2013 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1 of 2
Clowney's superior potential, even if concerns about his work ethic are true, sets him apart as this draft's most elite prospect. A quarterback should be available around pick No. 20 and the Texans could trade up then if necessary.
The Rams' inability to protect Sam Bradford trumps any other need; however, teams don't always pick what seems like the most logical selection. Mack is an excellent pass-rushing prospect who can make a big impact.
Receiver isn't a primary need, but if we are to assume Justin Blackmon will continue to be out indefinitely, the Jags would be wise to find a replacement sooner rather than later. Watkins has big-time potential.
Reports continue to circulate that the Browns really like Manziel. It makes perfect sense since he has the biggest bust potential of any first round player.
Robinson falls a couple spots but it is not for a lack of talent. Oakland needs a replacement at left tackle and the former Auburn lineman is the draft's No. 1 OT.
Atlanta could trade up to grab Clowney or Mack. If not, getting tougher upfront wouldn't hurt in order to better protect Matt Ryan.
Evans is the No. 1 receiver in the eyes of many due to his size and ability to high-point the football. The 49ers have recently announced their strong interest in him.
Bortles could go No. 1 or he could fall somewhere in this range. It's unlikely he makes it past Minnesota. After the failed experiments with Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel, a long-term solution at QB should be a priority.
Matthews is the No. 2 tackle for some draftniks. Buffalo only needs him at right tackle and that might not be an important enough position for the No. 9 pick.
Dennard has held strong in most positional rankings while others have fallen around him.
Barr is falling in some circles but the need for pass-rushers remains very high. There's no reason to suspect a huge drop-off considering his length and athleticism in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes.
The Giants should get back to their roots and that is skilled pass-rushers. Donald is an elite pocket collapser at DT.
Clinton-Dix is pretty much a lock to go somewhere here in the teens, assuming he lasts this long anyway. The Rams and a handful of teams below them all need serious help in their defensive secondary.
Gilbert drops to No. 2 on my board due to concerns about his tackling ability and whether or not he can really hold his own physically in this league.
Beckham is the hot receiver of the moment and with that, he has surpassed guys like Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee.
Dallas has bigger needs along the defensive line, critical needs in fact. With what's left on the board, any DT or DE would be a huge reach. Pryor still fills a lesser need regardless.
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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|