E Ansah, OG C Warmack, trade down
  7. Arizona Cardinals

    OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma

    The trade for Carson Palmer and signing of Drew Stanton fills their dire need at QB even though neither is a long term solution. Johnson moved to the left side as a senior after playing on the right side previously. He is an athletic former TE and DE with the length and long arms teams covet. Being able to play the returning Levi Brown on the right side with developing Bobby Massie in reserve would go a long way toward helping keep Palmer and/or Stanton upright.
    • Needs: OT, OG, S, OLB, CB, QB
    • Hope might be available: OT E Fisher, OLB D Jordan, QB G Smith
    • Other Options: OLB E Ansah, QB M Barkley, OG C Warmack, trade down
  8. Buffalo Bills

    OG Chance Warmack - Alabama

    A fourth offensive lineman in the top eight, a guard with a single digit pick. A guard has not been selected in the top ten in the last ten drafts. The lack of top end talent in the class makes this possible. Warmack is an immediate starter replacing free agent loss Andy Levitre. I wanted to move him down because guards simply do not go this high. In the end the other options with this pick simply did not make as much sense.
    • Needs: QB, OG, WR, ILB, DE, TE
    • Hope might be available: DE D Jordan, QB G Smith
    • Other Options: DE E Ansah, WR/RB T Austin, QB M Barkley, trade up/down
  9. New York Jets

    OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU

    Offseason so far has almost been as big a dumpster fire as last offseason and regular season. Decision to fire GM Mike Tannebaum and burden the new GM with Rex Ryan made the search next to impossible. New hire John Idzik is a capologist again leaving the front office woefully short in experience evaluating talent. Ansah didn’t start a game until exploding on the scene in his senior season after coming to BYU from Ghana on a track scholarship. His incredible physical upside could conceivably get him picked even higher despite the inexperience. Ryan has not had a legitimate edge rusher since coming to New York. Ansah should provide him with one immediately even if he needs time to develop a complete game. Corner of course becomes a huge need if Darrelle Revis is traded to the Bucs.
    • Needs: QB, OLB, WR, RB, TE, S
    • Hope might be available: CB D Milliner, OLB D Jordan, QB G Smith
    • Other Options: WR/RB T Austin, TE T Eifert, OLB B Mingo, CB X Rhodes
  10. Tennessee Titans

    DE Barkevious Mingo - LSU

    A young, dynamic edge rusher to add to the rotation with veterans Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan. Mingo took a slight step back last season after a breakout 2011 campaign as offensive coordinators focused more on negating him. While Mingo might have benefitted from a return to school, his athletic upside makes a drop outside the top ten unlikely.
    • Needs: DE, CB, OG, DT, LB, TE
    • Hope might be available: DE E Ansah, CB D Milliner, OG C Warmack
    • Other Options: OG J Cooper, DT S Lotulelei, CB X Rhodes, DE B Werner
  11. San Diego Chargers

    NT Star Lotulelei - Utah

    Surprisingly athletic for a big man, Lotulelei had to face consistent double and triple teams because of the dearth of talent surrounding him. A heart condition detected at the combine did not prove to be a long term issue and subsequent testing has allayed fears. Aubrayo Franklin and Antonio Garay both left via free agency. Cam Thomas is the only option at NT on the current roster.
    • Needs: OT, NT, LB, CB, SS, RB
    • Hope might be available: OT L Johnson, OLB B Mingo
    • Other Options: WR/RB T Austin, CB X Rhodes, OLB/DE B Werner
  12. Miami Dolphins

    CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St

    Have suffered a lot of attrition at corner with Vontae Davis being traded last fall and now Sean Smith leaving in free agency. The big, physical, instinctive Rhodes has answered any questions about his speed and agility with excellent post season workouts. Also rumored to be interested in trading up for Lane Johnson after loss of Jake Long in free agency.
    • Needs: OT, CB, DE, RB, DT, S
    • Hope might be available: OT L Johnson, DT S Lotulelei
    • Other Options: OT D Fluker, DE B Werner, trade up
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    DE Bjoern Werner - Florida St

