2013 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Last Minute Forecast for First Round
The first round of the 2013 NFL draft is just hours away, which means that teams are quickly running out of time to finalize their big boards and come to an agreement on who they want to call upon to represent the face of their franchise in the coming years.
Will the Kansas City Chiefs make Luke Joeckel the No. 1 overall pick? Will Tavon Austin be drafted inside the Top 10? How many quarterbacks will have their names called in the first round in 2013?
NFL fans won't have to wait much longer for the answers to these questions and more.
Here we'll run through the entire first round of the 2013 NFL draft, breaking down all 32 picks and highlighting some of this year's impact selections.
*Top impact selections are italicized.
No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT
Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel has been the favorite to go No. 1 overall for some time now and why not?
The 6'6", 305-pound tackle is tough, excels as a pass protector, shows remarkable awareness and has zero durability concerns.
While Joeckel being projected to go No. 1 overall has something to do with a relatively weak draft class in 2013, his production with the Aggies suggests he'll develop into one of the league's top protectors in no time.
With Kansas City rumored to be discussing a trade to ship off veteran tackle Branden Albert, this move is definitely a likely one.
No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE
The Jaguars recorded a league-worst 20 sacks in 2012, meaning that Jacksonville can ill afford to pass on a talented pass-rusher this spring. Oregon's Dion Jordan is a favorite among experts, and for obvious reason.
The 6'6", 250-pound stud can wreak havoc off the edge. He recorded 10.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks last season for the Ducks.
No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT
Florida's Sharrif Floyd is a monster in the middle, and his versatility makes him a no-brainer for the Oakland Raiders at No. 3. He led the Gators with 13 tackles for a loss in 2012.
No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT
There's been talk of the Eagles potentially trading down from the No. 4 spot, but assuming they don't, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher could perhaps fall right into Philadelphia's lap at No. 4.
It wouldn't be a surprise if Jacksonville took him second overall, but if the Jags go defense first, things could open up for Philly.
No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB
Alabama's Dee Milliner has had some doubts cast upon him following news of his multiple surgeries, but is that enough to drop him out of the Top Five?
I would say no, so long as the Detroit Lions are selecting at No. 5. The Lions' secondary wasn't horrendous in 2012, but Detroit lacks a playmaker in the defensive backfield, a player of Milliner's caliber, who can force turnovers and make his presence felt in the running game as well.
I really like this pick for Detroit in the first round. Milliner's durability may be a bit of a concern, but what he's put on tape over the years is simply too good to pass up for a team coming off a dismal 4-12 campaign.
No. 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE
Paul Kruger is a good start for Cleveland, but Ezekiel Ansah would be a super addition to a defense that must continue to improve if the Browns are going to challenge the likes of Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the AFC North.
No. 7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT
After allowing 58 sacks in 2012, it's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals are searching for help on the offensive line. At No. 7, there's the potential that Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson is still on the board; in this case he is.
No. 8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, QB
With first-year Bills coach Doug Marrone having coached Ryan Nassib from 2009 to 2012 at Syracuse, and Buffalo in need of quarterback help, this move looks to be a real possibility.
USC's Matt Barkley and West Virginia's Geno Smith are also possibilities for Buffalo at No. 8.
No. 9. New York Jets (6-10): Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT
It wouldn't be surprising if the Jets took West Virginia's Tavon Austin at No. 9, but it would be an interesting move if they did. Instead, I look for the Jets to address their porous rush defense with their first first-round pick in 2013.
Utah's Star Lotulelei is an unstoppable difference maker at the point of attack. He can improve as a pass-rusher but his power and burst are phenomenal.
No. 10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G
There's a lot to love about North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper, and if he's on the board at No. 10, the Titans would be an excellent fit. Alongside Andy Levitre, Cooper would have an opportunity to form one of the league's top guard tandems in Tennessee.
No. 11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G
If the San Diego Chargers don't improve up front, they can forget about contending in the AFC. Philip Rivers can't be under duress on a consistent basis if the Bolts hope to win, therefore Alabama's Chance Warmack looks like an ideal target at No. 11.
No. 12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB
Miami has got to do something to address its lackluster secondary. With Dee Milliner off the board in this scenario, Washington cover corner Desmond Trufant could be an underrated first-round selection.
No. 13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) (7-9): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR
The Jets will pick twice in the Top 15 this year after sending cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick and a conditional selection in next year's draft.
Given the incredible amount of explosive plays Tavon Austin has put on tape over the years, it's quite possible someone drafts him in the Top 10 this year.
But on the flip side, he's only 5'8", 175 pounds. NFL coaches and executives love size, but will have to forget about that if they want a dynamic playmaking wideout.
No. 14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT
Carolina can't continue to get pushed around on the defensive line. The Panthers have an obvious need at defensive tackle, so why not go with the best DT available in Missouri's Sheldon Richardson?
No. 15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB
Based on his impressive production at Georgia last season, Jarvis Jones looks to be an impact player at the next level.
