This is a 2013 NFL Draft Re-Mock, just in case you missed the big blue letters up top. I'm going back to 2013 and re-distributing all of the 2013 NFL Draft prospects to all of the teams in the 2013 NFL Draft order. This 2013 NFL Draft Re-Mock is based on how these players have performed in their careers, as well as the needs each team had back in 2013.
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Posted Feb. 23, 2018. Follow me @walterfootball
Kansas City Chiefs: David Bakhtiari, OT/G, Colorado
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Eric Fisher, OT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Eric Fisher, OT
The 2013 NFL Draft was abysmal. Of the top 12 picks, TEN were busts. Ten! Only Lane Johnson and Ezekiel Ansah panned out. Meanwhile, none of the quarterbacks chosen in this entire class turned out to be viable starters. The top signal-caller from this draft is either Geno Smith or Mike Glennon. I struggled to find 32 players I wanted to put into this re-draft. It was that bad.
That said, there were some gems, including David Bakhtiari, who has blossomed into one of the top left tackles in the NFL. He's much better than Eric Fisher, who received some unwarranted pre-draft hype.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Luke Joeckel, OT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB
The Jaguars were desperate for right tackle help to protect Blaine Yo! Gabbert Gabbert, so they spent their No. 2 overall selection on Luke Joeckel.
Right position, wrong player.
Lane Johnson has emerged into perhaps the best right tackle in the entire league. He would look great on Jacksonville's front right now!
Oakland Raiders: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: D.J. Hayden, CB
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Luke Joeckel, OT
The first two teams in the 2013 NFL Draft didn't need receivers. The Raiders certainly did, as their wideouts going into the 2013 NFL Draft were Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Who? Exactly.
DeAndre Hopkins is a freak of nature, and he's the best overall player to come out of the 2013 NFL Draft class. I'm excited to see what he'll be able to accomplish with Deshaun Watson.
Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Lane Johnson, OT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Lane Johnson, OT
Chip Kelly made many blunders in the NFL, but one of the few positive things he did was using his first pick on Lane Johnson. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Johnson is not available in this re-draft.
Philadelphia had problems in its secondary going into the 2013 NFL Draft - many Eagle fans wanted Dee Milliner - so Xavier Rhodes, a legitimate shutdown cornerback, would have been a great choice as well.
Detroit Lions: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE
It could be argued that Ezekiel Ansah should be the re-draft selection for the Lions. He's been a terror on the edge when healthy. Unfortunately for the Lions, Ansah has been injured far too often, and there are better players available.
Le'Veon Bell counts as one. Detroit's starting running back going into the 2013 NFL Draft was Reggie Bush, so the team definitely needed a better runner.
Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Barkevious Mingo, DE
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Geno Smith, QB
There are better players I have listed than Ezekiel Ansah, but the Browns didn't need prospects at those positions (defensive tackle, wide receiver, safety) back then. We do know they needed an edge rusher because they wasted a pick on Barkevious Mingo. I'm sure Mike Lombardi would've been more interested in Ansah if he were available.
Arizona Cardinals: Tyrann Mathieu, S/CB, LSU
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Jonathan Cooper, G
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Star Lotulelei, DT
This is a very easy re-draft pick to make. Tyrann Mathieu slipped to the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of character concerns, but now that we know he'd be able to turn his life around, he can be the first-round prospect he was meant to be. Arizona obviously doesn't regret drafting Mathieu, so he's the pick at this juncture.
Buffalo Bills: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: E.J. Manuel, QB
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ryan Nassib, QB
The Bills were the only team foolish enough to think that these quarterback prospects - E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, etc. - were any good. They obviously wouldn't take Manuel or any of the other quarterbacks with this selection, and they'd instead focus on the receiving corps. Buffalo would eventually use a second-round pick on Robert Woods, but here's a better wideout to play across from Stevie Johnson.
New York Jets: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Dee Milliner, CB
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB
The top two players available are both defensive tackles. One was Kawann Short, while the other was Sheldon Richardson. The latter is a great player, but given that his time in New York ended poorly, I have to believe that the Jets would opt for Short instead.
Tennessee Titans: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Chance Warmack, G
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jonathan Cooper, G
Here's another team that makes sense for Sheldon Richardson. The Titans didn't have much next to Jurrell Casey, so they could have used another defensive tackle. Richardson and Casey would have dominated the interior and caused major problems for opposing quarterbacks.
San Diego Chargers: Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: D.J. Fluker, OT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: D.J. Fluker, OT
The Chargers were desperate to upgrade their offensive line in the 2013 offseason. In fact, I think they would've gone with either Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack if either happened to be available. Fluker was a mistake, but Travis Frederick obviously wouldn't have been. The Chargers already had a great center in Nick Hardwick, but going into the 2013 NFL Draft, Frederick was considered both a guard and center prospect, so he would've formed quite the tandem with Hardwick.
Miami Dolphins: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Dion Jordan, DE
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Tyler Eifert, TE
Of all the bad picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, Miami's was the worse because the Dolphins actually moved up all the way to No. 3 for a crappy prospect (Dion Jordan). Staying put and going with Desmond Trufant would have been much better. The Dolphins needed a cornerback at the time, as I discussed Dee Milliner as an option for them.
New York Jets: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Sheldon Richardson, DT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Tavon Austin, WR
Hey, at least the Jets hit one of their two first-round picks, even though that prospect would be traded just four years later. I already had New York addressing defensive tackle. The team could have looked at a tight end, as the starter at the position for them was Jeff Cumberland at the time.
Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Star Lotulelei, DT
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT
As you can see, defensive tackle was a major problem area for the Panthers. As I wrote five years ago, "defensive tackle is in shambles for Carolina." As it so happens, the top prospect available happens to be a defensive tackle. Johnathan Hankins is a terror in the interior, and he turned out to be a much better player than Star Lotulelei.
New Orleans Saints: Micah Hyde, S/CB, Iowa
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S
Kenny Vaccaro isn't too far from the top of the best prospects available, but there are two safeties I have listed ahead of him. One is Micah Hyde, and he'll be the pick here. Hyde just had a tremendous season for the Bills, and his outlook is better than that of the injury-prone Vaccaro.
St. Louis Rams: Justin Pugh, G/OT, Syracuse
Actual 2013 NFL Draft Pick: Tavon Austin, WR
My 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Alec Ogletree, LB
The Rams endured offensive line issues for a long time. In fact, they weren't fixed until the 2017 offseason, and that helped spark Jared Goff's vast improvement this past year. Getting out in front of the issue would have been a smart move, as Justin Pugh could have replaced Shelley Smith at left guard.
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