2013 NFL Mock Draft: How Matt Flynn Trade to Raiders Shakes Up the First Round
In the NFL, one transaction can often change an entire draft. The latest example of this is the Oakland Raiders' acquisition of quarterback Matt Flynn.
The Seattle Seahawks officially announced the trade on their website. They'll send their backup quarterback to the Raiders for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015.
This will likely deter Oakland from drafting a quarterback in the first round, as Flynn will get a chance to show what he can do as a starter. As a result, almost every other team is affected.
Here is an updated look at the 2013 NFL draft after the latest trade, with three highlighted players and teams in particular noted in italics.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After placing the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, it seemed like the team had decided not to draft top prospect Luke Joeckel. However, things once again changed when Kansas City cut right tackle Eric Winston, according to Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports.
Although it is not necessarily guaranteed to work out, the Chiefs could draft Joeckel and move either him or Albert to the right side of the offensive line. At least this would satisfy the need for general manager John Dorsey to "pick the best player available" (via Will Brinson of CBS Sports).
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Jacksonville needs a lot of help on the defensive side of the football. Specifically, the unit allowed the third-most rushing yards in the league and finished with the fewest sacks.
The team needs an elite defensive lineman that can help in both of these areas.
Sharrif Floyd might be the only person that can do that in this class. He is a versatile player that has not only the size to play inside at tackle, but also the quickness to do well on the outside at end. He could also do well in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive system.
Few players were more impressive at the scouting combine, and his stock will continue to be on the rise until his name is called in April.
3. Oakland Raiders: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Obviously, the team most affected by the Matt Flynn trade is Oakland. The Raiders still have the opportunity to draft a quarterback after trading for Flynn, but it might be a smarter move to wait until the later rounds for someone who might be raw but has a high ceiling.
Quarterbacks like Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson or E.J. Manuel could be a nice choice in later rounds, even though the Raiders do not have many draft picks.
Instead, the Raiders could help the pass rush by selecting the very athletic Ezekiel Ansah. Although the BYU end lacks experience, he has loads of potential and can be a big-time player at the next level.
While this is a bit of a boom-or-bust pick, Oakland must take risks to get back to the top of the NFL, and addressing the pass rush is a wise risk to take.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
There has been a lot of talk about the Eagles' need for an offensive lineman. However, a lack of a pass rush was just as big of a problem last season.
Dion Jordan will have the opportunity to thrive under his former coach at Oregon and be a big-time pass-rusher in the NFL.
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher has been one of the hottest prospects since the end of the season and has put himself into consideration for the top pick of the draft. However, this seems like a more reasonable spot for the talented tackle.
Detroit needs someone who will protect Matt Stafford and keep the quarterback healthy. Fisher can do that as well as anyone in the draft.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner is so far ahead of the rest of the players at his position that it makes picking him a must for the Browns. They can grab help at other spots in the middle rounds, but the Alabama cornerback is an elite talent that will instantly improve the pass defense in Cleveland.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
It first appeared that a neck injury was causing teams to second-guess Jarvis Jones as a draft pick. According to the linebacker, that is not true (via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the [scouting] combine went fine for me. I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation. Everything went great.
After showing throughout his career that he is an elite pass-rusher, anyone in need of help in this area would love to grab him anywhere in the top 10. The Cardinals should not pass up a great opportunity.
8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Despite signing Kevin Kolb, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports that the Bills could still draft a quarterback in the first round.
Geno Smith has shown he has the accuracy, decision-making and mobility to succeed in the NFL, and he is the best long-term option the Bills would have.
A few teams could look to draft a quarterback with the first seven picks, including the Jaguars, Raiders or Cardinals. However, Oakland will probably look in another direction after acquiring Flynn, and the other two have bigger needs.
If the West Virginia quarterback falls to the No. 8 pick, the organization would be crazy not to draft him. Buffalo has been desperate for a franchise quarterback, and it can't afford to pass on Smith if he is available.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Barkevious Mingo might be one of the best overall athletes in the NFL draft. He is fast, strong and very explosive in his first step.
The New York Jets will hope that this can translate into sacks at the next level, because they did not have too many last season.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
An apparent heart condition could send Star Lotulelei down the draft boards as teams look to avoid risk in the draft. This could be bad for the defensive tackle, but great for the Tennessee Titans.
The team would get great value at this point by grabbing a very talented player that will help the defense right away.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Sometimes, a lack of experience is a bad thing. In other instances, it is encouraging for the future.
Lane Johnson has only spent a short amount of time on the offensive line after switching around from quarterback to tight end and defensive line in his career. However, he seems to have found a home at offensive tackle.
While the Chargers need someone to fix the offensive line immediately, few players have as much upside as the athletic Johnson.
Hopefully, he will be able to do enough in his first year to keep Philip Rivers on his feet.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
After taking care of their wide receiver needs in free agency, the Dolphins will be free to upgrade the secondary in the first round of the draft.
Xavier Rhodes is the best overall cornerback available, and his athleticism will allow him to remain productive for a long time in the NFL.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
There is no doubt what position the Buccaneers should be looking at after allowing the most passing yards in the NFL last season.
