2013 NFL Mock Draft: Ideal Fits for Each First-Round Team
With a ton of college bowl games upcoming, it's time to catch up on the all premier prospects to watch—guys that'll get their names called in late April during the 2013 NFL draft.
Your favorite team may go with the famed "best player available" approach, but this mock draft is meant to provide the best fits for all team's with a first-round pick.
Let's take a look.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Smith is relatively polished and has a good amount of upside. For a stalled franchise like the Kansas City Chiefs, the West Virginia quarterback is the ideal selection here at No. 1.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georia
Jones is the do-it-all, pass-rushing outside linebacker. With Andrew Luck in the division for the next decade-plus, the Jaguars must emphasize getting to the passer.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is the most well-rounded interior defensive lineman in the class. At 6'3'' and 320 pounds, he will be able to fill running lanes at the next level, and he has the athleticism to get after the quarterback. The Raiders need him.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel is everything a coach could want in a left tackle prospect. He has excellent size at 6'6'' and 310 pounds and possesses great footwork to deal with speed rushers. Although Jason Peters will return in 2013, the Eagles need as much offensive line depth as possible.
5. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams isn't super high on a ton of boards right now, but there's typically a guy who shoots up into the Top 10 close to the draft. He's versatile and has nice bulk at 6'3'' and 320 pounds.
6. Tennessee Titans: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Jordan is the most physically-imposing defensive end in the 2013 class and will be welcomed on a Tennessee Titans team that would love a complement for Kamerion Wimbley.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matthews is slightly more raw than Joeckel but certainly has first-round talent. The Cardinals allowed 155 sacks since the start of 2010. Yeah, 155.
8. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Moore isn't a flashy name, but he's a sneaky good pass-rusher and has vast potential. With Kyle Vanden Bosch reaching the twilight of his career and the future of Cliff Avril unknown, this Aggie makes sense.
9. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Will the Dolphins hit Jake Long with a $15 million franchise tag? If not, the rangy Lewan is the ideal prospect to protect Ryan Tannehill's blindside.
10. San Diego Chargers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner probably isn't the perfect fit for the Chargers in the first round but is a future replacement for Shaun Phillips on the edge.
11. Cleveland Browns: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Te'o could be the final piece that makes the Browns' defense elite in 2013 and beyond. He and D'Qwell Jackson will formulate a fine linebacking corps.
12. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Bills can't move on as a franchise with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The defense has played better of late, but the former seventh-round pick is holding them back. Wilson's strong arm and experience in a pro-style offense in the SEC will make him a prime candidate to land in Buffalo.
13. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri
Richardson is a intimidating presence at 6'3'' and 295 pounds. The Saints absolutely need more beef on their defensive front and this Missouri Tiger is their guy.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner isn't tremendous in any one area, but he isn't weak anywhere either. The Buccaneers have offensive talent, however, their secondary has led to their demise in 2012.
15. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Mingo is freakish athletically with great range and unusual speed for a defensive end. The Jets don't get their first priority here, but he's the best player available and fills a pass-rushing need that's more pressing than many think.
16. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Sam Bradford needs a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Period. Allen isn't the next A.J. Green, but he's a solid, chain-moving prospect with some upside.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Christian Ponder won't be able to develop with his current grouping of receivers. Williams has deceptive deep-threat ability and good size at 6'2'' and 205 pounds.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Hankins doesn't play super mean, but really can move for his size. The Cowboys get much-needed bulk on their defensive interior.
19. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery hasn't been as dominating in 2012 as he was in 2011, but he has prototypical defensive end size at 6'5'' and 260 pounds and will add another menacing piece to the Bengals' underrated defensive line.
20. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Warmack is an absolute mauler at his guard position. The Rams probably would like to add offensive tackle depth, but this Alabama stud represents far too much value to pass up.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The athletic Mosley is multi-faceted and can play a number of positions in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defensive scheme. Dick Lebeau will be a happy man.
22. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher isn't a big name coming out of a MAC school, but he has the size and raw talent to land in the first round. He'll become Seattle's franchise right tackle—that's a thing, right?
23. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
Fluker could stay at the tackle spot in the NFL, yet he would probably be more successful if he slid inside to guard. Either way, the Colts must upgrade the offensive line in front of Andrew Luck.
24. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee
The Bears have to address their offensive line if they want to compete with the Packers in the NFC North. Thomas has the frame and experience to man one of the tackle positions in Chicago for a long time.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ogletree's athletic prowess will ultimately make him a first-round pick. The Ravens need to add more pieces to an aging defense. Perfect.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Eifert's ball skills and ability to win on jump balls is Gronkowskian. With Tony Gonzalez likely calling it quits at the conclusion of the 2012 season, this Notre Dame stud is the exquisite replacement.
27. Denver Broncos: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid is the premier safety in this class, although he's not a Mark Barron-type prospect. However, he will be a welcomed addition to the Broncos' secondary, a group that needs a little work.
28. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
With the future of Greg Jennings unknown, the Packers actually could use another boundary wide receiver. Hopkins can be dangerous from anywhere on the field, actually. The rich get richer.
29. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The home-run choice for the Texans. Austin is the best YAC wideout in the class—an ideal underneath complement to Andre Johnson.
30. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young
Anshan is a lot like Osi Umenyiora when he was coming out of college—raw but loaded with upside. A nice luxury pick for the Giants, a team that typically rides their defensive line at the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
31. New England Patriots: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
Jenkins is a bit taller than Vince Wilfork, but at nearly 360 pounds, there isn't a better future replacement for the dominant Patriots nose tackle.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Banks is a solid cornerback prospect and could flourish on the defensively-loaded 49ers.
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