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First 2013 Mock Draft

Almost halfway into the season, it's about time for my first 2013 Mock Draft! Keep in mind, doing this early means I have emphasized NEED over draft position, since everything will change by April. Do not be surprised to see some of the best prospects (as they stand now) drop a bit because of this. Also, draft order was based mostly on record, but the main tiebreaker was based on my own power rankings. For example, in this scenario there would only be 3 AFC teams to make the playoffs. Take these things with a grain of salt, and enjoy!

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith QB, West Virginia- Kansas City is clearly done with the Matt Cassel era, and an electric player like Geno Smith will entice them the same way Cam Newton and Robert Griffin enticed teams before. This could be a dangerous team with a playmaker at QB.
  2. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones OLB, Georgia- If the Browns really want to give Brandon Weeden a chance to succeed, they will need to give him more than just one season (more than they gave Colt McCoy). Jones is a unique playmaker on defense and could provide a pass rush from the OLB position in a 4-3 the same way Von Miller does for Denver.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley QB, USC- Jacksonville, if they continue to disappoint and finish with a Top 5 draft pick, will have no choice but to give up on Blaine Gabbert. With Barkley available, this is a no brainer.
  4. Oakland Raiders: Barkevious Mingo DE, LSU- Oakland has a grand total of 4 sacks through 5 games. So..... yeah.
  5. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins DT, Ohio State- Carolina passed on Fletcher Cox in 2012 but still can't stop the run. Hankins and Lotulelei will spend the next 6 months competing against each other to say which is the best at their position.
  6. New Orleans Saints: Star Lotulelei DT, Utah- This is one of the picks that I'm going purely best player available. That's because the Saints' defense is terrible, and they will likely just take the best defensive player available.
  7. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack OG, Alabama- The Titans signed Steve Hutchinson in hopes he could still play at an elite level and save their offensive line. He hasn't, and they are still terrible (just ask Chris Johnson). For all the hype that David DeCastro got in 2012, Warmack will likely get more.
  8. Indianapolis Colts: Sam Montgomery DE/OLB, LSU- With both Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney getting older, the Colts will need to find a successor soon. Montgomery can learn behind them for a year if they want, but they could also unload one of them to save a lot of money.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demarcus Milliner CB, Alabama- Aqib Talib has been given many more chances than he deserves, and his latest suspension can't sit well with Greg Schiano. He will probably be gone after this year.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te'o ILB, Notre Dame- If it weren't for DeCastro falling to them in 2012, the Steelers were prepared to take Dont'a Hightower. A year later, they'll still be looking for their next great Linebacker.
  11. Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner DE, Florida State- Detroit could really use some help in the secondary, but they like to build through the defensive line first. Cliff Avril is currently on the franchise tag, with no guarantee to be resigned next year, and Kyle Vanden Bosch is getting old.
  12. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Cooper OG, UNC- The Cowboys' offensive line is a mess, especially along the interior. Cooper could provide some stability for Tony Romo to work behind.
  13. Buffalo Bills: Logan Thomas QB, Virginia Tech- I think Buffalo needs to make the playoffs for them to justify keeping Ryan Fitzpatrick, so in this scenario they will probably be looking for someone new. Thomas's stock has fallen a bit, so he might stay in school another year. If he does come out though, he's the type of QB a team will reach on.
  14. Miami Dolphins: Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee- Miami needs some weapons for Ryan Tannehill and Hunter is the best this year.
  15. New York Jets: Corey Lemonier DE, Auburn- The Jets could easily be looking for a new QB next year, but if they stick with Sanchez/Tebow they will need to get back to playing dominant defense. Lemonier should help bring back some pass rush.
  16. St. Louis Rams: Robert Woods WR, USC- Sam Bradford is still waiting for a legitimate #1 receiver after they missed on Justin Blackmon in 2012. Woods has as much potential as anyone in this class.
  17. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins): Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A&M- With two picks in the first round, I expect St. Louis to do some maneuvering, but their priority needs to be giving Sam Bradford a real chance to succeed.
  18. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree ILB, Georgia- The Bengals seemingly have all the pieces on offense, but lack any real playmakers on defense. They could go Safety or LB here, but Ogletree is the best fit in my opinion.
  19. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen WR, California- Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal were overrated replacements for Vincent Jackson, and Phillip Rivers is suffering because of it. Allen fits the size profile that the Chargers like, and should develop nicely with Rivers.
  20. Denver Broncos: Marcus Lattimore RB, South Carolina- Willis McGahee is debunking myths about 30 year old RBs, but he can't do it forever and Knowshon Moreno has been a bust. Contrary to popular belief, Peyton Manning is most effective when he has a backfield threat to distract the defense from him.
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Wilson QB, Arkansas- Surprised? Me neither.
  22. Green Bay Packers: John Jenkins DT, Georgia- They might be looking for a receiver to replace Greg Jennings, and could still use some help on the offensive line, but Aaron Rodgers can carry an offense like no other QB I've ever seen. Green Bay can take the best defensive player available for the second year in a row.
  23. New England Patriots: Eric Reid S, LSU- Bill Belichick has missed on a lot of DB prospects the last few years, and its obvious when you watch his defense play. I expect him to keep trying next year.
  24. Arizona Cardinals: Jackson Jeffcoat OLB, Texas- Arizona desperately needs some offensive line help, but they also need a edge rush from their defense. Jeffcoat is the best player available by a long shot and could be another piece in what can be a dominant defense.
  25. Minnesota Vikings: Kawann Short DT, Purdue- The Vikings haven't properly replaced Pat Williams for the past few years, and pretty soon they'll need to start preparing to replace Kyle Williams as well. DT is a big need for them.
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Eifert TE, Notre Dame- Russel Wilson is working with a lot of subpar pieces to throw to but if Sidney Rice can stay healthy they can make it work. Meanwhile, Eifert is the best TE of this class and would be a nice security blanket for the diminutive QB.
  27. New York Giants: Matt Elam S, Florida- The Giants need to shore up their secondary and Elam is the best player available.
  28. San Francisco 49ers: Barrett Jones OL, Alabama- Jones is a uniquely versatile lineman who can play anywhere on the line with success. Anthony Davis has been a disappointment, and I think Jones is best suited at RT.
  29. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas OT, Tennessee- Chicago might go best player available on defense because many of its parts are getting older, but they also (still) need help protecting Jay Cutler. Thomas could go higher than this if he proves improves on the Left side this year.
  30. Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan- With Ray Lewis possibly done for good, Baltimore will look for his replacement early, but they may have to trade up for it. Instead, they take Lewan in hopes he can but Michael Oher back on the Right side.
  31. Houston Texans: Terrence Williams WR, Baylor- Andre Johnson hasn't been his dominant self this year, and Houston has no one behind him. Look for them to try to open up their offense a bit like the 49ers this year.
  32. Atlanta Falcons: Damontre Moore DE, Texas A&M- Atlanta could look for an heir to Michael Turner, but they've been searching for John Abraham's for years. Moore could go much higher than this if he keeps playing at his current level.
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