2013 NFL Mock Draft by FFToolbox Writer, Forrest N Long
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2013 NFL Mock Draft

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1. HOU: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M*
While an argument can be made for Houston to select DE Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans really need a quarterback. The pick could be Blake Bortles, however Manziel seemed to wow everyone at his pro day workout and don't forget he is a home state product that could sell tickets.
2. STL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Rams are in a great spot to trade down but even if they do I think they will still take the top OL with their first pick. Matthews is the safer pick and would help provide Bradford with a solid OL to protect him heading into the 2014 season.
3. JAX: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
QB is probably the biggest need for the Jaguars, but I think they will address that position probably in round two or three, plus they just re-signed Chad Henne. Clowney is the top defense player in this draft and considering the Jaguars were the worst team in the league the past two seasons in sacks, he will provide an instant upgrade.
4. CLE: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Will the Browns pass on a young QB? The Browns pass up a quarterback here since none are worthy of this pick and they have another pick later in the first round. New head coach Mike Pettine will find ways to use Mack in his defensive schemes.
5. OAK: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson*
Everyone will expect the Raiders to select a QB here, but when does Oakland ever do the expected. GM Reggie McKenzie needs to win now to save his job and with the offseason additions of Matt Schaub and Maurice Jones-Drew, plus drafting Watkins, this will help bolster their offense to give them that opportunity in 2014. Watkins is considered the top WR in this draft and the Raiders love his speed.
6. ATL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn*
Almost every mock draft has the Falcons trading up to the second pick to take either Clowney or Mack, however the Rams biggest need should be to upgrade their offensive line to keep QB Matt Ryan upright, so they take Robinson, the offensive tackle with the most upside in this draft.
7. TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M*
The Bucs could go in any number of ways with this pick, but their most glaring need is at receiver. Vincent Jackson is getting up there in age and Mike Williams was traded, so Evans fills a huge need and will give new QB Josh McCown another big target to throw to this year.
8. MIN: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF*
The Vikings are looking for a young franchise-type quarterback and they will be happy when Blake Bortles falls into their lap come May. Bortles brings a great blend of talent, upside, and work ethic that is much better than any of the QBs on the Vikings roster last season.
9. BUF: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills filled some of their needs in free agency, but there is still a glaring need at the offensive tackle position. Lewan can step in and fill the void left open when LT Jared Veldeheer left via free agency. The Bills could also be open to selecting a WR if Evans or Watkins were to be available, and there are some reports they are interested in TE Eric Ebron.
10. DET: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State*
The Lions need to strengthen their secondary at the corner position and Gilbert is consider to be the top CB in this draft.
11. TEN: Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
Tennessee could be switching over to a 3-4 scheme on defense, and Barr will give them a pass rushing threat due to his combination of size and speed.
12. NYG: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Giants are another team that filled some of their needs in free agency, but their defensive line took a hit losing Linval Joseph. Donald is the best DT available and his stock has been rising since his Senior Bowl performance.
13. STL: Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The Rams need to improve on their weak secondary and selecting Clinton-Dix to pair with SS T.J. McDonald would surely strengthen their secondary heading into the coming season
14. CHI: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville*
The Bears will probably be drafting the top defensive player on their board, and after the defensive line additions via free agency the glaring need is a Safety. Pryor will fill a huge need in the Bears secondary.
15. PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Pittsburgh's two biggest needs are probably at WR and DB, however with the recent signing of Heyward-Bey the Steelers are probably thinking they can get a receiver later in the draft. The Steelers secondary is getting old, so Dennard will give them a young, aggressive CB.
16. DAL: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State*
The Cowboys were terrible on the defensive side of the ball last year and Jernigan will help in the middle. Safety is another need that the team could address here if Dix or Pryor are still on the board, and with Jason Witten not getting any younger TE Eric Ebron might be worth consideration here for Dallas.
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FFToolbox 2013 NFL Mock Drafts

FFToolbox Writer Dated Predicted 1-2-3-4-5-6
Mark Niemi May-08 J. Clowney, G. Robinson, J. Manziel, S. Watkins, K. Mack, J. Matthews
Mark Morales-Smith May-08 J. Clowney, G. Robinson, J. Manziel, S. Watkins, K. Mack, J. Matthews
Rob Warner May-08 K. Mack, G. Robinson, J. Clowney, S. Watkins, J. Manziel, J. Matthews
Ricky Dimon May-08 J. Clowney, G. Robinson, K. Mack, J. Manziel, S. Watkins, J. Matthews
Matt De Lima May-06 J. Clowney, K. Mack, S. Watkins, J. Manziel, G. Robinson, T. Lewan
Forrest N Long Apr-29 J. Manziel, J. Matthews, J. Clowney, K. Mack, S. Watkins, G. Robinson

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