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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 @StefanosY (Stefanos Yowhannes)

"What do you think about Quinton Coples first game as a Jet?"

Coples had a fabulous preseason debut and looked like a stud defensive lineman. He registered a great stat line with five tackles, sack, forced fumble, tackle for a loss and batted-down pass. Those numbers were validated by Coples' actual play. He was excellent.

Coples was around the ball throughout the game and tough at the point of attack. He showed his strength and physicality by moving offensive linemen while his holding ground when runs came right at him. Coples' run defense was superb.

The rookie also did well as a pass-rusher. He had a nice sack and got penetration into the pocket on other pass plays. Even though Coples had a reputation for taking plays off in college, he showed a good motor and was consistent on a down-by-down basis against the Bengals. Overall, his performance was phenomenal first game for a much maligned first-rounder.

Obviously, the Jets took an injury risk in letting Coples play well into the second half. However, letting him get that much playing time will pay off in September and October. The increased reps has against NFL offensive linemen will expedite his learning process.

In general, I think teams may benefit by giving rookies more playing time in preseason games, but the teams are quite terrified of potential injuries. It is a tough decision to make, but, after one game, the Jets are looking good.

From Matt Cummings, Mechanicsville, Virginia

"The Penn State scandal is one of the largest sports stories in recent history; I have a few questions for you regarding this scandal. Do you think the Board of Trustees did the right thing in removing the Joe Paterno statue? Penn State received enormous sanctions because of this scandal, sanctions only surpassed by the "Death Penalty": do you think these sanctions were fair? Lastly, how do you think the Penn State football team will perform this season? Will the looming scandal drive the team to compete or will the team play poorly as a result of the inevitable scrutiny by the media and the public?"
The Penn State situation is such a tragedy for everybody involved, none more so than the victims of the abuse. This kind of abuse happens in athletics all over the country across different sports. Hopefully the Penn State scandal will serve as a catalyst to confront the problems rather than sweeping them under the rug. I'll run through each answer to your questions:

  1. I do think they did the correct thing in removing the Paterno statue. The program needs to pay its debts and then move on from the past. Right now, having the Paterno statue on display would just serve as a constant reminder of the scandal.

  2. I think the sanctions were generous toward Penn State. In my opinion, the death penalty was in order. This was way worse than college football players taking money from boosters or agents. The victims of Jerry Sandusky will have to deal with the assaults for the rest of their lives. Penn State is fortunate the penalties weren't worse like the death penalty or having the program shut down permanently.

  3. I think the Nittany Lions are in for a season of 4-6 wins. The exodus of players hurts their talent level, and the nightmare of the scandal will be hanging over the program this year and for some years to come. It is going to take a long time to rebuild the program with the sanctions and stigma to overcome.

From Tim Porter, Seattle, Washington

"Which schools are you most looking forward to watching for this year's draft and possibly the 2014 NFL Draft?"

That's a good question. There are a number of teams that are high on my radar. Here my top dozen: USC, LSU, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas A&M, South Carolina, TCU, California and Wisconsin. All of those teams have multiple players who look like potential early-round picks for the 2013 NFL Draft. The first six to eight are especially loaded with NFL talent for the top of the draft.

There are other programs which are more under the radar that I'm extremely interested in seeing. They include Illinois, Stanford and North Carolina. All three of these programs have something in common. They each had a former head coach who recruited excellent talent in recent years. Ron Zook (Illinois), Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) and Butch Davis (North Carolina) brought a lot of talent into those programs.

All three programs currently have some clear NFL prospects who could be early-round picks. I also think these teams have the capacity for breakout players this season who nobody knows about right now. Each school could have some behind the scenes talent.

After all, nobody knew about Whitney Mercilus at this time last year, but by the end of the 2011 season, he led college football in sacks and forced fumbles. All three of those programs could have players like Mercilus who could take college football by storm this season.

As for the 2014 NFL Draft, I would say Clemson and Florida have a lot of young talent in their sophomores and juniors. I think the Gators' juniors look more like four-year players, but some prospects like safety Matt Elam or linebacker Jelani Jenkins could have big enough years to prompt them to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

From Jerry Buchanan, Savannah, Georgia

"Charlie do you think Carolina will finally have a young receiver emerge to compliment (sic) Steve Smith?"

The Panthers certainly need one to step up and become a reliable producer in the NFL. Since Moose Muhammed hung it up, Carolina's offense has been lacking a true complement to Smith.

I reached out to some sources, and they said that Brandon LaFell is capable of doing that this season. They don't believe that he will be Muhammed in his prime, but that LaFell could generate some quality numbers this season. He has flashed at times, but the time is now for him to turn into a solid starter. If he doesn't get it done this year, receiver will be a big need for the Panthers next offseason.

Another player to keep an eye on is Louis Murphy. Carolina landed him in a trade with Oakland, and I think he is a better player than his numbers have illustrated to this point. Murphy has some potential with size and speed. I like him as a third receiver in the Panthers' offense.

Murphy also knows Cam Newton dating back to 2007 and 2008 when they were teammates at Florida. That past familiarity could help Murphy in getting his quarterback to target him when he gets in the game. I wouldn't expect Murphy to produce a massive season, but I think he could be a serviceable third receiver. This is an underrated move by general manager Marty Hurney that could pay off.

Over the next draft or two I think Carolina has to target a left tackle and a No. 1 receiver. The team clearly has the running backs, some interior offensive line talent and a franchise signal-caller. Smith and left tackle Jordan Gross can't play forever, so the Panthers have to land some talent at those positions in order to get the most out of Newton and company in their primes.

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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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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