As you are well aware, the NFL draft kicks off tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern. As tradition goes, we here at SKOHRboard like to have an annual mock draft where several of our FOBs (friends of the blog) put on their respective GM hats and give it a go with our own Draft. We've assigned teams to friends the same way we did it last year.
SKOHR - Eagles, Rams, Packers, Raiders, Dolphins, Bengals
Justin - Vikings, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Ravens
Jim Mut - Seahawks, Panthers, Bears, Colts, Browns, Jets
Jeremy - Steelers, Falcons, Cardinals, Redskins, Jaguars, Patriots
Steve-O - Saints, Lions, Chargers, Buccaneers, Titans
Joel - Giants, Broncos, Bills, 49ers
We'll kick things off with Round 2 this year as we have actually completed the draft but wanted to roll out our selections with Round 1 being disclosed on the morning of the draft. So without further adieu, here is the 2nd Round of the 2013 SKOHRboard & Friends Mock Draft
1(33). Jacksonville - Geno Smith, QB WVU
Wow, talk about a slide. No quarterbacks go in the first round, and the Jags get the dream scenario of selecting their top pass rusher and top quarterback with their first two picks. Chad Henne looked fantastic with his mustache, and he played very well down the stretch, but the Jags need an upgrade at quarterback. The Jaguars sent their entire front office, including the team president, to Geno Smith's Pro Day. Nearly everyone who had something to do with the drafting of Blaine Gabbert has been jettisoned from the team, and any time a new head coach is in town, the chance of hitching his wagon to a new QB is increased. Meanwhile, the new GM in town has a history of building around quarterbacks, opting for Peyton Manning while in the front office at Indy and then recommending Matt Ryan while Director of Scouting in Atlanta. Smith struggled with inconsistency down the stetch, but he put up ridiculous numbers in the first half of the season. He has all the tools to be a successful quarterback: high accuracy, high football IQ, composure under pressure, and devotion to film study. It's unfortunate that the Jags have to devote another high pick on a QB when they have so many other holes to fill in the roster, but Smith in the 2nd round is too good of a value to pass up.
2(34). San Francisco - John Cyprien, S, FIU
The 49ers would have loved to give their offense another weapon but with all of the top notch wrs gone they continue to solidify one of the best defenses in the league. Cyprien is a big play making safety with good range and can do it all. He can have immediate impact in the back end of their D
3(35). Philadelphia - Johnathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The Eagles have lots of talent but they need to figure out what talent works and what doesn't. Moving to a 3-4 hybrid defense means they could need to fill some gaps on that side of the ball and there is no bigger gap than NT. Philling that gap will now be the responsibility of maybe the largest man in this year's draft Johnathan Jenkins. Jenkins is a surprisingly athletic man who just happens to be about 6'4" and 340 lbs. The Eagles literally had Zach Ertz typed in but pulled back the card and changed it to Jenkins before hitting submit. There is much greater depth at TE in this year's draft and Jenkins represents probably the top NT candidate.
4(36). Detroit - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi
Lucky for this kid, he is better at football than his mom was at spelling (no "a" in Johnthan?). The Lions secondary was one of the worst in the league last year. I know there are some knocks on Banks because he ran a low 40 time at the combine, but football isn't won with 40 times. It's won with ability, and this kid has it. He is a physical corner that will press and disrupt routes, allowing the Lions interior pass rush to collapse the pocket, which they need to do better if they have any hopes of winning their division in the near future. Hopefully the addition of Banks and Ansah will make Aaron Rodgers life a little more difficult at least twice a year.
5(37). Cincinnati - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Manti had quite an interesting last few months with regard to his girlfriend that never was. Despite being absolutely dominated by Alabama in the National Championship game, Manti showed solid LB skills for years before that. While he isn't a speed demon, he can make plays and that's just what Cincy needs.
