2013 NFL Mock Draft: Pinpointing Pro Bowl Players in the First Round
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The first round of the 2013 NFL draft will be full of potential Pro Bowlers.
Every year, there are plenty of players who can produce in the league from the word go. They don't need any transition whatsoever.
This draft class might not be full of the offensive weapons like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Doug Martin, but there are more than enough to tantalize teams.
Here is a mock of the first round, with the possible Pro Bowlers underlined. The draft order is via NFL.com.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
If the Kansas City Chiefs could trade out of this pick, they probably would. Nobody outside of maybe Luke Joeckel is the kind of prospect right now that every team would be dying to have. Then you have to wonder how much an offensive lineman would help the Chiefs right now.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
There are a lot of very good pass-rushers for the Jacksonville Jaguars to take right here, which is what they should be looking at this year. The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the league when it came to getting after the passer.
Damontre Moore or Bjoern Werner are the two best choices. Werner gets the advantage because of the potential that he's shown. He's still a bit raw, but Werner should come along with more time in the league.
3. Oakland Raiders: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Like Jacksonville, the Oakland Raiders weren't very good at getting pressure on the quarterback. The inside of their defensive line isn't anywhere near as much of an issue.
With Werner gone, Moore is a solid option. He's great at getting right off at the snap. Moore will be a major threat should he bulk up a little bit.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Now for the best player in the draft. It will be a major hit for the Philadelphia Eagles if he's off the board by No. 4. Michael Vick was constantly harassed last year and Nick Foles didn't fare much better.
Regardless of whom the quarterback is, he'll need a solid offensive line in front of him. Joeckel is an equally good run- and pass-blocker. Don't be surprised if he makes the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.
5. Detroit Lions: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Barkevious Mingo has a ton of potential and versatility, projecting as either an outside linebacker or defensive end. He's a bit undersize for an end, but he would fit in just fine for any defense.
The problem with Mingo is getting him to consistently be a threat on defense. He can turn off a bit at times. Regardless, he has all the tools necessary to succeed in the NFL.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Cleveland Browns could go with a DE/OLB, but with the best three off the board, they would do very well to target Dee Milliner. Putting him and Joe Haden together gives the Browns one of the better young secondaries in the league.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Bruce Arians is the perfect guy to get a quarterback like Tyler Wilson on track for a long, prosperous career. Wilson has a very strong arm, but he sometimes relies on that too much to get him out of trouble. Arians can refine Wilson and get him to be a solid starter in the league.
8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Mike Glennon has too many issues to warrant being taken this early. Matt Barkley might have taken a tumble, but it could be to his benefit. The expectations around him are much more realistic, so teams and fans know much better what kind of quarterback he can be in the NFL.
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah can become one of the best players to come out of this draft. His physical tools are out of this world. The only question is whether or not he can put all of it together. He will and become a real steal for the New York Jets at nine.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotulelei is the best defensive tackle in the draft. The Tennessee Titans were a little soft when it came to the interior of their defensive line. Lotulelei has the size and physicality to become a dominant force.
11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher would greatly improve what has been one of the worst offensive lines in the league. The pass protection for Philip Rivers was woeful last season. Rivers really struggled last season, but it didn't help he was sacked 49 times.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Miami Dolphins lack a playmaker in their receiving corps. Cordarrelle Patterson has the size and speed to be a much better downfield threat than the likes of Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. Ryan Tannehill would be thanking the Dolphins management should it come through with this pick.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes is a solidly built, physical corner. He's not afraid to get right up with the receiver at the line of scrimmage. He'll have to reign that in a bit, though, if he wants to avoid needless penalties.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Carolina Panthers need some bulk on the inside of their defensive line. Sheldon Richardson has the size to plug the gaps and also be a threat in the pass rush. He's a very good option for a team looking for more than simply a run-stuffer.
15. New Orleans Saints: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
It would be a shocker if the New Orleans Saints didn't do something to address a defense that gave up 440 yards a game. Dion Jordan is a tall, fast rusher off the edge.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The St. Louis Rams would be incredibly lucky should they get the opportunity to draft Chance Warmack. They need to start building around Sam Bradford, and Warmack is one of the best offensive linemen in the draft.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB Georgia
The health issues for Jarvis Jones simply can't be ignored. They're the reason he's fallen out of the top 10. Regardless, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be getting a good value pick here with Jones.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys are going to need to get at least another defensive tackle to fit Monte Kiffin's 4-3 scheme. Jesse Williams might be the strongest player in the draft and would be very good at being a space-eater on the defensive line.
19. New York Giants: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With Martellus Bennett a free agent, the New York Giants might be smart to let him go and draft a tight end in the draft. Tyler Eifert is the best TE prospect in the draft right now, so the Giants should look to pick him up.
20. Chicago Bears: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson had a very good showing at the Senior Bowl. As a result, his stock has been on the rise. Johnson would improve what has been a shoddy Chicago Bears offensive line.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree has shown a bit of a weakness in defending the run. That's what the Bengals need the most as they already have a solid pass rush. With Olgetree's potential, though, he's too good for the Bengals to pass up.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Keenan Allen, WR, California
With the best tight end off the board, the Rams should look to a receiver. Sam Bradford needs somebody to throw to. Keenan Allen could be that guy.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
DeAndre Hopkins isn't a burner, but he'd be an upgrade to what the Minnesota Vikings have. Anything right now would be good in order to help support Adrian Peterson and get some of the burden off him.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Kawann Short is another prospect who's seen his stock rise as a result of the Senior Bowl. He's got the size to stop the run but arm length to disrupt passes at the line of scrimmage.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Sam Montgomery did very well in college. He may be, though, one of those players who simply can't turn that into production at the pro level.
26. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Green Bay Packers have to address their offensive line. It was very porous at times. Jonathan Cooper can play either guard position and step right onto the field from day one.
27. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
With the Houston Texans possibly decimated by free agency at inside linebacker, Kevin Minter is a very good choice here. Manti Te'o is a possibility as well, but his potential isn't quite as high as Minter's.
28. Denver Broncos: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Sharrif Floyd is an athletic defensive tackle who will only improve the Denver Broncos run defense, which wasn't all that bad to begin with.
29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin is the kind of slot receiver who would thrive in New England. The Patriots need younger receivers on which they can rely.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Datone Jones is a high-risk pick here. He hasn't shown the kind of consistency teams necessarily rave over, but he has the tools to excel in the NFL.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Ray Lewis may get the headlines, but Ed Reed is reaching the end of his career, too. With Reed on the decline, the Baltimore Ravens would be able to get his long-term replacement in Matt Elam.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
Dashon Goldson is probably going to walk at the end of the year, meaning the San Francisco 49ers will be on the lookout for a safety. They need to look no further than Kenny Vaccaro.
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