2013 NFL Mock Draft: Common Sense Selections for Every Team

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Dion Jordan of Oregon works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks have become famous for owning a draft board nobody else could possibly conceive of. The results speak for themselves, as the Seahawks have quickly become one of the NFL's powerhouse teams in short order.

 Teams must make selections that fit the overall vision of the men in charge.  

Taking into account all the recent free agency moves teams have made in the past couple of weeks, this is a mock draft that will attempt to pair players with teams that could utilize them the best. 

Highlighted selections with more in-depth analysis will be noted in italics. 


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

When you have a player as pro-ready and rock-solid as Joeckel waiting for you at the top of the draft, you don't have a tough choice. Joeckel will be a cornerstone left tackle for any team that drafts him. He possesses prototypical size, strength and peerless skill on the perimeter—a franchise left tackle from the first day of training camp. 


2. Jacksonville Jaguars—DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

The Jaguars' defense didn't have any teeth last year, sacking opposing quarterbacks only 20 times. Jordan has the raw tools to become as formidable on the perimeter as Jason Pierre-Paul and Aldon Smith, and once he adds another 20-25 pounds of raw muscle, he'll be unstoppable. 


3. Oakland Raiders—DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

Before late February, Lotulelei was seen by many as a top-three pick. Then, doctors found a heart condition at the combine, causing him to sit out of workouts and his draft stock to plummet. 

USA Today's Mike Garafolo had reported during the combine that the defensive tackle's heart condition may have been a result of dehydration, rapid weight loss or too much sodium in his system. 

Lotulelei then received clearance to workout at his pro day, where he wowed scouts with an impressive workout. That same day, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported, via Rotoworld.com, that Lotulelei had been medically cleared by a third party.

All of that to say that Lotulelei is on the radar of teams picking up near the top of the draft. Given the way Oakland has purged its roster this season—especially its defensive line—drafting a dominant defensive tackle here makes the most sense for the Raiders. 


4. Philadelphia Eagles—OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

The Eagles already invested in their defense in free agency. That said, the opportunity to land one of the draft's premier pass-rushers could be too tempting to pass up. Ansah has the potential to be a big playmaker, and he'd improve the Eagles' pass rush.


5. Detroit Lions—OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

The Lions lost longtime starter at left tackle Jeff Backus, who retired earlier this year. Riley Reiff is a talented tackle, but he needs to stay on the right side to continue to be effective. Adding Fisher would ensure that the offensive line can protect Matthew Stafford from both sides.


6. Cleveland Browns—CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

Adding another stud cornerback to pair with Joe Haden would give new defensive coordinator Ray Horton the ability to be creative with his blitz packages. Milliner is a tough, skilled player who can run with any player on the field. He and Haden would represent one of the NFL's top young cornerback duos.


7. Arizona Cardinals—DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

The Cardinals have need for offensive linemen, but Floyd is the best player on the board at this point. Adding him to play with Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell would give Arizona a phenomenal trio of defensive linemen with which to dominate the line of scrimmage.


8. Buffalo Bills—QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

At this time, Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp are the two quarterbacks on Buffalo's offense. Neither player is capable of upgrading the team's aerial attack from last year's marks, and there aren't any starting-caliber free agents left on the market. Time to make a bold move and draft a potential franchise quarterback in Smith. 


9. New York Jets—OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

With free-agent guard Brandon Moore potentially heading elsewhere in 2013, the Jets would be smart to invest in their offensive line. Warmack is a devastating run-blocker who will give Rex Ryan the tool he needs to establish a punishing running game. 


10. Tennessee Titans—DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Kamerion Wimbley is a talented pass-rusher, but the Titans need to invest in another defensive end who can bring pressure on a consistent basis. Werner's quick first step and excellent repertoire of moves make him a player to consider here.


11. San Diego Chargers—OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

The Chargers must draft offensive linemen in 2013.

Philip Rivers was sacked more than any other player in the NFL last year except Aaron Rodgers, and the entire offense struggled as a result. 

If Lane Johnson is still on the board when San Diego picks, he'll be the team's selection.

Johnson is an extremely athletic tackle who is a former tight end. He has been a fast riser on draft boards since the Senior Bowl, and his athletic display at the combine only further bolstered his status as a top draft pick.


12. Miami Dolphins—CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

The Dolphins need to fill the hole on their roster left by Sean Smith's departure to the Chiefs via free agency. Rhodes is a big, physical cornerback with the speed and man-to-man coverage skills to lock down one side of the field for Miami's pass defense.


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—CB Desmond Bryant, Washington

No team gave up more yards through the air in 2012 than the Bucs. Adding Dashon Goldson was a big move, but Tampa Bay still needs cornerbacks. Bryant has the potential to become a lock-down cornerback in the NFL, and he'd be an upgrade over any cornerback currently on this team's roster.


14. Carolina Panthers—DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

The Panthers have already assembled some premier talent on defense, and adding a stud defensive tackle will complete the team's front seven. Richardson's attacking style of play will demand consistent double teams in the middle, allowing the team's pass-rushers to attack from the outside and the team's linebackers to flow to the ball.


