2013 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions on What Every NFL Team Will Do

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions on What Every NFL Team Will Do
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With the 2013 NFL Draft fast-approaching, more information has been compiled about the prospects in the class.

After Senior Bowl week, the NFL combine and some pro days, we have a much better idea of what prospects can offer at the next level.

Some teams' needs have also changed during free agency (hint, hint, the Seattle Seahawks). 

Here's my latest 2013 NFL mock draft.

 

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

With Alex Smith now under center, the Chiefs need to look at protecting their new quarterback. Luke Joeckel has all the makings of a future Pro-Bowler, possessing the size, strength and athleticism to be a difference-maker.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

The Jaguars need someone for the "Leo" pass-rusher position. Dion Jordan is a versatile, explosive player who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds at the combine.

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

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The Raiders did sign Vance Walker and Pat Sims in free agency, but neither of them offers the star power Sharrif Floyd could. Floyd has the combination of power and athleticism to blow up the run and get into the backfield.

 

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Eagles lost Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher during free agency. They could stand to add another piece to a secondary that has failed them. Dee Milliner is widely considered to not only be the best cornerback in the class, but the best all-round corner in the class.

 

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

The Lions replaced Cliff Avril with Jason Jones at defensive end during free agency. They could use an impact pass-rusher—perhaps at outside linebacker—to make up the difference. Ezekiel Ansah has displayed the raw physical tools to be a star in the pros.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

There are questions about reports that Jarvis Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. On the other hand, Rob Rang of CBSSports.com noted that he passed multiple teams' tests.

The Browns may have signed Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves this offseason, but they would be wise to add depth with an athletic specimen in Jarvis Jones who could become a star.

 

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

A lot has been made about Geno Smith's inconsistent accuracy, but he does have the arm strength and mobility to be a franchise quarterback. The Cardinals—who are desperate for any slimmer of hope under center—will gladly nab Smith if he falls here.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

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I don't like it, but there's been a lot of buzz about the Bills potentially taking a quarterback here, even if Geno Smith isn't available. There may be questions about Matt Barkley's arm strength and durability, but he's displayed the accuracy and leadership to persuade Buffalo to take a chance on him.

 

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Barkevious Mingo won't make it as a defensive end in the NFL, given his lean frame. Fortunately for him, the Jets will be looking for a pass-rushing outside linebacker here. Mingo is raw, but he possesses the physical tools to be an impact player at the next level.

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The Titans may have signed veteran guard Andy Levitre, but they still need another guard. Chance Warmack is a premier run-blocker who could combine with Levitre to give Chris Johnson all the running room he could whine—I mean—hope for.

 

11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Eric Fisher may not fall this far, but if he does, he's a steal for the Chargers, who desperately need to add protection for quarterback Philip Rivers. Fisher's agility was evident at the combine. 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.

 

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Dolphins signed Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and re-signed Brian Hartline. It's more than likely they will go with a cornerback here. Xavier Rhodes possesses the size and strength to battle the bigger receivers of the league.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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There are concerns about a a possible heart condition that could lower Star Lotulelei's  stock, but he's such an immense talent—drawing comparisons to the Packers' B.J. Raji—that it's going to be hard for the Buccaneers to pass him up here, especially considering he fills a need.

 

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers need to add a difference-maker at defensive tackle. Sheldon Richardson's impressive combination of quickness and strength may actually make him a steal here at No. 14 overall.

 

15. New Orleans Saints: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Saints lost Jermon Bushrod in free agency, making it a priority to add a tackle or two during the offseason. 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. Adding protection for Drew Brees is never a bad idea.

 

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

After losing Craig Dahl and cutting Quintin Mikell during free agency, the Rams would be jumping up and down if they added the best safety in the class in Kenny Vaccaro. The all-around defensive back could very well land here, too.

