NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated April 8th
NFL Rosters have undergone a transformation these past couple of weeks, as the free agency market has made teams adjust to new-found holes on their teams.
How will this affect the 2013 NFL Draft? Take a look at my latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft and find out.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
If the Chiefs are content with Alex Smith at the helm and aren’t able to trade Branden Albert, then Star – and his recently cleared heart – should be the pick here. Dontari Poe and Lotulelei would be a nightmare to deal with.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Jaguars will have a tougher time self-scouting than they will in college-scouting. Is Blaine Gabbert the future? If not, they might take the best QB in this draft – Geno Smith. Or, they could be terrible again in 2013 and target a QB from the loaded 2014 NFL Draft class.
3. Oakland Raiders
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Raiders need all sorts of help, so why not swing for the fences with Ansah. I’d bulk him up a bit and play him at the five-technique and let him learn on the fly. Sharrif Floyd and Dee Milliner could also be options here.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Bookend tackles of Jason Peters and Luke Joeckel would be a pretty site for new head coach Chip Kelly. Either quarterback, Michael Vick or Nick Foles, is going to need some solid protection.
5. Detroit Lions
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING REPORT)
Fisher can step in for the departing Jeff Backus and start on day one. Dee Milliner is another option, but that theory got put in its place.
6. Cleveland Browns
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Mingo has the speed and flexibility to become a dynamic edge player for the Browns. Ansah or Jordan could also be the pick here, but I see something special in Mingo – that closing speed – that is special.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (SCOUTING REPORT)
Whomever is taking snaps next year for the Cardinals, they need a better offensive line. Johnson really came on strong this year for the Sooners and has the athleticism needed to be a stout pass-blocker.
8. Buffalo Bills
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
I think EJ Manuel is a third round talent. However, the emergence of players like Colin Kaepernick, RG3 and others have opened the door for players like Manuel to be drafted much, much higher. Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley could also be options here, especially if they trade down.
9. New York Jets
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Lions passing on Milliner is a boon for the Jets. If they can trade Darrelle Revis and draft his (cheaper) replacement, the new front office will be doing cartwheels.
10. Tennessee Titans
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding Cooper to the interior line is exactly what the Titans need. Grabbing him ahead of Warmack might surprise draft onlookers, but I feel they might love his athletic upside.
11. San Diego Chargers
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Chargers need help on their offensive line. Despite anything you saw at the combine, Chance Warmack is a football player and a darn good one. He will be a starter inside for a decade.
12. Miami Dolphins
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
As many draft picks as the Dolphins have, they can go after whomever they wish. Adding Vaccaro to cover the AFC East slot receivers and receiving backs (Amendola, Spiller, Vereen…) would give the Dolphins a leg up on their performance from 2012.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Bucs have some pass-rushers on the roster, but I’m not sure they could pass on the talented Jordan, even with his injury issues. This would also be a great pick for the Jets if this pick changes hands in a deal for Mr. Revis.
14. Carolina Panthers
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding Richardson next to Sione Fua, with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy on the outside is an intriguing thought for the Panthers defense. Richardson, when his head is in the game, is a top ten talent.
15. New Orleans Saints
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Saints could go a lot of different directions, but picking up a versatile lineman like Floyd would be too good to pass up here. Floyd has top-5 potential.
16. St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
There isn’t another prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft with the ability to electrify an offense that Tavon Austin has. I don’t care how you do it, just give him the ball and let him start chunking yardage.