2013 NFL Mock Draft As Free Agency Hits
1. Kansas City Chiefs OT-Luke Joeckel, 6-6, 310, Texas AM
With the Alex Smith trade going through the channels already it has slimed the choices a bit for Andy Reid’s first year in Kansas City. Since he has his new quarterback in place it's time to give him the best protection available. Selecting the best available lineman in this year's draft class is the next step.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars DT-Sharrif Floyd, 6-3, 297, Florida
The absents of a pass rush The Jaguars will use this pick to anchor the defensive line as the team was at the bottom in terms of stopping the run. Floyd provides that as evidenced by his 46 tackles including 13 tackles for loss and three sacks.
3. Oakland Raiders DE/OLB-Dion Jordan, 6-6, 243, Oregon
Oakland finished next-to-last in the league in sacks last season. In addition, Phillip Wheeler is an impending free agent and Rolando McClain’s days are numbered with the Raiders. Enter Dion Jordan, arguably the top outside pass rusher in this year’s draft.
4. Philadelphia Eagles OT-Eric Fisher, 6-7, 305, Central Michigan
With Chip Kelly unable to draft Jordan he will look elsewhere on his draft board. Taking the second best available tackle in this year's draft will help improve a poor offensive line.
5. Detroit Lions CB-Dee Milliner, 6-1, 198, Alabama
The Lions continue to suffer in the secondary. With a superstar receiver on offense they draft a corner that just may be able to keep up with him in practice. Milliner is the best cornerback in this year's draft class and has the capability of becoming a star on defense in the future.
6. Cleveland Browns DE/OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State
No surprise here as the Browns are in desperate need of an electric pass rusher. Juqua Parker-Thomas is a 35-year-old free agent this off-season and most likely will return. Leaving the team with only one legitimate pass -rusher Jabaal Sheard. Which makes Werner a great addition to the defense.
7. Arizona Cardinals QB-Matt Barkley, 6-2, 230, USC
John Skelton and Kevin Kolb are not franchise quarterbacks. Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer aren’t, either. Though the team must also address its offensive line, the Cards decide to roll the dice and pick up its Matt Barkley, who they hope becomes the face of the franchise.
8. Buffalo Bills QB-Geno Smith, 6-3, 213, West Virginia
There are lots of teams that need to improve at the quarterback position. And if Geno Smith falls this far, there’s no way the Bills let their rival down south snatch him up with the next pick and regret it later.
9. NY Jets DE/OLB- Ezekiel Ansah, 6-5, 271, BYU
Rex Ryan is a defensive minded coach and drafting a pass rusher is what he'll do with the selection of Ansah who will make an impact from day one as one of the best linebackers in the class.
10. Tennessee Titans OG-Chance Warmack, 6-3, 320, Alabama
The Titans have a few solid options at No. 10, but can’t go wrong with Chance Warmack, the top interior offensive lineman available. Warmack will give Chris Johnson more wiggle room and lanes to exploit and improve pass protection for starting signal-caller Jake Locker.
11. San Diego Chargers OT-Lane Johnson, 6-6, 303, Oklahoma
Chargers need help on the offensive-line desperately and with Johnson they get a monster up front as a lineman, who secured his spot in the combine.
12. Miami Dolphins DT-Star Lotulelei, 6-3, 325, Utah
Miami should find its new No. 1 WR via free agency (most likely Mike Wallace) and though the team also has needs on the offensive line and at CB, Star Lotulelei—who is a wild card right now—also addresses a need at DT and is too much of a steal to pass up at the No. 12 spot.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB-Xavier Rhodes, 6-1, 217, Florida St
Enough said the Buccaneers had one of the worst secondary for several reasons. Aqib Talib was traded, while Eric Wright dealt with injuries and suspensions. Leaving Tampa Bay in the dust. Not only do they get a nice upgrade with Rhodes at the corner they get a young talented speedster.
14. Carolina Panthers DT-Sheldon Richardson, 6-3, 295, Missouri
Panthers need a major upgrade at the defensive tackle position. In reality they have nothing. Richardson Is a speedy disruptive force from the attack on the defensive front and will blend in right away where Carolina needs him most.
15. New Orleans Saints DE/OLB-Barkevious Mingo, 6-5, 259, LSU
With Sean Payton back as the head coach and Rob Ryan hired as their new defensive coordinator the defense needs to get back in gear to support the feared offense led by Drew Brees. Therefore, the Saints will pick the best available defender while also filling a need. Payton is very intrigued by Mingo making him his first selection upon his return.
16. St. Louis Rams WR-Cordarrelle Patterson, 6-3, 205, Tennessee
Rams can use an offensive weapon for Sam Bradford. He’s an above average quarterback with the absence of a target. With Patterson’s flying capabilities at receiver he will make Bradford shine again.
17.Pittsburgh Steelers OLB-Jarvis Jones, 6-2, 245, Georgia
Jarvis Jones is an extremely explosive and very physical complete linebacker who falls to the top of the second half of the first round for medical concerns (spinal stenosis). He’s a sure-fire steal for the Steelers and adds much-needed young talent to the defense.