 

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

 

There are two ways to look at Damontre Moore—he displayed the burst and ability to bend around the edge at Texas A&M to be a productive player at the NFL level or...he put up 12 reps on the bench press at the combine, exhibiting his lack of strength. At No. 17, he's not a bad gamble for the Steelers, who need an edge-rusher.

 

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

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Tony Romo and the 'Boys need help on the interior of the line. Jonathan Cooper posted an official time of 5.07 seconds in the 40-yard dash...at 311 pounds. It's not often you find a big man with this kind of athleticism.

 

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

Bjoern Werner has turned into one of the most polarizing players in the draft class. Some say his quickness off the snap, anticipation and football IQ could make him a solid pro. Others say he doesn't have the overwhelming athleticism to be a factor at the position. But you have to take him if he lands at No. 19, especially since the Giants are looking for an edge-rusher.

 

20. Chicago Bears: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

I'm sorry, but signing Jermon Bushrod is not going to save Jay Cutler and the Bears. Bushrod's 2012 campaign didn't compare to his 2011 performance, as ProFootballFocus.com noted. PFF called him a "serviceable starter." 

D.J. Fluker lost 16 pounds from the Senior Bowl to the combine (via Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com), alleviating concerns about his weight. He has the strength and athleticism to be a tackle in the pros.

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Alec Ogletree has the physical tools to dominate at the next level, but he does come with his fair share of concerns. Then again, how did the volatile Vontaze Burfict turn out for the Bengals last season? Not bad, not bad at all.

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

 

After losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in free agency, receiver is a priority moving forward for the Rams. In my opinion, Cordarrelle Patterson could go as high as No. 8 overall in the draft. Then again, given other teams' needs and concerns about Patterson's route-running and knowledge of the game, the Tennessee product could land here. Patterson has the physical ability to shine in the pros, but he is a risk.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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The Vikings may have made a splash signing Greg Jennings, but that doesn't mean they can't add another weapon for the young Christian Ponder. It wouldn't be a bad trade-off losing Percy Harvin and acquiring Jennings and the lightning-fast Tavon Austin.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Desmond Trufant has an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism. He's also the brother of corner Marcus Trufant. One of the class' fastest-rising prospects fills a need for the Colts.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

With a need at defensive tackle, it wouldn't surprise me if the Vikings nabbed Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins here, one of the top prospects at the position. Hankins is a tough run-stuffer with the frame, footwork and quickness to make an asset in the pros.

 

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

It wouldn't surprise me if Arthur Brown was selected earlier than this, given the rave reviews he's receiving throughout the league, but I currently have him here. Brown possesses the instincts, sideline-to-sideline ability and explosiveness to be a great addition for the Packers. 

 

27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

It's going to be difficult for the Texans to pass up Keenan Allen if he falls this far (based on other teams' needs). Allen's height and athleticism project him excellently to the next level.

 

28. Denver Broncos: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

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For some reason, Kawann Short seems to fall to the Broncos in all of my mocks. It's either prophecy or coincidence. Either way, I like Short's combination of size and quickness at defensive tackle, and he fits a need for the Broncos.

 

29. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Patriots may have "replaced" Wes Welker with Danny Amendola, but they also cut Brandon Lloyd. Given they needed a starting receiver opposite Lloyd before he was cut, it's safe to say they still have some work to do in the receiving corps. Robert Woods has shown he can separate from defenders with his fluidity and route-running, which cancels out questions about his lack of elite athleticism for me. 

 

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

Alex Okafor may not be a flashy prospect, but he uses his hands and length well to get into the backfield. I think No. 30 overall is a good spot for him, and I think the Falcons—who cut veteran John Abraham—would agree.

 

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

It's anyone's guess who the 49ers will go after here. I like Jesse Williams, who possesses the size, quickness and versatility to play nose guard or defensive end in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme. 

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

The Ravens need help in the linebacking corps with Ray Lewis retiring and Dannell Ellerbe signing with the Miami Dolphins. Kevin Minter's instincts, tackling ability and toughness make him a great fit in Baltimore.

 

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