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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 Jake Kallen, from Lafayette, California

"I was curious what you thought of the Texas pass rushing duo, Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. I have read mixed reports on them and I have not really seen enough tape to see if they have consistent motors. Your thoughts?"

I think both Jeffcoat and Okafor are ascending young players. Jeffcoat started off the 2011 season extremely slowly. He had zero sacks and three tackles for a loss in the first six games. After that, Jeffcoat flipped the switch and finished the year with 7.5 sacks in the final seven games. He also had 54 tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss last season.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Jeffcoat needs to fill out his frame, but he has real potential. Jeffcoat has a some serious quickness and athleticism. He is still developing, but I think he has the potential to turn into a impact player with a sack total in the double digits this season.

Texas uses Jeffcoat in a variety of ways. He's rushed as a standup outside linebacker, put his hand in the ground as a defensive end, dropped into pass coverage as a linebacker and even played some defensive tackle. As a result of that variety, Jeffcoat lost some pass-rushing opportunities last year, and he could have had a bigger total if the Longhorns had let him go after the quarterback in every possible passing situation.

For the NFL, I think Jeffcoat may fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he could be a 4-3 defensive end. I think the junior will develop into a first-round pick, and, with his skill set, he could go in the top-20.

Okafor had a breakout year last year. He was a disruptive force for the Longhorns, assembling 50 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The junior was a First-Team All-Big XII selection.

Okafor is a well-rounded pass rusher and run defender. At 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, he is more developed physically than Jeffcoat, but the latter has the more natural talent.

Okafor is a speed-edge rusher coming around the corner. He has a good get-off when the ball is snapped, and his quickness puts tackles on their heels. Okafor has nice agility to drop his hips and shoulder so he can turn the corner. Okafor should work on adding/refining some more pass-rushing moves for the NFL - along with adding 10-15 pounds of bulk if he plays in a 4-3 defense.

Like Jeffcoat, Okafor has lined up in a variety of places. He has done a lot of stand-up edge-rushing over the tackle along with blitzing over interior linemen as a linebacker. Okafor definitely has the length and athleticism to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

From Tim Vadasz,

"I read your article on assistant coaches that are Hall of Fame worthy, and I couldn't help but say that former Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel most definitely deserves to be on that list as well."

From Mike Keck, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

"The late great Eagles defensive coordnator Jim Johnson should be in the hall of fame. His eagles defenses were great." From twitter Vince Gonzalez (@G0nzilla32),

"Nominations: Gary Kubiak (Denver offensive coordinator), Wade Phillips, Mike Martz (Rams offensive coordinator) and Alex Gibbs (offensive line coach)."

I definitely agree on Jim Johnson. His defenses were phenomenal, and he has to be one of the best play-calling defensive coordinators in league history. The uncanny way Johnson knew when to call the right blitz is legendary. He should be a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame.

I also agree on Joe Bugel, Alex Gibbs and Gary Kubiak. They were the drivers of the zone-blocking scheme for an offense and that changed offensive football in the NFL. Kubiak could be on the cusp of greatness in Houston as a head coach as well.

Martz had a great run with the Rams, but really disproved himself to a degree with his coordinator performance in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago. I think it would take some convincing but he's worthy of a debate.

Wade Phillips is an interesting candidate. He owns a career winning percentage of .581 as a head coach, but struggled in January. Phillips has led some good defenses with the Bills, Broncos, Chargers, Cowboys, Texans and others. However, he doesn't have a Super Bowl championship on his resume. If Phillips can win a ring in Houston with Kubiak that could make him much more competitive.

It has been a lot of fun to get the feedback on the coordinators. I think it is clear that the fans of pro football agree that assistant coaches belong in the Hall of Fame.

From John Nelson, Birmingham, Alabama

"I have a question about Denard Robinson. He's an amazing athlete, and he's been incredibly productive over the past 2 years. He's put up nearly 2,900 yards on nearly 5.8 yards a carry, just rushing the ball. I tell you why I'm not including his passing yards, is because I think he should be considered a first round running back, going into next years draft. He just has the ability to pass the ball as well, making him a bigger threat in the endzone, I say that because no one in the NFL really runs the wildcat much anymore. He's 6'0 197 which makes him a little small to be a every down back in the NFL, I can understand that. Did you know, he's actually bigger than Chris Johnson? Other than last years dissapointing year, which wrecked my fantasy football team, he's had a pretty stellar career. Chris Johnson 5'11 190lbs Denard Robinson 6'0 197. So what am I missing here, why is it that he doesn't even make it to the 4th round in alot of peoples mock draft. I think people are missing something, or am I wrong?"

It always takes some time for a projection player like Robinson to move up rankings. If he has a big senior season, you can bet there will be plenty of debate and attention about how Robinson fits in the NFL. I'm sure there will be some arguing he can stay quarterback, move to receiver, go to running back and maybe even move to defensive back. A great athlete like Robinson will certainly initiate a passionate debate.

That being said, I agree with you that Robinson should move to running back for the NFL. In my opinion, he is not a natural enough passer to be a quarterback and lacks the necessary arm strength. If Robinson could add some weight, that would be preferable to be a running back. He could be a nice quick slashing option as part of a running back stable. The Wolverines' signal-caller will definitely need to learn being a receiver out of the backfield and picking up blitzers.

Robinson still will be a project as a runner, especially with his running style. His body lean and pad level don't mimic a running back as often as needed. Because there is so much to project and hope that he develops, Robinson is looked at by many as a late-rounder. As a running back I think, he would be a third-day pick in the Round 4-6 range.

Pat White didn't work out in the NFL, and there are some similarities with Robinson. If the senior wants an NFL career, he has a lot to prove this year and beyond.

From Mark Thomas, Cincinnati, Ohio

"Charlie you have the Packers over Texans in the Super Bowl, who are some dark horse teams that you think could get to there?"

There are a few teams that I really like and have considered putting at No. 31 and No. 32 in my mock draft.

The first among them is the Bears, although they aren't getting to be much of a dark horse. I think Arizona is a sleeper, but I really like what Chicago has done this offseason. Aside from bringing in a true No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, I love the depth that Chicago has accumulated. Last year and in past seasons, injuries to key players really sunk the Bears at the end of the season.

This year, Chicago has quality backups throughout the team, along with some of the best special teams units in the NFL. Roster depth and special teams play are the underrated X factors that have to produce to get a team to the Super Bowl. The Bears have strong depth throughout the roster. They have good backups at quarterback, running back, the defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary.

The team also has young talent that could really make an impact late in the season and in the stretch run. I think defensive end Shea McClellin and defensive tackle Brian Price could really come on in the second half of the season after they have some time being developed by defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. The key for Chicago is getting the offensive line to do its job.

In the AFC, I think a surprise team could break out aside from the usual contenders like New England, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. I don't have one team in particular that I feel strongly about, but there are a few teams that I think are capable of having big seasons. The Chiefs, Chargers, Jets and Bills are the teams that I think could be a lot better than the general opinion. I think those teams are the serious candidates to be this year's 49ers.

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

2013 NFL Draft Mailbag Archive:

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2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Jan. 18
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2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Dec. 17
2013 NFL Draft Mailbag - Dec. 10
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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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