2013 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections for All 32 First-Round Picks
By the end of Sunday, 30 of the 32 NFL teams will be looking ahead to the looming offseason instead of preparing for a Super Bowl.
By next month, the 2013 NFL mock draft season will be in full force.
While this year's class doesn't have an Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Trent Richardson, there are still impact players that can be found in the first 32 picks of next April's draft.
In the following slides, we'll project each of the first 32 picks in our latest 2013 NFL mock draft.
Note: Final four picks slotted based on record, not prediction.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
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The growing assumption here is that Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel will be the top pick.
While certainly possible, it's difficult to see how the Chiefs can continue ignoring such an obvious position of need. If Smith tests out well over the pre-draft process, he should have a shot at becoming Andy Reid's Donovan McNabb 2.0. Kansas City simply has to get better at quarterback to become relevant again.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
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Another growing assumption is that the Jaguars need to use a top pick on a defensive end to jump start a pass rush that was among the very worst in the NFL in 2012.
Getting Lotulelei, who possesses dominating qualities as an inside disrupter, can have the same effect. Defensive ends Jason Babin and Jeremy Mincey can both have big seasons in 2013 if Lotulelei is a force on the interior.
3. Oakland Raiders: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
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April is the time for general manager Reggie McKenzie to finally start putting his fingerprints on this roster. And if the path of his former employer is any indication, McKenzie might look towards drafting an impact edge rusher.
Back in 2009, McKenzie was part of a Green Bay Packers front office that traded up to get Clay Matthews. The Raiders will hope Jones can have a similar impact for a rebuilding defense in Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
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The Eagles will feel very, very fortunate in April if Joeckel is still available at No. 4 overall.
A top prospect with a very low bust potential, Joeckel has the qualities that will continue prompting most to plug him in as the No. 1 overall pick. And while Chip Kelly wouldn't get a "wow" player for his new offense, he gets arguably the best player who can make the biggest impact in his first season.
5. Detroit Lions: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
The Lions could be facing a major overhaul at the defensive end position this offseason.
A point of strength for the last three seasons, Detroit may lose Kyle Vanden Bosch (cap casualty), Cliff Avril (free agent) and Lawrence Jackson (free agent) from the position. While all three are unlikely to leave, the Lions can ensure a strength stays a strength by picking Werner here.
6. Cleveland Browns: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
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The Browns hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to lead their defense, but a switch over to Horton's preferred 3-4 defense does not appear imminent.
What the Browns now need are aggressive defenders who want to get after quarterbacks. Moore fits that mold, and would instantly become an important part of Horton's pressure package in 2013.
7. Arizona Cardinals: QB Mike Glennon, NC State
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New head coach Bruce Arians will have to take a long look at his current batch of quarterbacks and ask a simple question: Can the Cardinals ever win consistently with any of the four? If the answer is "no," quarterback becomes one of Arizona's top needs come April.
Glennon isn't Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger, each a quarterback Arians worked and won with in the past. But he has some similar characteristics, and his height and arm strength will be pluses for Arian's offense. The only worry here is value, something Glennon can erase in the pre-draft process.
8. Buffalo Bills: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
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Nassib, a strong-armed, intelligent quarterback, continues rising up draft boards. Most still agree that his value lands in the late-first round, early-second, but his stock could skyrocket during the pre-draft process.
With his former head coach currently taking over in Buffalo, Nassib has an easy first-round landing spot. And by April, a top-10 placement might not sounds as far-fetched as it might in January.
9. New York Jets: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
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The Jets featured a pass rush that was old, slow and mostly ineffective in 2012, especially from the edges.
With Calvin Pace likely on his way out this offseason, it's time for the Jets to spend some draft capital on getting younger and faster at outside linebacker. Mingo is an explosive prospect who the Jets hope can become Rex Ryan's version of Aldon Smith on the edge.
10. Tennessee Titans: G Chance Warmack, Alabama
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Picking a guard in the top-10 won't sell many tickets in Tennessee, but upgrading the interior of the offensive line is on the priority list for the Titans this offseason.
