NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
With the first wave of free agent signings complete, it’s time to take another look at what may happen in this April’s 2013 NFL Draft, taking into account the repercussions of what has transpired so far in free agency. Read on to find out how recent events may have reshaped organizational draft strategies.
Last updated: March 19th, 2013
1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M*
After releasing Eric Winston, Joeckel seems more likely than ever. By trading for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, the Chiefs appear unlikely to target Geno Smith atop the draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida*
Roy Miller adds depth to the roster, but Jacksonville could still use a stud or two at defensive tackle. Jarvis Jones could be another option pending the results of his medical exam.
3. Oakland Raiders – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Lotulelei could provide Oakland with talent at defensive tackle; losing Desmond Bryant and potentially Richard Seymour will hurt. Jones and Dee Milliner would make sense as well.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama*
The first order of business in Philadelphia has been repairing the defensive backfield, but more stability is needed at cornerback considering Bradley Fletcher’s durability concerns.
5. Detroit Lions – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Jeff Backus’ retirement creates a need at one offensive tackle spot. The Lions recently invested a first-round pick in Riley Reiff, but could shift him to the right side to get value at number five.
6. Cleveland Browns – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia*
Assuming Jones passes his medical checks, he would be a solid value at this point in the first round; he is a more productive rusher than Dion Jordan, Ezekiel Ansah, or Barkevious Mingo.
7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
Levi Brown is currently slotted in at left tackle for the Cardinals, but they would be wise to seek an upgrade there. Drafting an athletic blindside protector such as Johnson could help.
8. Buffalo Bills – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Buffalo is in dire need of help at the quarterback position. On the heels of what was reportedly an impressive pro day, Geno Smith’s draft stock appears to be headed for the top ten.
9. New York Jets – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
Rex Ryan has assembled an impressive defensive line, but his defense still relies upon finding effective pass rushers. Jordan’s stock has been climbing and he could easily end up here.
10. Tennessee Titans – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri*
By signing Andy Levitre to a six-year deal, the Titans solidified their left guard spot, which should rule out Chance Warmack this high. Richardson would complement Jurrell Casey well.
11. San Diego Chargers – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee*
Without a legitimate left tackle available, San Diego may look to provide Philip Rivers with a true number one option such as Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, this year’s top receiver.
12. Miami Dolphins – DE Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana St.*
While help is required at cornerback, the Dolphins would do well to sign a rusher such as Mingo, who would rotate with Jared Odrick at left end and Koa Misi at strongside linebacker.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.*
This pick was reportedly involved in trade discussions surrounding New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis; if the Buccaneers are unable to land Revis, they may invest in Rhodes.
14. Carolina Panthers – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Although they need to address their run defense, adding a versatile playmaker such as Austin would offer Carolina plenty of options offensively; he is a perfect complement to Cam Newton.
15. New Orleans Saints – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.*
Werner’s measurables mimic those of Paul Kruger, who recently secured a lucrative deal in free agency. Rob Ryan needs additional pass rushers for a championship push.
16. St. Louis Rams – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Warmack has been hailed as one of the top talents in this year’s draft; he could help Jeff Fisher and St. Louis regardless of whether or not they sign offensive tackle Jake Long.