2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Look at All 32 1st-Round Picks
2013 isn't the year of the quarterback—a fact that complicates things for the quarterback-needy teams at the top of the NFL draft.
As the college season nears its end, the best players have established themselves, for the most part. Granted, we still have months of film to pore over, the NFL scouting combine and months of free time for players to either make or break their chances of being drafted.
But for the most part, we know which players are primed to become high draft picks. What we find near the top of the draft is a bevy of top-flight defenders.
Food for thought: Perhaps in a few years, offenses won't be quite as explosive as what we've seen the past few seasons.
Let's take a look at how the entire first round might play out if the draft were held after Week 12 of the NFL's schedule.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
Smith isn't the best player in this year's draft class. Heck, he's hovering around No. 10 on my big board, but that won't stop the Kansas City Chiefs from taking a crack at the hottest quarterback prospect in 2013.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU
This is simple.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need a pass-rusher, and Montgomery is this year's top prospect.
Truth be told, the Jaguars should be looking for more than one pass-rusher in 2013.
3. Carolina Panthers
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Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
One of the reasons Johnny Manziel has been able to surge into the Heisman talks is that he's getting excellent protection in the passing game and top-notch run blocking.
Joeckel is a cornerstone for Manziel's success, and the Carolina Panthers would be wise to provide Cam Newton with a reliable lineman to protect his blind side and pave running lanes.
4. Cleveland Browns
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Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
There are many directions the Cleveland Browns could go with this pick—including quarterback—but this franchise can't go wrong drafting Jones to pair with D'Qwell Jackson.
Jones has the speed and athleticism to get into the backfield and disrupt running backs and quarterbacks, and he has shown himself to be a good player in space. He'll be an instant starter, and give the Browns another dynamic player on defense.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
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Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
Philadelphia Eagles fans are hoping their team takes a quarterback here, but I'm here to tell you this team has plenty of other needs.
Lotulelei may well end up being taken higher in late April, but since he slipped a bit in this mock draft, I can't let him slip any further if I were the Eagles' general manager.
6. Oakland Raiders
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Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
The Oakland Raiders need fresh blood to dominate the trenches on both sides of the ball, and Hankins can step in right away to challenge Tommy Kelly for a starting roster spot.
Hankins is a big, physical player who can stop up the middle in the running game and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the passing game.
7. St. Louis Rams
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Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Lewan can do it all, and the St. Louis Rams certainly need the help up front.
8. Arizona Cardinals
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Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
There isn't a more pathetic offensive line in all of football than the one the Arizona Cardinals field every Sunday.
Matthews isn't quite as naturally talented as Luke Joeckel, but the two of them have been a major reason for the success of the Aggies in 2012. The Cardinals wouldn't be reaching to take him here.
9. Tennessee Titans
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Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
The Titans need to be able to pressure the quarterback, or their secondary will continue getting toasted on a weekly basis.
Werner is a hard-working, quick, strong athletic guy who reminds me of a younger, quicker Kyle Vanden Bosch. He'll complement Kamerion Wimbley well and give this defense what it currently lacks against the pass.
10. Miami Dolphins
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Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
It's clear that the Miami Dolphins are short on talent at the wide receiver position.
Ryan Tannehill has proven he's a player, but he needs capable, reliable receivers.
Allen is this year's top prospect at this position, and he possesses the speed, size, athleticism and hands you look for in a No. 1 receiver.
11. Buffalo Bills
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Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas
Ryan Fitzpatrick possesses Mark Sanchez-like accuracy, which means the Buffalo Bills need to find his replacement as soon as possible.
Wilson is an athletic quarterback who can throw well on the run and who makes some of his best throws while improvising (unlike Matt Barkley, who breaks down as plays break down).
12. New York Jets
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Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU
The New York Jets have not had any luck finding a pass-rushing outside linebacker who can consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks.
The team drafted Quinton Coples last year, but he has been disappointing to this point, and even if he does pan out, the Jets still need another man to bring pressure from the other side.
Mingo is a raw prospect with unimaginable upside. If the Jets can somehow get him to maximize his talent, they'll have a winner.
13. San Diego Chargers
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Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
The San Diego Chargers have secondary issues, and a fresh infusion of youth and talent is in order.
Milliner is a tough cornerback who plays the run and the pass with skill, and there's no doubt he is this year's top prospect at his position.
14. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)
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Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Remember when the San Francisco 49ers took two offensive linemen in the 2010 NFL draft? That worked out well for them, and taking two linemen will be just as effective for the St. Louis Rams.
Warmack is an absolute terror on the inside, and he will greatly impact the effectiveness of the entire offense with his ability to open up running lanes and protect the passer.
15. Detroit Lions
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Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
Now that Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are starting to play like No. 1 draft picks, the Detroit Lions can focus on getting their secondary in order. With a couple of talented players, this defense which struggles against the pass will suddenly become dangerous.
Banks has been playing his way into the upper half of the first round, and his ability to match up one-on-one with most receivers will make him a valuable commodity in the NFC North.
16. Dallas Cowboys
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Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon
DeMarcus Ware doesn't have too many more dominant years left, and the Dallas Cowboys need to find another pass-rusher to complement the aging superstar.
Jordan is a speed freak who has the flexibility and agility needed to get around bigger offensive linemen. He's a natural fit for the Cowboys.
17. New Orleans Saints
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Manti Te'o, Middle Linebacker, Notre Dame
Jonathan Vilma is getting long in the tooth, and the New Orleans Saints have one of the worst run defenses in the history of the NFL.