    Need an edge rusher after being ranked 30th in sacks despite solid all around play from the end position. The German born Werner didn’t start playing football until fifteen as a foreign exchange student. He excelled both in the pass rush and against the run after improving his conditioning by dropping twenty pounds before his final season.
    • Needs: CB, TE, DT, DE, FS, LB
    • Hope might be available: DT S Lotulelei, DE B Mingo, CB X Rhodes
    • Other Options: TE T Eifert, DT S Richardson, S K Vaccaro, trade for D Revis
  14. Carolina Panthers

    DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri

    The hole in the interior defensive line needs to be plugged even with the return of Dwan Edwards. Richardson was a top recruit that was forced to attend junior college due to academics. He displayed incredible explosiveness while having to earn his playing time after honoring his original commitment to Missouri.
    • Needs: DT, CB, OT, FS, OG, WR
    • Hope might be available: DT S Lotulelei, CB X Rhodes
    • Other Options: WR/RB T Austin, CB D Trufant, S K Vaccaro
  15. New Orleans Saints

    S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas

    The defense was rated 31st against the pass in large part due to the inept play of safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins. Vaccaro has the combination of size and athleticism to play either safety spot. Texas has had six defensive backs selected in the top fifty picks in the last six drafts. Vaccaro will make that seven in seven. Reportedly interested in trading up for Lane Johnson to help protect Drew Brees which might be tough because their second rounder was forfeited due to bounty-gate. A trade down is possible to try to recoup the pick.
    • Needs: OT, S, NT, OLB, DE, CB
    • Hope might be available: OT L Johnson, OLB B Mingo, OLB/DE B Werner
    • Other Options: OT D Fluker, OLB J Jones, NT/DE S Williams, trade up/down
  16. St. Louis Rams

    WR Tavon Austin - West Virginia

    The versatile, undersized Austin averaged 198 all-purpose yards per game last season lining up both outside and in the backfield and returning kicks. He would provide Sam Bradford with a much needed weapon, allowing the Rams to further diversify their offense.
    • Needs: WR, S, RB, OLB, OG, DT
    • Hope might be available: S K Vaccaro
    • Other Options: OG J Cooper, OLB J Jones, WR C Patterson
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers

    OG/C Jonathon Cooper - North Carolina

    Would the Steelers really take interior offensive linemen in the first round of consecutive drafts? Cooper's athleticism has him rising up draft boards with some pundits now rating him even more highly than Warmack. Selecting him allows resigned Ramon Foster to be a swing backup at RT and guard providing some depth if Marcus Gilbert or Mike Adams fails to develop as expected or gets injured. Prospect Kelvin Beachum would also be pushed one spot down the depth chart so he does not need to be counted as the primary line backup. Obviously this is not the sexy game changer most Steelers fans including myself want with this pick. However should Cooper be available there is a real chance he will top the Steelers draft board. He probably should top the Steelers draft board in this scenario.
    • Needs: RB, WR, LB, S, TE, OT/G
    • Hope might be available: WR/RB T Austin, S K Vaccaro
    • Other Options: TE T Eifert, OT D Fluker, OLB J Jones, WR C Patterson
  18. Dallas Cowboys

    DT Sylvester Williams - North Carolina

    Change in defensive scheme after the hiring of new coordinator Monte Kiffin is going to require defensive line help. Williams has displayed incredible athleticism in the post season profiling as a perfect pick as a 3-technique tackle.
    • Needs: G/C, DT, S, RT, DE, OLB
    • Hope might be available: OG J Cooper, S K Vaccaro
    • Other Options: RT D Fluker
  19. New York Giants

    CB Desmond Trufant - Washington

    GM Jerry Reese is known for drafting for value rather than immediate need. He also has a history of selecting defensive backs in the first round. The slightly undersized Trufant has good bloodlines with brothers Marcus and Isaiah both in the NFL. Stellar Senior Bowl, combine and pro day performances have solidified his stock.
    • Needs: DE, LB, CB, RT, OG, S
    • Hope might be available: OG J Cooper, CB X Rhodes, DE B Werner
    • Other Options: RT D Fluker, MLB A Ogletree
  20. Chicago Bears

