NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated February 25th
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is right around the corner, here is my prediction of how the 2013 NFL Draft will play out before the prospects put on their track uniforms.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (SCOUTING REPORT)
If I’m the Kansas City Chiefs, I’m drafting Geno Smith. That said, it seems like Andy Reid and the Chiefs are looking somewhere else. There are multiple offensive tackles that could hit the free agent market, so I don’t think Luke Joeckel is the certain pick here. With Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and maybe more defensive linemen departing Kansas City, Floyd could come in and be the man on day one.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Whenever a team gets around to unleashing Barkevious Mingo and just lets him rush the passer, he is going to put up some ludicrous numbers. I think Jacksonville would fall in love with explosiveness from the edge.
3. Oakland Raiders
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Raiders have also reportedly stated that they aren’t looking for a quarterback in the first round, but I’m not sure I believe them. Palmer and Pryor? No thank you. I’ll take my #1 overall prospect.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
If the Eagles are going to continue to employ Michael Vick, he needs better protection. Regardless of whether Jason Peters comes back at 100%, Joeckel will help solidify the line for Chip Kelly’s offense.
5. Detroit Lions
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
With a lot of good options on the board, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Lions trade back, perhaps with the Jets, and pick up a pass-rusher a bit later. Werner can replace KVB’s production year one.
6. Cleveland Browns
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
One of the more divisive prospects in this draft, Ansah is very long on athleticism and promise, but short on experience. Thrown in to the new Browns defensive system, he could play all over the place.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING REPORT)
Fisher dropping to the Cardinals would be a dream for an offense that desperately needs an upgrade on the offensive line. If they are in love with a quarterback, they could also go in that direction here.
8. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (SCOUTING REPORT)
Doug Marrone and Ryan Nassib reunited. I don’t always get the first round love for Nassib – a solid 2nd rounder in my opinion – but it seems that NFL scouts see a lot that they like.
9. New York Jets
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING REPORT)
I can see the Jets moving up a bit – if the price is right – and adding Richardson next to the already dominant Mo Wilkerson. When his head is on straight, he has first pick potential.
10. Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding perhaps the safest pick in the entire draft is key here for the Titans. Warmack will solidify the interior line for both the run and the pass. Kenny Vaccaro might also be tempting here.
11. San Diego Chargers
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (SCOUTING REPORT)
Johnson is an athletic freak – watch him run the 40 faster than some safeties this year – that will excel at the left tackle position where the Chargers couldn’t compete last year.
12. Miami Dolphins
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Dolphins haven’t shied away from being bold with their wide receiver picks – Ted Ginn anyone? Patterson has the most upside in this draft class, but he doesn’t come without any warts. Keenan Allen is the better player right now for me, but I’d much rather pick him in the latter half of the first round.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Saban-taught Milliner brings exactly what the Bucs need on their defense. Leonard Johnson played well last year, but he doesn’t have the speed to cover down the field like Milliner does.
14. Carolina Panthers
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Banks is a physical corner with plenty of size and length to cover the receivers in today’s NFL. He made a smart decision coming back for his senior season and will reap the rewards in the 2013 NFL Draft.
15. New Orleans Saints
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
There seems to be a love/hate relationship with Moore in the scouting community. Some see a top-five pick, others see a second round grade. I see a guy that can get after the passer and help the Saints on day one.
16. St. Louis Rams
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding a do-it-all safety like Vaccaro is going to make any NFL team better. Adding him to the likes of Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan makes the Rams a very interesting team going forward.