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2013 NFL Draft Mailbag


I received many e-mails and tweets about my 2013 NFL Mock Draft and the upcoming NFL Draft in general. To share the answers to the questions publicly, I decided to start up a mailbag column. Pass along your NFL draft questions and comments. I'll put together a mailbag periodically that answers questions/comments sent via email draftcampbell@gmail.com or on Twitter @draftcampbell.

6/16/12


From twitter Stefanos Yowhannes (@StefanosY)

"Is Rob Gronkowski a product of the system in New England, or could he be plugged in anywhere else?"

Gronkowski definitely is not a product of the system. He would be one of the league's best tight ends regardless of the team he played for. As long as Gronkowski had just an average quarterback, he would be a productive receiver. The reason is Gronkowski's fantastic skill set combined with his size, speed, hands and route-running. He also is no slouch as a blocker.

After signing a mega-extension with New England, we won't know absolutely if Gronkowski is truly a product of the system, however the Patriots have had a number of quality tight ends during Tom Brady's tenure and none of them have been the weapon that Gronkowski is. In my opinion, he is the real deal.



From Amar Iyengar, Indianapolis, Indiana

"I just recently discovered the site but I find it to be a breathe of fresh air, keep up the good work. Anyways, what do you think of Casey Pachall? We saw the kind of impact Andy Dalton had as a rookie and Pachall exceeded any season that Dalton ever put up statistically and is bigger with more physical tools. Any chance he could be a first rounder next year with another big season?"

First of all, thanks for the compliments. I agree with you that Pachall could end up being a first-round pick. Right now I would say the 6-foot-5, 226-pounder looks like a second-rounder, but if he improves as a junior and senior, he could move into the top 32 in his draft class.

Pachall set single-season TCU records for completions, completion percentage and passing yards in 2011, his first year as a starter. He completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 2,921 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Pachall stepped up with a massive game in TCU's one-point road win over Boise State. He threw for 473 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Aside from that game, Pachall beat up on some weak competition. He will see better defenses with TCU's move to the Big XII this season.

If Pachall continues to improve while playing better talent, his draft stock will really rise.


From Jason McCann, Springfield, Illinois

"Do you think that Michael Buchanan's broken jaw will impact his draft status?"

Right now, there is not a lot known about the altercation that led to Buchanan breaking his jaw. On the field, he should be fine. Buchanan isn't expected to miss any time, and in August, he'll be able to add back any weight/muscle he loses while on a liquid diet with his jaw wired shut.

Illinois is expecting Buchanan to pick up the slack for the Illini with Whitney Mercilus moving on to the NFL. Buchanan looks like a second-day pick right now, but if he has a big season, he could crack the top 32.

The off-the-field incident that led to Buchanan's jaw being broken is a wild card that could be harmful to his draft stock.




From Andre Morris, Durham, North Carolina

"You were a big fan of Josh Norman and said he was a steal for Carolina. With him surprising everyone and pushing for a starting job already, does that take away Carolina's need to draft a corner early in the 2013 draft?"

That is definitely possible. If Norman is solid on the other side from Chris Gamble, the Panthers could wait until the second day or mid-rounds to find some depth and nickel competition.

I do think that Norman was one of the steals of the 2012 draft. For months I had him going in the third round, and I thought he would end up becoming a quality starter in the NFL.

It was clear at the East-West Shrine practices that Norman was more talented than any other player there with the possible exception of Miami of Ohio guard Brandon Brooks. All week, Norman had dominant practices that showcased him producing some splash plays.

In his collegiate career, the 6-foot, 197-pounder totaled 13 interceptions with 35 passes broken up, four forced fumbles, four blocked kicks and 196 tackles. He broke out with eight interceptions as a sophomore in 2009.

In my Day Three Winners and Losers story, I had Carolina as a winner for taking Norman and Tampa Bay as a loser for passing on him in the fifth round for a backup linebacker in Najee Goode. Taking Norman could bolster the Panthers' secondary for years to come.




From Rob Brozny, Reno, Nevada

"Who are two dark horse candidates for offensive and defensive rookie of the year?"

There a lot of guys to pick from, but I'm going to go with Baltimore outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin.

The Ravens have a great coaching staff and a lot of talent around Upshaw. I think they will use his pass-rushing skills well and get him in position to make a real impact in sack production. The easiest way to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year is to put up a big total of sacks or interceptions.

With Terrell Suggs injured, I think Upshaw stands a good chance of having a significant impact as a rookie. He plays for a prominent team and won't go unnoticed.

I love Martin's versatility and I think as the season progresses, his playing time will increase on a weekly basis. He provides some sudden explosiveness that the Bucs have needed in their backfield along with outstanding receiving ability.

Martin makes a defenses' job more difficult because of the different ways he can contribute on any given play. LeGarratte Blount is good runner, but more one-dimensional. As a result, I think that by the end of the season, Martin will be seeing a lot more snaps than Blount. Martin could rack up some good numbers, and I think he stands a good chance of being in the discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year.


