Looking forward to the 2013 NFL Draft? Here's our first first full-first round 2013 NFL mock draft post-Super Bowl XLVII edition.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Most mock drafts around the web project Geno Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. But there will be other options for Andy Reid and this new regime at quarterback.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotulelei the star senior defensive tackle racked up three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (T-2nd in the nation) and four pass breakups. The Jaguars are searching for more playmakers, Lotulelei is a low-risk, high-reward prospect that will greatly improve this defense in the trenches.
3. Oakland Raiders: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Raiders must bolster their front four and with Lotulelei off the board, they take DE Damontre Moore.
Moore unleashed absolute havoc on the opposition this past season, as the 6-4, 250-pound athletic freak led the Aggies in total tackles (80), solo tackles (54), sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (20.0). He'll have a huge impact for a team that racked up only 25 sacks last season.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Chip Kelly chooses the top prospect from Nick Saban's crop in this draft class.
Philly finished 29th in points allowed in 2012, and when the Eagles added Nnamdi Asomugha via free agency, he was seen as a key piece to the "Dream Team." However, his two-year tenure with the team has been nothing short of a nightmare.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is also expected to exit in 2013 NFL Free Agency.
A consensus first-team All-American, Dee Milliner finished with 51 tackles, 18 pass deflections and two interceptions in 2012 and looks to help turn Philly's secondary into the type of young, aggressive group of pass defenders we see in Seattle.
5. Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Plan B for the Lions' first-round choice looks to be a DE with Kyle Vanden Bosch not returning in 2013. Bjoern Werner is also the top prospect on Detroit's draft board here. He'll help strengthen Detroit's defense to defend the run better and get to the quarterback quicker.
6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
When the Browns went with Jabaal Sheard and Phil Taylor in the first two rounds in the 2011 NFL Draft, it became clear Cleveland was leaving the door open to possibly run the 3-4 system in the future. Jarvis Jones is an extremely explosive and very physical complete prospect at the outside linebacker position who has a knack for finding the football.
He finished with a total of 13 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in one of the Bulldogs' biggest games of year against the Florida Gators. He has a history of spinal stenosis, which could do slight damage to his draft stock, but Jones would make a momentous impact in the Browns' defense from the moment he steps onto the field.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith finally hears his name called as the seventh pick overall. The Cardinals are arguably the most QB-needy team entering the 2013 NFL Draft and Smith is seen as the top prospect at the position in this draft class.
However, there will be a slight learning curve for Smith when he makes the shift to a pro-style NFL offense. He may be the most prolific and accurate passer in his school's history as the only QB to throw for more than 4,000 yards at WVU (and he did it twice).
But the competition will be much different in the NFL. A very confident player with above-average athleticism, Smith has been a pocket passer throughout his career and should develop into a natural leader.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah is a star pass rusher who’s soaring up draft boards after his stellar showing at the Senior Bowl. He'll fit right in with the team's disruptive defensive linemen.
Alternative: It may seem unlikely that the Bills will pull the trigger on the signal-caller from Syracuse who is projected to get drafted in the second round, but it's important to remember just two years ago that Jake Locker (No. 8 overall) and Christian Ponder (No. 12 overall) were each considered second-round prospects entering the 2011 NFL Draft.
Don't buy that nonsense that the team isn't interested in Ryan Nassib. Teams put out misleading information on purpose every year during draft season. However, he may not even be in consideration this early on due to the drop in his draft stock from the Senior Bowl.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Gang Green certainly can use an overhaul in its 3-4 scheme. Barkevious Mingo is an extremely explosive pass rusher who excels with regards to strength, toughness and run defense.
His stats may not have been staggering this past season, but he belongs in the first half of the first round and is an ideal fit for Gang Green. He also plays to the whistle and addresses an important piece to the Jets' puzzle—at least on defense.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Chance Warmack comes from the confides of the top team in college football and is the top interior lineman in this draft class. He has displayed the lateral agility to slide and anchor to handle powerful bull rushers very well. Warmack will improve pass protection for Jake Locker and give Chris Johnson more wiggle room and lanes to exploit.
He's considered deceptively light on his feet given his massive frame and is equally effective in meeting and rejecting linebackers at the second level and driving defensive tackles off the ball.
11. San Diego Chargers: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher is a fiery competitor. He breaks down well in space to contain speed rushers. An All-American offensive tackle that started all 13 contests at left tackle for Central Michigan, Fisher anchored an offense that averaged 6.2 yards per play and nearly 400 yards per game.
He'll do a stellar job protecting the left side of the line for veteran signal-caller Philip Rivers. The team surrendered 49 sacks in 2012 and finished 27th in rushing, 24th through the air and next-to-last in total offense. A premium offensive lineman will help to improve production.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Phins' prime priority this off-season is to find a No. 1 receiver for Ryan Tannehill. In 2012, the team's receivers racked up a combined total of three touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson brings elite size and athleticism to the position.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnthan Banks, CB Miss. State
Tampa Bay must bolster its secondary right away on draft day. Johnthan Banks may be seen as a slight reach by some, but there were plenty of people that thought several of the draft selections by Seattle and San Francisco over the last two years were a reach as well. Banks capped of his 2012 campaign at Mississippi State with the maximum honor, the Jim Thorpe Award.
