2013 NFL Mock Draft: Pick-by-Pick Guide to the First Round

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Pick-by-Pick Guide to the First Round
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After the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, we have a pretty good feel for most of the prospects in the 2013 NFL draft class by now.

Pro days will be the final barometer in the draft process, but most prospects have shown us who they are and what they could potentially do in various schemes in the NFL.

It's a loaded defensive draft class, but don't forget about some of the potential game-changers on the offensive side of the ball.

Here's my latest 2013 NFL mock draft.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

The Chiefs did just franchise left tackle Branden Albert, but drafting a potential All-Pro in Luke Joeckel is still the best move. After acquiring Alex Smith from the 49ers, the Chiefs need to think about protecting the veteran quarterback beyond the 2013 campaign.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Jaguars need to patch up a leaky defense that ranked dead last in sacks last season. Sharrif Floyd has soared up draft boards based on his combination of power and speed. He would be a good fit as a pass-rushing three-technique defensive tackle in Jacksonville's 4-3 scheme.

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

With Sharrif Floyd off the board, I could see the Raiders nabbing Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Assuming Lotulelei tests out OK (there are concerns about a possible heart condition), he's an immense talent whose strength, speed and technique allows him to even burst through double teams. 

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Dion Jordan's draft stock soared at the Combine, when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds. The Eagles could go in a number of different directions here, and we don't even know what scheme they are going to run yet, but Jordan's connection with Chip Kelly and his versatility make him my pick here.

 

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU

While Ezekiel Ansah needs some work on his technique, there is no questioning his supreme athleticism and explosiveness. The comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul are valid. The Lions need an edge-rusher.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

There is no question that Dee Milliner is the top cornerback in the draft. His game film is exceptional—displaying the coverage skills and ability against the run to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL—and he ran well at the Combine. Not a bad guy to plug in opposite Joe Haden in Cleveland.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Eric Fisher has quickly become a hot name after his Combine showing. His agility is tremendous—he ranked second in the broad jump (116.0 inches) and tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle (4.44 seconds) among offensive linemen.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

There are questions about Geno Smith's consistency when it comes to accuracy, but he has a big arm and the pocket mobility to make things happen at the NFL level. It would be a surprise if the Bills didn't go with a quarterback here, especially if Smith lands here.

 

9. New York Jets: Barkevious MingoOLB, LSU

With his lean frame, you can't expect Barkevious Mingo to be a defensive end at the next level. But his combination of athleticism and explosiveness could make him a big-time threat as a 3-4 outside linebacker with some seasoning. The Jets need that.

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

A premier run-blocker who also did well in pass protection during his time at Alabama, Chance Warmack is a good fit at a primary need for the Titans. Something tells me Chris Johnson won't be calling out this offensive lineman.

 

11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Lane Johnson ranked second in the 40-yard dash, second in the vertical jump, first in the broad jump, second in the three-cone drill and fifth in the 20-yard shuttle among offensive linemen at the Combine. His combination of athleticism and power would be welcomed with open arms by Philip Rivers..

 

12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Cordarrelle Patterson ranked sixth in the 40-yard dash and fifth in the vertical jump among receivers at the Combine, despite weighing in at 216 pounds. The fact that he was a return man at that size with the Volunteers is all you need to know. His route-running needs work, but his athleticism is NFL-ready.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

At 6'1", 215 pounds, Xavier Rhodes not only has the size to battle with the bigger receivers in the NFL, but he also has the toughness. The Buccaneers need some attitude in their secondary—Rhodes is the man for the job.

 

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Sheldon Richardson not only displayed impressive speed and athleticism for a defensive tackle at the combine, but his game tape speaks volumes. He has a fantastic motor and plays the game right. Defensive tackle is the Panthers' primary need.

 

15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

After being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, the explosive Jarvis Jones may drop a bit in the draft. Then again, he was one of the most explosive players in college football last season and has the skill set to transition nicely to the Saints' 3-4 scheme. He's certainly worth the risk here.

 

16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas

Kenny Vaccaro is widely regarded as the top safety in the draft. He has the versatility, coverage skills and run-stuffing ability to be a favorite with Jeff Fisher and the Rams.

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

Damontre Moore managed just 12 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press at the Combine. Given there were already qualms about his strength at the next level, I wouldn't be surprised if he dropped this far. Still, he does have the burst and bend to get around blockers in the NFL, and his experience as a 3-4 rush linebacker fits well in Pittsburgh.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina

Jonathan Cooper could go earlier than this, but if he lands here, he's a dream pick for Dallas. The Cowboys need help on the interior line. Cooper posted an official time of 5.07 seconds in the 40-yard dash...at 311 pounds. His athleticism, combined with his pass-blocking skills, could see him be a legit starter in the NFL right away.

 

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

There are questions about Bjoern Werner's lack of elite athleticism after he didn't do anything special at the Combine. His football IQ and motor could still make him an impact player in the NFL, though. He's too talented to drop past the Giants, who need help on the edge.

 

20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Tyler Eifert was dubbed a "top performer" by NFL.com in every Combine activity he participated in. His combination of speed and strength could see him transition nicely to the NFL. The Bears need a standout player at tight end, and by coupling him with Martellus Bennett and they could have a dynamic two-TE system to assist Jay Cutler

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

It wouldn't surprise me if Kevin Minter was the first inside linebacker selected in the draft. Alec Ogletree has dropped due to character concerns. Minter has the instincts, tackling ability and toughness to be an impact starter in the NFL.

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins): Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

The Rams still need some help in the receiving corps. Keenan Allen has the athleticism and height to be an impact player for St. Louis. Sam Bradford needs more weapons.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

What DeAndre Hopkins lacks in elite athleticism he makes up for with his height, length, route-running and understanding of the game. He's a very cerebral, fluid player who can shake defensive backs out of their cleats. Minnesota needs help in the receiving corps. 

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Desmond Trufant would be a great catch for the Colts. His toughness, athleticism and strength were on full display at the Combine. He's been soaring up draft boards ever since Senior Bowl week.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

With a need to plug up the middle, the Vikings would be wise to add a defensive tackle like Sylvester Williams, who has risen up draft boards.

 

26. Green Bay Packers: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State

Arthur Brown has sideline-to-sideline ability, instincts and the versatility to be a nice fit in Green Bay's various schemes. Brown could be a special player in the NFL.

 

27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Tavon Austin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the Combine...so there's that. As a slot receiver, he would be a great complement to Andre Johnson, giving Matt Schaub another explosive weapon.

 

28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan HankinsDT, Ohio State

Johnathan Hankins has great fluidity at 335 pounds. He would be a no-brainer for the Broncos here, given their need at defensive tackle.

 

29. New England Patriots: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Johnthan Banks did not do well at the Combine, but I look at his game tape and see an impressive player with the versatility, coverage skills, ball-hawking ability and toughness to fit in well in Foxborough. It's no secret that the Patriots have to add talent to their secondary.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

The Falcons need a pass-rusher off the edge. Alex Okafor's size, strength, burst and technique make him one of the most NFL-ready prospects in the class.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International

Jonathan Cyprien has been a hot name ever since Senior Bowl week. His hitting ability and tackling skills should make him an impact player against the run, and he's shown the range and instincts to play well on the back end. With Dashon Goldson potentially on his way out of San Francisco, the 49ers need to start looking for a strong safety.

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

Now that Ed Reed has departed Baltimore, the Ravens have to look forward. Eric Reid has great size at the safety position (6'2", 208 pounds), as well as the athleticism, instincts and competitive nature to make him a favorite in Baltimore.

 

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