2013 NFL Mock Draft: Excellent Landing Spots for Big College Stars

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Excellent Landing Spots for Big College Stars
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While the 2013 NFL offseason has seen an active free-agent period with a slew of big names already being moved, the 2013 NFL draft is still an important event for teams looking to bolster their roster.

Looking at the needs of certain NFL teams, certain players in the draft appear to be perfect fits given the roster situations.

You're about to delve into my latest mock draft, with the best landing spots for some of the biggest college football stars denoted in italics.

 

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

All signs point to the Chiefs selecting offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, as he's regarded by many to be the best player in the 2013 draft.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

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After a terrible pass-rushing effort in 2012—the Jaguars ranked dead-last with 20 total sacks—a defensive end like Dion Jordan fits the bill. His athleticism off the edge should be a step in the right direction for Jacksonville.

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

While Oakland needs help at just about every position, the interior portion of the defensive line is arguably the weakest spot.

Sharrif Floyd is not only a defender who can plug up the run, but he's a solid pass-rusher as well, which should help bolster the Raiders defense.

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Eagles have plenty of options with the No. 4 overall pick, but with a new offensive scheme under Chip Kelly, Philadelphia needs a reliable tackle on the offensive line who can protect the quarterback and open up holes for LeSean McCoy in the run game.

 

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Already owning a physical defense with the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Detroit could boast a nasty defensive line with the selection of 2013 Senior Bowl standout Ezekiel Ansah of BYU, especially with the loss of Cliff Avril.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

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The Cleveland Browns owned the 26th-ranked pass defense last season, but the drafting of former Alabama corner Dee Milliner could change that.

Pairing Milliner—who is regarded as the best CB in the upcoming draft—with a talent like Joe Haden will undoubtedly bolster the Browns secondary.

Milliner's 40-yard dash time at the combine and production and instincts at Alabama will make him a top-10 pick. At the No. 6 position, Cleveland would be crazy to pass up the talented corner.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

It's anyone's guess as to where Geno Smith will land—or if he'll even be a first-round pick—but it's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback.

The Cards already released QB Kevin Kolb and could very well be targeting Smith as their franchise quarterback.

Smith had an excellent combine and Pro Day, and his video game-like numbers with the Mountaineers might be too convincing for Arizona to pass up.

Having a veteran receiver like Larry Fitzgerald would do wonders for a young QB like Smith in the NFL.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

It's not a sexy pick by any means for the Bills, but in order for C.J. Spiller to keep tearing up opposing defenses, Buffalo would be wise to add depth on the offensive line with one of the best tackles in this class in Lane Johnson.

 

9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Rex Ryan loves his defense, and while the Jets should be focused on fillings many of their holes on offense, it's going to be hard for Ryan and New York to pass up a defensive talent like Jarvis Jones, who recorded 12.5 sacks and an interception at Georgia last season.

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Chris Johnson's frustrations with Tennessee's offensive line were well documented last season, which is why upgrading the offensive line is a must.

Football Outsiders tells us that the Titans sported the second-worst run-blocking offensive line in 2012, highlighting the need for the selection of Chance Warmack.

 

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Philip Rivers was the second most-sacked quarterback in 2012, while San Diego's running game ranked 27th in the NFL.

Bolstering the offensive line is an obvious choice for the Chargers, and Jonathan Cooper is one of the best guards in this class.

 

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

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The acquisition of Mike Wallace and re-signing of Brian Hartline mean the Dolphins can focus on the defensive side of the football—more importantly, the secondary.

With some holes to fill in its secondary, Miami selects Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State and has another improved season as the Jets and Bills continue to decline.


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU

Tampa Bay's defense needs work all around, but like any defense in the NFL, it starts up front.

Bjoern Werner recorded 13 sacks for the Seminoles in 2012 and will bring speed and athleticism off the edge for the Bucs, which they desperately need.

 

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Reliability is something that's highly underrated in the NFL draft, but that's exactly what the Panthers will get with the selection of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who has speedy hands and feet that make him an excellent run-stopper.

 

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Barkevious Mingo will be a solid pick for any NFL team looking to add a tenacious defensive end.

With New Orleans surrendering a slew of big plays in 2012 and sporting the NFL's worst total defense, Mingo is the right pick for the Saints.

