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Pewter Report's 2013 NFL Mock Draft- First Round

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Eric Dellaratta


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While the April draft is still over two months away, Pewter Report has put together our first mock draft for all 32 teams. Next week we will have rounds 2-3, and we will continue to update and adjust as the draft approaches. Scott Reynolds will debut a new Bucs 7-round draft later this month.
While there is little science involved when projecting a mock draft that is still over two months away, the speculation and debate keeps the offseason interesting. Rest assured, between now and April, things will change dramatically, but as of now, this is how we see things shaping up.

Pewter Report draft analyst Eric Dellaratta has the first of the 2013 first-round mock drafts. Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds will debut a new 2013 Bucs 7-round mock draft later this month.


1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel/OT/Texas A&M
New head coach Andy Reid opts for the best offensive lineman in the draft. Joeckel is an NFL-ready left tackle and the Chiefs, or any other NFL team for that matter, can't afford to pass up a potential 10-year cornerstone.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sheldon Richardson/DT/Missouri
Head coach Gus Bradley will want relentless defensive linemen. Richardson has a non-stop motor and will be a riser following the combine.
3. Oakland Raiders – Geno Smith/QB/West Virginia
Oakland finds its quarterback of the future. Geno Smith could compete with Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor for the starting job as a rookie.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Dee Milliner/CB/Alabama
The Eagles secondary was atrocious in 2012. If Philadelphia chooses to address the cornerback position, they could draft Milliner, who is the best cornerback in the draft.
5. Detroit Lions – Bjoern Werner/DE/Florida State
The Lions desperately need a pass-rusher. The team let go of veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Boesch, who had just 3.5 sacks in 2012. Werner is one of the safest picks in the draft.
6. Cleveland Browns – Damontre Moore/DE/Texas A&M
Cleveland adds a pass rusher to complement Jabaal Sheard. PewterReport.com doesn’t think that Moore is worth this pick, but it seems that NFL teams have taken a liking to the defensive end.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher/OT/Central Michigan
Pass protection was a huge issue for the Cardinals in 2012. Fisher can play left or right tackle at the NFL level.

