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Pewter Report's NFL Mock Draft – Rounds 1-3

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Draft day has arrived and PewterReport.com's draft analyst Eric Dellaratta offers up his final thoughts on the 2013 NFL Draft. Where do the Bucs go with their second-round pick? Does Eric Fisher move up to the overall No. 1 selection? Get these answers and more in PewterReport.com's final mock draft.
Draft day has arrived and PewterReport.com's draft analyst Eric Dellaratta offers up his final thoughts on the 2013 NFL Draft. Where do the Bucs go with their second-round pick? Does Eric Fisher move up to the overall No. 1 selection? Get these answers and more in PewterReport.com's final mock draft rounds 1-3 and the complete Buccaneers seven-round mock.


1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel/OT/Texas A&M
Andy Reid and the Chiefs grab a big man with elite pass-blocking skills.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan/DE/Oregon
New head coach Gus Bradley will want to overhaul Jacksonville’s offensive line.

3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd/DT/Florida
Oakland might have one of the worst defensive rosters in recent history. Adding Floyd would help their defense immensely.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Star Lotulelei/DT/Utah
The Eagles could take an offensive lineman here, but they also could upgrade their interior defensive line. Lotulelei is a special defensive tackle with excellent NFL potential.

5. Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher/OT/Central Michigan
The Lions did draft Riley Reiff early last year, but Fisher is too good of a prospect to pass up. He and Reiff would be nice bookends.

6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner/CB/Alabama
The Browns add Milliner to their defense to play opposite former Florida Gator Joe Haden.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Chance Warmack/OG/Alabama
Warmack is a mauling guard with elite run-blocking skills that would improve the Cardinals interior offensive line.

8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib/QB/Syracuse
The Bills could go with Geno Smith or Matt Barkley, but PewterReport.com thinks they draft the guy they know.

9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo/LB/LSU
The ultra athletic pass rusher out of LSU ends up with Rex Ryan to help the Jets pass-rush.

10. Tennessee Titans – D.J. Fluker/OT/Alabama
The Titans could go with Jonathan Cooper here, but rumors have it that they really like Fluker as a potential guard.

11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson/OT/Oklahoma

Johnson won’t last this long, but I think the Chargers will trade up for the former Oklahoma Sooner.

12. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Cooper/OG/North Carolina
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper is a very athletic guard that fits perfectly with the Dolphins.

13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) – Tavon Austin/WR/West Virginia
The Jets need to add weapons to their offense. Austin is the most explosive player in the 2013 draft class.

14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson/DT/Missouri
The Panthers add a pass-rushing defensive tackle with a never-ending motor. PewterReport.com believes that Richardson is worth a top-ten draft selection.
15. New Orleans Saints – Ezekial Ansah/LB/BYU
With the Saints switching over to a 3-4 base defense, they will need to add athletic stand-up linebackers. Ansah is a raw prospect with huge upside.

16. St. Louis Rams – Kenny Vaccaro/S/Texas
St. Louis has next to nothing as far as safety talent is concerned. Vaccaro is expected to be a top-20 pick, potentially going even higher.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones/LB/Georgia
Jones is a perfect fit for the Steelers, who need a pass-rushing linebacker following the release of James Harrison.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Sylvester Williams/DT/North Carolina
There are rumors of Williams going higher than expected, so in this mock he goes to the Cowboys who are looking for an inside pass-rusher.

19. New York Giants – Xavier Rhodes/CB/Florida State
The Giants love to draft the best player available and that player could be Xavier Rhodes. New York’s secondary could use a boost.

20. Chicago Bears – Alec Ogletree/LB/Georgia
The Bears need a long term answer at middle linebacker. Ogletree is a good fit for Chicago, who is looking to replace future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Eric Reid/S/LSU
Reid is a big-hitter that would look great next to Reggie Nelson in the Bengals secondary.

22. St Louis Rams (from Washington) – Cordarrelle Patterson/WR/Tennessee
The Rams still need help at receiver despite drafting two last year. Patterson is a special athlete that will need some time to reach his full potential.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Manti Te’o/LB/Notre Dame
Minnesota has drafted quite a few Notre Dame prospects in the last couple of years. The Vikings have a huge need at the middle linebacker position.

