2013 NFL Mock Draft: Ideal Homes for First Round's Most Talented Players
The NFL draft is roughly five weeks away and we're starting to get a clearer idea of where some of the biggest names in college football might end up.
There are certain NFL teams that would be perfect fits for certain NFL players and I have denoted those teams and players in italics.
Let's get into the ideal homes for some of the first round's most talented players.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Regarded by many as the best overall player of the 2013 draft class, Andy Reid doesn't pass up on a talent like Luke Joeckel to protect his new quarterback, Alex Smith.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
After posting an NFL-worst 20 sacks on defense in 2012, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be hungry for a pass rusher in the draft.
Oregon's Dion Jordan is one of the best defensive athletes in the draft and would immediately bolster the Jags' defense.
If Jacksonville decides it doesn't want to utilize Dion Jordan on the defensive line, it can move him to outside linebacker as well.
For a defense that really struggled last season, Jordan is the answer for Jacksonville.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Oakland Raiders bolster the interior of their defensive line by drafting the best defensive tackle, in Sharrif Floyd.
Floyd is a powerful run stopper who can also pressure the quarterback, which is exactly what Oakland needs to improve.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Eagles can use their fourth overall pick in a multitude of ways, but I think Chip Kelly and Philadelphia should go with Eric Fisher to anchor the offensive line in Kelly's spread offense—especially in front of a running back like LeSean McCoy.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
I keep hearing that Detroit won't pass up Dee Milliner if he's still there at No. 5, but I believe that safety is a bigger need for the Lions.
With no safety deserving of a top five pick, and Ezekiel Ansah being a freak of an athlete, pairing him with Ndamukong Suh seems like a good option to me.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Alabama's Dee Milliner is easily the top corner in this draft class, and after sporting the 26th-ranked pass defense in 2012, the Browns are in need of a corner to put alongside Joe Haden in the secondary.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
While we still don't know who will be under center for Arizona, we do know that the Cardinals need someone to protect their quarterback.
Lane Johnson had a solid combine and is deserving of a top 10 selection in the draft.
8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Following the departure of Ryan Fitzpatrick, it's clear that the Buffalo Bills need a quarterback.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks already speculated that Geno Smith could be the next QB in Buffalo, and I absolutely agree.
While I still think Smith could go to the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo clearly has a need at quarterback, and after a solid Pro Day, Smith proved he's the best QB in this draft class.
Everyone has their own opinion of Smith's NFL stock, but he'll likely be a top 10 pick in the draft, and I like him to the Bills.
9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The New York Jets need to upgrade just about every position on the roster but I don't think Rex Ryan can keep away from a talent on the defensive side like Jarvis Jones, who boasted 12.5 sacks in 2012 and can be effective in pass coverage for New York.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
It's no secret that Chris Johnson was frustrated with Tennessee's offensive line last season.
Football Outsiders agrees, as it ranked the Titans No. 31 in terms of run blocking.
Look for Tennessee to go offensive line in the first round.
11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
As the second-most sacked quarterback in 2012, Philip Rivers is certainly hoping the Chargers bolster their offensive line, and I think they do by selecting UNC's Jonathan Cooper with the No. 11 overall pick.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
Xavier Rhodes has excellent cover skills and also pitches in against the run.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
After a dismal showing on defense in 2012, Tampa Bay would be wise to beef up with Bjoern Werner, who boasted 13 sacks last season and will bring a much-needed athletic presence to the Bucs' defensive line.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Carolina Panthers could use some shoring up of the defensive tackle spot and they can do that with Sheldon Richardson.
Richardson displays quick hands and feet that help him get off of offensive lineman and make plays on the D-line.
15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
After owning the NFL's worst overall defense last season, the New Orleans Saints will be focusing on defense in the first round of the draft.
Barkevious Mingo has exceptional speed for his 6'4", 241-pound frame, and could be a difference maker for the Saints in 2013.
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
In my opinion, the St. Louis Rams are the most wide receiver-needy team in the NFL draft (view more here).
