Post Super Bowl Mock Draft

February 5th, 2013

Could the Lions spring for Ziggy Ansah?

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
We now know the draft order for the first each round as the Ravens wrapped up the coveted last spot. The compensatory picks that begin at the end of the third round will be announced later this month. I expanded to four rounds for this edition.

As always, the disclaimer: This is a scenario where I attempt to guess what the given teams would do with the given picks. It does not necessarily reflect the choices I would make in the same situations.

Updated 2/5
Round One
1. Kansas City Chiefs–Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. I’ve had Luke Joeckel and Tyler Wilson slotted here before, but I’m back on Smith as the top pick. If Andy Reid opts for a veteran import like Alex Smith, then I would strongly bet the pick is Joeckel. But it’s premature to rule out a defensive surprise too.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars–Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Werner hits a number of check marks for the Jaguars. He’s got the local angle covered, being from Florida State. He is a high-end pass rusher, which the Jags desperately need. And he’s a high-ceiling, high-floor player for a team that cannot afford to miss on getting an immediate starter.

3. Oakland Raiders–Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. I struggled here, with Tyler Wilson and Barkevious Mingo both slotted here at various times in this incarnation. I can see either of those being the pick, but I went with Moore. He has a more unique presence and is a much more assertive run defender than Mingo. This is the first pick with the potential for a trade back, especially if Luke Joeckel or Geno Smith is still on the board. Then again if Smith is on the board I would think the Raiders would take him.

4. Philadelphia Eagles–Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M. The offensive line was a disaster in 2012, and depending on a full return by Jason Peters is a folly. Joeckel loves being physical and can play on an island as Chip Kelly’s offense at Oregon often demanded. I think Mike Vick stays at this point.

5. Detroit Lions–Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU. Surprise! If GM Martin Mayhew takes a cue from new underling Brian Xanders, he’ll take the longer view and go with the player who will be potentially the best in this class in 3-5 years, not just right away. That player is Ansah, who is already NFL-ready as a run defender and has physical attributes that make evaluators and coaches drool.

6. Cleveland Browns–Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU. Mingo should be a natural fit for the weakside OLB position in the Browns’ new-look 3-4 front. His speed around the edge and quick closing burst set him apart from the other smaller rushers in this class.

7. Arizona Cardinals–Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan. The Cardinals have two major needs: offensive line help and quarterback. In this scenario Fisher will be the top rated talent at those positions on the board, and he is ready to start right away at left tackle in a division chock full of excellent pass rushers.

8. Buffalo Bills–Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. Buffalo needs playmakers, and Milliner comes from the playmaking corner school. His length and desire to get his hands on the ball should help the overall defense. I do not believe Ryan Nassib is an option at #8 overall and slotted him to the Bills in the 2nd round. That might require a trade up with that pick, however.

9. New York Jets–Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas. Should this come to fruition I would really like this pick. Wilson has the arm talent to be a very good NFL QB, but more importantly he’s got experience in dealing with a sinking ship of a program and a bizarre coaching situation. They have to consider a pass rushing OLB here too.

10. Tennessee Titans–Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. If you’re not yet familiar with Richardson, thin back to this point a year ago and Dontari Poe. They are different players but share the same Combine-awing physical attributes. Richardson has actually translated that pretty well to the football field already, as for my money he was the best defensive player in the SEC last year. The Titans are looking for impact along the defensive front and in the secondary, and Richardson fits the bill.

11. San Diego Chargers–Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee. Patterson offers game-breaking potential, albeit highly unrefined at this point. The Chargers have a number of short and long-term needs and intriguing candidates to fill them here; a pass rusher or offensive lineman certainly makes sense as well.

