NFL Mock Draft 2013: Predicting Where Top WRs Will End Up
In what looks to be a defense-heavy 2013 NFL draft, offense—including wide receivers—seems to be at a premium.
With only a few wideouts projected to be selected in the first round, the 2013 draft should be one of the more difficult drafts to predict in recent years.
But we'll give it a go anyway.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs desperately need to address the quarterback position and Geno Smith is above and beyond the best option in the 2013 NFL draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
Jacksonville's defense sacked opposing quarterbacks an NFL-low 20 times last season while Florida State DE Bjoern Werner racked up 13 sacks for the Seminoles.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
This pick is a start to the Raiders fixing their defense, as Oakland ranked 18th against the rush and No. 31 in defensive sacks.
Star Lotulelei is a stout run-stopper and can immediately make an impact for Oakland's defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
If Chip Kelly's offense is going to translate into the NFL, he needs big offensive lineman who can move and get down the field.
As arguably the best player at his position in the draft, Luke Joeckel would be a wise choice for the Eagles at the fourth spot.
5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Damontre Moore proved at Texas A&M that he can play in both a 4-3 and a 3-4, meaning the Lions can use him at DE or OLB.
With Cliff Avril approaching free agency and Kyle Vanden Bosch turning 35, Detroit needs to get younger and stronger on the defensive line.
6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
With the Browns moving to a 3-4 defense next season, Jarvis Jones makes perfect sense for Cleveland.
With Jones owning experience and success in the 3-4, the Browns would be getting one of the best defenders in the draft.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Arizona's biggest issue last season was at the quarterback position.
After a solid week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Larry Johnson and the Cardinals should be pleased if Arizona drafts Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson.
8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, Ryan Fitzpatrick's future in Buffalo is looking bleak.
Enter Mike Glennon, who had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and has a great arm and a ton of potential.
9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
With the Jets shopping lockdown corner Darrelle Revis, it sounds as if New York will be in need of a cornerback in the upcoming draft.
Alabama's Dee Milliner is one of the best corners in the draft, utilizing excellent recognition and ball skills to his advantage.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
According to Football Outsiders, the Titans owned the second-to-worst offensive line in the NFL this season.
With Chance Warmack owning some of the best run-blocking skills of the O-linemen in this draft, Chris Johnson would be pleased to see Warmack in Tennessee.
11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Philip Rivers was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL this season.
At 6'8", 305 pounds, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is a step in the right direction to fix that issue.
12. Miami Dolphins: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Brian Hartline had one heck of a season in 2012, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career as the Dolphins' leading receiver.
No offense, but when Hartline is your leading receiver, you need some help.
At 6'3", 210 pounds, Cal wideout Keenan Allen is a physical receiver who can go up and make plays over the top for this Miami offense.
He's a great competitor and isn't afraid to block in the run game and has some of the best hands of the receivers in this year's draft.
If Miami is going to contend in the AFC East with the Patriots, it needs a playmaking WR like Allen.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Bucs owned the worst pass defense in the NFL this season, as they were thrown all over in 2012.
At 6'1", FSU corner Xavier Rhodes has amazing play-making abilities and is solid in coverage, which is exactly what Tampa Bay needs.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Defensive tackles have been a weak position for the Panthers in recent years.
A 6'3", 295-pound athlete like Sheldon Richardson on the defensive line would help stop the run up the middle and allow edge rushers to get to the opposing quarterback.
15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
New Orleans had the worst total defense in 2012, giving up an average of more than 440 YPG.
With the Saints moving to a 3-4 in 2013, Barkevious Mingo is an excellent athlete and has the capability to play OLB in the NFL.
16. St. Louis Rams: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
At 6'7", 303 pounds, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson is built to protect a franchise quarterback like Sam Bradford.
Just ask Landry Jones.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Pittsburgh needs youth in its linebacking corps and Alec Ogletree would be the perfect fit.
He possesses outstanding speed for a big frame and could really develop into a top linebacker if he's willing to listen.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Dallas was 22nd against the rush this season, and with all of the talented rushers in the NFC East, that's a problem for the Cowboys.
