2013 NFL Mock Draft: Damontre Moore and Prospects Who Will Shine as Rookies
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As always, plenty of impact players are bound to be selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Each season, teams find the kind of rookies who can provide an additional win or two. Andrew Luck helped the Indianapolis Colts go from 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 and a playoff spot in 2012.
While the Class of 2013 might lack the star power of previous editions, there are more than enough talented prospects to make scouts' mouths water.
Here's how the first round could shake out, with the most productive players italicized. The draft order is via NFL.com.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Together they make up one of the league's worst quarterback situations. Geno Smith can get in there and provide a spark for the Chiefs' offense.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner would be a huge upgrade to what was one of the worst defenses in the league. Rushing the passer in particular was a major problem area in Jacksonville, so the Jaguars will have their pick of the best players at No. 2 overall.
Considering how far he's progressed already in a relatively short period of time, it's scary to think what Werner could do at the next level.
3. Oakland Raiders: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Damontre Moore is going to make a much more immediate impact in the league than any of the other defensive end/outside linebacker prospects. The only thing that could slow him down is his slight frame.
As Moore goes along, he'll be able to add the necessary strength in order to become a more complete pass-rusher. With his size and athleticism, Moore has the tools to be a very solid defensive end. In time he can become a great defensive end.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel sits atop many experts' draft boards. He could go to the Chiefs with the first overall pick, but more than likely they'll want to upgrade the QB position. Their loss is the Philadelphia Eagles' gain.
Joeckel can anchor an offensive line that was extremely porous last season. Unlike some highly-ranked tackle prospects in past drafts, Joeckel has the size and footwork to make an immediate impact in the NFL.
5. Detroit Lions: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Much like those ranked ahead of him, Barkevious Mingo can play as either a defensive end or outside linebacker coming off the edge. He's a much rawer prospect, though, so there's some risk in taking him this early.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
No quarterback would like to see a corner tandem of Dee Milliner and Joe Haden. The Cleveland Browns would be at a major advantage putting these two together.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson would benefit greatly from the tutelage of Bruce Arians. With his hiring, it makes sense for the Arizona Cardinals to look for a quarterback early in the draft.
8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
As the draft approaches, scouts will remember why Matt Barkley was so highly regarded going into his senior year. He's not the pro prospect some thought him to be, but Barkley will have a long, productive NFL career.
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
It's going to take time for Ezekiel Ansah to become a top defensive end in the league. He's got the tools, but the improvements he needs to make will only come with experience in the league.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
As the best defensive end in the draft, the Tennessee Titans would be getting a real player if they selected Star Lotulelei.
11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher's stock has taken a big jump as a result of the Senior Bowl. The San Diego Chargers would be getting very lucky should he fall to No. 11.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Cordarrelle Patterson is the kind of big-play receiver the Miami Dolphins need to advance the development of Ryan Tannehill.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes would boon a Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that ranked last in pass defense in 2012
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Unlike some other defensive tackles in the draft, Sheldon Richardson has the athleticism to provide some help in the pass-rush along with being a run-stuffer.
15. New Orleans Saints: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Dion Jordan has size that teams will love.
There are concerns about his durability and consistency, though. He could fall to much later in the first round.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Chance Warmack is one of the best players in the draft. Sam Bradford would feel much safer knowing he has Warmack in front of him.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB Georgia
This would be quite a tumble for Jarvis Jones.
He's got the skills to be a top-10 pick, but the questions over his health are just too much at this point.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
With Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense, the Dallas Cowboys need to add at least one more defensive tackle. Jesse Williams is the kind of powerful tackle who would suit the Cowboys perfectly.
19. New York Giants: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert isn't the kind of athletic freak that some tight ends in the league are. Eifert, though, is a reliable receiver and route-runner who will prosper in the NFL.
20. Chicago Bears: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Jay Cutler could use some better blockers in front of him.
Lane Johnson would likely be the top tackle available for the Chicago Bears. He's a good player, just not the prospect that Fisher and Joeckel are.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
Rey Maualuga is one of the worst inside linebackers in the league. Alec Ogletree would help give the Cincinnati Bengals more reason to let Maualuga walk in free agency.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Rams have one of the worst receiver corps in the league. Keenan Allen can immediately be the top target for Sam Bradford and help him become a better QB.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
With the top two receivers off the board, the Minnesota Vikings draft DeAndre Hopkins in order to help Christian Ponder and the air attack take some pressure off Adrian Peterson.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Despite an 11-5 record, the Indianapolis Colts had some major issues defensively.
Kawann Short can be a space-eater on the defensive line who can help improve the Colts' rush defense.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Behind Chris Clemons, the Seattle Seahawks are a tad thin at defensive end. That's even more of a worry considering the injury Clemons suffered in the playoffs.
26. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Hearing Jonathan Cooper's name at No. 26 would be pleasing to the ears of Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last season.
27. Houston Texans: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Houston Texans could have a major hole at inside linebacker this offseason. Kevin Minter has more potential than any of his fellow ILB prospects.
28. Denver Broncos: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Sharrif Floyd is not the most polished defensive tackle in the draft. He does, however, have the kind of athleticism for the position that will be intoxicating for teams.
With the Denver Broncos, Floyd would be able to get the coaching he needs without the pressure of anchoring a defense.
29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The New England Patriots have a few slot receivers already, but Wes Welker is a free agent at the end of the season, and it's going to be expensive to bring him back.
Tavon Austin would be a like-for-like replacement for the long term. He's not athletically gifted enough to be a target deep down the field, but Austin, has the potential to become a steady receiver in the NFL.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Atlanta Falcons might want to try to trade up if they want a safer pass-rushing prospect. Datone Jones carries a bit of risk if anybody takes him in the first round.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Matt Elam is the kind of all-around safety who would thrive in any defense. He can defend the run or drop back into coverage.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
If the San Francisco want to lock up the future at safety, they should target Kenny Vaccaro.
He's much like Elam in that he does everything you want from a safety. With Dashon Goldson hitting free agency, Vaccaro would be a cheaper option.
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