2013 NFL Mock Draft: Obvious Choices for First-Round Teams

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Obvious Choices for First-Round Teams
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With pro days flying by and draft stocks on the rise, the 2013 NFL draft is nearly upon us.

Manti Te'o had what many are calling a successful pro day on Tuesday, but was it enough to solidify him as a first-round pick in the upcoming draft?

I've highlighted the most obvious choices for first-round teams in italics, so feel free to scroll down and find out who I have your favorite NFL team selecting in the first round in my latest 2013 mock draft.

 

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

As the consensus No. 1 pick and overall player in the 2013 class, Luke Joeckel is the pick for the Kansas City Chiefs. With Alex Smith under center, the Chiefs actually have a decent quarterback to protect in 2013.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

The Jacksonville Jaguars had the least sacks of any NFL team last season (20) and definitely need a pass-rusher of Dion Jordan's caliber.

Jordan can play along the defensive line or as an outside linebacker, making him a solid and versatile option for the Jags. 

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

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Oakland needs production from the interior of its defensive line, and Sharrif Floyd can definitely bring production to the Raiders with his non-stop motor and staunch run-stopping skills.

 

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

Chip Kelly's spread offense needs offensive linemen who can protect the quarterback and get down the field and block in the running game, and that's exactly what former Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher can do for the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 4 pick.

 

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Dee Milliner could be the pick for the Detroit Lions, but I think they go with the athletic and powerful Ezekiel Ansah.

Ansah was sensational in the Senior Bowl and can be a force on Detroit's D-line with Ndamukong Suh leading the way.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

As the best corner in the draft, Dee Milliner will be one of the first off the board when the 2013 draft rolls around.

With Cleveland ranking 25th against the pass in 2012, Milliner would be a great fit alongside Joe Haden with the Browns this season.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

I don't know who's going to be the quarterback, but the Arizona Cardinals have to address the offensive line. At 6'6", 300-plus pounds, Lane Johnson ran a 4.72 40-yard dash time and has excellent athleticism to be a starter on the Cards' offensive line.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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It's anyone's guess as to where Geno Smith is taken in the 2013 NFL draft, but the Buffalo Bills seem like an obvious choice, don't they?

Buffalo is still in need of a QB following Ryan Fitzpatrick's move to Tennessee and in a relatively shallow quarterback class, Smith appears to be the best.

Smith had an excellent pro day and his body of work at West Virginia speaks for itself, following a stellar 2012 season that saw him toss 42 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Oh, and there was that memorable game against Baylor when Smith threw eight touchdowns and passed for more than 650 yards.

I really don't see how else the Bills can be competitive in 2013 without taking a quarterback in the first round, and with Smith being the best option, Buffalo should target the former Mountaineer.

 

9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jarvis Jones is probably the most NFL-ready linebacker of his class, making it nearly impossible for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets to pass him up.

Jones is an excellent wrap-up tackler and has the instincts and recognition to be a stout defender for the Jets for years to come.

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance WarmackOG, Alabama

The Tennessee Titans' offense is built around the run, especially with the addition of Shonn Greene, highlighting the need to bolster the offensive line.

Having blocked for guys like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, Chance Warmack has the experience and skill to be an NFL blocker.

 

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

The San Diego Chargers have to add to their offensive line, especially after Philip Rivers was the second-most-sacked QB in 2012, leading to Football Outsiders ranking San Diego's offensive line the worst in the NFL in terms of pass protection.

Jonathan Cooper excels in pass protection and could be called upon by the Chargers to help protect Rivers this season.

 

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

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After losing Sean Smith to the Chiefs, the Miami Dolphins have a need for a solid corner to anchor their secondary.

Aside from being a good cover corner, Xavier Rhodes consistently pitches in against the run, which will help out in a division like the AFC East.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Any defensive selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a good one, but I like Sheldon Richardson to Tampa.

Richardson racked up 75 tackles and four sacks along the defensive line for Missouri in 2012 and possesses fantastic speed in his hands and feet that help him shed blockers.

 

14. Carolina Panthers: Star LotuleleiDT, Utah 

Seeking help on the interior of their defensive line, the Carolina Panthers look to former Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

Despite the health concernsLotulelei had a dominant pro day and is definitely deserving of a top-half pick in the first round of the 2013 draft.

 

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

In order to rebuild the defense and make it back to the postseason in 2013, the New Orleans Saints must have a strong draft and it all starts with Barkevious Mingo.

Mingo can be especially helpful against the rush, which New Orleans ranked last in the NFL against last season, giving up 2,361 yards and 18 touchdowns.

 

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

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Plenty of NFL teams need wide receivers, but none more than the St. Louis Rams.

St. Louis will be looking for a replacement for Danny Amendola and it should come in the form of Tavon Austin out of West Virginia. Austin was sensational in the receiving game for the Mountaineers last year, hauling in 114 catches, 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Austin enters the draft as one of the most versatile wideouts of his class, as he scored touchdowns in both the kick and punt return games and added 643 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

At 5'8" and a 4.34 40 time (via NFL.com), Austin is the perfect candidate to play the slot for the Rams in 2013.

