2013 NFL Mock Draft: Current Projections for Each First-Round Team

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Current Projections for Each First-Round Team
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It's 2013 NFL mock draft season, which means it's time to update the current projections for each first-round team. What player will your team pick? Which players will fall or get picked earlier than expected?

Read on to find out.

 

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

With no clear franchise quarterback on the board, as well as the acquisition of Alex Smith, the Chiefs turn to the best player available, which is Luke Joeckel. The offensive tackle will play a year on the right side before transitioning to the blind side for the next 10 years.

 

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

The Jaguars need more of a pass rush, and Dion Jordan has the most pure pass-rush skills in this draft class. He can play multiple positions and should help the Jags get after the quarterback more.

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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The Raiders really need a quarterback to build around, and Smith is the best in this class. He's not perfect, but he can apprentice behind Carson Palmer before taking over and leading the Raiders for years to come.

 

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

The Eagles need offensive line help, and some think that Eric Fisher may be the best offensive tackle in this class. He can start right away and instantly improve the Eagles' line.

 

5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Detroit is in desperate need of cornerbacks. Milliner is the best in this class. He has a great combination of size and speed and should help to prevent the Lions from having the ball thrown all over the field against them.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

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Shariff Floyd has the makings of a dominant interior lineman, Combining him with Jabaal Sheard and newly-signed Paul Kruger, the Browns could turn a pass rush that was weak last year into a strength.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Cardinals have needed line help for years now, and Johnson possesses the most upside of any offensive tackle in this draft class. He's a bit rough around the edges, but in a few years time, this pick could pay huge dividends for the Cards.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

The Bills are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. While Nassib is not a sure-fire stud, he was solid for Syracuse last season and was a main reason that Doug Marrone got the Bills job in the first place. Nassib is pro-ready, and while he won't be flashy, he'll provide steady quarterback play for a franchise that needs it.

 

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

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The Jets need a pass rush and Barkevious Mingo can provide it. He can play multiple positions and replace Calvin Pace's lost production.

 

10. Tennessee Titans, Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Guards usually don't go this high, but this is a perfect match of need and talent. By most accounts, Warmack is one of the best guard prospects in recent years. He would help shore up an offensive line that has struggled to create holes for Chris Johnson.

 

11. San Diego Chargers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones falls this far because of injury concerns, but he may have the most pure talent in this draft. Jones would fit nicely with last year's pick, Melvin Ingram, to form a dynamic pass-rush duo.

 

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

The Dolphins lost Sean Smith to the Chiefs and they need a replacement. Xavier Rhodes has great size and could probably play safety as well.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Another team that needs cornerback helps, Trufant could be a nice pickup for the Bucs. He was excellent at the Senior Bowl and will help the Bucs' pass defense tremendously.

 

14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Star Lotuelelei falls due to concerns about a heart issue. On talent alone, Lotulelei has Warren Sapp-type potential. He will be a penetrating three-technique who will fit great along the defensive line with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.

 

15. New Orleans Saints: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ezekiel Ansah is raw, but he could play multiple positions in the Saints' new 3-4 defense. Ansah has track-star speed, and he dominated in the Senior Bowl. 

 

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

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The Rams need a new receiver now that Danny Amendola is in New England. Austin has electric speed and can change games with a single touch. He'll add a dynamic element to the Rams offense.

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Mike Wallace is now in Miami, so the Steelers will take Cordarrelle Patterson to replace him. Patterson is raw, but he has great size and speed and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas

Dallas is in desperate need of a safety, and Vacarro is the consensus best safety in this draft. He can start right away and turn a weakness into a strength.

 

19. New York Giants: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Giants could use an upgrade in their pass rush, and Sheldon Richardson is a top pass-rusher from the interior. He would replace the recently cut Chris Canty and add a boost to the defensive line.

 

20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

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Brian Urlacher is poised to find a new team this offseason, so the Bears need a replacement. Te'o was exposed in the national championship game as a step slow, but he's a fine run defender and can hang with most tight ends in the open field.

 

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

Andre Smith may depart via free agency, so the Bengals will take another right tackle from Alabama. Fluker is as solid as they come and would start right away.

 

22. St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Alec Ogeltree has off-the-field concerns, but he is a dynamic athlete. He would add speed and explosiveness to a decent Rams defense.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

While the Vikings did acquire Greg Jennings, they need to replace Percy Harvin's big-play ability. Hunter can do just that. He has great size and speed would help to take the load off of Adrian Peterson.  

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Bjoern Werner certainly isn't flashy, but he's a solid, dependable pass-rusher. The Colts could use more of that, and Werner could start right away.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Kevin Williams isn't getting any younger, so the Vikings prepare for the future for another Williams. Jesse Williams is a load to handle for offensive guards and should help take some pressure off of Jared Allen.

 

26. Green Bay Packers: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Greg Jennings is in Minnesota, so the Packers turn to Keenan Allen to replace him. Allen is not flashy, but he's a dependable possession receiver who can move the chains.

 

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Texans have long needed a wide receiver alongside Andre Johnson. Hopkins has great size, and though he's not a burner, he can certainly move the chains and make catches in the red zone.

 

28. Denver Broncos: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

With all the uncertainty surrounding the Elvis Dumervil situation, the Broncos could use another pass-rusher. Carradine is coming off an injury, but he showed explosive pass-rush ability when healthy.

 

29. New England Patriots: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Sylvester Williams could serve as a nice complement to Vince Wilfork. Williams can play all over the line and would help keep Wilfork fresh down the stretch.

 

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30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

The Falcons could use another pass-rusher and Datone Jones is one of the better ones. Jones can make an instant impact in the league and provide a solid pass rush across Kroy Biermann.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The 49ers need to prepare for life after Justin Smith. Hankins is the right choice. He can play all along the line and offer valuable depth.

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida

Ed Reed is no longer on the team, nor is Bernard Pollard, so the Ravens need a safety. Elam is a bit undersized, but he has playmaking ability and is a sure tackler. 

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