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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Keith Hernandez

Here is our newest NFL mock draft release of the 2013 NFL Draft season. Full commentary has been added to help you better understand the reasoning behind the projected selections. Please feel free to leave comments below.

Pick
Team Player name
Pos
School Notes
1
Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel
OT
Texas A&M Even with Branden Albert returning, Joeckel is the pick. Albert could be dealt anyway. KC has to go with the sure thing, and Joeckel is that guy.
2
Jacksonville Jaguars Sharrif Floyd
DT
Florida There is enough on the cornerback free-agent market to allow Jacksonville to add a franchise defender and still bring in defensive backfield pieces later on in the draft or through signing a serviceable veteran.
3
Oakland Raiders Star Lotulelei
DT
Utah A dominant Pro Day workout and apparently a clean bill of health has put Lotulelei back on the map. With Floyd off the board, Oakland has no other choice but to take a chance on Star staying healthy.
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, but some small part of me wants to mock Lane Johnson here.
5
Detroit Lions Bjoern Werner
DE
Florida State I have a hard time seeing Detroit passing on Milliner (or Milliner even making it this far), but Werner's motor will have Gunther Cunningham falling in love. A good pass rush can make an average secondary look much better, and Detroit currently has almost no pass rush.
6
Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner
CB
Alabama OLB doesn't make a lot of sense after the Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves signings, especially with Jabaal Sheard's pass-rushing ability. Milliner completes what could be one of the most underrated defenses in the NFL in 2013. Yet, I still have a hard time seeing Milliner making it past the Jags and Lions.
7
Arizona Cardinals Chance Warmack
OG
Alabama With Carson Palmer now the starting quarterback, Arizona needs to keep him upright. Someone has to protect and run block. So long, Adam Snyder. I see Lane Johnson mocked here a lot, but I don't think Levi Brown is going anywhere soon.
8
Buffalo Bills Geno Smith
QB
West Virginia For as much as I want to mock Ryan Nassib to Buffalo in Round 2, they can't afford to pass up Smith or even Matt Barkley here. The question is, which QB do they like more? I lean Smith ... for now.
9
New York Jets Dion Jordan
OLB
Oregon Jordan has been soaring up draft boards and should be in consideration for this pick, at the very least. NYJ could opt for a WR, as well.
10
Tennessee Titans Ezekiel Ansah
DE
Brigham Young Ziggy is a 4-3 defensive end first, 3-4 rush linebacker second. Tennessee could have a crazy-good defensive line rotation with this high-upside youngster.
11
San Diego Chargers Lane Johnson
OT
Oklahoma The Chargers need help at both tackle positions, as well as guard, and cornerback, despite making additions at all three positions this offseason. OLB could even be in the cards. Johnson is an athletic freak, but will he make it this far? It is becoming more and more unlikely.
12
Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant
CB
Washington Cornerback is argubly the biggest need for Miami right now, but defensive and offensive tackles could come into play with this pick.
13
New York Jets (from Buccaneers) Xavier Rhodes
CB
Florida State It makes sense the Jets would look to replace Darrelle Revis with another cornerback. Wide receiver and linebacker could be options, too. I don't think the Jets have a lot of interest in a QB here.
14
Carolina Panthers Cordarrelle Patterson
WR
Tennessee Carolina desperately needs more weapons for Cam Newton, and Steve Smith isn't getting any younger. Patterson is as dynamic as they come in this class.
15
New Orleans Saints Barkevious Mingo
OLB/DE
LSU Mingo will be asked to play rush linebacker in New Orleans' new 3-4 alignment. They have a project on their hands, but he is capable of steady growth.