8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib/QB/Syracuse
Ryan Nassib is not worth this pick, but the Bills desperately need a quarterback and he has lots of connections with Buffalo. His former head coach Doug Maronne is Buffalo’s new head coach. Nassib might not last until Buffalo’s second-round pick.
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo/OLB/West Virginia
It’s time for the Jets to add an outside pass-rusher to go along with interior lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. Mingo is an athletic freak, who could turn into a dominant pass rusher with time.
10. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotutlelei/DT/Utah
Lotulelei is great value for the Titans at this selection. The big defensive tackle is extremely strong and would fit in just about any defense.
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson/OT/Oklahoma
Lane Johnson had a huge week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. He raised his draft stock tremendously. San Diego has a huge need at offensive tackle.
12. Miami Dolphins – Chance Warmack/OG/Alabama
Miami takes the best player available with this selection. They could use a standout interior lineman to go next to underrated center Mike Pouncey.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnthan Banks/CB/Mississippi State
It’s no secret that the Buccaneers will be searching for cornerbacks this offseason. The 2012 free agent acquisition, Eric Wright, is a candidate to be released because of his large contract. It is uncertain if the Bucs will re-sign veteran E.J. Biggers, who will be an unrestricted free agent in March. The Bucs have Leonard Johnson, Myron Lewis, Brandon McDonald, Danny Gorrer, and James Rogers under contract for next season. Tampa Bay’s team website also has second-year defensive back Keith Tandy listed as a cornerback. The Bucs clearly need some star power on the outside of their defense. Adding a cornerback like Banks gives the Bucs a defensive back with very good size, production, and cover skills.
The senior cornerback amassed 16 interceptions over the course of his four-year college career. In addition to those turnovers, he also broke up 26 passes, forced five fumbles, and one sack. Banks never had a season where he didn’t total at least three interceptions. He’s a consistent playmaker, which is exactly what NFL teams will be looking for. The former Bulldog is listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, which is an ideal size for an NFL cornerback. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese compared Banks to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The Hail State Beat conducted an interview with Reese and he had this to say regarding Banks:
“Well, some teams like him. He’s been rated pretty good by the combine and he’s an interesting guy. He’s a height-weight-speed guy, what we call it in the National Football League. He has all those specific characteristics that we like.”
Banks has a lot of upside, and with the right coaching he could become a very valuable asset to the Buccaneers. Some other players the Bucs could look at in this scenario include BYU defensive end Ezekial Ansah, Ohio State defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins, or Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
14. Carolina Panthers – Jonathan Hankins/DT/Ohio State
The Panthers need run-stuffers in the middle of their defense. They have had some bust draft picks at the defensive tackle position in recent years.
15. New Orleans Saints – Ezekial Ansah/DE/BYU
New Orleans is transitioning to a 3-4 defense this offseason. The team could develop Ansah behind Will Smith and Martez Wilson before letting him loose.
16. St. Louis Rams – Kenny Vaccaro/S/Texas
It appears that the Rams have a keeper in cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Now, the team must get him some help over the top. Vaccaro is a very solid safety who should be selected in the top-20.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones/OLB/Georgia
PewterReport.com is predicting a little bit of a slide for Jones. We don’t see the top-five pass-rusher that some are comparing to Denver’s Von Miller. However, Jones is a good player and a good fit for the Steelers defense as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Sharrif Floyd/DT/Florida
Monte Kiffin loves defensive lineman and Floyd is a good one. The former Gator is very disruptive and has a motor that teams will love.
19. New York Giants – Alec Ogletree/LB/Georgia
The Giants cut Michael Boley last week leaving a void at the linebacker position. Ogletree is an athletic linebacker that would fit best as a 4-3 outside linebacker.
20. Chicago Bears – Zach Ertz/TE/Stanford
This is too high for Ertz, but the Bears need a tight end in the worst way. Kellen Davis can’t be the starter heading into 2013.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Manti Te’o/LB/Notre Dame
Rey Maualuga will be a free agent in March, so the team will be searching for a replacement at middle linebacker. The Te’o situation is crazy, but Cincinnati is not afraid to take troubled players.
22. St Louis Rams (from Washington) – Jonathan Cooper/OG/North Carolina
Quarterback Sam Bradford gets hit way too much. The Rams have to find some lineman to keep him upright. Cooper is a nasty, athletic guard that would help out the Rams' front five.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Keenan Allen/WR/California
With Percy Harvin on the way out, the Vikings have to find a go-to receiver if they want quarterback Christian Ponder to take the next step.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Barrett Jones/C/Alabama
Protecting Andrew Luck should be a priority for Indianapolis. Jones is very versatile and could play all over the Colts’ offensive line.
25. Seattle Seahawks – D.J. Fluker/OT/Alabama
The Seahawks need to upgrade the right tackle position. Fluker is a monstrous, road-grading blocker that could help pave the way for Marshawn Lynch.
26. Green Bay Packers – Dion Jordan/OLB/Oregon
Jordan is too good for the Packers to pass on him at this selection. Other than Clay Matthews, the team has struggled to find another pass rusher.
27. Houston Texans – Cordarelle Patterson/WR/Tennessee
Patterson has too much raw talent to slip out of the first round. He will likely go in the top 20 after the Combine. The Texans need a talented receiver to pair with veteran Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos – Desmond Trufant/CB/Washington
Trufant really made a name for himself during Senior Bowl week. Denver could groom Trufant behind veteran Pro Bowler Champ Bailey.

29. New England Patriots – Matt Elam/S/Florida
Elam is a very physical, hard-hitting safety that would be a great fit in the Patriots defense. He still needs some coaching, but he could be a very good defensive back under Bill Belichick.
30. Atlanta Falcons – Datone Jones/DE/UCLA
Atlanta struggled to get to the quarterback all season long. They need to find a young defensive end like Jones to rush the passer.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid/S/LSU
The 49ers could lose safety Dashon Goldson in free agency. If they can’t re-sign him, they will be looking for another hard-hitting safety to fill the void. Reid is a heat-seeking missile out on the football field and would be a perfect fit.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Minter/LB/LSU
Ray Lewis ended his career on top, and now GM Ozzie Newsome will be looking for the next Hall of Fame linebacker. Minter is a very talented inside linebacker that would fit well with Baltimore.

