2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Every First-Round Pick Entering Bowl Season
College football bowl games are set.
Every 2013 NFL draft prospect has only one chance to impress the scouts, so on-field analysis has neared its end.
Here's an updated mock draft as team's prep for their bowl games and fans enter that agonizing lull until the craziness ensues near the holidays.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs won't be able to progress as a franchise without a franchise quarterback. Clearly, a franchise quarterback is not currently on the roster. Geno Smith is the premier signal-caller in the class, a kid with a good arm, accuracy and ton of upside.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Outside of Manti Te'o, Jarvis Jones may be the best defensive player in the country. At 6'3'' and 240 pounds, the Georgia outside linebacker has a keen pass-rushing sense, plays the run well, and has a non-stop motor.
3. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is a menacing defensive tackle, a guy big enough to eat blockers who's naturally athletic and polished enough to be a penetrating interior defender.
For a team like Carolina that's so susceptible against the run, Lotulelei is an ideal fit.
4. Oakland Raiders: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Hankins doesn't play as nasty as Lotulelei, but at 6'3'' and nearly 320 pounds, he moves extremely well and demonstrated the ability to make plays in the backfield while in Columbus.
The Raiders defense has plenty of holes—most specifically in the secondary—but with Tommy Kelly 32 this December and Richard Seymour already 33, the Raiders could use more beef and talent along their interior.
5. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Have you watched the Eagles this season?
Yeah, their offensive line needs work.
Sure, the loss of perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters didn't help, but even when he returns in 2013, Philadelphia needs depth up front.
Joeckel is the best offensive tackle in the 2013 class and can slide instantly into the right tackle spot and solidify that side of the line for the next decade.
6. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel's teammate, Jake Matthews, is the second-best tackle in the class, and although not as refined, he has immense potential as a left tackle at 6'5'' and 305 pounds with good footwork.
Since the start of the 2010 season, no team has allowed more sacks than the Cardinals, and Levi Brown isn't the future blindside protector.
Sure, the team needs a quarterback, badly, but the value is better in the second round at that position.
7. Tennessee Titans: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
With Derrick Harvey inching close to the bust label at his defensive end spot, the Titans need someone to complement Kamerion Wimbley on the edge of their 4-3 defense.
The 6'4'', 250-pound Moore isn't a high-profile guy, but his 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss stand out.
8. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Lions have been gashed through the air on many occasions in 2012, and the secondary hasn't improved much from a forgettable 2011 season.
Milliner is the one, true lockdown corner in the class. He's a guy with great collegiate experience that does everything well from the cornerback spot.
9. San Diego Chargers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Philip Rivers can play at an extremely high level, but due to a relatively weak arm, pass protection is of the utmost importance for the Chargers.
With Jared Gaither battling more injury problems, San Diego needs to find another franchise left tackle.
Lewan is experienced, and at 6'7'' and 310 pounds, with coaching, he can be that guy for the Chargers.
10. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Believe it or not, the Browns have a bright future—especially on defense.
With a supremely gifted pass-rusher like Dion Jordan, they can be borderline elite next season and beyond.
11. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
The Saints defense has been an abomination this season, and outside of Cameron Jordan, they don't have a ton of youthful talent on their defensive front.
Mingo is a rangy athlete who can be the lightning to Jordan's thunder in New Orleans.
12. Miami Dolphins: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year with 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. At 6'4'' and 255 pounds, he has perfect size to be the bookend defensive end with Cameron Wake in Miami.
With Tom Brady in the division, you can never have too many pass-rushers.
13. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Bills need an upgrade at the quarterback position, but they also need an upgrade in their linebacking corps.
Nick Barnett, 31, is the most active at the second level of Buffalo's defense, and Kelvin Sheppard and Nigel Bradham are still coming into their own.
With Te'o, the Bills grab an instant impact linebacker who will thrive playing behind Buffalo's defensive line.
14. New York Jets: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Mark Sanchez was finally benched against the Arizona Cardinals, and many changes should be forthcoming for New York this offseason.
With potentially a new head coach or general manager, the rebuilding process will begin for Gang Green.
There's no better way to restart as a franchise than by drafting a big-armed quarterback in the first round.
