1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckle, OT, Texas A&M
6-6 | 306 lbs. | Junior
We’re about 48 hours away from the NFL draft, and Luke Joeckle sits as generally the consensus first pick. Of course we have seen the top selection change a mere day before the draft (looking at you, 2006), so nothing is set in stone. Barring anything unforeseen, Joeckle will come off the board first.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon
6-6 | 248 lbs. | Senior
A lot of mocks have Jacksonville going offensive tackle, but I have a tough time imagining the Jaguars are going to spend the second pick in the draft on a right tackle. Also, for what it’s worth, the draft could turn into a bit of a sticky situation for teams like Arizona and Miami should offensive tackles come off the board early. The late interest by Jacksonville (and to an extent Oakland) could just be a smokescreen trying to drive up trade value. Behind the scenes, Gus Bradley should be salivating at the opportunity to insert Jordan into his defense.
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
6-3 | 297 lbs. | Junior
The Raiders are a mess right now and need help on the defensive line most to help replace Richard Seymour. Shariff Floyd is the best defensive tackle and will fit in perfectly in Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Eric Fisher, OT, C. Michigan
6-7 | 306 lbs. | Senior
Philadelphia is in a nice position here to grab any of the three top offensive tackles or Dion Jordan. Eric Fisher gets the nod in these scenario. Adding Fisher allows the Eagles to bump Todd Herremans inside and, perhaps more importantly, Danny Watkins to the bench. Star Lotuelei remains an option, but look for Chip Kelly to emphasize the offensive side of the ball in the draft. Also, with that being said, Tavon Austin wouldn’t be as shocking to me as it would to the rest of the city of Philadelphia.
5. Detroit Lions — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6-6 | 303 lbs. | Senior
Lane Johnson will get scooped up by Detroit at five. They have serious needs in the secondary, but Dee Milliner doesn’t have the upside to warrant being a top five pick. They might look for a pass rusher, but Matthew Stafford has missed too many games the past couple years to not have a reliable LT covering his blind side.
6. Cleveland Browns — Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
6-5 | 271 lbs. | Senior
Already having added Paul Kruger in free agency, the Browns will look to dramatically improve their ability to rush the passer in 2013 by adding Ziggy Ansah. Dee Milliner remains a strong option, but a lingering shoulder injury could force Milliner to slip a tad.
7. Arizona Cardinals —Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
5-9 | 174 lbs. | Senior
Arizona could really use a tackle, but all 3 that could go top 10 are already gone. WR might not be the biggest need, but Austin is one of the few offensive playmakers in this draft class. Pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald will improve one of the league’s worst offenses.
8. Buffalo Bills —Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
6-2 | 227 lbs. | Senior
The Bills are certainly no strangers to making picks that have draft enthusiasts scratching their heads. Ryan Nassib is a second round talent. However, the Bills cannot roll the dice and hope that their guy is sitting there in the second round. With Tavon Austin off the board, trading down is probably the ideal situation in this mock. If no trade partners surface, reaching for Nassib is not out of the question.
9. New York Jets —Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
6-2 | 317 lbs. | Senior
The Jets have holes across the roster, but the main difference in their team last year and the teams that made the AFC championship game was the offensive line. With no quarterbacks on the roster, the Jets only offensive hope is to be able to pound the rock.
10. Tennessee Titans — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
6-1 | 197 lbs. | Junior
Corner, offensive line, and defensive end are all viable options for the Titans here to finish out the top ten. Milliner falls a bit because of his shoulder issues, but the Titans should not hesitate to make him the pick. A rough 2013 campaign awaits the Titans regardless of this pick.
11. San Diego Chargers — Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
6-2 | 311 lbs. | Senior
Just a few seasons ago San Diego had one of the more explosive offenses in the league. Fast forward to now and Antonio Gates is slowing down, Ryan Mathews hasn’t lived up to the hype, and the offensive line has been poor. Cooper will help start getting the offense back on track.
12. Miami Dolphins — Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
6-6 | 250 lbs. | Senior
There’s no question the Dolphins are in a win-now mode. Further, with that being said, expect Miami to make a play for Chiefs OT Branden Albert. A move for Albert would give Miami a lot of flexibility with their first round pick. Tyler Eifert is the best tight end on the board, and adding him could go a long way in the development of Ryan Tannehill.
13. New York Jets — Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
6-3 | 311 lbs. | Senior
Don’t expect New York to draft a cornerback with their Darrelle Revis compensation pick. Cromartie played well in his absence last year and Kyle Wilson is a former first round pick waiting in the wings. Star Louteli is a good value at 13 that can anchor the middle of the Jets 3-4.
