2013 NFL Mock Draft: First-Round Picks
The 2013 NFL draft is around the corner. There are hundreds of hopeful college football players looking to make the leap to the National Football League.
On the flip side, there are millions of hungry NFL fans that treasure the draft almost as much as actual game action.
Dreams are made and fortunes change in the most anticipated draft in professional sports.
Without further ado, here’s a look at my 2013 NFL draft first-round mock.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
The Kansas City Chiefs assured everyone that they weren't going to select a quarterback with the first pick of the 2013 NFL draft when they acquired Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs need to protect their new asset as well as give running back Jamaal Charles some help in the running game.
This pick should come down to Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a league-worst 20 sacks last year. They haven't recorded 35-plus sacks since 2007.
Floyd has the ability to add to that total, both individually and by opening things up for others.
More importantly, he can help solve a run defense that ranked 30th last year by giving up 141 yards per game.
Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Oakland Raiders ranked 31st in sacks last year with 25. Like Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei will immediately upgrade a defensive line.
He will provide push up the middle that will allow the defensive ends to make plays. Lotulelei will also improve the Raiders run defense.
Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Philadelphia Eagles have a new coach in place. New regimes often mean a new quarterback. Chip Kelly could mold Geno Smith into the quarterback he wants to run his offense.
Smith has a nice combination of arm strength and athleticism to transition to the next level.
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Detroit Lions need to improve their offensive line and Fisher fits the bill. He could easily be the top pick in the draft. Not to mention he's from Michigan, which could add a little excitement to the draft since drafting an offensive lineman isn't sexy.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
The Cleveland Browns have a lot of needs and could go the way of cornerback Dee Milliner, but they could also go with Jordan to give them a speed rusher on the edge.
Even the AFC North is becoming a pass-happy division. Getting to the quarterback is at a premium.
Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Carson Palmer is a statue. If the Arizona Cardinals don't address their offensive line, there is little chance that he lasts the season, let alone restores the value of Larry Fitzgerald.
Lane Johnson will give Palmer protection and help breathe life into their running game.
8. Buffalo Bills: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Buffalo Bills will likely look to add Ryan Nassib later in the draft so Tavon Austin will give him another weapon. Along with C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson, the Bills will have a pretty potent offense.
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
The New York Jets could also go a number of directions. They have issues almost everywhere you turn. They could grab Dee Milliner to replace Darrelle Revis, but I think adding Ezekiel Ansah to bolster their pass rush is a better option.
10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner has the talent to go earlier in the draft, but he could slide a bit. He won't make it out of the top 10, though, as the Tennessee Titans have a need in their secondary.
The lack of offensive skill position players continues in the middle part of the first round.
The San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears address their offensive lines. Numerous teams look to bolster their secondaries. The New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants address their defensive lines.
11. San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
14. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The bottom third of the first round is heavy on defense. Offenses have been exploding the past few years, so naturally, teams will look for ways to counter it.
An infamous Notre Dame linebacker lands in Minnesota.
22. St. Louis Rams: Eric Reid, S, LSU
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
26. Green Bay Packers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
28. Denver Broncos: Cornellius Carradine Carradine, DE, Florida State
29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
32. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California
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