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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
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2012 NFL Training Camp (Race and Course)

…training camp!

We like to hear those two words. Its like our “football-seasoned” appetizer has just arrived at our table, as our main course is nearing (the regular season).  Well, then you have preseason games, which really doesn’t have a positive flavor in our football fix (as a $60 ticket for a game that doesn’t count and doesn’t really taste that good).     But still, preseason football is still football (just like bad buffalo wings & burnt fries still get eaten), we do like watching ALL four quarters on our big screen HDTV’s.  Watching undrafted rookie free agents SHINE (at least for their quick moment) and watching the superstars socialize with each other and interview with standard cliche’ answers  on the sidelines, “…one game at a time…”

Then there are the worries: The injuries    You can only hope that your favorite players have shown up in decent shape so that training camp, drills & practices do not create any NEW injuries.  JUST STAY HEALTHY and STAY AVAILABLE!!!!    Little by little, these high performance machines are getting tinkered, pumped torked & flexed into game shape. Yet if you push their engine too far,  car problems can occur and a gasket may blow or a block may get cracked.   So we all hope the hamstrings stay healthy, knee injuries are just minor, groin/abdominal injuries are slight and ligaments & bones are normal.

And that’s just the body and the guts – or the tools, motor & parts from the neck down…

What about the HEAD, the BRAINS?  Learning the playbook, adapting to new schemes, working well with your teammates,  new coaches, new positions (and the good ole’ concussion).

It’s honestly amazing how complicated you may think this 2012 training camp really is & how much rides on it. But in actuality IT’S ONLY A GAME (a race or a course).  A game that has changed our culture and dominates our interests.  A game that keeps us connected to Twitter daily, fan-blogs and to football-related websites during the entire off-season ( just because we NEED TO KNOW whats happening with our team, the players,  Mr. General Manager and every free agent still available).

This game isn’t a game at all anymore is it?   It’s a routine. It’s a social outlet, a stalker-fetish, a daily read or should I say: a secondary life…

“…Wait, what’s that?  Who got the latest DUI, who has a new non-profit organization, who shot them self, who went cliff diving, who wrecked their motorcycle, who had their 6th child, who remains unsigned, who’s suing him, who retired, he did what to his mother???”

So preseason is next, followed by our fantasy football drafts and THEN we will have our main course (the regular season), only to hope for a sweet desert in the end.

—James Fedewa