2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Free Agency Bargain Phase Edition

With the second phase of 2013 NFL Free Agency known as the “bargain phase” underway and since so many moves on the open market have changed team needs across the league, let’s take a look at an updated 2013 NFL mock draft.

Photo Credit: Buccaneers.com

Photo Credit: Buccaneers.com

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

It’s safe to say after striking a trade for QB Alex Smith and releasing starting right tackle Eric Winston, Kansas City’s decision with the No. 1 overall pick is almost a foregone conclusion, albeit there are a couple of other options.  Best Alternatives: OT Eric Fisher; Trade Down

[RELATED: Chiefs Poised For Postseason Contention After Signing CB Sean Smith]

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Sharrif Floyd is a versatile, explosive defensive tackle and has skyrocketed up draft boards and Jacksonville desperately needs to improve in the trenches after finishing dead last in the league in sacks last season.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Dion Jordan; QB Geno Smith

[RELATED: Sharrif Floyd Really Raises Eyebrows At 2013 NFL Scouting Combine]

3. Oakland Raiders: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Albeit Smith’s skills set doesn’t necessarily warrant him being a Top-10 talent, the supply of franchise QBs doesn’t meet the need around the NFL and the Raiders have reported interest in the top quarterback in this draft class.  Best Alternatives: QB Matt Barkley; DE/OLB Dion Jordan; Trade Down

[RELATED: 2013 NFL Draft: 5 Prospects Raiders Should Consider With No. 3 Pick]

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Philly looks much more like a contender after the first few days of free agency.  But the Eagles still need to upgrade the offensive line with fast, mobile linemen who can get out in space and make plays Enter Eric Fisher.  Best Alternatives: OT Lane Johnson; DT Sheldon Richardson

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5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young

The departures of Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch are an indication that the Lions are looking to add new, fresh talent in the trenches.  General Manager Martin Mayhew once again takes the best player available.  Ezekiel Ansah is a raw, but versatile NFL-ready run-defender who has seen his stock soar since the Senior Bowl and provides a big boost to Detroit’s pass rush.  Best Alternatives: CB Dee Milliner; OT Lane Johnson

[RELATED: Detroit Lions Steal the Show On Second Day of 2013 NFL Free Agency]

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Cleveland could opt to continue to revamp its new 3-4 defense along the front seven with the addition of Dion Jordan, but Jabaal Sheard led the team with 7.0 sacks last season and the Browns have a bigger need at corner.  Best Alternatives: QB Matt Barkley; DE/OLB Dion Jordan

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7. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

John Skelton and Drew Stanton are not franchise quarterbacks.  Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer aren’t, either.  Though the team must also address its offensive line, the Cardz need to roll the dice on a quarterback here.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Dion Jordan; S Kenny Vaccaro; OG Chance Warmack

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8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Losing Andy Levitre was a big blow, but Chance Warmack will provide an immediate impact in the Bills offense, giving C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson more running room and improving protection for the QB they draft in round two.  Best Alternatives: QB Tyler Wilson; WR Cordarrelle Patterson

[RELATED: Assessing the QB Draft Needs By Evaluating Depth Charts – NFL’s Future]

9. New York Jets: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Gang Green gets a steal at the No. 9 spot.  Dion Jordan, arguably the top pass rusher in this year’s draft class, will be a key piece of the Jets’ offseason overhaul on defense and will significantly improve the team’s pass rush.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo; S Kenny Vaccaro

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10. Tennessee Titans: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

After acquiring Andy Levitre through free agency, the Titans use their top pick to fix their other top offseason need. Seen by some as a slight reach, Xavier Rhodes bolsters Tennessee’s secondary with his size and physical style of play.  Best Alternatives: OG Jonathan Cooper; DT Sheldon Richardson

[RELATED: Five Potential Free Agent Landing Spots For DE John Abraham]

11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

San Diego surrendered 49 sacks in 2012 and finished 27th in rushing, 24th in passing and next-to-last in total offense.  Lane Johnson is a lock for the Top 11 after a stellar showing at the combine and will make life easier for Philip Rivers.  Best Alternatives: WR Cordarrelle Patterson; DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo

