The 2013 NFL draft is 48 days away, and Draft Boards are changing daily. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock, and have a lot of options. It seems like the trade for Quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers, has secured that the Chiefs will not trade the first pick. So who will they pick? Find out here.
FanSided Radio 2013 Mock Draft
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M: With the trade for San Fransisco quarterback, Alex Smith in the off season, the Chiefs have landed their franchise QB. With Smith under center the next two question marks are at offensive tackle, and an elite pass rusher. I still think Kansas City is considering Georgia linebacker/defensive end Jarvis Jones. Joeckel wowed scouts at the Combine, and is jockeying for the No. 1 spot in April’s draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan: If Joeckel is the No. 1 offensive tackle in this draft, Fisher is close second. The Jaguars will give Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert one more year to battle out for the starting spot. If they can’t figure it out the Jags, or whatever they will be called when the team finally moves to LA will draft a QB next year. Fisher is a guy you can anchor your line around for the next 6-8 years. It is rare to have two offensive tackles with such upside in one draft.
3. Oakland Raiders
Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia: All signs are pointing to the Raiders picking the signal caller from Morgantown. I personally would not take a QB in the first round of this draft. Smith is a huge reach with the No. 3 pick. Especially with Carson Palmer still in Oakland. The Raiders should worry about suring up their front four on defense, but seem very interested in finding their quarterback of the future.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida: If Floyd is still sitting there at 4, Chip Kelly will have no choice but to take him with his first pick as the Eagles head coach. Floyd is as sure of a pick as you are going to find in this draft. He dominated at Florida, and finished in the top 3 on the team in tackles for loss last season, He is a rare talent and will not fall out of the top 5.
5. Detrioit Lions
Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama: Arguably the most talented football player on the board. With guys like Brandon Marshal, and really any receiver for the Packers in your division, Milliner is a must get if he is available at the 5th spot. If Milliner is taken before Detroit picks, the Lions will more than likely take Floyd, or Jarvis Jones if he is available.
6. Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Georgia: Cleveland will be hoping for Fisher or Joeckel will fall to them at 6. If not Jones will be a steal with the 6th pick. Jones will be the wild card of the draft. Every team 1-6 needs a pass rusher, and he’s a good one. The Browns seem happy with the productivity they got out of Brandon Weeden last season, now the focus has to be on defense. Jones is a great start.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma: A lot of people have USC QB Matt Barkley going here. With Barkley’s injury, and sub par senior season he has worked his way out of the top 10, and maybe the first round. Johnson is a lock in the top 10, and can be the insurance to whoever the starter is at QB for Arizona come fall. At 6-foot-6, 302 lb. Johnson has the speed, hands, and size to start early in the NFL.
8. Buffalo Bills
Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama: Undoubtedly the best interior linemen in this draft. With guys like C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in the Buffalo backfield, building the line from the inside out is the best way to go. The Bills upgraded the defense last off season. It’s time to focus on the offensive side of the ball.
9. New York Jets
Bjoern Warner, Defensive End, Florida State: As much as the Jets need help in other spots, if Warner is setting there at 9, which he more than likely will be, the Jets will take him. I could see New York being active in trades and trying to move up in the draft. It would be shocking if the Jets are still sitting at 9. If they are unable to resign Darrelle Revis, trading up to get Milliner is must.
10. Tennessee Titans
Jonathan Cooper, Offensive Gaurd, North Carolina: All signs point to Cooper being Tennessee’s guy. He will most likely be available at the 10 spot, because someone will take Warmack before 10. Cooper was one of the main reasons UNC has had such a successful run game over the last 4 years, and could be a key contributor to getting Chris Johnson back to top form.
11. San Diego Charges
Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon: If this draft is top heavy at any position it’s pass rusher. Jarvis Jones is the obvious cream crop, but settling for Jordan is a great consolation prize. Jordan may fall to 11 just because the teams above have other needs. The former Duck is for sure worthy of a top 5 pick, but could be available in the middle of the round.
12. Miami Dolphins
Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee: Patterson will be the first wide receiver drafted. If Dion Jordan is taken before 11, San Diego will more than likely take Patterson. The Dolphins really need a big play wide receiver for Ryan Tannehill. Brian Hartline is a nice piece, but not a true number 1 option. Patterson will give the Dolphins more options to spread the field with, and will be a must draft if he is available at 12.
13. Tampa Bay Buccanners
Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU: Mingo is probably the biggest reach in the draft. He is coming out a year early as a junior. At 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. he has an NFL frame but is going to need a little coaching. He would fit perfectly in Greg Schiano’s scheme, but still a reach at 13.
14. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri: One thing Gary Pinkel has been able to do is develop defensive linemen at Missouri. Richardson is another good one. The Panthers rush defense was one of the worst in the league last year. They will be hoping that Richardson is still there at 14, and will be a huge pick up for this defense. If Richardson and Floyd are off the board, Carolina may take a cornerback here .
15. New Orleans Saints
Ziggy Ansah, Defensive End, BYU : The silent giant of the draft. Ansah has zoomed up most draft boards, and will be a top 15 pick despite not being a starter at the beginning of the season at BYU. The Saints would love to add to a defense that struggled in 2012. Ansah is going to be a project, but new Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan could use a guy like Ansah in his “Walk Around” defense he had in Dallas. Ansah’s raw athleticism could allow him to see some time at linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
16. St. Louis Rams
Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California: Allen is nursing a sprained posterior cruciate ligament which prevented him from working out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. With the depth at wide receiver in this draft St. Louis could easily take a defensive back or offensive linemen here. St. Louis, a lot like Miami needs another option at wide receiver. Danny Amendola is a nice piece, but will never be a true Number 1 target. Allen looks like he will not need major surgery, according to Dr. James Andrews, and should be ready to go by Fall camp. He would be a great weapon for Sam Bradford.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State: Pittsburgh’s defense is not getting any younger. After Milliner there is a huge drop off at the Corner position. At 6-foot-2, 210 lb. Rhodes will give the Steelers a taller option at Corner to cover guys like Torrie Smith, Jacoby Jones, and AJ Green. Defensive back will more than likely be the Steelers first 2 picks.
