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2013 NFL Mock Draft (pre-free agency) by James Fedewa

The NFL off season leaves most football fans with a lonely void of the GOT NO FOOTBALL BLUES.  We miss our game, our team and wonder and speculate how we fans can improve our beloved team.  With trade rumors, gossip, opinions and speculations flinging across fan-websites & news papers, with no real news reported  (other than salary cap cuts and the Alex Smith unofficial trade), no real player interviews are worth watching.  So fan cling to the next best thing: the NFL Scouting Combine followed by hundreds of MOCK DRAFTS. I’m an NFL fan, and my favorite team has its share(s) of number ONE overall picks (along with with the worst record in the league), so mock-drafts have been part of my football fan career. I’m a fixer and an idea-man, so I want to figure out the details of how to improve my favorite team (and all of their opponents).  Routinely for the last 19 years, I annually guesstimate  WHO is going where, what college phenom can help this team and how can you improve all teams.   So if you’re dream job is a General Manage of an NFL Team (which is mine dream job), I MOCK DRAFT every teams need as if I’m the General Manager OF THE WORLD (well, not really). The NFL Franchise Tags have been set, so here’s my VERSION ONE of my 2013 NFL Mock Draft:

2013 NFL Mock Draft / pre free agency
No. Team Scenario 1
1 Kansas City Chiefs Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3 Oakland Raiders Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
4 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
5 Detroit Lions Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
6 Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
7 Arizona Cardinals Matt Barkley, QB, USC
8 Buffalo Bills Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9 New York Jets Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
12 Miami Dolphins Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida Sate
14 Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 New Orleans Saints Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
16 St. Louis Rams Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
18 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
19 New York Giants Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
20 Chicago Bears D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
22 St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
23 Minnesota Vikings Keenan Allen, WR, CAL
24 Indianapolis Colts Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
25 Seattle Seahawks Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
26 Green Bay Packers Matt Elam, SS, Florida
27 Houston Texans Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
28 Denver Broncos Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
29 New England Patriots Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
30 Atlanta Falcons Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
31 San Francisco 49ers Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
32 Baltimore Ravens Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
2nd Round
Pick (overall) Team
1 (33) Jaguars Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
2 (34) San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
3 (35) Eagles Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4 (36) Lions Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
5 (37) Bengals (from Raiders) Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
6 (38) Cardinals Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
7 Browns  (exercised pick in Supplemental Draft)
8 (39) Jets Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
9 (40) Titans Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
10 (41) Bills Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
11 (42) Dolphins Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
12 (43) Buccaneers Cornellius Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State
13 (44) Panthers Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
14 Saints  (forfeited)
15 (45) Chargers Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
16 (46) Rams Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
17 (47) Cowboys Philip Thomas, S, Fresno State
18 (48) Steelers Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
19 (49) Giants John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
20 (50) Bears Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
21 (51) Redskins Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
22 (52) Vikings Sam Montgomery, OLB/DE, LSU
23 (53) Bengals Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
24 (54) Dolphins (from Colts) Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
25 (55) Packers Barrett Jones, C,  Alabama
26 (56) Seahawks Robert Woods, WR, USC
27 (57) Texans Justin Hunter, WR, Tenn
28 (58) Broncos Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
29 (59) Patriots Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
30 (60) Falcons Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
31 (61) 49ers Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
32 (62) Ravens Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

The Seattle-Screw / Bad Call, Good Win

Monday Night Football came down to a controversial call/replay, last-second, Hail-Mary Pass that resulted in a  touchdown and a come from behind win for the Seattle Seahawks (The Seattle Screw). Blame the replacement referees, blame the instant replay rules, blame the NFL rules in general, but don’t  over analyze the results, that catch, the touchdown, the points on the board, or the win.

No one cheated, so it’s a win.  Even if the Seahawks did cheat, they still won.  It’s the referees call, and the replay could be looked as a legitimate touchdown (by rule).  Dozens of MISSED CALLS or FLAGS  alter football games every week, so why is this TD so differnt? Replacement Refs are under a microscope, NFL is under a microscope, Packers are widely touted and the national spotlight of Monday Night Footaball will over analyze this games result.    There are 32 teams in the NFL that play 16 games each year, and any team would love to take a  win every week, any way you can get it. So any team would take this win.  Think about if the roles were reversed and quarterback Aaron Rogers threw that ball to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, would this win be so controversial? Probably not, because the Packers are the Packers.  If wins gets you into the playoffs, then wins are what you demand. So take the win and enjoy it.

I’m a San Diego Chargers fan, and San Diego lost at least two games in 2011 by factors like the Seattle-Screw  and hand nothing to do with replacement refs either. The 2011 AFC WEST, three of the top teams finished 8 – 8  (Broncos, Raiders & Chargers), and by rule the Broncos win the tie breaker and the division. ONE WIN can mean everything (at the end of the day or season).   Simple ERRORS can lose games and directly affect winning a division, going to the playoffs & jobs, so take any win you can.  When Phillip Rivers fumbled the ball with a lead, getting ready to add to the lead with a field goal and and with seconds left on the clock in Kansas City, do you think Chiefs fans wouldn’t respect that win?  That game was really OVER, but a 2nd to last play, fumbled snap cause a turnover, led to a Chiefs win.
…a win’s a win!
Just because the REAL referees are on strike, doesn’t mean the same thing wouldn’t happen.  Sure, we all want the real refs to resolve their strike and come back, but the Seattle-Screw game is over,  it’s a simultaneous catch, tie goes to the runner (and Seattle’s Golden Tate), end of story. SEE TOM BRADY (vs. the Raiders) and the TUCK RULE.
Blame the Packers for not knocking the ball down (or out), Blame the Packers for not protecting Aaron Rogers, or Blame the Packers for letting it come down to a Hail Mary. Seahawks win, the end…