2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 1st-Round Picks after Week 9
After Week 9, the top half of the 2013 NFL draft is starting to take shape.
We have a good idea about which teams are going to be picking in the top 10, though the back half of the draft is still in question.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars will be fighting for the No. 1 overall draft pick the rest of the season. My money is on the Chiefs to lose out, and I'm counting on the Jaguars to win at least one more game.
If the season ended today, this is how I see the first round playing out.
Follow along, feel free to disagree in the comments section below and enjoy.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
The Kansas City Chiefs will be picking first, and they will be taking Smith.
The team needs a franchise quarterback. End of story.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
The Jacksonville Jaguars need help at multiple positions, but adding this year's top defensive tackle and one of this year's can't-miss prospects will go a long way towards making their defense respectable again in the near future.
Lotulelei is a three-down lineman who will be a cornerstone player for the Jags for years to come.
3. Cleveland Browns
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Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU
The Cleveland Browns need a reliable pass-rusher in the worst way.
Montgomery is this year's top 4-3 defensive end and he brings a full repertoire of moves to the table to help the ailing defense of the Browns. He's strong enough and quick enough to beat tackles inside, and he's fast and agile enough to get around the outside.
Adding Montgomery to this young defense will give the Browns a dangerous team for years to come.
4. Carolina Panthers
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Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
The Panthers have some foundational players on both sides of the ball already but there are still some glaring holes—defensive tackle being one of them.
Hankins is a dominating, physically imposing man who will bolster the Panthers defensive line and improve the entire front seven. He is strong, quick and agile—a player who will aide this team in a major way in 2013.
5. New Orleans Saints
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Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
There's no doubt that the New Orleans Saints need help on defense, and Jones is one of the most talented defenders in this year's draft class at any position.
Jones is athletic and fast enough to play every down, and his ability to rush the passer off the edge reminds many scouts of Von Miller. Steve Spagnuolo would love to have a guy like him to work with, and the Saints will not pass up the opportunity to give him what he needs.
6. Tennessee Titans
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Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
The Tennessee Titans' pass-rushing situation is grim. Kamerion Wimbley leads the team with 2.5 sacks through eight games, and the team has only tallied 11 total.
Drafting Werner would go a long way towards filling this glaring need. He's an up-and-coming star who is more than just a pass-rushing specialist. He has a tremendous football IQ and often sees plays developing before they do—a bonus for defensive ends against screen plays to their side of the field.
7. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)
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Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
The biggest need for the St. Louis Rams is undoubtedly at offensive tackle.
Joeckel and his mates on the offensive line for the Aggies held Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery to just one sack when LSU came to town. He's this year's top tackle prospect, and I see him being a better pro than last year's top prospect, Matt Kalil.
This is a no-brainer.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
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Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
It's increasingly obvious that the Cincinnati Bengals need to find a complementary receiver to pair with A.J. Green. Andy Dalton isn't good enough to make mediocre receivers look awesome (yet), and giving him another legitimate threat downfield will help this team compete in the AFC North.
Allen is this year's top receiver, and adding him to this team's offense would make a major difference to Dalton's development going forward.
9. Buffalo Bills
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Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas
The more we see of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the more we're sure he's not the answer at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Wilson has quickly emerged as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation this season, as Matt Barkley continues to crumble in his senior season at USC.
Wilson's ability to make players around him better and make big plays under pressure will be huge for the Bills going forward—a team with playmakers on offense that need a playmaker throwing them the ball.
10. New York Jets
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John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Scared to take another USC quarterback, the New York Jets address another glaring need and draft a defensive lineman to bolster their porous run defense.
Jenkins is a true nose tackle who has the ability to stop up the middle on running plays and get penetration up the middle on passing plays. At 6'3" and 360 pounds, he's remarkably agile and has enough speed to make plays down the line.
11. St. Louis Rams
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Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
After the St. Louis Rams take care of need No. 1 and land this year's top offensive tackle, their next task will be finding a suitable target for Sam Bradford to throw to in the passing game.
