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Milliner in the 1st. Reid in the 2nd, and Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas in the 3rd.

I would prefer a RB in the 3rd


Looks like Billy is a year off based on the title of this thread... :lol:

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BillySims wrote:
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Milliner in the 1st. Reid in the 2nd, and Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas in the 3rd.

I would prefer a RB in the 3rd


Looks like Billy is a year off based on the title of this thread... :lol:


If you notice, there was never a thread for this years Mock drafts yet. So, I just used the one everyone has been using.


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Milliner in the 1st. Reid in the 2nd, and Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas in the 3rd.

I would prefer a RB in the 3rd


Id be happy with that, except Id rather have Te'o in the first (or Bjoern Werner).

But until we upgrade our C and RG positions, I dont even wanna here the word running back..cuz it aint gonna matter.

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kdsberman wrote:
BillySims wrote:
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Milliner in the 1st. Reid in the 2nd, and Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas in the 3rd.

I would prefer a RB in the 3rd


Id be happy with that, except Id rather have Te'o in the first (or Bjoern Werner).

But until we upgrade our C and RG positions, I dont even wanna here the word running back..cuz it aint gonna matter.



I agree about Milner, but think Reid is overrated. I too would be disappointed if the Lions go WR or RB in the early rounds. Way to many deficiencies at other positions. Will be happy if they added Milner, Te'o, or Werner in the 1st, and then a safety in the 2nd. Good year for safeties, with many possibilities in rounds 2-4.

Found this mock on NFLDRAFTSCOUT.COM today, thought I would post it. Have us pickin 7th.

By Rob Rang
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With the college football regular season in the books, it is becoming increasingly obvious to talent evaluators that the 2013 NFL draft may not feature the franchise-changing quarterbacks of a year ago.

That could put teams looking for help at the position ??? like the 2-10 Kansas City Chiefs -- in the awfully difficult position of either gambling on a quarterback who may not warrant top 20 consideration in most drafts or taking a safer prospect at another position who likely won't make the impact expected of an extremely high first round pick.

While the talent at quarterback -- and frankly, the other skill positions -- leaves a lot to be desired, it isn't all doom and gloom for the class of 2013. Should the normal infusion of underclassmen make the professional leap, this year's first round could include an extraordinary bounty of defensive linemen. That's the position valued more by NFL teams than any other after quarterback.

