2013 NFL Mock Draft Update - Round 5 Added
The 2013 NFL Draft is only one week from tomorrow and I have made an update to my current mock draft by adding Round 5 to it.
Over the next few days, I will make some tweaks to the first five rounds and add Round 6 and then add Round 7 early next week.
Here is my updated 2013 NFL mock draft:
With a 2-14 record, the Chiefs did not win much last year, but they did win the tie-breaker over the Jaguars for the rights to the first overall pick in this year's draft.
Neither Matt Cassel nor Brady Quinn was the long-term answer at quarterback for the Chiefs as the team's passers combined to throw a league-low eight touchdowns and finished second behind only the Cardinals for most interceptions thrown (20) last year.
Perhaps they gave up too much, but the Chiefs traded their second-round pick (34th overall) this year and a conditional third-round pick (that could become another second-rounder) in 2014 to the 49ers for Alex Smith.
While the Chiefs were unable to re-sign left tackle Branden Albert to a long-term deal, they used their franchise tag to keep him on the roster for at least one more season. That said, they released right tackle Eric Winston earlier this offseason and have reportedly shopped Albert, which means Joeckel (or CMU's Eric Fisher) could be the pick here.
Not only does Texas A&M have Johnny "Football" Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, they had college football's best pair of bookend tackles last season. With the move to the SEC, the Aggies faced their share of elite pass rushers and talented defensive linemen yet Joeckel more than held his own.
Playing on the left side with the son of Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews on the right side, Joeckel, the top-ranked prospect on our big board, possesses the prototypical size and athleticism you would want in a left tackle. While his run blocking is solid, Joeckel really excels as a pass blocker due to his technique, agility and quick feet.
The Jaguars have a myriad of needs, but no team recorded fewer sacks than the Jaguars (20.0) last season. In fact, one player within their division, Houston's J.J. Watt, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had more sacks (20.5) than the Jaguars had as a team last year.
Recruited as a wide receiver and having switched from tight end to defensive end only two seasons ago, Jordan (6-7, 243 pounds) is a little raw but he's an explosive and smooth athlete with plenty of upside. Jordan played outside linebacker in 2012 and even covered the slot receiver at times for Oregon.
Jordan, who recently had surgery for a torn labrum, should be ready for training camp.
On the sixth-ranked rushing defense (96.6 yards allowed per game) in college football, Floyd led the Gators in tackles for loss and seems to be a lock as a top-five pick at this point.
Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour is an unrestricted free agent and the team released Tommy Kelly so Floyd should help fill their void. The Raiders ranked 28th in the NFL in scoring defense (27.7 points allowed per game).
There has been a 12-year streak of at least one quarterback being selected in the top five going back to 2001, the year the Falcons selected current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick first overall.
While it's possible that Smith goes as high as No. 2 to the Jaguars, it is also possible that we see that streak end this year. Perhaps one of the most difficult things to do in a 2013 mock is slotting Smith.
Not only is Vick under contract for only one more season, current backup Nick Foles does not fit Chip Kelly's offense. In other words, there is a need for a long-term solution. As much as Smith would be a good fit, however, the Eagles may instead target someone like Florida State's E.J. Manuel or Arizona's Matt Scott later. (In my previous mock, I had the Eagles drafting Manuel in the second round.)
Through the first five games of the season last year, Smith played the quarterback position as well as it could possibly be played and was essentially mistake-free. Leading the Mountaineers to a 5-0 start, Smith threw for just shy of 400 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.
After that point, however, the Mountaineers lost five of their final eight games although they won their last two of their last three games. During that span, Smith threw 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Perhaps a good problem to have, the Lions have a difficult decision as Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Fisher all make sense here.
During Senior Bowl practices, no prospect was more impressive than Fisher regardless of position. At 6-8 and 305 pounds, Fisher is the top senior left tackle prospect in this year's draft class.
In addition, Fisher was more impressive than Joeckel at the combine and it's certainly possible that Fisher, my No. 2-ranked prospect overall, could leapfrog Joeckel and become the top overall pick in April.