NFL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz on Top-10 Picks
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The 2013 NFL draft is almost here. Every team's conference rooms are most likely buzzing with excitement already. Who is going to be picked where?
Here is the latest buzz on the top-10 picks.
Kansas City Chiefs
Many mock drafts have Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel going first to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports thinks that the Chiefs may instead go with Central Michigan's Eric Fisher. Glazer also said that the team is listening to trade offers for the No. 1 pick, however, most signs still point to Joeckel.
Since USA Today's Nate Davis has Joeckel going No. 1, he thinks that Fisher will go in the No. 2 slot. However, Davis says that the Jacksonville Jaguars may be looking to trade this pick but are finding it difficult to do so because there are no marquee quarterbacks available in this year's draft. If no trade occurs, it looks like Fisher will be the Jaguars' man.
Mike Mayock of NFL.com believes that the Oakland Raiders will choose Sharrif Floyd with the third pick. Mayock considers Floyd the best defensive player in this year's draft. Next season's defense will be able to use him since the team no longer has Richard Seymour. It's almost unanimous that Floyd will be the Raiders' choice.
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Most draft experts are split between Dion Jordan and Lane Johnson. The Philadelphia Eagles could go either way. Mayock has Johnson at four. He says that the left tackle is a phenomenal athlete and will fit right into Chip Kelly's system.
Meanwhile, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports thinks that Jordan may be the Eagles' preferred pick. Kelly, the former head coach of the Oregon Ducks, may be persuaded to take him at No. 4 since Jordan played under him at Oregon.
It seems that the Detroit Lions will be taking Brigham Young University's Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth pick in the draft. Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says that Ansah is raw and could be the next Jason Pierre-Paul.
Meanwhile Mayock says that Ansah could be one of the best defensive players in the NFL within two years. Experts do not believe that the Lions will let him slip by.
Most mock drafts are split on what the Cleveland Browns will do with the sixth pick. Both Judge and Mayock have Cleveland taking the offensive route and going with Geno Smith. However, most draft experts believe the Browns will choose a defensive player, but they do not agree on which one.
Some names that have been mentioned are Barkevious Mingo, Dee Milliner and even Dion Jordan. It will be interesting to see which way the Browns go.
Once again, there isn't much agreement on what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the No. 7 pick. However, several mock drafts, including Rob Rang's of CBSSports.com have Alabama's D.J. Fluker going at this spot. Rang chose this pick because he believes that Arizona wants to provide the best coverage for quarterback Carson Palmer. According to Rang, Fluker would be an upgrade at right guard or right tackle.
As far as I have seen, there is practically no solid ground on who the Buffalo Bills will take with the eighth pick. Davis thinks Alabama's Chance Warmack will be chosen, but NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has Jonathan Cooper. A few experts also have Lane Johnson going in this spot if he isn't chosen earlier.
New York Jets
What will the New York Jets do with this pick? Some pundits have cornerback Dee Milliner being chosen since the team just recently lost Darrelle Revis. However, others believe that West Virginia's Tavon Austin will be chosen instead. Schrager thinks that Austin is an offensive playmaker, and that's why the Jets will go with him.
However, the team needs improvement on both sides of the ball. You never know which way it will really go.
If Dee Milliner is not chosen by the Jets at nine (or some other team earlier), then he probably will be picked by the Tennessee Titans. Mayock has the Titans taking Milliner because he believes their defensive needs outweigh their offensive line's weaknesses. But he does acknowledge that Chance Warmack could be taken instead.
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