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    Nybuccguy the good thing is our d-line is pretty solid
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    I think Milliner will be a low end #1 CB in the NFL and Banks and Xavier will be solid #2 CB's. You don't take a #2 CB with the 13th overall pick, just like you wouldn't take a #2 WR with the 13th overall pick. Those guys can be found in rounds 2-4 (i.e. Mike Williams). I think Jarvis Jones is the best player available in the whole draft so if the draft unfolds the way this mock draft is presented then we'd be nuts not to take him at #13. Von Miller is a SLB but plays all 3 downs so J. Jones can do the same.
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    If the guy I have at or near the top of my board is still available at 13 and is also a position of need, I'd really have a hard time trading back. Would only do that if I could strike a deal assuring I can get my guy, or have a few players separated by only an eeny meeny miny moe. With Bowers' blunder, need is hands down CB/DE/OT. Bucs have to grab one solid veteran CB and quality D-line depth in FA.
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    Johnthan Banks, may be a great CB prospect, but Scout's Inc. doesn't even have him in their top 32. Seems like a huge reach, but we will see how he does at the combine.
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    @JDouble, Zone corner?? Where are you getting that from? He played mostly man in college. He will be a great addition to the secondary.
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    I love this time of year when it comes to mock drafts. Everyone is wrong!!!!!!! But it is so much fun speculating. Here is my best guess solution, Crystal Ball Hope..... If Lane Johnson falls to 13, TAKE HIM. Complete the OL project . Trade-up in the second get Banks (Most analyst's Projection for TB) using your 43 and one of your 4ths. Now you have a serviceable cb who might participate in the DB by committee project and competition for Delmar Dotson .Go Bucs
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    We might try to trade back in the first if we find a dance partner. We could still then pick up Banks or Trufant and have an additional pick. If the Bucs feel the CB in the draft is 3 rounds deep, that's what I would expect them to do.
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    As in most Mock Draft at this time of year, they are subjective. Until Free Agency plays out you can't project need for any team. If the Bucs go heavy in Free Agency and pick a couple of CB's and dont part ways with Eric Wright. Will they really draft another CB in the 1st round? Doubtful. I wouldn't have issue with Banks under this scenario.
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    Leon Sandcastle
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    I heard Leon Sandcastle ran a 4.2.
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    Funny but true JonnyG. Some minds are easily swayed and some of us are well......bullheaded. FreemanMVP and I share the same philosophy. Reason being because the other teams have similar grading systems making sometimes better players available later in the selection process. If the Patriots thought Tom Brady was so good, why did they wait until the 6th round to take him? Because they knew they could without fear of losing him to another team. Back in 1997 the mighty Bucs selected some smallish and slow CB in the 3rd round who started his career without fanfare and well-deserved criticism as he learned his craft. Knowing what we know now he should have been a 1st round choice and been well worth it. But can you imagine the outcry from us if Richie McKay would have chosen # 20 instead of Gator great Reidel Anthony; proclaiming at the post-draft press conference that Ronde would one day be a Hall of Fame candidate? He would have been crucified by Mel Kiper and every media prognosticator. Who knew? Too bad the Draft isn't like predicting how your girlfriend will age by looking at her mother. Worked for me.
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    I do think we should trade down from 13 and pick a corner like Trufant or Xavier Rhodes in the 20's and then trade up in the second or third and give up our extra 4th
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    Simple defensive end Ezekiel Ansah BYU Pick #13. Trade back into the First round for Jonathan banks or Xavier Rhodes .. If the defensive end is gone at 13 trade back and grab a corner one of the two corners mentioned and DJ Flucker Right tackle.
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    Well Bucfans and draft Nuts- Here is a possiblity.I see that St Louis Rams has a #16 & #22 in Rd-1. I say this. Tampa send theis #13 and a 4th Rd pick to St.Louis for their #16 &22, and switch slots in Rd-2. And this is what I would do. First of all if CB Johnathan Banks is their Great. But Tampa could do this AT #16 Tampa could get that several players the OLB from Ga,The Dt from Florida or even OT DJ Fluker from Bama that would solified the offensive line more. Get CB Desmond Trufant from Wash, or CB Xavier Rhodes at #22. And go after the best players in Rd-2 and 3 and 4. If Banks is still there at 16 its a no brainer. But pickup another Rd-1 pick and not give up much except move down a couple of spots in Rd-2. And In Rd-3 Tampa may go after the QB from FSU in Rd-3 if they wheel and deal and move down and pick more picks up-what does everone think! GO BUCS