Warmack is a mauler in the run game and tough protecting the passer, making him easily the top guard in the 2013 class. Titans running back Chris Johnson will love the pick, and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will hopefully grow to hate it.
11. San Diego Chargers: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
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Unlike most teams, the Chargers already have a clear positional priority for April's draft.
Upgrading at both offensive tackle positions, where San Diego was whopped for most of 2012, should be a top organizational mission come April. Adding Fisher, a riser in this class who is worthy of a top-15 selection, gives Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense the protector each needs to thrive.
12. Miami Dolphins: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
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The Dolphins figure to be one team heavily invested in finding a top receiver, whether it comes from free agency (Greg Jennings?) or the draft.
If the draft is the avenue for investment, expect Patterson's name to be one of the top on Miami's list. Both big (6'3") and an explosive athlete, Patterson will be in the running to be the first receiver off the board come April.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
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The top cornerback in any given class is unlikely to fall to No. 13 in this day and age of passing football, but the fit and value doesn't line up well in the first 12 picks. Maybe a trade can facilitate Milliner going earlier, but those scenarios are crazy to envision in January.
If Milliner does fall to No. 13, the Bucs won't mind. Few teams in the NFL need more help at cornerback than Tampa Bay, who allowed 4,758 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in 2012.
14. Carolina Panthers: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
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The Panthers are well-stocked with talent and production at defensive end. Both Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson have thrived despite the lack of an interior presence on the defensive line.
Now, despite the urge to give Cam Newton another offensive weapon, Carolina should fill the hole at defensive tackle. Hankins, a mountain of a man at 335 pounds, can help stuff the run and free up Hardy and Johnson on the edges.
15. New Orleans Saints: DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
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My first mock gave the Saints a linebacker here, and I still think Georgia's Alec Ogletree makes sense for New Orleans. But Jordan, a rangy, athletic defensive end, might give the Saints' much-maligned defense more impact.
With an improved pass rush, New Orleans can help mask a secondary that has deficiencies. Jordan could have a Bruce Irvin-like impact in his first season.
16. St. Louis Rams: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
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The Rams have two first-round picks, so the first doesn't exactly have to address the glaring holes on the offensive line. There doesn't appear to be a value selection at offensive tackle, anyway.
Instead of reaching, St. Louis can grab Vaccaro, who was a standout on an otherwise bad Texas defense in 2012. He cleaned up as many mistakes as a safety possibly could. He'd be an upgrade over Craig Dahl.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
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Ansah to Pittsburgh is a scary possibility.
A freak athlete who weighs nearly 270 pounds, Ansah represents a perfect fit for Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense. Given a year or two to work and develop under LeBeau, James Harrison and the rest of Pittsburgh's defense, Ansah could turn out to be one of the draft's true finds.
18. Dallas Cowboys: DL Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
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The Cowboys could fill a hole here with UNC guard Jonathan Cooper. But will a player on the interior of the offensive line be the kind of splash Dallas is looking for after falling short of the playoffs again? Unlikely.
Instead, the Cowboys make a more impactful decision and take Richardson, who can play across the defensive line. He made play-after-play for Missouri in the school's first year inside the SEC.
19. New York Giants: LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
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Te'o's hoax fiasco shouldn't be enough to drop him completely out of the first round. While the story hasn't been completely finished, Te'o remains a talented player who can fill the middle of any 4-3 defense in his first year.
Te'o is also a football fit for the Giants, even if the New York media might not be. He can help that front seven immediately.
20. Chicago Bears: G Jonathan Cooper, UNC
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The Bears are shifting into the Marc Trestman era, and that reality made it very tempting to put a tight end like Tyler Eifert here. But instead of that fit, we'll stick with Chicago fixing the offensive line.
Here's one plan for a quick fix: Sign tackle Branden Albert in free agency to protect Jay Culter's blindside, and then draft Cooper to solidify the interior. The UNC guard is the second best at his position in this class and would make a Day 1 starter.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
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Cincinnati has a dominant player on the inside of their defensive line (Geno Atkins), and there's depth at defensive end. But with Michael Johnson becoming a free agent, the Bengals could look to the position come April.
