NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated January 3rd, 2013
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
There isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this draft class, just like most years. That isn’t to say that this class of quarterbacks doesn’t have talent – they’ll just need a little more development.
Smith has phenomenal touch down the field and is comfortable with pressure in his face, two things that the Chiefs have lacked with Matt Cassel under center. Kansas City could also take the best player available here and target a second tier quarterback (Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Zac Dysert) with their second round pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner is a very balanced defensive lineman that would help the Jaguars defense play the run as well as being able to rush the passer. Even if Jason Babin sticks around in Jacksonville, they could still use more help on the defensive line.
3. Oakland Raiders
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Raiders have tried many a quarterback over the last few years, but they haven’t had a promising young signal caller since Jamarcus Russell weighed under 300 pounds. Tyler Wilson didn’t have a great season with the circus going on at Arkansas, but he should thrive with NFL coaching. The Raiders could theoretically target any position here, they just need better overall talent.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
Joeckel is our top lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft and might end up being the top overall prospect when everything is said and done. He is a phenomenal pass blocking left tackle that run blocks as well. The Eagles’ offensive line wasn’t ready for primetime in 2012 and even with some players returning from injury, they need some additional help.
5. Detroit Lions
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
It’s pretty simple, Damontre Moore rushes the passer. He isn’t a great stack and shed guy, but he will live in the offense’s backfield and blow up plays with quickness and athleticism. If Cliff Avril is done in Detroit, this is a natural fit for the Lions.
6. Cleveland Browns
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Like Dre Kirkpatrick and Kareem Jackson before, Milliner will be the next Alabama cornerback to be taken in the first round of the draft. He has the Saban pedigree and will thrive playing across from the talented Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cardinals quarterback situation is a mess, but it always will be until they shore up their offensive line. Matthews is a balanced prospect that has few true flaws in his game, he should find a home in the early parts of the first round.
8. Buffalo Bills
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Bills play in the AFC East. So does Tom Brady and his legion of receivers and tight ends. Banks has the size, strength and speed to cover both a Brandon Lloyd and an Aaron Hernandez. He will fight with Dee Milliner to be the top cornerback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Bills could also go with Te’o here if they want to improve their linebacking corps.
9. New York Jets
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Jets have a joke of a receiving corps, to go along with their circus at quarterback. Allen is exactly the type of versatile receiver that the Jets need to turn things around… and a good quarterback somehow.
10. Tennessee Titans
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Lotulelei is a bit inconsistent, but nobody is more disruptive on the interior when he comes to play. He pushes the pocket, eats blockers and devours running backs as they try and slip by. He should be able to find a starting role on any NFL team.
11. San Diego Chargers
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Chargers have a lot of needs, most glaringly in the front office, but adding a 10-year starter at either LT or RT is a no-brainer here. Lewan is nearly as good as former Wolverine Jake Long.
12. Miami Dolphins
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Dolphins are slated to have a ton of cap room next year, so they can have some flexibility in the free agent market as well as the NFL Draft. Hankins is such a talented individual as a defensive tackle, that he might be too hard to pass up at this position.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones makes splash plays with regularity, but his injury history (spinal stenosis) might scare some teams off in the top ten. Tampa Bay has been willing to take that sort of risk before and could stand to add a dynamic edge rusher to their defense.
14. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri (SCOUTING NOTES)
Near 300 pounders just aren’t supposed to move like Sheldon Richardson. He is a disruptive force that can rush the passer as well as gobble up running backs. If he keeps his head on straight and continues to improve, he could be a star in the NFL. I expect Richardson to move up into the top five after the NFL Combine.
15. New Orleans Saints
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
There aren’t many prospects that are as solid as Te’o. He isn’t a top five guy for us, but a three down linebacker with some versatility and off the charts intangibles is exactly what the Saints need.
16. St. Louis Rams
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If guards were valued more in today’s NFL, Warmack could be a top five pick.