NFL Mock Draft 2013: Ryan Nassib is First QB Drafted; Geno Smith Falls out of Top 20

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16.  St. Louis Rams –  DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

This pick will likely come down to Tavon Austin and DeAndre Hopkins. With Austin long gone, Hopkins is the easy pick. St. Louis needs to bring in weapons to whoever they line up behind center and Hopkins is one of the most polished receivers in this year’s class.

17.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Alabama

The Steelers need offensive weapons at every position. At least one running back has been drafted in the first round of every NFL draft since 1963 and the Steelers will continue the trend with a physical runner who fits their mentality perfectly.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas

It is a move that is long overdue, but the Cowboys can finally address the safety position by adding Vaccaro. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the team move up in the draft to make sure they secure Vaccaro.

19. New York Giants – Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State

All signs point to the Giants taking the best defensive end or best offensive tackle available. When you look at the current draft board, Werner brings the best value.

20. Chicago Bears – Manti Te’o, Linebacker, Notre Dame

After losing Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach in free agency, the Bears need to bolster their linebacking corp in bring in some leadership. Te’o has an incredibly high football IQ and will be a big help to the defensive unit.

 21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien, Safety, Florida International

Cyprien is one of my favorite players in this year’s draft class. Everyone and their mother knows that the Bengals need a safety and the team plans to bring Cyprien in for a work out before the draft. He would be a brilliant pick.

22. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia

Geno Smith’s fall finally stops. The Rams have Sam Bradford, but there are questions that he can be the quarterback of the future. With an extra first round pick courtesy of the Redskins, the Rams have the flexibility to take a chance on a talented passer.

23. Minnesota Vikings – DJ Hayden, Cornerback, Houston

Hayden is a player that is gaining a lot of steam. The Vikings lost Antoine Winfield in free agency and they need to add a corner early.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Tank Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State

Carradine has shown super human recovery from his torn ACL. If there weren’t the health concerns, I firmly believe that Carradine would be a top ten talent.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks) – Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia

Were it not for character issues, Ogletree would be selected in the top half of the first round. Ogletree’s talent is well worth the risk. If the Vikings use their first round picks on defense, they are well on their way to turning things around.

26. Green Bay Packers– DJ Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Packers want to get more physical, so what better way than to bring in one of the most physical and dominating run blockers in this year’s draft.

27. Houston Texans - Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU

Andre Johnson wants the Texans to select another wide receiver, but the selection of Minter is an absolute match made in heaven. This would be a selection that the football gods would smile down on.

28. Denver Broncos – Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State

This is a dream scenario for the Broncos. They desperately need to add talent at corner and it looks like the defensive backs could slide a bit in this year’s draft. That results in Rhodes falling directly in to the Broncos lap.

29. New England Patriots – Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

With Gronkowski’s start to the season and Aaron Hernandez potential starting training camp on the PUP list, the Patriots need to add weapons to their arsenal. Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman are solid receivers, but Hunter has the potential to develop in to the true No. 1 receiver that the Patriots currently lack.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington

After a mix up at the position, the team would benefit from bringing in a player like Trufant. He has the ability to take their secondary back to the level it once was.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, Safety, LSU

There aren’t many holes on the 49ers roster, but safety is one of them. Adding Reid allows the team to plug the hole left by Dashon Goldson’s departure as they look to return to the top of the NFC without missing a beat.

32.  Baltimore Ravens – Arthur Brown, Linebacker, Kansas State

Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe are gone, so the team needs to bolster their linebacking corp. They were hoping that Rolando McClain could be worth the risk, but he has already been arrested. Believe it or not, a lot of people have said there are aspects of Brown’s game that remind them of Ray Lewis. Sounds like a perfect fit, right?

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  • Tyler

    Might need to relook at this. Have Desmond Trufant goin in two different places

  • Josh Sanchez

    To explain the Bears QB pick: You can never rule out a team taking a quarterback when they have a new coach and a quarterback who is coming in to the final year of their contract. They could seriously consider Geno in the first, too, if he slides this far.

  • PastyRasta

    Do you really see Milliner dropping out of the top 10? If Buffalo takes Nassib they might as well move to Toronto Bills fans will riot…I’m excited about the draft but hate the new 3 day format the first round takes 5 hours…but I guess the good thing is we get 3 days of football in April…all of this hype and we are now just days away!

    • Josh Sanchez

      Milliner’s shoulder is a real concern to teams, and Nassib is the most likely QB for Buffalo. Buffalo would like to trade back, but if they can’t, they have to take their guy

  • PastyRasta

    No way NE takes a WR in the 1st just my opinion but that is not Belichick’s style they will go DB or DE/OLB trust me

    • Josh Sanchez

      With the value there, Hunter makes the most sense to me. Patriots fans would be pleasantly surprised if he is the pick

  • Josh Sanchez

    I really wanted to find a place for Kyle Long in the first two rounds, but I believe the second round will be dominated by offensive skill position players.

    • LukeNSims

      And then he happily lands with the Jaguars in round three :)

      • Josh Sanchez

        I am sure they wouldn’t mind that too much, haha. I think there will be a place for him in round two, but it is tough to predict trades and how that will all work out.

  • Jordan Taylor Scruggs

    Someone is on drugs STL Rams selected Geno with a 1st round pick when they have a lot of holes to fill I think not that is a bust of a pick when there will be talented players available that are more talented than some of the current starters on their roster.

    • Josh Sanchez

      If Geno slides that far, the Rams will seriously have to consider the pick. Perhaps they could trade down and a team could move up for him, but with Sam Bradford under center, Geno would be worth the pick.

  • Josh Carter

    I agree Nassib is going first round, as a fan I’d be pretty upset if the jets got austin

    • Josh Sanchez

      It’s hard to see the Jets passing on him if he is there. They desperately need play makers and he is as good as it gets in this class.

  • bjigler

    This is stupid. There is absolutely zero way the Rams give up on Bradford right now. He actually played pretty well last year, the Rams will not make a change.

    • Josh Sanchez

      I disagree. Bradford hasn’t shown that he is a franchise QB. With a coaching staff that didn’t draft him, they could look in another direction

  • Jordan

    2/32 .065 accuracy Geno to the Rams…. What a joke

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