    LB Alec Ogletree - Georgia

    Failure to resign Brian Urlacher after he refused to take a big enough pay cut opened up a hole in the middle of the defense. Recruited as a safety the athletic Ogletree has good size and excellent speed for his position. He is a slightly surprising early entrant because a string of injuries limited his on the field experience. To be selected this early he would have had to make a team comfortable with him in the interview process due to off the field issues including a DUI early in the post season.
    • Needs: LB, OT, G/C, WR, CB, DT
    • Hope might be available: OG J Cooper, CB D Trufant
    • Other Options: OT D Fluker, WR C Patterson
  21. Cincinnati Bengals

    OT DJ Fluker - Alabama

    Failure to pay Andre Smith what he wants leaves a huge hole on the right side of the line. Fluker is a huge, physical run blocker that should be able to step in and start immediately. This basically makes him a carbon copy of his fellow Alabama alumni.
    • Needs: S, LB, RB, RT, C, WR
    • Hope might be available: LB A Ogletree, S K Vaccaro
    • Other Options: WR C Patterson, RB E Lacy, LB M Te'o
  22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

    OLB Jarvis Jones - Georgia

    Jones drops not because of his well documented spinal stenosis which resulted in a transfer from USC, but instead due to a shockingly lackluster post season that belied his explosive on the field play. His surprising lack of strength and straight line speed is more of a concern for 3-4 teams because he lacks the prototypical length to play outside in that scheme. In this scenario he fits in as an immediate starter on the strong side with James Laurinaitis and JoLonn Dunbar.
    • Hope might be available: S K Vaccaro
    • Other Options: S M Elam, RB E Lacy, WR C Patterson
  23. Minnesota Vikings

    WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee

    Former JUCO transfer Patterson came out early after playing only a single season in the SEC. A versatile playmaker with good size, Patterson scored TDs last season via kickoff return, punt return, receiving and rushing. Patterson's stock seems to be in decline because of fears about his ability to pick up a pro offense. Newly signed veteran Greg Jennings will hopefully be able to provide some mentoring.
    • Needs: MLB, CB, DT, WR, OG, S
    • Hope might be available: WR T Austin, LB A Ogletree, CB D Trufant, DT S Williams
    • Other Options: CB J Banks, DT J Hankins, LB M Te'o
  24. Indianapolis Colts

    DE Datone Jones - UCLA

    The fast rising Jones had a breakout senior season after failing to live up to expectations as an underclassman. His long arms and frame make him a perfect fit as a 5-technique end on early downs. His speed and burst make him difficult to contend with as an inside rusher on passing downs. A nice fit for the hybrid defense of Chuck Pagano.
    • Needs: CB, OLB, DE, WR, OG/C, OT
    • Hope might be available: OLB J Jones, WR C Patterson, CB D Trufant
    • Other Options: WR K Allen, CB J Banks, DE J Hankins, OLB D Moore
  25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

    MLB Manti Te’o - Notre Dame

    An immediate starter is needed after the loss of Jasper Brinkley. Not that Brinkley was any good anyway. The well publicized off the field issues of Te'o appear to have blown over. On the field his instincts and agility make up for a lack of straight line speed. His remarkable improvement against the pass as a senior may be hard to duplicate against pro tight ends and backs.
    • Other Options: CB J Banks, DT J Hankins
  26. Green Bay Packers

    WR Keenan Allen - California

    Offense revolves around Aaron Rodgers and his receiver. The loss of Greg Jennings in free agency opens up a spot even with three more than capable options still on the roster. A slow recovery from knee surgery resulting in poor post season 40 times has hurt Allen's stock. A former top recruit, he originally committed to Alabama as a defensive back. He went on to break DeSean Jackson’s freshman records for catches and receiving yards at Cal. Allen is a precise route runner with excellent size and athleticism.
    • Needs: RB, DE, WR, C, OLB, OT
    • Hope might be available: DE D Jones, WR C Patterson
    • Other Options: TE T Eifert, DE J Hankins, RB E Lacy
  27. Houston Texans

    TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame

    Eifert could easily be a top fifteen pick. He has the size and ball skills to create mismatches and provide a security blanket in the passing game. He also has the body to develop into an all around inline TE with work on his blocking. Owen Daniels will be a free agent after next season, undoubtedly expecting a big money deal. Eifert provides insurance and is simply too good to pass up at this point.
    • Needs: WR, RT/G, ILB, NT, OLB, TE
    • Hope might be available: WR K Allen, OT D Fluker, NT S Williams
    • Other Options: WR D Hopkins, ILB K Minter
  28. Denver Broncos

    RB Eddie Lacy - Alabama

    Willis McGahee is on his last legs. Knowshon Moreno has proven to not be the answer. Ronnie Hillman profiles as a third down back. Lacy's play on the field especially in the National Championship game warrants strong consideration. He is the young, every down feature back this offensive lacks. The caveat is that poor post season workouts could cost Lacy a first round selection with a landing spot in Denver likely being his only opportunity.
    • Needs: DE, DT, S, RB, MLB, CB
    • Hope might be available: DE/DT D Jones, LB M Te'o
    • Other Options: S M Elam, DT J Hankins, LB K Minter, DE D Moore
  29. New England Patriots

    WR DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson

    Danny Amendola was signed to replace Wes Welker in the slot. Julian Edelman was resigned to back him up. Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins were added to line up outside. More help is needed as witnessed by the attempt to sign restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. Hopkins has the best chance of any rookie receiver to step in and contribute immediately. He is a productive, instinctive receiver that isn't picked higher because of a lack of prototypical size and speed.
    • Needs: DT, WR, OLB/DE, S, CB, OG
    • Hope might be available: DE/DT D Jones, CB D Trufant
    • Other Options: S M Elam, DT J Hankins, DE/OLB D Moore
  30. Atlanta Falcons

    DE Damontre Moore - Texas A & M

    John Abraham and Ray Edwards were both released. Osi Umenyiora was signed as a replacement. More help is needed. Moore was seen as a top five pick before a disastrous combine and pro day performance raised questions about his athleticism and preparedness. Gambling on him this late is warranted. Moore dominated in 2011 as Von Miller's replacement at the joker position and then built on his success as a more traditional 4-3 DE last season at the highest level of college football in the SEC after a conference and coaching change.
    • Needs: DE, CB, DT, LB, RT, G/C
    • Hope might be available: DE/DT D Jones, DT S Williams, CB D Trufant
    • Other Options: CB J Banks, DT J Hankins, LB K Minter
  31. San Francisco 49ers

    DT Jonathon Hankins - Ohio St

    Lost Isaac Sopoaga to free agency, depth behind him was thin. Hankins’ stock has been in steady decline since he decided to come out early, inconsistency being the major concern. In his defense Hankins basically played every defensive snap last season, unusual for a big lineman. He possesses a combination of size, power and quickness that is not frequently available this late in the draft.
    • Needs: S, NT, DE, TE, OLB, CB
    • Hope might be available: TE T Eifert
    • Other Options: S M Elam, Z Ertz, DE M Hunt
  32. Baltimore Ravens

    ILB Kevin Minter - LSU

    Ray Lewis retired on top, making me physically ill. Dannell Ellerbe celebrated the Super Bowl win by taking his talents to South Beach. Youth and talent are needed inside even with the signing of Rolando McClain and return of Jameel McClain from injury. The instinctive, dependable Minter was a top recruit with a penchant for making the big play.
    • Needs: ILB, WR, S, OT, CB, OG/C
    • Hope might be available: WR D Hopkins
    • Other Options: CB J Banks, S M Elam, OT M Watson, WR R Woods

