2013 NFL Mock Draft: Perfect Options for Every NFL Team
Every NFL franchise is currently dedicated to carefully planning their offseason moves and draft strategies, hoping to land the perfect personnel pieces to fit their system this spring.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always pan out that way—scouts make bad suggestions on prospects and general managers pull the trigger on signings and draft picks.
We’re here to point out some players that seem to be great options for every team with a first-round pick in the 2013 draft.
Let’s take a look at the latest mock with a focus on the best fits for each organization.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
With Alex Smith now on the Kansas City roster, Joeckel is a natural fit with the Chiefs.
The stalwart lineman has the potential to make a number of All-Pro teams and should immediately be able to start for the organization. He’s a great pick for the future and present needs of this team.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd has been flying up draft boards, largely based on his incredible value as an interior defensive lineman with size, speed and athleticism to not only stop the run and clog lanes, but to also get into the backfield for tackles for losses and sacks.
The Jaguars could hardly get any pressure on the passer in 2012, making this Gators standout a perfect piece for the franchise.
3. Oakland Raiders: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
With the Raiders hardly getting a return on their massive investment for Carson Palmer, and Terrelle Pryor still unproven, there’s a solid chance that they elect to nab Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick.
The WVU signal-caller makes great sense for a team that direly needs stability all over the field—so why not start at the most important position.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Jordan is a versatile player that could play outside linebacker or edge rusher regardless of which base defense his team utilizes.
No one understands his value more than Chip Kelly, Jordan’s coach during his tenure with the Ducks. Considering Kelly is now with the Eagles, this pick is a home run.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Detroit
Milliner won’t solve all of the Lions’ problems, but he certainly makes their secondary better—a huge issue in 2012.
With his great athleticism and pure speed, Detroit would not be giving up as many big plays with the former Crimson Tide star on the field.
6. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU
Ansah has been doing nothing but improving his stock since the Cougars season ended, dominating the Senior Bowl and then crushing his workouts at the combine.
Cleveland is transitioning to a 3-4 and needs to install an athletic outside linebacker, making Ansah a great pick if they are willing to be patient on his development.
It doesn’t seem the Browns will be competing for a Super Bowl anytime soon, but this pick will greatly improve their defense.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Cardinals have a huge QB conundrum, but they have more issues along the offensive line.
Fisher is a stout left tackle that should be able to find a starting role immediately for this franchise. If he can do his job well, perhaps Kevin Kolb—or whomever winds up under center in Arizona—will have a fighting chance at success.
8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Patterson is oozing with potential, but his on-field production leaves a bit to be desired.
If the big wide receiver pans out, the Bills will finally have a legitimate receiving threat that can get open deep, win jump balls and use his sheer athleticism to make spectacular catches.
The Bills do need a quarterback, but there just isn’t any value in taking a chance on any here at No. 8.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
With Tom Brady in the AFC East, the Jets have to continue to bolster their pass rush.
Sure, the team needs a quarterback as much as the Bills do, but—again—a player like Matt Barkley just doesn’t possess great value here.
Mingo is a huge upgrade at a position of serious need for the squad, so don’t be surprised to see Gang Green pull the trigger on the former Tiger star at No. 9.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei was mocked much higher before a heart issue was diagnosed and concerned a number of observers.
The Utah star is a top-tier lineman and one of the better defensive tackles we’ve seen in quite some time.
Lotulelei’s presence would be a huge boon for a Tennessee team that direly needs to hit a home run here with a draft pick, and his value is too high to pass up at No. 10.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Johnson went out and showed the world that he has the athleticism to hang with the big boys—plus, his huge frame should help a left tackle-needy team right away.
The Oklahoma stud makes ideal sense for the Chargers, who have struggled to find a suitable starter at the position.
Johnson’s services are direly needed in order to keep Philip Rivers upright in 2013, especially if the team is going to be in contention for the AFC West crown.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Rhodes is a freakish athlete that is easily the best corner on the board with Milliner already gone in this mock.
While the Dolphins could elect to select a receiver here, we believe there is more value in the former Seminoles defensive back and he should be able to earn one of the two starting corner spots by the time training camp wraps up.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Bucs would ideally nab a corner on Day 1 of the draft, but the two best are now off the board—leaving them to address other big needs at No. 13.
Vaccaro would be a great fit with the organization, as Ronde Barber’s status is up in the air. Even if the veteran returns, this Longhorns product could rotate between safety and nickel corner depending on the situation.
14. Carolina Panthers: Bjorn Werner, DE, Florida State
Carolina couldn’t mount the defensive stands required to make the playoffs after the 2012 season, which is why they should have no problem picking the best defender left on the board in this mock.
Werner could conceivably fall anywhere in the first round come April, but the Panthers would be foolish to let him slip past No. 14.