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12. Miami Dolphins: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

With wide receiver and defensive back taken care of, the Dolphins look to improve in the trenches.  Star Lotulelei—whos is a wildcard right now—also addresses a need on the Dolphins’ D-Line and is too much of a steal at the No. 12 spot.  Best Alternatives: OLB Jarvis Jones; OG Jonathan Cooper

[RELATED: Miami Dolphins Make Their Mark On First Day of Free Agency]

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Buccaneers bolstered their secondary in free agency, but need to build back their front four after losing Michael Bennett and Roy Miller.  Enter Bjoern Werner, a local product and arguably the top 4-3 DE available this April.  Best Alternatives: DT Sheldon Richardson; CB Desmond Trufant

[RELATED: Buccaneers Interested in Patriots QB Ryan Mallett? – The Pigskin Report]

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers pounce on former Missouri Tigers DT Sheldon Richardson, who addresses one of the team’s top offseason needs and is also being recruited by one of its premier players—veteran wide receiver Steve Smith.  Best Alternatives: DT Sylvester Williams; WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

New Orleans needs to revamp its front seven this offseason and Barkevious Mingo is a local product and arguably the top overall prospect still available.  He’ll also make life easier for an overmatched Saints secondary.  Best Alternatives: OLB Jarvis Jones; S Kenny Vaccaro

[RELATED: 2013 NFL Draft: Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report – NFL’s Future]

16. St. Louis RamsCordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Wide receiver was the Rams’ most pressing need before Brandon Gibson took his talents down to South Beach and Danny Amendola landed in New England, so they need to find a No. 1 WR for Sam Bradford right away on draft day.  Best Alternatives: S Kenny Vaccaro; WR Tavon Austin

[RELATED: Cordarrelle Patterson NFL Scouting Report – Curt Popejoy of Rant Sports]

 17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

An extremely explosive and very physical linebacker, Jarvis Jones falls to No. 17 for medical concerns (spinal stenosis), but he’s a sure-fire steal from a talent perspective and adds much-needed young talent to the Steelers’ defense.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Sam Montgomery; WR Keenan Allen

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Safety is one of this team’s top priorities after the departure of Gerald Sensabaugh.  The Cowboys are also reportedly very interested in Kenny Vaccaro, who is one of the top prospects still available at the No. 18 spot.  Best Alternatives: DT Jesse Williams; OG Jonathan Cooper

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19. New York Giants: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

After acquiring ex-Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, the Giants complete the overhaul in the trenches with the addition of Damontre Moore, one of this year’s premier pass-rushers who falls for his performance in Indianapolis.  Best Alternatives: DE Datone Jones; LB Arthur Brown

[RELATED: Top 10 Free Agent Landing Spots For DE Dwight Freeney]

20. Chicago Bears: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Chicago really can do no wrong with its first-round pick—or so it would seem at least—but the Bears choose to open things up for Matt Forte and provide Jay Cutler with more time to find his targets with the addition of D.J. Fluker.  Best Alternatives: OG Jonathan Cooper; LB Manti Te’o; Trade Down

[RELATED: Chicago Bears Kick Off Free Agency, Sign TE Martellus Bennett]

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Alec Ogletree’s recent DUI might have hurt his draft stock with some teams, but it could have helped his chances of landing with the Bengals, who also just lot Manny Lawson and looks to lose Rey Maualuga in free agency.  Best Alternatives: OT Menelik Watson; LB Manti Te’o

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22. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

St. Louis shores up its offensive line selecting a sure-fire steal in Jonathan Cooper, who will install much more stability up front for QB Sam Bradford and open more more lanes for Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson.  Best Alternatives: OT Menelik Watson; WR Tavon Austin

23. Minnesota VikingsTavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Minnesota must add weapons to its passing attack in the first round on draft day, especially after trading Percy Harvin.  Marshall Faulk recently referred to Tavon Austin as “Percy Harvin and Wes Welker wrapped into one.”  Best Alternatives: WR DeAndre Hopkins; WR Keenan Allen