15. New Orleans Saints—OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

New Orleans doesn't currently have many natural 3-4 outside linebackers on its roster. Adding a proven commodity like Jones would give Rob Ryan an important piece for his new 3-4 defense for the Saints.


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

This is one of those "duh" picks. 

Austin is the most explosive offensive playmaker in this year's draft. His raw speed (4.34-second 40 at the combine), incredible quickness and agility, combined with his excellent hands and game-breaking open-field skills, give him the unique ability to score on any given play.

He can effectively run the ball on jet sweeps, break off big gains on bubble screens, take a quick slant 80 yards to the house and change the outcome of a game in one fell swoop, returning punts for touchdowns. 

During the past two seasons, Austin caught 215 passes for 2,475 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also rushed for four touchdowns and returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during his last two years at West Virginia.

If any one player could electrify the Rams offense and give Sam Bradford a consistent target in the middle of the field, it's Austin. 


17. Pittsburgh Steelers—OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

The Steelers recently released James Harrison and later told him he's not a player the team would consider bringing back (h/t Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Pittsburgh needs pass-rushers, and Mingo would give its defense plenty of speed on the edge. 


18. Dallas Cowboys—OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

The Cowboys couldn't run the ball consistently last season, averaging just 79.1 yards per game—the second-worst mark in the NFL. Cooper is a stout run-blocker and a phenomenal pass-blocker, and he'd give Dallas a better shot at establishing a running game in 2013. 


19. New York Giants—ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

New York needs to bring in young, athletic linebackers who can cover the middle of the field. Ogletree, a former safety, has the speed, athleticism and attitude to excel as a middle linebacker in the NFL. Adding him would significantly upgrade this defense.


20. Chicago Bears—ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

The Bears signed D.J. Williams to replace Brian Urlacher, but the team only gave him a one-year deal. He's not the long-term answer for the Bears, which still needs to add youth and speed on defense. Te'o is a player a lot like Urlacher—athletic, smart, rangy—and he'll be a really good middle linebacker in the Bears' 4-3 defense. 


21. Cincinnati Bengals—S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

Cyprien is a gifted safety who played for a small school and avoided the national spotlight as a result. Once scouts started getting a hold of his tape, however, Cyprien's stock took a sharp turn to the first round, and he'll be a dynamic player for defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. 


22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)—S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

The Rams need a safety or two after losing Craig Dahl to the San Francisco 49ers and releasing Quintin Mikell. Vaccaro is a talented safety who can cover receivers in the slot, stuff the run and make plays deep in coverage. 


23. Minnesota Vikings—DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

The Vikings need to get younger up front. Kevin Williams is 32 years old, and the team's run defense isn't as dominant as it once was when K. Williams was playing next to Pat Williams. Adding this Williams would once again give Minnesota a pair of Williams brothers to wreak havoc up front. 


24. Indianapolis Colts—WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

With Reggie Wayne approaching 35, the Colts would be smart to bring in a young phenom like Patterson to learn from him the next couple of seasons. He'd give the team three excellent deep threats, as T.Y. Hilton will be even better in 2013. 

With Wayne on one side, Hilton in the slot and Patterson on the other side, Andrew Luck would be able to stretch defenses to the limit. Furthermore, Coby Fleener and Vic Ballard would find plenty of room to run underneath. 

Adding a dynamic playmaker like Patterson could turn the Colts' already impressive passing attack into one of the most deadly, quick-strike offenses in the NFL.


25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks)—CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

The Vikings recently released longtime starter Antoine Winfield, who will be tough to replace. Adding Banks would be a good first step. 


26. Green Bay Packers—DE Margus Hunt, SMU

Imagine a defense that featured Clay Matthews and J.J. Watt. Scary, right? That's what the Packers could potentially have with Hunt, who has the potential to become a Watt-type terror as a 3-4 defensive end.


27. Houston Texans—WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Houston has attempted to find a capable receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson for years now. This is the perfect year to remedy that sad situation, and Hopkins would be the perfect man for the job. 


28. Denver Broncos—DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Now that Elvis Dumervil is with the Ravens, the Broncos are truly in need of a defensive end. Pass-rushers don't grow on trees, and though Moore hasn't been impressive in any measurable capacity during the past two months, his productivity in college shows he's a gamer.


29. New England Patriots—WR Keenan Allen, California

What's the one thing that could continue to prolong Tom Brady's career, other than excellent pass protection? A young, talented wide receiver. Allen is a phenomenal player, and if not for the fact that he's been battling through a nagging knee injury, he'd be selected much earlier in the draft.


30. Atlanta Falcons—TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

By drafting Eifert, the Falcons could be in the enviable position of having two excellent tight ends for Matt Ryan to play with in 2013. Furthermore, there's no better way to help a young player excel than to let him learn from a master.


31. San Francisco 49ers—S Matt Elam, Florida

Elam is a highly instinctive player who seems to always be around the ball. His ability to cover the deep middle is ideal for the 49ers, as Donte Whitner is a classic, in-the-box safety. 


32. Baltimore Ravens—S Eric Reid, LSU

Baltimore lost both Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed, leaving the door wide open for general manager Ozzie Newsome to address safety early in the draft. Reid is a rangy, athletic safety who has the speed to play deep and the size to play tough against the run. 


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