 

16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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With Danny Amendola gone to New England, the Rams need a play-making slot receiver, and Tavon Austin seems like the obvious choice.

Austin was a complete force at West Virginia last season, scoring 12 touchdowns through the air and surpassing the 1,000-yard mark to go with 114 receptions.

Austin proved to be one of the most versatile wideouts in college football, also adding more than 600 yards and three touchdowns in the rushing department and scoring a touchdown on both punt and kick returns.

Given Amendola's consistent injury issues, Austin could prove to be an immense upgrade for St. Louis.

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The absence of Mike Wallace means the Steelers require a big-play wideout. Given his 6'3" size and production as a wide receiver, rusher and kick returner at Tennessee, Cordarrelle Patterson is a great fit for Pittsburgh.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

It was another disappointing season for Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, and while the addition of safety Kenny Vaccaro won't transcend into an automatic postseason bid, it's certainly a step in the right direction for a secondary that was dismantled by Robert Griffin III on Thanksgiving Day.

 

19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

The G-Men should be looking for defense in the 2013 draft, especially at linebacker, and Alec Ogletree would be a wise selection.

He's an excellent sideline-to-sideline defender and will bring speed to the LB spot, which the Giants sorely need.

 

20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

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The acquisition of Martellus Bennett means the Bears can focus on a replacement for Brian Urlacher in the middle of Chicago's defense.

Arthur Brown is arguably the best linebacker in his class, possessing excellent speed and wrap-up tackle skills.

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

After protecting A.J. McCarron at Alabama, D.J. Fluker may be called upon to protect Andy Dalton for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.

According to Football Outsiders, the Bengals owned the 28th-worst offensive line in terms of pass protection, as Dalton was sacked the third-most times in the NFL last season.

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Matt Elam, FS, Florida

After surrendering a lot of big plays in the secondary last season, the Rams will be looking to bolster their secondary in the form of Matt Elam.

After cutting veteran safety Quintin Mikell, look for St. Louis to target a safety like Elam in the draft.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California

With Percy Harvin now a member of the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings are in need of a wide receiver, even with the signing of Greg Jennings.

Keenan Allen owns above-average speed and has the necessary size to make some plays for the Vikings passing offense.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Despite the postseason appearance in 2012, the Indianapolis Colts defense was pretty poor.

Damontre Moore is the type of defender who can make a difference up front for the Colts, given his 12.5 sacks for Texas A&M last season.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

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The Vikings sported a decent defense last season, but the selection of Sam Montgomery would be an immediate upgrade for Minnesota.

Not only is Montgomery a feared pass-rusher, but he's a versatile run-stopper as well who can help the Vikings make it back to the playoffs again in 2013.

 

26. Green Bay Packers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

The Green Bay Packers are undoubtedly in need of a safety following the release of veteran safety Charles Woodson.

After an impressive career at LSU, Eric Reid has the cover skills and intangibles to fit into the Packers defense.

 

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins was one of the most electrifying wideouts in college football last season, and he could be bring that talent to an offense that already includes Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

Hopkins amassed more than 1,400 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns for Clemson in 2012. 

 

28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Broncos fans have had a few months to digest the Mile High heave that sent Denver home and the Baltimore Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.

That said, the Broncos are in need of help in the secondary, and with such a late pick in the draft, Desmond Trufant is the best option for Denver.

 

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

The Patriots will be looking for help at the corner position with Aqib Talib being a free agent this offseason.

Not only is Johnthan Banks a solid cover corner, but he pitches in against the run, which will help an already effective New England rushing defense.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

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After releasing John Abraham, the Atlanta Falcons will be looking to solidify their defensive end spots.

Former Texas DE Alex Okafor boasted eight sacks last season and could make a difference for Atlanta's defense this season.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

The San Francisco 49ers defense is built on grit and toughness, and that's exactly what former Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams has.

Williams is a physical run-stopper who will fit into exactly what the 49ers are looking to do on defense.

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

Ray Lewis' retirement combined with a slew of losses from the roster highlight the Baltimore Ravens' need for bolstering the defense.

Manti Te'o has been scrutinized for his failed combine effort, but with a solid Pro Day, Te'o will re-establish himself as a first-rounder.

 

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