Desmond Trufant is one of the fastest cornerbacks in the draft, and he has the ability to stick with some of the top receivers in the league.
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14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Carolina has some good young pieces on the defense, but Sheldon Richardson is the type of player that can bring it all together. His ability to take on blockers will free up space for the rest of the stars to make plays on that side of the ball.
15. New Orleans Saints: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Pretty much everything went wrong for the Saints on the defensive side of the ball last season.
Bjoern Werner could possibly be the best pure pass-rusher in the class and will at least improve the unit in one area. Most likely, the next few picks will also be used to improve the defense.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Chance Warmack is one of the top talents in the NFL draft, but interior linemen are not often highly valued.
In reality, the team would be better off if more quarterbacks were taken in the first few picks, as it would leave more linemen available for the Rams. However, it now appears as though only one or maybe two will be selected that early.
Fortunately, there is still a good chance that Warmack makes it to this stage of the draft, as the teams in front have bigger needs. If he is available, the guard can make a huge difference on offense for the Rams.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Pittsburgh still has some of the best defensive players in the NFL, but the team needs more help in the draft in order to keep that going.
While Damontre Moore ran a little slow at the combine, his production at Texas A&M was very impressive. He not only finished with 12.5 sacks, but he led his team with 85 tackles.
The defensive end is a very talented player who has great instincts that will allow him to succeed at the next level. Learning from some of the best in the game will only make him even better.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper had the second-most reps on the bench press at the combine among offensive linemen. He uses every bit of that muscle on the football field to push around defenders and clear space for running backs.
19. New York Giants: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants finished 28th in defense last season, and it was mostly due to the cornerbacks not being able to defend the receivers. Upgrading at this position will give the defensive line more time to get to the quarterback.
Johnthan Banks is very physical in the secondary and can help the Giants immediately.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree can play in the middle of the field or at outside linebacker. Either way, he is likely to get over 100 tackles a year in the NFL.
The linebacker was suspended to start the season after failing a drug test, but he still ended up leading the team in tackles.
If he can prove that his issues are behind him, the Bears should be excited to grab the talented linebacker at this point.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Bengals do not have a lot of needs on this young team, but safety is a big one. Kenny Vaccaro has great instincts for the position and is versatile enough to player either free or strong safety.
In addition, he is quick enough to guard receivers in the slot if he is asked to at the next level.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
With a defense that continues to improve, there is nothing wrong with looking to fix the offense with both first-round picks.
Cordarrelle Patterson is a natural pass-catcher with great physical ability who can eventually become a No. 1 target for Sam Bradford in St. Louis.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin might not be a prototypical wide receiver at only 5'9", but he has shown over the course of his career that he is an absolute playmaker.
He can be a perfect slot receiver in the NFL as someone who can get the ball on short routes and take it to the house with regularity. The Vikings need another person besides Adrian Peterson with that ability.
Even with Greg Jennings on the roster, Austin would provide a lot of help to this offense.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
In order for the Colts to build off of last year's surprise season, they must improve on the defensive side of the ball.
One way to do that is to draft the fast-rising Datone Jones. He is a talented pass-rusher who can also defend the run, both of which need an upgrade in Indianapolis.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
If Minnesota drafts a receiver with the first pick, the second one should be used to improve the defense.
The squad was at its best when it had a strong defensive line to completely shut down the run. Sylvester Williams will help get the team back to that point.
Additionally, Minnesota is another team that could possibly be in the market for a mid-round quarterback. If only one player at the position is selected in the first round, it will leave plenty of talent available to take in the second and third days.
26. Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Packers continue to improve, but they still need more depth in the secondary. The organization is trying to get younger across the board with players that can be there for the long haul.
Although Matt Elam is a bit undersized, he knows how to play his position well and can help the team's continued improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, California
As the Texans look to take the next step to the Super Bowl, they need more weapons on the offensive side of the football. Andre Johnson is still one of the best at his position, but he needs someone else to take the pressure off of him.
With a consistent quarterback throwing him the football, Keenan Allen has the size and speed to truly excel in the NFL.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Without many needs, it is important for the Broncos to focus on the biggest one. They must add a defensive tackle to clog up space in the middle of the defense and keep the line strong.
Johnathan Hankins is a big space-eater and is the best available at this point of the draft.
29. New England Patriots: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
There are a lot of directions the Patriots could go in, but the smart money is that the team looks to improve the defense.
You can never have enough depth in the secondary, and Eric Reid is a big-time playmaker who can force plenty of turnovers for New England.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez cannot play forever. The Falcons want to make sure the young offense does not lose a step when the future Hall of Famer eventually calls it quits.
Tyler Eifert would be able to immediately take over at tight end and keep up one of the top passing offenses in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The 49ers had one of the top defenses in football last year, but they still need to add depth on the defensive line. Johnathan Hankins projects well as a nose tackle who can anchor the strong front seven of the 3-4 defense.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
With Manti Te'o continuing his decline, this means good news for Kevin Minter. The LSU linebacker was the leading tackler on a solid defense last season and has enough lateral quickness to cover sideline to sideline.
While he might not be able to replace Ray Lewis, it would be a good start.
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