It's mock draft time again with the 2013 NFL draft fast approaching. 60 Max's Mike Volpone takes his first crack at what may unfold...
Mock Draft version 1.0:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
Luke Joeckel – LT Texas A&M. The Chiefs need some help on the line and for this mock draft I will not add trades. Do not be surprised if the Chiefs look to trade this to the Raiders, Browns or Bills whoever gives the best package of picks as they all look to trade for the rights to West Virginia QB Geno Smith. The Bills have a second, where neither the Raiders nor Browns do. Kansas City wants either Joeckel or Central Michigan’s LT Eric Fisher. They will try to pick up depth without sacrificing losing either of them.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)
Geno Smith – QB West Virginia. This could be moot if someone jumps the Jaguars. Jacksonville will look hard at DE’s Oregon Dion Jordan and Florida State Bjorn Werner if Smith is gone, but if not, Smith will be the pick. They will move on from the failed experiment in Blaine Gabbert.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Sharrif Floyd – DT Florida. They choose Floyd of Star Lotulelei mainly over the medical concern. They will look to trade up, but unless they mortgage 2014, they will miss out. Floyd will give them the stud DT they really need. They did pick up two tackles in free agency, but they can’t pass either of these up with their speed and potential.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
Dion Jordan – DE Oregon. The Eagles hopes he gets past Jacksonville, as Jordan would be reunited with his coach at Oregon, new Head Coach Chip Kelly. Kelly will know how to use Jordan to the best of his ability. His speed and ability will help the anemic pass rush.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12)
Eric Fisher – LT Central Michigan. The Lions will grab the remaining LT from Fisher and Joeckel. They have filled some needs with free agency signings. Fisher will stay in state and help protect Matthew Stafford’s blind side either this year or next.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
Chance Womack – OG Alabama. The Browns could go after Crimson Tide DB Dee Milliner, but they need a guard to work with Joe Thomas and the Browns line. Womack is the highest rated guard in the draft and could be a mainstay much like Steve Hutchinson was for Minnesota or Logan Mankins in New England.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
Lane Johnson – LT Oklahoma. They would like to find a way to get in on Smith, Joeckel or Fisher, but the price would be too high and they have some work to do. A combination of some players not leaving college and Johnson’s combine performance put him in this spot.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Ezekiel Ansah – DE BYU. The Bills have parted ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but there is not QB, other than Smith worth taking in round 1. They have the pieces to jump up and grab him, but if not, Anasah is someone who could learn from Mario Williams and be that wild card, similar to what Chandler Jones was to the Patriots last year.
9. New York Jets (6-10)
Kenny Vaccaro – FS Texas. The Jets need to address their QB situation, but they are more in need of safety help, Vaccaro is the best in the draft and the jets are there to scoop him up.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
Xavier Rhodes – CB Florida State. The Titans are in need of a corner to secure on side of the field. Rhodes has size (6’2’) to match up with the taller and speed (4.43 in the 40 yard dash at the combine) to stay with the speedy ones. They would have liked Milliner, but will be happy with Rhodes. They are also a team who would trade down if someone wanted a certain player.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)
Star Lotulelei – DT Utah. San Diego has been busy in the offseason, so I would be surprised if they did not try to trade up from Lane Johnson, if not, they will trade down. I see the big DT going in this slot, possibly to Tampa Bay, who would trade up from #13.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Desmond Trufant – CB Washington. The Dolphins have been very busy this off season filling a lot of needs, but one that has been neglected has been cornerback. Trufant has the pedigree with his brother Marcus, and the skills to help build off of for the next 5-10 years.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Bjorn Werner – DE Florida State. The Buccaneers will try and trade up for Lotulelei, but if not, they take Werner here to apply pressure from the edge, which is needed with Michael Bennett signing elsewhere.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
D.J. Fluker – OT Alabama. The Panthers could go in various ways, but Fluker is the last tackle worth taking a first round pick on. They could look at Jonathan Cooper at Guard or Sheldon Richardson at DE, but Fluker is there selection.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
Barkevious Mingo – OLB LSU. Mingo stays home where he will come in and give them speed (4.58 at the combo) and depth on the outside.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
Tavon Austin – WR West Virginia. This is the easiest pick of the draft, unless Kenny Vaccaro should drop, but that would still be a tough choice. Austin does everything and will give Sam Bradford the multi-purpose threat he needs
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Jarvis Jones – OLB Georgia. This is a pick the Steelers want to make, but will research Jones’ medical situation. If he passes, this would be a steal and he could jump into James Harrison’s spot. This is a risk worth taking.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Manti Te’o – ILB Notre Dame. This is a surprise but the Cowboys reached a few years ago with Dat Nyugen out of Texas A&M. Te’o is out of the same mold and will provide more
19. New York Giants (9-7)
Alec Ogletree – LB Georgia. Ogletree will bring flexibility against both the run and the pass for the Giants. This selection along with the signings of Keith Rivers and Dan Connor will reinforce the group.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR Tennessee. The Bears have other wholes on the offensive line, but Patterson is too good to pass up. He will help stretch the field and hopefully give Jay Cutler the big play receiver he has been looking for.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
Eddie Lacy – RB Alabama. The Bengals picked up Benjarvis Green-Ellis last year, but he was not the same RB was with the Patriots. Lacy is the hard running open field runner the Bengals need to open up the lanes for AJ Green and Andy Dalton.
22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
Arthur Brown – OLB Kansas State. The Rams got their WR at #16, and the top safety is gone, so go for the next need in a linebacker. Brown was solid for the Wildcats as he anchored the defense. I see them trading out if they get a good offer.
23. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
Sheldon Richardson – DT Missouri. Richardson has speed and power (5.02 in the 40 and 30 reps on the bench). He will give the Vikings the much needed rush up the middle.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
DeAndre Hopkins – WR Clemson. Hopkins can learn from one of the best in Colts history in Reggie Wayne. He has size to go over the middle and enough speed to play outside. The team has been very busy in free agency so this fills a need for them.
25. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
Jonathan Banks – CB Mississippi State. The second pick for the Vikings they can get another solid addition with Banks. His height will match up with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. He could put on some added muscle to allow him to jam at the line and excel as he gets more experience.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Matt Elam – S Florida. The Packers have needs and with the top players at most of the positions they are looking to fill off the board, they go safety with Elam. They need to fill the vacancy of Charles Woodson and Elam could be the guy to do it.
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
Jonathan Cooper – OG North Carolina. Cooper is big, fast and aggressive. He will only add to the run game by opening holes and pulling for RB like Arian Foster.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
Datone Jones – DE UCLA. Jones will remind people of last year’s DE Jones, Chandler Jones of New England. This pick will ease some of the pain of losing Dumervil. His size, speed and strength will surprise people.
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
Jesse Williams – DT Alabama. I will be very surprised if the Patriots make this pick in this spot. I see them trading out for more picks, but if they stay Williams is another Saban player who is aggressive, fast and very strong. He would be a great compliment to Vince Wilfork. Can’t go wrong with a Tide defense player.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
Jonathan Hankins – DT Ohio State. The Falcons need help in the middle and Hankins will fill that void. Hankins has played in the trenches with the Big 10, so he should be able to jump and contribute.
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
Kawann Short – DT Purdue. Short, like Hankins and Williams before him in the draft is a hole filler. He takes up space and will get in the backfield. The 49ers will fill other needs with value as they have a lot of picks. Don’t be surprised to see them package picks to move up.
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Kevin Minter – ILB LSU. The ravens lost three linebackers in Lewis, Kruger and Ellerbe so getting someone to play inside is critical. Minter gives them a player who can provide support to the outside, while also sticking his nose inside.