TST 2013 Mock Draft, Mk II, Pt 3
Be honest, when you look at this year’s draft class, do you see a quarterback who you think is a safe bet to build your franchise and you’re happy starting in September? Well, there isn’t one, and draftniks are beginning to plant the seed in teams minds.
Now in reality there will likely be a flurry of trading back up into the bottom of the first round as GMs get twitchy about missing out on “their guy”, but I don’t have that luxury, and instead we see five QBs go in the next nine picks, to all of the usual suspects.
33. Jacksonville (2-14): Geno Smith, QB, West Virgina
(Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California)
Smith is still the top ranked QB in the draft, and Blaine Gabbert is done in Jacksonville.
34. Kansas City (2-14): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
(Robert Woods, WR, Southern California)
When a day one starter is needed, there are worse tiebreakers between similar talents than geography. Fayetteville to KC is 230 miles.
35. Philadelphia (4-12): Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
(Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young)
As Ansah has shot up the boards, so Jonathan Jenkins falls down to the Eagles to plug the hole.
36. Detroit (4-12): Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
(Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford)
I’m slightly conflicted by this pick. Warford is decent, and the Lions need line help, but I liked the thought of them taking a TE.
37. Cincinnati – from Oakland (4-12): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Cincy are a decent rusher away from being a threat in the AFC North, and Eddie Lacy can give them ground n pound.
38. Arizona (5-11): Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
(Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State)
I think Barkley will solidify himself at the 2nd QB in the next couple of weeks and Arizona will be happy to take him.
Cleveland (5-11): FORFEIT (Supplemental – Josh Gordon)
39. New York Jets (6-10): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Jets need a QB, and badly. Nassib is likely a good pick for them and he has a year to sit behind Sanchez.
40. Tennessee (6-10): Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
(Barrett Jones, C, Alabama)
A corner in the 1st, safety in the 2nd may sound a bit mad, but the Titans will need secondary help in the AFC South.
41. Buffalo (6-10): Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
(DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson)
Glennon is probably the last of the higher tier of QBs in this draft, and the Bills are the fifth team with a QB need in the 2nd.
42. Miami (7-9): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
(Alex Okafor, DE, Texas)
Rhodes has been pretty good for the Noles, and the Fins will like a nice in-state pick here.
43. Tampa Bay (7-9): David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
(Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers)
There’s a bunch of corners who I see as being second rounders. Amerson has slipped a little, but should still help the Bucs.
44. Carolina (7-9): Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
(Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State)
Leaving college a little early, Logan Ryan can be the man cover corner the Panthers need.
New Orleans (7-9): FORFEIT (Bounty)
45. San Diego (7-9): Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
(DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama)
I don’t like the picks for any of their top needs, so they get explosive help for brittle Ryan Matthews.
46. St. Louis (7-8-1): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Rams need another WR for Sam Bradford to target, and Williams is a decent deep option.
47. Dallas (8-8): Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
Not a direct need (depending on free agency), but Hunt will be a nice “other end” to DeMarcus Ware.
So, I’m a little behind schedule in getting these posted, meaning picks 48-62 will now be coming Sunday morning, by which time the first combine workouts will be over. It also means that, again, we split before the Pittsburgh pick; sorry Steelers fans.
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