The 2013 NFL draft is almost upon us, with rankings and rumors changing as quickly as the days on the calendar.
At times it can be tough to keep up with, with opinions about prospects quick to change with every passing meeting and workout. The macrocosmic shape of the first round is unlikely to be different in a month, but the subtle, intricate parts of it might be unrecognizable.
Here's a look at how the draft might play out come April, with an up-to-the-minute (at time of publication) update regarding each and every prospect:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is making a late push for this spot, but for now Joeckel remains the Chiefs' most likely option. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah polled 3-4 general managers, and they reportedly saw Joeckel as the "unanimous" choice at No. 1 overall (per Rotoworld).
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
The bad news: According to draft insider Tony Pauline, Jordan needed to surgically repair his labrum after February's NFL Scouting Combine. The good news: Jordan's on-field performance was so good that even medical concerns can't stop his stock from rising. The Jags need to cure their anemic pass rush, and Jordan looks like just what the doctor ordered.
3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Seem a little high for Floyd? Not if you ask the right people. NFL Films guru Greg Cossell—widely lauded for his amateur talent evaluations—thinks Floyd might be "an All-Pro type player right from Day One." That's lofty praise, but if Oakland sees even an iota of what Cossell does, they'll surely pick Floyd to fill a massive hole up front...literally
4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: QB GENO SMITH, WEST VIRGINIA
The Eagles had an interesting week of free agency, picking up potential bargain players and adding pieces predominantly to the defensive side of the ball. Do they have a more high-profile addition waiting in the wings?
Probably. This is Howie Roseman we're talking about after all, and for all the tiny criticisms launched at Geno Smith, he is, in fact, a great fit in Chip Kelly's offense.
Per ESPN.com, he completed 60-of-64 passes in his recent pro day, with three of those incompletions coming via drops. His accuracy, especially underneath and over the middle, are rare qualities that make him a hot commodity in Philadelphia.
5. Detroit Lions: DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
Ansah didn't just shine at the NFL Scouting Combine; he shone despite barely even trying to do so. Per the National Football Post, BYU's fast-rising pass-rusher didn't even train for the combine, opting instead to take class at his university. With a 4.63 40-yard dash at 6'5'', Ansah will be hard for pass rush-deficient Detroit to overlook.
6. Cleveland Browns: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Cleveland added Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant in free agency, bolstering an already underrated front seven. With some help on the back end, their defense could reign powerful in the AFC North—especially with Baltimore's and Pittsburgh's units in flux. Three of CBS Sports' four NFL mock drafts have Milliner going to Cleveland.
7. Arizona Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Not much on the news front for Fisher since his impressive showings at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. But the residual effect of those efforts has seen the small-school tackle receive some big-time hype. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks ranked him atop his draft board, and it now appears unlikely that he'll fall past Arizona at seven.
8. Buffalo Bills: QB Matt Barkley, USC
Barkley's tape has left something to be desired, but per The National Football Post, multiple "front office men" are giving him a boost due to intangibles. Having unceremoniously cut ties with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills are in desperate need of someone like that, who might be a franchise player down the line.
9. New York Jets: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
After specious reports about Jones' neck being a concern for some teams, the National Football Post set the record straight once and for all.
Jarvis Jones’ neck injury is starting to look like it might be a non-issue on draft day, and there is little chance he will fall out of the top 10.
That's good news for the Jets, for whom Jones would instill a much-needed sense of swagger—especially after the debacle that was 2012.
10. Tennessee Titans: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Lotulelei, once considered a sure thing to go top-three, had to withdraw from the NFL Scouting Combine due to a heart condition. Soon after, however, USA Today reported that the ordeal might have been much ado about nothing, which means the Titans could be getting a steal all the way down at No. 10.
11. San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
Johnson was never gonna grade out higher than Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan, but given their decision to return as Seniors, Johnson is not a bad consolation for the Chargers. Even if he does have some trouble memorizing numbers.
12. Miami Dolphins: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Miami let Sean Smith walk in free agency, and following their trade of Vontae Davis last offseason, now has to rebuild its secondary from veritable scratch. Xavier Rhodes looked the part of a first-rounder at the combine, and has now leapfrogged Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks as the draft's second-best corner. The Miami Herald reports that the team has serious interest in Rhodes' services, and the two look like a match made in heaven.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sheldon Richardson ran 40-yard dash times of 4.71 and 4.82 at his pro day. Given that he stands a towering 6'2.5'', that's not a small feat. He would be a much-needed piece of Tampa's rebuilding effort defensively.
14. Carolina Panthers: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Per Rotoworld, Warmack ran times of 5.55 and 5.53 at the combine—good-not-great numbers for a man of his proportions. That's more or less the only news to see here; Warmack is probably the safest bet in the draft.
15. New Orleans Saints: ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
The Saints need help all over the ball on defense, and even though character concerns are a hot-button issue in New Orleans right now, Ogletree might be too good to pass up. A DUI followed by one personnel man calling him "an immature idiot" (h/t CBS Sports) will put him squarely under the microscope, though.
