November 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

2013 Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select Manti Te'o




1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB/West Virginia, 6’3″, 220. I believe that the Chiefs might trade out of this pick. The most glaring need for them is at QB and frankly, there is just not the value at #1. The advantages for trading down are they don’t have to overreach for a QB and can accumulate more picks to address other glaring needs. However for the sake this draft, I’ll go with Geno Smith since we have entered the era of the Read Option QB. Smith

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Bjoern Werner, DE/FSU 6’4″, 256

3. Oakland RaidersStar Lotulelie, DT/BYU 6’3″, 310

4. Philadelphia EaglesLuke Joekel, OT/Texas A&M 6’6″, 310

5. Detroit LionsDamontre Moore, DE/Texas A&M 6’4″ 250

6. Cleveland BrownsJarvis Jones, OLB/Georgia 6’2″ 242

7. Arizona CardinalsEric Fisher, OT/Cent Mich, 6’7″ 305

8. Buffalo BillsMike Glennon, QB/NC State, 6’6″  220

9. New York JetsBarkavious Mingo, DE/LSU, 6’4″ 240. This is my new favorite name in the NFL. Sorry D’brickashaw.

10. Tennessee TitansChance Warmack, OG/Alabama, 6’2″ 322

11. San Diego Chargers Jonathan Cooper, OG/Alabama, 6’3″ 310

12. Miami DolphinsDee Milliner, CB/Alabama, 6’1″ 198

13. Tampa Bay BuccaneersKenny Vaccaro, S/Texas, 6’1″ 218

14. Carolina PanthersSheldon Richardson, DT/Missouri, 6’3″ 295

15. New Orleans SaintsEzekial Ansah, DE-LB/BYU, 6’5″ 270

16. St. Louis RamsCordarrelle Patterson, WR/Tennessee, 6’3″ 205. In my research, there was no team on the board with more different projections than the Rams. Every projection I looked at had a different player from different positions. That said, Sam Bradford is in desperate need of a go-to guy (or two) at WR.

17. Pittsburgh SteelersJonathan Jenkins, DT/Georgia, 6’4″ 359. The Steelers are looking at the end of the road for the defensive foundation players that defined their success over the past 8 years. The most glaring may be Casey Hampton. A mass of humanity, Jenkins is also athletic and a good run stopper.

18. Dallas CowboysLane Johnson, OT/Oklahome, 6’6″ 302

19. New York GiantsAlec Ogletree, LB/Georgia, 6’3″ 234. We know all about the Giants prowess in rushing the passer and the stable of QB harassers they bring. They are in need of LB help and Ogletree should help reinforce a mediocre LB corps.

20. Chicago BearsD.J. Fluker, OT/Alabama, 6’4″ 355. I’m pretty sure Jay Culter hopes I’m spot on here.

21. Cincinnati BengalsSam Montgomery, DE/LSU, 6’5″ 250

22. St. Louis Rams (From Redskins) – Kennen Allen, WR/California, 6’3″ 210

23. Minnesota VikingsJustin Hunter, WR/Tennessee, 6’4″ 200

24. Indianapolis ColtsSharrif Floyd, DT/Florida, 6’3″ 303

25. Seattle SeahawksJonathan Hankins, DT/Ohio St, 6’3″ 320

26. Green Bay Packers Dion Jordan, DE/Oregon, 6’6″ 243

27. Houston TexansTerrence Williams, WR/Baylor, 6’1” 201

28. Denver BroncosManti Te’o, ILB/Notre Dame, 6’2” 255. OK, now onto the reason for which I write; My Denver Broncos. I think the whole “Catfishing” controversy is over for the most part. Based on the evidence that has been presented to this point, it appears the most of which Te’o can be accused is being incredibly gullible or an incurable romantic. I honestly would be surprised if he fell to 28. However, there are a few reasons for my selecting Manti at here. I have seen other mocks that have him dropping down the board. There’s actually one by Don Banks of that has him dropping to No. 31 to Baltimore. The other reason is I’m a Notre Dame fan, a big Manti Te’o fan (no, not THAT big), obviously a Broncos fan, and would rather listen to The Carpenters on a continuous loop than see my favorite player in this draft fall to my least favorite team. I believe in building from front to back, inside out. Denver is very strong on the edge, but need some help in the middle. Te’o is rangy and has a good eye to the ball. He lead the Irish in tackles for his final three seasons. He set a NCAA record in 2012 for interceptions by a LB with 7. Since the Broncos were a -1 in turnover ratio, his ball-hawking proclivities make him a solid, well-valued pick at 28.

29. New England PatriotsMatt Elam, S/Florida, 5’10” 202

30. Atlanta FalconsAlex Okafor, DE/Texas, 6’4” 261

31. Baltimore RavensKawaan Short, DE/Purdue, 6’3” 308

32. San Francisco 49ersJesse Williams, DT/Alabama, 6’4” 320


That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…until the next mock draft.


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