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Ben Roethlisberger needs a big-play wide receiver now that Mike Wallace is gone and he could get it if the Pittsburgh Steelers go with Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee.

At 6'3" and 4.42 40-yard speed, Patterson has the size and playmaking abilities to be a threat in the vertical passing game for the Steelers.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

The Dallas Cowboys are in dire need of a safety and Kenny Vaccaro is the best in his class.

He has arguably the best cover skills of any defender in the draft and his ability to get his hands on the football at its highest point will be an asset to any defense in the league.

 

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU

Last season was a down year for the New York Giants' pass rush, and with Osi Umenyiora on the move, Bjoern Werner would be the ideal pick for the G-Men at No. 19.

Werner racked up 13 sacks at Florida State last season and plays just as effectively against the rush, which will benefit the Giants' defense in the NFC East against players like Robert Griffin III and LeSean McCoy.

 

20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

Similar to the Ravens' situation, the Chicago Bears need to fill an enormous void at middle linebacker following the departure of a franchise player.

Arthur Brown is everything Chicago could want in a MLB—a raw defender who possesses great tackling skills and can lead a defense.

 

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

According to Football Outsiders, the Cincinnati Bengals sported the 28th-ranked offensive line in terms of pass protection, which is where D.J. Fluker comes in.

He has experience protecting a top quarterback at Alabama and also excels in the run-blocking department.

 

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Matt Elam, FS, Florida

The release of Quintin Mikell highlights a serious need for a safety for the St. Louis Rams and Matt Elam is a perfect fit.

He's a complete safety, sporting 65 tackles, four interceptions and a sack in 2012 and isn't afraid to deliver big hits over the middle.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California

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After owning the NFL's 31st-ranked pass offense in 2012, the Minnesota Vikings are undoubtedly in the market for a wide receiver.

While the addition of Greg Jennings helps, Minnesota still has more work to do at the WR spot and should be looking at a guy like Keenan Allen out of California. The 6'2" wideout owns excellent separation and route-running skills, as he hauled in 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns in nine games for the Bears last season.

In 2011, Allen was as dominant as they come, boasting 98 receptions, 1,343 yards and six touchdowns while playing a full season at Cal.

Pairing a talent like Allen with the veteran Jennings could do wonders for both the rookie receiver and the Vikings this season.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Sporting the 26th-ranked total defense last year, the Indianapolis Colts will be looking defense with the No. 24 overall pick.

Damontre Moore reached the quarterback 12.5 times at Texas A&M last season and could be Dwight Freeney's replacement come September.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle): Alec OgletreeILB, Georgia

The Vikings will take care of the WR spot with their first pick, but with the second pick, I think they go middle linebacker in the form of Alec Ogletree.

Minnesota has a glaring need for a MLB and Ogletree's 99 tackles and sideline-to-sideline speed against the rush make him an ideal pick for the Vikings.

 

26. Green Bay Packers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

After an excellent showing at the combine, Eric Reid assured himself of a first-round selection, and with the Packers seeking a safety following the release of veteran Charles Woodson, I would say Green Bay is a solid fit.

Reid displayed solid instincts and awareness in LSU's secondary and has the build to matchup against NFL tight ends.

 

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

When your star wideout begins recruiting help on offense in the form of Chad Johnson, you know you're in trouble.

The Houston Texans must fix their wide receiver problem in the draft and DeAndre Hopkins would be an excellent pickup late in the draft, with his 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns in Clemson's passing offense in 2012. 

 

28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Despite ranking third in the NFL in passing defense during the regular season, the Denver Broncos' play against the pass in the playoffs is what highlights the need for a cornerback.

Desmond Trufant isn't exactly a shutdown corner, but he displayed solid cover skills at Washington and would help to shore up Denver's secondary.

 

29. New England Patriots: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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Sporting the NFL's 29th-ranked passing defense in 2012, the New England Patriots will be looking to bolster their secondary. Johnthan Banks had nine picks the last two seasons combined and could find himself playing for Bill Belichick this season.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

Osi Umenyiora is probably on his way to becoming an Atlanta Falcon (according to Adam Schefter of ESPN), but the dirty birds could have one of the most feared defensive lines by drafting Alex Okafor.

Okafor recorded eight sacks at Texas last year and could be a durable player along Atlanta's defensive line.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International

It's a name you likely haven't heard too much of, but Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien could be taken at the end of the first round by a San Francisco 49ers team that needs help at safety.

Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson both let the 49ers down in Super Bowl XLVII, which could have San Francisco targeting depth at safety in the draft.

 

32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'oILB, Notre Dame

Manti Te'o didn't necessarily raise his draft stock after a solid pro day on Tuesday, but he certainly didn't hurt it either.

Baltimore has a huge hole at middle linebacker following the Ray Lewis retirement and I think it's between Te'o and Kevin Minter for the Ravens, with Te'o getting the edge.

 

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