Now that the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, I can guarantee to you that the next time you take a look at my mock draft, it’s going to be a whole lot definitely.
With that being said, let’s take a look at my latest 2013 NFL mock draft, pre-combine.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
There is no chance that the Chiefs will draft a quarterback with the first overall pick—none of the prospects are even worthy going first overall. With that being said, Andy Reid will continue his trend by using his first round draft picks to select players in the trenches.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Who would have thought? Two Texas A&M products going No. 1 and No. 2. The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the worst pass-rushes in the NFL this past season, as they recorded only 20 sacks. Damontre Moore should certainly jump start Jacksonville’s defense in the pass-rush department next season.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotuleli is currently the best player in this year’s draft, if you ask me. With that being said, the Oakland Raiders have needs across the board so why not only take the best player available, but take this year’s best prospect? It makes too much sense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
No matter who’s playing quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, they need to be protected. With that being said, the Chip Kelly and the Eagles will likely take the best available offensive lineman with this selection.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner is going to be something special and should have a huge impact on Detroit’s defense in 2013—and for many years to come. Milliner has the potential to be an elite shut-down cornerback and should start right away, considering Chris Houston is an unrestricted free agent.
6. Cleveland Browns: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Cleveland Browns had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this past season, despite showing promising signs in 2011. The Browns desperately need a play-maker on the defensive side of the ball and FSU’s Bjoern Werner has that potential to be a difference-maker.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
I still believe that Geno Smith should not go anywhere near the top 10 of this year’s draft, but the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback more than anyone. If you don’t have a legitimate quarterback, then you’re simply not going to win too many football games. At least Smith should give the Cards an opportunity to have a legitimate starting quarterback this upcoming season.
8. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Much like the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills need a quarterback. Granted, Buffalo does have Ryan Fitzpatrick—but we all know by now that he’s not anything to build your future around. However, having Fitzpatrick is a luxury as the Bills can bring in Tyler Wilson and allow him to develop while riding it out with Fitzpatrick.
9. New York Jets: Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
With quarterbacks going left and right, the New York Jets might feel inclined to select one with their first selection. Mike Glennon is your typical pocket-passer as he isn’t very mobile and will have to improve his ability to read pass-rushes so he can step up into the pocket. You know what this means? The Sanchize era is over in New York—Thank god.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OB, Alabama
With the No. 10 overall pick, the Tennessee Titans will get this year’s top offensive guard as well as one of this year’s top prospects. Chance Warmack is an absolute monster and should have a huge impact during his rookie season in the NFL after spending his collegiate career in the SEC.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The San Diego Chargers biggest need is currently left tackle. With that being said, why not draft the best available left tackle in Lane Johnson? Makes sense to me.
12. Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
Kenny Vaccaro is one of the most versatile defensive backs that I’ve ever seen and should have a first-year impact with the Dolphins. Miami might need a wide receiver or a left tackle, but Vaccaro is a top 10 talent so he’d be certainly hard to pass on.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers desperately need a cornerback. With the selection of Xavier Rhodes, the Bucs will definitely gain help for next season at cornerback and could very well have found their No. 1 cornerback for years to come.
14. Carolina Panthers: Jonthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Much like their divisional foe the Buccaneers, the Carolina Panthers need a cornerback. As Chris Gamble struggled in 2012 and Captain Munnerlyn being a free agent, the Panthers need to add some depth at this position.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
This selection should be labeled as a steal for the Saints. My NFL comparison for Jarvis Jones is Von Miller—granted, I don’t think he’ll been as dominant as Miller, but he should boost New Orleans very poor pass-rush.
16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Rams might need an offensive tackle, but at this point of the draft there’s no one real worthy of drafting at No. 16 overall. Assuming that the Rams don’t trade back, drafting this year’s top wide receiver would be a wise decision.