2013 NFL Mock Draft: Eric Fisher Beats Luke Joeckel for Kansas City Chiefs
1. KC: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
This is not a great year for having the No. 1 pick, but the Chiefs will make the most of it. They are likely trading incumbent LT Branden Albert for picks and selecting Fisher here. Fisher's athleticism, pass-blocking and scheme fit are reasons that suggest he'll get the call over Joeckel here.
2. JAX: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel is widely considered the best player in the draft, and the Jaguars would have a safe bet to man their QB's blind side for years. Dion Jordan also will be strongly considered to fill a need at DE, as he is a great scheme fit here. However, Joeckel seems like the safer prospect.
3. OAK: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
It's hard to tell what the Raiders want to do with this pick, except for trading back. However, if they stay put, Floyd would be a nice fit as a penetrating force along the defensive interior. He'd be a good start to rebuilding this team.
4. PHI: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Eagles are switching to a 3-4 defense, and new coach Chip Kelly might want to draft his former player in Dion Jordan. However, they do have Trent Cole, Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham. I think they'll lean toward protecting Vick with Lane Johnson, allowing Todd Herremans to move back to guard.
5. DET: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Detroit ideally wants one of the top three OTs, but they are all are off the board at this point. Dee Milliner is an option, but his surgeries may scare teams off. The Lions will be happy to opt for Jordan, who is widely considered the best pass rusher in the draft.
6. CLE: Geno Smith, QB, W.Virginia
This is not a good QB class, but these prospects will come off the board early due to the importance of the position. I'm not buying the interest in Milliner, due to his surgeries. New front office man Michael Lombardi blasted the Weeden pick, and Smith is usually seen as the No. 1 QB of this class.
7. ARI: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Cardinals have been linked to Lane Johnson, and for good reason. I do think they'd take him if he were available, but I think Ansah would be a great pick for Arizona here. They could use another edge rusher to pair with Sam Acho, and Ansah's ceiling and versatility are through the roof.
8. BUF: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
It seems relatively certain that Marrone wants his college QB. The question is where and how much. I think they will ultimately take Nassib, while hoping to do it later in the first round. They may be a bit scared of the Jets at No. 9 and No. 13 and end up playing it safe and selecting him here.
9. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
The Jets lack the blue-chip offensive skill player to build an offense around. Austin reminds me of a smaller Percy Harvin, making plays from the backfield and receiver spots. Mingo could come off the board here. I'd be stunned if Milliner did due to Kyle Wilson, but they could target Kenny Vaccaro.
10. TEN: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
It's hard to tell if Milliner's surgeries will legitimately make him fall or are just a smoke screen. It's probably a bit of both, but I think Tennessee grabs him here. Lotulelei is another option, also with health flags, who could come off the board here. It may be too high for the guards.
11. SD: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
This is a dream scenario for San Diego, as Lotulelei falls in its lap to fill a hole at NT. Lotulelei is a bit hard to place in this draft to his combine scare, but it seems that has been mostly settled. While the Chargers want a tackle, they get great value in Lotulelei here.
12. MIA: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Miami is likely pushing for Milliner here, or thinking about trading up for one of the LT's. Milliner's injuries could make him available here, but Hayden has great athleticism and has been compared to the Bills cornerback Gilmore, who went No. 8 last year.
13. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, DE, L.S.U.
A high-upside prospect, the' Jets will be intrigued about the combination of Rex Ryan's blitzing expertise and Mingo's speed off the edge. He's not Darrelle Revis, but it's another piece for rebuilding. I think Vaccaro could be a sleeper pick here.
14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Panthers get good value on Richardson here and fill a need at nose tackle to help their struggling run defense. Richardson offers decent interior blitzing, while freeing up tackles for the promising linebacker corps.
15. NO: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Saints defense was historic last year, and not in a good way. Their two safeties, once promising players, were graded out as the worst two starting safeties by Pro Football Focus (h/t Rotoworld). Vaccaro is nice value here, and edges Jarvis Jones. Fluker is a possibility, but I think they draft defense.