Round 2

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Matt Barkley - USC
    Should have declared for the 2012 draft.
  2. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City) - S Matt Elam - Florida
    Can't go into the season with Dahl and Whitner at safety.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Jonathon Banks - Mississippi St
    Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie are gone, Williams and Fletcher are only adequate replacements.
  4. Detroit Lions - DE Cornellius Carradine - Florida St
    Classic draft for need replacing Avril after replacing Backus in the first round.
  5. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) - S Jonathan Cyprien - Fla International
    Seem to always be looking for an upgrade at safety.
  6. Arizona Cardinals - QB EJ Manuel - Florida St
    Strong armed, athletic project for Arians to groom.
  7. Cleveland Browns (used in 2012 supplemental draft)
    Decision to select Gordon paid off at least in the short term.
  8. New York Jets - QB Ryan Nassib - Syracuse
    Neither Garrard nor Sanchez are the answer.
  9. Tennessee Titans - CB DJ Hayden - Houston
    Medicals will decide his draft position after torn vein in heart ended his season after 9 games.
  10. Buffalo Bills - QB Mike Glennon - North Carolina St
    Fourth QB in the top nine second round picks as the desperate roll the dice.
  11. Miami Dolphins - DE Margus Hunt - SMU
    Huge upside gamble on Estonian track and field athlete with limited experience, production.
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TE Zach Ertz - Stanford
    Athletic pass catching TE reportedly high on their list of wants.
  13. Carolina Panthers - CB Jamar Taylor - Boise St
    Gamble release means they need more help even after signing Munnerlyn, Florence and Moore.
  14. New Orleans Saints (forfeited)
    Another penalty for bounty-gate.
  15. San Diego Chargers - OT Menelik Watson - Florida St
    Harried Rivers would undoubtedly like some added protection.
  16. St. Louis Rams - S Eric Reid - LSU
    Allowed Dahl to walk, released Mikell.
  17. Dallas Cowboys - T/G Justin Pugh - Syracuse
    Upgrade desperately needed at RT, interior of offensive line. .
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers

    ILB Arthur Brown - Kansas St

    Hoped to add athleticism at ILB last season by drafting Sean Spence in the third round. A devastating knee injury makes him unlikely to ever contribute. Brown's stock is all over the place with a mid-to-late first round selection as a 4-3 OLB well within the realm of possibility. This appears to be his absolute floor. Brown displayed sideline-to-sideline speed and extraordinary playmaking ability in the middle for the surprising Wildcats. He is an explosive, physical defender despite lacking ideal size.
    • Others: CB/S D Amerson, ILB K Greene, WR J Hunter, RB E Lacy, OLB S Montgomery, S E Reid, WR R Woods
  19. New York Giants - DE Sam Montgomery - LSU
    Umenyiora is gone, Tuck can't stay healthy.
  20. Chicago Bears - T/G Kyle Long - Oregon
    High upside project with incredible bloodlines that originally played baseball at FSU. .
  21. Washington Redskins

    WR Robert Woods - USC

    The polished, ultra productive Woods is an instinctive, hard working receiver that would be hard to pass up with this pick. Excellent off season workouts mean a late first round selection is not out of the realm of possibility.
    • Needs: S, CB, WR, OG, ILB, RT
  22. Minnesota Vikings - DT Kawann Short - Purdue
    Excellent value as a possible replacement for Guion.
  23. Cincinnati Bengals - RB Giovani Bernard - North Carolina
    Explosive compliment to plodding Green-Ellis.
  24. Miami Dolphins (from Indy) - OT Terron Armstead - AR, Pine Bluff
    Swing for the fences to fill a desperate need after departure of Long.
  25. Green Bay Packers - NT/DE Jesse Williams - Alabama
    A 5-technique end as a junior before moving inside his final season. .
  26. Seattle Seahawks

