Woodchuck's 2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (11/20/12)
1. Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
– Te’o is in the argument for being labeled the best prospect in the draft. He is hands down the best leader in the draft. Te’o has helped “will” Notre Dame to an amazing season and it’s no mistake that he’s a Heisman candidate. The guy is a great tackler, reads defenses well, reacts to the ball quickly, and is a master in zone coverage. Most importantly, he is a playmaker. At 6’2” 255 lbs., he is a perfect fit for the 3-4. He would immediately make the defense better and allow DJ to blitz more frequently and free lance at the line. He would come in and make an impact and provide leadership from day one. I know some will complain about a MLB going first overall but, the rookie cap has changed the definition of value in my opinion. With Belcher hitting the market, Te’o fills a need and puts our linebacker group over the top. Others will complain that we need to take a QB here but, in my opinion, the quarterback prospects look very similar in terms of potential. Getting a guy Tyler Wilson or Mike Glennon later in the first or early second round would be the smart thing to do in my opinion.
Te’o Highlights - https://www.youtube....h?v=IK20TaJ7Ixs
1b. Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
– In this scenario Kansas City trades picks #34 (2nd), #63 (3rd), and #97 (4th) for New Orleans Picks #17 (1st) and #113 (4th). This trade allows KC to move just ahead of Dallas and take Wilson. New Orleans is missing picks from the bounty scandal and needs a ton of players on defense. This is a good trade for both teams. Wilson is my favorite quarterback of this draft class. The guy has tremendous heart, is a gunslinger, plays in a pro ready offense, is tough as nails, and most importantly is the best leader at his position. He is 6’3” tall and weighs in at 220 lbs. Consider that three of his top four receivers from 2011 were drafted last year. When Bobby Petrino left, it really screwed him over. He was asked to do what Drew Brees was asked to do in New Orleans this year. Frankly, he has fared just as well. Wilson has all the physical tools and his play reminds me of Jay Cutler. He has a strong arm, can make the tight throws, and can scramble. The difference between him and Smith and Barkley is his ability to make the tight throws. He can really put the ball in the toughest spots. I hope the draft gurus are right and he falls into the second half of the first round behind Smith and Barkley but, I have my doubts. Wilson has proven to be a guy that can handle major adversity and lead his team in the worst of times. He is the right man for the job. Note, if we can't get Wilson, then I would move back in to get Glennon. The difference between Glennon and the other three is not much in terms of potential imo.
Wilson Highlights - https://www.youtube....h?v=26h37-d1aK8
3b.(Comp. Pick for Carr) Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
– If Rambo had come out in 2012, he probably would have been a 2nd round pick. He elected to stay for his senior season and lead a Georgia defense that was returning 10 starters and try to crack the first round. However, he made some poor choices and has gotten busted smoking pot a couple of times including once last summer. This led to a four game suspension and probably dropped him out of the first round. He is 6’ 0” and weighs in at 210 lbs. In 2011, he had eight interceptions and a touchdown. This year, he has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack despite missing four games. He tied Jake Scott’s UGA interception record yesterday. Scott was an amazing player and went on to help lead the 1972 Dolphins to their undefeated season and was named the MVP of Superbowl VII. Rambo is in elite company. He’s is a solid tackler and occasionally lays the wood. He is a true ball hawk and he’s kind of a poor man’s Darren Sharper. If we can get him, he would be a steal. Rambo would be a major upgrade over Lewis. Hopefully, lightning will strike twice for KC and this UGA pothead will fall right into our lap like the last one did.
Rambo Highlights 2011 https://www.youtube....h?v=PczX7Ej1b34
4. Melvin White, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
– You might not recognize this name yet but, you will soon. White is 6’ 1” and weighs in at 190 lbs. He is a big physical cover corner who makes an impact in the running game. This guy can really hit and he is extremely strong. He can manhandle receivers at the line and he will knock your head off. He reminds of James Hasty. Because he plays for the Ragin’ Cajuns, he hasn’t faced a whole lot of competition and I think that will cause him to drop. That’s why I have him going in the 4th. However, he could be a very fast riser if he runs a fast forty and has a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. This guy would be a perfect compliment to Flowers.
Melvin White highlights 2011 https://www.youtube....h?v=2yqCFTDO2eo
5. Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame
– At 6’3” and 305 lbs., Cave is a pretty big center. He has a tremendous work ethic and plays with a very high motor. He is good at run blocking and pass blocking. He has a nasty disposition and plays with a mean streak. He is a leader and tone setter for Notre Dame. He got hurt last year and missed part of the season but, he appears to be back. We need depth at center and he can also double as a guard. He would provide good competition for the interior linemen.
Cave interview - https://www.youtube....h?v=UT_pRoWGtE4
6. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
– Hunt stands 6’7” and weighs 280 lbs. He came to SMU on a track scholarship from Karksi-Nuia. Soon, they got him playing football. He has a tremendous motor and regularly collapses the pocket. He mostly plays in a 4-3 defense with the occasional 3-4 mixed in. He often demands double teams. He has a huge wingspan but rarely knocks down passes. He could be a tremendous 3-4 DE but, would need some work. He is very raw as he has only been playing football since 2007 and that is why I think he will fall to the 6th round. This is a guy with a ton of potential and might be the DE we have been looking for.
Hunt vs. Pitt https://www.youtube....feature=related
7. Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
– Uzzi stands 6’3” and weighs in at 302 lbs. He is a road grater in Georgia Tech’s spread offense. He was a 2011 post season All-American. He plays with a mean streak and is an A+ run blocker. He looks good in pass blocking but Georgia Tech hardly ever throws the ball so the tape is limited. I think he drops to the 7th because of their offensive scheme. He has tremendous potential. It is very difficult to get into Tech and you must be very smart. He is capable of learning a new system and I trust that he will be able to pass block in the pros.
Uzzi Interview - https://www.youtube....&feature=relmfu