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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 or on Twitter @draftcampbell.


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 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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MarkB 01-18-2013 08:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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Steelers defense top three? Someone's delusional. Football Outsiders scores every play, every game and adjusts for opponents, and they rated the Steelers defense #13 this year,down from #7 last year.
Jimbo 01-18-2013 10:21 am (total posts: 5)
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I hear you Russell Wilson haters. You're just jealous that your team passed him up.
Jimbo 01-18-2013 10:19 am (total posts: 5)
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With the 17th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Sam Montgomery, linebacker, LSU
Jimbo 01-17-2013 10:10 am (total posts: 5)
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Russell Wilson has the character, drive, intelligence, and accuracy to forge a long and successful NFL career. All Seattle has to do is get the man some receivers.
Jimbo 01-17-2013 10:07 am (total posts: 5)
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Good luck with the Chiefs trading that first overall pick. There isn't a single standout, transcendent player in this draft, including Jarvis Jones.
Jimbo 01-17-2013 10:03 am (total posts: 5)
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New Jets GM Rex Cryin' will trade his entire draft for Mingo and validate the move by calling him a "freakin' beast" and a "gosh darn good player." Then he'll say, "I'm tired. I'm gonna get myself a goddamn snack."
Dan 01-16-2013 10:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Anyone with half a brain can tell Russell Wilson is the real deal. Just because you and all of your idiot peers agreed he wasn't worth an early pick doesn't make you all wrong.

Rookies that "fizzle out" later in their careers don't go cross country and lead their team on a game winning drive with 30 seconds remaining. That is clutch John Elway stuff that isn't going away.
Check out my mock draft! 12-21-2012 01:02 am (total posts: 1)
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c. bauer 12-17-2012 05:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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I am also a fan of Rambo's game but he comes with off the field concerns. He was suspended for a few games this season due to a positive marijuana test. That wasn't his first offense. So if a team is willing to overlook that I could see him as a solid 2nd rounder. Its a very good deep safety class (depedning on Juniors who come out) but all seem to have a some sort of flaw.
nycsportzfan 12-17-2012 01:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Does anyone think Baccari Rambo could end up being a late 1st rder if he has a big combine? Hes a awesome playmaker, who has all the size a safety needs, and comes from the S.E.C.. I mean, if he runs a fast 40 and works out well, what would stop em from being a late 1st, or at worst, early 2nd rder?

Hes one of my fave prospects in this draft.. I have Rambo and Poyer as the head of there positons.. Better then vaccaro and milliner respectivley..
Wire 12-10-2012 08:37 am (total posts: 1)
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The guy who is panicking because the Jets might take Barkley is an idiot. Matt Barkley is going to be the #1 pick and it won't even be close.

If I was him, I would be worried they might take a horrible QB like Geno Smith way before he should come off the board.
@BW 11-27-2012 08:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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yeah they did they, the saints were supposed to draft 27th that draft but new england used it to trade up for chandler jones
BW 11-23-2012 03:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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"The Saints have two first-round picks invested in Ingram."

No they don't. They traded a 2nd round pick and swapped their 2012 1st round pick for the 2011 pick. All they lost was a second round pick in the transaction.
Vince 10-26-2012 02:03 pm (total posts: 4)
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Hey Charlie, Milliner plays some zone too. Unless there is a true #1 receiver on the opposing team (a la Alshon Jeffry and Rueben Randle last year and Cobi Hamilton and Justin Hunter this year), the Tide run mostly pattern-read zone on anything that is first/second and six or more. On almost all third downs and about half second and shorts they run straight man, but otherwise they're mostly a zone team.

Still, Dee Milliner is definitely the best corner in this draft.
nycsportzfan 09-06-2012 07:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt, What do u think of this crop of Dlineman? I'm thinking of sleepers in the rd 3-5rd area.. Craig Roh DE michigan, Cameron Meredith DE Nebraska, and Akeem Spence DT Illinois?

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