A strange, fake-girlfriend scandal and a turtle-like 40-yard dash apparently haven’t diminished Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o’s draft stock.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that as many as half the teams in the league have Te’o rated as a first round choice.
The 22-year-old that led the Fighting Irish with 111 tackles and seven interceptions last season reportedly “aced” his interviews, and while teams do think he’s a bit undersized at 6-foot-1 and 241 lbs., he’s expected to be a first round selection.
And of course, rumors of teams looking to move up the draft board have begun. This year the Atlanta Falcons are looking to rise from No. 30 overall in pursuit of a cornerback. The last time Atlanta made a big huge leap, they drafted wide receiver Julio Jones and the risk paid huge dividends.
But it’s important to note teams could be setting up huge smokescreens, hiding their true intentions for the first round scheduled for Thursday, April 28.
Below is an updated mock first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
1) Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2) Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
3) Oakland Raiders: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
4) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
5) Detroit Lions: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
6) Cleveland Browns: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
7) Arizona Cardinals: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
8) Buffalo Bills: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
9) New York Jets: DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
10) Tennessee Titans: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
11) San Diego Chargers: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.
12) Miami Dolphins: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: SS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
14) Carolina Panthers: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
15) New Orleans Saints: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
16) St. Louis Rams: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
17) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
18) Dallas Cowboys: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
19) New York Giants: ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
20) Chicago Bears: ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
21) Cincinnati Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
22) St. Louis Rams: WR Keenan Allen, California
23) Minnesota Vikings: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
24) Indianapolis Colts: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
25) Seattle Seahawks: OLB Arthur Brown, Kansas St.
26) Green Bay Packers: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
27) Houston Texans: DT Kawann Short, Purdue
28) Denver Broncos: DE Datone Jones, UCLA
29) New England Patriots: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
30) Atlanta Falcons: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St
31) San Francisco 49ers: FS Eric Reid, LSU
32) Baltimore Ravens: OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
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