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Reader mock Nos. 11-15: Picking up the pace


JACKSONVILLE – Let the chaos ensue.

At least in this case it's speedy chaos – and chaos with a purpose. Because on Day 11 of the 2013 reader mock draft the purpose in our corner of the "mockiverse" was to not only get a few solid selections made, but to put some miles under this old car.

And that we did.

After diligently following a one-selection-per-day format through the first 10 selections of our noble, oft-criticized venture, in the interest of time and maintaining momentum we moved to an en masse approach for selections 11-32.

The idea is to knock out selections 11-15 in one day, 16-20 the next, 21-26 the next, then 27-32 before ending this thing with the Jaguars' selection at No. 33 early next week.

It is decidedly more difficult to document the witty, insightful and invaluable banter in such a format, not to mention being a little trickier for the mockers to vote and provide opinions. This understandably angered some reader mockers, who have become accustomed to fleshing out their selections/arguments/dramas on a one-at-a-time basis.

To which we say:


Inconveniences and annoyances aside, Day 11 did serve its purpose, and to get things started, the senior writer offered up his selections for the five spots:

No. 11, San Diego Chargers (Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia); No. 12, Miami Dolphins (Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina); No. 13, Tampa Bay (Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State); No. 14, Carolina Panthers (Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah); No. 15, New Orleans Saints (Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri).

Once the protesters ceased protesting, the readers got down to plowing through the first half of the top 10. This took some interpretative analysis on the part of the senior writer, but the end result was that the abbreviated format produced the following at Nos. 11-15:

*No. 11, San Diego: Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina. "I know they need a rush linebacker, and wide receiver help, but that line is terrible," Michael Lee Ensing II wrote. "Any upgrade would be an improvement. Cooper is as good if not better than Warmack, who went 10th."

*No. 12, Miami: Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State. "The Dolphins already shored up their offense and linebacker core in free agency, and with no great tackles left on the board, they decide to strengthen their secondary and keep Rhodes in the state of Florida," Matt B wrote.

*No. 13, Tampa Bay: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington. Because it's pretty much a consensus that the Buccaneers will go cornerback and because Rhodes is gone in this mock to Miami.

*No. 14, Carolina: Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah. "At one point a Top 5 projection, the Panthers get one of the steals of this year's draft to improve that dismal defensive line," Matt B wrote.

*No. 15: New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, linebacker/defensive end, Georgia. "The Saints get the best pass rusher in the draft at 15, which is just sick," Anthony J. Ceithamer.

See? Pretty good five, there . . .

Of course Jones' status as the best pass rusher in the draft is very much up for debate, and actually his draft stock is too. But Jones at No. 15 actually has been a fairly common selection in mock drafts outside our little corner of the mock university, so from this seat, that looked pretty good.

And really, Nos. 11-15 looked pretty good, too. Cooper makes sense at No. 11, and a defensive tackle at No. 14 to Carolina appears to be a rare sure thing – whatever that means when predicting the draft. Which means after 15 selections, the 2013 reader mock looks like:

1.Kansas City | Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2.Jacksonville | Dion Jordan, DE/ LB, Oregon

3.Oakland | Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4.Philadelphia | Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

5.Detroit | Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

6.Cleveland | Ziggy Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

7.Arizona | Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8.Buffalo | Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

9.New York Jets | Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU

10.Tennessee | Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

11.San Diego | Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.

  1. Miami | Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.
  1. Tampa Bay | Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.
  1. Carolina | Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.

15: New Orleans | Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.

So, that brings us to the halfway point – or one selection away from it, anyway. We'll take Thursday to calm down a bit, then resume Friday. That should get us to the objective of wrapping this midway through next week, in time to let the whole process digest for a week or so before the thing that really matters (that's the real draft, by the way).

Here are the senior writer's five upcoming offerings:

*No. 16, St. Louis Rams (Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia); No. 17, Pittsburgh Steelers (Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State); No. 18, Dallas Cowboys (Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri), No. 19, New York Giants (D.J. Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama) and No. 20, Chicago Bears (Alec Ogletree, linebacker, Georgia).

So, that's it. Vote. Argue. We'll get through this together. We'll check back in Friday.

Have at it.

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