The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft will be held
Thursday night. Since the draft becomes more popular every year, here is a mock
draft of the first round.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke
Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Not a flashy pick, but a safe one. The Chiefs take
debatably the best player in the draft, and it fits a need for them as well.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion
Jordan, DE, Oregon: The Jaguars only had 20 sacks as a team last season. J.J.
Watt had 20.5 sacks. The team needs to get to the quarterback more, and Jordan
is arguably the best pass rusher in the class.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif
Floyd, DT, Florida: The Raiders have holes all over the field and need to take
a player that they think has the most talent. Floyd has great potential to be a
pro-bowler someday, and the Raiders need an inside presence for their defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric
Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: New head coach Chip Kelly needs his quarterbacks
healthy to run his system. Fisher is the most athletic offensive lineman in the
draft and will start from day one.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel
Ansah, DE, BYU: Ansah is an athletic freak and is too good for the Lions to
pass up here. Pairing him with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley is almost unfair
for NFC North teams.
6. Cleveland Browns: Star
Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The Browns really want to trade out of this spot, but if
they stay, it’s hard to see them passing up possibly the best defensive player
in the draft class. Lotulelei has speed and size that should spell success in
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane
Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: The Cardinals get their protector for new quarterback
Carson Palmer. Johnson will play one of the bookends on the offensive line.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB,
Syracuse: The Bills need a quarterback, and Nassib will probably
be the one, just maybe not in this spot. New head coach Doug Marrone coached
Nassib at Syracuse. The Bills may trade back and still get their guy.
9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB,
Alabama: After trading away Darrell Revis, the Jets could use
another cornerback, and Milliner is the best in this class. Milliner isn’t as
flashy as some former cornerback prospects, but he gets the job done.
10. Tennessee Titans: D.J. Fluker, OL,
Alabama: The Titans get protection for Jake Locker and a
battering ram offensive lineman for Chris Johnson. Fluker is the pick for
overall offensive lineman because he can play right tackle and both guard
11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan
Cooper, OG, North Carolina: The Chargers get Cooper here, who will help keep
Phillip Rivers on his feet more often in the 2013 season.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier
Rhodes, CB, Florida St: After trading away Vontae Davis during training camp,
the Dolphins have a hole to fill at their cornerback position. Rhodes is a big
physical corner that fits well with the Dolphins defense.
13. New York Jets: Barkevious
Mingo, OLB, LSU: He has a funny name, but Mingo is no joke. He will be a
pass-rushing beast off the edge for the team that takes him.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon
Richardson, DT, Missouri: The Panthers have a need at defensive tackle, and
Richardson is one of the best players available.
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny
Vaccaro, S, Texas: The Saints need to help a defense that just didn’t play up
to expectations last year. Vaccaro is the best safety in the class and should
help the Saints immediately.
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon
Austin, WR, West Virginia: The Rams get one of the best play-makers in the
draft class in Austin. This speedy receiver and return man is a born
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis
Jones, OLB, Georgia: Jones replaces the departed James Harrison. Jones is great
at getting to the quarterback, and that’s exactly what he will be asked to do.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester
Williams, DT, North Carolina: One of the more underrated prospects in my mind,
Williams is fast off the snap and is great at getting to the quarterback. Eli
Manning better watch out next year.
19. New York Giants: Chance
Warmack, OG, Alabama: Warmack is considered a top ten prospect, and if he falls
this far, you better believe that the Giants will scoop him up.
20. Chicago Bears: Alec
Ogletree, LB, Georgia: The Bears find their replacement for Brian Urlacher with
Ogletree, a fast and athletic linebacker that can cover sideline to sideline.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan
Cyprien, S, Florida International: Cyprien has flown up the draft boards of
late and would fill a need for the Bengals. He possesses a great skill set of
size, speed and overall athleticism.
22. St. Louis Rams: DeAndre
Hopkins, WR, Clemson: The Rams add another weapon to Sam Bradford’s arsenal.
Hopkins was a play-maker last year at Clemson.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle
Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Patterson only played one year at Tennessee, but it
was a memorable one. Patterson could fill Percy Harvin’s role as the do-it-all
player for the Vikings.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Dante
Jones, DE, UCLA: Jones has also been a late riser on many boards and fits well
with the Colts’ defensive scheme. He has the ability to come in and start right
25 Minnesota Vikings: Manti
Te’o, LB, Notre Dame: Te’o will finally find his landing spot in Minnessota.
The Vikings need a middle linebacker and have been known to take their fair
share of Notre Dame players.
26: Green Bay Packers: Menelik
Watson, OT, Florida State: The Packers must protect Aaron Rodgers at all costs.
If that means drafting another offensive lineman, then so be it.
27. Houston Texans: Robert
Woods, WR, USC: The Texans finally find a receiver to pair with Andre Johnson.
Woods isn’t a flashy player, but he has good hands and runs good routes.
28. Denver Broncos: Bjoern
Werner, DE, Florida St: Werner comes in and replaces the departed Elvis
Dumervil. Werner was once predicted in the top ten but has really fallen as of
29. New England Patriots: Keenan
Allen, WR, California: Besides recently signed Danny Amendola, the Patriots
have nobody at wide receiver. Allen can come in and make plays right away.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond
Trufant, CB, Washington: After two of their players departed for free agency,
the Falcons desperately need a play-maker in their secondary.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Matt
Elam, S, Florida: The 49ers add another play-maker to their defense. The team
really doesn’t have any needs, so Elam is a luxury pick here.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Arthur
Brown, LB, Kansas St: The Ravens draft an underrated, undersized, middle
linebacker at the end of the first round. Sound familiar? While Brown may not
be the second coming of Ray Lewis, he can still come in and make a difference
on day one for the Ravens.