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    Pick the best player available no matter what position or trade down.Safest and smartest thing to do.They traded down last year and still got a great player in Barron and another pick which helped us tremendously in getting Martin and David.
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    I'm a little confused about reaching for a player when you have a need. If he can play #20 then he could play at # 13. I care if we take Banks at # 1 if he can play corner for years. It would be great to get him at 28, but who says any of the CB the Bucs target will be there. Beside there are needs all over, LB, Safety and possible DT, right now I think we have 2nd tier players in the defensive backfield
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    rrsrp, a higher rated and value player at the 13th spot is available or if we trade down we get an extra draft pick. Reaching for players that are not at that value usually doesn't go well.
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    Banks is a much better choice than Rhodes, but this is still a reach. I hope we trade down or out of the first round. I like Rhodes, but not at 13; maybe 20th?
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    13, 20 whats the difference?
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    jongruden, an extra draft pick.
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    As of now, my admittedly overly creative mock draft has us drafting Kenny Vaccaro in round one then trading back into the back end of the round to select Johnthan Banks much like we did for Doug Martin last season. I also strongly believe that we will sign a significant CB in the offseason, especially after MD's recent comments on the impending FA period. If we ended up with, say, DRC, then we add in Banks, I think we have a solid (not great, but solid secondary in 2013). The idea of taking Vacarro is that he will have 1 year to grow behind Ronde (who I truly believe will return) while playing the nickel etc., then be ready to step in and play at a high level in 2014. This strategy sets our defensive secondary ip very well for the long term future. The other move I would be thrilled with would be to select an elite pass-rusher who falls or an OT the team loves at the 13 spot, then move on from there. If Banks (for me the most coveted CB in this draft) is who they really want, then at the very least trade back a bit to nab him. He's technically a reach at 13 and should be there beyond that point.
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    I'll start predicting after the combine. I'll be glued to NFL Network watching them in the CB drills. I know the 40's and the Bench Press will be the most watch with Dline and CB, but I'm all about footwork and hand quickness.
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    Banks/Rhodes at 13, then trade back into Round 1 to get the other one. Bucs like doubling up and with CB so depleted, now would be a good year to do it again.
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    I got hammered for saying we need a corner at 13 from other posters saying that # would be a reach for a corner and PR said "their sources say there aren't any top corners this high in the draft to select except Milliner", so looks like PR is coming around to my thinking and now the fellow posters or followers will love this selection when they were all for drafting a DT, lol
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    I know that I am probably in the minority, but I would love us to pick Kenny Vaccaro/S/Texas. I think he would be a perfect compliment to Barron for years to come.
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    Manti T'eo. Free agent CB
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    I really hope we trade out of the first round..there isnt that much great talent in the first round unless youre looking for DL or OL. To me Banks isnt worth the 13 pick but is worth it later in the first round so I say we get as many picks as we can.
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    What about the fact that Banks projects as a zone system corner, while Schiano runs a system that requires the corners to man up on the outside. How is this a good match?
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    I think the Eagles go for offensive line instead of corner back. Their OL was bad and I feel confident that's a high priority for Chip Kelly.
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    I feel that this is a very weak draft class. I'm having trouble getting excited about it.
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