2013 NFL Mock Draft: Final Predictions for the First 2 Rounds

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Final Predictions for the First 2 Rounds
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Will Florida State QB EJ Manuel hear his name called in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft?

"Anything is possible" is the main theme for the 2013 NFL draft.

Trying to figure out how this year's draft will unfold is certainly no easy task, since the first round will likely get really wild really quickly. Still, it’s always fun to try to predict how everything will ultimately play out.

Here’s a look at the final projections for the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL draft.


1. The Kansas City Chiefs Select: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Kansas City couldn't go wrong picking either one of this year's top offensive tackle prospects, Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, to be its offensive line leader of the future. Ultimately, though, it's likely that Joeckel will be this year's No. 1 overall selection.

The 2012 Outland Trophy winner is the type of elite tackle prospect who should come in and have the same type of impact for the Chiefs as a rookie as Matt Kalil did for the Vikings in his first season.



2. The Jacksonville Jaguars Select: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Since the Jaguars ranked dead last in the NFL with just 20 sacks last season, it would make a lot of sense for the team to consider taking a top pass-rusher prospect such as Ezekiel Ansah, Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo. However, you could make the argument that the Jaguars offensive line, which allowed 50 sacks in 2012, is just as big of a problem as the team’s lack of a pass rush.

Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher is a player who could come in and immediately help fix the team’s troubles in the trenches.

The 6’7’’, 307-pound tackle was one of the biggest risers during the 2012 season. Fisher’s proven that he has all the tools to be a franchise tackle. He’s the type of player that the Jaguars can mold their offensive line around for the future.



“We Have a Trade!” 

The Oakland Raiders trade the No. 3 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for picks No. 7 and No. 38.

3. The Arizona Cardinals Select: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Cardinals are going to have to do something to fix an offensive line that allowed an NFL-worst 58 sacks in 2012. So how do they do it?

Well, trading up a few spots to land OT Lane Johnson could prove to be worth it, as it would allow Arizona to shift Levi Brown over to the right side and move Bobby Massie inside to guard, where they would both seem to be better suited.

The 6'6'', 303-pound Johnson is a remarkably gifted athlete for his size. He's got all the physical tools to be a reliable blindside protector for a long time in the NFL.



“We Have a Trade!”

The Philadelphia Eagles trade the No. 4 overall pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for picks No. 16 and No. 22.

4. The St. Louis Rams Select: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

St. Louis would love to give QB Sam Bradford an explosive and versatile playmaker such as West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. Unfortunately, there are plenty of teams in front of the Rams who would also love to have the super speedster’s services.

Luckily, the Rams have two first-round picks this year, which they could trade to a team like the Eagles, who would likely look to move back if Lane Johnson is off the board.

The 5’8’’, 174-pound Austin may not possess great size. But he makes up for it with his ability to create huge game-changing plays anytime he gets the ball in his hands.

 

5. The Detroit Lions Select: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Last year, the Lions spent their first-round pick on offensive tackle Riley Reiff. This year, Detroit could look to solidify the interior of the line by taking offensive guard Jonathan Cooper.

Cooper is an experienced four-year starter who got better each and every season of his collegiate career.

The fundamentally sound 6’2’’, 311-pound guard would help open up some huge holes for RB Reggie Bush and help keep QB Matt Stafford safe in the pocket.

 

6. The Cleveland Browns Select: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

The Browns would likely love to trade back and pick up a second-round pick. But it may be tough to find a trading partner, especially if all three of the top offensive tackles are off the board as expected.

If Cleveland stays at six, the team could think about a quarterback such as EJ Manuel or Geno Smith. But it would make more sense to nab a rush linebacker such as Oregon’s Dion Jordan to stick on the edge of the team’s new-look 3-4 defensive front.

The 6’6’’, 248-pound Jordan is a highly athletic former tight end who should develop into a difference-making defender in the NFL.

