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2013 NFL Mock Draft

By Cory J. Bonini

KFFL.com has released its first update to our NFL mock draft series of the 2013 NFL Draft season. Full commentary has been added to this update to help you better understand the reasoning behind the projected selections, and be aware that this will receive many updates as well as additions over the coming months. Please feel free to leave comments below.

Pick
Team Player name
Pos
School Notes
1
Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel
OT
Texas A&M Could go with Geno Smith, which would be a mistake. Free agency will dictate the direction of this pick, especially if Branden Albert doesn't return.
2
Jacksonville Jaguars Bjoern Werner
DE
Florida State The Jags need more help than the No. 2 pick can provide, but Werner provides a solid foundation.
3
Oakland Raiders Star Lotulelei
DT
Utah DT is a big need, as is stopping the run: a perfect marriage. OAK has to address defense first, especially the front seven.
4
Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher
OT
Central Michigan Regardless of what Chip Kelly does at QB, someone has to protect the passer. Fisher is the best remaining man for the job.
5
Detroit Lions Damontre Moore
DE
Texas A&M Detroit has facing a crisis situation at defensive end, and Moore's beastly ability could be felt immediately in Motown.
6
Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner
CB
Alabama The Browns are making the switch to 3-4 ... again. QB could be an option here, but I doubt it. The defense needs help on the backend, and what a CB duo they could have.
7
Arizona Cardinals Geno Smith
QB
West Virginia Barely a first-round talent, in my opinion, Smith will go in this area because of the dearth of talent at the position.
8
Buffalo Bills Matt Barkley
QB
USC FS or OG are top targets. Chance Warmack makes sense if Andy Levitre leaves. Doug Marrone's offense will have Sean Payton likeness, which could make Barkley a good fit.
9
New York Jets Barkevious Mingo
OLB/DE
LSU Is Mingo a DE or OLB? Hard to say. He's risky as a 3-4 OLB, but that hasn't stopped teams before. Consider this pick to be as fluid as any.
10
Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack
OG
Alabama The best interior lineman in the draft should bolster this line that is in need of an upgrade between the tackles.
11
San Diego Chargers Lane Johnson
OT
Oklahoma This is probably a reach, but the Chargers need help at both tackle positions, as well as guard, and cornerback. OLB could even be in the cards. Johnson is an athletic freak.
12
Miami Dolphins Sheldon Richardson
DT
Missouri LT will be the pick if someone worthy is available. DT needs a lot of work, WR could be addressed, as could cornerback. Many options for MIA.
13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Desmond Trufant
CB
Washington Cornerback is the argubly the biggest need for the Bucs right now, but defensive end could come into play with this pick. A deep DE class means they can hold off, however.
14
Carolina Panthers Keenan Allen
WR
California This is a bit a luxury pick, and it could change depending on free agency. DT is a need, as is DB help. Steve Smith isn't getting any younger, and Cam Newton needs more targets.
15
New Orleans Saints Ezekiel Ansah
DE
Brigham Young Ansah may be a hair on the overrated side, but the Saints could use pass-rushing help. WR and OT are also possibilities here.
16
St. Louis Rams Sharrif Floyd
DT
Florida St. Louis is building a formidable defense, which will only be stronger with a force like Floyd in the middle. OT help is possible, too.
17
Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson
WR
Tennessee It seems like it will take a miracle for Mike Wallace to return, so Patterson's explosive play could make for a nice replacement. LB is in the mix, as well.
18
Dallas Cowboys Kenny Vaccaro
FS
Texas Vaccaro may not even make it this far, depending what the Bills do. Dallas needs OT and front seven help just the same, though.
19
New York Giants Datone Jones
DE
UCLA Defensive end help is a must. TE, MLB, LG, LT all could be on their radar with this pick. NYG has plently of routes they can take, so expect this pick to be fluid.
20
Chicago Bears Jesse Williams
DT
Alabama Middle linebacker or defensive tackle, depending on what happens with Brian Urlacher and Henry Melton, should be in Chicago's first-round draft plans.
21
Cincinnati Bengals Xavier Rhodes
CB
Florida State Right tackle, right defensive end, middle linebacker - all could take priority over CB, depending on what happens in free agency.
22
St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Eddie Lacy
RB
Alabama Steven Jackson's contract situation will determine this pick. If he decides to opt out, Lacy makes for a great fit in this offense. Otherwise, OL or LB help will be considered.
23
Minnesota Vikings Jarvis Jones
OLB/DE
Georgia I'm skeptical about Jones as a 4-3 OLB, but he could move to DE in the NFL. This pick is highly likely to change. Jones could go much earlier, too.
24
Indianapolis Colts Alec Ogletree
OLB
Georgia A dynamic LB prospect, Ogletree is risky but comes with unlimited potential. Indianapolis needs LB help, so this could be a great fit if the Bulldog is still on the board.
25
Seattle Seahawks Johnathan Hankins
DT
Ohio State This pick is predicated on what happens with Alan Branch; however, DT depth would be helpful. WLB is an option, too.
26
Green Bay Packers Barrett Jones
C
Alabama OL help in general is a high priority for the Packers, although this may be a bit of a reach for Jones.
27
Houston Texans Kevin Minter
ILB
LSU Houston needs ILB help as well as cornerback depth. Right tackle could be addressed here, too. A successor to Matt Schaub might even be the pick. Plenty of directions to go.
28
Denver Broncos Kawann Short
DT
Purdue Denver has to tend to the interior line as their top priority, assuming Ryan Clady returns at LT.
29
New England Patriots Jonathan Cooper
OG
North Carolina This selection would be a luxury pick of sorts, considering the needs at WR, possibly RT, and cornerback. Expect it to change with FA moves.
30
Atlanta Falcons Alex Okafor
DE
Texas Okafor isn't a dynamic pass rusher, but he is a serviceable player for a team that may be looking for DE help. RB, TE, LT, C and CB all options.
31
San Francisco 49ers John Jenkins
NT
Georgia Completely based on what happens in FA with Isaac Sopoaga. LB depth is another option.
32
Baltimore Ravens Manti Te'o
ILB
Notre Dame Te'o was exposed vs. Alabama, but that doesn't mean he will be a total bust. This selection is a good fit for both parties and mitigates much of the risk in drafting Te'o..

 



 


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