NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated March 6th
The NFL Combine has come and gone. College Pro Days and official visits will put the finishing touches on prospect evaluations. Here is our latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft before the NFL Free Agent frenzy begins.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (SCOUTING REPORT)
With Alex Smith in town, and Brandon Albert and Dwayne Bowe sticking around, the Chiefs have a ton of options here at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft. I’d take Geno Smith, even with Alex Smith on the team, but I think KC will target the defensive line. Floyd, Star Lotulelei (if healthy) and Sheldon Richardson are all good options.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (SCOUTING REPORT)
If I’m the Jaguars, I think long and hard about drafting Geno Smith or trading down. If they stick around at #2, Mingo offers the athleticism and upside that Jacksonville sorely needs on their defensive line.
3. Oakland Raiders
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Smith is still my #1 prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft. If he is still here, the Raiders should cut bait with Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor and draft their future franchise quarterback.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M* (SCOUTING REPORT)
I see the Eagles trying to trade out of this pick for someone targeting Joeckel, content to draft one of the talented defensive linemen in the middle of the round. If they do select Joeckel, it will be interesting to see who ends up at right tackle – a position that Joeckel doesn’t have much experience at.
5. Detroit Lions
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Depending on what happens with the Lions pass rushers, Ziggy Ansah and Dion Jordan could certainly be in play here as well. That said, Dee Milliner is the best player at a huge position of need here for Detroit – I think he’ll be the pick unless they find some cheap options in free agency.
6. Cleveland Browns
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ansah is an athletic freak. Is he a football player? He certainly plays football, but I’m not sure he is a football player. If the Browns can find a spot for him and are comfortable with his dedication to the game, Ansah could be a dynamic player. He could also be a colossal bust.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cardinals might have to trade up to get a player like Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, or be content with the very talented Lane Johnson. In this 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Fisher is still available, so the Cardinals have a no-brainer here.
8. Buffalo Bills
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Bills could very well pick their favorite quarterback in the draft here, but I think they’ll grab the most dynamic player on the board like they have in the past. Dion Jordan, like Ansah, has some issues – most notably playing weight and injury history – but his upside is unreal. I can see Mike Pettine having some fun lining Jordan up all over the place.
9. New York Jets
Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Jets need receivers, but I’m not sure I’d pick one this high. Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson would be a ridiculous tandem for AFC East blockers to handle.
10. Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Titans don’t need any more Kenny Britt or Adam Jones issues – Chance Warmack is going to be a starter for the next ten years. He is as safe a prospect as you’ll find in this draft.
11. San Diego Chargers
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (SCOUTING REPORT)
This is a perfect fit here for the Chargers. Get some stability in front of Phillip Rivers and see if he can still be a franchise quarterback.
12. Miami Dolphins
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (SCOUTING REPORT)
Patterson could seduce the Dolphins just like Ted Ginn did – ridiculous skills and speed, but questionable technique and hands. Patterson has the biggest boom/bust potential of any receiver this year.
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (SCOUTING REPORT)
Greg Schiano is going to love a tough, physical corner like Trufant that just doesn’t accept losing as part of his life. Trufant has a chance to be special in Tampa.
14. Carolina Panthers
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Werner is a prospect that could fit anywhere from the second pick all the way down to here with the Panthers. As balanced as Werner is, I can’t see the Panthers passing on him, even though DT, DB, and WR might be tempting.
15. New Orleans Saints
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro has long been my favorite safety in this draft due to his cover skills, blitzing and general disregard for the other team’s well-being. Line him up in the slot or deep and let him do his thing.
16. St. Louis Rams
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Rams have to love getting a talent like Cooper in the middle of the first round. He could start day one for half the league – if not more – at either guard or center.