2013 NFL Mock Draft

First mock of the 2013 NFL Draft

1/22/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

With only one game left in the 2012 NFL season, most of us are looking forward to an offseason devoted to improving our teams' rosters. The biggest event of the year for struggling franchises is the NFL Draft, when teams get to pick from the world's greatest collegiate football players in an attempt to find a game changing presence on the field. Here is what I expect teams to do when April's draft comes around, as of now - we have a long process to go through before teams make their selections:

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

With a new general manager, a new head coach, and a poor quarterback draft class, what better way to start a new era than to secure a cornerstone for the core of your offense? The Chiefs' biggest need is obviously at the quarterback position, but none of the signal callers in this draft are worth this coveted draft pick. Joeckel will provide protection for whoever is behind center in KC this year and blow open holes for the electrifying Jamaal Charles.
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Damontre Moore, OLB/DE, Texas A&M

With 14 sacks in 2012, the Jaguars got to the quarterback less than any other team in the league. This team has plenty of holes on the offensive side of the ball as well, but with new head coach Gus Bradley coming from a defensive background, he'll probably want to address the defensive side of the ball first. Moore is versatile, able to play either outside linebacker or put his hand in the dirt and play defensive end. He's a sensational athlete, and can provide the Jaguars' pass rush with an immediate, much needed boost.

3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Raiders defense was quite porous yet again this season, and it was not really one specific weakness that allowed opponents to gash them. Lotulelei is a player who can make an impact on any play, blowing up holes in the run game and not allowing the quarterback to step up in the pass game. As a Raider fan, I've watch a lot of tape on this guy, and he gets an exceptional push on almost every play - sometimes too much of a push. He could really help the Raiders' defense improve in several areas.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Bjeorn Werner, OLB/DE, FSU

I'll probably waver on who the Eagles pick here quite a bit, as their offense and defense were both ranked 15th in yards and 29th in points - meaning they were both very bad. Werner is a dynamic defensive end, as he can really help out the pass rush, but also improve the Eagles' run defense, which was their biggest weakness in 2012. I also like Kenny Vaccaro, a safety out of Texas, in this spot if he has an impressive combine.

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) breaks up a pass intended for Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium.  The pass was intercepted by Alabama defensive back Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Lions had only one cornerback start more than nine games in 2012, and it wasn't due to injuries. They were picking up cornerbacks that the Raiders released, and the Raiders had one of the league's worst secondaries. Two players were tied for the team-high in interceptions with two. Milliner is a potential shutdown corner, and could force quarterbacks into uncomfortable reads by taking away their top options, which could give other players more opportunities to create turnovers. The Lions were ranked 27th in takeaways this season.

6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE, Georgia

Jones is Mel Kiper's top ranked player in this draft, but he's expected to slide because of injury concerns and expected mediocrity in an overhyped pre-draft process. Some people consider him a risk due to his spinal stenosis and subpar work ethic, but I think this is a good time for the Browns to take a chance on him. The Browns haven't been too aggressive in the draft lately, often taking "safe" picks or trading down. This year, with a new coaching staff, they should take a chance on an extremely talented young man whose combine numbers won't reflect his on-field potential.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The Cardinals were one of the three final undefeated teams this season, but their season fell apart when opponents began abusing their offensive line. Their defense is solid, and they have some decent skill position players (led by the spectacular Larry Fitzgerald), so they should undoubtedly address their biggest weakness. I think they'll be praying that Warmack falls to them at this spot.
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1/27/13   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I see maybe 1 of those top 10 being accurate...also kudos....I got the link for this "blog" off espn.com

1/23/13   |   Kenne   |   15703 respect

(Edited by Kenne)

I've heard rumors that new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is interested in reaching to select USC QB Matt Barkley 7th overall. The last time the Cards took a QB named Matt from USC, things didn't work out so well.
I'm hoping they have enough sense to take an offensive lineman or pass rusher and wait til the 2nd round to go after a QB.

also I think Geno Smith will be gone within the first few picks, alot of teams are looking for a solid starting QB. WalterFootball's mock draft has him projected going #1 to KC.

1/23/13   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

I'm hoping KC manages to trade down from the No. 1 pick. I know it is unlikely without a consensus No. 1 option, but frankly KC has a pretty good LT in Albert and what they really need is a QB (and a WR and a CB). None of those option are worthy for No. 1. I hope they can trade down, draft Milliner and a QB in round 2 (whoever they determine is best. Maybe Smith or Nassib). 

1/23/13   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Why publish an unfinished article? Just curious..

"Finished," as far as I'm concerned, would be seven rounds, and I know I'll never get to that - I don't know if anyone does. Some people (such as Raider fans like myself) start looking at mock drafts as early as midseason, so I figured I'd get out what I had now rather than make people wait for the additional 12 teams. And once I finish the first round, it still won't be done - I'll go into the second, third... basically as deep as I can knowledgeably handle.

1/23/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Why publish an unfinished article? Just curious..