Hunter has the makings of a fine No. 1 receiver in the NFL. At 6'4" and 200 pounds, he possesses the elite athleticism and speed you look for in a legitimate deep threat, and the best part is that he's a fine route-runner. He can beat teams over the top with his speed, but he can also break off big gains after the catch on underneath routes—the perfect receiver for Bradford.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
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Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
The Philadelphia Eagles have already swung and missed with first-round defensive ends, but the only way to improve their situation is to keep swinging until they hit a home run.
Okafor is a defensive end, but he's also the kind of player who can play inside on obvious passing situations. He isn't the same kind of speed rusher the Eagles currently have on the roster, but it's not like the current group of players is getting the job done.
13. Arizona Cardinals
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Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
The Arizona Cardinals can't run the ball and they can't stop opposing teams from abusing whoever is unlucky enough to be playing quarterback on Sundays.
Yeah, it's kind of a given that they'll take an offensive lineman in the first round, and Lewan will step in and immediately give them a boost on the left side. He is an excellent run-blocker who is athletic and agile enough in the passing game to be a major upgrade over the players currently on the team's roster.
14. Oakland Raiders
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Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU
Mingo used to be at the top of many draft boards, but he has proven to be extremely raw this season and clearly needs to add some more to his repertoire before he'll be ready to be a dominant NFL lineman.
That said, his raw abilities will be enough for a team like the Oakland Raiders—a team in full-on rebuilding mode—that needs a pure pass-rusher to complement what it already has on its defensive front.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the makings of a fine team. They feature a good, young quarterback and excellent young running back, have a decent offensive line and good receiving corps, but there's something missing.
This team needs to bolster its secondary because right now it can't stop anyone.
Banks is an excellent cornerback who fits in perfectly with Greg Schiano's tough-as-nails attitude. He plays with a physicality that's rare for cornerbacks, and his ability to cover and make plays on balls in the air is superb.
16. Dallas Cowboys
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Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M
Nobody has shot up draft boards more in the past month or two than Moore—a relentless pass-rusher who has had tremendous success in the SEC this season.
The Dallas Cowboys need to find another pass-rusher to complement DeMarcus Ware and to shield against his eventual departure, and Moore is going to be a perfect 3-4 outside linebacker convert. Adding him to Rob Ryan's defense would give this unit some serious punch in 2013.
17. San Diego Chargers
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Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
When Philip Rivers has time to throw, he's still a dangerous quarterback. When he doesn't have time to throw, he's atrocious.
The San Diego Chargers need to help him out by finally addressing the offensive line in the first round.
Matthews is a promising young tackle who may not be ready for the left side when he first arrives on the scene, but given a year or two in the weight room, he'll be an excellent blindside defender.
18. Detroit Lions
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Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
Cliff Avril's contract will be an issue again next spring, Kyle Vanden Bosch isn't getting any younger and the Detroit Lions need to improve their pass defense.
It's time to draft another pass-rusher, Detroit.
Jordan is an excellent speed-rusher who has dominated the college ranks. He'll be a cheap replacement for Avril in the short term, and by the time Vanden Bosch is finished, he'll be ready to be the team's go-to guy for pressure and a three-down lineman.
19. Miami Dolphins
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Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, USC
The Miami Dolphins already have one USC stud on offense, as Reggie Bush has proven to be a valuable player the past couple of seasons. It's time to add another playmaker to the mix, and Woods is the right player for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense.
Woods' specialty is what he can do after the catch, and he will flourish in Joe Philbin's offense.
20. Minnesota Vikings
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Manti Te'o, Middle Linebacker, Notre Dame
The Minnesota Vikings started out the year with a bang. Their offense was clicking and their defense was shutting down the run—a winning strategy by any measure.
Since Week 6, though, teams have been able to run at-will against the Vikings defense, and it's clear that a dominant middle linebacker is needed.
Te'o would make the already solid Vikings defense into a dominant unit.
21. Indianapolis Colts
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Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Warmack isn't a sexy pick here, but the Indianapolis Colts desperately need some strength in the middle of their offensive line.
Andrew Luck needs more pass protection, and the team's abysmal running game needs help. Warmack is skilled on both counts and adding him to this young offense will be a vital first step to giving Luck what he needs to succeed long term.
