For my 8th year in a row, I was part of the SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft. The first round of the 2013 mock draft completed this week. Congrats to Dan Kadar for seamlessly organizing and conducting the mock. The second round will begin today, but my involvement is complete. The Colts do not have a second round pick in 2013.
And, no, there are no trades in this mock. Sorry, but we value Dan's sanity.
For the Colts at pick No. 24, I chose UCLA defensive end Datone Jones over other options like wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (who eventually got mocked to the Texans). My reason for taking Jones:
"I’ve done mock drafts like these for SB Nation for eight years, and this year was the hardest. At pick No. 24, there were literally four players left on the board that I REALLY wanted to take. They included NT Jesse Williams, OLB Damontre Moore and WR DeAndre Hopkins. However, based on most big boards I’ve seen, Datone Jones is the better player left available, and, at this pick, that’s the player the Colts will want. It also happens that Jones fills a big need: interior pass rusher.
"Yes, the team signed versatile DE-NT Ricky Jean-Francois to a contract that left many scratching their heads, but that doesn’t mean the weaknesses along the defensive line were adequately addressed. As Stampede Blue’s Matt Grecco noted in his scouting report on Jones, 'this guy was made to play the DE in a 3-4 scheme, with both his size and abilities, and by sheer coincidence the Colts are pretty thin at the position, with many people thinking this is where they'll go in Round 1.'"It kills me that I can’t take a truly impressive receiver like Hopkins, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to wreck havoc with on opposing defenses. However, last year the Colts dedicated eight of their ten picks to players on offense. The results were that their defense in 2012 was just about bad as the unit that ultimately led to their 2-14 season in 2011. The Colts need blue chip players on defense if they mean to contend, and it just so happens that the best player at No. 24 is, indeed, a defensive player that fits a BIG need."
Of the 453 people who voted, 42% gave my selection a "B" grade. Cool. I'll take it.
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Ansah||DE||BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Dion Jordan||OLB||Oregon|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Jarvis Jones||OLB||Georgia|
|9||New York Jets||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina|
|19||New York Giants||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
|20||Chicago Bears||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas|
|22||St. Louis Rams||Jonathan Cyprien||S||Florida International|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA|
|25||Minnesota Vikings||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|27||Houston Texans||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson|
|28||Denver Broncos||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama|
|29||New England Patriots||Keenan Allen||WR||California|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Cornellius Carradine||DE||Florida State|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Jesse Williams||DT||Alabama|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Kevin Minter||LB||LSU|
Some things worth noting:
- Matt Barkley was not taken in the first round
- Only one QB, Geno Smith, went in round one
- Nobody took a runningback. In the 2008 actual draft, five backs went in round one.
- Manti T'eo. No one touched him.
- Back in 2006, I took part in my first writers' mock draft. I took LSU's Joseph Addai at pick No. 30.