2013 NFL Mock Draft: Easy Money Bets for Every 1st-Round Selection
While the lack of depth at the quarterback position makes the 2013 NFL draft class appear far weaker than last year's, the strength at surrounding positions more than makes up for it.
One needs to look no further than the first overall pick for proof.
With the Kansas City Chiefs on the clock, there is a slew of different players from different positions who serve as legitimate possibilities, showcasing the dynamic young talent across the board.
As such, this promises to be one of the most unpredictable first rounds in recent memory, but that doesn't mean there aren't picks that make more sense than others.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
As just mentioned, there a number of different directions new head coach Andy Reid could go here, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.
But rebuilding a team starts in the trenches on the offensive line. Protecting your own quarterback is far more crucial for the future then being able to get to the other team's.
Joeckel, who has a rare combination of size and athleticism, has succeeded at the collegiate level protecting two very different types of quarterbacks, and he should continue to do so in the NFL for a very long time.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
I wouldn't be surprised if the Jags went with Sharrif Floyd here, but I'm not exactly convinced they are yet ready to move on from Tyson Alualu, the 2010 No. 10 pick overall.
Geno Smith is also an option, as the Jaguars have yet to address the problem of Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, but new head coach Gus Bradley is a defensive guy.
He proved in Seattle that he works well with athletic specimens, and Dion Jordan is just that.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd has skyrocketed up draft boards in the last few months, and with some even comparing him to J.J. Watt, it would be shocking if he fell out of the top five.
The Raiders voided Richard Seymour's contract, and there's now a black hole in the interior of that defensive line. This makes sense from all angles, although Star Lotulelei is also an option.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
This is going to be a close call between Lotulelei, who was cleared of any medical concerns, and Fisher.
But the former is gaining steam as a potential No. 1 pick, and with Jason Peters' health—although he says he's good to go—still a potential concern, grabbing Fisher to beef up the offensive line makes sense.
5. Detroit Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
With the consensus top two offensive tackles off the board, the Lions have some choices. They could go with Dee Milliner to help shore up the pass defense, but the re-signing off Chris Houston means it's likely they go elsewhere with their first pick.
This a reach for Johnson, but there are questions on the O-line, and protecting Matthew Stafford has to be priority No. 1.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Browns have a nice core, with talented weapons on offense and now Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves signed through free agency.
Now would be the time to take the best player on the board (who isn't a defensive tackle), and that's Milliner, who is really the only corner in this draft without any question marks. Pairing him with Joe Haden and moving Buster Skrine to cover the slot is a scary idea for opposing offenses.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Offensive line is the only position of weakness the Cardinals haven't addressed in the offseason, and they would obviously be ecstatic to see Fisher or Johnson slip to this spot.
But with both of those guys gone, don't be surprised if they follow in Cleveland's footsteps and take whoever is No. 1 left on their board.
That's likely Star Lotulelei, who has the skill set to be the No. 1 overall pick.
8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
When Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson are your quarterbacks, the position is not locked down.
Kolb hasn't been terrible, and he's capable of holding down the spot for a while, but the Bills need a QB of the future. Smith, who many believe will go in the top five, is exactly that.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
The Jets desperately have a lot of needs, and with this pick they simply to need to concentrate on finding someone who can step in and make plays.
Few have more potential to do that than Mingo, who was slightly unproductive as a senior, but he has jaw-dropping athleticism, can get to the quarterback and fits New York's 3-4 defense.
10. Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE
Guard was always a possibility, but with Andy Levitre and Robert Turner signed, it's likely the Titans focus on other needs.
Ansah, who is versatile but better served in a 4-3 defense, has been shooting up draft boards and has the talent to immediately push the Titans' pass rush from good to dangerous.
11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Chargers gave up the fourth-most sacks in the NFL last year, and while they made several moves to improve on the offensive line, it wouldn't be surprising if they couldn't to do so.
While they would like to get a tackle, bulking up the interior is also an option. Warmack is the best interior lineman in the draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
This will come down to offensive tackle or cornerback. I'm a firm believer that the Dolphins will try to move up, but if they don't, don't be surprised if they reach for the best available tackle.
In this case, that's Fluker.
13. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Now that the Jets have two first-round picks, expect them to use this one to address their anemic offense. They could also target a cornerback for the post-Darrelle Revis era, but as they begin to rebuild, they need to inject some excitement for this fanbase.
Look no further than Austin, who has the dynamic versatility to contribute in several different aspects and become a true playmaker for years to come.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
There are few things more certain than the Panthers selecting a defensive tackle.
North Carolina stud Sylvester Williams will get some attention at this pick, but it will be difficult to take him over the talented Missouri product.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
With the switch to a 3-4 scheme, the Saints will be looking for an edge pass-rusher who can take some of the pressure off the secondary, which continually got beat like it stole something last year.
Jones, who racked up 24.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and forced seven fumbles as the most dangerous defensive player in college last season, is just the man for the job.
16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
It's no secret that the Rams need more playmakers for Sam Bradford. Heck, that was true even before Danny Amendola left via free agency.
Patterson has some issues, but he is a freakish athlete with size, leaping ability and lightning-fast speed.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Steelers need an injection of youth seemingly throughout their entire defense, but priority No. 1 will be to acquire an edge-rusher.
Werner may be seen as a slight reach here, but he's the best available end, and he has the versatility to play in a 3-4 defense.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Dallas ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt last year, and if the 'Boys are going to protect their newly paid star quarterback, they are going to have to better establish a running game.
That starts in the interior, and the athletic Cooper is easily one of the best guards in this draft.
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19. New York Giants: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Even if Terrell Thomas or Prince Amukamara prove to be reliable on the outside, the Giants need depth at cornerback. Rhodes has the size and physicality on the outside that the G-Men would welcome with open arms.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
Despite adding D.J. Williams in Brian Urlacher's stead, many feel the Bears need to add some youth at the position. The dynamic Ogletree serves as a viable option.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Bengals need a safety, and this is a slide for Vaccaro, who has the talent to be picked in the top 15. Win-win.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins): Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
The Rams will also be on the hunt for a safety, and while Matt Elam and even possibly Eric Reid will get a look here, Cyprien has been gaining steam lately. The FIU star is an electric star capable of playing right away.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Despite adding Greg Jennings in the offseason, the Vikings could still use another weapon in the passing game, but if Trufant is available here, don't be surprised if they wait to add a receiver.
The former Husky is a fluid athlete who isn't scared to play physical, and he has been impressive ever since the start of his senior season. This is good value for him.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Colts have several different options with this pick, but it's important that they continue to bolster the defense.
Jones may not start right away, but he has the versatility to play across the line and showed the power to blow plays up at UCLA. He would be a nice addition to this young squad.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
After grabbing Patterson two picks earlier, the Vikings can concentrate on bolstering the interior of their 4-3 defense. I'd say the 6'3, 313-pound lineman with unbelievable strength is capable of doing that.
26. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are a dangerous duo, but Greg Jennings is gone and James Jones becomes a free agent next year.
With not a ton of pressing needs, the Packers can afford to add some depth to the receiving corps by selecting Hopkins, who burst onto the scene with nearly unstoppable play this year.
27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Texans surprised many by passing on a wide receiver in last year's draft, but I don't think that happens again.
Andre Johnson needs some of the attention taken off him, and Allen is an absolute stud.
28. Denver Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Something something something fax machine. Something something something Elvis Dumervil is gone.
The Broncos need help across the defensive line, and there are several options here, but Hankins has the impressive versatility to play either DE or DT.
29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Even with Aqib Talib in town, I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots went after another cornerback.
Johnthan Banks and D.J. Hayden will be in play here, but Taylor is a dependable, instinctive, low-floor player with a strong work ethic. He's the perfect Bill Belichick fit.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
He may be missing a vowel in his first name, but Banks is superb talent who would give the Falcons the depth they need at corner.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Dashon Goldson is gone, and I'm not so sure Craig Dahl fills that void sufficiently.
Reid has been climbing draft charts after an excellent pro day, and he has a scary combination of size and athleticism that the 49ers would welcome to their physical defense.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Manti Te'o will get a look here, but Brown will be difficult to pass up. While some list him as an outside linebacker, he has the sideline-to-sideline speed, instincts and terrific open-field tackling to play in the middle.
And I believe there's a middle linebacker in Baltimore who just retired.
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