12. Miami Dolphins–Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon. Miami needs to find a long-term complement to Cameron Wake at outside backer. Jordan has great length and enough athleticism to drop into coverage. He will be one of the more polarizing prospects in this draft and one of the biggest boom/bust players; in three years Jordan will either be notching 12.5 sacks per year or bagging your groceries at the local Kroger.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers–Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas. Vaccaro offers the coverage ability teams want in the nickel back with the mentality and range of a safety. The Bucs can sorely use skills like that, having just surrendered over 4700 passing yards. They also really need at least one defensive end despite considerable recent draft attention there too.

14. Carolina Panthers–Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. I consider this Star’s floor, though I suspect the Panthers will happily take him. Addressing the defensive tackle position and secondary figure to be early draft priorities, though a WR wouldn’t surprise me here either.

15. New Orleans Saints–Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. Even though he might be the highest rated player on some boards regardless of position, I have a hard time seeing Warmack going much higher than this. In NOLA he fills the massive gap of Carl Nicks and should really help former Bama teammate Mark Ingram find more room to operate. The defensive scheme change could dictate going LB here.

16. St. Louis Rams–Keenan Allen, WR, California. Allen has a chance to be the first wideout taken with his great hands and route running ability. The Rams must give Sam Bradford more receiving options if he is ever to succeed, and Allen would be a good step in that direction.

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6 Responses to “Post Super Bowl Mock Draft”

  1. Matt says:

    Thank god you don’t like Mayhew either, because if he drafts like this he will be fired. So I hope he does, because he doesn’t have a clue either. Your second round pick will be available in the third round so if you want to take him their good. A good senior bowl showing helps a little, but he still had trouble in coverage against the elite TE’s. Rambo, and Reid are much more athletic and faster. They can cover the TE’s and they have shown they can handle elite talent in college. Yes Ansah has ability, but he is not a top 5 pick. Moore, Fisher, MIlner, Vaccaro, Warmack, Werner (not a big fan of his, gets dominated but top talent OL), are top 5 talent. You want to trade back up to the first round and get him later good idea, but Unless you trade back picking Ansah, Milner, and Vaccaro is a reach..

  2. joeisme says:

    The Packers have FIVE tight ends on the roster already. They will not waste another pick (especially a #2) on another TE. They need O-line, D-line, and RB help desperatley.

    • adminLions says:

      Only one of those TEs is signed beyond 2013 and that’s DJ Williams and his 9 catches in two years. Ted Thompson drafts with a long vision. Be thankful for that.

  3. ClaytonBigsby says:

    Martin Mayhew has used all of his goodwill capital, so, no way he takes Ansah with the idea of he’ll be the best in this class 3 years from now. Mayhew won’t be here to see it. Also, 2nd round pick has to be an immediate starter with no holes in his game—that sounds more like and OL to me. Last, it appears there is Safety depth in this draft, so, I think that’s a 3rd, not 2nd round pick.

    • jack sprat says:

      Mayhew may well have used all of his goodwill capital with folks like you, but none of you will even be consulted on the decision. What in Ford’s long history as an owner leads you to conclude that he’ll cut and run here?

      Now, as for the quality of the criticism which has been aimed in Mayhew’s direction, I’m less than impressed. So many flocks of pigeons, doing what pigeons do. Case in point, the supposedly significant ‘fact’ that Reiff didn’t beat out anybody for a starting spot last season. Never mind that Schwartz and Linehan are both on record as preferring not to do so, when it can be avoided. It could, so they did. (Why do things that way? Rookies tend to make more mistakes; rookie’s mistakes can and do destroy their confidence, sometimes for good. So, they would rather wait until things slow down a bit for them, before they saddle the new horse up. Now, I’ve no problem with those who would go another way, but sharing the very philosophy that’s undergirded the Steelers franchise for decades isn’t “stupid”.)

  4. I’ve had to listen to my brothers spout off about the last championship the LIONS won in the 1950′s.I was born in the 60′s so I don’t ever remember the LIONS winning anything. The drafts won’t help the Detroit Lions until the Ford family doesn’t own the team any longer. No matter who’s doing the drafting. It could be GOD and they’d still screw it up somewhere.

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