6(38). Arizona - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
After getting their starting LT in the first the Cardinals get their Qb of the future to learn behind Carson Palmer for a year or two. Nassib has the strong arm needed to execute new coach Bruce Arian's offense and is a nice building block for the future
7(39). NY Jets - EJ Manual, QB, FSU
The Jets need a QB for the future and Rex Ryan believes that maybe Manuel will buy him some more time with the franchise. The Jets want to get back to their running ways, and Manuel will help them evolve into the new, spreading offense that the NFL is becoming. He is going to need a year to learn behind Sanchez, Garrard & Co, but Manuel will help make that offense explosive in the future.
8(40). Tennessee - Blidi Wreh Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Wreh-Wilson has the size scouts covet at the cornerback position. He's not the fastest corner but is physical enough to jam receivers and knock them off their routes.
9(41). Buffalo - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Bills are in need of a weapon that can threaten the seem of a defense and Ertz is just that. He isn't much of a blocker but in this day an age what TE is in the NFL.
10(42) Miami - Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Miami continues to focus on protecting Tannehill. Adding Pugh to their OLine will give them the quality along the front to keep Tannehill in his comfort zone and let him grow into a quality starter. This is similar to what the 49ers did three years ago when they took Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati one after the other in the first round.
11(43). Tampa Bay - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
No comment from Steve-O
12(44). Carolina - Datone Jones, OLB, UCLA
Carolina needs help on defense, and Jones can help immediately. He is strong and physical at the line of scrimmage, which will help Carolina's weak defensive line. He is not the best pass rusher, but will help Carolina's run defense tremendously.
13(45). San Diego - Robert Woods, WR, USC
No comment from Steve-O
14(46). St. Louis - Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
Giovani is potentially the best back in this draft when you consider that Eddie Lacy is significantly overrated. In light of that bombshell it's fair to say that the RB needy Rams are getting quite a steal here in Bernard, a back who can do it all.
15(47). Dallas - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Oh my goodness, the Cowboys are finally on the clock! With the 47th pick in the draft, Dallas addresses their woeful offensive line and selects Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky.
Tyron Smith is good and Ryan Cook is decent, but the rest of the Dallas offensive line is replacement level at best. We could have addressed safety or wide receiver here, but the next few picks in this draft have to be targeted at rebuilding this embarrassing line. Warford never allowed a sack in 2012 playing in the SEC, neutralizing three first-round-caliber defensive tackles in Missouri's Sheldon Richardson, Florida's Sharrif Floyd and Georgia's John Jenkins. He can take on powerful bull-rushing tackles and speedy gap-shooting tackles, and he is an absolute road grader in the running game. Dallas needs Warford if they have any hope of generating a run game this year.
16(48). Pittsburgh - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
No comment from Steve-O.
17(49). NY Giants - Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
Giants continue to solidify their defense by adding pass rushing depth. With the loss of Osi they are left very thin in what use to be their greatest strength.
18(50). Chicago - Tank Carridine, DE, FSU
Tank is coming off major knee surgery, but already is running a 4.75 40 for a defensive end. Chicago will let him rehab as needed and once he is ready, they will plug him in on 3rd downs opposite Julius Peppers and let him try to get to the qb.
19(51). Washington - Eric Reid, S, LSU
Washington was flat out awful against the pass last year and lost games because of it. If they can start filling out their secondary and get some of their pass rushers back from injury they have a chance to see their record make a serious jump. Reid has all the athleticism you need out of a Free Safety and playing in LSU's defense gave him a chance to showcase that ability. He doesn't consistently play up to that talent but I'd rather take a guy with a higher ceiling at a position like this and let him earn it.
20(52). Minnesota - Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue
The Vikings defense only works with a quick 3-technique defensive tackle capable of disrupting the strong side at the line of scrimmage and a space-eater 1-technique defensive tackle that can take on double teams. Kevin Williams is getting up there in age for the 3-technique spot, and Letroy Guion is mediocre at best as the 1. The question is do the Vikings address the 3 with the speedy Short or the 1 with mammoth Jesse Williams from Alabama? Despite taking Christian Ballard from Iowa not too long ago, the Vikings will instead address Williams's successor, taking the disruptive Short for his ability to play on all three downs. He is strong rushing the passer and stopping the run, using his quickness to shoot the gaps, his club move to rock the blocker back, and his swim/spin moves in his bull rush to cross up flat-footed lineman. He seems to struggle with conditioning so I'm guessing he will start off as a rotational lineman rather than a full-time starter. Still, he should make an immediate impact on the team and will continue to make the defensive line a strength for the Vikings.
