NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated January 14th, 2013
With the number of underclassmen declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft growing each day, how big of an impact do they have on this 2013 NFL Mock Draft?
Pretty darn big.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
As long as they don’t let Brandon Albert walk, I think the Andy Reid Chiefs bring Geno Smith on board to run his offense with Jamaal Charles and company. If Albert does leave, Luke Joeckel has to be the pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Mingo is a ridiculous talent that has improved each game this year. There is nobody that can match his athleticism and flexibility at the DE/OLB position in this draft class.
3. Oakland Raiders
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING NOTES)
If the Raiders want a player that can make some big plays along their defensive line, Richardson is the guy to go after.
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. No matter who is coaching the Eagles, a better offensive line is a top priority.
5. Detroit Lions
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
It’s pretty simple, Damontre Moore rushes the passer. His blend of power, speed, technique and motor make him a tough guy to handle for opposing defenses.
6. Cleveland Browns
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (SCOUTING NOTES)
With a new regime in town, I don’t see Brandon Weeden lasting long. Tyler Wilson had a tough senior season, but has the arm, athleticism and youth a new coach / GM will crave.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Cardinals need help on the OL, but they might be able to trade down to grab one with Matthews and Lewan returning to school. Fisher doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he will be a first round selection come April.
8. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (SCOUTING REPORT)
I have Nassib rated as a 2nd-3rd round pick, but he probably won’t last that long. Look for Nassib’s former coach at Syracuse and current Bills coach Doug Marrone to snatch him up quickly before the Jets or any other team gets the chance.
9. New York Jets
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Star 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 as a rookie. His inconsistent motor might push him down this far, although he has top 5 talent.
10. Tennessee Titans
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner is a very balanced defensive lineman that would help the Titans defensive line against the pass and the run. He isn’t a splashy player, but he will make everyone around him better.
11. San Diego Chargers
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 Antoine Cason.
12. Miami Dolphins
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Dolphins 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. If Sean Smith isn’t back with the Dolphins, Banks would be an easy choice.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
An intriguing prospect that could theoretically line up about anywhere, Jordan would be a fun player for Greg Schiano to play around with on defense.
14. Carolina Panthers
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding a legitimate talent like Allen would give Cam Newton another threat that isn’t a 40+ million dollar running back. When healthy, Allen is the best receiver in this class.
15. New Orleans Saints
Johnathon Hankins, DL, Ohio State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Hankins is such a talented individual as a defensive tackle, that he might be too hard to pass up at this position. If he can develop a little more of a mean streak, he could be special.
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. He is technically sound and would be a great addition to the Rams offensive line.