2013 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Go On The Defensive

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11. San Diego Chargers  – Jonathan Cooper, Center, North Carolina

Cooper is a good sized center that can adjust to the more complicated schemes in the NFL, he will be a great pick for the Chargers.  Another great thing is that Cooper is versatile at just about any position on the offensive line, giving the Chargers the added bonus of position flexibility.

12. Miami Dolphins – Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, Brigham Young

Not afraid to hit someone, Ansah will fill a need on defense for the Dolphins.  He has a motor that doesn’t stop and with his speed and athleticism, expect him to be a game 1 starter for the Dolphins.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnathan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State

Banks’ size will make a good run defender plus he has good ball handling skills.  He is a well-rounded athlete who will be a good fit for Tampa Bay.

14.  Carolina Panthers – Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah

Best interior defensive lineman in the draft, according to many scouting reports.  Considering how bad the Panthers were on the defensive side of the ball, this will be a tremendous upgrade.

15.  New Orleans Saints – Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon

The Saints need help on the defensive side of the ball.  Jordan would be a good addition.  Standing at 6-7, 243 this kid has not only size but a burst of speed that has the ability to stay up with most halfbacks and slot receivers. 

16.  St. Louis Rams – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan

Standing at 6-8, 305 Fisher has excellent pass blocking skills and in this pass happy NFL, you want your star QB well protected.  The Rams get themselves a good selection out of the Central Michigan product.

17.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia

Ogletree will help an aging LB corp in Steeler country.  He possesses some good technique that could use some polishing off, but other than that he will be a contributor to Pittsburgh.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri

The Cowboys will be rebuilding their defense as they transition back to the 4-3 defense after several seasons in the 3-4 scheme, the Cowboys will like Richardson as he is a large guy who is quick off the ball.  After having a career year in 2012, Richardson will be one of many pieces to the 4-3 puzzle that new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will be putting into place.

19. New York Giants –Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame

Tom Coughlin likes to have a few tight ends and to have a good blocking tight end, that’s a bonus.  Eifert will give Coughlin that and much more.  If the Giants can sign former Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennet to a contract extension, you can expect some old school NY Giants football using the 3 TE set. 

20. Chicago Bears – Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

If Chance Warmack is available then the Bears go with him, if not look for the Bears to select Johnson.  Johnson, a former high school QB, will make the transition from college TE to professional OT as the Bears work on their offensive line to better protect Jay Cutler.

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  • Steve

    Taylor Lewan isnt in the draft

    • http://www.facebook.com/magniaj Jeff Magnia

      Thanks Steve….I adjusted the article, my submission left out the updated pick for the Cardinals. And thank you for reading!!

  • Dan

    If Lotulelei drops that far there’s no way he gets past TB. CB is their biggest need but the value isn’t there at 13. McCoy and Lotulelei would be an offensive coordinator’s nightmare.

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