18. Dallas Cowboys
DJ Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama: Fluker was one of the most important pieces to Alabama’s run game that led them to back to back National Titles. The most impressive thing about Flukner is his ability to pass block as well as he can run block. He is forgoing his senior season at Alabama to come out a year early, but is regarded as the top right tackle in this draft.
19. New York Giants
Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia: Ogletree will be the 2nd Georgia linebacker to go in the first round. He will be taken later in the round than Jarvis Jones, but he is a top 15 talent. The Giants front 7 is not getting any younger. Ogletree will be a great addition to the pass rush that the Giants already have.He is also a great run stopper.
20. Chicago Bears
Tyler Eifret, Tight End, Norte Dame: Arguably the most dominant blocking tight end in the Country. With his great size also comes great speed. Eifret finished the season with 50 catches for 685 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He was really the only bright spot in the National Championship game against Alabama for the Irish. He caught 6 catches for 61 yards. Chicago could use someone to take some pressure off Brandon Marshall, and give Jay Cutler a quick release valve.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Eddie Lacey, Running Back, Alabama: Cincinnati has everything on offense, but a solid run game. Lacey is a big strong back that can carry the load of an NFL schedule. Having him split carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis will give the Bengals a running combination that Cincinnati hasn’t seen, maybe in Franchise history.
22. St. Louis Rams
Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas: If St. Louis addresses the need at Wide Receiver with their 1st pick in the first round, they will address the need at Defensive Back with their 2nd. At the Combine Vaccaro showed that he plays the pass just as well as the run. He may be the hardest hitting defensive back in the Draft.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina: Williams was apart of a very talented defensive line at UNC. He is less of a gamble than Utah’s Star Lotulelei who most people have very high on their board. I don’t think Lotulelei is worth the 1st round pick, but a lot of NFL GMs have him going in the first round. If Minnesota wants to add depth to their interior line, and Williams is available at 23, it’s a perfect fit.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Matt Elam, Safety, Florida: Indianapolis really has not replaced Bob Sanders since he got injured every season, and then was cut. Elam will be a staple in any defense for years to come. He’s worth a top 15 pick, but safety is not a huge need, and Vaccaro is one of the hottest names entering the draft. Elam really hasn’t done anything to make his stock drop, Vaccaro has just done that much to jump up the board.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU: Seattle could trade up in the draft and try to land one of the top Wide Receivers, or they could reach here and possibly take Robert Woods, the Wide Receiver from USC. Montgomery is skipping his senior season in Baton Rouge to take his chances in the NFL. Montgomery finished his junior season with 8 sacks and is still a little raw.
26. Greenbay Packers
Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M: Moore is a Junior passing up his senior season, which caught most people off guard because how successfully A&M finished the season. Moore was one of the key reasons that Texas A&M was able to rebuild their defensive image. Moore’s pass rushing presence gave the Aggies an SEC feel on defense. Moore finished the season with 12 sacks, and 86 tackles on the season.
27. Houston Texans
Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia: Andre Johnson is not getting any younger. Yes, there are a lot of decent receiver options in the later rounds, but Austin is a steal at 27, and wont be there at 54. Austin is a perfect fit in Houston and he can learn from Andre Johnson until the future Hall of Famer decides to hang it up.
28. Denver Broncos
Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, USC: Denver is set defensively, and could use some more weapons for Peyton Manning. Woods is as talented as a Wide Receiver in this draft. He will give Denver a deep threat to pull coverage away from Eric Decker. Woods is one of those talents, you’re not sure if he can be a number 1 option in the NFL, or just a really good piece to an offense. With Peyton Manning, any decent option becomes a great asset.
29. New England Patriots
Jonathan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State: If anyone raised there stock at the Combine, it’s Banks. Most draft experts had him projected as a late 2nd early 3rd round pick. If he is not taken before 29 it’s almost a lock he is New England’s guy. With their star rookie Alfonzo Dennard in legal trouble, and no real number 2 option at Corner, the Patriots will have to address this need in the draft.
30 Atlanta Falcons
Giovani Bernard, Running Back, North Carolina: With Lacey off the board, Bernard is the 2nd best running back option in this class. The Falcons have released Michael Turner, and need to take a running back in this class. Getting Bernard at 28 is a good get, but taking a defensive player here like a John Jenkins from Georgia would be as equal of a value at 28. It will be interesting to see if Atlanta goes defense in the first round, and then comes back and takes a running back like Le’Veon Bell from Michigan State, or a Montee Ball from Wisconsin in a later round.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Eric Reid, Safety, LSU: No, he is not the Honey Badger, but he is a ball hawking Safety. Reid is not coming off the best season of his career, but was still one of the best safeties in the SEC. Which is saying something. He finished the season with 91 tackles and defended 9 passes. If Robert Woods is still sitting there at 31, that will be San Francisco’s pick.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU: If anyone has benefited from the Manti Te’0 scandal it has been Minter. The former Tiger finished the season with 150 tackles, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. If the Ravens are looking for the heir apparent to Ray Lewis, Minter is as good of a choice as any.
By Jimmie Allen
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