2013 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Major changes in all 3 rounds.
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  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
    The Chiefs recently cut Stanford Routt, so the cornerback position will be a priority for them this offseason.

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  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
    Rashad Jennings got his chance and failed miserably. The Jaguars need a competent backup running back behind Maurice Jones-Drew.

  3. Detroit Lions: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
    It’s no secret that Detroit has major holes in its secondary. The Lions spent an early pick on Bullet Bill Bentley has been a bit of a disappointment thus far. Unfortunately, Detroit won’t be able to see what he can do for the rest of the year because he’s on injured reserve.

  4. Oakland Raiders: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
    The Raiders will need to upgrade their offensive line. Khalif Barnes cannot be a starter in this league. Kyle Long would appeal to Oakland fans for obvious reasons.



  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Nickell Robey, CB, USC
    Brandon Boykin was a nice pick in the fourth round, but he won’t be enough if Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leaves via free agency, as Philadelphia wants three high-level cornerbacks. Nnamdi Asomugha will be cut as soon as the season is over. He’s been absolutely terrible.

  6. Tennessee Titans: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
    The Titans have zero depth behind Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan. They won’t have much of a pass rush if either goes down with an injury, so they’ll need to address this position.

  7. Arizona Cardinals: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford
    Chase Thomas, who provides great value here in Round 3, could bolster an inconsistent pass rush and displace the injury-prone O’Brien Schofield.

    Pick change; previously Brennan Williams, OT

  8. Buffalo Bills: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
    The Bills spent tons of money on Mario Williams and Mark Anderson this offseason, but while the former has picked up his play lately, the latter has been dreadful whenever he’s been on the field. Buffalo needs to put as much pressure on the quarterback if it wants to unseat the Patriots in the division.

  9. Cleveland Browns: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
    The Browns have a new front office, so they’ll want to draft a quarterback in the middle rounds if Colt McCoy is traded.

  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
    The Buccaneers have two solid linebackers in Lavonte David and Mason Foster, but they need a third to upgrade the pedestrian Quincy Black.

    Pick change; previously Arthur Brown, LB

  11. San Francisco 49ers: Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
    Teams are always looking for cornerback depth, especially if they have extra picks. Besides, Carlos Rogers isn’t playing as well this season. He’s been solid at times, but has been inconsistent.

  12. San Diego Chargers: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
    Philip Rivers will be a free agent after the 2014 season. Will the Chargers re-sign him to a long-term deal if he continues to choke in the clutch and show signs of regression? They should probably bring in a young quarterback as insurance.



  13. New York Jets: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
    It’s unclear who the Jets’ starting quarterback will be next year, but whoever that will be needs a better right tackle than Austin Howard. Thanks in part to Howard, New York surrendered a ridiculous 11 sacks to the Chargers.

    Pick change; previously Kenny Stills, WR

  14. New Orleans Saints: William Gholston, DE/DT, Michigan State
    The Saints aren’t getting much pressure on the quarterback. Cameron Jordan has improved in this department over the second half of the season, but Will Smith looks like a shell of his former self. He’s due $10 million in 2013, so he obviously won’t be back.

    Pick change; previously Margus Hunt, DE

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
    The Steelers never shy away from a play-maker if one provides good value. The butterfingered Mike Wallace could be gone after this season.

  16. Miami Dolphins: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    The Dolphins have two second-round picks because they dealt Vontae Davis to the Colts, so they should probably use one of them on a replacement.

  17. St. Louis Rams: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
    More offensive line help for the Rams. Jason Smith was benched in favor of Barry Richardson and subsequently traded for turnstile Wayne Hunter.

  18. Dallas Cowboys: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of Ohio
    Tony Romo will turn 33 just prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. The Cowboys will have to think about bringing in a young quarterback.

  19. New York Giants: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
    Marvin Austin has shown nothing thus far in his career, so the Giants may bring in another young defensive tackle.

  20. Miami Dolphins: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
    Something the Dolphins must do this offseason is find some linebacker depth because they’re awfully thin there.

    Pick change; previously Gerald Hodges, OLB



  21. Minnesota Vikings: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
    The Vikings can do a lot better than Jasper Brinkley at middle linebacker. He’s a pretty big liability on their defense.

  22. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
    The Bengals have major problems at linebacker. They lost Keith Rivers this past offseason, Manny Lawson will be a free agent in the spring, and Rey Maualuga is arguably one of the worst defensive starters in the NFL. I don’t know if he’s hurt or what, but he’s been awful this season.

  23. Washington Redskins: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
    More help for the Redskins’ secondary. Brandon Meriweather cannot be relied upon to stay healthy, and it’s not like he was a Pro Bowl talent anyway.

  24. Indianapolis Colts: Sean Porter, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
    Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis won’t be around much longer. The Colts need to find new players who can rush the passer.



  25. Baltimore Ravens: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
    The Ravens suddenly have glaring issues at cornerback. Lardarius Webb tore an ACL for the second time in his career, while Cary Williams is a free agent.

    It appears as though Tyrann Mathieu will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. The Ravens have taken a chance on another troubled cornerback.

  26. Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
    Adding play-makers for Russell Wilson has to be a priority for the Seahawks this offseason. Help is also needed at tight end.

  27. San Francisco 49ers: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
    Alex Smith probably won’t be back with the 49ers next year, so Jim Harbaugh could use a mid-round pick on a young quarterback to groom behind Colin Kaepernick.

  28. New England Patriots: Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
    Travis Frederick is versatile enough to play every position on the interior, which will appeal to Bill Belichick.

  29. Green Bay Packers: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
    Jermichael Finley will be due close to $8 million in 2013, and Packer fans should be happy about that because Finley is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He’s terribly inconsistent and doesn’t appear as though he’ll ever live up to expectations.

  30. Denver Broncos: Robert Lester, S, Alabama
    Denver’s young corners have played well alongside Champ Bailey, but safety help is needed because Michael Adams isn’t very good. He’s going to be a 32-year-old entering his contract season anyway.

  31. Houston Texans: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
    This doesn’t fill any sort of current need, but Ben Tate will be a free agent after next season, so the Texans may want to trade him because they can’t exactly pay top dollar to two running backs.

  32. Atlanta Falcons: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    Michael Turner is done. He’s looked like he’s been running in quicksand for most of this season, so he won’t be on the roster much longer.



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