 

7. The Oakland Raiders (From Arizona) Select: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

From Ghana to glory, Ezekiel Ansah's incredible and improbable rise to stardom is the type of remarkable story that you can't help but appreciate. The freakishly athletic physical specimen has only been playing football since 2010, and he's still noticeably raw at this stage. But he's got as high of a ceiling as any player in this year's draft class. 

Oakland is a team that’s spent this offseason rebuilding its lackluster defense. However, the Raiders still lack a pass-rusher on the outside that could strike fear in the hearts of opposing offensive tackles.

If Ansah reaches his full potential, he could become that frightening pass-rushing threat that the Raiders need.



8. The Buffalo Bills Select: 
Matt Barkley, QB, USC

The Bills will likely take a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick. The only question is, which quarterback will it be, Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley, EJ Manuel or Geno Smith?

Since Doug Marrone coached Nassib at Syracuse, many seem to feel that he will be the pick. But I wouldn’t be shocked if Barkley is the signal-caller that Buffalo really wants.

The preseason favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick wasn’t able to live up to his enormous hype as a senior in 2012. However, Barkley still possesses all the qualities and skills to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL.

 

9. The New York Jets Select: Barkevious MingoOLB, LSU

Since the Jets roster is full of holes, there are a myriad of different directions that the team could choose to go in with their two first-round picks. It’s obvious, though, that the defense desperately needs an outside linebacker who can create pressure off the edge.

LSU’s Barkevious Mingo is a raw, yet very intriguing and very athletic pass-rushing prospect who would be a perfect fit for Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense.

Mingo has the potential to become the type of dominant pass-rusher that many thought Kamerion Wimbley was going to be back when he was coming out of Florida State in 2006.

 

10. The Tennessee Titans Select: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Tennessee’s offense experienced a tough blow when TE Jared Cook left town this offseason. However, the Titans could help soften that blow by taking this year’s top tight end prospect, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, with the No. 10 pick.

The 6’6’’, 251-pound Eifert is a big, athletic tight end who is going to create plenty of mismatches in the passing game, just as Cook did.

 

11. The San Diego Chargers Select: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

San Diego has already parted ways with left tackle Jared Gaither this offseason, and it wouldn't be surprising if right tackle Jeromey Clary also gets sent packing soon.

Though the Chargers won't have a shot at one of this year's three top tackle prospects unless they trade up, they could still address their need at the position by drafting Alabama's D.J. Fluker at No. 11.

Fluker may not be as good of a pass-protector as his three highly regarded peers in this year's offensive tackle class, but the powerful 6'5'', 339-pound right tackle has the talent to be a day-one starter.

 

12. The Miami Dolphins Select: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

It will be interesting to see how Miami’s potential deal for OT Branden Albert affects its draft strategy. If the Dolphins are confident that they can get Albert, they won’t have to take a tackle like Florida State’s Menelik Watson with the 12th overall pick.

Instead, the team would be able to strengthen other areas of need such as cornerback.

If this year’s premier player at the position, Alabama’s Dee Milliner, slides down the board due to injury concerns and falls to the 12th pick, he would be almost impossible to pass up.

Milliner may have only been a full-time starter for one year in Tuscaloosa. But during the 2012 season, he showed off his elite skills, as he locked down almost every receiver he squared off with.

 

13. The New York Jets Select: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

It’s no secret that the Jets need to find a capable quarterback who can come in and replace struggling starter Mark Sanchez, who dramatically regressed and looked downright dreadful in 2012.

It will be interesting to see if new GM John Idzik will take one of this year’s top quarterback prospects to replace Sanchez.

The quarterback who would seem to be the best fit for new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s offensive system is West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

Smith is a strong-armed, accurate and athletic signal-caller who has all the skills to become the catalyst of an explosive passing attack in the NFL, just as he was at West Virginia.

