Another 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Brian Mulligan

The draft is only 5 days away, and like many others, I have decided to post my  mock draft. I have decided to throw in a couple of trades, but I expect a lot more on thursday.

1              Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

We all know KC is going for a Left Tackle to eventually replace Brandon Albert. The only question here is if the Chiefs like Joeckel or Eric Fisher more.

2              Jacksonville: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

Jacksonville has almost no pass rush. JJ Watt had more sacks this year than their entire team. I think it’s obvious Jacksonville will be going with a pass rusher of some sort.

3              Oakland: TRADE, Arizona: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

With Philadelphia set to pick next, the Cardinals may look to leap-frog and take the Eagles’ assumed pick, Eric Fisher. Oakland has a lot of holes, no money and not very many picks so they should be looking to trade back desperately. In this trade, the Cardinals would send their first round pick (7) second round pick (38) and  fifth round pick (140).

4              Philadelphia: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Eagles missed out on Eric Fisher, so they settle for the second best Tackle. Offensive Line should be priority number one, especially since I see the Eagles taking QB project EJ Manuel.

5              Detroit: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ansah is a nice replacement for Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch and should help the Lions depleted pass rush. Ansah has a high ceiling and could turn into a probowl caliber player.

6              Cleveland: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Cleveland is putting a nice little defense together. Add in a great corner like Milliner to go as a #2 corner with Joe Haden manning the other side and suddenly the Brown’s secondary looks scary.

7              Arizona: TRADE, Oakland: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Oakland moved back a few spots in what looks like a great trade for both sides. The Cardinals got their Left Tackle and the Raiders received some extra picks and best of all, still got Floyd, who many consider to be the best defensive player in this draft.

8              Buffalo: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The Bills will use Kolb for the first couple weeks of the season if needed, but once the Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick, it became obvious that they were looking for a franchise QB.

9              New York Jets: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Jets cut Sione Pouha and have a ton of holes on their roster. They will likely go BPA, which, in this case, is Lotulelei

10           Tennessee: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina

Chris Johnson needs help up front if he wants to regain his 2,000 yard form. On a side note, if the Titans get an elite guard like Warmack or Cooper, I will be targeting Chris Johnson in fantasy, even with the addition of Shonn Greene.

11           San Diego: DJ Fluker, OT/OG, Alabama

Phillip Rivers doesn’t have much help and really suffered last year. The Chargers missed out on the big three tackles, so they will have to settle for Fluker.

12           Miami: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Reciever is still a position of need for the Dolphins, even with Mike Wallace. Miami would have a nice pair of receivers, which would really help out Ryan Tannehill.

13           Tampa Bay: TRADE, Pittsburgh: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The Steelers take Mingo here, who the Saints really like at pick 15. Pittsburgh has been linked to Jarvis Jones, but he looks dangerous because of his back injury. Carolina probably will want to wait for Sheldon Richardson and will not want to move, so Tampa Bay makes sense as a trade suitor. For this trade to occur, Pittsbugh would give Tampa Bay its first and third round picks.

14           Carolina: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers have one of the worst defenses in the league and will not go anywhere until this problem is fixed.

15           New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The Saints suffered from an all-time bad defense last year and missed the playoffs because of it. With Drew Brees still going strong, the Saints can afford to take a defensive player with every pick in this year’s draft.

16           St. Louis: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Saint Louis gets Austin, who will be an upgrade over oft-injured Danny Amendola.

17           Pittsburgh: TRADE, Tampa Bay: Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU

The Bucs got their corner and picked up an extra third round pick, which probably should be used on another corner.

18           Dallas: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

Dallas liked Mark Barron a lot last year even though they traded up for Morris Claibourne. This time, they get the top safety in this year’s class.

19           New York Giants: TRADE, Minnesota: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The Vikings move up here to get Ogletree, snatching him from Chicago. The Vikings still have another first round pick to work with and will only have to give up their third round pick along with pick 25 to move to pick 19.

20           Chicago: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Chicago takes the best available lineman. Matt Slauson is nice, but Chance Warmack is better. Some even have Warmack as the top player in this draft, but ultimately he will fall due to his position.

21           Cincinnati: John Cyprien, S, FIU

The Bengals would like to see Vaccaro fall here, but that does not happen in this scenario. Cyprien is the second best safety in this class and is a good fit for the Bengals

22           St. Louis: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Personally, I don’t like Te’o, but I think he will ultimately go in the mid first round. It’s crazy what a few milliseconds in the 40 can do for your draft stock.

23           Minnesota: Datone Jones, DT, UCLA

The Vikings were 11th in rushing yards allowed last year, which is okay, but they should focus on regaining their once dominant run-defense. Jones is a nice run stopper who could also see some time at DE.

24           Indianapolis: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Chuck Pagano was once a secondary coach, so he loves his corners. The Colts should expect Houston to take another receiver, so they can counter this move ahead of time with a nice CB.

25           Minnesota: TRADE, Giants: Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU

Warner has been falling recently, but he will fall right into the Giant’s lap. Warner makes for a good replacement for Osi Umenyora.

26           Green Bay: Matt Elam, S, Florida

Elam is a little short and may have trouble covering big TE’s, but the Packers need a replacement for Charles Woodson. Elam is the best safety available and isn’t that much of a reach.

27           Houston: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Kevin Walter. Enough said.

28           Denver: Johnathan Banks, CB, MSU

Champ Bailey got torched against the Ravens big-bodied Anquan Boldin and is getting old. Banks is a physical corner who is able to guard big wide receivers.

29           New England: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.

The Patriots have shown a lot of interest in Taylor. It is uncertain if this is a smokescreen, but the Patriots could use some more corners anyway.

30           Atlanta: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Tony Gonzalez will be a solid contributor next year. However, Atlanta needs to look to the future at the TE position. Who else but the top TE in this year’s class

31           San Francisco: TRADE, Philadelphia Eagles: EJ Manuel, QB, FSU

The Eagles have fallen in love with Manuel. I see them trading up into the first round to get him so they can give him a 5 year deal. Manuel is raw, and will need a lot of time to develop behind Michael Vick. Vick will start initially, but if he gets hurt, Manuel will be forced to step in.

32           Baltimore: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

The Ravens will take a NT, ILB or S with their pick. Considering there are no NTs or Safteys worth taking here, the Ravens will choose between Kevin Minter and Arthur Brown. Brown is criticized for being too small, but if we look back to 1996 the Ravens picked another small linebacker by the name of Ray Lewis.