The 2013 NFL Mock Draft at NFL Draft Net has expanded to three rounds. Free agency has influenced a number of updates to the first round since our last update. Let’s look into some of those picks and some others worth mentioning.
1.8 Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Previous: No change this update
It should be noted that the mock was completed before the Kevin Kolb signing in Buffalo. As we mentioned earlier today, this sets up a variety of moves for the Bills. However, rather than forcing an updated, it should be considered that Kolb could be the short term answer without forcing Smith into active duty.
1.15 New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Previous: D.J. Fluker
The Saints have themselves in a bind at Offensive Tackle. Fluker was an impulse pick last update as it was still open as to whether or not he will make a Left Tackle in the NFL. At this point it is looking like he will be a standout OT on the right side. This puts us back with the Saints taking the top available defensive prospect on the board.
1.30 Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Previous: Datone Jones
With the Falcons addressing DE this week, we could see them being proactive at the Tight End spot with the inevitable retirement of Gonzo. There is a good chance Eifert won’t be available here as his stock is rising, but if he is it would be a great match.
2.1 Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
This starts off a wave of QBs being selected in four out of the top seven picks in the second round. Just the thought of the need at the top of the order should have us seeing a lot of trade action in the later half of the first round when the real thing roles around.
2.21 Bengals: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
The Bengals have been known to take chances and have them pan out. This could be another one of those times.
3.35 Comp pick Titans: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU