NFL Mock Draft: Expect a run on quarterbacks in the top part of the first round

Chris Graythen

While the 2013 NFL Draft may not contain the level of quarterback prospects that highlighted the board last year, it's still a position of need for a few of the teams drafting in the top 10. As the Combine inches closer, a few quarterbacks should be expected to shoot up the board.

Round 1

1. Kansas City (2-14) - QB, 2WR, DE, ILB, OG, CB, OLB, C, FB, RB - Geno Smith, quarterback, West Virginia - Geno Smith should be the consensus number one pick even though he is not the best prospect in the draft. Simply put, it makes no sense for the Chiefs to take Lotulelei or Joeckel as those are the Chiefs two strongest positions. Smith will give them an upgrade at QB and could become a very good quarterback with Andy Reid coaching him.

2. Jacksonville (2-14) - QB, DE, CB, RT, 2 OLB, OG, DT, C, WR, RB - Matt Barkley, quarterback, USC - The Jaguars have a more than solid defense, a good receiving group, a great running back, and a good offensive line but have absolutely no quarterback play. While Barkley is not a great prospect, he at one time looked like a future all pro quarterback before having an injury filled senior year. He is worth the risk at this point and could run a very successful west coast offense.

3. Oakland (4-12) - 2DT, 2CB, OLB, ILB, DE, RT, QB, TE, OG, P - Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah - The Oakland Raiders have a dreadful defense and it needs improvement at ever level. Lotulelei is the best defensive prospect in this draft and could be a candidate worthy of trading up to number one for if the Raiders get nervous about the Chiefs taking him. He is comparable to the Ravens All Pro defensive linemen Haloti Ngata.

4. Philadelphia (4-12) - OT, CB, S, OLB, DT, C, TE, WR, P - Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M - The Eagles desperately need an upgrade at offensive tackle and Joeckel is an unbelievable tackle prospect. He has all the tools needed to be a All Pro left tackle and he actually kept future first round pick Jake Matthews on the right side of the line for the Aggies. He is used to blocking for a mobile quarterback as well.

5. Detroit (4-12) - DE, S, CB, OLB, WR, OG, OT, RB, C, P - Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State - The Lions have no talented defensive ends on their roster at this point and really need a pass rushing threat from the position. Werner is a hard working animal and could have a huge impact as a rookie.

6. Cleveland (5-11) - Rush LB, WR, CB, OG, DE, ILB, TE, FB - Damontre Moore, defensive end, outside linebacker, Texas A&M - The Browns are switching back to a 3-4 defense and could use a versatile pass rusher to help them. Moore is not a pure 3-4 outside linebacker but the Browns could move him around and use him in a similar way to how Aldon Smith or Von Miller was used as a rookie.

7. Arizona (5-11) - QB, OT, Rush LB, RB, ILB, CB, S, OG, DE - Tyler Wilson, quarterback, Arkansas - The Cardinals are hurting at a lot of positions but they really have no NFL quarterbacks on their roster. While they could use an upgrade at the tackle position, Wilson would give them a quarterback who has a big arm and pretty good accuracy.

8. Buffalo (6-10) - QB, CB, WR, ILB, DE, S, OG, FB, P - Mike Glennon, quarterback, N.C. State - The Bills have the competent Ryan Fitzpatrick but he is not going to take them to the playoffs. They could start him for one more season while developing Glennon, who has the potential to be the best QB in this draft class.

9. New York Jets (6-10) - QB, RT, Rush LB, S, RB, WR, ILB, OG, TE - Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan - The Jets are in a good spot here and could pick from a pool of quality players. Fisher is the best player available and could come in and give the Jets a pair of dominate bookend tackles for the future.

10. Tennessee (6-10) - 2S, 2OG, CB, C, DE, TE, RB, FB, LB - Kenny Vaccaro, free safety, Texas - The Titans have the worst safety combination in the league and need upgrades at both spots. Vaccaro is an incredible in the box safety who loves to hurt people. He would bring the physical mentality back to the Titans defense and be able to scare opposing offensive players.

11. San Diego (7-9) - 2OT, OG, CB, Rush LB, ILB, RB, WR, S, TE - Jarvis Jones, outside linebacker, Georgia - The Chargers have bigger needs than OLB but Jones is far and away the best player on the board. He would give the Chargers a dynamic outside linebacker built in the mold of James Harrison.

12. Miami (7-9) - WR, 2CB, DT, TE, DE, FS, RB, LB, OG - Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama - The Dolphins traded away there best cornerback last year and are likely to lose their other good corner in free agency. Milliner is a top 6 prospect in this class and would be an instant starter for the Dolphins.

13. Tampa Bay (7-9) - 2CB, TE, DT, OLB, OT, WR, RB - Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame - The Bucs are in a tough spot here and would likely want to trade back. Eifert is a good prospect, worthy of a top 20 pick but at 13 he might be a slight reach. However, he would give Freeman his redzone threat who could take over games at times.

14. Carolina (7-9) - 2DT, CB, FS, RT, OG, WR, P, K, LB - Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri - The Panthers ignored the DT position last year and regretted it. This year, they have to spend an early pick or two on DTs and Richardson is the type of DT they like.

