Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Scouts Inc.'s seven-round mock: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
So, you're tired of all the first-round mock drafts, and the three-round one by Mel Kiper, Jr. didn't satisfy you, either. Well, this seven-round mock draft is the one for you. Scouts Inc. projects every pick in this week's draft. It's an Insider post, so you'll need a subscription to view pick by pick. But I can disclose the selections for each of the AFC North teams. Enjoy.
First round: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Third round: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Fourth round: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Fifth round: Steve Williams, CB, California, and Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State
Sixth round: Alvin Bailey, G, Georgia
Seventh round: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
Hensley's comments: The Browns upgrade at tight end and find another potential franchise quarterback (this time, taking the Colt McCoy third-round route). The concern is the Browns failed to draft a starting cornerback or address the free safety spot.
First round: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Second round: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Third round: Le'veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Fourth round: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
Fifth round: T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Sixth round: Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State, and Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue
Seventh round: Braden Brown, OT, BYU
Hensley's comments: Jones and Hopkins are considered risks for different reasons, but both address needs for the Steelers. Jones can step into James Harrison's spot, and Hopkins adds a physical presence to the wide receiver group. With Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer both scheduled to be free agents next year, Scouts Inc. has the Steelers taking a top-10 running back in Bell and a projected backup in Gillislee.
First round: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Second round: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State, and D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Third round: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Fourth round: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Fifth round: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
Sixth round: Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech, and Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Seventh round: A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State, and John Lotulelei, ILB, UNLV
Hensley's comments: It would be a mild surprise for the Bengals to take Patterson in the first round considering the coaches' high hopes for Mohamed Sanu. The Bengals would get good value with Watson in the second round, especially if he's going to be the starting right tackle. I like the choices of the aggressive Swearinger and Lattimore, who could end up being the best running back of this draft.
First round: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Second round: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Third round: Jonathan Bostic, ILB, Florida
Fourth round: Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State, and Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
Fifth round: Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA, and J.C. Tretter, G, Cornell
Sixth round: Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State, Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State and Ryan Boyd, QB, Tulane
Seventh round: Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame, and Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame
Hensley's comments: The Ravens' three biggest needs are addressed with the first three picks. Reid would start right away, but Patton and Bostic might need more time to develop. Patton projects to be a No. 3 receiver, and Bostic has to become more consistent.