 

14. The Carolina Panthers Select: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers found their future defensive leader in last year's draft when they selected LB Luke Kuechly with the No. 9 overall pick. If Carolina wants Kuechly to reach his full potential, though, then the team is going to have to find a defensive tackle that can consistently keep blockers occupied.

This year’s top defensive tackle prospect, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson, can not only eat up double-teams; he can also penetrate and cause plenty of chaos in the interior.

Richardson, who totaled a whopping 75 tackles as a junior in 2012, would be a great fit in Carolina’s 4-3 defense.

 

“We Have a Trade!”

The New Orleans Saints trade the No. 15 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for picks No. 31 and No. 34.

15. The San Francisco 49ers Select: Kenny VaccaroFS, Texas

There’s no reason that San Francisco shouldn’t once again have one of the league’s most dominant defenses in 2013. However, the unit will be a bit weaker after losing its best defensive back, free safety Dashon Goldson.

Fortunately, the 49ers have enough picks to make a move up the board and potentially land this year’s top safety prospect, Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is an extremely talented and experienced three-year starter who could come in and fill Goldson’s spot as the starting free safety right away as a rookie.

 

16. The Philadelphia Eagles (From St. Louis) Select: Star LotuleleiDL, Utah

Now that the Eagles have switched to a 3-4 defensive system under new head coach Chip Kelly, the team will use the draft to find new personnel to fit the scheme.

Adding a versatile run-stopper such as Utah’s Star Lotulelei, who could line up at either nose tackle or defensive end in a three-man front, would be a terrific move. The powerful 6’2’’, 311-pound Lotulelei shares many of the same physical traits as another famous Tongan tackle, Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata.

 

17. The Pittsburgh Steelers SelectJarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The Steelers need to add some youth and energy to their aging defense, especially at outside linebacker, where LaMarr Woodley was terrible in 2012 and James Harrison is now gone.

If Georgia’s Jarvis Jones is still on the board when Pittsburgh is picking, it would be an absolute home run pick.

Jones may not be the same caliber of athlete as some of the other top pass-rushing prospects in this year’s class. Nevertheless, during his two seasons at Georgia, he proved that he could be a disruptive defensive difference-maker, as he totaled 28 sacks, 44 tackles for loss and nine forced fumbles.

 

18. The Dallas Cowboys SelectSharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Now that the Cowboys have switched from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, the team will have to find some new personnel up front, especially at defensive tackle.

Florida’s Sharrif Floyd has the potential to become a big-time impact interior playmaker in the NFL.

The former All-American recruit is a high-motor player who can both stuff the run and collapse the pocket as a pass-rusher.

 

19. The New York Giants Select: Chance WarmackOG, Alabama

During his tenure as Giants GM, Jerry Reese has done a solid job of building New York into a championship contender. However, one area that Reese has basically ignored in terms of the draft is the offensive line.

The Giants need to find a young lineman that they can build their line around for the future. Alabama’s Chance Warmack has the potential to be that type of special linchpin lineman.

The 6’2’’, 317-pound Warmack is one of the best run-blockers to emerge from the collegiate ranks in the last decade, and he’ll be a day-one starter in the NFL.

 

20. The Chicago Bears SelectArthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

The Bears decided to replace Brian Urlacher, an over-the-hill, past-his-prime middle linebacker, with D.J. Williams, another over-the-hill, past-his-prime middle linebacker.

The 30-year-old Williams may be a short-term stopgap solution, but he’s certainly not a long-term answer at the position.

Kansas State’s Arthur Brown is a player who has what it takes to be the heir apparent to Urlacher in Chicago. The 6’0’’, 241-pound Brown may be a bit undersized, but he’s got the instincts, toughness and recognition skills to become a tackling machine in the NFL.

 

21. The Cincinnati Bengals SelectD.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

Though the Bengals drafted CB Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Cincinnati pick another corner early in this year’s draft.

The corner that the team could have its eye on is Houston’s D.J. Hayden, who has made a big surge up draft boards in the last month leading up to the draft.