The former Seminole is an overall stout defensive end that can definitely help on the pass rush, while also possessing the size to help contain the run.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Some may think Jones is falling due to his spinal stenosis, but the prospect believes he is still high up on the big boards.
We’re inclined to agree with him, and think he’d make a great member of the New Orleans Saints. Jones is a top-notch pass rusher and great run defender, making him a slam-dunk pick for a franchise that direly needs a playmaker in their linebacking corps.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
We could see Warmack going inside the top 10 come April, but for now we have him drifting into the middle of the first round and landing in St. Louis.
The Rams would bolster the interior of their offensive line, helping keep Sam Bradford upright and greatly boosting the running game going into next season.
There are options that may fit better here, but the value of Warmack is too much to pass on.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson is an interesting prospect, largely based on his versatility.
Because of this Mizzou star’s ability to play numerous positions along a defensive line, the Steelers may poach him in order to install him as a defensive end, with a chance to get some reps at DT in the middle of their 3-4 attack.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Moore’s combine performance dropped him on a number of big boards, including ours.
However, there’s plenty of time for this prospect to get in shape and improve upon his numbers at the Aggies pro day. Don’t sleep on Moore becoming a top-10 pick—making his selection at No. 18 a no-brainer for Dallas.
19. New York Giants: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Giants once solid defensive line is in need of some repair, so Okafor makes a lot of sense for Big Blue.
He has great athleticism, strength and a knack for hunting down the opposing quarterback—just what the G-Men need.
20. Chicago Bears: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Chicago’s biggest issue is offensive line play, and Fluker is the best choice to help patch that front up.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
The Bengals aren’t scared of giving a talented player with character issues a chance, so Ogletree could find himself wearing the black and orange stripes in 2013.
This Bulldog was recently arrested for a DUI, causing his once rising stock to sink back down to the latter portion of the first round. Regardless, Cincy has a great eye for troubled young men and Ogletree could carve out a great career with the organization.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Rams could possibly lose a number of wide receivers this offseason, making weapons for QB Sam Bradford a priority in the draft.
Hopkins is a nice prospect with No. 1 potential, but even if he turns out to be a second option, St. Louis’ passing game will be better for it.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Percy Harvin is the only semblance of a talented receiver on the Vikings' roster, so Allen obviously makes sense here at No. 23.
Minnesota has to expend the resources in order to at least give Christian Ponder a chance at becoming a franchise quarterback, which in turn would give superstar running back Adrian Peterson more opportunities to churn out big plays.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Colts defense wasn’t great in 2012, but the team still made the playoffs in spite of that due to sensational rookie Andrew Luck.
Indianapolis must either improve the offensive line here, or—perhaps more wisely—bolster the defense.
Hankins would be the best option if the front office elects to go in the latter direction, as he has the ability to play all over their defensive line.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Carradine has a ton of upside, but his ACL injury is a potential red flag to many teams.
Fortunately, Seattle made a great playoff run after the 2012 campaign and doesn’t have too many pressing needs outside of a defensive lineman.
The Seahawks should take the best available (Carradine in this mock) and hope that he can fully recover in time to contribute next season.
26. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Cooper represents a great value here for the Pack, as they struggled to get the running game going and Aaron Rodgers was often dodging pass-rushers in the backfield.
This young man would help jumpstart the rushing attack in Green Bay and keep the pressure off the elite QB.
27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Austin is a great playmaker with breakaway speed and solid hands.
The Texans may already have a top-tier receiver in Andre Johnson, but the star is getting up there in age and more help for Matt Schaub could never hurt.
28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
We think Trufant could actually come off the board earlier in the first, but he’s going to fall to the Broncos at No. 28.
He’s a gift to the team here, as he could help spell Champ Bailey and eventually replace the veteran star.
29. New England Patriots: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Patriots secondary, as usual, was patchwork at best by the time the Baltimore Ravens defeated them in the playoffs.
Elam would inject some youth, playmaking and leadership into a young defensive unit that needs a player with his skills.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Falcons will likely go TE or DE here, but we believe a pass-rusher to fill John Abraham’s void has more value in the first than a potential replacement for Tony Gonzalez.
Jones is a solid 3-4 edge rusher—which the Falcons could possibly convert too—and a great pick if they wind up making that call.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Tigers defensive end is one of the better players left on the board, but we’re not so sure San Francisco will be drafting here.
With 15 picks in the 2013 draft, the Super Bowl runners-up would be crazy not to move up to nab a top-tier talent. Expect them to trade this pick and plenty more by late April.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
There’s going to be plenty of defensive players to help the Ravens out here, but we think Williams is the one they will go with.
He’s a nasty run defender with a mean streak that fits right in with the attitude of the other Baltimore players.
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