2013 NFL Mock Draft: Ideal Selections for Every Team in First Round

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Ideal Selections for Every Team in First Round
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With the 2013 NFL draft just 11 days away, NFL teams are prepping for the future as they begin to decide whom they'll select with their first-round picks on Apr. 25.

Teams can go a number of ways once they enter the draft room, but I've done my best to predict the moves that all 32 NFL teams will make in the first round of the draft. Players who I think are perfect fits for certain teams are denoted in italics. 

 

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

There have been rumblings of the Kansas City Chiefs going in a different direction with the No. 1 overall pick, but I'm sticking by my prediction of Luke Joeckel.

Andy Reid needs a solid offensive lineman to protect Alex Smith and with a running back like Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs will have a shot to be a decent offense with the drafting of Joeckel.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

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If the Chiefs don't take Dion Jordan at No. 1 overall, I think the Jacksonville Jaguars have to draft him. Jordan has established himself as the best defender in the draft and a guy who can drop back in coverage as well as make plays from the defensive end spot.

After recording the least amount of sacks last season, the Jags need a guy like Jordan on defense.

 

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Because the Oakland Raiders need help stopping the run, Sharrif Floyd is the pick for the interior of the Raiders' defensive line.

Floyd swallowed up ball-carriers at Florida and has the potential to do the same thing as a defensive tackle in the NFL.

 

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

With the Buffalo Bills signing Kevin Kolb, I think that opens the door for the Philadelphia Eagles to draft quarterback Geno Smith.

Chip Kelly's offense needs a mobile QB to run the spread and Smith seems to be the perfect candidate to do it.

 

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

After an impressive showing at the 2013 Senior Bowl and NFL combine, Ezekiel Ansah has undoubtedly established himself as a top pick in this year's draft.

At No. 5, I think it's either Ansah or Dee Milliner for the Lions, with either pick being an immediate upgrade on defense from 2012.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

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I've been saying all along that Dee Milliner to the Cleveland Browns makes a lot of sense, especially when you think about the secondary tandem of Milliner and Joe Haden.

B/R draft expert Matt Miller is also coming around on the idea.

Milliner is above and beyond the best corner in the draft and it's not exactly a secret that the Browns need help in all aspects of the game. Milliner has the size and coverage ability to be an immediate difference-maker for the Browns defense.

As long as Cleveland hangs onto that No. 6 pick, I think Milliner is the smartest option.

 

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The quarterback spot is clearly a need for the Arizona Cardinals—I still think they may go for Geno Smith—but offensive tackle is another must for the Cardinals.

Arizona was one of the worst run-blocking teams in 2012 and would largely benefit from selecting Lane Johnson with the seventh overall pick.

 

8. Buffalo Bills: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

With Kevin Kolb under center, the Buffalo Bills need to give him as much time as possible, which is why Eric Fisher is the pick for the Bills. Fisher is a natural pass-blocker who should do well against NFL defensive linemen with his 300-plus-pound figure. 

 

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

If Jarvis Jones is still on the board when the New York Jets' pick rolls around, I think it'll be impossible for Rex Ryan and Gang Green to pass on him.

Jones has the skills to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in the passing game and is excellent at covering the entire field and tracking down ball-carriers, which is just what the Jets need on defense. 

 

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance WarmackOG, Alabama

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Chance Warmack has emerged as a top name along the offensive line in the 2013 class and Tennessee should take him as long as he's still there at No. 10.

The Titans had a slew of issues along the O-line last season and should be looking to get their running game back on track after adding Shonn Greene to the mix.

 

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

Philip Rivers was the second-most sacked quarterback last season, highlighting the need to bolster the offensive line in San Diego.

One of Jonathan Cooper's best strengths is pass-blocking, which will come in handy as the Chargers look to get back on track offensively in 2013.

 

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

The Miami Dolphins should be thinking secondary when the No. 12 pick comes up, especially without Sean Smith this season. Help could come in the form of Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, who has the size (6'1") and speed (4.43) to stick NFL wide receivers and aid Miami's pass defense this season.

 

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

After sporting the NFL's worst pass defense last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to get help up front.

The drafting of Sheldon Richardson will allow for the defensive ends to get one-on-one matchups on the outside, as Richardson clogs up the interior of the defensive line with his 6'2", 294-pound frame.


14. Carolina Panthers: Star LotuleleiDT, Utah

I'm not sure Star Lotulelei will still be around at 14, but if he is, I think the Carolina Panthers have to draft him to bolster the inside of their defensive line.

Lotulelei has the explosive playmaking ability to blow up an opponent's backfield and make plays for his defense.

 

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

Barkevious Mingo would help anchor the New Orleans Saints defense in 2013, as it racked up just 30 sacks and was the NFL's worst defense against the run.

Mingo's explosive first step is what makes him dangerous against the pass, and he can also drop into coverage in a 3-4 scheme if necessary.

 

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

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In my mind, Tavon Austin and the St. Louis Rams are a match made in heaven.

