2013 NFL Draft: Final First Round Mock Draft with Trades
The NFL draft is just a few days away and I finished up my final mock draft. Of course, if any trades take place from now until the start of the draft I'll have to make some adjustments. This mock features a few trades and surprises. So enjoy!
Here's a link to my 2013 NFL Draft Guide.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
The Chiefs are exploring the option of trading Branden Albert which points to the fact they might be leaning towards drafting a tackle. Luke Joeckel is the top tackle in this class and has the potential to make an immediate impact.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
Dion Jordan's ability to generate pressure on the quarterback is exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense is missing. This pick makes a ton of sense with Gus Bradley on board as the head coach.
3. TRADE- Miami Dolphins (from Oakland): Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
The Dolphins have some interest in Branden Albert, but there are issues with his contract demands. Missing out on Albert should force Miami to move up in the first round to land their future left tackle. In this mock, I have them moving the No. 12, No. 42, No. 77 and No. 82 pick to land Eric Fisher.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Line, Utah
Star Lotulelei features the skills needed to dominate the line of scrimmage. He's strong enough to occupy blockers in the run game, disengage to make plays away from his frame and generate a decent pass rush.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive Line, BYU
The Lions are facing the task of replacing both Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Ezekiel Ansah is a mix of both players in that he can set the edge against the run and generate pressure on the quarterback. His upside only increases his overall value.
6. TRADE- San Diego Chargers (from Cleveland): Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
The Chargers should be more than willing to trade the No. 11 and No. 45 picks to land a left tackle like Lane Johnson. San Diego's offensive line has really hurt the play of Philip Rivers. Adding Johnson will go a long way to correcting that issue.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Arizona's addition of Carson Palmer shows that this team is in a win-now mode. Chance Warmack is one of the more NFL-ready players in this draft. Adding Warmack will improve the overall play of the offensive line and help Palmer succeed. Obviously, they'd prefer to land an offensive tackle like Lane Johnson.
8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
Geno Smith represents the best option for a team looking to find a long-term answer at the quarterback position. He features all the necessary tools to have a long and successful career. Smith's work ethic helps make this a less-risky pick.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, LSU
Barkevious Mingo is an exceptional athlete who shows a ton of potential as a pass rusher. Rex Ryan has always found ways to win with a strong defense. Adding Mingo would give this defense the speed rusher they're missing.
10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
Dee Milliner is a top-five talent who drops to this spot because of the run on offensive tackles. The Titans pass-defense ranked among the worst in the NFL. Adding Milliner gives them a high-upside player with the potential to develop into a shut-down corner.
11. Cleveland Browns (from San Diego): Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina
Cleveland's trade with the Chargers landed them a second-round pick. It also allows them to fill a need at guard and get good value. Jonathan Cooper is a excellent player who'll instantly improve the interior of the Browns offensive line.
12. Oakland Raiders (from Miami): Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Oakland has so many needs that moving down in the first round makes a ton of sense. In this scenario, they added extra picks and still landed a difference maker in Sharrif Floyd. He's a player they would've potentially targeted with the No. 3 pick.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay): Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
The Jets offense doesn't feature a single player who can match Tavon Austin's explosiveness. He's the playmaker this team needs to find some balance. It's easy to see that Austin would also have a major impact on Mark Sanchez's production.
On @nflnetwork, Mike Mayock: I am thinking the Jets takeWR Tavon Austin with the No. 9 pick and TE Tyler Eifert with the No. 13 pick— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) April 22, 2013
14. Carolina Panthers: Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams is one of the more underrated prospects in this draft. He's a versatile defender who can penetrate the pocket and stuff the run. This exactly the type of interior force the Panthers defense is missing.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
The Saints decision to switch to a 3-4 defense created some needs. They lack that player capable of generating pressure from the outside linebacker position. Jarvis Jones has shown throughout his college career that he has a knack for wreaking havoc in the backfield.
