2013 NFL Mock Draft
1 KC - LUKE JOECKEL OT Texas A&M
With the impending trade of Brandon Albert, the new Chiefs regime needs a solid pick on the offensive line. I see Joeckel, who played against better competition, and has better tape than Eric Fisher.
2 JAC - DION JORDAN DE Oregon
Jacksonville has many needs, and looks at Eric Fisher here. Desperate for a pass rusher, I see the best 3-4 outside linebacker becoming the pass-rushing cornerstone of Gus Bradley’s new defense.
3 OAK - ERIC FISHER OT Central Michigan
While rumors of Oakland already looking to pass on Sharrif Floyd, they are thrilled to have potentially the best offensive tackle in the draft fall to them at 3. Oakland will look to trade, but the Raiders have many holes to fill, and this gives Oakland a solid piece to start in their offensive line day 1.
4 PHI - LANE JOHNSON OT Oklahoma
Jason Peters is coming back for the Eagles, but Philly’s line is still a weakness of the team. Lane Johnson is an athletic freak of an offensive lineman, and Chip Kelly will need ultra athletic lineman to run his new fast paced offense at Philly.
5 DET - ZIGGY ANSAH DE BYU
The best HWS DE prospect has enamored the attention of Detroit’s general manager. Thinking of Ansah rushing beside Ndomokong Suh and Nick Fairley is a frightening prospect indeed.
6 CLE - DEE MILLINER CB Alabama
Cleveland will look to trade back, with Austin in high demand, and Floyd falling. Staying here, Cleveland needs two decent corners to maximize Ray Horton’s aggressive 3-4 defense. Milliner gives the Browns two shutdown corners with Milliner and Joe Hayden.
7 ARI - JONATHAN COOPER OG North Carolina
With all three of the top offensive tackles gone, Arizona has to look to the inside to protect new quarterback Carson Palmer. The coaching staff is apparently more impressed with Copper’s athleticism over Chance Warmack’s strength and violence.
8 BUF - SHARRIF FLOYD DT Florida
Buffalo runs to the podium when they see Sharrif Floyd has fallen to #8. Floyd gives the Bills a big body to take up double teams next to Mario Williams, and the Bills another pass rusher to battle New England.
9 NYJ - TAVON AUSTIN WR West Virginia
The Jets get their man, as the best playmaker in the draft falls to their dire needs. The Jets can target a defensive player later, for now; they have their new playmaker.
10 - TEN CHANCE WARMACK OG Alabama
Building around Chris Johnson and Jake Locker means getting more road grading, glass eating, and person moving maulers for their power scheme. Warmack is some peoples top prospect, and fits the Titans like a glove.
11 - SD D.J. FLUKER OT Alabama
Phillip Rivers needs protection, and the run on offensive lineman continues. Fluker is a first round talent, and probably would be taken within the next few picks if San Diego did not jump for him here.
12 - MIA XAVIER RHODES CB Florida St.
Miami may be trading their second round pick to the Chiefs for Brandon Albert. Desperately looking to trade down for extra picks, Miami ends up taking the top rated corner left available.
13 - NYJ BARKEVIOUS MINGO DE LSU
With plenty of good prospects left at Defensive Tackle, Linebacker, and Safety, the Jets have their choice for best player available. Mingo may have the best potential in the group, and gives them the kind of pass rusher the Jets want.
14 - CAR SHELDON RICHARDSON DT Missouri
The Panthers were terrible against the run, and with many needs on defense, they look to build in the trenches. Richardson is the type of solid powerful space-filler that the Panthers need.
15 - NO STAR LOTULELEI DT Utah
New Orleans is very good on offense…. and very bad on defense. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan needs a playmaker on the defensive line to anchor his defense, and Star could be that star Ryan is looking for.
16 - STL KENNY VACCARO SS Texas
Talent and need line up perfectly for St. Lois, as the top player available fills their top defensive need. Vaccaro starts immediately, and adds a dangerous playmaking presence to the back end of the Rams defense.