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Marc Sluis One Round 2013 Mock Draft - Mock #1 (Pre-Bowl Season)

12-11-2012

PRE-BOWLS MOCK


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Round 1

PickTeamPosPlayerSchool
1Kansas City ChiefsQBGeno SmithWest Virginia
 This is not a draft where the #1 overall pick will be signed, sealed and delivered weeks before Roger Goodell steps to the podium. The league is quarterback driven, so with no clear-cut can't miss franchise signal caller out there, the Chiefs will consider trading down, drafting their future QB or even taking a player from another position despite their desperate need for help under center. With that said it's hard to imagine the Chiefs walking away from round one without a new leader of the offense so if it means taking a streaky yet undoubtedly talented Geno Smith so be it. His arm, touch and deep ball accuracy are excellent and he has the ability to avoid pressure and pick up yards with his legs as well.
2Cleveland Browns34LB/OLBJarvis Jones #Georgia
 (Projected Trade with Jax) Cleveland has new ownership and probably new faces in the front office and with clipboards on the sideline. What can they do to finally give the loyal fans in the Dawg Pound something to cheer about? I'm not really sure one player can do it, but there is some talent sprinkled around this roster with guys like Joe Thomas, Trent Richardson, Joe Haden and D'Qwell Jackson. My opinion on Jones changes from one minute to the next, but despite his spinal stenosis and lack of size he simply makes plays and pressures the quarterback.
3Oakland RaidersILBManti Te'oNotre Dame
 The Raiders need help on the defensive side of the ball so although a guy with high character and a practicing Mormon doesn't scream Black and Silver, Te'o is a need and would be an upgrade over Rolando McClain both on and off the field. Personally this is grossly too high for Te'o but he is productive and experienced making him a safe selection.
4Philadelphia EaglesOTLuke Joeckel #Texas A&M
 Michael Vick is certainly injury prone but it's hard to stay healthy when your O-line is playing as poorly as the Eagles. Joeckel is smooth in his backpedal and can match the athleticism of even elite defensive ends with prototypical LT size at 6'6 310. In fact he might be the best player in the entire draft.
5Carolina PanthersDTJohnathan Hankins #Ohio State
 Cam Newton has come on as of late, but the Panthers are in full on rebuild mode with some glaring holes throughout the roster. They could particularly use a beastly 325 lb tackle with the incredible strength and athleticism to wreak havoc in opponents' backfield. Big Hank is a special talent who does carry some risk and will be behind Star Lotulelei on most (not mine) Big Boards.
6Jacksonville JaguarsQBMatt BarkleyUSC
 (Projected trade with Cleveland)It seems like years ago since Barkley was a threat to complete the college football Triple Crown as the Heisman winner, National Champ and #1 overall pick. A lot has changed and mainly for the worse for both Barkley and his Trojans. The air has really been taken out of that hype, figuratively and literally! So despite all the Barkley bashing going on it's important to note that not only is Barkley a polished passer and proven leader, but the Jags really really need a quarterback, and no not to back up Chad Henne. If they can trade down, even a few slots and pick up an extra third rounder and a new QB, that would be a success. The Jags need a face of the franchise to rally around and it's either Barkley (or in my mind Tyler Wilson) or Tebow. You decide.
7Tennessee TitansDTStar LotuleleiUtah
 Tennessee has one the worst defenses in the NFL so if they have a chance to grab a freakishly athletic 320 pounder who is drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata I'm sure they will. If Star lives up to his name he'll have to produce more consistently than he has so far, but defensive tackles often impact a game in many ways except the stat sheet.
8Arizona CardinalsQBTyler WilsonArkansas
 The Cardinals have three quarterbacks ranging from almost capable to inexperienced so to make sure the franchise is heading in the right direction, and that Larry Fitzgerald doesn't regret signing a new deal, they'll have to take a young quarterback with the ability to take them where they want to go. I really like Tyler Wilson's toughness, leadership and arm strength so if he can prove he can make better decisions and throw a more consistent spiral he could surprise some people.
9San Diego ChargersDE/34LBDamontre Moore #Texas A&M
 The Chargers will start over without Norv Turner who has wasted endless talent during his time in San Diego. This year, though, the cupboard is bare and even former stalwarts like Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates are looking pedestrian at best. Moore is one of the most productive players in college ball and his ability to pile up sacks will be a welcomed sight for the Bolts.
10Detroit LionsCBDee Milliner #Alabama