Not only is Te'o an excellent run-stuffing linebacker, but he's an outstanding cover linebacker who has improved dramatically in this department in 2012. Te'o's upside has yet to be tapped, and he could become an All-Pro player in short order.
18. Cincinnati Bengals
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Eric Reid, Safety, LSU
Reid may not end up being a free safety in the NFL. He isn't quite as good as you'd like in coverage, but he does bring a lot to be desired for a strong safety.
That's where he'd shine for the Cincinnati Bengals instead of Taylor Mays, the player who has been manning that spot this season with mixed results.
19. Minnesota Vikings
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Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Anyone who has watched the Minnesota Vikings this year can tell you that the team's offense would be darn-near unstoppable with another prime-time receiver to pair with Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson.
Patterson is a fluid route-runner with good hands who has enough speed to beat defenses deep, and enough athleticism and strength to make hay after the catch. He's a sleeper right now, but by the time next April rolls around, he'll be in the first round on most big boards.
20. Indianapolis Colts
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Damontre Moore, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M
Moore has jumped up draft boards faster than just about any other player this season as his sack totals continue to rise every week. He has 12.5 sacks on the season, and the Indianapolis Colts would be wise to take him to pair with Jerry Hughes in the years to come in their new 3-4 defense.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have assembled quite a band of talented young players on offense, and providing Josh Freeman with a Jimmy Graham-type tight end would be like putting a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.
Eifert has better hands than anyone in this year's draft class, and his size/speed ratio will make him a tough cover for linebackers and safeties.
22. New York Giants
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C.J. Mosley, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
The New York Giants are thin at all three linebacker positions, and an infusion of youth and talent is desperately needed.
Mosley will fit this team like a glove, as he's capable of playing well in space as well as rushing the passer. He's also a big-hitting enforcer in the running game, and he'll be a big hit for Big Blue.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
How many times must Ben Roethlisberger get hurt before the Pittsburgh Steelers finally draft an offensive tackle high in the draft to protect his blind side?
Fisher is an excellent left-tackle prospect from a small school who has the skills to become the next Joe Staley, and he'd be a big upgrade over Max Starks.
24. Seattle Seahawks
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Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, USC
The Seattle Seahawks have played with a lot of skill and heart this season, and this team is only going to get better as Russell Wilson continues to grow as a quarterback.
Adding Woods to the mix to play along with Sidney Rice and Golden Tate will only further aide the young quarterback's development, and the Seahawks' passing attack would be just as dangerous as the Marshawn Lynch-led rushing game.
25. Green Bay Packers
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Kenny Vaccaro, Strong Safety, Texas
The Green Bay Packers need to account for the eventual permanent loss of Charles Woodson. He was the team's starting strong safety before getting injured, and the Packers have struggled a bit without him leading the way.
Vaccaro is an excellent cover man who is just as adept at zone schemes as he is at man-to-man coverage. He's also a willing and able tackler against the run, and he'd be a nice piece to the puzzle in Green Bay.
26. New England Patriots
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Barrett Jones, Offensive Line, Alabama
One aspect that Bill Belichick values over all others is diversity.
Jones' ability to play all five positions on the offensive line makes him the most diverse offensive lineman in this year's draft class, and he can play all of them with skill. The Pats are in need of some youth on the line, and Jones would challenge for a starting spot at guard from day one.
27. Denver Broncos
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Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The Denver Broncos have been playing lights out on defense lately, but this team could still use some beef in the middle to plug up the run and occupy blockers in the passing game.
Williams will excel in either a 3-4 or a 4-3, and he'll fit right in as the nose tackle in the Broncos' 4-3 alignment.
28. San Francisco 49ers
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Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
Shoring up the defensive line should be the first order of business for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. Isaac Sopoaga and Justin Smith have shown vulnerability against the run, and this team needs more talented depth to back them up.
Richardson is a perfect player to mold into a five-technique defensive end, and he'll learn how to play the position like the best in the league backing up Smith for a year or two while rotating into the lineup to keep the old guys fresh.
29. Chicago Bears
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Dallas Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
Jay Cutler isn't out right now as a direct result of bad blocking—he was hit in the head in the open field. But that doesn't mean he doesn't need more help up front—he does.
Thomas is a physically gifted young man with the "mean" gene who will be a big help in both the passing game and the running game.
30. Baltimore Ravens
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Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
Ed Reed continues to amaze me by making play after play in the secondary for the Baltimore Ravens, despite the fact that he's playing hurt.
Reed won't be around much longer, and the Ravens would be wise to look for his replacement before it's too late. The team's defense has already experienced a huge drop off in talent the past year or so, and it's time to replenish the stocks.
31. Atlanta Falcons
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Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
Ray Edwards didn't work out as planned, and the Atlanta Falcons still need to find John Abraham's heir-apparent.
Look no further, because if there's anyone in this year's draft class who resembles Abraham, it's Okafor. He's brutally strong against the run, and though he doesn't have the quick first step of Barkevious Mingo, Okafor's speed, plus strength will win him many one-on-one battles on the outside at the next level.
32. Houston Texans
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Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
If you haven't seen Austin play yet, do yourself a favor and make it a point to watch West Virginia before this season is over.
This kid is unreal.
He makes defenders look foolish as they grab air while he cuts around them, and much like Percy Harvin, he's capable of making big plays as a running back at times.
He's the perfect complement to Andre Johnson in the Texans offense, and he'd supercharge this already dangerous team.