    WR Justin Hunter - Tennessee

    New acquisition Percy Harvin is a versatile offensive playmaker from the slot or backfield. Hunter is a more traditional receiver. The fluid, long and athletic Hunter lacks experience with only 17 starts after missing time in 2011 with a torn ACL. He improved steadily last season and ended up as one of only four SEC wide outs with over 1000 yards receiving.
    • Needs: RT, OG, DT, OLB, WR, TE
  27. Houston Texans - NT John Jenkins - Georgia
    A big body that would allow Mitchell to move outside to end more often.
  28. Denver Broncos - DE Alex Okafor - Texas
    Presence on the edge required after Dumervil fiasco.
  29. New England Patriots - CB/S David Amerson - North Carolina St
    Talib and Dennard's off the field issues makes corner depth a priority.
  30. Atlanta Falcons - LB Khaseem Greene - Rutgers
    Coverage linebacker that started at safety before changing positions as a junior.
  31. San Francisco 49ers - CB Jordan Poyer - Oregon St
    Youth needed to groom behind Rogers, recently signed Asomugha.
  32. Baltimore Ravens - WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech
    Playoff hero Boldin was traded after refusing to take a pay cut.


Round 3

  1. Kansas City Chiefs - QB Tyler Wilson - Arkansas
    High upside project to develop after trading for Smith.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars - G/T Dallas Thomas - Tennessee
    Competition for Bradfield outside, Britton and Brewster inside.
  3. Detroit Lions - WR Markus Wheaton - Oregon St
    Search for a receiver to compliment Megatron continues.
  4. Oakland Raiders - DE/OLB Corey Lemonier - Auburn
    Early entrant edge rusher with athleticism, upside.
  5. Philadelphia Eagles - C/G Barrett Jones - Alabama
    Versatile lineman provides depth, insurance for Kelce.
  6. Cleveland Browns - WR Terrance Williams - Baylor
    Seem resigned to Weeden being their QB in 2013.
  7. Arizona Cardinals - OLB Jamie Collins - Southern Miss
    Finding someone that can get to the QB remains a priority.
  8. Tennessee Titans - C/G Travis Frederick - Wisconsin
    Levitre solved their problem at guard on only one side.
  9. Buffalo Bills - WR Stedman Bailey - West Virginia
    More productive and reliable than first round college teammate Austin.
  10. New York Jets - RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin
    Between the tackles chain mover to replace disappointing Greene.
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Darius Slay - Mississippi St
    Have to add a corner sometime if trade for Revis falls through.
  12. San Francisco (from Carolina) - TE Gavin Escobar - San Diego St
    Tall, lanky compliment to Davis provides more mismatches in the passing game.
  13. New Orleans Saints - OT David Bakhtiari - Colorado
    Brees needs protection although high upside surprise early entrant will likely need time.
  14. San Diego Chargers - CB Robert Alford - Southeastern Louisiana
    Need more than Cox and Patrick to replace Jammer and Cason.
  15. Miami Dolphins - RB Jonathan Franklin - UCLA
    Counting on Miller and Thomas seems problematic at best.
  16. St. Louis Rams - RB Andre Ellington - Clemson
    Competition for Richardson and Pead. .
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers

    S Phillip Thomas - Fresno St

    Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark aren't getting any younger. Thomas can play either safety position which is a benefit for a team with no depth at the position. A four year starter, Thomas capped off his career by intercepting 8 passes and forcing 5 fumbles as a senior. Lack of elite timed speed is the only question mark.
    • Others: OLB J Collins, RB J Franklin, RB C Michael, OLB J Simon, S S Thomas, CB B Webb, CB B Wreh-Wilson
  18. Dallas Cowboys - S Shamarko Thomas - Syracuse
    Sensabaugh was released, Church is trying to come back from torn Achilles.
  19. New York Giants - OT Oday Aboushi - Virginia
    Diehl remains the weak link on the offensive line.
  20. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago) - DT Brandon Williams - Missouri Southern St
    High upside, small college project to develop. .
  21. Minnesota Vikings - CB Logan Ryan - Rutgers
    Depth needed after release of Winfield.
  22. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Marquise Goodwin - Texas
    Slot receiver provides an added dimension paired with physical Green, Sanu.
  23. Washington Redskins - CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson - UConn
    Return of Hall doesn't solve all their problems at corner.
  24. Indianapolis Colts - CB Dwayne Gratz - UConn
    Strong, aggressive corner improved stock by running a 4.47 at the combine.
  25. Seattle Seahawks - OG Larry Warford - Kentucky
    Mauler that would fit well in a run first offensive.
  26. Green Bay Packers - RB Christine Michael - Texas A & M
    Incredible physical specimen that couldn't escape college coach Sumlin's doghouse.
  27. Houston Texans - WR Ryan Swope - Texas A & M
    Continue to look for a compliment to Johnson.
  28. Denver Broncos - S DJ Swearinger - South Carolina
    Hard hitting four year starter to compete with Moore and Adams.
  29. New England Patriots - DE/OLB John Simon - Ohio St
    Pick would have gone to the Steelers if they didn't match offer to Sanders.
  30. Atlanta Falcons - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU
    Departure of Robinson and Grimes leaves a hole, not that either is a big loss.
  31. San Francisco 49ers - OLB Sio Moore - UConn
    High upside with minimal experience after moving from Liberia as HS freshman.
  32. Baltimore Ravens - S TJ McDonald - USC
    Newly signed Huff can't replace Reed and Pollard.
  33. Houston Texans (compensatory) - G/T Brian Winters - Kent St
    Right side of line needs an upgrade.
  34. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory) - C Brian Schwenke - California
    Interior line lacked depth, talent even before the retirement of Lilja.
  35. Tennessee Titans (compensatory) - TE Jordan Reed - Florida
    Pass catcher to pair with newly signed blocking TE Walker.


4 (115) Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Will Davis - Utah St

Davis took a long and winding road to reach the status of legitimate draft prospect. He only played a single year of HS football before going to Western Washington, then transferring to a JUCO after the school dropped its football program. He played well as a junior at Utah St despite starting only five games, breaking out as a senior. Despite an up and down week at the Senior Bowl his speed and natural athleticism are intriguing. A realistic comparison would be former fourth rounder Cortez Allen.
  • Others: RB L Bell, RB K Davis, NT K Geathers, OLB M Goodman, G/T J Mills, OT X Nixon, WR K Stills


5 (150) Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Josh Boyce - TCU

This is a high upside gamble on an intriguing slot receiver prospect that has faced his share of recent adversity. Boyce recently had foot surgery and has been unable to work out which clearly hurts his stock. He decided to come out early even after a somewhat pedestrian junior season that did not build upon his breakout sophomore campaign in part due to the suspension of QB Casey Pachall.
  • Others: WR C Harper, NT M Hughes, OLB B Jenkins, ILB N Johnson, TE D Sims


6 (186) Pittsburgh Steelers

RB Jawan Jamison - Rutgers

Rashard Mendenhall will not be back. Isaac Redman and Jonathon Dwyer are ordinary. Redshirt sophomore Jamison should have stayed in school. He is a tough, versatile albeit slightly undersized back that lacks blazing speed.
  • Others: DE Q Dial, S J Meeks, TE L Toilolo, S D Williams, CB S Williams


6 (206) Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)

DE/OLB Joe Kruger - Utah

Kruger certainly has good bloodlines. His brother Paul just signed a big money deal with the Browns after winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens. He was a second rounder after coming out early from Utah. Joe should have probably stayed in school. Despite being fluid and athletic, he was simply never as productive as his brother. Whether he should bulk up to play end or lose weight to stand up in a 3-4 is also not clear.
  • Others: OLB M Catapano, RB R Graham, WR R Smith, ILB V Williams


7 (223) Pittsburgh Steelers

TE Joseph Fauria

The Heath Miller injury means a TE should probably be taken higher. I just never got around to making the selection because of other needs. Fauria also has good bloodlines, his uncle Christian having played TE in the NFL. Joseph was a top prospect that originally signed with Notre Dame. He is a long, athletic pass catcher with the ability to provide mismatches in the passing game. He kind of got lost in the coaching change at UCLA hurting his stock somewhat.
  • Others: OLB D Bass, G N Embernate, ILB M Mauti, QB S Renfree
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