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DeaconBrodie's Mock Draft 1.0 - Jan.6, 2013


First round of the playoffs are over and I am eager to post my first mock of the year. Lots will change over the coming weeks. I put a lot of thought into my draft, so thoughtful advice and constructive criticism would be helpful. I want to put out a new mock every two weeks. Dear Lords of MCM, wouldn't this make a good article to put in the 2013 NFL Draft box on the front page?

  1. Round 1
  2. 1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M SHOCKER ALERT! No Geno Smith here. He's been slipping lately & is not the top ranked prospect in the draft. I believe the Chiefs will go for the surer bet over rolling the dice. Luke Joeckel had a stellar Cotton Bowl performance and catapulted to the top of CBS big board. He was already a top 5 pick and KC is desperate for a QB but why reach for one at #1 when you can lock down a HUGE need with what you know will be a quality pick. I imagine Reid will bring in a FA QB, Alex Smith? Vick? haha, j/k. And then draft a QB in 2nd or 3rd to develop. And you'll have that top flight OT protecting your investment.
  3. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Lotulelei is 6'4" and 325 but this beast can move. He is a consensus top 5 talent on draft boards. He can clog the running lanes and disrupt the backfield. The Jags were horrible against the run and need help across their DL and adding Star will help tremendously. Besides I think the Jags have learned to be more patient when reaching for a QB early. But all bets are off if there is a good punter to take in the third....oh wait.
  4. 3. Oakland Raiders - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia Barring any major health concerns JJ will be a top 3 pick. For what its worth he is #1 on Kiper's big board. He is a disruptive force and the Raiders need some serious help getting at the QB as they ranked 31st in the league with only 25 sacks.
  5. 4. Philadelphia Eagles - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Philly sure could use a QB but I simply don't see one worth taking. They could reach but then they could also take a sure fire OT they desperately need. Thats why the 6'7" 300lb should be their pick. He held up very well in battling super star Jadeveon Clowney. Lewan has elite athleticism for the position and has great length and the ability to really move. The Eagles have Jason Peters at LT but he is coming back off injury and there is no guarantee he will be the same. Plus the right side of their line is in shambles.
  6. 5. Detroit Lions - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M Lions fan cheer for joy at the turn of their luck as the dynamic pass rusher falls into their lap and meets one of their biggest needs. Cliff Avril was franchised after turning down a 3 year 30 million deal, he will most likely walk and his back up, Lawrence Jackson is also eligible for free agency. KVB is getting old and had a down year and and may not be back. Moore, at 6"4" & 248, accomplished the rare feat of leading his team in tackles (80), tackles for loss (20) and sacks (12.5) through the regular season.
  7. 6. Cleveland Browns - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame With Moore going just before and Jarvis Jones gone the Browns go with Te'o. He can be the anchor & leader in the middle & move Jackson to his more natural WLB & Scott Fujita isnt getting any younger. Te'o has a Junior Seau'esque feel to him, is a dynamic leader who plays with passion and can captain the defense. Displays very good range for his size. Covers sideline-to-sideline. And can be a thumper of a hitter & is a strong, reliable and fundamentally sound tackler.
  8. 7. Arizona Cardinals - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M If teammate Luke Joeckel is the best left tackle in college football, Matthews may just be the country's elite collegiate strong-side tackle. While he does not possess Joeckel's light feet, Matthews is the stronger and more physical run blocker of the two. The Cards just need to get a RB and QB next, and not in that order. Disclaimer: I have read that it is believed that Matthews may return to college, since I couldn’t find it is definite yet, I left this selection in place.
  9. 8. Buffalo Bills - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Bills GM said he wanted a QB. Well now they got him. Smith has fallen a bit lately but that doesnt mean he isnt an impressive prospect, plus Smith in my opinion is a much better player than what the current media spin is projecting. 2012 Stats: Rating: 164 YDS:4200, TDS:42. Ints: 6. Those stats are beastly compared to other top QB prospects. Successful QB's have the following traits. 1. Can they throw with anticipation. 2 Ability to play well under pressure. 3. Keeps turnover ratio low. 4. Maintains a good completion percentage. 5. Can extend plays. 6.Can lead men and learn a new scheme. He is apparently a film junkie and has learned the spread and the pro-style offense. All these things can be described of Geno Smith. (And these points were made by SB Nation blog user, Shankdidy, kudos to him)
  10. 9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU The Jets hit Bingo with pass rushing Mingo as the Jets only recorded with 30 sacks; tied for 27th in the league. The 6'5" 250lb DE with defensive back speed is the 6th ranked prospect on ESPN's big board. Rex could make Mingo take Sanchez's old number so he doesnt have to change his tattoo. Dan Kadar of SBNation says, "Mingo could become next season's Aldon Smith." (Hey Dan, for the shout out, can I be the GM for the MTD's 2nd live draft?) : )
  11. 10. Tennessee Titans - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State As a Titans fan I have to admit this may be some wishful thinking. But I never thought Morgan would fall to us at 16, but in hindsight it would have been better if the Giants let JPP fall to us instead. I also want to nickname him Bjoern "The Panzer" Werner. But I regress. The Titans need some pass rush help as neither Wimbley or Morgan got more than 6.5 sacks. Wimbley is 30 and in dog & sport years, that’s getting up there. The Titans DE depth is non-existent. Other big areas of need are S and OL but no S is worth taking at 10 and our FO & two hall of fame former OL Coaches don’t take OL in the first two rounds. Ugh. So if Werner fell to us at 10 we would blitzkrieg ourselves to the podium like his ancestors blitzkriegged Poland. Oh and Werner is good, has great awareness, football IQ, excellent strength with good ball quickness and understands leverage.
  12. 11. San Diego Chargers - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Chargers try to hide their glee when they walk up to the podium to take home Dee. Milliner is a lock down CB who can help against the run game. Jammer is 33 and will be a FA. Chargers would have definitely taken Joeckell, Matthews or Lewan had they been here but they wont pass up on the #1 CB. OL will have to wait, and Philip will simply have to cry me a river.
  13. 12. Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen, WR, California The Dolphins found a gem with Hartline but need to add another piece to the puzzle to help out ole young Tannehill. Allen is the top wide receiver in the draft this year and could be that number one wide-out the fish have been missing. (And yes I know that a Dolphin is an amphibian)
  14. 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State Even though this stellar CB can't spell his own name he would be a big help to the TB secondary. The Bucs are dead last in the league in passing yards allowed and Barron needs some help back there. I say just point the cannon towards the opponent a la Bane style in Batman Rises.
  15. 14. Carolina Panthers - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama The Panthers need someone to plug the running lanes on their porous defensive line. Williams would be a stabilizer against the run, and someone to keep blockers off of Keuchly and the other DEs . Jesse Williams is just what the doctor ordered for run stopping help, standing in at 6'3", & weighing 320. Per CBS Sports: "Has a naturally wide frame with relatively short limbs, giving him the low center of gravity conducive to holding up at the point of attack.Possesses unbelievable weight-room strength (600 pound bench press) that translates well onto the football field due to his use of leverage and surprisingly good technique considering the fact that he's a relative neophyte who only took up the game at age 15 and has played just four seasons of football in the United States." Sorry I think that was a run on sentence.
  16. 15. New Orleans Saints - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon Potential top 10 talent falls to the Saints. The Saints need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. And I think Jordan is a riser in the draft process. He is 6'6" and 250 pounds and can get to the QB and is good in coverage. Long and athletic frame provides him with good versatility to line up in multiple roles and has a quick first step allowing him to get to the edge.
  17. 16. St. Louis Rams - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Fisher feeds his own ego by drafting his namesake. Bud Adams, in his senility, mistakes this selection thinking Jeff Fisher is trying to draft his son Brandon Fisher and duly fires him and gives him the one finger salute. In other news, the 6'7" 298 lb Eric Fisher is taken out for a steak dinner by Sam Bradford who is ecstatic about getting better protection who despite his size is also pretty good at run blocking.
  18. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Big Ben will start the slow cap leading up to the announcement & then hoop and hollar when Chance deliberately becomes a Steeler. Warmack is an elite guard who excels in both pass protection and man blocking in the run game.
  19. 18. Dallas Cowboys - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State And for the first time in NFL history two misspelled “Jonathan” players go in the first round. The Cowboys could go secondary or OL here but DL is a need as well and Hankins is BPA and top ten talent per Rob Rang's opinion on CBS for what that's worth.
  20. 19. New York Giants - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU Almost every mock has the Giants going DE. And Ansah and Montgomery were considered here. While I am sure they would love to keep up the stock pile of good DE's the Giants secondary's shelf is bare. And that is why I went with Xavier Rhodes... but then I read SB Nations Giants blog and they don't mind the hoarding DE tendencies, plus Sam is higher ranked than Rhodes. Giants can grab someone like Trufant, CB, in the 2nd.
  21. 20. Chicago Bears - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Cutler enjoys getting his cardio in on the field and is disappointed in finally getting a first round talent who can give him some time sit back in the pocket. And I actually am disappointed we didn’t get our third misspelled Jonathan name. Oh well.
