2013 NFL Mock Draft: Skill Players Who Will Make an Immediate Impact on Offense

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Skill Players Who Will Make an Immediate Impact on Offense
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The 2013 NFL draft isn't loaded with elite offensive players, but there are still a few to focus on as April approaches.

This year's draft is going to be weird. Without a dominant quarterback class, or running back class, defensive players and offensive linemen will be littered throughout the draft's top picks. Once we hit the middle of the round, though, receivers will start coming off the board.

Let's mock the 2013 NFL draft and focus on a few immediate impact players on the offensive side of things.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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I'd hate to call a guy with 4,000-plus yards, 40 touchdowns and just six interceptions a default pick, but what else are the Chiefs supposed to do here? A massive overhaul in the offseason will leave this team looking for a new face to lead it into the future.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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Jones has 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks this year. He's the draft's best edge-rusher, and claiming Jason Babin doesn't negate the Jaguars need for that. 


3. Philadelphia Eagles, Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

There are so many directions to go here, but the Eagles really need a leader. It feels crazy to slot an inside linebacker into the top five, but Te'o is a special breed.

 

4. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Panthers struggle against the run, but Lotulelei will help that. He's a ferocious interior presence because he's physical and plays with an edge.

 

5. Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Oakland has to address its defense early, and Werner makes sense. He has 13 sacks with the Seminoles this season, and he's stout against the run as well.

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6. Arizona Cardinals: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Arizona needs a quarterback more than anyone, but it's not worth reaching here. Joeckel is the best offensive lineman in the draft, giving the Cardinals a bookend for 10-plus years.

 

7. San Diego Chargers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews doesn't receive the attention that Joeckel does, but that doesn't mean he isn't just as good. The Chargers could go any number of ways here, but Matthews is a safe pick.

 

8. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Cleveland has an interesting team and should be better next season. Mingo's blinding speed off the edge will give this defense another dimension right away. He's not the most well-rounded player, but he could have a Bruce Irvin-like impact.

 

9. Detroit Lions: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

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The Lions tried to address their secondary in last year's draft, so I think they stay away from that area early on this year. Montgomery didn't have the year that many expected this season, but he still possesses a deadly size-speed combination.

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

The Titans' defense is pretty bad. Having a competent pass rush would go a long way, and Moore's 12.5 sacks would be an excellent addition.

 

11. Buffalo Bills: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Bills really need help at defensive end, but the remaining players would be a reach here. Milliner's size and physicality makes him the draft's top corner prospect. He could replace Leodis McKelvin before too long and be a nice complement to Stephon Gilmore.

 

12. New York Jets: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

Muhammad Wilkerson has been excellent this season for the Jets, but he needs some help up front. Jenkins is enormous and will supplant 33-year-old Sione Pouha sooner rather than later.

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13. Miami Dolphins: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Miami's secondary is easily the team's weakest link. Banks struggles in run support, but his elite ball skills will give him a chance to be the Dolphins' No. 1 corner from Day 1.

 

14. New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The Saints need an impact player on the defensive line, and Hankins can be that guy. He has the physical tools to excel in the NFL, but he must learn to be more consistent.

 

15. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

St. Louis must protect Sam Bradford in order to be successful, and this 6'7'' behemoth will help them do so.

 

16. St. Louis Rams: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

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Finally, an offensive player to talk about. Hunter is the best wideout in this year's class, and the Rams will welcome him with open arms.

Bradford is very good at throwing short-to-intermediate routes, but that will only take this team so far. He must matriculate the ball down the field in big chunks sometimes, and he must have a target who can help him do that.

Danny Amendola and Chris Givens have been very good this year, but neither player possesses the physical traits to be a legitimate No. 1 target. Brian Quick is still a work in progress.

Hunter's long strides and 6'4'' frame will allow St. Louis to stretch the field and make big plays. He has the potential to make an immediate impact, making the Rams very interesting next season in the process.

 

17. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

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Allen missed some time with a knee injury this season, but that doesn't take away from his upside.

The Vikings have bounced back nicely this season, but they still have one glaring hole on offense. Without a vertical threat, Christian Ponder stands no chance of moving the ball consistently, despite Adrian Peterson's incredible work on the ground.

Allen can be that guy. Percy Harvin is more suited for underneath work, and Jerome Simpson isn't nearly consistent enough.

If Allen can prove his health and speed, he's a can't-miss pick. He's outstanding with the ball in his hands, and his polished understanding of the position will benefit the Vikings greatly.

 

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Reid, S, LSU

The Buccaneers are very close to being an interesting squad, but their secondary needs some work. Adding Reid would be wise. It's a thin class of safeties, and he's the best two-way player of the bunch.

 

19. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

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Warmack will inject some life into Dallas' paltry rushing attack. He's done it all year long for Alabama, and his athleticism will allow him to do it for Dallas as well.

 

20. Cincinnati Bengals: Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

Jones is versatile and tough. Cincinnati doesn't have a pressing need up front, but his ability to play three positions makes him impossible to pass up here.

 

21. Seattle Seahawks: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Patterson won't make an immediate impact, but he was one of the most exciting players in college football this season. Seattle needs playmakers on offense and few are better.

 

22. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

Baltimore has struggled at the point of attack this season and needs to get younger overall. Okafor can play inside or outside and will be a solid addition to the Ravens' rotation.

 

23. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have played flawlessly together this season, but it never hurts to have weapons.

Eifert is easily the best tight end in this year's class because of his wide receiver-like abilities. He can stretch the field, exploit mismatches and put stress on the middle of a defense.

With 44 catches and 600-plus yards this season with the Fighting Irish, Eifert has shown his skills more times than not. His 6'6'' frame will allow him to make plays right away at the next level, making Chicago's offense even more dangerous entering next season.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Colts probably didn't think that they'd be picking this low entering the season, but here they are. Rhodes is hit or miss at times, but corners with his size don't grow on trees.

 

25. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

Green Bay struggles with running the ball and keeping Aaron Rodgers upright at times. Cooper is a dominant run-blocker who will instantly improve one of the league's worst rushing attacks.

 

26. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

The 49ers have plenty of talent up front, but they must get younger. Williams is a perfect candidate to do all the dirty work in the trenches, just like he does now for Nick Saban's team.

 

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27. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State

Amerson is a bit of a reach here, but the Steelers still need help in the secondary. His size and ability to defend the run or the pass will intrigue Pittsburgh. Plus, he could move to safety later on.

 

28. New York Giants: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Giants need to get younger up front, and Fisher is an excellent project for the future.

 

29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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This just screams Patriots to me. Austin can line up anywhere on the field, and he's incredibly quick. New England loves versatile players too much to let him pass here.

Austin will be used right away, too. He's not going to get many touches in the backfield with Stevan Ridley's emergence as a No. 1 ball-carrier, but that doesn't mean he can't receive carries. New England is a creative team and knows how to make it work.

Drafting Austin and placing him in the slot would make New England scary. Wes Welker isn't getting any younger, and Austin would be a perfect long-term replacement.

He may not have a true position, but he's the best weapon in the first round.

 

30. Houston Texans: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Shaun Cody is going to need a replacement at some point. Richardson isn't a traditional nose tackle, but he's too good to pass on here. Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams will be tempting, though.

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31. Atlanta Falcons: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Jordan may be the best athlete out of every defender in this draft. He can line up all over the field, and the Falcons will love his playmaking ability on the pass rush.

 

32. Denver Broncos: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama

Mosley is a great athlete and a sound tackler. Considering how good Denver's front seven is now, he will be a great fit early on.

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