2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Many QBs Will Go in the First Round?
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's numbers were described as video game-like early on this past season after he threw eight touchdown passes in a win over Baylor.
Expect showings like that one to land Smith in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft this coming spring. After all, there's one team out there that needs a quarterback more than anything else that just so happens to be drafting at the appropriate slot.
Here we'll mock up the entire first round of 2013's draft and break down the lone signal-caller set to have his name called on Day 1.
No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12): Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT
The Chiefs have struggled against the run in 2012 and Utah's Star Lotulelei would be the best starting point for Kansas City. At 6'3", 320 pounds, the senior defensive tackle is superb at clogging the line of scrimmage and freeing up teammates on the defensive line.
No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB
Manti Te'o nearly won the Heisman Trophy this past season with Fighting Irish, and brings the sort of leadership the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense desperately needs right now.
No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-10): Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE
Oakland struggled to generate much of a pass rush in 2012 and therefore struggled to defend through the air. That's why drafting Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore seems like the best route for the Raiders this spring.
No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT
Philadelphia's offensive line was desimated by injury in 2012, and was a huge reason the Eagles struggled to find any consistency on the offensive side of the ball. That's wear Johnny Football's best protector, Luke Joeckel comes in.
Joeckel has the ideal frame for an outside blocker, and has solid athleticism for a man his size.
No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-10): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB
Georgia's Jarvis Jones is an absolute stud at linebacker, and one that could bolster the Detroit Lions' defense in 2013 and beyond. The Lions were decent against the pass in 2012, but struggled to contain the run.
Jones could be an exception fit for Detroit at No. 4 overall.
No. 6. San Diego Chargers (5-9): Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT
The Chargers' offense used to be a guarantee, but with the offensive line falling apart in San Diego, the Bolts are in serious need of adding a piece up front. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has the potential to help out Philip Rivers as well as San Diego's running backs.
You won't find many lineman tougher than the 6'7" Wolverine.
No. 7. Buffalo Bills (5-9): Johnathan Jenkins, Georgia, DT
The Bills were dreadful defending the run in 2012 and need to add another big body alongside Marcell Dareus next season. Georgia's Johnathan Jenkins is massive at 6'4", 360 pounds. He and Dareus together would form the ideal anchor for Buffalo's 4-3 defense.
No. 8. Cleveland Browns (5-9): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G
If the Browns want to turn Trent Richardson into an MVP candidate, and keep Brandon Weeden off his back, they will need to address the offensive line. Alabama's Chance Warmack is as talented and well-rounded as guards come.
No. 9. Tennessee Titans (5-9): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB
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The best defensive back prospect available this spring will no doubt be Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. The junior is a phenomenal cover man, and could step in right away to help repair one of the league's worst secondaries in Tennessee.
No. 10. Carolina Panthers (5-9): Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, DT
Carolina must improve its run defense next season in order to become a serious contender in the NFC. In order to do that the Panthers should set their sights on Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.
At 6'3", 335 pounds, Hankins is an absolute monster defending the run.
No. 11. Arizona Cardinals (5-9): Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB
The Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback, plain and simple. And West Virginia's Geno Smith is arguably the best signal-caller available this spring. At 6'2", Smith has the size NFL scouts and coaches love, and the accuracy they look for in a first-round prospect.
Although you could argue that the Cards would take USC's Matt Barkley with their first selection, Smith's ability to move and react quickly in the pocket make him the obvious choice for a team that has struggled to protect its quarterback.
Smith threw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last season with the Mountaineers and brings a handful of solid traits to the table.
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No. 12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE
LSU's 6'5", 240-pound pass rusher, Barkevious Mingo is a physical speciman, and a player that could potentially be the best available when the Bucs find themselves on the clock. Although Tampa Bay needs to address its secondary this offseason, Mingo may just be too good to pass up.
No. 13. New Orleans Saints (6-8): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE
A durable, high energy pass rusher, Florida State's Bjoern Werner is capable of wreaking havoc inside the Superdome for the Saints, if they decided to draft him at No. 13.
