2013 NFL Mock Draft by FFToolbox Writer, Mark Niemi
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2013 NFL Mock Draft

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1. HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
Houston is looking to trade down, but may not find a suitor at their asking price, which is looking more and more like a package involving 2 or 3 1st Round picks, depending on how far they'd be asked to move back.
2. STL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn*
The question is whether to select Greg Robinson, Jake Mathews, or trade down. Right now it looks like the Rams are leaning toward Greg Robinson's upside, although Jake Mathews seems to be about as safe of a pick as there is for a team that once took Jason Smith with the second overall pick of the draft.
3. JAX: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M*
I'm buying into the hype. This franchise needs something, and at least hype equates to hope.
4. CLE: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson*
Cleveland's dream scenario may be having Sammy Watkins fall to them without having to trade up.
5. OAK: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
This pick seams like a no-brainer, but then again, this is Reggie McKenzie selecting for the Raiders
6. ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Atlanta would love to move up for a pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, but would be perfectly happy to settle for a prototype LT like Jake Mathews.
7. TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M*
After having addressed many of their needs in a very aggressive free agency period, the Buccaneers could still use another WR. While it initially looked like they simply needed a speedy receiver to play in the slot, Mike Williams finally wore out his welcome in Tampa Bay by getting stabbed in the thigh by his brother, making either Mike Evans or Plaxico Burress his ideal replacement.
8. MIN: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Vikings are looking for players who can disrupt up front in Mike Zimmer's new defense. Aaron Donald of Pitt can play the role that Geno Atkins did for Zimmer in Cincinnati.
9. BUF: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
It looks like the goal for the Bills in this draft is to do everything they can to put second year QB E.J. Manuel in a position to succeed. If a true LT like Taylor Lewan is still available, Buffalo could move Cordy Glenn to a more natural position like RT or even G where he could put his physicality to better use. Of course, Lewan has some off the field issues that make Ritchie Incognito look like a Boy Scout troop leader, so stay tuned to see if the #9 spot is his floor as the Mel Kiper, Jr.'s of the world think, or his ceiling.
10. DET: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina*
According to new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the Lions are looking for a flamethrower at OLB and a riverboat gambler at CB. The problem is that none of the players projected to be available at those positions seem to be worth the #10 pick. Don't believe the hype about the Lions trading up to the #2 spot for Sammy Watkins, because that's just not going to happen. The Lions could make a surprise pick and take Eric Ebron of North Carolina to play the Jimmy Graham role in Joe Lombardi's new offense, or possibly even Cody Latimer of Indiana, who fits the mold of Jim Caldwell's affinity for receivers with good hands.
11. TEN: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State*
With Alterraun Verner leaving in free agency, the Titans have a huge hole at CB. An OLB with proven pass rush skills like Anthony Barr could also be a consideration to fill a need in their new 3-4 defense depending on what Detroit does at #10, but Barr's game has been scrutinized to the extent that he no longer appears to be a top #15 prospect.
12. NYG: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame
The Giants have an offensive line that is a complete mess, and tackle is the best place to start to address that problem. Drafting a true LT would have a positive cascade effect, allowing Justin Pugh to move to G and Will Beatty to slide to RT as he comes off of what was a subpar year even before he suffered a massive leg injury that could cause him to miss the start of the 2014 season.
13. STL: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
St. Louis needs to upgrade their secondary at both S and CB. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams values an athletic FS who he can line up to show offenses different looks and still has the speed still patrol the deep and middle parts of the field. That would make Ha Ha Clinton-Dix the ideal pick given his fantastic range.
14. CHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville*
The Bears are looking for anybody other than Chris Conte as their starting S this season. Calvin Pryor definitely fits that profile.
15. PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Steel Curtain is in need of repairs. While the Steelers have not traditionally drafted CB's in the 1st Round, Darqueze No Fly Zone Dennard could make them think twice about passing on one this year. In addition to being a valuable press-man CB, Dennard is also the type of high character player that the Rooney family seems to value.
16. DAL: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Cowboys are not going to land Aaron Donald unless they trade up. If they stay at #16, they need to get Rod Marinelli a pass rusher, as his defensive philosophy is predicated upon getting pressure from his front four.
*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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