The 2013 NFL draft takes place Thursday April 25 through Sunday April 28, 2013 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City—and unless you're the most extreme NFL fan, only the first round will be relevant. Two years from now we will we be reminded of a steal or two from this year's draft taken in between rounds 2-7 that actually panned out.
Keep in mind, the draft is more about need rather than the best individual talents. With that said all we can do is speculate who will go where.
Here are my top 10 NFL mock draft picks:.
(Come draft day, teams will trade up or down to fill needs—however, I have decided to keep my picks in the order they currently are to keep the process simple).
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel offensive tackle (OT), Texas A&M
The latest speculations coming out of the Chief's camp, is Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A&M will be selected No. 1 in Thursday's draft. The Chiefs has a lot of needs but they will take one of the two best offensive tackles available in the draft. In lieu of the fact Branden Albert wants to be traded, and the Chiefs have not placed the franchise tag on him—suggest they will trade him leaving an open slot for an OT, and Luke Joeckel can fit the position. Of the two OL available, the Chiefs are look at Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. Joeckel has the most experience coming from a tougher conference (played at Texas A&M ), over Fisher coming from a lower-tier conference (played at Central Michigan).
2) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker/DE, Oregon
Many football experts believe the Jaguars will trade down, but if they don't receive a good offer they will keep the No. 2 pick and draft a prolific pass rusher in Dion Jordan. Like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jags have a lot of needs especially at the quarterback (QB) position. However with a defense ranked at the “bottom of the barrel” last year recording just 20 sacks (fewest in the league), they cannot pass on a dynamic pass-rusher in Jordan. The Jaguars will have to address their QB situation in the second round.
3) Oakland Raiders: Ezequiel Ansah, DE/OL, BYU
At present, the Raiders do not have a second round pick and they have a lot of holes that need to be filled. An immediate need for the Raiders is on defense to compensate for the departure of Richard Seymour and Ansah will be a wise pick here.
4) Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
With the new Chip Kelly era now beginning, the Eagles will try to incorporate a prolific offense and it starts with the QB. Geno Smith fits Chip Kelly's model (very mobile QB); and the rest of the Eagles coaching staff are high on Smith as well.
5) Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, offensive tackle (OT), Central Michigan
The Lions have a lot of holes to fill especially on the offensive line (since loosing Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus). If Eric Fisher is still available at this pick it will be hard for Detroit to pass on him.
6) Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, cornerback (DB), Alabama
Milliner would be an excellent pick for the Browns. He is the best DB available in the draft and while some scouts question his lack of interceptions he would be a great fit for the Cleveland Browns.
7) Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of issues on the offensive line. Last season the Cardinals gave up a league-high 58 sacks. Barring teams trading up for this pick, and if everything goes as plan; and Lane Johnson is still available the Cardinals will draft him.
8) Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Cooper, offensive guard (OG), North Carolina
Several scouts believe this is a high pick to draft a guard, but since they’ve lost Andy Levitre the Buffalo Bills will draft Jonathan Cooper. (Chance Warmack, Alabama is also another good OG the Bills are high on).
9) New York Jets: Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle (DT), Florida
The Jets have a lot of holes to fill especially at the DB position since loosing Reevis, however, if Sharrif Floyd is still available at the 9th pick, the Jets will not pass on him. He is a ferocious interior lineman who will be a great compliment to a mediocre defense in New York.
10) Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, offensive guard, Alabama
For a team that's rebuilding, if a high-caliber talent like Warmack is available at the 10th pick the Titans will not pass on him.
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