NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated December 18, 2012
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Matt Cassel isn’t cutting it. Brady Quinn isn’t the guy. Draft yourself the most talented quarterback in this class, be patient, and build around him. To me, that guy is Geno Smith.
There are options at quarterback if the Chiefs trade down or move back into the first round (Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Zac Dysert), but I feel strongly about how good Smith can be.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Werner is one of the most solid all-around defensive line prospects I’ve seen in a while. Former NEPD Editor Doug Kyed gave him the Chris Long comparison which I feel is a very good one. He’ll be a stud defensive end for a decade.
3. Oakland Raiders
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
The circus at Arkansas this year didn’t help Wilson, but he is a legitimate NFL quarterback. The Raiders are in desperate need of something to be excited about – Wilson could be that guy.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
Philadelphia needs a complete overhaul, from the top on down. Starting things off with a franchise left tackle is certainly one of the best ways to go. Joeckel dominated the SEC, which is a good sign for his NFL prospects.
5. Detroit Lions
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Is this too high for a guard? Probably. That said, the Lions take the best player on their board and improving their offensive line is something that needs to happen. Warmack is the highest rated guard that I’ve ever had on the board.
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. 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. A team like San Diego is going to be in full on rebuild mode. Start it the right way by protecting your quarterback.
8. Cleveland Browns
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
With the likes of AJ Green, Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace and others in the division, the Browns need two big time corners. Paired with Joe Haden, Dee Milliner has All-Pro potential.
9. Buffalo Bills
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
Perhaps the best pure pass rusher in this draft, Moore could do what the Bills hoped Mark Anderson would provide – a spark across from Mario Williams.
10. 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. Active against the running game as well as the pass, Richardson is going to be a tough guy to handle.
11. Arizona Cardinals
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Cardinals offensive line is plainly bad. Lewan won’t wow you as much as Jake Long did coming out of Michigan, but he is technically sound and has an NFL frame.
12. Tampa Bay Bucs
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
If an NFL team is fine with Jones’ spinal stenosis, they will be getting a dynamic edge rusher. His flaws will probably keep him out of the top ten, but he has a load of talent.
13. Miami Dolphins
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State (SCOUTING NOTES)
Hankins is the type of interior presence that could take an already good Miami defense and put it over the top. You can’t double Hankins and Cameron Wake on every down.
14. New Orleans Saints
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.
15. New York Jets
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Jets receiver depth is pretty funny. Allen is the type of steadying presence that could give whomever is taking snaps next year in New York a fighting chance.
16. St. Louis Rams
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.