The Rams are seeking a big-play slot receiver after losing Danny Amendola and that's exactly what Austin brings to the table. Not only would he emerge as one of Sam Bradford's favorite targets, but the wideout is also capable of gaining yards on the ground and in the return game.

Austin scored touchdowns on both punt and kick returns in 2012 and has arguably the biggest upside of any wide receiver of his class.

With the Rams in need of a wide receiver and a game-changer, Austin is definitely the smartest selection at No. 16.

 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Without Mike Wallace and possibly Emmanuel Sanders, the Pittsburgh Steelers have to address the wide receiver position. At 6'3", Cordarrelle Patterson has excellent speed (4.42) and could be a big-play receiver for Pittsburgh's offense if the team pulls the string with him at No. 17.

 

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

The focus for the Dallas Cowboys in the first round should be on defense—most notably, the safety position.

Kenny Vaccaro is a guy who can immediately start for Dallas and make plays in a division that includes Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III.

 

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

The G-Men can go a number of ways with their first pick (DE, LB, CB, OL) but Jerry Reese has shown that you can never have enough defensive ends. With Osi Umenyiora out, Bjoern Werner could be a force for the Giants next season alongside Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.

 

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

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I think Arthur Brown is one of the most underrated players in the entire draft and would be an excellent addition to Chicago's defense, which needs a middle linebacker.

Brown is an absolute force when it comes to stopping the run, and despite what some think, I believe he has the first-round talent to go to the NFL and make plays immediately.

 

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

D.J. Fluker is the pick at No. 21 for the Cincinnati Bengals after Andy Dalton was the third-most sacked quarterback in the NFL last year.

Fluker did an excellent job of protecting A.J. McCarron at Alabama and looks to be a solid tackle for the NFL, and more importantly, the Bengals.

 

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

Aside from wide receiver, the St. Louis Rams need a safety, with Quintin Mikell being released and Craig Dahl going to San Francisco.

Elam appears to be the complete package at the safety spot, with his fantastic instincts against the rush and quick cover skills against the pass.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California

The Vikings already bolstered their receiving corps with Greg Jennings but they need more to complement Adrian Peterson on the ground. Keenan Allen is a big receiver (6'2") who can stretch the field and make big plays downfield for Christian Ponder and the Minnesota offense.

 

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

After sporting the NFL's 26th-worst overall defense in 2012, the Indianapolis Colts need depth on defense to be a legitimate contender in the postseason.

Damontre Moore is a player who can immediately make a difference for Indy with his grit and 12.5 sacks and 81 tackles at Texas A&M last season.

 

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

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The Minnesota Vikings are in serious need of a middle linebacker to be the signal-caller on defense.

Former Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree excels at stuffing the run with excellent speed and wrap-up tackling abilities, which is why I think he'd be an absolute steal for the Vikings at No. 25.

 

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

After releasing veteran Charles Woodson, the Green Bay Packers have a hole at safety that can be filled with LSU's Eric Reid.

Reid has the size and big-hit capabilities to make a difference for the Packers on defense in 2013.

 

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Next to Andre Johnson, the Houston Texans are in dire need of a playmaking wide receiver to help out Matt Schaub.

After an explosive 2012 campaign at Clemson that saw him catch 82 passes for 1,400-plus yards and 18 TDs, DeAndre Hopkins is a great fit in Houston.

 

28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

With Champ Bailey on the decline, the Denver Broncos should be thinking about bolstering their secondary, especially after what happened against the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.

Washington corner Desmond Trufant wouldn't be an immediate fix, but he'd certainly be a step in the right direction, as he displays excellent quickness in coverage and in pursuit of ball-carriers.

While Denver allowed the third-fewest passing yards during the 2012 regular season, it did surrender 25 scores through the air—a number that can be improved in the draft.

The Broncos could go another route and look to make up for the loss of production from Elvis Dumervil, but adding depth in the secondary seems like the way to go.

 

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

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It's safe to say the New England Patriots secondary has had its issues in the past, especially in 2012, when the Pats owned the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense.

Always great at finding young talent, I think New England takes Johnthan Banks to shore up its secondary for the 2013 season.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

Should the signing of free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora dissuade the Atlanta Falcons from taking a DE in the draft?

I say no.

As the New York Giants showed, you can never have enough talent at defensive end, and after 12.5 sacks with the Longhorns a season ago, Alex Okafor would be an asset to Atlanta's defense.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan CyprienFS, Florida International

Despite signing free-agent safety Craig Dahl, the San Francisco 49ers still need more at the safety spot.

FIU's Jonathan Cyprien has the height and tackling skills to fit in with the Niners' physical style of play on defense and should be the pick at 31.

 

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

I'm still not positive on what to take from Manti Te'os workouts this offseason, but I do know that the Baltimore Ravens are in need of a middle linebacker and that the signing of Rolando McClain shouldn't deter Baltimore from drafting a MLB.

 

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