2013 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Draft Order Predictions
It's never too early to take a look forward at the NFL draft—even though it's July, and we're in the middle of the summer gearing up for the start of training camp in a matter of a few weeks.
Let's just say, the NFL is in a minor down time right now—which makes it a perfect time to take a sneak peak at the 2013 NFL draft.
With that being said, let's not only take a look at how I believe the draft order will be for the entire first round but let's also see which player each team could be targeting with their pick.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
As of right now, I see the Jacksonville Jaguars being the worst team in the NFL.
The entire team's front office appears to be a complete mess, as they're not only in a major contract dispute with running back Maurice Jones-Drew, but they're simply lacking talent at several positions across their roster.
With that being said, I see the Jags being awarded the first overall pick in this year's draft.
Projected selection: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
2. Cleveland Browns
I don't care who's playing quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2012; whether it's Brandon Weeden or Colt McCoy, I just see them struggling throughout the entire 2012 season.
The team might have a promising defense that's filled with young talent, but they're simply lacking talent at just about every offensive skilled position, besides running back.
Projected selection: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings will simply continuing rebuilding for yet another season, as they will look to add pieces around quarterback Christian Ponder.
The team might have the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson but still lack offensive playmakers as well as help in the team's secondary.
Projected selection: Robert Woods, WR, USC
4. Miami Dolphins
2013 is only going to be worse than 2012 for the Miami Dolphins.
Miami fans need to realize that 2012 is going to be a bridge year for the Dolphins, as they'll look to season rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill while hoping to get some sort of production out of David Garrard or Matt Moore.
Projected selection: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU
5. St. Louis Rams
It doesn't matter that Jeff Fisher is now head coach of the St. Louis Rams—well it doesn't matter for 2012, as I simply see this team struggling and somewhat rebuilding this season.
Perhaps this is just a bridge year into 2013 for the Rams, as the team does have talent on the defensive side of the ball but is lacking any legitimate threats in the passing game to help complement quarterback Sam Bradford.
Projected selection: Keenan Allen, WR, California
6. Arizona Cardinals
In all honesty, the Arizona Cardinals are just fine at just about every single position besides quarterback. And guess what—quarterback is going to be the downfall of this team in 2013.
Kevin Kolb and John Skelton will prove that they're not only incapable of being legitimate starting quarterbacks in the NFL but that the Cardinals will have to look for the quarterback of the future in next year's draft.
Projected selection: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
7. Oakland Raiders
2013 could get ugly for the Oakland Raiders, as I don't have much faith in quarterback Carson Palmer.
Granted, Oakland does have a solid defense with a nice corps of offensive weapons, but I just don't see Palmer being the right guy for this team. I think we'll soon realize that he's nothing short of being a burnt-out quarterback that has nothing else to offer at the NFL level.
Projected selection: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
8. Indianapolis Colts
Many of you might have the Indianapolis Colts slotted in as the first overall pick yet again in 2013, but I'm not buying it.
Sure, the Colts will have a pretty putrid season, but I just don't see it being as bad as it was a year ago.
The first year of the Andrew Luck-era won't be spectacular, but it will be a step in the right direction for the Indianapolis Colts.
Projected selection: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
9. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs might have a very talented defense but there are some huge question marks when it comes to the quarterback position.
With that being said, I see Matt Cassel failing in 2012 for the Chiefs and that Kansas City will have a pretty tough time playing in the revamped AFC West.
Projected selection: Landry Jones, QB Oklahoma
10. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
As I previously mentioned about the St. Louis Rams, they're going to have to find some offensive help to complement quarterback Sam Bradford if they want to have any chance of winning moving forward under head coach Jeff Fisher.
Projected selection: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a solid thing going for them under first-year head coach Greg Schiano.
However, it's going to be a little bumpy year for Schiano as the Bucs still have many weaknesses, despite being huge players in this year's free-agent period.
Projected selection: David Amerson, CB, NC State
12. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are a pretty solid team, but still have many holes—such as weapons on the offensive side of the ball and linebacker play.
Seattle should compete in 2012 but will ultimately fail to make the playoffs or even post a winning record.
Projected selection: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
13. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans will likely enter a bridge year in 2012 as they'll look to move from the Matt Hasselbeck-era to the Jake Locker-era—which will most definitely be a bit of a bumpy ride.
The Titans are a solid team, don't get me wrong, but the team's roster is lacking elite talent across the board—but still can compete in the NFL and win a few games, just not make the playoffs.
Projected player: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
14. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills might have reloaded on the defensive side of the ball but there's still one major factor with this team's success in 2012: The quarterback position.
I have no faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick. I believe he was a one-year wonder that simply played out of his mind to earn himself a very large contract extension but then simply resorted back to who he really was.
The Bills should look to move away from Fitzpatrick and build for the future in the 2013 draft.
Projected selection: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 is going to be a down year for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As of right now, Pittsburgh is already dealing with injury problems, especially in the running back department with Rashard Mendenhall dealing with ACL surgery.