The 5’11’’, 191-pound Hayden has the size, speed, playmaking ability and coverage skills to develop into a No. 1 corner for an NFL defense.

 

22. The Philadelphia Eagles (From St. Louis) Select: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Back in 2008, when Chip Kelly was an offensive coordinator at Oregon and EJ Manuel was a highly touted blue-chip recruit at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Kelly wanted Manuel to come to Eugene and lead his offense. Ultimately, however, the athletic dual-threat quarterback chose to play for Florida State instead of the Ducks.

Now, five years later, Kelly has a second chance to make Manuel the leader of his offense, only this time, he’s the one who has the power to make it happen.

The 6’5’’, 237-pound Randall Cunningham-esque signal-caller has the athleticism and natural playmaking ability to flourish in Kelly’s high-octane spread offensive attack.

 

23. The Minnesota Vikings SelectCordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Minnesota was already thin at the wide receiver position before trading Percy Harvin. Now, with Harvin gone, it’s clear that the Vikings will almost be forced to take a wide receiver with one of their two first-round picks.

Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson is arguably the most physically gifted receiver in this year’s draft class, and he’s absolutely loaded with upside and potential.

During his one season in Knoxville, Patterson displayed remarkable playmaking ability. The explosive 6’2’’, 216-pound receiver ranked second in the nation with an average of 18.8 yards per play in 2012.

 

24. The Indianapolis Colts SelectXavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Colts went heavy on offense in last year’s draft, using eight of their 10 picks on offensive prospects. That means that Indianapolis will likely turn its focus to the defensive side of the ball this time around.

One position that could use an upgrade is cornerback, as the team currently lacks a player that could be considered a true No. 1 corner.

Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes is the type of tall, long and athletic corner who could eventually develop into a top-flight cover man and become a premier No. 1 corner in the NFL.

 

25. The Minnesota Vikings SelectManti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

After losing Jasper Brinkley in free agency, Minnesota now has a hole to fill at middle linebacker.

The Vikings will likely use an early draft pick to find Brinkley’s replacement. There’s a good chance that they’ll ultimately select one of this year’s most polarizing prospects, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, to fill that void.

Like Brinkley, Te’o has his limitations in pass coverage. But he’s a strong, tough run-stopper, who should develop into a dependable defensive starter.

 

26. The Green Bay Packers SelectDatone Jones, DE, UCLA

If the Packers want to contend for a championship in 2013, then they’re going to have to fix their subpar run defense, which was exposed in a playoff loss to the 49ers. Green Bay simply has to find better defensive ends to flank nose tackle B.J. Raji.

UCLA’s Datone Jones is a player who would be a perfect fit for the team’s 3-4 defense. 

The 6’4’’, 283-pound Jones played both tackle and end during his college career. No matter where he lined up, though, he always made his presence felt and routinely flashed an impressive combination of strength, quickness and tenacity.



27. The Houston Texans SelectMenelik Watson, OT, Florida State

Duane Brown is one of the most talented left tackles in the NFL. However, the Texans could use an upgrade at right tackle, since Derek Newton, who is currently recovering from patellar tendon surgery, is nothing more than just a serviceable starter.

Florida State’s Menelik Watson is a raw, yet very intriguing tackle prospect who possesses all the physical tools to develop into a stalwart starter on the right side opposite Brown.

 

28. The Denver Broncos SelectSylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

Denver needs to get stronger in the middle of its defense, and that starts up front at defensive tackle.

North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams is one of the most underrated defenders in this year’s draft, and he would be an absolute steal if he was still available at No. 28.

The 6’3’’, 313-pound Williams is a powerful, agile and tenacious tackle who should develop into a disruptive defensive force in the pros.

 

29. The New England Patriots SelectSio Moore, OLB, Connecticut

Bill Belichick loves to find versatile defenders who can fill a number of different roles, and Connecticut’s Sio Moore can do just that.

