NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated December 10, 2012
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Chiefs need a new quarterback to start off their new era. While the current Chiefs staff is rumored to like Tyler Wilson, Geno Smith is our #1 prospect.
If the Chiefs want to target QB in the later part of round one via trade or on day two (Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Zac Dysert), then left tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M or a defensive player could be the pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If Jason Babin isn’t back with Jacksonville, and even if he is, Bjoern Werner would be a great pickup to finally solve the pass rush issues. Werner is a disruptive force for the Seminoles defense. He plays the run and the pass very well and is improving on a daily basis. With some NFL coaching, he will become an absolute monster.
3. Oakland Raiders
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
Oakland needs to rebuild, and having a QB that has already “retired” once isn’t the way to start the process. Wilson has a live arm and has shown he can lead an offense. The circus at Arkansas this year didn’t help, but he is a legitimate NFL quarterback.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Eagles need some solid blocking options up front. Joeckel had a very impressive sophomore year for the Aggies, routinely shutting down impressive pass-rushers like Jackson Jeffcoat. If he can survive the SEC in 2012, he will be a first rounder.
5. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Panthers miss Julius Peppers. Richardson is a disruptive force on the defensive line that could play a variety of positions and techniques at the next level. He plays the run as well as getting after the quarterback. He has a nice blend of explosion and power.
6. Tennessee Titans
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
The incredibly-massive (6-4/325) Lotulelei is going to anchor a defensive line for the next ten years. If a team didn’t need a quarterback, I’d sanction taking him in the top three.
7. Detroit Lions
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
There are other needs here, but the Lions have been committed to the best player available approach as of late. Part of the incredibly talented Alabama offensive line, Warmack has outplayed the more heralded Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker at times, well, most of the time.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Cardinals offensive line is just silly. Lewan isn’t going to wow you in any one area of his game, but he is solid from top to bottom and any team needing a solid presence at tackle won’t need to look any further.
9. San Diego Chargers
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING NOTES)
Matthews is the teammate of fellow first round tackle from A&M Luke Joeckel. He is quite talented in his own right and will certainly get a lot of looks in the first round – either at right or left tackle. The Chargers need more overall talent on their team and should take the best player available here.
10. Cleveland Browns
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING NOTES)
Banks has the skills and the size to match up with bigger receivers – his 6’1″ height and athleticism will turn a lot of heads come NFL Combine time. Across from Joe Haden, the Browns would have a top-notch CB tandem.
11. Buffalo Bills
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
Despite a talented defensive line, the Bills have struggled to pressure quarterbacks for large parts of games this year. Moore has over-shadowed his teammate Sean Porter and looks like he could have a similar impact to what his former teammate Von Miller has had in Denver – just a fun player to watch and a very talented rusher.
12. Miami Dolphins
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State (SCOUTING NOTES)
Miami’s front seven is becoming a force – adding one more dynamic piece could put them over the top. Hankins is a big defensive tackle with surprising agility and speed for a guy that weighs in well north of 320 pounds.
13. New Orleans Saints
Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Saints front four hasn’t gotten the job done in 2012. Featuring a lightning-quick first step and the frame to add a few pounds, Montgomery is one of the most electric pass-rush prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
14. New York Jets
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Jets receiver depth is an absolute joke. Adding a talent like Keenan Allen will give whichever quarterback is taking snaps in New York a fighting chance.
15. St. Louis Rams
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Adding another corner to go with Jenkins and Finnegan is key. Milliner is the complete package, he doesn’t mind contact, while having the athleticism and technical skills of a potential shutdown corner.
16. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Te’o is having a special season at Notre Dame, but he doesn’t seem like a top three pick as some have him. His blend of athleticism of power will make him a first round pick, but his upside is limited – he will be a solid if not spectacular pro for a decade or more.