NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated January 21st, 2013
With NEPD Editor Mike Loyko down in Mobile covering the Senior Bowl – follow him on twitter here – now is a great time to update our latest projection of where all the talented prospects at the Senior Bowl and other all-star games will end up.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Smith has been my #1 prospect since before the season began. He has shown to me that he has the skills necessary to be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. He can stand in the pocket under pressure, has phenomenal accuracy and enough arm strength to fit the ball into small windows. The Chiefs need a franchise QB – hopefully Andy Reid doesn’t complicate things and picks his guy, be it Geno or someone else.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Moore is one of, if not the most dynamic pass-rusher in the 2013 NFL Draft class. If the Jaguars feel they are good at the quarterback and left tackle position, Moore should be the pick here.
3. Oakland Raiders
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Luke Joeckel is the #1 prospect in many people’s opinions, and for good reason – he is easily the best left tackle in this class. The Raiders, despite having Jared Veldheer already at LT, would be wise to choose the talented Aggie. Moving Veldheer to right tackle could be an option. Adding a defensive lineman like Sheldon Richardson or Star Lotulelei will also get heavy consideration here.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha have been under-whelming to say the least. Chip Kelly might want to target the offensive side of the ball, but Milliner might be too good at corner to pass up.
5. Detroit Lions
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Missing out on Milliner has to hurt for the Lions, but there should be some good CB/S prospects still available in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. This spot might be a bit too rich for Johnthan Banks. If KVB retires, Richardson could step in on day one and wreak havoc.
6. Cleveland Browns
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding Mingo to what could be a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense is pretty exciting. He can rush standing up or with his hand on the ground – while his athleticism and flexibility is rare. He could help the Browns defense take the next step forward.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Barkley, QB, USC (SCOUTING REPORT)
With new coach Bruce Arians in town, he might want to leave his mark with his very own young quarterback. Barkley is no Andrew Luck, in fact I have rated as a late first / early second round prospect, but he will excel in the controlled environment in Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald to throw to. The Cardinals will have to invest in some new offensive line pieces as well.
8. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (SCOUTING REPORT)
Like Barkley, I don’t have Nassib as a top ten talent, but the QB position always seems to float to the top. Look for Nassib’s former coach at Syracuse and current Bills coach Doug Marrone to grab his star pupil and continue the process.
9. New York Jets
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
I know that Mark Sanchez is due something like $15 million next year whether he is released or not, but a new GM is going to want to move on within a year at least. Wilson has the arm and toughness to get the job done in the AFC East.
10. Tennessee Titans
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner might not be the flashiest defender in the 2013 NFL Draft class, but he might be the most balanced. He plays the run and the pass equally well and his “bust” chances are extremely low. Werner will be a nice pick anywhere in the top half of the first round.
11. San Diego Chargers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING NOTES)
Outside of the draft community, Eric Fisher is a relative unknown. Through the draft process, you’ll see a lot of fans (and even more teams) become a big fan of this Chippewa.
12. Miami Dolphins
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (SCOUTING NOTES)
Patterson has the highest ceiling of all the receivers in this draft and is incredibly athletic. The Dolphins really have a huge need at the receiver position and I expect them to address it multiple times within the first 100 picks.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Lotulelei is a top ten talent that might fall a bit through the draft process and on account of his inconsistent motor. His ceiling is Haloti Ngata, which is pretty great company.
14. Carolina Panthers
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (SCOUTING NOTES)
“Nuke Hopkins” would be a great local pickup for Carolina and Cam Newton. He has great hands and a knack for separating at the top of his routes – he will continue to improve.
15. New Orleans Saints
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Hankins moves very well for a big man, although I think he could play more physical than he does at times. There isn’t a huge need inside for New Orleans here, but Hankins presents a great value here.
16. St. Louis Rams
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Warmack is one of the top ten players in this draft that just happens to play a non-premium position: guard. Like David DeCastro and the Pouncey brothers, he’ll end up in the 10-25 range where some team will grab themselves a ten year Pro Bowl selection.