2013 NFL Mock Draft: Best-Case Scenarios for Each Team in 1st Round

Ryan DavenportContributor IApril 1, 2013

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans drops back to pass against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at the Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated USC 38-28.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With less than a month to go until April's NFL draft, teams have long since identified the prospects that they're most excited about and have begun to develop a realistic idea of which blue-chippers will be left on the board when they're on the clock. 

Obviously, it's impossible to accurately project the actions of the other 31 teams, but at this stage in the game, the needs of each team aren't exactly a secret, so one has an idea of what each franchise would like to come away with during Round 1. 

So, heading into the final month before the draft, here's a look at each team's best-case scenario for Round 1. 


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

With the Chiefs quarterback situation resolved since the acquisition of former 49ers starter Alex Smith, Kansas City's attention is now on getting some reliable protection for their newly-minted No. 1 under center. 

And they'll get just that in Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, a 6'6" monster who has the size and athleticism to be a difference-maker at tackle. 

The Chiefs won't let him get away. 


2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon 

There are a number of intriguing options on the table for the Jaguars at No. 2, but with a glaring need for a quality defensive end, Jacksonville takes Oregon's Dion Jordan. 

In Jordan, the Jags will be getting a quality pass-rusher and a much-needed physical presence on what was one of the NFL's most porous defenses in 2012. 

Jacksonville could do something else here, but at least on paper, the 6'6" Jordan has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber defensive end, and that's something the Jaguars can't pass up. 


3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida 

If this were a draft deep in NFL-ready quarterbacks, the Raiders should be taking a signal-caller at No 3, but without any QB's who project to be surefire starters right away, the Raiders take Sharrif Floyd out of Florida. 

After registering 6.5 sacks for the Gators in 2012, Floyd's explosiveness and ability to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks will be welcome additions to Oakland's defense. 


4. Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia 

This isn't an ideal selection for the Eagles in the sense that at No. 4, usually one would expect to be getting a quarterback who can step in right away and guide an offense, but that's not the case with Geno Smith. 

Instead, the Eagles will simply be getting the best quarterback in a decidedly weak pool of signal-callers, but with Michael Vick in the fold for at least the time being, Smith will have time to develop rather than being thrown into the fire immediately. 


5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU 

Since his big performance at the Senior Bowl, BYU's Ezekiel Ansah has established himself as a surefire top-10 pick, and he'll be a cornerstone for years to come for the Lions. 

In Ansah, the Lions will be getting an extremely athletic defensive end who has the speed and raw talent to be a difference-maker at defensive end, which is why Detroit will grab him at No. 5. 


6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama 

As the best cornerback in the field, Dee Milliner could be gone by the time the Browns are on the clock, but if he's still around, Cleveland has to take him. 

Yes, the Browns obviously need some help on offense, but the value Milliner would bring at this pick is too great to pass up. 


7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan 

As the second-best offensive tackle in the draft, Eric Fisher won't be on the board long. 

After a strong showing at the combine, Fisher's athleticism made him one of the most sought-after tackles in this year's prospect pool, and at 6'7", he's got the size to be an impact player at the next level. 


8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

After signing Kevin Kolb, it may seem strange that the Bills would burn their top pick on another quarterback, but given Kolb's lack of success as a starter, Buffalo needs a legitimate No. 1 QB. 

Fortunately, Matt Barkley will be around at No. 8, and though his senior season didn't go according to plan, he still has the tools to be a franchise quarterback. 


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

He might be gone by the time the Jets are on the clock, but if he's still around, New York has to take Georgia's Jarvis Jones, who has emerged as the best outside linebacker in the draft. 

Yes, the Jets have more glaring needs at this point, but given Jones' potential, they can't let him slide to No. 10. 


10. Tennessee Titans: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Assuming Jones is off the board, the Titans' best option is former LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who actually might turn out to be one of the steals of Round 1. 

That's because Mingo, despite being an All-SEC selection, wasn't ever really used properly at LSU, and at the next level, he might be even more of a game-breaker. 


11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma 

Though less polished than Fisher, Johnson has the talent and raw physical gifts to be the best offensive tackle in the draft, which is why the Chargers will happily grab him outside the top 10. 

Johnson's stock has climbed since an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, and while it might take him some time to make his mark at the NFL level, he'll get there eventually. 


12. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC 

Former UNC Tar Heel Jonathan Cooper could be a top-10 selection, but assuming he falls to No. 12, the Dolphins have to take him because he's one of the most NFL-ready guards in the draft. 

While NFL teams are often hesitant to burn an early pick on a guard, Cooper, an All-American in 2012, has enough potential for someone to make an exception to that rule. 


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State 

For the Bucs, who boasted the league's worst pass defense in 2012, it's absolutely critical for the team to get some help in the secondary. 

That's why former Florida State star Xavier Rhodes is a great fit for Tampa Bay at No. 13, as Rhodes is arguably the second-best corner in the draft behind Milliner. 


14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The red flags surrounding Star Lotulelei's health are a concern, but given his potential, the Panthers could be getting the steal of Round 1 at No. 14. 

There's no question that Lotulelei has all the tools to step in and be an impact player right away, which is why the Panthers will be happy to grab him this late.


