NFL Mock Draft 2013
Lane Johnson, OT
Xavier Rhodes, CB
B. Mingo, DE/OLB
Star Lotulelei, DT
The Chargers offensive line has been a travesty for years now and is a huge reason for Philip Rivers’ backslide the last few seasons. Lane Johnson is a guy whose stock surged after the college all-star games.
The Dolphins won the Free Agency Bowl by spending a ridiculous amount of cash on their offense. Of course, if they can’t shut down opposing offenses, it won’t matter.
The Bucs lost defensive end Bennett to the Seahawks, and he was by far their best pass-rushing asset. While there are several other needs, they go with the best player available, in this case Barkevious Mingo.
The Utah prospect’s stock has been all over the place, so he could be gone. If he’s here, though, he can anchor a defensive line.
What the Chargers get in Johnson is a very talented athlete whose ceiling isn’t in sight. He’s got huge size, great speed and movement.
Xavier Rhodes is a tremendous press corner who will abuse opposing receivers. He can cover well and that’s what they need.
He battled double teams while at LSU. He has the potential to be a tremendous pass rusher and will help the Bucs right away.
If the team wants to give Cam Newton and the offense a shot, they have to play better. Star Lotulelei can help them do that, and most teams will not be worried about the heart issue by Draft day.
Bjoern Werner, DE
Tavon Austin, WR
C. Patterson, WR
D.J. Fluker, OT
The Saints were ranked 31st in the NFL against the pass and were tied for the sixth-fewest sacks. So Werner, who led all defenders in the ACC with 13 sacks last season, is a solid fit.
Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola are gone, and while the team has Daryl Richardson in the backfield and acquired Jared Cook, it’s not enough.
Before free agency, Cal’s Keenan Allen might have gone here, despite some misgivings about his lingering injury.
While former firstround pick Tyron Smith has settled into left tackle, Doug Free is an unmitigated disaster at right tackle..
Werner has a high motor and excellent technique off the edge and will help provide more pressure on the tough NFC quarterback-fueled offenses.
The Rams and Sam Bradford were very effective with a slot receiver in Amendola and Tavon Austin is Amendola Plus.
While he’s raw, Cordarrelle Patterson is a big, fast playmaker who can replace the departed Mike Wallace and complement Antonio Bryant.
“big, fast playmaker”
Fluker is a tremendous run blocker with a big, powerful frame who is likely to excel at right tackle and would immediately lock down a starting spot.
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