Todd McShay 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Most Questionable Picks in Latest Mock

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Todd McShay 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Most Questionable Picks in Latest Mock
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Geno Smith remains this draft's top quarterback.

Last week ESPN's Todd McShay unveiled his latest 2013 NFL mock draft.

Per usual, McShay put together another solid set of predictions, but there are questionable picks as well. Then again, it's quite impossible to project exactly how the entire first round pans out.

With roughly one week until the Kansas City Chiefs go on the clock, you can also check out McShay's full mock on ESPN.com (insider account required). It is also listed below.

Ahead, we simply analyze the first round selections that will raise an eyebrow.

 

6. Cleveland Browns: Geno Smith, QB (West Virginia)

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Cleveland already has its quarterback in Brandon Weeden. The Browns didn't get much from their passing game last season, as coach Pat Shurmur's system was not a sound fit. Plus, Cleveland needed to rely on Trent Richardson to establish a physical attack in a tough division.

Defense is where Cleveland must pick.

McShay still has Alabama's Dee Milliner available for the Browns at No. 6, which addresses a much better need than quarterback. The Browns gave up a 63 completion percentage a year ago and 27 passing touchdowns.

With Milliner playing opposite of Joe Haden, Cleveland's secondary develops as an excellent complement to its front seven. Electing to draft Geno Smith just repeats the cycle under center, because the Browns have Weeden for the immediate future and every signal-caller in this draft is a much greater risk compared to 2012.


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tavon Austin, WR (West Virginia)

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Tavon Austin certainly fills a need for Tampa Bay's passing offense, and providing Josh Freeman with another playmaking target definitely expands the Buccaneers' playbook.

That said, Tampa ranked No. 10 in passing offense last season. Freeman tossed for over 4,000 yards and already has the receiving corps to attack downfield. Not to mention the Buccaneers must continue to rely on Doug Martin, because his complete skill set is a competitive advantage in the NFC South.

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Opting for defense is what will get Tampa back into the playoff mix.

One aspect was addressed by landing safety Dashon Goldson in free agency, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. And although Tampa ranked No. 1 in rushing defense, it's a deceiving number since the Buccaneers ranked No. 3 in the league for least-defended rushing attempts.

By the same token, Tampa managed only 27 sacks and Michael Bennett signed with the Seattle Seahawks (via Pro Football Talk). So, going with the best available defensive tackle to spruce up the pass rush and present a tougher run defense will complement the secondary.


20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE (Notre Dame)

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Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert is certainly worthy of the No. 20 overall pick, but the Bears don't need to address the tight end position. Back when the new league year kicked off, Martellus Bennett joined Chicago from the New York Giants, as reported by Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.

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Last season Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and scored five times, all of which were career highs. He'll easily produce in the Windy City with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery drawing attention on the outside.

Include Bennett's run-blocking skill set and Chicago fields impressive balance. With the two-back tandem of Matt Forte and Michael Bush, Jay Cutler can set up the pass and take advantage of Bennett's size-frame over the middle and inside the red zone.

So, the Bears do themselves a favor by choosing a linebacker or offensive lineman. Georgia's Alec Ogletree is available at this point in McShay's mock and he would be excellent for filling running lanes and shelling in coverage at the intermediate level.

As for offensive line, going with the best available works, because more talented depth to get better pass protection is never a bad thing.


24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Hayden, CB (Houston)

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It will not be surprising when the Colts draft defense. After all, Indianapolis ranked No. 21 against the pass and No. 29 against the run. When Indy goes on the clock, though, expect the front seven to get addressed as opposed to the secondary.

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Without question, D.J. Hayden is capable of making an immediate impact, but the Colts already have two reliable playmakers in Greg Toler—acquired per Will Brinson of CBS Sports—and Darius Butler. Butler snagged four picks in 2012 and returned them a combined 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Toler had a similar impact for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 and 2012. In the draft, taking a pass-rushing prospect such as Texas A&M's Damontre Moore or Texas' Alex Okafor suits best.

Indianapolis managed only 32 sacks last season, gave up 5.1 yards per carry and forced a measly six fumbles. Moore and Okafor each bring the talent to get instant pressure around the edge, as well as the lateral athleticism to constrict running lanes.


27. Houston Texans: Menelik Watson, Tackle (Florida State)

There's no need for a Round 1 offensive lineman in Houston. Quarterback Matt Schaub was sacked just 27 times in 2012 and the running game averaged 4.2 yards per attempt: Arian Foster slammed for 1,424 yards and scored 15 times on the ground.

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Menelik Watson does bring the initial jump at the snap and lateral movement to contribute. At the same time, the Texans have Ryan Harris, who proved reliable when called upon last year.

In short, there's solid balance for coach Gary Kubiak's offense by using the physical attack to set up the pass. Giving Schaub another receiving threat is what will propel the Texans to the top of the AFC.

Finding Andre Johnson's sidekick to press defenses back at a more consistent rate is the greatest need. For one, Johnson turns 32 years old this summer and prospects DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson) or Robert Woods (USC) fit perfectly.

Each will rack up stellar yards after the catch and make plays in man-to-man coverage. Factor in the depth at offensive line compared to receiver, and there will be better talent in the trenches to choose from during Rounds 2 and 3.

 

Todd McShay's Most Recent Round 1 Mock Draft

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, Tackle (Texas A&M)

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE (Oregon)

3. Oakland Raiders: Ezekiel Ansah, DE (BYU)

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Star Lotulelei, DT (Utah)

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, Tackle (Central Michigan)

6. Cleveland Browns: Geno Smith, QB (West Virginia)

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, Tackle (Oklahoma)

8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, Guard (Alabama)

9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB (Alabama)

10. Tennessee Titans: Sharrif Floyd, DT (Florida)

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, Guard (North Carolina)

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB (Florida State)

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tavon Austin, WR (West Virginia)

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT (Missouri)

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, LB (LSU)

16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (Tennessee)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety (Texas)

19.  New York Giants: D.J. Fluker, Tackle (Alabama)

20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE (Notre Dame)

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Desmond Trufant, CB (Washington)

22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Eddie Lacy, RB (Alabama)

23. Minnesota Vikings: Alec Ogletree, LB (Georgia)

24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Hayden, CB (Houston)

25. Minnesota Vikings (via SEA): Sylvester Williams, DT (North Carolina)

26. Green Bay Packers: Justin Pugh, Guard/Tackle (Syracuse)

27. Houston Texans: Menelik Watson, Tackle (Florida State)

28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE (Florida State)

29. New England Patriots: Datone Jones, DE (UCLA)

30. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Taylor, CB (Boise State)

31. San Francisco 49ers: John Cyprien, Safety (Florida International)

32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te’o, LB (Notre Dame)

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