2013 NFL Mock Draft Picks 6-10 by Daniel.
6. Cle Dee Milliner, CB Alabama (CB)
Milliner is the clear cut best cornerback in this draft class. At 6’0”, 200 lb. and running a 4.3 forty he has the physical skills to match up with any type of receiver, be they large, fast, or both. The tape backs up the measurables as he was the best defensive player on back-to- back NCAA championship teams. Cleveland could have a few options here with the sixth pick and their best one may be to trade down. They could add more pieces to front seven though they appear to have done so sufficiently through free agency. Chance Warmack could even be an option even though drafting a guard this high would be unprecedented. Adding Milliner to the secondary is the best combination of value and need.
7. Ari Eric Fisher, LT Central Michigan (LT)
It seemed very unlikely that Fisher would be in the position to be a top ten pick when he graduated high school as a 230lb. offensive lineman. In his time at Central Michigan he added 80 lb. of good weight to his 6’7” frame without losing any of his quickness and while perfecting his technique. Now he is a lock to be drafted sooner than top high school recruits like D. J. Fluker and Xavier Nixon who are not likely to play left tackle at the next level. In fact he is a dark horse to be the top overall pick. In light of this the Cardinals should run to the podium if he is still on the board. They have seemingly been searching for quality offensive linemen since Dan Dierdorff retired. This would probably be the floor for Fisher and if he is not available they could take another tackle in Lane Johnson or a pass rushing outside linebacker like Ezekiel Ansah, Jarvis Jones, or Barkevious Mingo.
8. Buf Chance Warmack, OG Alabama (OG)
Even though he plays one of the least valuable positions Warmack may be the best overall prospect in the draft. He is a simply immovable blocker in the trenches who can also pull out and make blocks on the second level. His blocking led the way for a consistently great running game at Alabama to which Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, and Eddie Lacy can attest. This having been said no guard has been drafted in the top ten since Chris Naeole in 1997. Last year David DeCastro was rated about as highly as Warmack and he went lasted until the twenty-fourth pick. Nevertheless this is an unusally weak draft class at the top so Warmack could be the Bills choice to replace free agent departure Andy Levitre. They could also target a quarterback despite signing Kevin Kolb but they would probably need to make a trade to do so (up to get Geno Smith, down to get Matt Barkley, E. J. Manuel, or anyone else). Wide Receiver Cordarelle Patterson is another possibility.
9. NYJ Star Lotulelei, DT Utah (DT/34DE/34NT)
A few months ago Lotulelei was being considered for the top pick in the draft. He is an absolute disruptive force from the interior defensive line and is far and away the best run stopper in this draft class. His ability to penetrate double teams and make plays in the backfield easily draws comparisons to Haloti Ngata. Like Ngata he has the size and versatility to play any interior defensive line position in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. The Jets are a team desperate for playmakers on either side of the ball. That could mean a receiver like Cordarelle Patterson and Tavon Austin or an edge rusher like Ezekiel Ansah, Jarvis Jones, or Barkevious Mingo. However, Lotulelei is the best player available and could rotate anywhere in their talented three man front.
10. Ten Xavier Rhodes, CB Florida State (CB/FS/SS)
Wide receivers are getting bigger by the year. Naturally the cornerbacks need to catch up. The Seahawks proved that bigger is better when they sported the best pair of corners in the league last year with 6’3” Richard Sherman and 6’4” Brandon Browner. At 6’2”, 210 lb. Rhodes is the next of the new breed of corners that look like small linebackers. That impressive size does not mean he struggles against faster receivers; he turned heads with a 4.39 forty at the combine. The Titans have a very pronounced need in the secondary. They could be interested in safety Kenny Vaccaro or even trade up for Dee Milliner. They also could be the team to take a guard in the top ten such as Chance Warmack or possibly Jonathan Cooper.