2013 NFL Mock Draft: Where This Year's Top QBs Will Land
The 2012 NFL season is barely a quarter of the way through and here at B/R we're already planning ahead for the 2013 NFL Draft.
The first five weeks have given us a glimpse at some glaring needs of teams in the NFL, so with that, here's a stab at where the top college quarterbacks will land, plus an entire first-round mock draft.
1. Cleveland Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Goodbye Brandon Weeden. Hello Geno Smith!
Who could pass up a quarterback that puts up video game numbers?
Geno Smith is a good fit in Cleveland, as the combination of Smith and Trent Richardson would be deadly for opposing defenses. Smith has deadly accuracy and can escape trouble in the pocket, all things Weeden hasn't been doing.
The Browns will not be able to pass up Smith.
2. Carolina Panthers: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
The Panthers are set on offense with Cam Newton, Steve Smith and the combination of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. What they need is someone who can get pressure on opposing QBs to get the ball back for the offense.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU
It's going to be difficult to predict what the Jags will do in the draft, but one thing's for sure: they should be thinking defense.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss St.
Last in the NFL against the pass?
It's obvious the Buccaneers should be going after a corner in the upcoming draft.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Chiefs fans have made it obvious they're not behind Matt Cassel, meaning Kansas City needs to draft a QB to couple with Jamaal Charles in the backfield. And in my mind, there's not a more consistent QB in college football right now than Matt Barkley of USC.
Barkley has been nasty this season, throwing 15 touchdowns to just five interceptions for a total of 1,308 yards, which is a lot more than any Chiefs QB can say.
This would be a no-brainer for KC.
6. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Lions have been decent against the pass so far this season, but Chris Houston and Bill Bentley need some help back there. Look for the Lions to add some corner depth in the draft.
7. Oakland Raiders: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The Carson Palmer experiment was worth a shot, but the Raiders need to get younger at the position and center their offense around Darren McFadden. Who better to draft than Oklahoma's Landry Jones, who is used to having a solid rushing game around him with the likes of Damien Williams.
Jones is completing 63.3 percent of his passes this season and has 100 career TD passes at Oklahoma.
8. Miami Dolphins: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
If there's one thing the Miami Dolphins lack, it's a big wide receiver. And at 6'4", 200 lbs., Justin Hunter fits the bill nicely.
9. Buffalo Bills: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Buffalo Bills are in desperate need of a big-game wide receiver across from Stevie Johnson. Williams' big-play ability has to be attractive to the Bills.
10. St. Louis Rams: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
After a string of injuries, the Rams have to be concerned with keeping QB Sam Bradford healthy, and Taylor Lewan is a tackle they can trust.
11. Tennessee Titans: William Gholston, DE. Michigan St.
Aside from Chris Johnson's struggles this season, the Titans are really struggling on defense, ranking near the bottom of the NFL against the run and the pass. William Gholston, the monster junior from Michigan St., is a guy who can immediately step in and help that defense.
12. New Orleans Saints: Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
Following the bounty scandal, the Saints' defense has been decimated and could use a pick me up. Enter Michael Buchanan, who's solid in both the running and passing game on defense, with his three sacks and one interception this season.
13. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
We're seeing a lot of Longhorns going early in these mock drafts and safety Kenny Vaccaro is among them.
14. New York Jets: Robert Woods, WR, USC
Have you seen the Jets receiving corp—better yet their offense—this season?
They need a play-making wideout.
15. Minnesota Vikings: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Can you imagine the combination of Jared Allen and Jackson Jeffcoat—who already has four sacks this season—coming after opposing QBs for the Vikings in 2013?
16. Seattle Seahawks: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Adding an offensive lineman with the size and strength of Chance Warmack will only help Marshawn Lynch find some more holes in the running game.
17. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
If Kevin Kolb is going to survive another season in the NFL, he needs protection, so I'm looking for the Cardinals to draft an offensive tackle in 2013.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Andrew Luck has been fantastic this season, but could you imagine what he could do with a young receiver?
Reggie Wayne only has a few good years left in him.
19. Green Bay Packers: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Aaron Rodgers is taking a beating this season, most notably against the Seattle Seahawks, so expect the Packers to go out and get him some protection.
20. Cincinnati Bengals: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Bengals could use some help in the sack department and Alex Okafor has been an absolute beast this season, accumulating six sacks for a nasty Texas defense.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Ryan Clark is still a premiere safety in the NFL but with his health issues and age creeping up there, Pittsburgh should be looking to start building up the secondary.
22. Dallas Cowboys: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
This versatile offensive lineman has already blocked for NFL running backs Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram and would be a huge help to DeMarco Murray.
23. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Philip Rivers has already taken 14 sacks this season and could use some blocking if he's finally going to get the Chargers over the hump.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
Michael Vick is getting thrown around like a rag doll and turning the ball over like he's playing for the other team. Get this dude some help!
25. Denver Broncos: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Willis McGahee's body has taken a pounding during his 10-year career and I think Lattimore would take a lot of pressure off of an aging Peyton Manning.
26. New York Giants: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
The Giants have a habit of stocking their roster full of linebackers given all the injuries they suffer at the position and I don't think they deviate from that scheme in 2013.
27. New England Patriots: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington St.
You can't tell me that the Patriots' wideouts are cutting it in New England right now. Marquess Wilson, who already has five touchdowns and 553 yards this season, will only grow under the guidance of Bill Belichick
28. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogltree, LB, Georgia
As much as I hate to say it but Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are aging, and though they haven't showed much sign of it, I'm sure they wouldn't mind the help of a young stud like Georgia's Ogltree.
29. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam, FS, Florida
Why not add to an already stacked defense by drafting one of the best free safeties in college football in Matt Elam, who's built like a tank?
30. Baltimore Ravens: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Bailey has benefited from catching passes from Geno Smith, but regardless, the Ravens would be deadly with two speedy receivers in Torrey Smith and Bailey.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Who will be the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft?
Tony Gonzalez is defying all odds for 36-year-old pass-catching tight ends, but it still wouldn't hurt to draft a young playmaker and solid blocker like Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame.
32. Houston Texans: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
The Houston Texans are primarily a running team now with the likes of Arian Foster, but by drafting Rogers and already having Andre Johnson, the Texans could cement themselves as the most complete team in football.
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