2013 NFL Draft (1.0)
Draft is based on my big board, and current league standings.
I was dying to write a mock draft sooner or later - and figure this a good opportunity to do so.
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Matt Barkley (QB) - USC
The Chiefs are a complete mess. Matt Cassel is not a franchise QB. They need to clean house and start over. The first step is finding a franchise QB. IDC that previous USC QB's have not "succeeded" in the NFL. Barkley is the real deal. I have closely watched every game of his career and this kid has it all. He is extremely accurate, intelligent, has a strong enough arm to make all the NFL throws, and is a natural leader.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Geno Smith (QB) - West Virginia
Smith has struggled since his monster performance with 7TD passes. He has played poorly against defenses outside his conference. But there is no denying his elite skill and potential. Even if he has to sit on the bench for a year, the Jaguars can continue to play Gabbert and see if there is anything
there. Smith is a better option as a franchise QB, and if Gabbert plays decent, they can always trade him for a draft pick.
3. Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones (OLB) - Georgia:
The Browns are headed in the right direction. I like Weeden. I like the improvements on defense, but they still need to improve the pass rush and OLB position. Can have a similar role to what Von Miller has in Denver.
4. Carolina Panthers - Star Lotulelei (DT) - Utah
Might be the best player in the nation. Massive, disruptive, play making force. The Panthers cannot stop the run for the life of them.
5. St. Louis Rams - Luke Joeckel (OT) - Texas AM
Bradford has improved his play this season, and started to live up to his high draft pick. However his blindside protection continues to be weak.
6. Tennessee Titans: Manti Te'o (LB) - ND
The Titans have found a future franchise QB in Locker. Now they need a leader for their defense. The defense is a mess against the run and pass. They need a passionate leader who can help on both fronts. Te'o is the real deal. I love this guy. His passion, work ethic, and play reminds me of Ray Lewis.
7. Philadelphia Eagles - Chance Warmack (OG) - Alabama
I don't need to explain this pick...
8. Dallas Cowboys - Taylor Lewman (OT) - Michigan
Offensive line play has been horrendous for the Cowboys. They cannot protect Romo nor can they open up holes in the running game. Improvements need to come as soon as possible.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Domontre Moore (DE) - Texas AM
Moore is a speedster. He is a lighter defensive end with speed but will be great on the blindside of a 4-3 defense. I have to note - I absolutely LOVE how the Bengals have built their franchise the past few years. It is admirable.
10. St. Louis Rams - Robert Woods (WR) - USC
Many people are giving the Rams other WRs. People are going to argue with me about this pick. However Robert Woods brings absolutely everything to the table. There is really nothing he cannot do. And what I like MOST about him is his route running. He is the best route running in college football, and reminds me of Reggie Wayne. Robert Woods and Bradford can make sweet music together in the years to come.
11. Buffalo Bills - Tyler Wilson (QB) - Arkansas
It is about time the Buffalo Bills address their massive need at franchise QB. Wilson is the real deal. I'm a big fan. He has played well this season. He has a rifle for an arm. He has the size and leadership. He has all the things we want in a franchise QB. I really hope and pray the Bills take a QB this draft. Other options are: Tyler Bray - Tennessee and Aaron Murray - Georgia.