If they do, Montgomery makes sense at No. 21. An athletic specimen, Montgomery finished his LSU career with 18.5 sacks and 31.5 tackles for losses.
22. St. Louis Rams: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
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The assumption for the Rams in January is that one of the team's first-round picks will be used on an offensive lineman. Offensive tackle is a good bet for the No. 22 pick.
Fluker is a huge tackle, and there's worries about his feet being too slow to play on the left side. But as a mauling right tackle, there's probably nobody better in this class than Fluker. The Rams could do much worse.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
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The Vikings are a sure bet to address receiver at some point this offseason, but I'm growing less and less convinced that this pick will be the spot in which they do so.
Instead of reaching for a receiver here, the Vikings can use their first-round pick on another disruptive defensive tackle. Floyd has an NFL-ready package of quickness and strength, perfect for helping ease the transition away from Kevin Williams.
24. Indianapolis Colts: OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
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The Colts went offense-heavy in last year's draft, so it's reasonable to expect a shift more towards the defensive side of the football this April.
However, watching Andrew Luck get hit time-after-time this season is enough for the Colts to consider using a pick on the offensive line. Jones might not have first-round talent, but he could probably start and be effective at three different positions along the offensive line right away.
25. Seattle Seahawks: DE Alex Okafor, Texas
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The Seahawks used their first-round pick on a defensive end last April, which makes taking another one in 2013 a little bit of a surprise.
However, the Seahawks might not have a healthy Chris Clemons to start next season, and pressure with the front four is a big part of what Seattle does on defense. Adding another young, athletic edge rusher like Okafor makes sense.
26. Green Bay Packers: DL Jesse Williams, Alabama
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The Packers were bounced out of the 2012 postseason by a 49ers team that pushed Green Bay around at the point of attack, especially on defense.
Fixing the "soft" label up front is important this offseason, and taking Williams at No. 26 would go far in helping that on the defensive line. A tough, strong anchor, Williams can add some nasty to the Green Bay defense.
27. Houston Texans: LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
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Kevin Minter from LSU also makes a lot of sense here for the Texans, who could use some depth at inside linebacker. But in this scenario, we gave Georgia's Ogletree to Houston.
An undersized but sideline-to-sideline linebacker, Ogletree represents a strong fit in Wade Phillips' attacking defense. Expect his name to be widely discussed during the pre-draft period.
28. Denver Broncos: CB Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State
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The Broncos certainly understand the window for Peyton Manning, which makes it more likely that this team drafts offense to keep building around their aging quarterback.
But in terms of smart roster building, the Broncos would be better off taking a player who can help the secondary. Champ Bailey is on the decline, and Banks has the ability to play important snaps as a rookie.
29. Baltimore Ravens: S Matt Elam, Florida
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I really like the fit of Kansas State's Arthur Brown here, but Elam makes just as much sense.
While somewhat undersized, Elam made as many plays as any safety in college football last season. He also has the instincts to help ease the potential loss of Ed Reed at the backend of the Ravens defense. You can't replace both Hall of Famers in one draft.
30. San Francisco 49ers: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
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The 49ers have capable cornerbacks in Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver, but few teams are better at building depth at seemingly strong positions.
Look at San Francisco's drafting at both running back and receiver in 2012. By building and developing depth at key positions, the 49ers smartly stay ahead of the eight ball. Rhodes, a tall, athletic cornerback, could eventually become Rogers' replacement.
31. New England Patriots: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
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The Patriots have struggled in drafting receivers under Bill Belichick, but that shouldn't stop New England from taking a chance on Hunter at No. 31 overall.
A long, smooth athlete, Hunter can bring the kind of big-play potential that the Patriots might be looking for come April. He could thrive early in the NFL as a vertical option, especially with Tom Brady playing at an elite level and a running game that scares defenses.
32. Atlanta Falcons: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
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Tony Gonzalez is likely to hang up the cleats after this season, which makes tight end a potential position of need for the Falcons this offseason.
Instead of facing a huge drop off at tight end, Atlanta can nab Eifert and jump-start the process of replacing Gonzalez's production. In time, Eifert could develop a skill set that mirrors what Gonzalez brought to the table during his prime.