NFL Mock Draft 2013: What's the Latest Forecast for Every First-Round Team?

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: What's the Latest Forecast for Every First-Round Team?
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A lot's happened since the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, free agency has begun and tons of pro day workouts are in the books. 

NFL scouts, coaches and executives have had plenty of time to take in and analyze the top available prospects. Now it seems all that's left to do is draft.

Below we'll run through the entire first round of the 2013 NFL draft, breaking down the latest forecast for every first-round team.

*Top impact selections are italicized. 

 

No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT

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With reports that Kansas City is shopping offensive tackle Branden Albert and the fact that the Chiefs already have their quarterback in veteran Alex Smith, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel looks like a virtual lock to go No. 1 overall this April.

There's very few holes in Joeckel's game, and his potential to become a franchise cornerstone is too great to pass up.

 

No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT

Jacksonville has to improve at the point of attack one season after ranking 21st in passing offense and 30th in rushing offense. It doesn't matter who the Jaguars start under center next season, if they don't protect him, they'll be drafting early again in 2014.

Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is a stud at 6'7", and certainly worthy of the No. 2 overall pick.

 

No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) : Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT

Florida's Sharrif Floyd looks poised to wreak havoc on the defensive line for years to come. He boasts the prototypical body for a big-time NFL defensive tackle, and his motor is unrivaled.

 

No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB

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Yes, Philadelphia added two corners in Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher this spring. But the Eagles lost two stars in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and neither one of their additions compare to Alabama's Dee Milliner, an explosive talent with above-average cover skills. 

Milliner showed just how fast he is at the combine in February and looks ready to make an instant impact in 2013. 

All of the physical traits are there with Milliner, as well as the instincts and ability to read and diagnose plays. He's not afraid to come up and lay the wood in rush defense either, which is a huge plus. 

 

No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE

Cliff Avril's departure to Seattle makes this pick a no-brainer for the Detroit Lions. In order to win on defense you've got to generate a consistent pass rush, and Oregon's Dion Jordan would help ensure that the Lions' defensive front is disruptive in the future. 

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No. 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE

The former LSU defensive end is arguably the most versatile player in this year's draft, and he would be a great pickup for Cleveland just outside the top five. Signing Paul Kruger in free agency was a good move, but why stop there?

 

No. 7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

Arizona desperately needs a star to dominate in the middle of its defense next season after ranking 28th in rush defense a year ago. Georgia's Jarvis Jones is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, and he could provide the Cardinals with a bit of an edge defensively in the coming seasons. 

 

No. 8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB

It's difficult to imagine the Buffalo Bills passing on Geno Smith at No. 8. The Bills have plenty of needs this offseason, but it's impossible to win without a quarterback. 

Although Buffalo brought in Kevin Kolb this offseason, he has a track record of coming up short but could serve as a veteran to push Smith in camp.

Meanwhile, Smith is a proven pocket passer and has the numbers to backup an early selection. He's thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his past two seasons with the Mountaineers and has consistently displayed the accuracy and arm strength that's required of a successful NFL quarterback.

Smith's athleticism is a huge plus, even though he won't be running wild quite like Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson did a year ago.

 

No. 9. New York Jets (6-10): Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT

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The concerns about Star Lotulelei's health are problematic, but he showed at his pro day workout that he is one of the most talented players coming out this spring. New York could use his power up front on the defensive line.

 

No. 10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT

The Titans made a big splash by bringing in Shonn Greene and Andy Levitre in free agency. Now Tennessee must continue to improve its running game by adding an athletic tackle in Lane Johnson.

 

No. 11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G 

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After signing 6'9" offensive tackle King Dunlap in free agency, San Diego should look to continue its offensive line overhaul by adding one of the most effective blockers coming out this April in Alabama's Chance Warmack.

 

No. 12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB

The Dolphins ranked 27th in pass defense a season ago. Joe Philbin and company will want to address Miami's secondary in Round 1, and Washington's Desmond Trufant looks to be a great value pick with plenty of upside.

 

No. 13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (7-9): Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE

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After acquiring a second first-round pick from Tampa Bay in this offseason's Darrelle Revis trade, the New York Jets will have another opportunity to bolster their defense for 2013. Damontre Moore's combine effort was certainly lackluster and costly to his draft stock, but don't forget this is a player who was at one time being discussed as a potential No. 1 overall pick. 

Moore is a physical specimen and has the body to develop into a beast at the next level. His intangibles are a bit of a concern, but the motor and instincts he displayed at Texas A&M definitely warrant a first-round selection in 2013. 

Moore was superb a year ago, recording 12.5 sacks last season for the Aggies. 

 

No. 14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE

A 6'6", 270-pound defensive end, BYU's Ezekiel Ansah is a freak athlete and a player sure to make an early impact at the next level.