Based on conversations with scouts and my own film review, here is an updated projection for the first round of the 2013 draft. The selection order below is not official but is based on the current won/loss records in the NFL and is adjusted weekly.
NFL Mock Draft - 12/4/2012
Round 1
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: After taking the country by storm over the first half of the college football season, Smith and his Mountaineers have struggled in recent weeks and scouts worry that this could be one of those years in which no quarterback is deserving of No. 1 overall consideration. Even more frightening than that prospect, however, has been the play from Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for the Chiefs. General manager Scott Pioli, who was responsible for bringing both quarterbacks into Kansas City has reportedly not been offered a contract extension. The Chiefs could be seeing wholesale changes in the off-season. There isn't a better way to kickoff that transition than with a new swing at a franchise quarterback. Smith's recent struggles are troubling but he possesses elite traits.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: The Jacksonville Jaguars currently rank 29th in the NFL in rush defense, allowing an average of 136 yards per game and have given up 14 touchdowns on the ground in just 11 games. Worse, they're tied with the Oakland Raiders for dead last in the league with just 13 sacks in 11 games. The instinctive, physical Seminole would help in both areas, as well as help spark interest from a lagging fan base.
3. Carolina Panthers
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Whomever the Carolina Panthers hire to replace fired general manager Marty Hurney could have his work cut out for him. One of the Panthers' few bright spots this season has been the play of defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Carolina's defensive tackles could use an upgrade and Lotulelei is a terrific talent. With no elite receivers to help take the pressure off of Cam Newton, the Panthers and their defense-oriented head coach, Ron Rivera, could resort to the time-honored tradition of taking the best player available.
4. Oakland Raiders
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: The Raiders quietly possess one of the stouter defensive lines in the AFC but their starting defensive ends of Matt Shaughnessy and Lamar Houston will never be great pass rushers and currently have just 5.5 sacks between them. The Raiders rank just one sack ahead of the Jaguars for last in the league with just 14 quarterback take-downs in 12 games. Moore, who has starred as a pass-rushing linebacker and traditional defensive end for the Aggies, leads the SEC with 12.5 sacks and the country with 20 tackles for loss.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Should head coach Andy Reid be on his way out in Philadelphia as many anticipate, don't put it past the Eagles' new head coach to elect to protect the team's investments made in quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles by adding to the team's offensive line. The Eagles boast plenty of talent on the roster but injuries have robbed them off the continuity necessary to win consistently. Joeckel, the junior left tackle who quietly has played a critical role in Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel's potential Heisman campaign, is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect for the 2013 draft.
6. Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Cleveland showed their resilience and developing talent in a big home win Nov. 25 over the Steelers. With the pieces seemingly coming together, Cleveland will be looking for immediate impact with this pick, which almost surely means a pass rusher. The only question with Jones is health. He's been a star for Georgia but was only granted his transfer after undergoing a neck injury while at the University of Southern California.
7. Detroit Lions
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: At first glance it might appear that the last place that Detroit would consider investing again would be on the defensive line considering the investments made here in recent years. Cliff Avril is a bit of a one-trick pony as a pass-rusher, however, and after posting eight sacks and four forced fumbles a year ago, 12 year veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch has just 3.5 sacks (and no fumbles) this year. Montgomery, like Vanden Bosch, is a high-effort player whose dedication might rub off on some of the Lions' other talented defensive linemen.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley has shown flashes in limited duty and Kevin Kolb remains a viable candidate to start, as well, once he returns from a rib injury. Should the long-term answer to the Cardinals' quarterback woes not be obvious, however, don't be surprised if the pressure is simply too much for the team to allow the tough, instinctive Barkley to slip by.
9. San Diego Chargers
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: There are plenty of theories as to why Philip Rivers hasn't played up to his previous standards in recent years. Perhaps the most logical is the turnstile that he's been forced to overcome at left tackle. Matthews has played on the strong-side throughout his Aggies' career but like his Hall of Fame father, Bruce Matthews, he's capable of making the transition to virtually whatever role his future NFL team most needs him.
10. Tennessee Titans
