NFL Mock Draft 2013: Fifth Round


Dec 31, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker A.J. Klein (47) approaches the line during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

Round 5

  1. Chiefs- A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State: Klein was extremely productive at Iowa State and shows great awareness, but he has work to do to learn how to shed blocks and be a regular NFL contributor.
  2. Jaguars- T. J. McDonald, FS, Southern California: McDonald has holes in his game, but similar to Taylor Mays, he has very good athleticism and McDonald also has pro pedigree with his father being an ex-49er. McDonald needs time to get better.
  3. Eagles- Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia: Williams may not be the best athlete on the field, but you don’t start for Nick Saban if you can’t play. Williams may be a steal due to his football IQ.
  4. Lions- Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina: Sanders is a water bug type receiver that will fit in nicely with the Lions. Sanders also will help in the return game, although he is strictly a slot receiver.
  5. Seahawks (from Raiders) – Trevardo Williams, OLB, UConn: Williams has shown great ability in the traditional defensive end role, but has struggled when put in a linebacker spot. Williams may find a role as a situational pass rusher.
  6. Browns- Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee Martin: Hughes has the physical ability, but football isn’t all physical, and if Hughes can’t keep himself out of trouble, he will have a short career in the NFL. Hopefully it is just a case of a kid being a kid.
  7. Cardinals – traded to Patriots in mock draft Rd 1- Patriots draft Ryan Schraeder, OT, Valdosta State: Schraeder was worked out personally by Dante Scarnecchia, and the Division 2 Lineman of the Year is a steal in the fifth round for the team that develops offensive lineman better than anyone else in the NFL.
  8. Jets- Josh Evans, FS, Florida: Evans is a good fit in Rex Ryan’ defense, and if he can get a little stronger, he may be a real find for the Jets. Evans is an effective blitzer and although he is small, he is good against the run.
  9. Titans- Vinston Painter, T, Virginia Tech: Painter is the definition of raw, not starting his football career until his freshman year in high school. Painter has the size and looks the part, but he needs to improve his footwork to have any chance to play regularly.
  10. Bills- Tharold Simon, CB, LSU: Simon is the guy that is ignored when it comes to the LSU secondary, but he may have just as much of a chance to play. Questions about his ability to turn his hips make some wonder if he should move to safety.
  11. Saints- Earl Watford, G, James Madison: Watford is one of the more athletic guards in the drafts and plays with great technique. His strength is a possible issue, but with his fundamentals, as long as he hits the weight room, he should be fine.
  12. Chargers- Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner is a small, quick burner than can be a third down back and more, something the Chargers have missed since Darren Sproles bolted to New Orleans. Rivers loves throwing to his backs; Barner could be huge for them right away.
  13. Dolphins- Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard: In Joe Philbin’ offense, the fullback has a role (think John Kuhn) and right now the Dolphins have a need. Juszczyk is a solid H-back, but he does need to get better at run blocking.
  14. Buccaneers- Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU: Edwards didn’t have a lot of starting experience at LSU, but once he got his chance, he did well. He needs to improve his discipline, but Edwards succeeded in the SEC, which is a good sign for his NFL future.
  15. Panthers- Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State: Sims is a beast of a man, and although the Panthers do have Greg Olsen, they could use a second tight end that is more of a traditional mix of blocker and receiver. Sims has surprising soft hands and is the best blocking tight end in this draft. Sims is one of my sleepers.
  16. Rams- Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama: Johnson is a great athlete who succeeded in the SEC while starting for the National Champs. The Rams may have a find here; Johnson doesn’t hammer people, he is more of a wrap and takedown guy. With the rule changes, Johnson may be the example of what the NFL is looking for.
  17. Steelers- Zaviar Gooden. OLB, Missouri: Gooden is a great athlete that should be able to help the Steelers, but he needs to improve in pass coverage to have any chance to be an every down player. Gooden shined at the combine and he is another player that would be interesting to watch develop with Pittsburgh and their system.