22. Seattle Seahawks
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Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
The Seattle Seahawks are one playmaker away on offense to becoming one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson withstood a few early-season hiccups and has started coming on really strong in the middle of the season, and given a big-play wide receiver, he'd be darn-near unstoppable in the years to come.
Coupled with the team's pounding running game and brutally-tough defense, the Seahawks would be tough to beat every single week.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers
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C.J. Mosley, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
James Harrison is 34 years old, and his best years are clearly behind him. The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled earlier this season without him in the lineup, though, illustrating this team's need for another pass-rusher going forward.
Mosley is another excellent recruit from Nick Saban's program who brings a wealth of skills to the NFL. He is an excellent pass-rushing outside linebacker, but he also has enough experience and athleticism to play out in space.
24. Green Bay Packers
Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Aaron Rodgers has been running for his life too many times this season, and though he has still managed to make the most of his opportunities, his luck is bound to run out one of these days.
The Green Bay Packers need to protect their best player. Bryan Bulaga has been a huge disappointment this season after showing some promise last year, and it's time to make a move.
Fisher is an extremely athletic, lean tackle who can step in right away and make a positive impact for the Packers. Given another two years in the weight room, he'll be one of the top tackles in the NFL.
25. Denver Broncos
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Eric Reid, Free Safety, LSU
Rahim Moore has been a liability at times for the Denver Broncos, and adding an elite playmaker like Reid to this young, talented defense would be a huge boost.
Reid has plenty of experience against elite competition, playing in the SEC, and his ability to play the pass and run with proficiency will give the Broncos what they've been missing since Brian Dawkins retired.
26. New York Giants
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Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Eli Manning and company have been effectively shut down the past two games against the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers—two teams with excellent defenses.
As good as Manning's receiving corps is, adding a playmaking tight end to the mix would open things up so much more. Eifert isn't just an elite receiver, though. He's not adverse to getting heavily involved in opening up holes in the running game, and he'd be a huge addition to the Giants' offense.
27. New England Patriots
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Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State
Bill Belichick was desperate enough for secondary help to trade for embattled cornerback Aqib Talib right before the NFL's trade deadline. If that doesn't tell you all you need to know about how much this team needs skilled cornerbacks, then I don't know what will.
Rhodes is a battle-tested veteran who can step in and make an immediate positive impact for the New England Patriots. He's a big man with enough speed to keep up with most of the NFL's top receivers one-on-one and loves to play physical at the line.
28. San Francisco 49ers
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Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
The San Francisco 49ers have the best defense in the NFL but there's room for improvement along the defensive line. Justin Smith is still a monster to deal with but he's on the downside of his career.
It would be smart for Trent Baalke to look for his replacement before it's too late, and Richardson is just the man for the job.
29. Baltimore Ravens
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Barrett Jones, Offensive Lineman, Alabama
The Baltimore Ravens have Matt Birk starting at center, and he's on the tail end of his career.
The team also has a need for depth on the line, and since Jones can play all five positions and projects to be an excellent NFL center, he's a logical choice here.
30. Chicago Bears
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Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
The Chicago Bears feature one of the NFL's top defensive units in 2012, but that doesn't mean they can't improve.
Floyd is a penetrating defensive tackle that fits the Bears' scheme to perfection. He is strong enough to plug up running lanes and he's quick enough to get into the backfield on passing situations. Add him to the rotation the Bears already have on tap and you're looking at a devastating lineup.
31. Houston Texans
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Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
The one missing element to the Houston Texans' dominating offense is speed.
Austin provides the answer to that problem, and adding him to this potent offense would be like adding gasoline to a campfire.
32. Atlanta Falcons
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Dallas Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
Sam Baker has become "he who shall not be named" for many Atlanta Falcons fans. He has been atrocious this season, though that isn't a surprise to those who follow the team.
Matt Ryan and the rest of the players on offense have been doing enough to stay on top, but Baker's ineptitude in pass protection threatens to be the doom of the Falcons.
Thomas is an excellent player who can start from day one on the right side, and he will be an instant upgrade over Baker.