Carolina was a mediocre defensive team in 2012, so adding a talent like Ansah makes a lot of sense, especially if he's still on the board at No. 16.

 

No. 15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE

It seems the Saints don't have any other option but to draft defense in the first round this year after putting up historically bad numbers in 2012. Florida State's Bjoern Werner would provide New Orleans with a high-energy pass-rusher who could also be a huge factor in the running game. 

 

No. 16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR

The combination of Tavon Austin's explosive style and St. Louis' dome would make for some exciting highlights. With Danny Amendola headed east to team up with Tom Brady in New England, Austin would be an ideal pick for the Rams with the first of their two first-round selections. 

 

No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, DE

With a nickname like Tank, Florida State's Cornellius Carradine has Pittsburgh Steelers written all over him. The former Seminoles defensive end is flying under the radar this spring, but recorded 11 sacks for FSU last year while dominating all over the field.

 

No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT

The Dallas Cowboys' inability to stop the run in 2012 was concerning, so a player like Missouri's Sheldon Richardson makes a ton of sense at No. 18. 


No. 19. New York Giants (9-7): Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G

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Eli Manning is at his best when he's standing upright in the pocket. If North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper is still on the board in the mid-first round, look for the New York Giants to call his name.

 

No. 20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Keenan Allen, California, WR

Signing Martellus Bennett was a big move for Chicago's offense this offseason, but Jay Cutler still needs another weapon alongside Brandon Marshall. Cal's Keenan Allen would be an excellent player to fill that role as he possesses a fantastic set of hands, a pair capable of reeling in Cutler's rocket passes.

 

No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR

If the Bengals want to ensure that Andy Dalton bounces back in 2013, they should look to bring in a wide receiver like Justin Hunter, a 6'4" stud who could team with superstar A.J. Green to produce one of the league's top wide receiver tandems. 

 

No. 22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S

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It's hard to imagine Jeff Fisher going offense twice with the Rams' two first-round picks this April. Instead, look for St. Louis to target a player in the secondary. Texas' Kenny Vaccaro would be an exceptional pickup this late for Fisher and the Rams.

 

No. 23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR

Acquiring Greg Jennings through free agency is meaningful, but it doesn't elevate Minnesota's offense above Green Bay's or Detroit's in the NFC North. The Vikings will need to add through the draft, and with an additional first-round pick at No. 15, don't be surprised to see Minnesota go after a weapon like Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee.

 

No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT

Indy's rush defense was among the worst in football last season, getting shredded for over 137 yards per game on the ground. North Carolina's Sylvester Williams would be an ideal fit with the Colts, where he could plug gaps and help Indy's D win at the line of scrimmage more often.

 

No. 25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks) (11-5): Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB

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Minnesota will get an additional first-round pick in this year's draft thanks to its trade with Seattle, which sent Percy Harvin west to join the Seahawks (via Fox Sports' Jay Glazer):

If available, Georgia's Alec Ogletree would provide excellent value for the Vikings nearing the end of Round 1.

 

No. 26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB

Considering how long it's been since the Green Bay Packers have had a reliable ball-carrier in the backfield, Alabama's Eddie Lacy makes the most sense at No. 26. He doesn't go down easy and would be able to take some pressure off Aaron Rodgers over the course of the regular season.

 

No. 27. Houston Texans (12-4): Kevin Minter, LSU, LB

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Houston must continue to bolster its defense if it hopes to challenge for the AFC crown in 2013. Plus, the Texans lost linebacker Connor Barwin in free agency, meaning that LSU's Kevin Minter would fill a specific need for them as well.

 

No. 28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, CB

Denver's secondary looked shook up in its AFC Divisional playoff loss to Baltimore last January. Perhaps adding a talented corner like Xavier Rhodes from Florida State will help ensure the Broncos make the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

 

No. 29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, Florida, S

Every year it seems the Pats' secondary is holding them back from winning a championship. Although it isn't fair to place the blame solely on the defensive back field, it is fair to say that New England could use some help in this area. 

Don't be surprised if Bill Belichick pulls the trigger on a hard-hitting safety in Florida's Matt Elam.


No. 30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Datone Jones, UCLA, DE

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Tony Gonzalez is set to return and Steven Jackson is on board in Atlanta, which means that the Falcons can focus their attention on other areas this offseason. UCLA's Datone Jones would provide a big boost to Atlanta's defensive line as it looks to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl next year.

 

No. 31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): John Cyprien, Florida International, S

With Dashon Goldson headed to Tampa Bay, the Niners are in need of a big-time safety to contribute in pass defense. Florida International's John Cyprien would be a great fit at No. 31 overall.

 

No. 32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB

This is another selection that looks to be a no-brainer based on timing and need. Baltimore will be looking to find Ray Lewis' replacement in the middle of its defense this spring, and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o would likely be available to the Ravens with the final pick in the first round.

 

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