  18. Cowboys- Devonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina: Holloman has ability, but he may be limited in his flexibility, which will hurt his ability to start in the NFL. Holloman does have good awareness and is good defending the pass, so he may be an effective nickel linebacker.
  19. Giants- Sanders Cummings, CB, Georgia: Cummings is a bit rare- he excels in man press coverage, which is not the easiest trait to find. The problem is, he struggles in zone and he also struggle playing off. Again, rare to find a guy who excels at the hardest skill while struggling in other areas.
  20. Bears- Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M: Although only 229 pounds, Porter has shown an ability to be able to play with the big guys. The problem is, his consistency has not been there. Porter needs to get stronger and has to learn how to bend his legs or his career won’t last long.
  21. Redskins- Lerentee McCray, OLB, Florida: McCray is another good athlete who played well in the SEC, but there are questions about what position he will play. McCray has shown as ability to excel in pass coverage, a huge in the NFL nowadays.
  22. Vikings- Pick traded to Raiders; Raiders select Jeff Locke, P, UCLA: No, I am not crazy, the Raiders did trade up to get a punter. Locke is the real deal, and the Raiders need a punter. Locke will start from day one.
  23. Bengals- Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford: The Bengals love the PAC12, and passing on the 6’8 tight end is impossible at this point. Toilolo does need to improve his consistency, but he does have soft hands and is a natural red zone target.
  24. 49ers (from Colts)- Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State: Hill is most likely going to be more of a situational player in the NFL, but he plays with an attitude and does a good job getting after the quarterback. Harbaugh likes players with nasty demeanors.
  25. Seahawks- Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: The Seahawks may look set on the depth chart, but if there was an injury, they would be in trouble. Gillislee has good speed and explosiveness, but he needs to dance less and hit the hole more.
  26. Packers- Ray Graham, RB, Pitt: The Packers select their second running back of the draft, and this time they find a toy for Aaron Rodgers. Graham lacked his explosiveness last season and if/when he regains his 2011 form, will be a great find for the Packers.
  27. Texans- Jeff Baca, G, UCLA: Baca excelled at UCLA, which used the zone blocking scheme in 2012 to free up Johnathan Franklin to run wild. Now Baca will head to another team that uses the zone blocking scheme and may end up blocking for Arian Foster in 2013.
  28. Broncos- Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson: Goodman looks the part more than he plays the part. He is an excellent athlete with long arms and a good build, but he over pursues and tends to get blocked easily at times. He needs NFL coaching badly.
  29. Redskins (from Patriots) – Reid Fragel, T, Ohio State: Fragel is a towering offensive tackle, and the truth is, the Redskins should ALWAYS be looking to protect their top asset. Fragel is going to need a lot of work with his feet in order to have a chance in the NFL.
  30. Falcons- Nickell Roby, CB, Southern California: Nickell to play the nickel: ok, dumb joke, but honestly, Roby is going to play right away as a nickel corner. Roby was the best defensive back for the Trojans in 2012, and he has great instincts which will help him excel in the NFL.
  31. Browns (from 49ers) – Duke Williams, SS, Nevada: Williams is a defensive back, not necessarily a safety or a corner. His flexibility can be seen as a good and bad thing; sometimes players that are flexible simply aren’t great at either position.
  32. Ravens- Brandon McGee, CB, Miami (FL): McGee is a solid pick here for the Ravens. He has good instincts, good footwork and he has been productive in college. There are questions about his speed, but footwork and awareness can make up for that.
  33. Dolphins- Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State: Hodges is one of those players that flashes on film and is all over the field, which is a need for the Dolphins. There are questions about his physical upside, but if he plays his game, he should stick in the NFL.
  34. Packers- Nicholas Williams, DT/DE, Samford: Williams is one of the more unknown players in this draft, but scouts got to know him. Williams was a basketball player also, so he wasn’t recruited as highly, but he is a good pass rusher and outstanding athlete for his size.
  35. Ravens- Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State: Boyd has excellent hand strength and does a great job winning the “hands battle” with offensive lineman, but the problem is, that may be all he has. Boyd has issues getting blocked due to lower body strength issues.