18.Dallas Cowboys FS-Kenny Vaccaro, 6-1, 218, Texas
Dallas is very interested in the top safety in this draft class out of Texas, Kenny Vaccaro. He’s one of the best prospects available at the No. 18 spot and addresses a top priority in the Cowboys’s secondary with the departure of safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
19. New York Giants DE/OLB-Domontre Moore, 6-5, 250, Texas A&M
General Manager Jerry Reese called it, he wants to rebuild his pass rushers with youth and talent. Reese steps in and gets their man and Moore instantly becomes a favorite to Giants fans globally.
20. Chicago Bears OT- D.J. Fluker, 6-5, 339, Alabama
Fixing the Bears offensive line is the Bears number 1 priority this off-season. They need to protect their quarterback Jay Cutler . Last season at right tackle Ja’Marcus Webb seemed lost and beaten out of position. Choosing the best available offensive tackle is the right choice for Chicago therefore they go with Fluker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals ILB-Alec Ogletree, 6-3, 234, Georgia
Alec Ogletree’s recent DUI might have hurt his draft stock with some teams, but it could have helped his chances of landing with the Bengals. All kidding aside, Manny Lawson is a free agent and Rey Maualuga’s days could also be numbered in Cincinnati.
22. St Louis Rams OG-Jonathan Cooper, 6-2, 311, UNC
St. Louis shores up another one of its biggest offseason needs: the offensive line. The Rams reel in Jonathan Cooper, who is a sure-fire steal at the No. 22 selection and adds more stability up front for Sam Bradford and more lanes for Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson.
23. Minnesota Vikings WR-Tavon Austin, 5-9, 176 West Virginia
Minnesota must add weapons to its passing attack in the first round on draft day, especially after Percy Harvin. Marshall Faulk recently referred to Tavon Austin as “Percy Harvin and Wes Welker wrapped into one.” Austin is destined to be a star in the NFL.
24. Indianapolis Colts CB-Desmond Trufant, 6-0, 190, Washington
Other than Vontae Davis', three interceptions this past season the secondary has been invisible and beaten up all over the field. Trufant is very confident and aggressive defender. He will fit right in where the veteran free agents left, while at the same time become an upgrade at that position for the Colts.
25. Minnesota Vikings DT-Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 320, Ohio State
The Vikings need upgrades in the front seven and especially up front in the trenches. Johnathan Hankins fits the bill at No. 23 and is one of the best prospects available. *****Seattle sent its first-round selection to Minnesota for Percy Harvin.*****
26. Green Bay Packers RB-Eddie Lacy, 5-11, 231, Alabama
DuJuan Harris is not reliable back, he may have had some stunning moments in the playoffs but the Packers need a sufficient back to carry the load. In Mike McCarthy best taste he take’s the top running-back of the draft Eddie Lacy.
27. Houston Texans WR-Keenan Allen, 6-2, 215, California
The Texans have one of the best receivers in the NFL for a few years now Andre Johnson. But the team is absent a deep threat sufficient number 2 receiver. Allen will fit right in were this playoff team was missing something on offense last season.
28. Denver Broncos DT-Kawann Short, 6-3, 299, Purdue
It’s surprising that Denver powerful defense is actually missing pieces up-front. Both starting defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannon are free agents but weren’t that great anyway. And with superior defensive lineman in the this year's draft class the Broncos pick the best available off their board and select Short.
29. New England Patriots DT-Jesse Williams, 6-3, 323, Alabama
Jesse Williams will provide the Patriots with a stronger interior pass rush and compliment Vince Wilfork in the trenches. He also has the size and scheme versatility that coach Bill Belichick covets at the line of scrimmage — and anywhere else on the field for that matter.
30. Atlanta Falcons TE-Tyler Eifert, 6-5, 249, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert emerged as the top tight end in Indianapolis and will be providing an immediate impact in the Falcons’ high-powered offense, but won’t have too much on his shoulders due to all of the assortment of weapons on offense, regardless of what happens with Tony Gonzalez.
31. San Francisco 49ers S-Jonathon Cyprien, 6-1, 220, Florida International
There several possibilities here for the NFC Champions. But they focus their attention to a primary concern that was noticeable in the Super Bowl the deficiencies of coverage in the middle of their secondary. The team can definitely use an upgrade at safety. Dashon Goldson is a free agent, while Donte Whitner gave up more touchdowns than any other safety in the league this past season. Head coach Jim Harbaugh falls in love with Cyprien for FIU. By determining that he will make a great addition to the already superior defense.
32. Baltimore Ravens ILB-Kevin Minter, 6-0, 246, LSU
Not that anyone can ever replace Ray Lewis in the middle of the defense a true leader on the field and captain of the team. But a young talent is needed at the middle linebacker position with Lewis announcing an end to his legendary career in the NFL. Minter will give the Super Bowl Champs some youth on the linebacker core and while providing some new flair to their attack.