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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 Justin Wall (@jwalluww)

"What position do you think teams will draft Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones at?"

Right now. I would say center or guard. In some ways that is surprising because he was a First-Team All-SEC and First-Team All-American left tackle last season. Jones shutdown LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, a likely first-round pick in 2013 or 2014, and pretty much every defensive end he went against. Alabama has moved Jones to center for his senior season, and I think he will enter the NFL as an interior linemen, most likely at center.

The main reason is body type. At 6-foot-5, 311-pounds, Jones fits the mold of an interior linemen more than a tackle. The NFL is trending towards bigger tackles with long arms. That calls for players in the 6-6/6-7 range and weights in the 320-340 range. Big bodies with length and some foot quickness are desired for matching up on speed-rushers. Jones may not have the desired arm length. With his run-blocking and mobility, he should be an instant difference-maker for his NFL team.

Assuming Jones stays at center this year, he will have started on the inside of the line for three out of four collegiate seasons. Jones is extremely intelligent, so coaches will love his ability to make the line calls that are placed on many centers in NFL offenses.

Jones looks like a top-25 pick at the moment, and he could turn into a prospect on a par with Steelers guard David DeCastro, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Dolphins center Mike Pouncey. Those have been the three best interior linemen to come out in the last three years.

From Justin Ambrose, Denver, Colorado

"I hate that you and Walt have the Broncos picking in the middle of the first round of your mocks. Peyton Manning will be all the difference this year. He's a lock for the comeback player of the year."

First of all, the NFL is made to have new division-winners on a yearly basis, and the AFC West has other contenders. Manning is in his mid-30s; before the injuries he was already declining physically. Now he's had four neck surgeries, and there are rumors around the league speculating how truly healthy the signal-caller is.

The Broncos' defense was hit-and-miss at times last year, plus the team wasn't winning when it was using a pocket-passer early in the year. I think Denver will definitely have a competitive team, but I'm not convinced the Broncos have improved drastically over last year's squad. They didn't upgrade their wide outs or their offensive line. Plus, both Walt and I think Kansas City will be good this year, although I think San Diego has the capacity to be a surprise team.

Right now, my pick for Comeback Player of the Year is Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The past two seasons he was playing excellent football before torn biceps injuries ended each season. I spoke with a coach from an AFC West team a few months ago who was doing some film study to prepare for playing Tampa Bay this season. The coach said that McCoy was phenomenal against Atlanta in 2011 and was dominating the line of scrimmage. He also played a great game against the Colts before getting injured. McCoy was really coming on and turning into a difference-maker.

McCoy hasn't gotten much help from the Bucs organization. He's had three different defensive line coaches in three years, and is now on his second defensive scheme. Those coaches have all taught different techniques, so McCoy has spent his preparation time learning new concepts rather than mastering and refining coaching points he's all ready developed.

Continuity makes a massive difference in the NFL, but McCoy has had none. Another new change this year for McCoy is that he will have some two-gap responsibilities. In college and his first two years in the NFL, McCoy played one gap with the assignment to cause disruption by firing through his gap. That fit him well, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.

Despite these challenges, I think McCoy will have an excellent season in 2012 as long he can stay healthy. He has tons of talent and has flashed the ability to resoundingly defeat NFL offensive linemen. If McCoy can stay on the field, he has big-time upside.

From Mike Perry, Madison, Wisconsin

"I liked the Packers draft but am concerned that all of the top three rookie defenders played in 4-3 schemes in college. Do you think that could lead to them not working out for the Packers?"

No, I don't think that will be an issue at all. It is funny you ask, because I was discussing that very topic with some family friends in Wisconsin two months ago. At a retirement banquet for my parents, I spoke about that with our family veterinarian Dr. Bill Carisle, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan and Carthage College senior administrator Paul Hegland. All three are huge Packer fans and raised the same concern.

Outside linebacker Nick Perry (first round), defensive end Jerel Worthy (second round) and cornerback Casey Hayward (second round) played in 4-3 defenses in college and will have to transition to the 3-4. I don't see that being an issue for any of the three.

Before gaining weight prior to his senior season, Perry was playing in the 250s and 260s and many thought he would be best in a 3-4 in the NFL. Perry could easily trim down to add more agility to play in space. Green Bay took him for his pass-rush ability, and rushing off the edge is the strength that made him a first-rounder.

Worthy looks like a better fit as a 3-4 end than a 4-3 tackle. He was inconsistent in college at tackle. There were times when Worthy was dominantly blasting by linemen and disrupting the backfield. However, there were also frequent stretches during which he just held his ground and was quiet. For Green Bay, all Worthy needs to do is set the edge and stay tough at the point of attack. That's perfect for him, and he fills that void of a nasty, physical end who was lost when Cullen Jenkins signed with the Eagles.

The Packers like bigger corners who are ballhawks. Hayward is just under six-foot, yet totaled 13 interceptions the past two seasons with 21 passes broken up. He is a great fit in Green Bay's secondary.

Green Bay, like all NFL 3-4 teams, can't be too picky; not many college teams run 3-4 defenses - Goergia and Stanford are among the few. The 4-3 scheme is run by the vast majority of programs. Even Alabama runs a hybrid scheme using three- or four-man defensive lines. Oklahoma and Florida are putting in some more 3-4 packages, but overall the 4-3 style is run by the vast majority of schools.

As a result, NFL teams have to project players with the ability to transition into a 3-4. Perry, Worthy and Hayward all look like they have the traits to do it, so I'd be surprised if any of those three picks didn't pan out for Green Bay. Ted Thompson is head and shoulders above the majority of NFL general managers; he knows what he's doing.

From Dan Paulson, Grandview, Missouri

"The Chiefs obviously don't have their long-term quarterback on the roster. Do you think they'd be better off drafting a pocket passer like Oklahoma's Landry Jones or a running quarterback like Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas?"

I would go with Thomas. He has more upside and his running element could combine well with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis to form the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL. Plus, Thomas has the big arm to hit passes downfield to Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin. Thomas would make Kansas City's offense more diverse than Jones.

From Ryan Sturtz, Richmond, Virginia

"How do you like the Redskins receivers meshing with Robert Griffin III?"

I think Washington has a nice stable that should work extremely well with Griffin. His deep-ball accuracy is just uncanny and truly unique. The Redskins have a talented array of speed receivers who can get open downfield. With Washington's running game, Griffin should be able to go deep to his receivers in the play-action game with safeties focused on the run.

Obviously, Santana Moss has been getting it done for a long time, and the team was raving about how he was looking this spring. Josh Morgan was really playing well in 2011, and is capable of a big year. Pierre Garcon has good speed, too, while second-year wide out Leonard Hankerson was a dangerous deep receiver at Miami. Sources have told that, as a whole, the Redskins have a nice group of receivers. They should really complement Griffin's strengths once he learns the pro game.

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
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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 (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?
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Rare occurance 07-22-2013 10:00 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (total posts: 1)
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Great read.
Cincinnati, Ohio 02-05-2013 03:33 am (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 (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 (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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