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2013 NFL Mock Draft

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1. HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
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.
2. STL: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
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.
3. JAX: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson*
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.
4. CLE: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M*
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.
5. OAK: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn*
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.
6. ATL: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Atlanta could trade up to grab Clowney or Mack. If not, getting tougher upfront wouldn't hurt in order to better protect Matt Ryan.
7. TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M*
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.
8. MIN: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida*
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.
9. BUF: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
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.
10. DET: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Dennard has held strong in most positional rankings while others have fallen around him.
11. TEN: Anthony Barr, DE, UCLA
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.
12. NYG: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Giants should get back to their roots and that is skilled pass-rushers. Donald is an elite pocket collapser at DT.
13. STL: Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
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.
14. CHI: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State*
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.
15. PIT: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Beckham is the hot receiver of the moment and with that, he has surpassed guys like Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee.
16. DAL: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville*
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.
*Underclassmen

 
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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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