2013 NFL Mock Draft: Final Selections, Eric Fisher Goes No. 1
The 2013 NFL draft is just hours away. After days and days of speculation, tape-watching and review, I have put together one last final mock draft for Thursday night.
There are a few trades that can happen, but one team I am certain will trade down is the Philadelphia Eagles. They will grab Geno Smith from West Virginia.
The New York Jets perhaps have the best opportunity to make significant additions on Day 1, with the ninth and 13th picks. The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings also have two picks as well.
Below is who I think will land on your team after round one on Thursday night, unless you're a Redskins, Buccaneers or Seahawks fan. If that's the case, I've got nothing for you.
|1||Kansas City||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|Eric Fisher has risen to the top of my draft board, and the Chiefs will draft the best player available at No. 1.|
|2||Jacksonville||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|Joeckel is without a doubt the next best guy available. Jacksonville will take him at No. 2. There is a chance San Diego can make a trade to snag him as well.|
|The Raiders could use some help inside the line on defense. Floyd will make a great Raider.|
|4||Miami (from PHI)||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma|
|Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has made 12 draft-day trades since taking over the job in 2010. Miami has some extra picks to trade up. Johnson will add to an already impressive offseason for the Dolphins.|
|Ziggy will add to an already impressive defensive line in Detroit.|
|I once had Jordan as the No. 3 player on my board. Cleveland can't pass on him at No. 6.|
|7||Arizona||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina|
|Cooper can help protect Carson Palmer and a Cardinals team that gave up more sacks than anyone last year. Much of Giovani Bernard's success last year can be attributed to Cooper.|
|I have been saying it since the game in the snow where Nassib outplayed Geno Smith; Nassib is the best quarterback in this draft class. It makes perfect sense for Doug Marrone to take his former college QB at No. 8. There is also a chance the Bills could draft Tavon Austin in this slot.|
|9||New York Jets||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU|
|The Jets can't pass on Mingo. He is the best OLB in the draft and will quickly make the Jets defense a bit better.|
|Injury concerns have Milliner dropping out of the top five. Tennessee will be more than glad to take him at No. 10.|
|11||San Diego||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama|
|Warmack battles Cooper for the top run-blocker in the draft. If all three left tackles are off the board, Warmack will go to San Diego.|
|12||Philadelphia (from MIA)||Geno Smith||QB||WVU|
|Geno Smith will be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's high-tempo offense. There is a good chance Kelly will set a record in play count this year.|
|13||New York Jets (from TB)||Tavon Austin||WR||WVU|
|The Jets could take Tyler Eifert here, but Tavon Austin is the most explosive player in this draft. Perhaps he could help rejunate a skyfalling Mark Sanchez.|
|Heart issues are no joke and should not be taken lightly. At one point in the offseason, Star was rated No. 1 overall on some draft boards. He is virtually impossible to block one-on-one in the run game, but there are questions with his pass-rushing abilities. Either way, Carolina needs help up front on defense.|
|15||New Orleans||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
|Richardson is a top-10 talent in this draft and can easily step in and make a difference on the Saints front seven.|
|16||St. Louis||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee|
|Patterson is a huge receiver with 4.4 speed. He will be a great addition for Sam Bradford in St. Louis.|
|Pittsburgh is known for their defense. They are one pick late on getting Patterson, but Hayden can battle Dee Milliner for the best cornerback in this draft.|
|18||Dallas||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina|
|With Jay Ratliff aging, the Cowboys may want to start prepping for the future. Vaccaro could be the pick here, but you can't pass on a talent like Williams.|
|19||New York Giants||DJ Fluker||OT||Alabama|
|Fluker is easily the best right tackle on the board and the best player available at 19. The Giants are known to take the best player on the board.|
|20||Chicago||Manti Te'o||ILB||Notre Dame|
|Offseason issues have Te'o's character in question. What isn't in question is his talent. The issues seem a distant ways away now. The Bears will love to have Te'o replace Urlacher as the leader of their defense.|
|BenJarvus Green-Ellis just won't cut it. Lacy is the best running back in the draft, and the Bengals will be happy to welcome him to the team at No. 21.|
|22||St. Louis||Kenny Vaccaro||FS||Texas|
|Vaccaro is the best safety in this draft. He could fall at 14 to Carolina or 18 to Dallas, but if he doesn't, St. Louis will have its free safety of the future.|
|Woods may very well be the best route runner in the draft. His speed complements every part of his game. He can do a good job filling in for Percy Harvin, the new Seahawk.|
|Jones is the second best defensive end coming out of the Pac-12. The Colts have already improved their offense over the past few years and need to add to their defense. Jones is the best defensive end on the board at this point and makes perfect sense for the Colts.|
|Minnesota could trade up to get Te'o, but if the Vikings don't, they will still need to take an inside linebacker. Ogletree is the next best available.|
|26||Green Bay||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|Eifert could be off the board way earlier, but Green Bay will certainly take him if he is available.|
|Matt Schaub needs another guy to throw to aside from Andre Johnson. Hopkins is his guy.|
|The Broncos will take a defensive end from Florida State at this slot. It's just a question of whether it will be Werner or Tank Carradine. I give the edge to Werner as he's a prolific pass-rusher.|
|29||New England||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington|
|Tough choice between Trufant and Rhodes, but after watching plenty of tape, I give Trufant the slight edge. The Patriots need help at cornerback, especially since Mike Wallace is now in their division.|
|I originally had Rhodes in the top 15, but with DJ Hayden's stock rising and Desmond Trufant's talent, Rhodes has fallen. Atlanta will steal him at No. 30.|
|31||San Francisco||Eric Reid||FS||LSU|
|San Francisco could take Margus Hunt here, but if Reid is on the board, there is no way they pass on him.|
|Minter is the best player available at No. 32. Hopefully he can do a solid job filling Ray Lewis' big shoes.|
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