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia: In today's NFL teams have to build their rosters with a plan in place. The clear dominant team in the AFC South division is Houston and for the Titans to compete with them, they'll need to be able to slow down the Texans' dominant ground game. At 6-3, 358 pounds Jenkins is a load and his ability to play on the nose or as a defensive tackle has his stock ascending as the draft nears.
11. Buffalo Bills
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame: Bills general manager Buddy Nix has served notice that he wants to add a young quarterback, but frankly, this team may have bigger priorities. Despite heavily investing in their defensive line the Bills rank dead last in the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns allowed in just 12 games. Kelvin Sheppard has been solid but far from spectacular in the middle for the Bills. Te'o, physical, instinctive and passionate would be a significant upgrade.
12. NY Jets
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: Without their star cornerback Darrelle Revis cutting the field in half, the Jets' defense has been exposed for its lack of pass rushing prowess. Mingo won't be able to remain at defensive end, but his explosiveness at 6-5, 240 pounds would make him a terrific fit as a stand-up edge rusher.
13. Miami Dolphins
Keenan Allen, WR, California: Soft hands and reliable route-running has helped Brian Hartline and Davone Bess emerge as two of the more productive receivers in the AFC for the Dolphins and their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill but for the Dolphins to take the next step, they'll need to find a pass-catcher that can strike fear into defenders.
14. New Orleans Saints
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Without the hyper-aggressive blitzing favored by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Saints may have to develop greater individual defensive linemen. Since earning New Orleans' first round selection in 2008, Sedrick Ellis has been solid in the middle. Free agent Brodrick Bunkley has also played reasonably well this season. Neither is a star, however, and the Saints are getting gashed against the run this year.
15. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Just a few years ago using a top 15 pick on an interior lineman might have seemed silly. The need to protect the quarterback, however, has changed everything. With the Rams having already found their tackle of the future with their own first round pick, Jeff Fisher and Co. can afford to double-down on the offensive line with the 2013 first-round pick acquired from the Redskins as part of the Robert Griffin III trade last year.
16. St. Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: While the Rams have already made significant improvement under Jeff Fisher, this team remains anchored by their lack of continuity and durability along the offensive line. Physical, nasty and possessing spectacular upside, Lewan could remind Fisher of Michael Roos, the Pro Bowl left tackle he was able to rely upon when coaching the Tennessee Titans.
17. Minnesota Vikings
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: The Vikings' resurgent defense has been one of the more underrated storylines of the 2012 NFL season. Jared Allen remains one of the league's best and the Vikings have been pleased with the hustle of Brian Robison and are intrigued with Everson Griffen's development. Okafor, however, has a skill set similar to what the Vikings lost when Ray Edwards left for Atlanta and a big contract. He doesn't possess elite speed off the edge but uses his hands well and could help immediately.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: One of the trademarks of Greg Schiano's Rutgers' teams was stellar play at cornerback. The team continues to get surprisingly strong play out of veteran Ronde Barber but he isn't going to last forever. Scouts worry that cornerback could be one of this year's weakest positions and therefore while Milliner is earning first round grades from some clubs, he isn't necessarily viewed as a guaranteed top 20 prospect.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Since owner Jerry Jones made himself the Cowboys' primary draft-day decision-maker, Dallas has increasingly gambled on high upside prospects with immediate impact ability. Hankins, shockingly athletic at 6-3, 320 pounds, has shown the ability to hold up nicely at nose guard, as well as at defensive end. That versatility, along with his terrific potential, could make him very appealing should his bouts with inconsistency cause the junior to slip lower than perhaps he should on draft day.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: With an extra second-round pick from the Carson Palmer trade with the Oakland Raiders, the Bengals can afford to gamble a bit with this pick. Ansah is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the country as the Ghana native has only been playing football for three years and yet has demonstrated rare athleticism at 6-5, 270 pounds. With three of the Bengals' top-pass rushers scheduled for free agency (Michael Johnson, Manny Lawson, Robert Geathers), the team must address this position in the off-season.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: By not addressing their lack of reliable pass-catchers during the 2012 draft, the Seahawks clearly are hoping to see more consistency from expensive free agent addition Sidney Rice and the rest of their receiving corps. Should this not occur, receiver will be a primary area of focus in 2013. Patterson, a JUCO transfer with just half a season of FBS experience, has flashed breath-taking athleticism as a receiver, runner and returner for the Vols. His ability to make defenders miss would be a welcome addition to a Seattle roster lacking playmakers on the edge.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: The Steelers have done a nice of job of refurbishing their defensive line with Ziggy Hood and optimism remains high on rookie nose guard Alameda Ta'amu, despite his recent arrest. Rather than gamble on Ta'amu's development, the Steelers might instead choose to develop Williams, an Australian-born defender who has wowed onlookers with his power and upside.
