2013 NFL Mock Draft: Entering The Final Hours
Let the festivities begin as comissioner Roger Goodell takes the podium and says his famous words the 2013 NFL Draft is now open Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock. Remember this is a Mock Draft with no trades.
Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After striking a trade for QB Alex Smith and releasing starting right tackle Eric Winston, Kansas City’s decision with the No. 1 overall pick is almost a foregone conclusion, albeit Eric Fisher and trading down are also options.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Sharrif Floyd is a versatile, explosive defensive tackle and has skyrocketed up draft boards and Jacksonville desperately needs to improve in the trenches after finishing dead last in the league in sacks last season.
3. Oakland Raiders:Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Oakland finished next-to-last in the league in sacks last season. Enter Dion Jordan, arguably the top outside pass rusher in this year’s draft. It’s worth noting though that the team could consider any of these five prospects.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Repairing the right side of the offensive line with the addition of Eric Fisher would allow Todd Herrmans to transition to a more natural position and offer much better protection to whoever becomes the Eagles’ starting quarterback.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young
The departures of Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch are an indication that the Lions are looking to add new, fresh talent in the trenches. General Manager Martin Mayhew once again takes the best player available. Ezekiel Ansah is a raw, but versatile NFL-ready run-defender who has seen his stock soar since the Senior Bowl and provides a big boost to Detroit’s pass rush. Oh, and Mel Kiper Jr. has lost his mind.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Cleveland could opt to continue to revamp its new 3-4 defense along the front seven, but Jabaal Sheard led the team with 7.0 sacks last season and the Browns have a bigger need at corner opposite Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson , OT, Oklahoma
After allowing at least 50 sacks in each of the last three seasons, Arizona can’t afford to pass on Lane Johnson. It’s also important to remember that this team has the best group of QBs in the NFL (LOL).
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB Syracuse
Bills GM Buddy Nix has said he plans on drafting a franchise QB and albeit that could easily end up being Ryan Nassib—who would be reunited with Doug Marrone.
9. New York Jets: Barktevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
New York needs to revamp its front seven this offseason and Barkevious Mingo is a local product and arguably the top overall prospect still available. He'll also make life easier for an overmatched Jets secondary.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathon Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Titans acquired Andy Levitre in free agency, but they still need another guard and GM Ruston Webster has stressed interest in overhauling the offensive line this offseason. Jonathon Cooper is also a huge steal here.
11. San Diego Chargers: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
San Diego surrendered 49 sacks in 2012 and finished 27th in rushing, 24th in passing and next-to-last in total offense. After a stellar showing at the combine, D.J Fluker is a lock for the Top 11 and will make life easier for Philip Rivers.
12.Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes , CB Florida State
Miami must address the cornerback position after losing Sean Smith and Vontae Davis on the open market in back-to-back offseasons. Rhodes is a big, physical CB and is rising up the draft boards.
13. New York Jets: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Jeremiah Bell took his talents down to South Beach and LaRon Landry landed in Indianapolis. Darrelle Revis has left the building. The Jets overhaul the back-end of their defense with the star safety out of Texas.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Panthers pounce on former Missouri Tigers DT Sheldon Richardson, who addresses one of the team’s top offseason needs and is also being recruited by one of its premier players—veteran wide receiver Steve Smith.
15. New Orleans Saints: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Star Lotulelei led his team with 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in 2012. The star senior defensive tackle also racked up three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (T-2nd in the nation) and four pass breakups. Though the Saints are searching for more playmakers, Lotulelei is a low-risk, high-reward prospect that will greatly improve this defense in the trenches..
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Wide receiver now become the most pressing need before Brandon Gibson took his talents to South Beach and Danny Amendola landed in New England, so they must get a new versatile tool for Sam Bradford right away on draft day.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
An extremely explosive and very physical linebacker, Jarvis Jones falls to No. 17 for medical concerns (spinal stenosis), but he’s a sure-fire steal from a talent perspective and adds much-needed young talent to the Steelers’ defense.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The best way to improve in the ground game and prevent some of the poor passes and erratic play late in games from QB Tony Romo is to surround him with better protection. Chance Warmack is a colossal steal at No. 18.
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
After acquiring ex-Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, the Giants complete the overhaul in the trenches with the addition of Bjoern Werner, arguably the best 4-3 defensive end in this entire draft.
20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Chicago takes a chance on the local product, LB Manti Te’o, who improved his 40-time and draft stock at his Pro Day. D.J. Williams slides to the strongside, as Te’o looks to replace long-time star linebacker Brian Urlacher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Olgetree, LB Georgia
The weakside linebacker spot looks to be opened up as Vontaze Burfict moves to the middle for Rey Maualuga, who slides to the strongside spot. Alec Ogletree bolsters the Bengals front seven, which is already pretty rock-solid.
22. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
The Rams bolster the back-end of their defense with the addition of Johnathan Cyprien, who comes the confides of Florida International, is rising up draft boards and is one of the top prospects at the position.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Vikings don't have much of an interior pass rush. Sylvester Williams has the size and scheme versatility that Leslie Frazier admires in his defensive linemen.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
After solidifying the secondary with the additions of LaRon Landry and Greg Toler and signing Gosder Cherlius to bolster the protection up front in the trenches for quarterback Andrew Luck, Indianapolis turns its attention to the pass rush. Datone Jones is one of the premier pass-rushers and provides a big boost to the Colts’ D-Line, which just lost Dwight Freeney to free agency.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Minnesota must add another receiver to compliment Greg Jennings and replace Percy Harvin. Scouts have cooled on Cordarrelle Patterson due to his limited major-college experience, but he’s a steal in this spot.
26. Green Bay Packers: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
Green Bay needs to generate a more consistent pass-rush in the trenches. Margus Hunt adds a different, much-needed element to the Packers’ D-Line and is a huge upgrade over C.J. Wilson at 3-4 DE on the right side of the line.
27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Houston has to find a new No. 2 receiver in the first round this April who will have a significant and immediate impact to line up opposite Andre Johnson. Hunter fits the bill and adds some versatility to the Texans’ offense.
28.Denver Broncos: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
Tank Carradine is a Top-10 talent, but his stock dropped after he tore his ACL in November. However, Carradine—Elvis Dumervil’s replacement—is reportedly recovering quicker than expected and his stock is rising as a result.
29.New England Patriots: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Patriots need multiple upgrades in the front seven and especially up front in the trenches. Johnathan Hankins fits the bill and is one of the best players on the board at the No. 29 spot.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Miami must address the cornerback position after losing Sean Smith and Vontae Davis on the open market in back-to-back offseasons. Desmond Trufant is a big, physical corner and is rising up the draft boards.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert will be able to provide an immediate impact in the 49ers’ high-powered, constantly-tweaking offense, but won’t have too much on his shoulders due to the assortment of weapons this team already has on offense.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida
Baltimore needs to bolster the back-end of its defense after the departures of Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, along with other needs in the front seven. Enter Matt Elam, an aggressive and hard-hitting safety with great instincts.
West Virgina Quarterback Geno Smith is not mentioned in the first-round of this Mock Draft but that doesn't mean a team won't make a move to trade up and draft him.
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