NFL Mock Draft 2013: Matthew Jones
NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones
Mock Draft Updated: January 9th, 2013
1. Kansas City Chiefs – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
Matt Cassel won’t be back next season; some of Andy Reid’s appeal may have been his ability to develop quarterbacks.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
It seems too early to give up on a potential starting defensive end combination of Jeremy Mincey and Andre Branch.
3. Oakland Raiders – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia*
Dennis Allen earned a head coaching position largely because of his ability to integrate Von Miller; Jones is similar.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama*
Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract makes him a prime candidate for release; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent.
5. Detroit Lions – DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.*
Right end Kyle Vanden Bosch should probably retire at this point; left end Cliff Avril is set to become free agent as well.
6. Cleveland Browns – DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M*
Jabaal Sheard looks like a long-term option at left end, but Frostee Rucker did not have the impact desired on the right side.
7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M*
Considered one of the premier prospects in this year’s class, Joeckel would help stabilize a dismal Cardinals line.
8. Buffalo Bills – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Selecting Te’o would provide Buffalo with a defensive leader to stabilize a linebacker corps which was inconsistent at best.
9. New York Jets – DE Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana St.*
Rex Ryan’s defense requires pressure in order to execute; Mingo could play end or linebacker in Ryan’s creative schemes.
10. Tennessee Titans – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri*
Richardson offers the type of pass-rush pressure which Tennessee’s defensive tackles were unable to manufacture this year.
11. San Diego Chargers – DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.*
Aubrayo Franklin is nearing the end of his career; San Diego still lacks a legitimate full-time option at the nose tackle spot.
12. Miami Dolphins – WR Keenan Allen, California*
It’s possible that Joe Philbin will make a push for Greg Jennings, but until then the Dolphins are still in need of a receiver.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.
Banks’ perceived draft stock has seemingly taken a hit lately, but he remains one of the draft’s most physically tantalizing cornerbacks.
14. Carolina Panthers – DT John Jenkins, Georgia
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera knows he must find a way to stop opposing running games; a massive nose tackle would help.
15. New Orleans Saints – DE Sam Montgomery, Louisiana St.*
With Will Smith’s massive contract making him a virtual certainty to be released this offseason, New Orleans needs a pass rusher.
16. St. Louis Rams – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Right guard Harvey Dahl has been effective, but St. Louis failed to find a reliable option at left guard, Warmack’s natural spot.