Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A Mel Kiper Jr. mock draft!
By Dan Graziano
Sorry for the delay in posting this morning. Two-hour delayed school opening, shoveling and an epic snowball battle with two young men whose aggressiveness outpaces their size. Lots going on here, and that doesn't even count monitoring the travel itinerary of Mr. Gus Bradley. But I'm here now, and I come bearing fun gifts -- Mel Kiper's first mock draft of 2013. Here's who Mel has for our teams. Remember, the Redskins don't have a first-round pick.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. Can't fault the Eagles if they take a cornerback here. Can't fault anyone for taking an Alabama kid. I think they should go with Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel if he's there, but Mel has him going No. 1 to Andy Reid and the Chiefs, so he's not.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina: The Cowboys need to address one of their lines in the first round, and the top guards this year are exceptionally highly rated. So while a tackle might be preferable, there would be nothing wrong with strengthening an area of significant weakness. Of course, you know the Cowboys will trade up for some big-game guy and reduce their inventory of picks again, but assuming common sense prevails this time, a lineman at 18 works fine.
19. New York Giants: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: I think the Giants need to think offensive line here, too, but they don't, and when you're projecting the draft it's never a bad idea to project a pass rusher to the Giants in the first round. That's where they think the first-round value is, and they have some track record to back it up.