NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated February 6th
The Senior Bowl is over. The Super Bowl is done.
The 2013 NFL Combine and College Pro Days are right around the corner, but we still have almost three months until the first pick is announced.
I can’t wait. Here is my projection of how the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft will look come April.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
While I keep hearing that the Chiefs scouting group loves Tyler Wilson, Geno Smith is my top prospect in this draft class. Even if the reports out of KC are correct, their new GM might and coaching staff might not be on board. I think Andy Reid and Geno Smith are going to get along just fine.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The “Monster” is just what the Jaguars have been desperately searching for over these last few years. Harvey, Babin, Kampmann… none have consistently brought the pressure. Moore can come in and contribute on day one as a threat on the edge.
3. Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
I expect quarterback and offensive tackle to get a long look here, but ultimately I expect Oakland’s revamped front office to take the best player available. If they are comfortable with Lotulelei’s consistency, it is hard to argue that he wouldn’t have a huge impact on their defensive line. Luke Joeckel or a pass rusher could also be the pick here.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Eagles are in a good position here, they will get an impact player on either the offensive or defensive line or be in a great situation to potentially trade down and target a quarterback that fits what Chip Kelly wants to do. Adding Joeckel, the #1 prospect in many people’s eyes, would be a coup here for Philadelphia.
5. Detroit Lions
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING REPORT)
Fisher might have been the top overall performer at the 2013 Senior Bowl. Although we liked him a lot coming into the game after being impressed watching him in person against Iowa, he performed even better than we expected. I don’t see a way that he lasts past the #7 pick – Matthew Stafford would be very happy with this pick.
6. Cleveland Browns
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (SCOUTING REPORT)
With the Browns switching to Ray Horton’s attacking 3-4 defense, a player like Mingo could be an absolute terror. If you take away any other responsibility and just let him attack, he has the explosiveness and flexibility to get to the passer on a consistent basis.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Scouting Notes)
The Cardinals offensive line has been a mess for a while. Adding Lane Johnson would give them a true NFL left tackle that can help whatever quarterback they trot out upright. Look for the Cardinals to add some competition at the QB position later in the draft.
8. Buffalo Bills
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
I think that the Bills have one of the hardest choices to make at this juncture in the draft. They can take their top quarterback remaining or add a piece to their defense and wait it out. I think they take their quarterback right here and although new Bills coach Doug Marrone has a connection to Ryan Nassib, Wilson is just the better football player.
9. New York Jets
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner isn’t the flashiest player, but he is as solid as it gets. He plays the run and can get pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t have gaudy sack totals against top teams. Wilkerson, Coples and Werner would be a tough task for any offensive line.
10. Tennessee Titans
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Milliner is the cop cornerback in this class and could go anywhere in the first round starting with pick #4. Chance Warmack would also be a great fit here, but corner is the premium position over guard.
11. San Diego Chargers
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Chargers can upgrade nearly every position, so taking the best player available in Chance Warmack is a good strategy for the new front office. Don’t be surprised though, if they pick a quarterback here.
12. Miami Dolphins
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro is one of my favorite prospects on the field over the last two years. He can do about everything you want a safety to do: blitz, cover, deep half, and run support. If he interviews well at the NFL combine, he could sneak into the top ten.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Richardson is a force either inside as a 4-3 DT or outside at end. Next to Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy, the Bucs defensive line could be special.
14. Carolina Panthers
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (SCOUTING NOTES)
Floyd is a versatile defensive lineman that can play in a variety of schemes at varying techniques. I like Floyd inside, where he can be unblockable when he really turns it on.
15. New Orleans Saints
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
Cooper isn’t too far behind Warmack as far as talented guard/center prospects go. Adding him to the Saints interior line will help the run game needed to keep defenses honest. The Saints have two starters at guard, but Cooper can also play the pivot.
16. St. Louis Rams
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Banks, Finnegan and Jenkins would look pretty incredible for the Rams. He is a big, long corner that can cover and support the run as well. Receivers would not like facing these three guys on Sunday.