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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projections for Every First Round Pick

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 17, 2016

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projections for Every First Round Pick

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    With bowl craziness ready to dominate television sets at in-law's houses across America, it's time to kick mock-draft season into full gear. 

    The country's premier prospects will take the field to showcase their repertoire of talent one last time in front of NFL head coaches, general managers and area scouts before entering the arduous pre-draft process. 

    Let's take a look at first-round projections and why they'd work well on their professional teams. 

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

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    Matt Cassel has proven he's not the future. Geno Smith is. The West Virginia quarterback is a steady pocket passer with a good arm and massive upside. 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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    The Jaguars enter Week 16 with 15 team sacks. Von Miller, Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt each have more as individuals. Jarvis Jones is a complete pass-rushing outside linebacker. Be smart, Jacksonville.

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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    The Raiders have allowed 4.5 yards per carry and the most points per game in the NFL (28.7). Richard Seymour is 33. Tommy Kelly is 31. The penetrating Star Lotulelei is a no-brainer. 

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

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    There's no way Nick Foles ever will progress into a viable signal-caller behind Philadelphia's offensive line. Sure, Jason Peters is an former All-Pro, but he's coming off an Achilles injury. Luke Joeckel is needed. Badly.

5. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

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    Nothing against Sione Fua or Dwan Edwards, but the Panthers need an upgrade on their defensive interior. Jesse Williams uses brute strength and leverage to win on the inside. 

6. Tennessee Titans: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

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    Dion Jordan has Jason Pierre-Paul-esque potential. Kamerion Wimbley needs a defensive-end complement to make his life easier. This Oregon product is the guy. 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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    No team has allowed more sacks since the start of 2010 than the Cardinals (155). Levi Brown will be coming off an injury in 2013 and was rarely effective in 2011. The more edge protectors, the better for Arizona.

8. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

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    Will Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril be back in 2013? Who knows. For much-needed pass-rushing insurance, Damontre Moore is the prototypical prospect. Bulky, athletic, high-motor—it would be a nice to pair him with Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh. 

9. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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    Taylor Lewan is massive, has a long reach and demonstrated good footwork while at Michigan. 

    Those components typically make for a good blindside protector. 

    If Jake Long departs in free agency, Lewan would be the appropriate replacement.

10. San Diego Chargers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

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    Bjoern Werner is sneaky as an athlete and never takes a play off. After Melvin Ingram flopped as a rookie and with Peyton Manning in the division, San Diego needs more pass-rushers. Werner has elite upside.

11. Cleveland Browns: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

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    The Browns are closing in on being one of the preeminent defenses in the AFC. With Manti Te'o, D'Qwell Jackson could slide over to the weak-side linebacker spot, and Cleveland would be tough to run and pass on in 2013 and beyond.

12. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick had a nice run. 

    Well, not really. 

    The Bills desperately need a viable quarterback. Although Tyler Wilson had a shaky 2012, the talent and experience are there. With C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson and a sound offensive line, the Arkansas signal-caller can play well from the get-go. 

13. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri

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    With a defensive-end duo of Cameron Jordan and Sheldon Richardson, the Saints would have the edges of their defense set for the next decade. After a horrific 2012, they need as many defensive pieces as possible.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

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    Dee Milliner is about as clean a prospect as Morris Claiborne was a year ago. The Buccaneers showed some vast promise on offense this season, but couldn't stop anyone, especially through the air. 

15. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

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    Barkevious Mingo is in that Aldon Smith or Bruce Irvin mold—a scary athlete who excels as a situational, downhill edge-rusher. In the Jets 3-4 alignment, he could absolutely flourish.

16. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California

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    Sam Bradford is nearing the bust distinction, if he's not there already. 

    While his play has been rather sporadic, he hasn't been helped with much receiving talent. 

    Keenan Allen is a steady chain-mover with some downfield ability. 

17. Minnesota Vikings: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

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    Much like Sam Bradford, Christian Ponder needs major help on the outside. Percy Harvin is a dangerous underneath option, but he has battled injuries the last two seasons. Terrance Williams thrives at getting down the field and creating separation with blazing speed. 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

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    The Cowboys could go with Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack here, but Johnathan Hankins is far too valuable to pass on at this juncture. The outside tandem of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer is special, but outside of Jay Ratliff, who's 31 and injured, Dallas lacks a menacing interior presence. 

19. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

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    The Bengals have the skill position players in place on offense and an underrated defense led by under-appreciated coordinator Mike Zimmer. 

    He would love to add another quality edge-rusher, and that's what he would get with LSU's Sam Montgomery.

20. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

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    Chance Warmack is a bulldozer of an offensive guard who will be welcomed by Sam Bradford and Darly Richardson.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

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    The Steelers are always looking for pass-rushing outside linebackers. Adrian Hubbard isn't a flashy name, but he is a solid prospect with upside. 

    He had 10 tackles for loss in 2012 along with six sacks. At 6'6'' and 250 pounds, his length will help him against bigger offensive tackles. 

22. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

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    The Seahawks have one of the best left tackles in the game in Russell Okung. On the right side, they could use improvement. Eric Fisher is a 6'7'' technician with upside. 

23. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama

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    D.J. Fluker physically overpowers defenders and could play left tackle, right tackle or as a steamrolling guard for the Colts. 

    Indianapolis' top priority is keeping Andrew Luck upright.

24. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee

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    Jay Cutler can be special when he's protected. Sadly, for most his tenure in Chicago, the Bears haven't provided him with protection. J'Marcus Webb out, Dallas Thomas in at left tackle. 

25. Baltimore Ravens: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

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    Alec Ogletree plays with a mean streak and uses his natural speed and athleticism to fly to the football. He would be a unique inside linebacker in the 3-4, but could also line up on the outside and get after the quarterback.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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    If Tony Gonzalez retires at the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Falcons will have a void at their tight-end position.

    Although Tyler Eifert's skill set is different than Gonzalez's, he is a red-zone dynamo.  

27. Denver Broncos: Eric Reid, S, LSU

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    Eric Reid wasn't as productive in 2012 as he was in 2011, but he remains a terrific safety prospect. If there's any facet of the Broncos that needs improvement, it's the back end of their secondary. 

28. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

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    If Greg Jennings bolts in free agency, the Packers will be in need of a boundary wideout who can stretch the field. That's exactly the type of receiver DeAndre Hopkins is. 

29. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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    Tavon Austin is Randall Cobb 2.0. He excels out of the backfield as a receiver and is insanely good after the catch. 

    With Andre Johnson roaming the intermediate and deep parts of the field, Austin would thrive underneath. 

30. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young

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    Ezekiel Ansah is raw, but at 6'6'' and 270 pounds with inherent athleticism and length, he passes the eye test. Look for Giants GM Jerry Reese to roll the dice after a season in which New York's defensive line regressed as a unit. 

31. New England Patriots: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

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    Vince Wilfork's natural replacement in New England's hybrid defense is Georgia's John Jenkins. He's nearly 360 pounds and with added strength can be a disruptive nose tackle at the next level.

32. San Francisco 49ers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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    The 49ers defense is preeminent. If anything could use a modest upgrade, it's the defensive backfield. 

    Johnthan Banks and Chris Culliver would form quite the young and talented cornerback duo. 

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