We're back this morning with pick No. 29 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. That means the 49ers are just around the corner, with their pick scheduled for later this afternoon. We'll wrap up the first round Friday morning, follow that up with a review of the whole round, and then get moving in to the second round.
The New England Patriots are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is rlott#42. With the twenty-ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Patriots select Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist.
Explanation: The Patriots have the luxury of an exceptional offense and above average defense to allow a player such as Hunt to fit in nicely. The perfect blend of athletic ability and size will be a great addition to the Pats pass rush. The Hoody is salivating at having a player with the potential to have a JJ Watt impact. The Hood can deploy Hunt on the edge, standing in the middle of the defense at the LOS or lined up as a DE in the Nickel or 34 defense.
The Pats are ready to hoist another trophy and a wild card like Hunt is exactly the ace the cheater wants to have up his perverbial sleeve. Hunt is a towering 6'7" and weighing in at 277. After a legit workout program and some technical aide, Hunt could easily catipult to an All-Pro player under the Hoody's direction.
The biggest attribute to Hunt, is he is more raw than most players in the draft. Which means there won't be a lot of bad habits or bad teaching to mold through. Belichek will be patient with this prospect and deploy him early and often on ST's in an attempt to block kicks. Hunt is the Stud or Dud pick of the 2013 draft!!
Trevor Woods: Good teams gamble on players whom are raw but have high potential, and that is exactly what the Patriots do year in and year out in the draft. The selection here would not be a surprise. Hunt has draft grades anywhere from the late first round to late second. I believe Hunt will be drafted by the mid second round, the Patriots drafting Hunt here is a good pick. Certain teams can draft a raw player because they have the coaches who are able to coach the player up and make them better. Love him or hate him, Bill Belicheck is that kind of coach. Hunt looks like he could be an arch nemesis of Rocky Balboa or Thor, and he could wreak havoc in the NFL. Although his game needs fine tuning, if Hunt can put it all together, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. Needless to say, I like this pick.
Nick Chiamardas: Another pick that will make 49er fans unhappy. The Patriots have traditionally been a multiple front team, meaning they employ a variety of looks from a 4-3, 3-4, or 2-5-4. I'm not sure Hunt has the type of versatility to play in multiple fronts just yet. After all he's still learning the game. However, should the Pats decide to utilize the 3-4 more this year than in recent years, Hunt would be a nice fit at the 5-technique end next to Vince Wilfork in the middle. If the Pats do select Hunt, my feeling is it would have more of a long term impact than immediate. He could become that versatile play maker capable of lining up in multiple looks, but it would be wise to bring him along slowly without overwhelming the giant from Estonia.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
- Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
- Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
- Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
- New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist