1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M University
Reason: The Chiefs have done a solid job in rebuilding their team from the hiring of new head coach Andy Reid, acquiring quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, and re-sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. With current left tackle Branden Albert currently on the trade block, protecting Smith's blindside becomes an immediate need.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE/OLB Dion Jordan, University of Oregon
Reason: The Jaguars have hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their new head coach. Based on Bradley's background and the Jaguars need for an upgrade to their pass rushing unit. It is rumored that the Jaguars are down to selecting one of two players with their selection and that Jordan is one of them.
3. Oakland Raiders – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia University
2013 NFL Mock Draft
17 PIT - JARVIS JONES OLB Georgia
With Harrison gone, the Steelers need a pass rusher. Jones had 14 sacks playing in the ultra-tough SEC. Jones fills Harrison’s spot with youth, and a big chip on his should, after being projected as a top 10 pick initially.
18 DAL - ERIC REID FS LSU
With an injury plagued running back corps, I think Dallas looks at Eddie Lacy here. Need trumps want for once in Dallas, and Reid is a top talent, that fills a huge need in the Dallas secondary.
19 NYG - ALEC OGLETREE ILB Georgia
Ogletree is a major playmaker with speed and instincts that played in the SEC successfully. He also has problems showing up on time. Fortunately, Tom Coughlin takes that as a challenge, and Coughlin’s 15-minite early rules help him mature.
20 CHI - MANTI TE'O ILB Notre Dame
How do you replace a player of such talent intangibles and leadership as Brain Urlacher? You grab the defensive player with the highest Heisman showing in a decade. Chicago feels the media drama starting even as Te’o is announced.
21 CIN - MATT ELAM FS Florida
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.
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One the eve of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, this is the final Mock Draft as teams finalise just who they want to take out of this group of College recruits. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.....
1. Kansas City Chiefs:
- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
It looks as if this pick is now set in stone. The Chiefs have done their best to put up smokescreens by inviting others for private workouts but most have now concluded that the Chiefs will take Joeckel. They must protect Alex Smith if they are to maximise his ability while he looks to adjust to a new offense, Joeckel is an elite pass-protector who is equally adept in creating holes in the running game, which should benefit star running back Jamaal Charles greatly. Branden Albert was franchised but he hasn't shown up for workouts and hasn't taken too kindly to the notion he might be moved over to Right Tackle, so it's debatable whether he will return or not. He has given permission to discuss terms with the Miami Dolphins ahead of a possible trade so he could possibly be heading there on Draft day. Either way, Joeckel is an upgrade and the best tackle available in this draft.