16. St. Louis Rams: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Much of the love in this year's guard class has gone to Warmack, but Cooper is right up there with him in terms of skill. NFL Films guru Greg Cossell thinks that Cooper is the most athletic guard he's ever seen on film.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Way back in February, ex-NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah told The New-Orleans Time Picayune to be wary of drafting the much-hyped Mingo.
There's some who aren't as high on him as people may think just because he played so light. He was not productive this year...
The athletic potential is there in droves, though, and if any team can infuse a young player with toughness, it's Mike Tomlin's Pittsburgh Steelers.
18. Dallas Cowboys: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Per Cowboys writer Bryan Broaddus, Hankins measured in big and heavy at the combine—just what NFL teams wanted to see. Much like Warmack, there isn't much news with Hankins; you get what see, and what you see is an undisputed gap stuffer.
19. New York Giants: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
Once thought to be a candidate to go in the top five, Werner has seen his stock hurt by his lack of explosion. He disappointed at the combine, running a slow 4.83 40-yard dash (per Rotoworld), and despite his NFL-readiness, Werner's inability to dominate could see him drop this low.
20. Chicago Bears: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Patterson is a mystery. His numbers don't scream first-round talent, but his tape and build suggest otherwise. His reviews from the NFL combine, though, didn't help his cause. The National Football Post heard that he was "very unimpressive" in interviews, which could keep him from going higher than 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Some have Fluker pegged as a candidate who might be forced to move from tackle to guard. But if his workouts at the combine were any indication, he might be long for the outside. His 40 times of 5.35 and 5.32 are impressive for a man of his size, indicating he might be a better athlete than expected.
22. ST. LOUIS RAMS: WR TAVON AUSTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Geno Smith wasn't the only who impressed at West Virginia's pro day, and in many ways, he wasn't even the most significant.
Smith's partner-in-crime, the versatile Tavon Austin, might have been the star of the show, putting on a display that had ESPN's Ron Jaworksi drooling.
"This guy is absolutely quick," Jaworski said on 97.5 The Fanatic. "He's one of the quickest guys I've ever seen, and I've been around the game since 1973."
With Danny Amendola signed on to be a Patriot, Austin could come in and become Sam Bradford's immediate favorite toy.
23. Minnesota Vikings: WR Keenan Allen, California
Allen's stock, much like his leg, hinges dearly on the status of his knee. Per Gil Brandt of NFL.com, he's scheduled to perform at his April 9 pro day despite having to meet with Dr. James Andrews. If he comes back with a clean bill of health, Allen is a fascinating prospect.
24. Indianapolis Colts: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Moore was slated second overall in my last mock draft, but now he's barely holding onto his spot in Round 1. He was unimpressive in Indianapolis, putting on a performance that ESPN's Adam Schefter says "validated" some of the whispers about his limitations.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Datone Jones, UCLA
Per Rotoworld, Jones was a top five performer among defensive linemen in the 20-yard shuttle. That's a huge boost for a player who's coveted in spite of his athleticism, not because of it. He could learn a lot playing alongside Jared Allen.
26. Green Bay Packers: DT John Jenkins, Georgia
Another "you get what you see" type of prospect, Jenkins wowed scouts by weighing in at 346 at the NFL combine—13 pounds lighter than he was at Georgia (per Rotoworld). He's still big enough to destroy interior blockers, but now appears ready to shed his label as a low-effort prospect.
27. Houston Texans: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
ESPN Dallas says the Cowboys are targeting Vaccaro, but it's a different Texas team that could eventually keep the safety in-state. Houston's defense broke down graphically at the end of last season, and the former Longhorn is a close-to-consensus first-rounder.
28. Denver Broncos: DT Kawann Short, Purdue
A hamstring kept Short out of the NFL combine, and the lack of workouts could send him tumbling. He shines, at times, on tape, but disappears at others. For those types of players, teams need the most information regarding them as possible.
29. New England Patriots: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Trufant impressed scouts during Senior Bowl Week, and further cemented himself as a first-rounder at the combine, where he ran sub-4.4. forties on both attempts. New England needs a cornerback (desperately), and Trufant could be their guy.
30. Atlanta Falcons: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Will Eifert be around long enough to become Tony Gonzalez's heir apparent? Maybe not. A scout told The Newark Star-Ledger that he'll probably go in the mid teens. If he does last this long, though, it will be hard for the Falcons not to snatch him up.
31. San Francisco 49ers: FS Eric Reid, LSU
Reid was solid at the NFL combine, but according to Rotoworld, teams still question his hip fluidity and ability to cover. San Francisco is a nice place for him to learn those things, especially given their propensity for getting the most of their players.
32. Baltimore Ravens: LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Adam Schefter reported a few weeks back that Te'o will probably still be a first-round pick, despite the (obvious) concerns about his background (per Rotoworld). What's more fitting place for him to land than in Baltimore, where he would be even further sucked into the web of sensational journalism as Ray Lewis' replacement.
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