15. New Orleans Saints: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State 

At the combine, Menelik Watson had an overwhelmingly disappointing showing, which caused him to fall in many pre-draft rankings. 

But that will all work in New Orleans' favor, as the Saints will be able to grab one of the draft's best tackles midway through Round 1. 


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

With the first of their two Round 1 selections, the Rams will get one of the draft's best wide receivers in West Virginia's Tavon Austin. 

Austin's speed and big-play ability will be welcome additions to Sam Bradford's offense, and he'll contribute immediately


17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

With Mike Wallace gone, the Steelers desperately need a playmaker at wideout, and they'll get just that in Cordarrelle Patterson. 

Patterson's size and explosiveness have made him one of the most coveted offensive players in the talent pool, and if he's still around at No. 17, the Steelers will take him in order to re-stock their receiving corps. 


18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Another guard will come off the board when the Cowboys announce their first selection, as Chance Warmack is simply too good to slide out of Round 1. 

A dominant force on three national championship teams, Warmack's senior season cemented his status as a first-rounder, and he'll be able to step in and play right away, just like he did with Alabama. 


19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

After losing star defensive end Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons, the Giants will be on the market for a suitable replacement, and they'll find one in Florida State's Bjoern Werner. 

Werner is arguably the best prospect at his position, and if he slides all the way to No. 19, the Giants will snap him up. 


20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia 

The Bears need help at linebacker, and though Ogletree isn't quite best outside linebacker in the draft, he's got all the physical tools to be a star at the next level. 

He's had his share of off-the-field issues, but Ogletree's athleticism and versatility will make him a worthy addition to the Bears defense. 


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

As one of the many former Alabama standouts who will be in the mix to go in Round 1, D.J. Fluker may not be around by the time the Bengals are up at No. 21. 

With his size and tenacity, there's a reason why Fluker is the best right tackle in this year's prospect pool, and the Bengals will quickly take him if he's still on the board. 


22. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas

With their second pick, the Rams will take Kenny Vaccaro out of Texas after having solidified their receiving corps with their first selection. 

As the best safety in the draft, Vaccaro will be an immediate upgrade in the secondary for the Rams. 


23. Minnesota Vikings:  Johnathan Hankins , DT, Ohio State

There's more than a remote chance that Johnathan Hankins will be off the board by the time the Vikings are on the clock, but if he is, he's an absolutely must-draft for Minneosta. 

One of the top defensive tackles in the draft, Hankins' size and athleticism have made him a hot commodity, so if he's available, the Vikings have to take him. 


24. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri 

Like Hankins, Sheldon Richardson has the potential to go much higher, but the former Missouri star is a surefire first-rounder nonetheless. 

Richardson creates space for pass-rushers, and for a Colts defense that struggled on the ground and through the air, he'll be a worthy addition. 


25. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California 

With their second selection of Round 1, the Vikings will attempt to make up for the loss of Percy Harvin by taking California's Keenan Allen. 

Allen, who fell down in various draft rankings due to injuries, could turn out to be a major steal for the Vikings because he's got all the physical gifts needed to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the NFL someday. 


26. Green Bay: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

With a late Round 1 selection, the Packers will take a project in Tyler Eifert. 

Though it may be a couple of years before Eifert makes an impact with Green Bay, Eifert's size and raw talent makes him an attractive option at tight end, and given the number of weapons in the Packers' arsenal, he'll have more than enough time to develop. 


27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Texans will benefit from DeAndre Hopkins being overlooked, because at the end of the day, he could materialize into the best receiver of this year's crop. 

After seemingly coming out of nowhere with Clemson in 2012, Hopkins has emerged as one of the best ACC receivers of the last few years, and he'll be a good fit in the Texans' explosive offense. 


28. Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

At 6'3", 313 lbs., Sylvester Williams has the size and athletic ability to be a difference-maker in the NFL, and the Broncos will be pleased to get him this late in Round 1. 

With 6.0 sacks during his final season as a Tar Heel, Williams was virtually unstoppable when on his game, and he'll develop into a reliable defensive tackle for Denver. 


29. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Patriots have proven track record when it comes to developing productive wide receivers, and they'll continue that trend by taking former Trojans star Robert Woods late in Round 1.

Woods, who put up some eye-popping number alongside Matt Barkley with USC, may not see the field much right away, but he's got the physical abilities to be a star in Tom Brady's offense. 


30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington 

It's rare to get a cornerback as promising as Desmond Trufant this late in the first round, but if he falls all the way to No. 30, the Falcons will take him. 

With good speed, quickness and physicality, Trufant projects to be a solid coverage corner at the next level, which is why the Falcons will take him if he's still available. 


31. San Francisco 49ers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

With the 49ers having already addressed some of their most glaring needs, they'll grab a promising defensive end prospect in Datone Jones at the end of Round 1. 

Jones' size and speed make him a versatile option at defensive end, and San Francisco will be happy to grab him at the end of the first round. 


32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

There's a lot of baggage that goes along with this pick, but after losing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, if there's one thing the Ravens will be searching for this season, it's a new identity. 

Manti Te'o is not a clear-cut first-rounder, but what he does bring to the table is a winning pedigree and a lot of heart, which is why the Ravens will benefit from Te'o's rapid fall down draft boards. 


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