23. Chicago Bears
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The Bears' defense has been stifling this season but that won't stop the team from continuing to add playmakers, especially if talented defensive linemen remain on the board. The 6-3, 303-pound Floyd is a natural wide-bodied defender with the strength to hold up as a run defender, while also able to generate a pass rush.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Having surrendered an NFL worst ratio of 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions, the Colts will almost certainly be looking to address their secondary in the offseason. Should Indianapolis attempt to build their defense in the same fashion that head coach Chuck Pagano's former team - the Baltimore Ravens - were built, a lanky, playmaking corner well-versed in press coverage like Rhodes would seem to be an ideal fit.
25. Green Bay Packers
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: The season-ending hip injury to Packers' right tackle Bryan Bulaga has exposed the team's lack of talent and depth on the offensive line. Johnson is a terrific athlete, as evidenced by the fact that he played quarterback, tight end and defensive end while in college, has seen his stock soar this season as the Sooners' left tackle.
26. San Francisco 49ers
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: Sources suggest that when San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke boastfully commented prior to the 2012 draft that he already knew who the 49ers would be selecting he was referring to West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin. Irvin, of course, never made it to San Francisco, surprisingly earning the No. 15 overall selection by NFC West rival Seattle. The 6-5, 255-pound Jordan has a similar lanky build and natural pass rush skills as Irvin and is better in coverage. Sure the 49ers already boast arguably the league's toughest defense but that won't stop them from adding to their pass rush should a difference-maker still be on the board.
27. NY Giants
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: On paper the Giants appear to have filled the hole at tight end with the addition of rookie Ladarius Green and veteran Martellus Bennett. Green is very raw, however, and Bennett only signed a one-year deal. The 6-5, 249 pound Eifert is considered a more athletic version of past Irish tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson, each of whom were second round picks.
28. Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama: The Broncos have held up surprisingly well on defense thus far considering they lost their most talented linebacker -- D.J. Williams -- to a total of nine games in suspensions. Wesley Woodyard and veteran Keith Brooking have stepped up their play in Williams' absence but the team might look at upgrading this group in the offseason. Mosley's athleticism and instincts have helped Alabama dominate this season and has his own stock on the rise.
29. New England Patriots
Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama: Bill Belichick's fondness for Nick Saban-coached prospects could once again play a role should the versatile and reliable Jones fall into the Patriots' lap. Jones earned Freshman All-American honors at right guard, was recognized as the Outland Trophy winner after his first season at left tackle and moved to center this season for the Crimson Tide. Doesn't that versatility just scream Belichick?
30. Baltimore Ravens
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson: Even with one of the NFL's best all-around running backs in Ray Rice, the Ravens appear determined to feature Joe Flacco in their spread attack. To do so, they'll need to continue to find him dangerous pass catchers. Hopkins' soft hands and agility and toughness could make him an ideal slot receiver, considering the speed and physicality Baltimore already possesses on the outside with Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: The Falcons may have bigger needs on the defensive side of the ball but this is clearly a team built around its explosive offense. Atlanta has not yet received the steady play expected out of former first-round pick Sam Baker at left tackle and may elect to let the unrestricted free agent leave after this season. Fisher isn't widely known by fans, but the 6-7, 305-pounder has the athleticism and tenacity to shoot up boards with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
32. Houston Texans
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: At 5-9, 172, Austin doesn't fit every offense but with a running game as dominant as Houston's and a terrific presence on the outside with Andre Johnson, the Percy Harvin clone could be a terror in the slot for the Texans.