No. 14. Miami Dolphins (6-8): Keenan Allen, California, WR
Keenan Allen is a fiery wide receiver with all the physical attributes to eventually become the Dolphins' No. 1 option on the outside. Although he may not be the best player on the board when Miami is set to draft, it can't overlook its need at wide receiver.
No. 15. New York Jets (6-8): Sam Montgomery, LSU, DE
If Penn State is Linebacker U, then LSU is quickly becoming Pass Rusher U. Sam Montgomery could easily join teammate Barkevious Mingo in the first round this coming spring. The Jets need to add a punch off the edge defensively, and Montgomery can do that as well as anyone.
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No. 16. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT
Offense was the biggest issue for Jeff Fisher's Rams in 2012, and adding a big body up front to protect Sam Bradford and to block in the running game would be an ideal move in the first round for St. Louis.
No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7): Johnathan Cooper, North Carolina, G
The Steelers had very little luck running the football this year. Drafting North Carolina guard Johnathan Cooper could give them something to run behind in 2013.
No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-6): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S
Dallas must continue to add to its defense if it hopes to one day return to the Super Bowl. The Cowboys can add a solid piece to their secondary while at the same time bringing on a local prospect in Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.
No. 19. Minnesota Vikings (8-6): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT
The Vikings won't want to miss on a chance to add a superb run defender and talented pass rusher in the first round.
No. 20. New York Giants (8-6): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB
New York's pass defense let them down tremendously in 2012, ranking towards the bottom of the league and costing them multiple games down the stretch. The Giants can start to improve their secondary by adding a young piece in Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks.
No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE
A versatile defensive end out of Oregon, Dion Jordan possesses excellent size for an outside rusher, and has a motor that scouts look for in big-time players on the defensive line.
No. 22. Chicago Bears (8-6): Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR
At some point in this draft offensive players will have to get some love. Tennessee's Justin Hunter is arguably the best wideout available this year. Chicago's passing attack has been down despite the addition of Brandon Marshall.
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Adding a talent like Hunter could potentially open things up for Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense next season.
No. 23. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1) (from Washington Redskins, 8-6): Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree came on strong for the Bulldogs in 2012, thanks to his incredible size and strength, which is sure to translate to the next level.
No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (9-5): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE
A lot of draft experts like Ezekiel Ansah at this spot for the Colts. There's certainly plenty of risk involved with this selection, as well as reward, but if things work out he can bring some versatility to Indy's defensive line early on in the Andrew Luck era.
No. 25. Seattle Seahawks (9-5): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR
West Virginia's Tavon Austin is an explosive playmaker that could bring an added element to Seattle's boring passing attack.
No. 26. Baltimore Ravens (9-5): Corey Lemonier, Auburn, DE
It's no secret that Baltimore's defense is getting old, and by adding a high motor pass rusher in Auburn's Corey Lemonier, the Ravens can ensure that their defense remains relevant in 2013.
No. 27. Green Bay Packers (10-4): Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT
The Packers must shore up their offensive line in 2013 to protect Aaron Rodgers. It's time Green Bay starts getting serious about keeping No. 12 off his back.
No. 28. New England Patriots (10-4): Robert Woods, USC, WR
New England has proven in the past that you can never have too many offensive weapons at your disposal.
No. 29. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1): Kawann Short, Purdue, DT
Defense is what Jim Harbaugh's 49ers do best. Purdue's Kawann Short is one of the best overall players available this coming spring, and at No. 29 its hard to see San Francisco passing on him.
No. 30. Denver Broncos (11-3): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT
The Broncos will be deadly once again in 2013 if they can surround Peyton Manning with an elite defense. By drafting Missouri's Sheldon Richardson Denver would be improving one of the league's best run defenses and adding a massive pass rusher to get after opposing quarterbacks.
No. 31. Atlanta Falcons (12-2): Zach Ertz, Stanford, TE
Tony Gonzalez won't be around for much longer, and Atlanta will have a shot to draft the best tight end available in 2013 to replace him.
No. 32. Houston Texans (12-2): Matt Elam, Florida, S
Houston's biggest weakness on defense is its secondary. With the No. 32 pick in the draft, the Texans could opt to go for a player with huge upside in Florida's Matt Elam.
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