16
St. Louis Rams Kenny Vaccaro
FS
Texas The top-rated free safety is available to a team in dire need of a free safety? Sold!
17
Pittsburgh Steelers Jarvis Jones
OLB/DE
Georgia Wide receiver is on their radar, but they have enough going for them to wait a round or two. Jones is having a rough draft season, although Pittsburgh should overlook this and watch the tape.
18
Dallas Cowboys Sheldon Richardson
DT
Missouri Dallas has to bolster the defensive tackle position with their switch to a base 4-3 D. Richardson provides value and fills a need here.
19
New York Giants Jonathan Cooper
OG
North Carolina New York needs defensisve end help, but upgrading at offensive guard is also important. Cooper is an underrated prospect and could start immediately or wait a year for Kevin Boothe's contract to expire.
20
Chicago Bears Alec Ogletree
LB
Georgia Chicago apparently has moved on from Brian Urlacher, and Ogletree would be a great replacement. Even if they feel he cannot play MIKE, the athletic former Bulldog should fill a need at strongside 'backer. Chicago added players to both positions this offseason, but that doesn't shut the door on an Ogletree selection.
21
Cincinnati Bengals Datone Jones
DE
UCLA Right tackle and cornerback could come into play, as could linebacker, but Jones has a bright future. This would be a wise move for a team working with Michael Johnson's one-year franchise tender.
22
St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Eddie Lacy
RB
Alabama Steven Jackson is no longer a Ram, and I predict their No. 16 pick will be used to upgrade at free safety. Lacy is a great fit for this offense, even if it is a bit of a reach.
23
Minnesota Vikings Tavon Austin
WR
West Virginia Minnesota absolutely still needs a playmaker at wide receiver, especially now that Percy Harvin found his way out of town. Austin is the closest thing to Harvin remaining in the first round, and he gives Christian Ponder an immediate threat to pair with Greg Jennings.
24
Indianapolis Colts Keenan Allen
WR
California Outside linebacker is a need for the Colts, although I do not see them being able to pass on the NFL-ready Allen at a value price. Reggie Wayne is getting up there, and Donnie Avery was lost in free agency.
25
Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) Damontre Moore
DE
Texas A&M DE makes a lot of sense here. Moore gives the Vikes a legitimate pass-rushing threat opposite Jared Allen. Ignore his poor Scouting Combine workout, Moore has too much good tape to be overly concerned. Could Matt Elam be the pick? Manti Te'o? Many ways they can go here.
26
Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert
TE
Notre Dame This is a luxury pick. Jermichael Finley isn't likely to return next season. Eifert gives Aaron Rodgers another weapon. I realistically expect a trade-down scenario for GB.
27
Houston Texans Kevin Minter
ILB
LSU Houston needs ILB help and more impact at WR. 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 Johnathan Hankins
DT
Ohio State Denver has to tend to the interior line as their top priority.
29
New England Patriots Robert Woods
WR
USC New England has to do something to address their gaping wound at wide receiver, and Woods has No. 1 potential down the line.
30
Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine
DE
Florida State Carradine could provide a much-needed pass rush, just as long as his knee is healthy enough. He may need some time into the regular season to learn the basics if he has to miss most of training camp.
31
San Francisco 49ers John Jenkins
NT
Georgia San Francisco needs a big hoss in the middle, and Jenkins should be their man. It all starts at nose tackle for a successful 3-4 alignment. Eric Reid makes a lot of sense, too, but he should be there for them in Round 2.
32
Baltimore Ravens DeAndre Hopkins
WR
Clemson With the team's focus turning to offense, wide receiver makes a lot of sense for the Ravens. They could trade down to gain more picks, however.