The Steelers will enter their first season without wide receiver Hines Ward and are currently sitting in limbo with wide receiver Mike Wallace as they're in a contract dispute.
I just see things getting really ugly for Pittsburgh this upcoming season.
Projected selection: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
16. Carolina Panthers
2012 is going to be a step in the right direction for the Carolina Panthers.
There's no doubt in my mind that Cam Newton is the real deal, but the Panthers are simply lacking offensive talent for him to utilize. Which leads me to believe that this team won't be a playoff team in 2012.
Projected selection: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
17. San Diego Chargers
2012 is going to be yet another mediocre season for the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers will not be making the playoffs in 2012 as they'll prove to be one of the biggest waste of talents that we have ever seen in the NFL—which will be the end of the line for head coach Norv Turner.
Projected selection: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
18. Chicago Bears
However, I see this team being a major disappointment in 2012.
I don't see them making the playoffs as it's going to take some time for Cutler and his new receivers to get on track with each other—and not to mention that the Bears are playing in the very talented NFC North.
Projected selection: Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama
19. New Orleans Saints
Let's just say that Bountygate is really going to bite the New Orleans Saints in the rear end in 2012.
I don't see this team overcoming the adversity of dealing with their head coach being suspended the entire season—that's simply far too much to deal with.
Projected selection: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
20. Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are going to come just short of making the playoffs yet again in 2012.
Let's just put it this way: I have no faith in Romo or head coach Jason Garrett at making a deep playoff run—or even a playoff appearance for that matter in 2012.
This could be the end of the road for Garrett.
Projected selection: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are going to continue improving as they'll make the playoffs yet again in 2012.
However, the Bengals are simply too young to make any sort of a deep playoff run, but only time can help mature this team with plenty of playoff experience.
Projected selection: Sean Porter, DE/OLB, LSU
22. New York Giants
There will be no Super Bowl repeat for the New York Giants in 2012.
For starters, I would just like to say that the Giants simply got hot at the right time in 2011 and played to their fullest potential, which was the best team in football as they ran away with the Super Bowl XLVI victory.
However, the Giants will be one-and-done this upcoming season.
Projected selection: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
23. New York Jets
If you have been following my work over the past few months, then you will know what I'm talking about.
In fact, I see Tebow leading New York to a playoff appearance in 2012.
Projected selection: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
24. Detroit Lions
2012 is going to be another step in the right direction for the Detroit Lions.
The Lions might not make a deep playoff run, as they still have plenty of weaknesses, but are powerful enough on the offensive side of the ball to make some noise this season and earn themselves a wild-card spot.
Projected selection: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
25. Denver Broncos
The first year of the Peyton Manning-era with the Denver Broncos will be a success in my books.
I don't see this team winning a Super Bowl or anything. It's going to take time to allow Manning to install his winning culture in this organization—and not to mention, Denver still does have plenty of weaknesses.
Projected selection: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
26. Atlanta Falcons
With the New Orleans Saints not making the playoffs in 2012, that means that the Atlanta Falcons will rise to the occasion and take over the NFC South.
The Falcons are a very talented team led by quarterback Matt Ryan—but this team will yet again prove that they falter in the postseason.
Projected selection: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
27. Baltimore Ravens
Despite losing Terrell Suggs to a torn Achilles tendon, this team will rise to occasion without their top defensive player.
I see this team having a big year out of rookie Courtney Upshaw as well as quarterback Joe Flacco, as he'll finally prove that he can be an elite passer at the NFL level.
Projected selection: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
28. San Francisco 49ers
Many have the San Francisco 49ers making a run all the way to the Super Bowl—which is certainly possibly, but I just feel that they're a few other teams that will be more effective in the postseason than the 49ers.
Alex Smith will continue his solid play at quarterback, which will earn this team a NFC West divisional title.
Projected selection: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
29. Houston Texans
Yes, that's right—I have the Houston Texans making it all the way to the AFC Championship—but they will fall just one game short.
However, 2012 will be a success for Houston as they'll continue to improve on their mark from last year's playoff appearance and prove that they're going to be an elite team in the NFL for years to come.
Projected selection: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
30. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers will make a deep playoff run in 2012, but not to the liking of Green Bay's fanbase.
The Packers are an elite enough team to make it all the way to the NFC Championship game, but this team still has many holes on the defensive side of the ball that need to be addressed moving forward.
Projected player selection: Brandon Jenkins, OLB/DE, Florida State
31. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles will make the Super Bowl in 2012 and will be the best team in the NFC.
There's no question that Philly is talented at every position, it's just a matter if this team can be consistent enough to make a deep playoff run—and Michael Vick, Andy Reid and the Eagles will prove that's possible this upcoming season.
Projected selection: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
32. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl in 2012. I guarantee it.
The Patriots are the AFC's most dominant team entering this upcoming season.
As long as this team can continue to improve on defense, then they will win a whole lot of games this upcoming season—including the Super Bowl.
Projected selection: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
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