2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith vs. Star Lotulelei & the Battle for the Top Pick

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith vs. Star Lotulelei & the Battle for the Top Pick
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I know the NFL 2012 regular season is just about to end, and the college bowl season has just started, but it's never too early to get a gauge on the 2013 NFL draft.

To get a good assessment of the 2013 draft class, the scouts, coaches and front office-types are looking forward to a look at the bowls, the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and the Pro Day workouts for the players.

This mock draft is based on the needs of each particular NFL team, and how the board looks at the time they have a selection.

The order is based upon the current standings in the NFL, and the opposition's won-loss percentage for each team.

In terms of the No. 1 pick, which right now would belong to the 2-13 Kansas City Chiefs, it depends on whether or not the Chiefs will retain Scott Pioli as their general manager.

If the Chiefs go in a different direction and clean house, the new GM might take a shot and select quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia, since that is such a glaring need for Kansas City.

Otherwise, if Pioli is indeed kept on, I believe he will select defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, and select a quarterback later, perhaps in the second round.

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