2013 NFL Mock Draft Picks 11-20 by Tyler Lurkins
11. San Diego Chargers – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
I was very close to mocking Jake Matthews here, but Jarvis Jones is too good of a player to pass up here. There are some concerns about his neck, which is why I have him dropping out of the top five. However, he has undeniable talent, and in my opinion, is the best pass rusher in the draft. Hopefully, for San Diego, Jones does not end up flaming out like Shawn Merriman, but can have a promising career like the man taken one spot before Merriman, DeMarcus Ware.
12. Miami Dolphins – Keenan Allen, WR, California
To be completely honest, I wasn’t so sure that Ryan Tannehill was worth the 8th pick in the draft last year, but he has played very well so far. And he has done it with far from elite talent at the wide receiver position. Allen has the makings of a true number one receiver. He is 6’3, 206 pounds, and should probably run in the 4.4 range. Not to mention, he has big, strong hands, and is willing to work the middle of the field and take a big hit.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
This pick might be a little controversial, but I believe that Rhodes is a better player than Johnthan Banks. Rhodes is extremely physical, and would fit Schiano’s system to a T. The wonderful thing about Rhodes is that if he doesn’t work out at cornerback, he can always move to safety, as he has the natural size and ability to do that. It is clear that the Buccaneers still need to improve their secondary, even after adding Mark Barron last season.
14. Carolina Panthers – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Carolina probably would have liked to land Luke Joeckel, but regardless, they need to address both sides of the trenches. Defensive tackle has been a big need for quite some time, and adding a big run stopper like Hankins could do wonders for them. Hankins does not provide a dynamic pass rush, but he can play in any system and consistently plug the run, while doing his best to collapse the pocket. Big John Hankins would really help that extremely talented linebacking core.
15. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The problem for the Saints is clearly on the defensive side of the ball, plain and simple. For any team needing to rebuild a defensive unit, the trenches are the first place to start. They could choose from a variety of defensive linemen here. If they choose to go with a tackle, they could opt for Richardson, Jenkins, or Nix. And if they want an end, the LSU duo is still available. However, I think that Richardson is the best fit in New Orleans because he is a pass rushing threat from the interior.
16. St. Louis Rams – DJ Fluker, G/T, Alabama
The St. Louis Rams need to develop their offensive line. They take a flyer on Fluker with this draft selection.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kawan Short, DT, Purdue
The Steelers need to get younger on the defensive side of the ball. They do that with this selection .
18. Dallas Cowboys – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Cowboys’ offensive line is just abysmal this year. As a Dallas fan, I cringe watching the revolving door that we call an offensive line. Warmack is the best guard that I have ever evaluated, even more than David DeCastro last year (whom I am a huge fan of). Having said that, interior linemen always fall on draft day just because of positional value. But Warmack will bring some much needed talent and toughness to Dallas.
19. New York Giants – Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants have suffered quite a few injuries to their secondary, so it has been pretty hard to judge exactly how good they are. However, this has been the case for two straight seasons, so now might be the time to go out and pick up some secondary members anyways. I personally have Banks listed as my third overall cornerback, but they could also take a gamble on David Amerson as well.
20. Chicago Bears – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
This is probably becoming a pretty popular selection for the Bears. It seems like Chicago has been looking for a left tackle for quite some time now. Fisher is an extremely underrated tackle. He is athletic, has very long arms, and has played well against some pretty decent competition, most notably Michigan State. Jay Cutler might actually have something to smile about after adding Fisher.