16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Kenny Vaccaro might be a better fit later in the first round, but the Rams have a major need at the safety position. Several teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers could possibly target Vaccaro after this pick. This is why the Rams would be smart to ensure they land the top safety in the draft at this spot.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
The loss of Mike Wallace will have an impact on the Steelers offense. However, Tyler Eifert boasts the potential to be a different type of playmaker. His ability to attack the seam and make plays down the field would be a great asset to Ben Roethlisberger.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
The Cowboys must find a way to add a disruptive defensive tackle in this year's draft. Monte Kiffin's defense places a lot of importance on having someone who can shoot the gaps from the defensive tackle spot. Sheldon Richardson features the explosiveness to fill that role.
19. New York Giants: Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State
The Giants are true believers in the best-player-available strategy. They've routinely passed up a chance to address a need in order to ensure they get value with their pick. Xavier Rhodes is the best player remaining on the board. He also happens to fill a need, as the Giants' secondary had its share of issues last season.
20. TRADE- Atlanta Falcons (from Chicago)- Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington
There are reports that the Falcons want to move up in order to land a top-notch cornerback. In this trade they send the 30th, 92nd and 232nd pick to the Chicago Bears. This gives them the opportunity to add a physical and aggressive corner in Desmond Trufant. He's a player with the athleticism and work ethic needed to make an immediate impact.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Andre Smith's contract situation has yet to be resolved, and the Bengals could look for a cheaper option. D.J. Fluker possesses the skills needed to step in and immediately replace Smith. He would also represent some major savings as far as the salary cap is concerned.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Sam Bradford will never reach his potential if the Rams continue to surround him with average talent. Cordarrelle Patterson would immediately become the top playmaking threat on the roster. He's someone who can take the top off a defense and create in space.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Jared Allen won't play forever, so it makes sense for the Vikings to start planning ahead. Bjoern Werner is a talented pass-rusher who shows good athleticism and feel for the game. Working behind a seasoned veteran like Allen would only help Werner's development.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, Defensive Line, UCLA
Indianapolis did a good job adding depth to the defensive line by signing Ricky Jean-Francois and Aubrayo Franklin. However, neither of those players can match the upside of Datone Jones. He's the type of athlete and hard worker capable of making a major impact.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle): DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Trading Percy Harvin created a major hole in Minnesota's wide receiving corps. This remains a need even after the team signed Greg Jennings to a big-money deal. DeAndre Hopkins is the type of route-runner and reliable target the Vikings need. He'd be a real asset in the development of Christian Ponder.
26. Green Bay Packers: Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
Aaron Rodgers is the most important player on the Packers' roster. His health must be the team's No. 1 priority. Menelik Watson might be a little raw, but he's ready to step in and play right tackle in the NFL. His value is only helped by the fact that his best football is yet to come.
27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
Keenan Allen didn't have the type of pro day many expected. However, one poor 40-time doesn't discount his production on the field. He's the type of physical player who'd fit nicely with Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos: Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
Denver tried to keep Elvis Dumervil, but a paperwork issue led to his departure. Without Dumervil, the Broncos have a need for another pass-rusher. Alex Okafor features just enough quickness to generate pressure off the edge. However, it's his hand usage that allows him to make a consistent impact.
29. New England Patriots: Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
The Patriots have plenty of smaller wide receivers capable of working the underneath routes. They need to find someone with size capable of stretching the field. This has become even more of a need because of the injury issues plaguing Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
30. Chicago Bears (from Atlanta): Arthur Brown, Linebacker, Kansas State
Picking up a third-round pick and still filing a need seems like a perfect situation for the Bears. Arthur Brown is an explosive player who makes plays from sideline to sideline. He'll immediately challenge for a starting job, possibly as the replacement for Brian Urlacher.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, Safety Florida International
The 49ers will be on the lookout for a safety after the loss of Dashon Goldson via free agency. Jonathan Cyprien is a small-school prospect who features the same type of aggressiveness as Goldson. He's still a little raw with his best football still to come.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, Linebacker, Notre Dame
DeCosta said the #Ravens spent a lot of time with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o and that he has "a great comfort level with him"— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 16, 2013
Losing both Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe hurt the Ravens' depth at inside linebacker. Despite the recent negativity, Manti Te'o is a solid prospect with upside. He has the experience and talent needed to earn a starting role early in his career.
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