24. Indianapolis Colts – DeAndre Hopkins/WR/ Clemson
Reggie Wayne isn’t going to play forever, so it would be a good idea for the Colts to find another play-maker for Andrew Luck to throw to.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) – Desmond Trufant/CB/Washington
Minnesota could go with a wide receiver here, but their secondary could use some help now that Antoine Winfield is a Seattle Seahawk.

26. Green Bay Packers – Tyler Eifert/TE/Notre Dame
There isn’t an offensive lineman worth taking with this pick, so the Packers pick the best player available. Jermichael Finley’s time with Green Bay is nearly over.

27. Houston Texans – Justin Hunter/WR/Tennessee
Houston seems locked in to taking a receiver with their first round pick. Hunter is a stellar athlete with elite upside.

28. Denver Broncos - Jamar Taylor/CB/Boise State
The Broncos need to add some more talent in their secondary. Taylor is regarded as a first round pick by most draft pundits.

29. New England Patriots – Robert Woods/WR/USC
There hasn’t been a lot of buzz about Woods during the pre-draft process, but PewterReport.com believes that he is worth a first round pick.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Tank Carradine/DE/Florida State
The Falcons must add a pass-rusher this offseason, so drafting Carradine here makes a lot of sense for Atlanta.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Margus Hunt/DE/SMU
The 49ers could use a young defensive lineman. Hunt would get to learn behind one of the game’s greats in Justin Smith.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Elam/S/Florida
The Ravens need to find a replacement for Ed Reed in the draft. Baltimore is rumored to be interested in the former Florida Gator.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Matt Barkley/QB/USC
PewterReport.com thinks that someone will trade up into the first to snatch up Barkley if he last this long. It could be Jacksonville.

2. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City) - John Cyprien/S/Florida International
Cyprien is expected to be a first round pick, but in this scenario the 49ers pick up Cyprien to replace Dashon Goldson.

3. Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Long/OT/Oregon
The Eagles need for an offensive tackle combined with Kelly’s familiarity with Long makes this a pretty logical pick.

4. Detroit Lions – Bjoern Werner/DE/Florida State

Werner slides into the second round in this mock, although PewterReport.com believes he should be a first round pick. The Lions desperately need pass rushers.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) – Larry Warford/OG/Kentucky
The Bengals could choose to upgrade their interior offensive line. Warford is a mammoth guard with tremendous run-blocking skills.

6. Arizona Cardinals – Arthur Brown/LB/Kansas State
Arizona needs another linebacker to line up next to Daryl Washington. Brown is a versatile linebacker with a lot of upside.

7. Cleveland Browns – Forfeited (Josh Gordon Supplemental Draft)

8. New York Jets – Geno Smith/QB/West Virginia
It’s possible that the Jets could move back into the first to pick a signal caller. The Jets need to find answer at the quarterback position.

9. Tennessee Titans – Kawaan Short/DT/Purdue
Tennessee needs to add some interior pass-rushers. Short was very productive as a pass-rusher during his time at Purdue.

10. Buffalo Bills – Zach Ertz/TE/Stanford
Outside of Stevie Johnson, Buffalo lacks great receiver talent in the passing game. Ertz is a terrific receiver that is a solid inline tight end.

11. Miami Dolphins – D.J. Hayden/CB/Houston
Hayden has been a late riser, but PewterReport.com still believes he’s a better candidate for the second round. Sean Smith left in free agency, so the Fins could use a play-making cornerback like Hayden.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnthan Banks/CB/Mississippi State
The Buccaneers could go in many other directions with their second round pick, but the team chooses to go with Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks in this mock draft. Banks has slid into the second round after a sub-par Combine performance. Teams are questioning Banks’ speed and how well it translates to the next level, but PewterReport.com doesn’t believe it is as big of an issue as others around the scouting community.

Banks would add some competition at the cornerback position, which is something head coach Greg Schiano loves. Wright could compete with Banks for the second cornerback spot, and the odd man out can take over the slot duties. If Tampa Bay has the chance to draft Banks in the second round, PewterReport.com thinks it would be a slam dunk to select the former Mississippi State cornerback. 