Moore lined up all over the field during his days with the Huskies. But no matter where he was and no matter what he was asked to do, he always found a way to make an impact.

Belichick would likely love to utilize Moore’s unique skill set and abilities in a variety of different ways in New England’s multiple-look defense.

 

30. The Atlanta Falcons SelectJamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

Atlanta is a team that could potentially make a lot of noise on draft night by making a big move up the board to land a prospect such as Tyler Eifert, Dee Milliner or Sheldon Richardson. However, if the Falcons stay put at No. 30, they’ll likely look to address the huge hole they now have at cornerback after losing Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes and Chris Owens.

Boise State’s Jamar Taylor possesses the type of physical traits and mental makeup that you look for in a first-round cornerback prospect.

The 5’11’’, 192-pound Taylor could come in and immediately assume the starting spot opposite Asante Samuel.



31. The New Orleans Saints (From San Francisco) Select
Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

The Saints brought in CB Keenan Lewis this offseason. However, more help is still needed to help fix a secondary that was historically bad this past season.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford is the type of highly athletic and well-rounded corner who would give a big boost to the Saints’ struggling secondary.



32. The Baltimore Ravens Select
: Alec OgletreeILB, Georgia

Baltimore has to replace both of its starting inside linebackers, Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. Luckily, though, the Ravens could find a potential starter at the position in Round 1 of the draft.

One player who could fall into their lap is Georgia's Alec Ogletree.

Ogletree is a top-15 talent who has the potential to be the next Lawrence Timmons. But he could slide down the board due to off-the-field red flags.

The athletic and instinctive 6’2’’, 242-pound playmaker may have some legitimate character concerns. But his on-the-field talent is enough to earn him a spot in the first round. Ogletree averaged a whopping 11.1 tackles per game during his final season in Athens.

 

Round 2 Projections


33. The Jacksonville Jaguars SelectRyan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

34. The New Orleans Saints (From San Francisco) SelectJamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

35. The Philadelphia Eagles SelectKyle Long, OT, Oregon

36. The Detroit Lions SelectDeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

37. The Cincinnati Bengals SelectJonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU

38. The Oakland Raiders (From Arizona) SelectBrian Winters, OL, Kent State

39. The New York Jets SelectKeenan Allen, WR, California

40. The Tennessee Titans SelectDamontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

41. The Buffalo Bills SelectJustin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

42. (Trade) The Kansas City Chiefs (From Miami) SelectJohnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

The Miami Dolphins trade the No. 42 pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for OT Branden Albert.

43. The Tampa Bay Bucs SelectBjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

44. The Carolina Panthers SelectD.J. SwearingerFS, South Carolina

45. The San Diego Chargers SelectDesmond Trufant, CB, Washington

46. The St. Louis Rams SelectMatt Elam, SS, Florida

47. The Dallas Cowboys SelectEddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

48. The Pittsburgh Steelers SelectQuinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

49. The New York Giants SelectTank Carradine, DE, Florida State

50. The Chicago Bears SelectMike Glennon, QB, NC State

51. The Washington Redskins SelectEric Reid, FS, LSU

52. The Minnesota Vikings SelectAlex Okafor, DE, Texas

53. The Cincinnati Bengals SelectTerron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

54. The Miami Dolphins SelectGiovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

55. The Green Bay Packers SelectJustin Pugh, OT, Syracuse

56. The Seattle Seahawks SelectKawann Short, DT, Purdue

57. The Houston Texans SelectRobert Woods, WR, USC

58. The Denver Broncos SelectKevin Minter, ILB, LSU

59. The New England Patriots SelectMargus Hunt, DE, SMU

60. The Atlanta Falcons SelectZach Ertz, TE, Stanford

61. The San Francisco 49ers SelectGavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

62. The Baltimore Ravens SelectTerrance Williams, WR, Baylor


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