That's exactly what Tyler Wilson is.
15. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Warmack is an absolute mammoth at 6'3'' and 320 pounds.
He's a mauler than moves stunningly well and plays through the whistle.
For a Dallas Cowboys team that's dealt with a myriad of struggles along its offensive front, Warmack is an exquisite fit.
16. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Sam Bradford needs wide receiver help.
Danny Amendola has proven himself as a nifty slot option, but he can't stay healthy.
Allen is a possession wideout with some big-play capability and will become Bradford's best friend in St. Louis.
17. St. Louis Rams: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee
Thomas is 6'5'' and 310 pounds, and the Rams need someone of that size to protect Bradford on the edges.
Really, it's that simple.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Williams has a lanky build, and maybe not elite timed speed, but he's super fast on the field.
Christian Ponder hasn't necessarily progressed in his first full year as the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback, but Williams will make his life easier.
His deep play threat will help Adrian Peterson, too.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid is one of two safeties with first-round talent.
The Buccaneers grabbed Mark Barron in the 2012 draft, a guy who has become their do-it-all strong safety in his rookie season.
With Reid, the young Bucs will have two immensely talented and SEC-experienced safeties to hold down their last line of defense for the next decade.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Mosley has starred in Alabama's defense in 2012 and has some scheme versatility.
He's best suited to play as a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker but certainly can be an effective blitzer in Pittsburgh.
Dick Lebeau will like Mosley, a lot.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Colts traded for Vontae Davis during 2012 training camp, yet they still need depth at the cornerback position.
Johnthan Banks is the second-best corner in the class and will add some much needed talent to the secondary.
22. Seattle Seahawks: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Like most of the players on Alabama's roster, D.J. Fluker is physically imposing.
At 6'6'' and 335 pounds, he may initially struggle with speed rushers, but he's a mauler in the run game and can be an effective tackle at the next level.
Fluker will fit wonderfully at right tackle, complementing Russell Okung.
23. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery has been somewhat disappointing in 2012 compared to a monster 2011, but 12 sacks is far from horrible.
The Bengals have a great defensive coordinator in Mike Zimmer and plenty of talent on their defense. With Michael Johnson a free agent this offseason, Montgomery could either be his replacement or a situational pass-rusher in Cincinnati to begin his career.
24. Chicago Bears: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The Bears don't have a ton of holes. However, they could use some bolstering along their offensive front.
Barrett Jones is about as versatile as they come and will improve Chicago's entire offensive line.
25. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
DeAndre Hopkins is a freaky fast wideout, a guy who could thrive in a vertical passing system.
With Greg Jennings a free agent, the Green Bay Packers, actually, may be in need of some receiving help.
Enter this Clemson star.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri
Richardson is 6'4'' and nearly 300 pounds, the ideal size to play defensive end in the Ravens' 3-4 alignment.
Pernell McPhee is only 23, but he has yet to make a real impact in Baltimore.
For a defense that needs to add more youth, Richardson makes sense here.
27. New York Giants: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Giants have an elite pass-rusher in Jason Pierre-Paul.
Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are still good players, but they aren't in their primes and their play will likely only decline from here.
Okafor is a good choice for a team that relies so much on its defensive line.
28. Denver Broncos: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Broncos are a good club, but mainly of their wins have been thanks to stellar play from Peyton Manning and Von Miller.
The secondary is susceptible and needs a talented safety with good range.
Kenny Vaccaro is a must at this juncture.
29. San Francisco 49ers: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
David Amerson had a ridiculous 13 interceptions in 2011, and has mustered only five in 2012 while being burned deep in a few prime time games.
He's a big corner at 6'3'' and nearly 200 pounds and will enter a 49ers defense already loaded with talent.
30. New England Patriots: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
At 6'3'' and 360 pounds, John Jenkins has Vince Wilfork 2.0 written all over him.
A perfect 3-4 nose tackle.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With Tony Gonzalez potentially retiring at season's end, Eifert can slip right into the Falcons offense and flourish from the start of his career.
32. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
A home-run pick for the Texans.
Austin is a speedy slot option who is tremendous after the catch.
For a run-heavy offense that features a ton of Andre Johnson when utilizing play-action, Austin makes perfect sense.
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