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Id be pissed if thats how the draft played out, with us taking Montgomery. I highly doubt they'd take him over Te'o. Montgomery is a little small for my liking and he would be smart to stay in school another year.

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kdsberman wrote:
Id be pissed if thats how the draft played out, with us taking Montgomery. I highly doubt they'd take him over Te'o. Montgomery is a little small for my liking and he would be smart to stay in school another year.



Don't know enough about Montgomery to form an opinion. He's listed as being bigger than Werner, but I don't believe he has as much production. I would prefer Te'o also. Not that impressed with our line-backing unit as a whole any way. Two are FA's, and I'd prefer to have a monster in the middle over a midget. I don't believe opposing offenses worry about where Tulloch is on every play. Imo, great defenses need to be strong up the middle, we've already got the tackles, and one safety if Delmas ever gets consistently healthy.


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Don't know enough about Montgomery to form an opinion. He's listed as being bigger than Werner, but I don't believe he has as much production. I would prefer Te'o also. Not that impressed with our line-backing unit as a whole any way. Two are FA's, and I'd prefer to have a monster in the middle over a midget. I don't believe opposing offenses worry about where Tulloch is on every play. Imo, great defenses need to be strong up the middle, we've already got the tackles, and one safety if Delmas ever gets consistently healthy.

The bold part is never going to happen. I like Delmas, when he plays, which is about 50% of the time at best. There's no doubt the defense is better with him on the field, but he's rarely there. A guy who can't stay healthy isn't valuable. I think it's about time to start looking to move on without him, because he's just not reliable. It's the same as Bob Sanders: good/great when he's on the field, but he can't stay healthy enough to warrant a roster spot. I believe Delmas has 1 year left on his contract. I say let him play out that deal, and if he gets injured again, only resign him if he's willing to be paid like a 2nd string/bottom tier starting S, because he's not worth top money.

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liontrax wrote:
Don't know enough about Montgomery to form an opinion. He's listed as being bigger than Werner, but I don't believe he has as much production. I would prefer Te'o also. Not that impressed with our line-backing unit as a whole any way. Two are FA's, and I'd prefer to have a monster in the middle over a midget. I don't believe opposing offenses worry about where Tulloch is on every play. Imo, great defenses need to be strong up the middle, we've already got the tackles, and one safety if Delmas ever gets consistently healthy.

The bold part is never going to happen. I like Delmas, when he plays, which is about 50% of the time at best. There's no doubt the defense is better with him on the field, but he's rarely there. A guy who can't stay healthy isn't valuable. I think it's about time to start looking to move on without him, because he's just not reliable. It's the same as Bob Sanders: good/great when he's on the field, but he can't stay healthy enough to warrant a roster spot. I believe Delmas has 1 year left on his contract. I say let him play out that deal, and if he gets injured again, only resign him if he's willing to be paid like a 2nd string/bottom tier starting S, because he's not worth top money.


Delmas is a FA at the end of the season.


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2013 NFL Mock Drafts

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With the college football regular season in the books, it is becoming increasingly obvious to talent evaluators that the 2013 NFL draft may not feature the franchise-changing quarterbacks of a year ago.

That could put teams looking for help at the position -- like the 2-11 Kansas City Chiefs or 4-9 Arizona Cardinals -- in the awfully difficult position of either gambling on a quarterback who may not warrant top 20 consideration in most drafts or taking a safer prospect at another position who likely won???t make the impact expected of an extremely high first round pick. History might provide the best clue as to which direction desperate teams might lean come April. It has been 11 years since only one quarterback was selected in the first round??? and, of course, the position is more valuable today than at any other time in league history.