 I've seen this pick a lot around the web and there is a reason it's a popular projection. The Lions best player available strategy finally collides with a major need. Milliner has shutdown potential with the size (6'1), physicality and ball skills to anchor a secondary that needs massive improvement to fully take advantage of their pressure generating defensive line.
11Miami DolphinsWRKeenan Allen #California
 Ryan Tannehill has been decent throwing to Davone Bess and Brian Hartline so it's imperative to give him some more quality play-makers to throw to and ensure he his growth continues. Keenan Allen has been dinged up with injuries lately but is a smooth athlete with 6'3 size, soft hands and terrific after the catch ability.
12New York JetsDE/34LBBarkevious Mingo #LSU
 The Jets and their current quarterback have been on a downward trajectory ever since reaching the AFC Championship. Sanchez may, inexplicitly, still be the starter next year so the other major area of need, a pass rusher of any sort, will have to be addressed first. Mingo is blazing fast and widely athletic and although he has been hot and cold he is a force from a pass rushing standpoint.
13Buffalo BillsDE/34LBBjoern Werner #Florida State
 The Bills spent plenty of money in the offseason but are still trapped somewhere in the middle of playoff contention and the cellar of the league. Most of that money went to Mario Williams who like the entire team has been underwhelming to this point. A Werner pick here is a bit off the wall as many have Werner off the board much higher and the Bills might be reluctant to use such a premium pick on a position they already poured extensive resources into.
14St. Louis RamsOTTaylor LewanMichigan
 The Rams have more than enough reason to keep their faith in Sam Bradford who has been put to work behind an awful offensive line. To protect their investment they need to add a potential franchise left tackle like Lewan who has a blend of length, strength and footwork.
15New Orleans SaintsDESam Montgomery #LSU
 The Saints defense has been horrendous and it must be making Steve Spagnuolo cringe. He values getting pressure on the quarterback above all else so they will be looking to add some juice to the pass rush. They could go a number of ways here but Montgomery offers incredible athleticism and a high motor making him a high potential player who can be molded into an elite pass rusher, even if he is a bit of a tweener.
16Tampa Bay BuccaneersCBJohnthan BanksMississippi State
 The Bucs are under a new regime with Greg Schiano at the helm and after losing a troubled Aqib Talib they sorely need help at corner. Banks is long, physical and aggressive but don't rule out a trade down if either a quarterback needy team like the Jags goes elsewhere with their first pick and then wants back in to secure a signal caller who could fall to this spot. With the elite level pass rushers in this class the Bucs could use the best player available strategy or trade down if someone is in love with one here.
PickTeamPosPlayerSchool
17Minnesota VikingsDTSheldon Richardson #Missouri
 Richardson is a unique player who can use his quickness to shoot through gaps and into the backfield almost like a defensive end even though he plays inside at tackle. The Vikes could really use a wide out as well but there isn't a bunch of top level receivers in this class, although I think Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson could be special.
18St. Louis RamsWRJustin Hunter #Tennessee
 (from Washington) The Rams wide receiving corps looked barren early, but Ammendola and Chris Givens have stepped up of late. That said they still need help especially with an X receiver to complement the aforementioned slot specialists. Hunter is too exciting from a measurables standpoint (6'4, 4.4 speed) to pass on and he and Bradford could be a potent combination for years to come.
19Dallas CowboysGChance WarmackAlabama
 This would make two consecutive home runs for the Cowboys in the first round after adding stud corner Mo Claiborne last year. Yes Warmack is a guard, but he is dominant and being touted as the best guard prospect in at least a decade according to ESPN's Todd McShay, among others. The Cowboys have other needs to, but the interior line play was been embarrassing.
20Cincinnati BengalsDE/34LBEzekiel AnsahBYU
 The Bengals pass rush has been one of the best in the league this year but with free agency sure to remove some of that talent a raw but immensely talented football newcomer sounds that much more intriguing for Marvin Lewis. Ansah could blossom into a stud, but the development process could take some time. The question is whether or not the Bengals feel they can win now with the Dalton to Green connection growing by the day.
21Seattle SeahawksWRCordarrelle Patterson #Tennessee
 Russell Wilson is proving he deserves the chance to lead a team with his impressive play this year. Sidney Rice is the only legitimate target defenses have to key on so adding an explosive 6'3 play-maker will do wonders for both the young QB and the offense in general.
