2013 NFL Mock Draft by Ian | Picks 9-16
9) New York Jets- Ziggy Ansah- DE/OLB BYU
Nobody can deny Ansah had one of the best, if not the best combine performances this year. His raw talent will have coaches falling in love with his potential.
10) Tennessee- Chance Warmack OG Alabama
Chris Johnson is never going to be the 2,000 yard back he was a few years ago running behind the current offensive line in Tennessee. Warmack has been a key part of an alabama running attack that has consistently preformed against SEC talent. Warmack can step in day one and bust open some larger holes for CJ2K to run through.
11) San Diego- Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
In a division with Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Elivs Dumervil and Von Miller, you have to protect the QB. Lane Johnson is an athletic freak and has proven he can handle some of the better pass rushers in the NCAA. An immediate upgrade at left tackle will benefit Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
12) Miami- Xavier Rhodes CB Florida St
Sean Smith is a free agent and most likely wont be back in Miami, if he is not resigned Miami has a huge need at CB. Rhodes has the size and ability to be a shut down corner in the league.
13) Tampa Bay- Bjoern Werner DE Florida St
Most would consider this a fall in the draft for Werner, I have never considered Werner an elite prospect but he is good value at #13. Tampa may lose Michael Bennett in free agency and Bowers has some criminal issues he is dealing with.
14) Carolina- Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
Defensive tackle is a big need for Carolina. Richardson is 3rd best tackle in this draft but he isn’t far behind the others. A former 5-star recruit, Richardson really came into his own this season for Missouri and should keep improving at the next level.
15) New Orleans- Barkaveous Mingo OLB LSU
A move to the 3-4 defense will mean a bit of turnover for this defense. Mingo has the talent to be a top 10 pick. His consistency is the issue here. Mingo would take plays and sometimes games off but his talent is undeniable and veterans in the Saints locker room won’t let him do that.
16) St. Louis- DJ Fluker OT/G Alabama
Protecting Sam Bradford can come in a few different forms. Helping the running game by adding an offensive linemen is one. Fluker can play right tackle or guard where is size and length will benefit him most. Fluker is an immediate starter and will help keep Bradford upright while busting open a few holes for their running backs.