It’s hard to believe but the 2013 NFL Draft starts in just a week.
With that being said, we’re in the complete swing of things when it comes to draft talk, so let’s jump right into my latest mock draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
To be quiet honest, I’m not entirely sure that the Kansas City Chiefs hold onto the No. 1 overall pick as they could easily draft a top tier offensive tackle in the later end of the top 10. However, if the Chiefs do stay put at No. 1, then drafting the best available left tackle would be the smart thing to do for Andy Reid.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
I think that it’s time to move on from Blaine Gabbert and bring in Geno Smith. For starters, the current regime in Jacksonville did not draft Gabbert—so why not bring in their own guy? Smith is more than capable of being a legitimate NFL starting quarterback, but it’s just a question of whether or not he can be a top tier passing at the professional level.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
There’s a solid chance that the Oakland Raiders trade out of this pick, considering they could use a couple of second or third rounders to bulk of their roster. However, if Oakland does decide to draft at No. 3 overall then Sharrif Floyd out of Florida should do wonders for Oakland’s defensive front for many years to come.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
In Chip Kelly’s first draft as an NFL head coach, it would be a wise idea to go with somebody that’s a known commodity: Oregon’s Dion Jordan.
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Drafting Eric Fisher will certainly give the Detroit Lions their left tackle of the future. I realize that the Lions might have holes on the defensive side of the ball, but protecting their franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford needs to be a priority.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
In my opinion, Dee Milliner is the best available prospect out of this year’s draft class. At No. 6 overall, this is a great selection for the Cleveland Browns—a team that desperately needs help at cornerback opposite of Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
This selection almost makes too much sense in my eyes as Lane Johnson is the best available player on my draft board at this point of the draft and that the Cardinals need some help at offensive tackle. This would be an ideal scenario for Arizona.
8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Drafting an offensive guard with the No. 8 overall pick? You bet. Chance Warmack is just that good and should be a dominant offensive guard at the NFL-level for many years to come.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The New York Jets could use a cornerback considering that Darrelle Revis is likely on his way out the door, but adding LSU’s Barkevious Mingo should bolster New York’s defense entering 2013.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Many have Star Lotulelei as one of the top rated defensive tackles in this year’s draft class. With that being said, sitting at No. 10 overall the Tennessee Titans would gladly selection the former University of Utah standout.
11. San Diego Chargers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Taking into consideration all of San Diego’s needs, Xavier Rhodes would be a nice fit at this point for the Chargers. Granted that the Chargers could use an offensive linemen, but Rhodes is the best available player that fits any of their needs.
12. Miami Dolphins: Kenny Vaccaro, S/CB, Texas
I really like Kenny Vaccaro at this point of the draft for the Miami Dolphins. Vaccaro is one of the most versatile defensive backs that I’ve ever seen as he can not only play safety but he can play a little cornerback.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin to the Bucs? Sounds a bit crazy, right? But not really when you think about it. Austin is probably the most talented offensive skilled position player in this year’s draft. The Bucs need some help in their passing attack, as Vincent Jackson can’t do it all on his own. By throwing Austin into the mix, Jackson along with Mike Williams should create havoc for opposing defenses in the NFC South.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Year after year, it seems like we’re always saying the same thing: The Carolina Panthers need help along their defensive front. With that being said, hopefully Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson can be the answer so we can finally stop discussing how the Panthers need help along their defensive front.
15. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
This could be a dream come true for the New Orleans Saints. Many mock drafts have Jarvis Jones going as high as inside the top 10—so you might be shocked to see him still hanging around at No. 15 overall. With that being said, if Jones is still available at No. 15, then expect the Saints to snag him.
16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
It’s too bad Tavon Austin isn’t still available because I’m sure that he’s someone that the Rams would love to welcome aboard. However, St. Louis does need an upgrade at offensive guard and Jonathan Cooper should fill that void.