There is no end. Nor is there a beginning. Only the endless cycle of draft that permeates every corner, every nook of the NFL household. So it is with this 3-round 2013 mock.
No, the actual 2013 NFL Draft won't look anything like this.
There will be trades. Small school guys will jump into the mix. Expected developments won't occur, and guys will go back to school. And eight guys from Alabama won't go in the first three rounds...or will they?
(Random note: adding "or will they?" to the end of anything a year out makes it very interesting. Example: My neighbors won't assassinate a Mossad agent in Istanbul this year............or will they? OR IS IT CONSTANTINOPLE?!)
(Second random note: referencing Constantinople is always suggested.)
Where were we? Yes. Mockery. Three round of it after the draft. But first, a far too predictable aperitif:
1.) Matt Barkley: QB, USC-
Look. It's hard to get away from this. His tape in 2011 was strong, and the 2012 schedule sets up perfectly (mark down the Nov. 24 game vs. Notre Dame now). And when you return WRs Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, well, the needle points in this direction.
94 more picks after the jump.
2.) Arizona Cardinals - Tyler Wilson: QB, Arkansas
3.)- Robert Woods: WR, USC
4.) Cleveland Browns - Sam Montgomery: DE, LSU
Montgomery, Mingo. Montgomery, Mingo. Barkgomery...Bingo!
5.) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jake Matthews: OT, Texas A&M
6.) Minnesota Vikings - Johnathon Hankins: DT, Ohio St.
7.) Indianapolis Colts - Jackson Jeffcoat: DE, Texas
Bray has to stop the tattoos and start the weight gain. Six and a half feet tall at 210 lbs.? NFL DEs gonna love it.
9.) Oakland Raiders - Johnathan Banks: CB, Mississippi St.
10.) Buffalo Bills - Logan Thomas: QB, Va. Tech
This WR class is tough to project. Plenty of talent, but guys are on an island.
I had him going to the Rams a year ago. Might as well.
18.) New Orleans - Brandon Jenkins: DE, Florida St.
Wort's my favorite player on that Sooner defense. Wonderful instincts.
His injury last year derailed what could have been a comeback season for the Vols. As it was, injuries took Bray and Hunter out of the mix, and Knoxville watched their team stumble through. If Hunter's knee is good to go, he could be a huge name in 2012.
22.) Detroit Lions - Merrill Noel: CB, Wake Forest
26.) Houston Texans - Chris Faulk: OT, LSU
And so ends the nose tackle run. Lots of big bodies going into this season on the D-line across the nation.
Shirley's one of those names that hasn't made a ton of noise yet, but could well find himself high on boards come January.
33 (1).) Seahawks - Keenan Davis: WR, Cal
34 (2).) Cardinals - Dion Bailey: OLB, USC
35 (3).) Dolphins - Tyler Eifert: TE, Notre Dame
36 (4).) Browns - Tony Jefferson: SS, Oklahoma
37 (5).) Jaguars - Alvin Bailey: G, Arkansas
38 (6).) Vikings - Josh Boyce: WR, TCU
I was tempted to add TCU QB Casey Pachall to this draft, but I'm guessing he returns for the 2014 season. Boyce, though, could explode this year.
39 (7).) Colts - Jelani Jenkins: OLB, Florida
40 (8).) Chiefs - Robert Lester: FS , Alabama
41 (9).) Bengals (via Raiders) - Knile Davis: RB, Arkansas
42 (10).) Bills - Kenny Stills: WR, Oklahoma
43 (11).) Titans - Landry Jones: QB, Oklahoma
44 (12).) Redskins - Devin Street: WR, Pitt
45 (13).) Panthers - Seantrel Henderson: OT, Miami
46 (14).) Jets - Ronald Powell: DE, Florida
47 (15).) Rams - Jonathan Cooper: G, UNC
I've been a fan of Cooper's for a minute. Homer pick? Sure, why not.
48 (16).) Bengals - Oday Aboushi: OT, Virginia
49 (17).) Buccaneers - Alex Hurst: OT, LSU
50 (18).) Broncos - Jake Stoneburner: TE, Ohio St.
51 (19).) Bears - Akeem Spence: DT, Illinois
52 (20).) Cowboys - Keith Price: QB, Washington
The 2013 QB class looks pretty loaded a year out. Price would make sense for the Cowboys as they begin to look at post-Romo options.
53 (21).) Lions - Travis Frederick: G, Wisconsin
54 (22).) Eagles - Ray-Ray Armstrong: SS, Miami
55 (23).) Chargers - Khaled Holmes: C, USC
56 (24).) Giants - Xavier Nixon: OT, Florida
57 (25).) Texans - Tyrann Mathieu: CB, LSU
Where to mock the Honey Badger? This issue isn't going to go away any time soon. As I see it, his size and the scheme that allows him to sit in a rover-type role are hindrances that won't help his NFL prospects.
58 (26).) 49ers - Nickoe Whitley: FS, Mississippi St.
59 (27).) Steelers - Micah Hyde: CB, Iowa
60 (28).) Patriots - Christine Michael: RB, Texas A&M
Maybe my favorite sleeper of the 2013 prospects at this point, Michael's 2010 and 2011 injuries really derailed his career to this point. And sure, he could go the Chris Polk route. But if the Aggies lean on the run game in Ryan Tannehill's aftermath, it could mean big things for the former standout.
61 (29).) Packers - Fou Fonoti: OT, Michigan St.
62 (30).) Falcons - Justin Pugh: OT, Syracuse
63 (31).) Ravens - Eric Reid: FS, LSU
64 (1).) Seahawks - Malliciah Goodman: DE, Clemson
65 (2).) Cardinals - Dion Jordan: DE, Oregon
66 (3).) Dolphins - Nico Johnson: OLB, Alabama
67 (4).) Browns - Joseph Fauria: TE, UCLA
68 (5).) Jaguars - Da'Rick Rogers: WR, Tennessee
69 (6).) Vikings - C.J. Mosley: ILB, Alabama
70 (7).) Colts - Andre Ellington: RB, Clemson
71 (8).) Chiefs - Bacarri Rambo: FS, Georgia
Good name, good tape, good pick.
72 (9).) Raiders - Tavon Austin: WR, W. Virginia
73 (10).) Bills - Jesse Williams: DT, Alabama
74 (11).) Titans - Cyril Richardson: OT, Baylor
75 (12).) Redskins - DeMarcus Miliner: CB, Alabama
76 (13).) 49ers (via Panthers) - John Simon: DE, Ohio St.
77 (14).) Jets - Denard Robinson: QB, Michigan
78 (15).) Rams - Gerald Hodges: OLB, Penn St.
79 (16).) Bengals - Roy Roundtree: WR, Michigan
80 (17).) Buccaneers - Kenny Vaccaro: SS, Texas
81 (18).) Saints - Arthur Brown: ILB, Kansas St.
Is it possible that brother Bryce (drafted by the Eagles in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft) is a bigger name by this point?