2013 NFL Mock Draft: Forecasting the Entire First Round

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2013

With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing and the draft just two months away, NFL teams are running out of time to decide which direction they will go in this spring.

There are a plethora of talented players entering the 2013 NFL draft, but only 32 can become first-round selections. With constant shuffling sure to continue through April 25, there are countless different ways the first round could pan out.

Below, we'll forecast the entire first round of the 2013 NFL draft. 


No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT

It's hard to see the Chiefs making West Virginia's Geno Smith the top overall pick this year. Instead, I think they go with a stud in Joeckel, who has the potential to develop into a franchise cornerstone in Kansas City.


No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE

Mingo is incredibly versatile. He brings a growing skill set to the table, and he should certainly be available for Jacksonville with the No. 2 selection.


No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) : Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT

If Kansas City doesn't take a defensive player with the top pick, the Oakland Raiders could go that route with Lotulelei. 


No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT

The Eagles could go in a number of different directions, but if they hope to have Michael Vick play all 16 games in 2013, the offensive line is a great place to start.


No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

Jones is the kind of talent that could spark Detroit's defense in 2013. The Lions have enough stars at defensive end; now it's time to bring in a player capable of applying pressure from other areas as well as holding up in run defense.


No. 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB

Although Cleveland isn't limited to one need at No. 5, Milliner would be an excellent move for a team that ranked 25th against the pass in 2012.


No. 7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB

Let's face it, the Cardinals need a quarterback, and Smith is the best available this year.

Plus, the desert would provide him with an ideal environment to wing the ball around to Larry Fitzgerald and others.


No. 8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB

Buffalo's defense was burned time and time again last season, so the Bills should target a sturdy middle linebacker to turn things around.


No. 9. New York Jets (6-10): Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE

Arguably the best athlete coming out this year, Moore is the type of player Rex Ryan would love to have in New York.


No. 10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G

Warmack would provide Titans running back Chris Johnson with a big body to run behind in 2013. Although he's not a glamorous pickup, he may be just what Tennessee needs to get over the hump.

There's also a good chance Tennessee goes defense with this pick.


No. 11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT

Chargers fans have got to be tired of seeing Philip Rivers forced to play under pressure. If the Bolts want to keep their franchise passer upright so he can make plays, bringing in a super-athletic lineman like Johnson is the right move.

It wasn't long ago that the 6'6", 302-pound offensive tackle was playing quarterback, tight end and even defensive end in high school and college.


No. 12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Keenan Allen, California, WR

A lot of people expect the Dolphins to pursue wide-receiving help through free agency this offseason. And although that's a real possibility, the lack of any top defensive back prospects outside of Milliner could lead Miami to take a strong receiver like Allen.


No. 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE

Werner is a fierce pass-rusher who can help provide early success for Tampa Bay's 32nd-ranked pass defense next season.


No. 14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT

With so much depth on the defensive side of the ball this year, Carolina could very well opt for a human wall in Richardson to shore up its 14th-ranked rush defense.


No. 15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE

I'm sure Saints fans would welcome the sight of Jordan wreaking havoc on the fast turf inside the Superdome.


No. 16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S

If Vaccaro is still on the board at No. 16, the Rams will likely pick him up in a hurry. St. Louis' secondary wasn't horrid this past season, but Vaccaro is a talented player who can add another element to Jeff Fisher's secondary.


No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE

One of the better athletes coming out this year, Ansah has enormous potential on defense as well as special teams, where he plays hard and fast.


No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kawann Short, Purdue, DT

The Cowboys gave up tons of rushing yards last season, so drafting a big, run-stopping defensive tackle at No. 18 wouldn't be a bad direction to take.


No. 19. New York Giants (9-7): Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT

Clearly, the New York Giants defensive line isn't what it was when they won their last two Super Bowls. Players are getting older and many faces have departed. 

If Floyd is available in the middle of the first round, he will likely come off the board at No. 19.


No. 20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE

It's a close race between Stanford's Zach Ertz and Eifert as far as the top tight end prospect is concerned, but I give Eifert the edge in athleticism.

Jay Cutler loves to improvise, and when he does, Eifert could be the one to bail him out.


No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G

The Bengals would be wise to take one of the best players available with this pick. That could potentially be Cooper. 

LSU's Sam Montgomery is also an option for Cincinnati.


No. 22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR

Wide receiver is a legitimate need for St. Louis, and Patterson is one of the best available. If his stock continues to rise, he may be off the board.

But West Virginia's Tavon Austin is another strong possibility.


No. 23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB

Some would argue that the Vikings are solid at cornerback, but the numbers don't lie. Minnesota ranked 24th in the NFL last season in pass defense. 

Something's got to change.


No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT

The Colts have their quarterback of the future, and now it's time to address a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2012.


No. 25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, DT

Seattle could go wide receiver with the No. 25 pick, but if it hopes to continue to contend with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West, it is best suited going defense.

Hankins could bolster the Seahawks' 10th-ranked rushing defense in 2013.


No. 26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB

A lack of offensive balance seems to be holding the Packers back right now. That's why Green Bay should look to find a talented young back to play behind Aaron Rodgers

Lacy is powerful and dynamic, something Green Bay has lacked at running back for a long time.


No. 27. Houston Texans (12-4): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR

I think Austin will become a popular choice by the time draft day arrives, but to be safe, I'll say a team in need of some offensive explosion like Houston takes a chance on him late in the first round.


No. 28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, CB

If the Denver Broncos haven't already burned the tape from their AFC Divisional playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, then they should watch it, and then target a defensive back at No. 28.


No. 29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, Florida, S

The Pats secondary has been their Achilles' heel for the past few years now, and we know that Bill Belichick loves to draft players out of Gainesville. 


No. 30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Zach Ertz, Stanford, TE

Tony Gonzalez's future is still up in the air, but even if he returns, Ertz would be an asset and could eventually take over for Gonzalez as the Falcons' No. 1 tight end.


No. 31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB

It'll be hard for the Niners' top-five defense to get much better in 2013, but if there's one glaring issue after the Super Bowl loss, it's in the secondary.

Banks is a strong possibility in the late first round.


No. 32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Kevin Minter, LSU, LB

Let the Ray Lewis comparisons begin. In all seriousness, Minter is a solid player and was one of the better inside linebackers in college football last season.

He's not the next Lewis, but he's a great starting point for the reigning Super Bowl champions.


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