2013 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting Where Top QBs Will Land
While the 2013 NFL draft is supposedly weak at the quarterback position, there should be multiple players selected in the first round.
While the talent level certainly isn't close to last year's draft class, the need for quarterbacks still remains. Teams will get desperate, and it will raise the draft stock of multiple quarterbacks into and up in the first round.
Quarterback needs in the draft will most likely change before April. With veterans Alex Smith and Matt Flynn likely available, teams could go that route in order to find their guy.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs could be interested in taking Geno Smith with the top pick, but the smarter pick is to get the top player. They look to rebuild in the trenches and get better production from their offensive line. Joeckel can come in right away and contribute.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Jaguars also need help up front and look to do so by drafting Lotulelei with the second pick. They couldn't stop anybody last season, and Lotulelei should help them start to win some battles on the defensive line.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Raiders will be tempted to take Smith here as well, but they have some serious issues on their defensive line. Werner gives them some presence on the defensive line and allows the Raiders to use other picks to fill the various holes later on.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Eagles take the first quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft by selecting Geno Smith. With the Chiefs and others passing on Smith, the Eagles get a man to revamp their franchise and be a symbol for new head coach Chip Kelly.
Smith's athletic ability make him extremely attractive to Kelly. He will be asked to use that athleticism to run pieces of the spread offense that Kelly famously used at Oregon. While he is athletic, Smith can still throw the ball well, despite needing coaching in that area.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
The Lions defensive line is close to being one of the more talented in the league, but their production hasn't matched it. Ansah will help to lock down the line and get after some of the talented offenses in the NFC North. The best part about Ansah is the fact he's still learning the position.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns defense showed great signs of improvement last year and could use some more talent to get even better. Moore gives them that talent as a player with a high motor that can rush the passer extremely well.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Cardinals are in dire need of a capable quarterback after finishing the season with Kevin Kolb, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. While the class is perceived as weak, the Cardinals take a quarterback earlier to ensure that they can get their guy and go from there in the draft.
Wilson is a strong passer that is capable of reading defenses. His skill-set makes him one of the most NFL-ready quarterbacks in the draft. He can come in right away and add to the Cardinals offense ahead of their group of quarterbacks.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
The Bills reach here to grab the big Mike Glennon. Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't justified his large contract and the Bills will look to get another option at the quarterback position. Glennon gives them a prospect with big arm talent and size to make him a force.
Glennon was extremely efficient in his offense at N.C. State. He was accurate and knew when and how to use his strength to his advantage. The biggest knock against Glennon is his lack of athleticism and ability to move within the pocket.
9. New York Jets (6-10): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Jets could be another team in the market for a quarterback, but with teams ahead of them getting quarterback-hungry, the Jets likely won't reach. They would benefit from Mingo's ability to rush the passer and play the run on a defense that was fairly average in 2012.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Titans have a solid core of players on offense, but could use another big body on the offensive line to strengthen their team. Warmack is incredibly strong and will help the Titans both in the running game and the passing game.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher had one of the most impressive Senior Bowl weeks and has flown up the draft boards. He doesn't quite overtake Joeckel for the top tackle in the class, but he's not far behind him. He will help the Chargers as they look to re-polish their offense.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Dolphins need wide receivers to make things easier for Ryan Tannehill. The rookie quarterback showed plenty potential in head coach Joe Philbin's offense. Drafting Patterson and using free agency should give the Dolphins some threats in the passing game.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Buccaneers benefit from the amount of talent on the lines as Dee Milliner falls out of the top 10 and into the lap of the Bucs. They need cornerback help and Milliner is definitely the top cornerback in the draft.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones is hard to pin down, as his spinal stenosis could cause his draft stock to fall dramatically. With good physicals, Jones is one of the most talented players in the draft. The Panthers would be getting a talented, instinctive linebacker.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Saints defense needs a new identity following last season, and Floyd's immense talent gives them one. He will contribute right away on defense and help the Saints win some of their one-on-one battles in the trenches
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Rams need help in the secondary and getting the top-rated safety in the draft should help them improve their defense. In a division with Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, the Rams need as many playmakers as they can get.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Allen is considered by some to be the best wide receiver in the draft class. He is a solid all-around receiver that could come in and fill the void left by Mike Wallace. If Wallace is re-signed, the Steelers could look elsewhere with this pick.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7): John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The Cowboys have been considered a soft team and lack a presence on their aging defensive line. Adding John Jenkins makes them better overall and should help to revitalize some of their older linemen.
19. New York Giants (9-7): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Giants seem very set on making sure Eli Manning is fully surrounded by talent. They have some very talented wide receivers, and Eifert would give them a threat from the tight end position. Eifert is highly touted for his pass-catching abilities, but also blocks well.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Bears need to protect Jay Cutler. Their franchise quarterback has taken entirely way too many hits over the last few seasons. Fluker can come in and help the Bears keep Cutler upright and allow him to find their wide receivers.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ray Maualuga struggled immensely down the stretch, and the Bengals could look to replace him with the talented Alec Ogletree. Using his intelligence and athleticism, Ogletree will be able to make a difference right away.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
After using their initial pick in the first round on defense, the Rams look to protect Sam Bradford. With some young receivers and a solid running game, the Rams just need to do a better job of protecting their quarterback and opening up holes in the run game.
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Vikings will likely be tempted to add another weapon for Christian Ponder and their offense, but they need some help on the defensive line. Williams can come in help the Vikings to control games using their defensive line as well as their offensive line.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Colts need better play from the cornerback position. They benefit from the lack of demand for cornerbacks in the first round and get the second-best corner in Banks.
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Seahawks get one of the steals of the first round by grabbing Sheldon Richardson. With the amount of talented defensive-line players, there will definitely be players that fall. The Seahawks run defense needs to tighten up in the middle of their line.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
The Packers continue to struggle protecting Aaron Rodgers and need better players to do so. In addition, the Packers' lack of physicality has hurt them in the NFC, and Jones can help give them an edge on the offensive line.
27. Houston Texans (12-4): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Down the stretch, the Texans showed they need more weapons on offense. They need another wide receiver to take pressure off Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub in the passing game. Hopkins is very good at all aspects of the position and will demand attention from defenses.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The way their season ended shows the Broncos need help in their secondary. They could go for a safety at this spot, but Rhodes is definite first-round talent. Rhodes has good size and ability to come in and have an impact.
29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Patriots also showed a vulnerability to get put over the top. This has been a problem over the past few seasons and the Patriots look to address it with Elam. The safety is still raw, but his athleticism gives him a chance to be a very good player.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
The Falcons also benefit from the depth of the defensive-line talent in the draft by getting Dion Jordan. He's got an incredible motor and ability to rush the passer. He will be groomed to be the replacement for John Abraham.
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The 49ers' biggest weakness all season was their safety play, and it was a big reason they lost in the Super Bowl. Swearinger is a big hitter that would fit right in with the culture of the 49ers defense. He needs some coaching but has the potential to fit in very nicely.
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Manti Te'o's draft stock could depend on his interviews at the combine. Despite his poor performance in the National Championship game, Te'o still has plenty to offer an NFL team. The Ravens need to reload at linebacker, and Te'o's the guy.
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