If available, New Orleans should jump at the shot to improve on defense. Jones led the nation with 14.5 sacks last season with the Bulldogs and was constantly flying around the football field for the SEC East division winners.
Plus, New Orleans is coming off a season in which it ranked 31st against the pass and 32nd against the run. Jones would help the Saints improve in both of those categories.
No. 16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S
With Tavon Austin off the board, I look for the St. Louis Rams to target the draft's best safety with the No. 16 pick. Texas' Kenny Vaccaro has very few weaknesses and promises to transition into a productive pro.
No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE
Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert is picking up steam heading into Thursday's first round, but don't expect him to make it past the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 17. Ben Roethlisberger's improvisation and Eifert's athleticism make for an unbeatable combo.
No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE
The Cowboys' defensive line could use a boost. LSU's KeKe Mingo brings unrivaled versatility to the table as a player who can perform at multiple positions on that side of the ball. Youth is huge in this area, but Mingo's skill set could also help push Dallas over the top in the loaded NFC East.
No. 19. New York Giants (9-7): D.J. Fluker, Alabama, OT
New York has needs on the defensive side of the ball, but with Alabama's D.J. Fluker falling to No. 19 in this scenario, the Giants could potentially find themselves bolstering Eli Manning's protection, which isn't a bad thing considering the uncertain state of the G-Men's O-line.
No. 20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR
Chicago did well to bring tight end Martellus Bennett over from New York this offseason, but unless the Bears add another weapon to play alongside Brandon Marshall on the outside, defenses will be able to take away Jay Cutler's top targets.
Tennessee's Justin Hunter has a size advantage over most defenders at 6'4", and he boasts above-average separation skills.
No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB
The Bengals have a need at linebacker, and despite his off-field struggles, Georgia's Alec Ogletree plays with a fierceness that Cincinnati's coaches have got to love. There's a risk that comes with drafting Ogletree, but also a big-time potential reward.
No. 22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR
Danny Amendola's departure to New England has left St. Louis is desperate need of a wide receiver. Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson is a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and he would be an ideal fit for Jeff Fisher's Rams in the first round.
No. 23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT
A difference maker up front, North Carolina's Sylvester Williams could become the long-term anchor of the Minnesota Vikings' defense. He has loads of potential and looks poised to produce at the next level.
No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): John Jenkins, Georgia, DT
Indianapolis should look to address its defensive line in the first round. The Colts surrendered over 137 yards per game last season, which makes Georgia's John Jenkins a smart target nearing the end of the first round.
No. 25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks) (11-5): Keenan Allen, California, WR
Minnesota added a proven performer in Greg Jennings this offseason, but the Vikings will need to find another go-to weapon in the passing game in order to add another dimension offensively.
In a division that features two other 10-plus-win teams in Green Bay and Chicago, Adrian Peterson can't continue to carry the Vikings' offense over the course of 16 regular-season games and be expected to be effective in the postseason.
No. 26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB
Green Bay's lack of a running game has held it back in recent seasons. In this scenario, the draft's best back in Eddie Lacy is on the board, setting up an easy choice for the Packers.
No. 27. Houston Texans (12-4): Kevin Minter, LSU, LB
Houston is in need of some help at linebacker, and LSU's Kevin Minter is perfect for the Texans at this spot. A leader and a hardworking talent, Minter looks determined to make a successful transition to the NFL.
No. 28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, CB
John Elway could go in any number of directions at No. 28, but defense would make the most sense, specifically in the secondary. The last time we saw the Broncos' defense, Champ Bailey and company were getting torched by Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in a pivotal playoff matchup at home.
No. 29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, Florida, S
The league's 29th-ranked pass defense could use a boost this April. Florida's Matt Elam is not only a playmaker in the defensive backfield, but an intelligent player who also isn't afraid to send a message to the opposing team.
No. 30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Jamar Taylor, Boise State, CB
Atlanta must be able to stop the pass if it's going to get past the likes of San Francisco and Green Bay in the NFC in 2013. Boise State's Jamar Taylor is flying under the radar coming into Thursday's first round, but he possesses the instincts and recognition skills to thrive at the next level.
Taylor finished fourth on the Broncos' team last season with 51 total tackles and led all Boise State defenders with four interceptions. He has six since the start of 2011.
For a contender like the Atlanta Falcons, Taylor could ease his way into the lineup and develop into a versatile cover corner. He certainly has the work ethic and team-first mindset to succeed in the NFL.
No. 31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): John Cyprien, Florida International, S
With Dashon Goldson now in Tampa Bay, the San Francisco 49ers need help at safety. If available, Florida International's John Cyprien offers tremendous value.
No. 32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB
Manti Te'o's productivity cannot be overlooked. He recorded 113 total tackles and an astonishing seven interceptions last season while leading Notre Dame to a 12-0 regular season. With Ray Lewis now retired, Te'o would fulfill a need for the reigning Super Bowl champions.
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