UPDATE: Austin will be a great compliment to Greg Jennings, who has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

[RELATED: 2013 NFL Draft: Tavon Austin Destined To Be Star in the NFL]

24. Indianapolis Colts: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Vontae Davis has to have help in the secondary.  Indianapolis addresses one of its most pressing needs, picking up Desmond Trufant, a very physical, top-notch cover cornerback and one of the top prospects still available.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Alex Okafor; OT Menelik Watson

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25. Minnesota Vikings: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The Vikings need multiple upgrades in the front seven and especially up front in the trenches. Johnathan Hankins fits the bill and is one of the best players on the board at the No. 25 spot, which previously belonged to Seattle.  Best Alternatives: CB Johnthan Banks; LB Arthur Brown

[RELATED: Vikings Trade Percy Harvin To Seahawks For Three Draft Picks]

26. Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

The Packers have lost Greg Jennings and the situation with Jermichael Finley is uncertain.  Green Bay also lost out on Steven Jackson.  But this team has to improve on the offensive line after Aaron Rodgers suffered 51 sacks last year.  Best Alternatives: RB Eddie Lacy; TE Tyler Eifert; DE Datone Jones

[RELATED: What’s Left For Green Bay Packers’ Remaining Free Agents?]

27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Houston has to find a new No. 2 receiver in the first round this April who will have a significant and immediate impact to line up opposite Andre Johnson.  Keenan Allen fits the bill and adds much-needed versatility to the Texans’ offense.  Best Alternatives: DE/OLB Alex Okafor; WR DeAndre Hopkins

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28.Denver Broncos: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Denver needs to repair its front seven this offseason and Kawann Short is the best option on the Broncos’ board who will be able to collapse the pocket and open up lanes for Denver’s star pass rushers.  Best Alternatives: LB Manti Te’o; S Matt Elam

[RELATED: Detroit Lions Steal the Show On Second Day of 2013 NFL Free Agency]

29.New England Patriots: Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama

Jesse Williams will provide the Patriots with a stronger interior pass rush and compliment Vince Wilfork in the trenches.  He also has the size and scheme versatility that coach Bill Belichick covets at the line of scrimmage.  Best Alternatives: WR DeAndre Hopkins; DT Sylvester Williams

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30. Atlanta Falcons: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State

Tank Carradine is a Top-10 talent, but his stock dropped after he tore his ACL in November.  However, he’s reportedly recovering quicker than expected and his stock is rising as a result.  He’ll have a huge impact along the Falcons’ front four, after the team recently cut ties with veteran defensive end John Abraham and Ray Edwards was released four months ago.  Best Alternatives: TE Tyler Eifert; DE/OLB Sam Montgomery

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31. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist

San Francisco strikes gold with an injury insurance and eventual replacement for Justin Smith, who turns 34 before the start of the season (and/or an immediate replacement for Ricky Jean-Francois, who just signed with Indianapolis.  Best Alternatives: DE Datone Jones; SS Jonathan Cyprien

[RELATED: 2013 NFL Mock Draft: San Francisco 49ers V 2.0 – The Inscriber]

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

The Ravens needed to add new talent and leadership to their defense with the departure of Ray Lewis.  After also losing Dannelle Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Paul Kruger, among others, the team must take the top linebacker here.  Best Alternatives: S Eric Reid; LB Manti Te’o

[RELATED: Ravens Release Bernard Pollard; Where Will He Land in Free Agency?]

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  • http://twitter.com/TimLynch1978 Tim Lynch

    Broncos just signed a starting DT from Jacksonville. Eddie Lacy or Manti T’eo would be more likely at this point I think. 😉

  • Jason

    Not that I would mind drafting Star at 12, an absolute steal, but I seriously doubt he falls that far. However, the Phins haven’t addressed the CB position as of yet, that is still a major need, especially after losing Smith to the Chiefs. Knowing Milliner will likely go top 5, I’m hoping Rhodes falls to us. We need to add a vet CB as well, possibly Grimes, who has visited.

  • Kirk

    No manti te’o

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