2013 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2

by Cory J. Bonini on April 22, 2013 @ 15:02:31 PDT


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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.

Team Player name
School Notes
Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel
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.
Jacksonville Jaguars Sharrif Floyd
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.
Oakland Raiders Star Lotulelei
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.
Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher
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.
Detroit Lions Bjoern Werner
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.
Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner
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.
Arizona Cardinals Chance Warmack
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.
Buffalo Bills Geno Smith
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.
New York Jets Dion Jordan
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.
Tennessee Titans Ezekiel Ansah
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.
San Diego Chargers Lane Johnson
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.
Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant
Washington Cornerback is argubly the biggest need for Miami right now, but defensive and offensive tackles could come into play with this pick.
New York Jets (from Buccaneers) Xavier Rhodes
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.
Carolina Panthers Cordarrelle Patterson
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.
New Orleans Saints Barkevious Mingo
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.
St. Louis Rams Kenny Vaccaro
Texas The top-rated free safety is available to a team in dire need of a free safety? Sold!
Pittsburgh Steelers Jarvis Jones
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.
Dallas Cowboys Sheldon Richardson
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.
New York Giants Jonathan Cooper
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.
Chicago Bears Alec Ogletree
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.
Cincinnati Bengals Datone Jones
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.
St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) Eddie Lacy
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.
Minnesota Vikings Tavon Austin
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.
Indianapolis Colts Keenan Allen
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.
Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) Damontre Moore
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.
Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert
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.
Houston Texans Kevin Minter
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.
Denver Broncos Johnathan Hankins
Ohio State Denver has to tend to the interior line as their top priority.
New England Patriots Robert Woods
USC New England has to do something to address their gaping wound at wide receiver, and Woods has No. 1 potential down the line.
Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine
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.
San Francisco 49ers John Jenkins
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.
Baltimore Ravens DeAndre Hopkins
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.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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