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
6-3 | 294 lbs. | Junior
One of the more comfortable projections in the mock draft, the Panthers need for a defensive tackle coincides with about where Sheldon Richardson projects.
15. New Orleans Saints — Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
6-6 | 248 lbs. | Junior
The Saints’ main priority should be adding impact players to the defense. Barkevious Mingo is a speed rusher that can make things happen and upgrade the defensive talent in New Orleans.
16. St. Louis Rams — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
6-0 | 214 lbs. | Senior
Mid-way through the first round, St. Louis grabs the top safety on the board. Vaccaro could step in immediately and help improve an already above-average defense.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
6-2 | 245 lbs. | Junior
Pittsburgh finds its next James Harrison in the first round here. Jarvis Jones doesn’t have the measurable of some of the other first round talents, but was the best college linebacker last year.
18. Dallas Cowboys — D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
6-5 | 339 lbs. | Junior
With Kenny Vaccaro off the board, Dallas could certainly look to bolster the state of their offensive line. Fluker helped hold down the much accredited Alabama offensive line and should do the same in Dallas.
19. New York Giants — Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
6-3 | 242 lbs. | Junior
People tend to think the Giants refuse to draft linebackers in the first round. They also thought that about running backs until David Wilson broke the mold last year. For the G-men to get back to the playoffs the defense must be improved, and Ogletree can help.
20. Chicago Bears — Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
6-1 | 241 lbs. | Senior
Bad overused jokes aside, Manti Te’o enters the draft as one of the more accomplished defensive players on the board. However, whether his skill set could make the transition to the NFL game remains to be seen.
21. Cincinnati Bengals — John Cyprien, S, FIU
6-0 | 217 lbs. | Senior
Bengals would like a linebacker, but just miss out on the run of LBs. Instead, they will have to settle for a safety to team up with Reggie Nelson.
22. St. Louis Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
6-2 | 216 lbs. | Junior
The second wide receiver spot in this draft is a bit wide open after Tavon Austin. Patterson only has one year of college ball under his belt, but he possesses all the tools to be a solid wide receiver at the next level.
23. Minnesota Vikings — Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
6-3 | 313 lbs. | Senior
Vikes have two first round picks this year after dealing Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. Sylvester Williams will bring much needed youth to the D-line.
24. Indianapolis Colts — Tank Carradine, DE, FSU
6-4 | 276 lbs. | Senior
The Colts draft Tank Carradine here to help fill the void left by Dwight Freeney.
25. Minnesota Vikings — Desmond Trufant, CB, Wash.
6-0 | 190 lbs. | Senior
Vikes have two first round picks this year after dealing Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. A priority with one of these will be to replace Antoine Winfield in the secondary.
26. Green Bay Packers — Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
5-11 | 231 lbs. | Junior
After losing out on Steven Jackson, running back remains a problem for the Packers. Eddie Lacy is the top running back in the draft and becomes the fourth Alabama player off the board.
27. Houston Texans — DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
6-1 | 214 lbs. | Junior
The Texans have lacked a second wideout for years now. They have a great running game, and a good defense. Another threat in the passing game could be the only thing left to put them over the top. Added bonus, DeAndre Hopkins is used to playing second fiddle (first Sammy Watkins, now Andre Johnson).
28. Denver Broncos — Matt Elam, S, Florida
5-10 | 208 lbs. | Junior
Putting too much stock into one play is usually bad, but it works out if that one play epitomizes everything wrong with Denver’s secondary. Sorry Broncos fans.
29. New England Patriots — DJ Hayden, CB, Houston
5-11 | 191 lbs. | Senior
Patriots are one of the hardest teams in the league to get a read on in the draft each year. They could go WR but with no first round wide receivers left they bring in a cornerback.
30. Atlanta Falcons — Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida St.
6-3 | 266 lbs. | Junior
Werner falls into the Atlanta Falcons’ lap as they look to replace John Abraham.
31. San Francisco 49ers — Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
6-4 | 346 lbs. | Senior
Jonathan Jenkins is a good value here at the end of the first round and should provide the 49ers with some defensive line depth.
32. Baltimore Ravens — Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas St.
6-0 | 241 lbs. | Senior
Nobody was confusing the 2012 version of Ray Lewis for the 2004 version. However, he still leaves an open inside linebacker spot that the Ravens should look to fill here.
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