  22. 21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Bengals need some help in the secondary and the safety spot specifically. That’s all I gotta say about that. That, and let’s hope he’s better than other former Texas Safety playing for the Titans, who we’ve nicknamed “Whiffin”.
  23. 22. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Justin Hunter is a big target at 6’4” and 205 and runs a 4.49. He is the #1 ranked WR on ESPN and a major weapon for Ponder next year. Above average top-end speed with ideal length as a vertical route runner. Shows body control and closing burst to track the deep ball. Is fluid, quick and agile for size.
  24. 23. Seattle Seahawks - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Patterson is 6’3” and fast. He is perhaps the most dynamic playmaker in this whole draft. He was the first NCAA player since 2008 to record a touchdown four different ways in the same season. Patterson set an SEC single-season record with a combined kickoff and punt return average of 27.6 yards, and set a Tennessee record with 1,858 all-purpose yards.
  25. 24. Indianapolis Colts - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri No comment. Anyone named Sheldon needs no comment. Just know he's good and its time for the Colts to start focusing on defense. Okay now seriously Sheldon is a great player. The 6-4, 310 pound Richardson is suprisingly athletic and led all SEC interior DL with 75 tackles. According to ESPN Insider: He is a highly disruptive defender and he will consistently win off the ball with quickness. ESPN has him ranked as the 21st best prospect. Rob Rang from CBS has him going as high as 10th. (I have since decided that even Richardson could line up at DE, it would probably be better to go for a truer DE or a OL in the next mock for the Colts.)
  26. 25. St. Louis Rams - Matt Elam, S, Florida Rams thank the Skins for this pick and take the hard hitting Elam . Nuff said.
  27. 26. Baltimore Ravens - Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia Ray "Ginzu" Lewis is retiring and Ravens hope to find a seamless transition with the addition of Alec Ogletree. Only problem is, he sounds more like an English tea than a fear inducing middle linebacker. Oh well.
  28. 27. Houston Texans - Robert Woods, WR, Southern California The Texans have Andre Johnson and…. Well…now they’ll have a second target in the well rounded 5 year senior Robert Woods. As Chris Raiden on Pigskinhaven.com says: "Robert Woods would be an underrated pick to the Texans, but he's exactly what they need: a professional second receiver who can take advantage of single coverage all the time."

  29. 28. Atlanta Falcons - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU Ansah has exceptional combination of size and speed, at 6’6” and 273. Highly disruptive pass rusher both inside and outside and he’s just scratching the surface. Displays a quick first step. He is still learning how to play the run as he’s from Ghana and only played for two years. That being said he has rare traits to play multiple positions in multiple schemes. His name is also Ezekiel which means he can preach to dry bones, & skeletons and stuff, which is pretty darn cool.
  30. 29. San Francisco 49ers - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas Okafor was injured for part of the year and just had a stellar bowl game proving why he was high on analyst’s lists. Okafor set an Alamo bowl record with 4 ½ sacks, including 8 tackles, 5 for a loss & a forced fumble. He is 6’4”, 260, & is a versatile player, played OLB, DE, DT and MLB while at Texas and has been consistently productive averaging at least one impact play a game. (TFL, Sack, FF, Int)
  31. 30. New England Patriots - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida BEWARE Boston: The Sharrif is coming to town, so put your guns away & shoot the deputy instead. Floyd is a terror when his motor is running at 100 percent with a good combination of strength and foot quickness that is needed to continue to upgrade that Pat DL.
  32. 31. Green Bay Packers - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama The Pack attack needs some help on the inside of their line. Barrett Jones is a solid prospect from a solid program heading to a solid franchise that has a solid field half the year. Rob Rang of CBS says: "A versatile swingman like Jones would provide excellent depth at numerous positions and offers significant value at this point in the draft."
  33. 32. Denver Broncos - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia I had like 7 picks for the Broncos here and kept changing it around. So Broncos fans, I need some help, Let me know which one you like best: Austin - Broncos could make their offense more potent for Manning with the dynamic slot WR Tavon Austin from West Virginia. They could also add OL help with the 6'6" 300lb OT, Lane Johnson or Alabama's DJ Fluker. They could also add the #1 running back from North Carolina, Giovani Bernard. Or they could upgrade their defense with LB's CJ Mosley or Kevin Minter, MLB. The last option may be the best, Eric Reid, S from LSU. Stick with Austin, another mentioned or none of the above?


    1. So there you go. Hopefully my banter was both beneficial and enjoyable. Only 2 QBs in the first round, but there will be a run in the second. I will start to include two rounds before too long. If I missed on your team, Im sure you'll let me know, give me some ideas on who you like, and your teams 3 top needs. Thanks!
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