13. Carolina Panthers – Terrance Williams/WR/Baylor
A replacement for Steve Smith will eventually be needed. The Panthers could groom Williams for a little while before letting the Baylor receiver loose.

14. New Orleans – Forfeited (Bounty Scandal)

15. San Diego Chargers – Blidi Wreh-Wilson/CB/Connecticut
The Chargers need to upgrade their talent in the secondary. Wilson has good measurables and has been very good over the course of his collegiate career.

16. St. Louis Rams – Eddie Lacy/RB/Alabama
Steven Jackson left in free agency so the Rams could add a back here. The team did draft Isiah Pead in the second last year, but Lacy and Pead would form a nice one-two punch for the Rams.

17. Dallas Cowboys – Barrett Jones/OC/Alabama
The Cowboys desperately need a center, and they get the draft’s best one with this round two pick.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Montee Ball/RB/Wisconsin
The Steelers just missed out on Lacy, but Ball is a talented ball-carrier that will improve the Steelers running game.

19. New York Giants – Kevin Minter/LB/LSU
New York needs to improve its linebacking corps. Minter is an excellent run defender that might have to come off of the field on passing downs.

20. Chicago Bears – Terron Armstead/OT/Arkansas Pine Bluff
The Bears grab a very athletic offensive lineman that can play multiple positions along the offensive lineman.

21. Washington Redskins – Phillip Thomas/S/Fresno State
Thomas is a ball-hawking safety that would upgrade the Redskins secondary immediately.

22. Minnesota Vikings – Damontre Moore/DE/Texas A&M
Moore has experienced quite a tumble in this mock draft. The Vikings could look to upgrade the defensive end position.

23. Cincinnati Bengals – Keenan Allen/WR/California
Keenan Allen has had a rough pre-draft process. The Bengals are happy to add such a talented receiver in round two.

24. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis) – Justin Pugh/OT/Syracuse
Pugh is an athletic guard capable of playing tackle or guard. Many don’t expect Pugh to slide this far in the draft.

25. Green Bay Packers – Giovanni Bernard/RB/North Carolina
The Packers add an explosive back to their one-dimensional offense. Bernard is a great fit with the Packers.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Dallas Thomas/OT/Tennessee
Seattle needs to find a new right tackle. Dallas Thomas is capable of playing guard or tackle. Thomas is a favorite of PewterReport.com’s Eric Dellaratta.

27. Houston Texans – Khaseem Greene/LB/Rutgers
Brian Cushing needs someone to line up next to him in the Texans defense. Greene is a good fit as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

28. Denver Broncos – Cornelius Washington/DE/Georgia
Washington impressed PewterReport.com at the Senior Bowl and the Broncos need to find a replacement for Elvis Dumervil.

29. New England Patriots – Datone Jones/DE/UCLA
This is a huge slide for Jones. He probably will go in the first round, but Jones is a bit of a “tweener” and might have a limited market of interested teams. Jones reminds PewterReport.com of Cal’s Cameron Jordan in terms of size.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Gavin Escobar/TE/San Diego State
Tony Gonzalez is coming back for one last shot at a Super Bowl. The Falcons should get a head start by drafting a tight end.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Darius Slay/CB/Mississippi State
The 49ers could add some depth to their secondary on day two of the draft. Slay is an interesting prospect that could go much higher.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Quinton Patton/WR/Louisiana Tech
Patton is a tremendous possession receiver and would be an excellent fit across from Torrey Smith in the Ravens offense.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Jonathan Bostic/LB/Florida
Adding other inside linebacker would be wise of the Chiefs. They need someone to line up next to Derrick Johnson.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sio Moore/LB/Connecticut

Jacksonville continues to revamp their front seven. Moore is a good fit in a 4-3 defense like Bradley’s.

3. Detroit Lions – Markus Wheaton/WR/Oregon State
Detroit has a track record of taking offensive skill players on day two of the draft. It wouldn’t be shocking to take the Oregon State receiver.

4. Oakland Raiders – Jordan Mills/OT/Louisiana Tech
The Raiders can’t enter the season with Khalif Barnes as their starting right tackle. Mills is a good replacement, who the Raiders got to see at the Senior Bowl.