16. STL: Jonathan Cooper, G, U.N.C.
Guards just simply don't get drafted that high, even if they are as good as Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack. That's a good thing for the Rams, who pick up a great player at great value. Cooper edges Warmack due to being a better scheme fit in St. Louis.
17. PIT: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones is an enigma, with incredible production in the SEC coupled with workout and health flags. However, The Steelers need Harrison's replacement, and Jones seems like a good scheme-fit who is worth the pick here.
18. DAL: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Dallas would love Vaccaro here and may consider trading up for him. However, Warmack is nice value here and can be a dominant guard for years to come. Sylvester Williams would be an option here to fill a need at 3-4 DE, but Warmack is the better overall prospect.
19. NYG: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Giants have chosen the best player available for years, and it usually works to their benefit. This year, Eifert can be seen as the best player available, and he also fills a need at TE. Eifert's receiving ability could prove very useful to Eli Manning, taking pressure off of Nicks and Cruz.
20. CHI: D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama
This is a bit of a slide for Fluker, who has been projected as high as No. 7. Fluker is a strong player, but he really is only a RT, and the board just filled out in this scenario where Fluker falls here. He's a dominant run blocker who'll garner interest from the Chargers, Saints and Giants.
21. CIN: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Never shy of taking players with character issues, the Bengals would seemingly be open to taking a tremendous talent in Ogletree, falling only because of character flags. Linebacker is not longer a glaring need, but Ogletree is the BPA who offers incredible, immediate value in sub packages.
22. STL: Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Rams seem intent on upgrading the receiving corps and may make a play on Tavon Austin to replace Danny Amendola. After getting value on Cooper, they fill their receiving concerns with the explosive Patterson.
23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, U.N.C.
The Vikings are often linked to WRs and LBs with this pick, but Sylvester Williams is an incredible value here. Kevin Williams is old and entering a contract year. Williams could fill his place very well, and uphold the tradition of Minnesota lineman named Williams.
24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.
Cornerback and the defensive line are the two biggest concerns for the rising Colts team. Sylvester Williams would be nice here, but the tall, athletic Rhodes is filled with potential and could emerge as a solid No. 1 corner.
25. MIN - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Zygi Wilf is the kind of guy who would take a chance on the enigmatic Te'o. It's not a character problem, but you get the sense the media may get all over him, which could distract the team. Te'o is worthy of this pick, and I think he's a nice fit for the Vikings as a 4-3 MLB.
26. GB: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Packers want to be a more physical team, and they need a starting RB. Lacy is a RB who is very physical, and seems to fit the Packers well. They could upgrade their defense with somebody like Datone Jones, but Lacy, the best RB in the class, seems too good to pass up here.
27. HOU: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Houston needs another WR to take the pressure off Andre Johnson, and Hunter would fill that void. He has good size and decent speed and would take consistent double or triple coverage off of Johnson. Hunter could help this promising team right away.
28. DEN: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner was very productive in college this year, and the Broncos get excellent value with him available at this point in the first round. Werner would replace Dumervil at the Broncos' 4-3 DE. While not as explosive as Dumervil, he is a more reliable run-stopper.
29. NE: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant seems like nice value here for a team trying to rebuild its secondary. A versatile defensive lineman like Datone Jones will intrigue Belichick, but not enough to pass on a solid corner in Trufant, who could go significantly earlier than No. 29.
30. ATL: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Falcons are a team that can be absolutely dominant on offense as long as the top two WRs and TE are on the field. That's why they pursued Gonzalez so hard, and I can see them grooming Ertz behind Gonzalez for a year, ensuring the position is strong. Datone Jones could come off the board here too.
31. SF: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones is versatile, talented and a steal at No. 31 for the 49ers. He can play DE in both the 4-3 and 3-4, and offer another solid pass rusher for this great defense. At 280-290 pounds, he also is capable of plugging in as a solid run stopper in their base packages.
32. BAL: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas St.
Billed as a great leader, Brown would be a nice addition to replace Ray Lewis in Baltimore. Kansas St. had a great football season this year led by Brown on defense. He's not just a good leader though. He can play football.
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