Ohio State's 335-pound DT Johnathan Hankins is a guy who can plug up the middle and really stop an opponent's running game.
19. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Jerry Reese loves his athletes and that's exactly what he'd get in the Senior Bowl standout, Ezekiel Ansah.
His excellent showing in Mobile, Ala., should have NFL GMs drooling over his talent, and with Osi Umenyiora likely departing the G-Men, Ansah could be on the next plane to New Jersey.
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
With little-to-no production coming from Bears' tight ends this season, Chicago should be looking at Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert.
The 6'6" TE needs some work but has the capabilities to be more productive than Kellen Davis.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Robert Geathers is likely to hit the free-agent market and the Bengals will need to fill his spot on the defensive line.
UCLA's Datone Jones had a great week at the Senior Bowl and should catch the eyes of multiple NFL teams in April.
22. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
After upgrading their corners last offseason, the Rams should look to complete their secondary makeover by drafting Longhorn safety Kenny Vaccaro.
Vaccaro has some of the best cover skills for a safety in the draft and his physical style should suit St. Louis' defense.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
What the Vikings' offense lacks is a big wideout who can win the jump ball battle and that's exactly what 6'3", 205-pound wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson can do.
If Percy Harvin can get himself heavy, these two could be deadly to opposing defenses, with one WR boasting quick speed and the other enormous size.
We know this offense is going to run through Adrian Peterson, but wouldn't it be nice for Christian Ponder to have a legit downfield threat?
That's exactly what Minnesota will get if it takes Tennessee's Patterson in the first round.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Colts owned the 26th-ranked total defense this season and could find themselves getting one of the most versatile defensive ends in the 2013 draft if they go with Texas' Alex Okafor.
25. Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was an absolute beast for the Tigers in 2012, leading the team in receiving with 82 receptions, 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The leading receiver on the Seahawks?
Sidney Rice: 50 receptions, 748 yards and seven touchdowns.
We already know Seattle's read-option offense is dynamic with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch leading the way, but adding one of the best WRs in college certainly won't hurt in 2013.
Having made the playoffs in his rookie season, Wilson is poised for an even better 2013 campaign if he gets himself an elite receiver like Hopkins.
26. Green Bay Packers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
While Green Bay will need to address its wide receiver situation, its defense should come first, and Florida's DT Sharrif Floyd could be the answer.
The Pack ranked 17th against the rush this season and were demolished by the 49ers' fantastic running game in the divisional round.
27. Houston Texans: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Houston saw a lot of injuries to its linebacking corps this season and can't afford that to happen again in 2013.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o can be a tough ILB in a 3-4 system for years to come with the Texans.
28. Denver Broncos: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
The weak-side linebacker position has been an issue for the Denver Broncos for quite some time, but Kansas State's Arthur Brown can help.
Brown has excellent range and is one of the best wrap-up tacklers in the draft.
29. New England Patriots: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
With free agency looming for Wes Welker, the Patriots could be looking to fill a void at WR in the draft.
Welker and West Virginia WR Tavon Austin are the same height (5'9") and play similar styles of football, using quick route-running skills to their advantage.
Austin surpassed 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons to close out his college career and could be molded into a legitimate slot receiver with the help of Tom Brady.
If New England is looking to bolster its offense and sees Welker walk in free agency, Austin is the perfect start to a replacement.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
With Tony Gonzalez slated to retire, the Falcons need to address the tight end spot.
Zach Ertz is a solid route runner and has the ability to stretch the field in the passing game.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
San Francisco is known for having one of—if not the best—defenses in the NFL, but its cornerbacks are the weakest aspect.
Washington CB Desmond Trufant shows excellent awareness in coverage and shows great upside and potential.
32. Baltimore Ravens: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
With Ed Reed approaching the end of his career, the Ravens know they need to get deeper at safety.
D.J. Swearinger is one of the best cover safeties in college football and lays down Brian Dawkins-like hits on receivers.
This would be a great selection for the Ravens.
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