Banks made 59 tackles, four interceptions and one forced fumble this past season with the Bulldogs. He is a very physical corner and an excellent tackler who has the ability to get into the backfield quickly without playing outside his position.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd DT, Florida
Floyd had a big junior season with the Gators, and showed versatility that could make him an outstanding big body for the Panthers in the NFL.
Floyd has the ability to anchor well while keeping his hips low. He has long arms allow him to disrupt his blocker's assignment and having a good first step and decent speed doesn’t hurt.
15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The New Orleans Saints need to bolster their defensive line. Sheldon Richardson comes out of college early and his stock is fluctuating—mostly in the forward direction. He's very quick off the snap and his terrific upper body strength allows him to push through the line with ease.
16. St. Louis Rams: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
St. Louis selects the top offensive lineman available here. Lane Johnson was a leader on Oklahoma's O-Line and is just a few years or so removed from playing quarterback at junior college. He has massive upside and awesome athleticism at 305 pounds and plenty of evaluators believe his best football is ahead of him as he heads into draft day.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU
Sam Montgomery is a steal to kick off the second half of the first round and is an ideal fit in the Steelers' 3-4 scheme. He'll help to continue to add more balance between veteran leadership and young blood to the defense as the days appear to be numbered for James Harrison and Larry Foote. Montgomery made 18.0 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in his college career at LSU.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
While the Cowboys could consider looking to name a new franchise signal-caller in the near future, this team needs to get tougher in the trenches. Defensive tackle is obviously an option with Josh Brent's potential legal bind and Jay Ratliff's recent DWI, but Big D can't go wrong with Barrett Jones, a very versatile leader who has been the anchor of a stellar offensive line at Alabama.
Jones has experience at center, guard and tackle and looks to provide an immediate impact for Tony Romo and Co.
19. New York Giants: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Big Blue pursues "Plan B" with the best offensive tackles off the board and goes with the best player available: Dion Jordan was recently chosen as a finalist or the Butkus award, which is given each year to the best linebacker in the country.
Jordan racked up a total of 44 tackles, including 5.0 sacks and a whopping 10.5 tackles for loss in 2012. He has a rare combination of size and athleticism for a player at his position, making him dangerous in the open field in coverage and when he pursues the quarterback.
He has well the quickness that will allow him to match with tight ends and the explosive first step to cause havoc for the opposing quarterback and other ball carriers at the next level.
20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
The speculation and scandal surrounding Manti Te'o may never end and probably turned some teams' interest away immediately, but anyone as talented as Te'o can only fall so far. Moreover, all it takes is for one team to be willing to pull the trigger for a guy to go in the first round. But there will be a handful of teams looking to Te'o that pick after the Bears on April 25.
Marc Trestman chooses the heir to Brian Urlacher at inside linebacker. Some suggest Te'o's performance in the BCS National Championship could also hurt his stock, but this is a Top-5 talent who chalked up a total of 324 tackles (157 solo stops), 28.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, six pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles in his college career at Notre Dame.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Kenny Vaccaro recorded 92 tackles, six knockdowns and a pair of interceptions at Texas in 2012. He's clearly the top safety is this draft class and his blend of size, speed and athleticism to be a star at strong safety in the NFL. He'll help to bolster the Bengals in the secondary.
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Rams don't have a problem on offense when it comes to getting decent production from several weapons.
Brandon Gibson, 25, finished second on the team with 51 catches for 691 yards and five scores in 2012. Chris Givens racked up 42 receptions for 698 yards and three TDs. And tight end Lance Kendricks caught 42 passes as well for 519 yards and four scores in his second season. Danny Amendola led the team with a total of 63 receptions.
However, no receiver racked up at least 64 catches, 700 yards or six scores. The team had the same problem in 2011. Brandon Lloyd led the team with 51 receptions for 683 yards and five TDs in 11 games.
Keenan Allen, a speedy, tall target from comes from the confides of California, looks to be exactly what the doctor—and quarterback Sam Bradford—ordered. Allen’s athleticism is impressive, but his ability to make defenders miss and run through tackles is what's particularly eye-catching about his game. He also possesses great vision once the ball is in his hands.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Christian Ponder needs an extra weapon to throw to offense and with Percy Harvin possible exciting this off-season the team needs someone to fill in in the role quickly and Tavon Austin has the experience to do it.
Austin may not be the sizable receiver they may be looking for but he’s simply amazing. Recently he was presented the Paul Hornung Award is given to the most versatile player.
Austin averaged 230 all-purpose yards per game, he finished his career with 288 receptions 3413 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns. The connection between Geno Smith in West Virgina was absolutely inseparable and astonishing to watch.
If Austin can connect with Ponder like he did with Smith in college he will be in the league for a long time and make Vikings receiver core stronger.
24. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Andrew Luck had a tremendous rookie season, but he was sacked 41 times. In order to sustain his immense success, he will need better protection from the offensive line. D.J. Fluker will be one of the best offensive tackles available this April.
He finished his college career with 36 starts under his belt at Alabama. He'll help open things up in the running game for Vick Ballard and allow Luck to have more time to throw with his enormous frame and length he uses to immerse rushers.
25. Seattle Seahawks, Kawan Short, DT, Purdue
This past season Seattle failed to force pressure up the middle, they simply need a weapon to get in the backfield to attack the opposing quarterbacks. This was noticeable in the playoff game against the Falcons when their defense just could not slow down Matt Ryan.
The Seahawks have a good defense but imagine if they can even be more powerful one.
Short totaled 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four PBUs, four blocked kicks, two fumbles recovered and one forced fumble. Something Pete Caroll would love to have that mentally and physically tough enough on the front stage.
26. Green Bay Packers, Jonathon Cooper, G, North Carolina
Cooper moves well when pulling on the edge and when mirroring pass rushers. Cooper shows smooth, coordination as an athlete with fluid footwork and striking balance, by continuously getting to the second level and blocking thoroughly on the move. And will become a valuable asset on the line for the Packers
With the Tar Heels he played an important role in the Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game.
27. Houston Texans, Alex Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Houston still hasn’t found the special defender to team up with Brian Cushing. Brodie James is simply not the answer to the inside linebacker position. The Texans need to find someone that will complement Cushing making a hefty package.
Texans need to stop ignoring this position and fix it. Olgetree would be an excellent move to Houston to play next to Cushing and provide insurance in the event Cushing might suffers an injury again.
28. Denver Broncos, Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The Broncos can use a loads help on the interior part of their defensive line. The teams have the pass-rushing now they need a big body in the middle of the defensive line and they get that with Jonathon Jenkins.
Jenkins made an excellent impression on the Bulldogs, appearing in 14 games and earning seven starts. He registered 28 tackles, including six tackles for loss and three sacks last season. Jenkins has the potential to be a nose tackle in 3-4 schemes and a legitimate two-down 4-3 defensive tackle or whatever John Fox wants to run.
29. New England Patriots, Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Patriots need to continue adding youth to have more versatile pass rushers. Absence of depth and a play-maker next to Vince Wilfork becomes the primary need to fix. Having a big body that can push the pocket, penetrate and play in multiple defensive alignments is exactly what they need .
Standing at 6-3, 322 pounds, Johnathan Hankins is a powerful defensive tackle and immediately improves the Patriots' front four. Hankins excels against the run and has the ability to read plays and the direction of the blocks well to collapse running lanes. He has a knack for utilizing his heavy hands and combination of size, strength and quick feet to penetrate past double teams to get to the ball carrier.
30. Atlanta Falcons, Tyler Eifert TE, Notre Dame
Atlanta can use protection for Matt Ryan upfront but they decide to go in a different direct and provide another target for Matt Ryan where he may just need it most the tight-end position up for grabs due to the end of incredible career to the great tight-end Tony Gonzalez.
Therefore, the Falcons select the top tight end in the 2013 class Tyler Eifert. Listed at 6-foot-6, 251 Eifert arguably plays even taller with a striking vertical leap and ability to high point passes in traffic. For Notre Dame he became their primary sideline and red-zone option in 2012. He paced the run-first Irish in receptions (44), yards (624), and touchdowns (4) . Look for him to stride in the new Bears offense.
He excellent hands in run blocking situations as well and isn’t afraid to take care of the defenders in his way this will make him very productive at the next level.
31. San Francisco 49ers, Eric Reid FS LSU
The 49ers are in the Super Bowl and have two Pro Bowl safeties in Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson, . But Goldson, could be out the door since he wants a long-term contract and will not take the franchise tag going into the 2013 season. Adding some youth to the secondary is exactly what San Francisco needs. Therefore, Jim Harbaugh and company select free safety Eric Reid.
Reid should be selected pretty early in the draft process and looks to be one of the top prospects at his position in this draft class, but he will not likely see any action on day one. Expect this star safety to hear his name called in the second round as teams search for a smart play-maker in the backfield of the defense. Nevertheless, Chad Reuter compares this safety to former 2011 seventh overall selection Mark Barron. He possesses the size, athleticism, intelligence, and toughness to be an impact player and could surprise a team come draft day.
32. Baltimore Ravens, Kevin Minter ILB LSU
The question may already be answered for the Super Bowl Champions, they select hear someone who is born a leader on defense has lots of versatility and motivation to get things right. They just may need to replace one of the greatest linebackers that ever played the game and it won’t be easy.
Minter emerged as one of the top leaders of the LSU defense in 2012 and one of only four SEC defenders to record triple-digit tackles, finishing with 111 stops. He also led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, adding three sacks, five pass breakups and an interception.
Day to Day things are changing leading up to the Draft and more than likely, like in previous seasons there will be more than one quarterbacks taken in the first round regardless of what scouts and analysts are saying.