15. New Orleans (7-9) - NT, OLB, 2S, DE, 2OT, CB, ILB, WR - Johnathan Hankins, nose tackle, Ohio State - The Saints really need an interior defensive tackle who can stop the run and that is where Hankins excels. He would help the entire defensive unit by requiring double teams on most plays.

16. St. Louis (7-8-1) - OT, FS, WR, OLB, OG, TE, DT, RB, DE - Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma - The Rams get really lucky here and are able to snag one of the three elite LT's in this class. Johnson is an incredible athlete with good technique and dominated at the senior bowl.

17. Pittsburgh (8-8) - Rush LB, WR, S, NT, RB, ILB, DE, TE, OT, OG, QB, P - Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU - The Steelers have an elite prospect at a position of need fall into their lap for the second straight year. Mingo is an animal and with a little strength training, he could become an elite OLB for the Steelers.

18. Dallas (8-8) - OG, C, S, DE, DT, RT, OLB, RB, CB - Chance Warmack, offensive guard, Alabama - Like the Rams and Steelers, the Cowboys have an elite player at their position of biggest need fall into their laps. Warmack is a beast in the run game and would be able to open up huge holes for Demarco Murray.

19. New York Giants (9-7) - RT, LB, CB, DE, OG, DT, TE, WR - Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU - The Giants have had great success with raw, freakish athletes at the DE position and pairing JPP with Ansah would be bad news for opposing quarterbacks.

20. Chicago (10-6) - OT, LG, 2LB, TE, DT, WR, CB - Manti Te'o, inside linebacker, Notre Dame - Te'o, despite some off the field weirdness, is a phenomenal football player who would fit well in the Bears scheme.

21. Cincinnati (10-6) - RB, 2OLB, S, DE, C, CB, WR - Kevin Minter, linebacker, LSU - Minter is a really good linebacker who is just always around the ball. He has great instincts and is a plus athlete. He would fit well as an OLB in the Bengals scheme and could start right away.

22. St. Louis - from Washington (10-6) - FS, WR, OLB, OG, TE, DT, RB, DE - Keenan Allen, wide receiver, California - Rams fans would have to love this draft as they get one of the elite OTs and the drafts best WR. Allen is a great route runner and has awesome hands. He is very shifty and can take over games when needed.

23. Minnesota (10-6) - WR, MLB, OLB, DT, OG, S, CB, QB - Kawann Short, defensive tackle, Purdue - The Vikings have bigger needs but their is not a better player on the board then Short. Short is a dominate pass rushing defensive tackle who can't be blocked by one man.

24. Indianapolis (11-5) - RT, CB, NT, Rush LB, 2OG, DE, FS, WR, RB - Dion Jordan, outside linebacker, Oregon - The Colts have to improve their defense and Jordan is the best 3-4 prospect available. He is great in coverage and a good pass rusher but has to gain strength to be able to play against the run.

25. Seattle (11-5) - DT, WR, RT, DE, OG, LB, TE - Shariff Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida - The Seahawks lacked any sort of pass rush when Chris Clemons got hurt so they add a pass rushing defensive tackle here.

26. Green Bay (11-5) - C, RB, WR, Rush LB, OT, TE, S, K - Cordarelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee - The Packers need to give Rodgers some new weapons, as Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings are washed up free agents. Patterson is a big, physical WR who loves to get into defensive backs. He has good hands and great leaping ability.

27. Houston (12-4) - WR, ILB, RT, OG, FS, Rush LB, FB - Alec Ogletree, inside linebacker, Georgia - Houston needs an athlete at the inside linebacker position and that is exactly what Ogletree will give them. He has to develop moves to get off blocks and gain strength, but he has the rare physical tools that make him all but a first round lock.

28. Denver (13-3) - DT, ILB, S, RB, CB, WR, OG - Jesse Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama - The Broncos interior defense is absolutely atrocious and needs to improved at all three levels. Williams is a powerful, run stopping tackle who could help the Broncos defense tremendously.

29. New England (12-4) - 2WR, DT, CB, DE, S, OL, LB - Johnathan Banks, cornerback, Mississippi State - The Patriots could go in many ways here but Banks is easily the best player on the board. A possible top 20 pick who fell because of other perfect fits, Banks would give the Pats a lock down corner to replace one year rental Aqib Talib.

30. Atlanta (13-3) - 2DE, RB, LB, DT, OG, TE, LT, SS, CB, WR - Sam Montgomery, defensive end, LSU - The Falcons have no pass rushing defensive ends at all and Montgomery is a good prospect and fits this draft range. He is a little raw but works hard and has the work ethic to get better.

31. San Francisco (11-4-1) - FS, SS, WR, CB, Rush LB, NT, DE, C, OT, TE - Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State - The 49ers get really lucky here as an elite prospect in the secondary falls into their laps. The one weakness for the Niners is the secondary and Rhodes would give the Niners a lockdown man corner.

32. Baltimore (10-6) - ILB, WR, LT, FS, NT, Rush LB, CB - Terrence Williams, wide receiver, Baylor - The Ravens have 22 free agents who need to be resigned so they should just continue to take BPA. Williams is one of my favorite prospects in this draft and does everything well. He has great body control and good speed and would give the Ravens a replacement for Anquan Boldin.

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