22Pittsburgh SteelersILBAlec Ogletree #Georgia
 I would tend to say the Steelers would almost certainly add a CB with this pick, but with Dee Milliner and Johnathan Banks gone there is no one deserving of a selection here. Xavier Rhodes has the tackling ability and physicality to flourish in their zone scheme, but he gets beat deep a bit too often. Plus they could get him or Jordan Poyer for a much better value in the second round. No disrespect to Te'o but Ogletree is the more talented of the two inside linebacking prospects.
23Indianapolis ColtsILBC.J. MosleyAlabama
 The Colts had a somewhat strange yet smart approach last year, go almost exclusively offense. It has paid off as Andrew Luck has some decent options to throw to, although his veteran quality play is making them look awfully good. This go around they'll turn their attention to defense where an athletic linebacker with the fluid hips to play in coverage seems all too logical.
24New York GiantsSEric Reid #LSU
 The Giants can do the two most important things in the modern NFL, and while those things used to be stopping the run and running the football they have morphed into being able to pass the ball and rush the passer. Despite the terrorizing their front four can do to a defense their secondary still seems to struggle mightily. Eric Reid can fly around the field and not only make tackles but is stellar in pass coverage too.
25Chicago BearsOTJake MatthewsTexas A&M
 Jay Cutler is clearly skeptical of how well his offensive lineman can protect him and when you have a strong armed quarterback giving him enough time to set his feet and fire down field will generate big plays. At this point in round one, the two best LT prospects will be gone so either Jake Matthews or Eric Fisher, both of whom can play on either side will be welcomed in the Windy City.
26Atlanta FalconsDE/34LBAlex OkaforTexas
 The Falcons aren't getting the love of a typical 11-1 team because they simply haven't converted that regular season success into the playoffs. This year could be different but either way you maximize your odds of winning playoff games when you can generate a consistent pass rush. Okafor isn't an athletic freak, but is strong and takes the proper angles to get into the backfield on a consistent basis.
27Baltimore RavensSMatt Elam #Florida
 Ed Reed is a legend but is seemingly closer to calling it a career every year. Even if he stays around adding a game changing safety with range and a similar swagger would revitalize a declining defense and give Reed the chance to play FS full time. Ogletree or Dion Jordan are possibilities too but this pick seems destined to be used on the defensive side of the ball.
28Houston TexansWRRobert Woods #USC
 The Texans are a bit of a throwback with their punishing running attack and physical defense. Adding another receiver to free up Andre Johnson would make them that much more scary for opponents. Woods isn't the can't miss prospect some billed him as this summer but he is super fast, runs precise routes and should provide some explosiveness to the Texans passing game.
29San Francisco 49ersDTSylvester WilliamsNorth Carolina
 The Niners have a complete and well balanced roster. They could use a safety, but are in a position where they can simply pick the most talented player without even worrying about need. I don't know if that player is Williams, but he could become a disruptive force as a 3-4 DE or even NT on passing downs.
30Denver BroncosDTJohn JenkinsGeorgia
 Peyton Manning has been exceptional and is the leader in the MVP race. He has some nice weapons but do you copy the Colts strategy when they had Peyton and continue to accumulate talent on the offensive side of the ball to make sure he is happy and continually dominant. It's either that (think Tyler Eifert) or you maximize what this draft has to offer on the defensive side. If they do the latter a hole plugging 350 pounder who moves incredibly well would seem to suffice.
31Green Bay PackersOTLane JohnsonOklahoma
 Imagine if Aaron Rodgers had ample time to stand in the pocket and pick apart a defense. Now that would be scary and drafting a super athletic LT with the long frame to protect his blindside would be a start in that direction. This is another possible destination for Tyler Eifert or Central Michigan's LT Eric Fisher depending on how their board shapes up.
32New England PatriotsWRTavon AustinWest Virginia
 This is pick is getting closer to being a census among draftniks and I think it would be a terrific fit. Wes Welker will almost certainly walk away after the year and even though Belichick loves to plug in unknowns like Julian Edelman or Danny Woodhead, it would be hard to imagine him passing on a 4.38 type who can do so many things to hurt a defense: catching bubble screens, returning kicks and punts, on reverses, in the slot and even out of the backfield. Now that positional versatility is what Bill Belichick lives for right?

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