The initial rush on free agents is over. Although there are still some impact players left on the market, a vast majority of the top-tier options have signed. Teams will now look toward the draft as a way to fill holes on their rosters.
While the draft class doesn't feature many marquee names, there are a lot of players capable of stepping into a significant role right away. The depth definitely outweighs the star power, and that's good news for teams drafting at the back end of Round 1.
Here's a complete mock draft of the opening round. A deeper dive is taken into three players that would be perfect fits for the teams selecting them, as denoted by italics.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Offensive tackle still seems like the most likely option for Kansas City, despite it having several needs to fill. Joeckel is the type of player the team will be able to build its line around for the next decade.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
It's obvious Jacksonville needs to make some serious improvements along the defensive line. The pick just comes down to which of the defensive ends the Jags prefer. Jordan is the best bet as of now.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd is exactly the type of prospect you would expect the Raiders to draft: No shortage of upside and good athletic ability. Question marks about his ability to reach his peak won't scare Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Eagles are a major swing pick. While Fisher is the best overall fit and the projected pick, Geno Smith and Dee Milliner are also in play. Upgrading the line should come first, though.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Detroit's offense certainly doesn't lack explosive playmakers. Now, it's time to find some for the defensive side of the ball. Milliner fits the bill and would provide a boost to the secondary.
6. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Another team in need of a pass-rusher that will have to sort through a myriad of options before coming to a final decision. Ansah doesn't have the best upside, but he's the most well-balance end available.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Although a quarterback should at least be under consideration for the Cardinals, throwing a rookie to the fire without a good line is a major risk. Johnson provides more value as Arizona continues to build.
8. Buffalo Bills: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Geno Smith and Matt Barkley are options. The Bills are in the market for a new starting quarterback, and those are the top two contenders if they wanted to address the need in the opening round. Patterson would be a smarter pick, though.
Outside of Stevie Johnson, the Bills don't have any other reliable pass-catching options. Patterson would help the team stretch the field and start building a foundation where the new quarterback will be able to succeed.
As for the quarterback void, Ryan Nassib makes the most sense. He should be available when the Bills pick in the second round. He also played under new Bills coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse, making it a logical connection.
9. New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Jets still look like a good fit for Smith. He wouldn't be forced to play right away unless he impressed during the preseason and finally gives the Jets somebody with potential at the position.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
It takes a special guard to get selected in the top 10 of the draft. After all, it's not considered one of the core positions usually associated with these picks. Warmack is worth it.
11. San Diego Chargers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
San Diego desperately needs to gets its offensive line issues figured out. There just isn't a player worth taking here, however, which means the Chargers should go with Lotulelei instead.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Miami's defense is trending in the right direction, but it could still use another playmaker in the secondary. Rhodes is ready to step into the starting lineup in Week 1 and won't look back.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
A sliding Jarvis Jones could be in play for Tampa Bay here. That said, Werner is more of a sure thing, and that's exactly what the Buccaneers' lackluster defenses needs right now.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Carolina could go any number of different directions with this selection. Richardson provides the most value and would provide some much-needed depth to the team's defensive line.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Finally, Jones comes off the board. The Saints have enough leeway thanks to their terrific offense to take a chance on him living up to the college hype. If he does, he will transform the New Orleans defense.
16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
It's time to get Sam Bradford some help. That goes for both the offensive line and on the outside. They go with Cooper here and will address the wide receiver position later in the round.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Pittsburgh's defense continues to post solid numbers, but it's time for a youth infusion. The defensive depth chart features a lot of key players who are past or reaching the back end of their primes. The Steelers can't wait too long to draft replacements.
Moore is a prospect who was projected inside the top five earlier in the draft process. He's slid a little bit, but that's more due to impressive showings by other players than any major knocks against him.
He would bring some versatility to the Steelers defense, as he should be able to play end or outside linebacker as the team sees fit. His combination of quickness and awareness should ensure he finds success at the next level.
18. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Cowboys offense would be far more effective if it had a consistent, reliable line leading the way. Fluker has moved up draft boards throughout the process and would slide right in for Dallas.
19. New York Giants: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
A team that's know for its pass rush shouldn't let a player like Mingo go by. The Giants didn't get as much pressure on the quarterback last season, which necessitates the pick.
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
It's unclear if Martellus Bennett will fix Chicago's woes at tight end. Taking Eifert is a safe pick either way. The pair can help create mismatches on the inside for Jay Cutler to exploit.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
Another team may fall in love with Vaccaro, who's the top safety available, and move ahead of the Bengals to ensure it gets him. Otherwise, he seems destined to head to Cincinnati.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WSH): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
As mentioned earlier, the Rams need a lineman and a receiver. They complete the duo with Austin, somebody who can fill the slot wideout role that's becoming more important in the NFL.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Adding Greg Jennings at least gives the Vikings a No. 1 receiver for Christian Ponder to work with. Their work at the position isn't done, however. Allen would be an upgrade as the other starter.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
The Colts should definitely use this pick to upgrade the defense, it just comes down to which level they wish to address first. Given Ogletree's ability to make plays all over the field, he fits the system.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via SEA): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
With their biggest offensive need filled a couple picks ago, the Vikings can now shift their focus to the defense. They need more depth on the ends, and Jones presents good value at No. 25.
26. Green Bay Packers: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
Brown didn't receive much attention while playing for Kansas State, but he could breakout in Green Bay. There's no doubt he would be a nice addition to the mundane Packers defense.
27. Houston Texans: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Sooner or later, the Texans will finally address their wide receiver need. It's been an issue for a couple seasons, but they failed to fill the void. It limited the offense's upside and made Andre Johnson's job a lot tougher.
Patton would be the ideal option because he's somebody who can make plays downfield, which will open up more space underneath for Johnson to use his size and strength. He's basically unstoppable one-on-one but has been seeing a lot out double and triple teams in recent seasons.
The Texans are on the brink of being Super Bowl contenders. If Patton fits into the offense as well as it seems like he would on paper, he could help take the offense to the next level. That's when the Texans become a legitimate threat.
28. Denver Broncos: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Since the Broncos are clearly pushing all their chips into the middle of the table for 2013, they might as well take Elam. He doesn't have the potential of other prospects, but he's ready to play immediately.
29. New England Patriots: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Efforts to improve the New England secondary have had mixed results. It's an area the Patriots must continue to focus on; otherwise, Tom Brady and Co.'s production will all be for naught.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Falcons must improve their pass rush in a major way before next season. Free agency remains an option, but Okafor is an intriguing prospect that is worth a shot at this point in the round.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
San Francisco's secondary didn't hold up well during the team's playoff run. Luckily, the offense bailed the group out. Banks fits in here as a fringe first-round prospect.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Ray Lewis needs to be replaced, and the Ravens have two options at this spot: Kevin Minter or Te'o. While it wouldn't be an easy decision, the latter did enough with Notre Dame to earn the selection.
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