Based on conversations with scouts as well as my own film review, here is an updated projection as to what may take place in the first round of April's draft. The selection order below is not official but is based on the current won/loss records in the NFL and is adjusted weekly.
NFL Mock Draft - 12/11/2012
Round 1
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Whether the Chiefs explore free agency, trade or the draft, clearly this is a team in need of new blood at quarterback. Smith is not held in the same regard as past No. 1 overall picks Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, but the 6-3, 220 pound senior completed 71.4 percentof his passes for 40 touchdowns and just six interceptions during the regular season. Mobile, intelligent, accurate and possessing a strong arm, Smith's upside could be enough to convince the Chiefs he's worth the gamble.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: The Jacksonville Jaguars currently rank 29th in the NFL in rush defense, allowing an average of 145.7 yards per game and have given up 18 touchdowns on the ground in just 13 games. Worse, they're dead last in the league with just 14 sacks in 13 games. The instinctive, physical Seminole would help in both areas, as well as help spark interest in a lagging fan base.
3. Oakland Raiders
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: The Raiders rank just one ahead of the Jaguars for last in the league with just 17 quarterback sacks in 12 games. The Raiders historically have shied away from linebackers in the first round, but general manager Reggie McKenzie's won't allow the team's past to dictate their future, especially with an impact pass rusher available. Talent isn't the concern with Jones, though health may be. He was a star at USC before transferring to Georgia and enjoying consecutive all-conference campaigns. A neck injury, however, led to his transfer from the Trojans three years ago. Though he's had no known problems since, it will require a close inspection at the Combine, should the redshirt junior elect to leave for the NFL a year early.
4. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley has shown flashes in limited duty and Kevin Kolb remains a viable candidate to start, as well, once he returns from a rib injury. Should the long-term answer to the Cardinals' quarterback woes not be obvious, however, don't be surprised if the pressure is simply too much for the team to allow the tough, instinctive Barkley to slip by. Barkley has fallen in the eyes of many scouts but we all know the value of the position rises as the draft approaches. Barkley may not be universally viewed as a first round player any more but that may not matter come draft day.
5. Carolina Panthers
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Whomever the Carolina Panthers hire to replace fired general manager Marty Hurney could have his work cut out for him. One of the Panthers' few bright spots this season has been the play of defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Carolina's defensive tackles could use an upgrade and Lotulelei is a terrific talent. With no elite receivers to help take the pressure off of Cam Newton, the Panthers and their defense-oriented head coach, Ron Rivera, could resort to the time-honored tradition of taking the best player available.
6. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Should head coach Andy Reid be on his way out in Philadelphia as many anticipate, don't put it past the Eagles' new head coach to elect to protect the team's investments made in quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles by adding to the team's offensive line. The Eagles boast plenty of talent on the roster but injuries have robbed them off the continuity necessary to win consistently. Joeckel, the junior left tackle who quietly has played a critical role in Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel's Heisman season, is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect for the 2013 draft.
7. Detroit Lions
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame: Despite boasting as much talent up front defensively as any team in the league, the Lions remain very average in run defense, currently ranking 20th in the league. Te'o instincts and physicality would help improve this area. Perhaps just as importantly, his passion and selflessness might provide the leadership this team is sorely lacking.
8. Tennessee Titans
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia: In today's NFL teams have to build their rosters with a plan in place. The clear dominant team in the AFC South division is Houston and for the Titans to compete with them, they'll need to be able to slow down the Texans' dominant ground game. At 6-3, 358 pounds Jenkins is a load and his ability to play on the nose or as a defensive tackle has his stock ascending as the draft nears.
9. Cleveland Browns
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: With the pieces seemingly coming together, Cleveland will be looking for immediate impact with this pick, which almost surely means a pass rusher. Capable of lining up as a defensive end or outside linebacker, Moore has the athleticism and versatility to do precisely that.
10. Buffalo Bills
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: While incumbent starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is far from the team's weakest link, few believe he is the caliber of quarterback that can lead Buffalo to a Super Bowl. Furthermore, general manager Buddy Nix has specifically stated he hopes to find the team's quarterback of the future. Wilson, along with Georgia and Tennessee underclassmen Aarron Murray and Tyler Bray, respectively, have the arm talent and success against quality competition that could force a desperate team to gamble on draft day.