5. Philadelphia Eagles – Robert Alford/CB/Southeastern Louisiana
The Eagles secondary was a disaster in 2012. Improvements need to be made via the 2013 draft.

6. Cleveland Browns – Vance McDonald/TE/Rice
The Browns could use a tight end to compete with Jordan Cameron. McDonald is a good all-around tight end.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Corey Lemonier/OLB/Auburn
Upgrading the outside linebacker position should be a priority for the Cardinals. Lemonier would fit nicely in the Cardinals defense.

8. Tennessee Titans – Johnathan Hankins/DT/Ohio State
This is quite the slide for Hankins, who was considered by many to be a first round pick a few months ago. The Titans would be happy to select him in the third round.

9. Buffalo Bills – Stedman Bailey/WR/West Virginia
Buffalo continues to revamp their offense by drafting the ultra-productive Stedman Bailey. He’d be a great fit across from Stevie Johnson.

10. New York Jets – Johnathan Franklin/RB/UCLA
The Jets get tremendous value here in the third round. Franklin is a three-down back that could be selected much higher than this.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Travis Kelce/TE/Cincinnati
Tampa Bay selects a tight end to compete with Luke Stocker for the starting job. Kelce is one of the best dual-threat inline tight ends in the 2013 draft class. He’s a devastating blocker that lays down nasty blocks on a consistent basis. Kelce is also an outstanding receiver that has sure hands.

The reason this talented tight end is projected to fall to the third round is because of off-the-field concerns stemming from a suspension that sidelined Kelce for the entire 2010 season. Reports came out recently that the suspension was due to Kelce failing a drug test. Even though we don’t know for sure what he was suspended for, NFL teams and decision makers will know all about his background and the situation. If the Bucs aren’t concerned with his character issues, he could be a steal of a pick in the third round.
12. San Francisco 49ers – Jamie Collins/LB/Southern Miss
The 49ers have so many picks and not a lot of needs. Collins could be the pick here, as San Francisco likes to develop raw prospects with great athleticism.

13. New Orleans Saints – John Jenkins/NT/Georgia
New Orleans finds an anchor for their brand new 3-4 defense. Jenkins has tons of potential but he doesn’t put in tons of effort.

14. San Diego Chargers – Travis Frederick/OG/Wisconsin
Frederick will probably be a second round pick, but the talented guard falls to the Chargers in this mock.

15. Miami Dolphins – Sam Montgomery/DE/LSU
Miami could add some competition along the defensive line. Montgomery would be nice bookend with Cameron Wake.

16. St. Louis Rams – Ryan Swope/WR/Texas A&M
The Rams lost Danny Amendola to the Patriots, so they could consider taking a replacement like Swope with this selection.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leon McFadden/CB/San Diego State
The Steelers have quite a few defensive needs, one of them being cornerback. McFadden would be an excellent fit with the Steelers.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Christine Michael/RB/Texas A&M
Dallas has expressed interest in drafting a true backup to DeMarco Murray. Michael could be a contributor on third-downs in addition to being the team’s backup running back.

19. New York Giants – Brian Winters/OG/Kent State
Winters played tackle at Kent State but he is better suited to play guard, just what the Giants are looking for.

20. Miami Dolphins – Jordan Poyer/CB/Oregon State
The Dolphins are rumored to be implementing more zone coverage into their defense. Poyer would be tremendous value in the third round.

21. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Harper/WR/Kansas State
Harper is a physical possession receiver that could line up opposite Greg Jennings for the Vikings.

22. Cincinnati Bengals – Brennan Williams/OT/North Carolina 
The Bengals need an insurance policy in case Andre Smith does not return to the team. Williams could be a steal in the third round.

23. Washington Redskins – David Amerson/CB/N.C. State
Amerson falls to the Redskins in the third round in this mock, helping revamp the Washington secondary.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Brian Schwenke/C/California
Schwenke is a good, athletic center that could take over at center for the Colts.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Kiko Alonso/LB/Oregon
The Seahawks need a weakside linebacker to go with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Alonso is the best linebacker on the board.

26. Green Bay Packers – David Quessenberry/OG/San Jose State
The Packers are rumored to be interested in Quessenberry. He could play along the interior of the Green Bay offensive line.

