NEPD Editor: James Christensen
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated April 15th
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 – the 2013 NFL Draft is just ten short days away!
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon (SCOUTING REPORT)
There are a lot of opinions on Dion Jordan – mine falls somewhere in the middle – but there is one thing that isn’t up for debate: Jordan is unlike any other prospect in this draft. He has the package of speed, length and coverage ability that no other OLB prospect has. I’d love to grab him in the mid-first round, but I have heard from two reliable sources that the Chiefs are highly interested in adding the former Oregon Duck with the first pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
If Blaine Gabbert isn’t their future quarterback, Geno Smith needs to be the pick here. He is our #1 prospect and a future franchise QB in my opinion. Or, the Jaguars can ride Gabbert to another disappointing season and target a QB from the loaded 2014 NFL Draft class.
3. Oakland Raiders
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
If the Raiders don’t want to make a play for Geno Smith, then Star – and his recently cleared heart – should be the pick here. There are so many holes on this roster, that nearly any position could be in play 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
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Is Kevin Kolb the “answer” in Buffalo? Probably not, but the Bills needed to make a change. Ryan Nassib, EJ Manuel or Matt Barkley could be options here as well, but the defensive potential of Ansah may ultimately win out.
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. Watch out for a trade with Cleveland to try and land an offensive tackle.
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
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
Eifert is a monster talent that might very well go later than this, but has the skill to be a top-ten pick. If this isn’t the Jets pick due to the Revis trade, Eifert would be a nice target for Josh Freeman or whoever is running the offense next year in Tampa.
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.