No more picks for the Vikings in our mock, but rest assured that had this continued, receiver would have been addressed once more (Quinton Patton is a Justin favorite), and a big 1-technique would also have been scooped up. Oh and I'd grab a safety to play across from Harrison Smith. Plus we'd go after corners, since you can never have enough talented corners.
21(53). Cincinnati - DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The Bengals have had a revolving door at Safety lately and even turned to Taylor Mays after his flash in the pan career in San Francisco with mixed results. To bolster their secondary, the Bengals will add Swearinger to the mix and hope that two of the Swearinger, Mays, and Nelson trio stand out. Swearinger is the opposite of Mays in that he is not the physical freak athlete but rather a sound technician who should hopefully prove to be more consistent in the right system.
22(54). Miami - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams has the ability to play any of the three front positions for the Dolphins. While he isn't known for his pass rush skills he is more than capable of taking up multiple defenders to allow the edge rushers to get after opposing QBs. Williams has some work to do in order to refine his technique but he has all the physical tools. He can be used on a rotational basis for at least a year while he learns and has the potential to turn into a real monster along the front for the Dolphins.
23(55). Green Bay - Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Hunt is a physical beast who exploded at the Combine to record a 4.60 forty yard dash, a 34' vertical, and 38 bench press reps at 225 lbs while measuring in at 6'8" 280lbs. Hunt is a former shot put and discuss Jr. World Champion which is why he will come to Green Bay fairly raw despite being 26 years old. His upside is tremendous and if he can put it together in Green Bay can become a real impact player.
24(57). Seattle - Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
The Seahawks have waited a Long (pun intended) time for their first pick in the 2013 draft after trading for Percy Harvin. Long is the son of Howie and brother of Chris, so he has great genes and is supposedly the best athlete in the family per Howie and Chris. The Seahawks have a need at the guard position and can always use more depth, and Kyle will probably start immediately on the right side of the line.
25(58). Houston - Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
The Texans have a definite need at receiver, but with Brian Cushing coming off a torn
ACL and not much behind him, the team badly needs to strengthen the middle of the defense. Minter is a tackling machine capable of shedding blocks and getting deep in passing lanes. He is phenomenal against the run. Minter plays fast and physical and would greatly improve the Houston defense.
There were a few receivers considered here, too (Patton, Swope, etc) but Minter was too good to pass on.
26(59). Denver - Tyrann Matthieu, CB, LSU
This player comes with a lot of off the field baggage and hasn't played football in a year because of it but he has a nose for the ball and is a play maker. Two things the Jerry Reese and the Giants value greatly.
27(60). New England - Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Patriots are going to be bringing back an offense that is missing both Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. The New England offense requires a smart receiver that knows how to run every route in the route tree. They brought in a bunch of new guys this year in Danny Amendola, Donald Jones, and a few other scraps, but they could really use a polished route-runner that can play all over and do everything asked of him. Patton is aggressive with the ball in the air and goes up and gets it in a way that compares to Anquon Boldin. Likewise, his route-running is precise, comparable to Reggie Wayne. Lastly, he is used to being a volume receiver while at La Tech, so he could easily be asked to fill the role of Wes Welker if they prefer to use him inside rather than outside. He doesn't have track speed, but he knows how to use his body to create separation.
28(61). Atlanta - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Atlanta gets much needed help at a position of need from a very good player who can fly.
29(62). San Francisco - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Frank Gore is still productive but not getting any younger and the younger rbs behind him aren't true work horses. Franklin has great vision balance and straight line speed.
30(63). Baltimore - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The ravens lost Anquon Boldin and have Joe Flacco a ton of money, so they will need to reinvest in some weapons. Williams has good height, decent speed, and good hands and route-running ability. He should be able to rotate in to start the season and become a good contributor fairly quickly.
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