27. Houston Texans – John Simon/LB/Ohio State
A pass rushing outside linebacker is a need for the Texans, as they lost Connor Barwin in free agency. Simon plays hard and would be a good fit for the Texans.

28. Denver Broncos – Shamarko Thomas/S/Syracuse
Denver needs competition at the safety position. Thomas is an underrated, hard-hitting safety prospect that has a lot of upside.

29. New England Patriots – Dwayne Gratz/CB/Connecticut
New England is always in the market for secondary prospects. Gratz performed well at the Senior Bowl.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Sanders Commings/CB/Georgia
Commings is an excellent fit in the Falcons defense. The physical corner could go higher than this slot.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Jesse Williams/NT/Alabama
The 49ers let Isaac Sopoaga walk in free agency, so they will need to draft a replacement nose tackle.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Logan Ryan/CB/Rutgers
Baltimore could use some cornerback depth. Ryan could learn behind the Ravens corners until he is ready to start.

33. Houston Texans – Cobi Hamilton/WR/Arkansas
Houston doubles up on receivers with this pick. Hamilton would be a nice slot receiver for the Texans.

34. Kansas City Chiefs – David Bakhtiari/OG/Colorado
The Chiefs need a versatile offensive lineman that can move around to other positions. Bakhtiari is an underrated player that can do just that.

35. Tennessee Titans – Tharold Simon/CB/LSU
The Titans need some depth at cornerback. Simon is a physical specimen that will need to be coached up.

Eric Dellaratta’s 2013 7-Round Bucs Mock Draft
Round 2 – Johnthan Banks/CB/Mississippi State
Round 3 – Travis Kelce/TE/Cincinnati
Round 4 – Xavier Nixon/OT/Florida
Round 4 – Stepfan Taylor/RB/Stanford
Round 5 – Keith Pough/LB/Howard
Round 6 – William Gholston/DE/Michigan State
Round 6 – Mark Harrison/WR/Rutgers

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    Trade sth. and get another 2nd round pick. Then go for TE Zach Ertz (will become as good as Eifert) and Tyrann Matthieu = 2 instant impact starters for years to come. Or other D-lines, WR, CB, HB, QB from Razorbacks in later rounds as backup maybe... These late rounds TE wont be better than the ones we already got. Hunt is older (has more trained) than the players he plays against and plays in a weaker conference, and still he is just good and hasn´t dominated anything.. i wouldn´t like that pick. maybe Kiki Alonso MLB in 4th/3rd?
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    I like Banks and I ESPECIALLY liked the pick of Stephan Taylor in the 4th round. IMO, that would be a perfect pick for the Bucs in that round!
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    There is a player or two every year that I think what in the he double are these NFL guys thinking( EJ Manuel) This guy wasn't even better than Dirk Diggler his back up who is now transferring.Back up at best , just isn't a real good Foot Ball Player.Lots of upside talent and all the measurables but not a good QB.Terrible down field accuracy.
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    For the record, the 2 players I don't want to see on the Panthers, Falcons, or Saints are Star and Jarvis Jones. Other than that, I am hoping for an uneventful night since we already have our 1st round pick.
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    Agree OUCH !!!
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    L.Johnson NO WAY FALLS OUT OF TOP TEN NO WAY!!!!!!!!
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    If Kawaan Short is available (and I think he will be), then my guess is he will be a Buc.
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    Not sure why, but I just dont see us getting a TE early in this draft. 5-7 I could see one targetted for depth, but I really dont expect us to grab one early. I expect DT/DE/CB to be our priorities for the 1st few rounds unless someone really falls.
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    No way Tavon Austin drops out of the top 10. If the Jet's want him they better do it with the #9 pick if he's still around. The Bills should take him at #8 if he's still on the board. I'm betting the Niner's trade up to #8 and take him.
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    Short (2nd) Amerson (3rd) Mathieu (4th) Q. Smith (4th) Goldson (5th) is how the draft ideally unfolds for me. IDK if they would take Amerson and Mathieu with both having some character issues but with a now veteran secondary it might be the right situation to groom them.
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    And yes I realize in my own mock I didn't get DT until late as well....
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    Seems too late to address DE, and no DT? I like Banks, but would rather get Slay in 3rd round.
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