Here is Round 2 of our newest NFL mock draft release of the 2013 NFL Draft season. Full commentary has been added to help you better understand the reasoning behind the projected selections. Please feel free to leave comments below.

Pick
Team Player name
Pos
School Notes
33
Jacksonville Jaguars Matt Elam
SS
Florida Many options for the Jags here, but strong safety is a must.
34
San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs) Eric Reid
FS
LSU Craig Dahl should see competition for the starting job, and Reid has what it takes to win it outright.
35
Philadelphia Eagles Margus Hunt
DE
Southern Methodist The Eagles need help at defensive end in their new 3-4 alignment.
36
Detroit Lions D.J. Fluker
OT
Alabama Solidifying the OL is a must, and this move would allow Riley Reiff to play left tackle.
37
Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders) Jonathan Cyprien
SS
Florida International Cincy has to do something at strong safety. Cyprien has a bright future.
38
Arizona Cardinals Zach Ertz
TE
Stanford Ertz could upgrade the position. Indy added two tight ends early last year when Bruce Arians was calling plays.
39
Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon
WR
Baylor 2012 Supplemental Selection
40
New York Jets Menelik Watson
OT
Florida State The Jets have a lot of holes, and it may be tough to pass on Matt Barkley here, but RT is a big must.
41
Buffalo Bills Quinton Patton
WR
Louisiana Tech Buffalo should look to add a wide receiver on Day 2, and Patton gives them something to work with in 2013.
42
Tennessee Titans Arthur Brown
OLB
Kansas State Brown is a solid pick here and gives the Titans depth, if not something more.
43
Miami Dolphins Terron Armstead
OT
Arkansas-Pine Bluff This would allow Jonathan Martin to play right tackle and give the team young bookends.
44
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sam Montgomery
DE
LSU You can never have too many young pass rushers, and Montgomery is a beast against the run. Bonus.
45
Carolina Panthers Sylvester Williams
DT
North Carolina The Panthers get a borderline first-rounder in the middle of the second to improve their run defense.
46
New Orleans Saints Skipped Selection
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-- Bounty Gate penalty
47
San Diego Chargers Manti Te'o
ILB
Notre Dame Te'o can help in pass coverage and battle for a starting inside job with Jonas Mouton.
48
St. Louis Rams Johnthan Banks
CB
Mississippi State They could to interior D-line here, too. CB gets the nod due to available defensive line depth.
49
Dallas Cowboys Phillip Thomas
FS
Fresno State Montee Ball could be a sneaky pick here, but Thomas is the smarter selection.
50
Pittsburgh Steelers Montee Ball
RB
Wisconsin Speaking of Ball ... Pittsburgh needs to have a reliable running game, but WR could be this pick.
51
New York Giants Alex Okafor
DE
Texas Not a sexy pick or a flashy pass rusher, but Okafor is more than serviceable.
52
Chicago Bears Matt Barkley
QB
Southern California Jay Cutler's deal is up after the year, and let's face it, he has been just average.
53
Washington Redskins Jamar Taylor
CB
Boise State Cornerback depth is a must, and Washington has little of it.
54
Minnesota Vikings Jesse Williams
DT
Alabama Three picks in the first 54 allows Minnesota to build depth along the defensive line.
55
Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard
RB
North Carolina Cincinnati has to find a complementary back to spell the Law Firm. Bernard is lightning in a bottle.
56
Miami Dolphins (from Colts) Khaseem Greene
OLB
Rutgers Miami was super busy in the offseason, which leaves depth/competition options at this point.
57
Green Bay Packers Barrett Jones
C
Alabama Green Bay could stand an upgrade at the position.
58
Seattle Seahawks Larry Warford
OG
Kentucky A great team never can have too much offensive line depth.
59
Houston Texans Ryan Nassib
QB
Syracuse Houston could go a number of ways, although landing Matt Schaub's successor would be smart.
60
Denver Broncos Le'Veon Bell
RB
Michigan State Bell would be a nice replacement if Denver parts ways with Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno. Ronnie Hillman can't do it alone.
61
New England Patriots David Amerson
CB
North Carolina State New England can afford a semi-luxury pick at this point of the draft.
62
Atlanta Falcons D.J. Hayden
CB
Houston The Falcons are in dire need of secondary depth.
63
San Francisco 49ers EJ Manuel
QB
Florida State Manuel is too good to pass on when your backups are Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien.
64
Baltimore Ravens Travis Frederick
C
Wisconsin Can battle for the starting job with 2012 fourth-rounder Gino Gradkowski.

 



 


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