Tavon Austin was one of the most dynamic wideouts in college football last season, torching opposing defenses through the air, on the ground and in the kick return game.
Austin would make for an excellent NFL slot receiver and would immediately become a favorite target of Sam Bradford's.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The departure of Mike Wallace leaves a gaping hole in Pittsburgh's offense, but the Steelers can fill it by drafting 6'3" play-making wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who can also deliver in the running and kick return game.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Playing in a division with quarterbacks like Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III, the Dallas Cowboys must beef up their secondary to contend in the NFC East.
As the best overall safety in the draft, Kenny Vaccaro would be a wise selection for Jerry Jones and the 'Boys.
19. New York Giants: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
After signing Dan Connor, the New York Giants don't have to spend a first-round pick on the linebacker position.
With Osi Umenyiora likely departing New York, the selection of Sam Montgomery, who's excellent against the run and excels at getting to the quarterback, would be an excellent one.
20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
Brian Urlacher's free agency and age means that it's time for him and the Bears to go their separate ways.
The perfect replacement for Urlacher would be Kansas State's Arthur Brown, who has excellent speed and tackling skills to lead Chicago's linebacking corps.
Now that the Bears have secured Martellus Bennett at tight end, the Bears can turn their attention to addressing the glaring need at linebacker.
Following an impressive Pro Day, Brown has proven his first-round worth.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
According to Football Outsiders, the Bengals owned the 28th-worst offensive line in terms of pass protection in 2012 while Andy Dalton was the third-most sacked QB last season.
D.J. Fluker kept Alabama QB A.J. McCarron safe and could do the same for the Bengals this season.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Matt Elam, FS, Florida
After cutting veteran safety Quintin Mikell, the St. Louis Rams need help at the safety spot—especially after allowing a slew of big plays through the air last season.
Surely the Rams would rather have Vaccaro, but Matt Elam at No. 22 is a solid pickup.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California
After losing Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings must add a wide receiver in the draft to complement Greg Jennings.
Keenan Allen is a big-play wideout and has solid speed for his frame, which will help him get separation from defenders in the NFL.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
If there's one aspect of the Colts that they need to upgrade following the playoff appearance in 2012, it's the defense.
Indianapolis would be wise to build along the defensive line, where Damontre Moore had 12.5 sacks for Texas A&M last season.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle): Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
The Minnesota Vikings have a glaring need at middle linebacker and can fix it by drafting Georgia's Alec Ogletree.
Ogletree has great sideline-to-sideline skills and could be an immediate contributor to Minnesota's defense in 2013.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
The release of veteran safety Charles Woodson highlights a need at the safety spot for the Green Bay Packers.
Eric Reid displayed NFL-type cover skills at LSU and could be molded into a starter for the Packers in the secondary.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
When you have your star wide receiver trying to recruit Chad Johnson, that signals a need for a wide receiver for the Houston Texans.
DeAndre Hopkins was an absolute monster for Clemson last season and would be a dynamic weapon alongside Andre Johnson for the Texans.
28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
If you watched the AFC Divisional Round game between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, I think you'll agree that a corner back is a good pick for Denver.
Desmond Trufant is the best secondary option this late in the draft and I think the Broncos pull the trigger on him.
29. New England Patriots: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
New England sported the 29th-ranked pass defense last season, and while Johnthan Banks isn't an immediate fix, he'll sure help the Patriots, who have re-signed Aqib Talib, according to USA Today.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
With John Abraham out, the Atlanta Falcons will look to add a defensive end who can get to the quarterback and create havoc in the backfield.
Alex Okafor recorded eight sacks for Texas last season and could be a key component for Atlanta in 2013.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotulelei's health status makes his draft stock extremely hard to predict but falling to the San Francisco 49ers wouldn't be a bad thing for either side.
If healthy, Lotulelei will only add to the Niners' staunch run defense.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
If it's between Kevin Minter and Manti Te'o, I like Minter's chances of going in the first round to the Baltimore Ravens.
For now, Minter has proven to be the more NFL-ready linebacker, highlighted by eye-popping performances against Florida and Texas A&M.
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