2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Manti Te’o

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Alec Ogletree
Linebacker, Georgia

Larry Foote is a free agent, and in his 30′s. Time to reload the middle of the Steel Curtain.

18. Dallas Cowboys
Dion Jordan
Defensive End, Oregon

Switching to a 4-3 means new personnel is needed, and Jordan would be an excellent compliment to DeMarcus Ware.

19. New York Giants
Xavier Rhodes
Cornerback, Florida State

Rhodes is one of the best players left on the board and gives the Giants some help shutting down the NFC East’s many talented receivers and QB’s.

20. Chicago Bears
Chance Warmack
Guard, Alabama

Trestman looks to make sure his offense is taken care of, and it starts up front.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Desmond Trufant
Cornerback, Washington

Lots of uncertainty at corner in Cincy, so instead of spending to re-sign players, they draft one instead. 

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Jonathan Cooper
Guard, North Carolina

A receiver and a guard in the first round to help bring the offense back up to speed.

23. Minnesota Vikings
John Jenkins
Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Jenkins is a very large man who can play the nose position and allow Kevin Williams more room to work.

24. Indianapolis Colts
Johnthan Banks
Cornerback, Mississippi

A leader of his defense at an SEC school, Banks helps bolster a defense that is going to finally get a chance to gel after a season together.

25. Seattle Seahawks
Cordarrelle Patterson
Wide Receiver, Tennessee

A weapon for Russ Wilson to build chemistry with on a up-and-coming offense.

26. Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy
Running Back, Alabama

The Packers could use a running back for the future to carry the workload, and Lacy is the best one in the draft.

27. Houston Texans
Jesse Williams
Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Texans get a young tackle to help eat up space and allow JJ Watt to do his thing.

28. Denver Broncos
Johnathan Hankins
Defensive Tackle, Ohio State

There is a handful of free agents at defensive tackle in the Mile High this offseason, and rather than resigning them all, why not take one who’s salary is capped by the rookie scale?

29. New England Patriots
Alex Okafor
Defensive End, Texas

One of the best players available, helps the Pats get after the QB more often.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Datone Jones
Defensive End, UCLA

With John Abraham getting older, the Falcons look to another sturdy defensive end to pick up the slack.

31. San Francisco 49ers
DeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver, Clemson

The Niners need to reload on offense to make sure Kaepernick has options to throw to.

32. Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter
Linebacker, LSU

Ray Lewis had his last ride, and the linebacking corps is looking weak as a result.

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  • Tony Brown

    The only way this pick would make sense for us is if we already managed to pick up 2 corners in free agency or if Milliner, Banks, and Rhodes are all gone by 13. I don’t see it happening. I don’t really think there’s any chance he falls to 13 anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      Tony, I’m not including trades, and it would be silly to reach for a corner at 13. That’s the problem with mock drafts. I’d much rather get the best player on the board than reach for a perceived need.

      • Tony Brown

        If my boy Milliner is gone, this pick would make some sense. But we definitely would need to pick up at least 1 corner in free agency. But like I said earlier, there’s not really much of a chance Manti Te’o is still there at 13 anyway. I think the Raiders will probably take him.

        • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

          I would gamble large sums of money that Te’o does not go in the top 7.

  • NelsonvillianHill

    if te’o is still there at 13, i’d say go for it . . he is going to be a real presence for whatever team he plays for . .