11. Miami Dolphins
Keenan Allen, WR, California: Soft hands and reliable route-running has helped Brian Hartline and Davone Bess emerge as two of the more productive receivers in the AFC for the Dolphins and their rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill but for the Dolphins to take the next step, they'll need to find a pass-catcher that can strike fear into defenders.
12. San Diego Chargers
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: There are plenty of theories as to why Philip Rivers hasn't played up to his previous standards in recent years. Perhaps the most logical is the turnstile that he's been forced to overcome at left tackle. Matthews has played on the strong-side throughout his Aggies' career but like his Hall of Fame father, Bruce Matthews, he's capable of making the transition to virtually whatever role his future NFL team most needs him.
13. New Orleans Saints
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Without the hyper-aggressive blitzing favored by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Saints may have to develop greater individual defensive linemen. Since earning New Orleans' first round selection in 2008, Sedrick Ellis has been solid in the middle. Free agent Brodrick Bunkley has also played reasonably well this season. Neither is a star, however, and the Saints are getting gashed against the run this year -- allowing an average of 152.4 yards per game (last in the NFL).
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: One of the trademarks of Greg Schiano's Rutgers' teams was stellar play at cornerback. The team continues to get surprisingly strong play out of veteran Ronde Barber but he isn't going to last forever. Scouts worry that cornerback could be one of this year's weakest positions and therefore while Milliner is earning first round grades from some clubs, he isn't necessarily viewed as a guaranteed top 20 prospect.
15. NY Jets
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: Without their star cornerback Darrelle Revis cutting the field in half, the Jets' defense has been exposed for its lack of pass rushing prowess. Mingo won't be able to remain at defensive end, but his explosiveness at 6-5, 240 pounds would make him a terrific fit as a stand-up edge rusher.
16. St. Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: While the Rams have already made significant improvement under Jeff Fisher, this team remains anchored by their lack of continuity and durability along the offensive line. Physical, nasty and possessing spectacular upside, Lewan could remind Fisher of Michael Roos, the Pro Bowl left tackle he was able to rely upon when coaching the Tennessee Titans.
17. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Just a few years ago using a top 20 pick on an interior lineman might have seemed silly. The need to protect the quarterback, however, has changed everything. With the Rams having already found their tackle of the future with their own first round pick, Jeff Fisher and Co. can afford to double-down on the offensive line with the 2013 first-round pick acquired from the Redskins as part of the Robert Griffin III trade last year.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: The Vikings' resurgent defense has been one of the more underrated storylines of the 2012 NFL season. Jared Allen remains one of the league's best and the Vikings have been pleased with the hustle of Brian Robison and are intrigued with Everson Griffen's development. Okafor, however, has a skill set similar to what the Vikings lost when Ray Edwards left for Atlanta and a big contract. He doesn't possess elite speed off the edge but uses his hands well and could help immediately.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Since owner Jerry Jones made himself the Cowboys' primary draft-day decision-maker, Dallas has increasingly gambled on high upside prospects with immediate impact ability. Hankins, shockingly athletic at 6-3, 320 pounds, has shown the ability to hold up nicely at nose guard, as well as at defensive end. That versatility, along with his terrific potential, could make him very appealing should his bouts with inconsistency cause the junior to slip lower than perhaps he should on draft day.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: With an extra second-round pick from the Carson Palmer trade with the Oakland Raiders, the Bengals can afford to gamble a bit with this pick. Ansah is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the country as the Ghana native has only been playing football for three years and yet has demonstrated rare athleticism at 6-5, 270 pounds. With three of the Bengals' top-pass rushers scheduled for free agency (Michael Johnson, Manny Lawson, Robert Geathers), the team must address this position in the off-season.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: The Steelers have done a nice of job of refurbishing their defensive line with Ziggy Hood and optimism remains high on rookie nose guard Alameda Ta'amu, despite his recent arrest. Rather than gamble on Ta'amu's development, the Steelers might instead choose to develop Williams, an Australian-born defender who has wowed onlookers with his power and upside.
22. Chicago Bears
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The Bears' defense has been stifling this season but that won't stop the team from continuing to add playmakers, especially if talented defensive linemen remain on the board. The 6-3, 303-pound Floyd is a natural wide-bodied defender with the strength to hold up as a run defender, while also able to generate a pass rush.
23. Seattle Seahawks
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: By not addressing their lack of reliable pass-catchers during the 2012 draft, the Seahawks clearly are hoping to see more consistency from expensive free agent addition Sidney Rice and the rest of their receiving corps. Should this not occur, receiver will be a primary area of focus in 2013. Patterson, a JUCO transfer with just half a season of FBS experience, has flashed breath-taking athleticism as a receiver, runner and returner for the Vols. His ability to make defenders miss would be a welcome addition to a Seattle roster lacking playmakers on the edge.
24. NY Giants
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: On paper the Giants appear to have filled the hole at tight end with the addition of rookie Ladarius Green and veteran Martellus Bennett. Green is very raw, however, and Bennett only signed a one-year deal. The 6-5, 249 pound Eifert is considered a more athletic version of past Irish tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson, each of whom were second round picks.
25. Indianapolis Colts
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Having surrendered an NFL worst ratio of 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions, the Colts will almost certainly be looking to address their secondary in the offseason. Should Indianapolis attempt to build their defense in the same fashion that head coach Chuck Pagano's former team - the Baltimore Ravens - were built, a lanky, playmaking corner well-versed in press coverage like Rhodes would seem to be an ideal fit.
26. Green Bay Packers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: The season-ending hip injury to Packers' right tackle Bryan Bulaga has exposed the team's lack of talent and depth on the offensive line. Fisher isn't widely known by fans, but the 6-7, 305-pounder has the athleticism and tenacity to shoot up boards with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: A sputtering offense led to the surprising dismissal of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron December 10 but the bigger problem might lie in Baltimore's reliance on Joe Flacco's ability to throw for long gains. An ultra-quick slot receiver like Austin could help the Ravens create big plays with short, safe passes.
28. San Francisco 49ers
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: Sources suggest that when San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke boastfully commented prior to the 2012 draft that he already knew who the 49ers would be selecting he was referring to West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin. Irvin, of course, never made it to San Francisco, surprisingly earning the No. 15 overall selection by NFC West rival Seattle. The 6-5, 255-pound Jordan has a similar lanky build and natural pass rush skills as Irvin and is better in coverage. Sure the 49ers already boast arguably the league's toughest defense but that won't stop them from adding to their pass rush should a difference-maker still be on the board.
29. New England Patriots
Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama: Bill Belichick's fondness for Nick Saban-coached prospects could once again play a role should the versatile and reliable Jones fall into the Patriots' lap. Jones earned Freshman All-American honors at right guard, was recognized as the Outland Trophy winner after his first season at left tackle and moved to center this season for the Crimson Tide. Doesn't that versatility just scream Belichick?
30. Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama: The Broncos have held up surprisingly well on defense thus far considering they lost their most talented linebacker -- D.J. Williams -- to a total of nine games in suspensions. Wesley Woodyard and veteran Keith Brooking have stepped up their play in Williams' absence but the team might look at upgrading this group in the offseason. Mosley's athleticism and instincts have helped Alabama dominate this season and has his own stock on the rise.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: While the Falcons possess the best record in the NFC their inability to supply consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback has to be a major concern. The 6-5, 260 pound Montgomery has a quick first step, long arms and the passion to excite scouts but is viewed by some as a bit stiff. At this point in the draft, however, Atlanta might see him as a steal and a potential replacement for the aging John Abraham.
32. Houston Texans
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Andre Johnson has re-emerged this season as one of the NFL's elite wideouts but depth behind he and fellow starter Kevin Walter remains quite thin. Should Williams, the nation's leading receiver from nearby Baylor still be available, he'd be a popular and productive addition to the team.


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Yes! Please let the Lions get Te'o!

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Yes! Please let the Lions get Te'o!


I know!

Hes by far the #1 guy I want the Lions to get, with Bjoern Werner a close 2nd.

Think he could play weak side backer for us? I do.

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kdsberman wrote:
LionsFan4Life wrote:
Yes! Please let the Lions get Te'o!


I know!

Hes by far the #1 guy I want the Lions to get, with Bjoern Werner a close 2nd.

Think he could play weak side backer for us? I do.


Would have to see how he does at the combine,(see how athletic he is) but he very well could.

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Would rather see him in the middle.


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Would rather see him in the middle.


True, but with Tulloch signed and all..

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liontrax wrote:
Would rather see him in the middle.


True, but with Tulloch signed and all..



Move Tulloch to weak, Te'o at mike, Whitehead at sam.


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