|2013 NFL Mock Draft: (Collaboration) Kevin Hanson / Sean Beazley|
|Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013|
1. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history) - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
[Kevin's pick] Although 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 if they can't agree to a long-term deal. On the other side, however, they released right tackle Eric Winston this offseason.
Unless they go defensive line here, this pick should be Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, the consensus top prospect on our big board, or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.
Not only does Texas A&M have Johnny "Football" Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, they had college football's best pair of bookend tackles. With the move to the SEC, the Aggies faced their share of elite pass rushers and talented defensive linemen and 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 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 agility and quick feet.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history) - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
[Kevin's pick] No team had fewer sacks than the Jaguars (20.0) last season, which means this pick could very well be a pass-rusher. In fact, one player, Houston's J.J. Watt, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had more sacks (20.5) than the Jaguars had as a team.
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, the No. 2-ranked prospect on our big board, could leapfrog Joeckel and even become the top overall pick in April.
3. Oakland Raiders (draft history) - Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
[Kevin's pick] Having recently updated my mock (on Sunday), it's probably little surprise that I'm sticking with the same top three picks as my mock.
On a defense that ranked sixth in college football in rushing defense (96.6 yards allowed per game), 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 Floyd should help fill the void. With reports that Star Lotulelei has been cleared medically, I can see the Raiders going with him here as well.
The Raiders ranked 28th in the NFL in scoring defense (27.7 points allowed per game).
4. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history) - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
[Sean's pick] Once a strength of this team, this is now the biggest weakness with the departures of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this offseason. The Eagles will re-tool their secondary by taking the best corner in the draft.
5. Detroit Lions (draft history) - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
[Sean's pick] The Lions need a playmaker on the edge since they lost both Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Ansah is the best pass rusher in this year's draft class. He is the perfect fit for Jim Schwartz's defense.
6. Cleveland Browns (draft history) - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
[Kevin's pick] In an ideal world, the Browns would love for Milliner to fall to them here as he would provide a huge upgrade opposite Joe Haden. With Milliner off the board, there isn't another corner worth this high of a pick. With the Browns working out Geno Smith recently, and not very likely to draft him, perhaps a team would be willing to trade with the Browns to get in front of Arizona and Buffalo for the chance to draft Geno if he's still available here.
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 a fluid and explosive athlete with plenty of upside. Jordan played outside linebacker in 2012 and even covered the slot receiver at times for Oregon.
It wouldn't surprise me if Jordan, who also needed surgery for a torn labrum like Milliner, goes higher than this and as high as No. 2 overall.
7. Arizona Cardinals (draft history) - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
[Sean's pick] I don't expect West Virginia QB Geno Smith to be on the board here at No. 7, but if he is, I think the Cardinals take him without question. Smith is the top-rated QB in this draft, and fills the biggest need for Arizona since they just released Kevin Kolb this past week.
8. Buffalo Bills (draft history) - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
[Kevin's pick] Considered the top guard prospect by many, Warmack is considered to be one of the safest prospects in this year's draft. Like with Joeckel and Fisher, however, there are plenty of folks who think Jonathan Cooper is a better guard prospect than Warmack.
With Andy Levitre signing with the Titans in free agency, the Bills have an opportunity to replace him with arguably the best player available at this point.
9. New York Jets (draft history) - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
[Kevin's pick] Arguably the best pass-rusher of this year's draft class, Jones led the SEC and was tied for second in the nation in sacks (13.5) and had 19.5 tackles for loss in 2011 as a first-team All-American.
Despite missing two games this season, Jones, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the nation with 14.5 sacks in only 12 games played. Seven of those sacks came in big games against Florida (three), Alabama (two) in the SEC Championship Game and Nebraska (two) in the Capital One Bowl.
In addition, Jones led the country with 24.5 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles.
The primary concern with Jones is medical (spinal stenosis), but at least one of the NFL doctors that examined Jones at the scouting combine had issued a report to teams that stated, 'Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction.'
10. Tennessee Titans (draft history) - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
[Kevin's pick] Drawing some comparisons to Ravens stud defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Lotulelei was likely to be the top defensive tackle selected in April and possibly even the top overall pick. As a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in both 2011 and 2012, Lotulelei has had a strong season this year although double and triple teams prevented him from putting up eye-popping stats.
Lotulelei would be a better fit in a 3-4 scheme, but he can play a variety of positions (nose tackle and defensive end in a 3-4 scheme and three-technique in a 4-3). With medical clearance, Lotulelei is a nice bargain here.
11. San Diego Chargers (draft history) - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
[Kevin's pick] This pick fills a void for the Chargers as only three teams have allowed more sacks than San Diego this season. The only quarterback to have been sacked more over the past three seasons than Philip Rivers (117) was Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (118).
In my four-round mock, Johnson did not make it past the Cardinals at No. 7 so the Chargers have to be thrilled with this development.
Johnson has the frame (6-foot-6 and 302 pounds) to easily add another 20 pounds and he has great athleticism (4.72 forty at the combine) for the position. Before transferring to Oklahoma (from junior college) and switching to offensive tackle, Johnson played tight end and quarterback.
While most view Joeckel and Fisher as better prospects at this point, you could easily argue that Johnson has more upside than either one.
12. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
[Kevin's pick] Although he has good cover skills as well, Rhodes has great size (6-1, 217 pounds) for a cornerback and plays the position with physicality. One of the questions about Rhodes was his top-end speed, but he answered critics' concerns by running an official 4.43 forty at the combine.
Not only did the Dolphins trade Vontae Davis to the Colts last offseason, but the team lost Sean Smith to free agency as well.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
[Sean's pick] In a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, being able to stop the pass is going to make the difference. The Bucs could go in a number of different ways with this pick, but I think adding a top-notch corner and the last good one here is too valuable to pass. There is plenty of depth up front in the later rounds.
14. Carolina Panthers (draft history) - Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
[Sean's pick] Steve Smith has been on the decline the past few seasons and if the Panthers are going to become among the NFC elite, they are going to need to give Cam Newton some more weapons. Patterson is the big target this team has lacked.
15. New Orleans Saints (draft history) - Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
[Sean's pick] Mingo is the perfect fit for new DC Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense. I think it is a pretty safe bet that the Saints will be drafting someone on the defensive side of the ball.
16. St. Louis Rams (draft history) - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
[Sean's pick] While the Rams did lose WR Danny Amendola to free agency, they added TE Jared Cook, who can be used in the middle of the field, so I think they pass on WR and go with the top safety in this year's class. The Rams cut ties with Quinton Mikell earlier this week, so safety is a their top priority.
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