Once again send questions/comments via email draftcampbell@gmail.com or on Twitter @draftcampbell.





2013 NFL Draft Mailbag Archive:

2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Feb. 4
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Jan. 18
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Jan. 14
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Dec. 17
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Dec. 10
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Nov. 23
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Oct. 26
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Sept. 6
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Aug. 24
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Aug. 16
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Aug. 7
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - July 26
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - July 8
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - June 15

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Matt Michael 10-22-2013 04:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.247 (total posts: 1)
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Huge Colts fan and Penn State fan. Saw Charlie's 2015 mock draft, and he said that he has Allen Robinson going to the Colts at the end of the 3rd round. Now with Reggie Wayne hurt, do you see the Colts definitely looking at a receiver in the draft, and is maybe the 3rd round too early? Could they draft receivers in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds? Would a trade for either Josh Gordon or Hakeem Nicks change their game plan come draft day, or do you still see them drafting a few receivers?
WANT TO BE A NFL DRAFT WRITER? 09-26-2013 01:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.236 (total posts: 1)
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If anyone is interested in doing some draft work on a professional web site, email me at jack.andrade@standingosports.com. Scouting reports on prospects, mock drafts, and we are working on putting together podcasts and a big board amongst out entire draft staff.
Rare occurance 07-22-2013 10:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 1)
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Is it me or did Walt actually say Michael Vick rather than "QB Dog Killer" or "Eagles QB No. 7". Weird, very very weird
Kellen Livingstone 07-22-2013 12:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.199 (total posts: 1)
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I think the Colts NEED to go with an offensive lineman in the 1st round of the 2014 draft. IMO, I believe it was their biggest need last season and it still is. If they can get Kouandjio from Alabama and follow that up with a CB and maybe a guard that will be ideal.
Jake Koenig 07-11-2013 08:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 1)
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David Fales is going to fall somewhere between rounds 3-5 as well as Aarron Murray. Arm strength is a quality that neither of these two possess and no team is going to take a chance on them in the first 2 rounds.
Wesley C 07-09-2013 03:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.235 (total posts: 1)
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I think the fear of Derek Carr busting because his brother David did is unfair. If David Carr was a work-ethic/character bust like JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf, I'd be concerned. However, David Carr busted because an abysmal O-line wrecked his confidence. Who knows, maybe David Carr would have been a good QB if he didn't go to the expansion Texans or even if former franchise LT Tony Boselli could have played for Houston.
Musker 07-09-2013 11:50 am xxx.xxx.xxx.164 (total posts: 1)
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I don't see the Bucs going 8-8. More like 6-10. They have a tougher schedule than last year and Freeman has played crappy any time they face a good defense. There's a reason they've been in last place three of the last four years with no finish higher than third. Its because they have the worst quarterback in their division.
Tyler 07-09-2013 04:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.67 (total posts: 1)
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Freeman going to the raiders...... i could definitley see that..... it would give the raiders enough hoep in the QB spot to pick a stud prospect to build there roster around (Clowney and i'm betting 500$ the raiders will get the 1st pick 5:1 odds.....Woo) Hope the raiders sign freeman cause he will fail in tampa.... (again) the raiders next draft is very important it'll set the stage for how this team builds if it takes a QB and doesn't sign freeman,keep flynn,trade for a QB it'll be an offensive team if it takes clowney defensive team. The raiders should started building there defense THIS year. (By taking shariff,floyd at NO.12 and an ILB in round 2. bostic,brown,minter) There would've been a few buildings blocks for the defense..... but Mckenzie took hayden,Watson.... i like watson but hayden screams bust..... Hell it would've been better to take a D-lineman than a 2nd round talented corner.... Mckenzie will be around for thw 2014 draft and probaly screw it up...
Poppers 03-10-2013 02:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.43 (total posts: 1)
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Great read.
Cincinnati, Ohio 02-05-2013 03:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.157 (total posts: 1)
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Can we trade Chris Garman in the draft for someone who isn't a tool Steelers fan?
come on dude 02-04-2013 09:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.158 (total posts: 1)
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The Browns didn't "botch" the RG3 situation. They offered both 2012 first rounders and their 2013 first rounder and were ready to throw in their 2012 second when the Rams accepted the Skins offer before the Browns could throw in that second rounder. The redskins offered a first from 2012, 2013, 2014 and threw in their 2012 second. Considering current draft picks are much more desirable than future picks, it's pretty clear that the Browns offer was the better one but Jeff Fisher took his buddy Shanahan's offer instead, screwing over the Browns. It's not former Brown's GM Tom Heckert's fault that Shanahan and Fisher have been friends for years.
seahawker 02-04-2013 02:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.66 (total posts: 1)
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I hearing that the seahawk have 10 pick in the draft.I only see 8 pick.dose anybody know what the 2 are that are missing.





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