Mock Draft #3- 4/18/2013

1. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Luke Joeckel, 6’6 310 lbs, Texas A&M

The Chiefs have narrowed it down to the two big time offensive tackles. Joeckel is NFL ready and will slip in for Albert if he decides to hold out or he could play right tackle for a year. Either way, they cant pass up on the best player in the Draft.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars-QB Geno Smith, 6’3 214 lbs, West Virginia

I think Geno Smith will go much later than this but I am not predicting trades just yet. Smith has his flaws but is the best quarterback in this Draft. The Jaguars are struggling to find a signal caller. Smith allows them a chance to get a play maker to lead the team.

3. Oakland Raiders-DT Shariff Floyd, 6’3 305 lbs, Florida

The Raiders need instant help in a lot of areas. One of the biggest concerns is at the defensive tackle spot. Floyd isn’t the best as a pass rusher but will add some penetration to the line. Floyd is a technician and great fundamentally sound player.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- OT Eric Fisher, 6’7 310 lbs, Central Michigan

I am higher on Fisher than on Joeckel, but it really is apples to apples when comparing the two. Fisher plays with a little more of a mean streak I feel and will be athletic enough to handle the Eagle’s intricate blocking schemes. Eagles need help on the line and Fisher gives them that instantly.

5. Detroit Lions- OL Lane Johnson, 6’7 303 lbs, Oklahoma

Losing Gosder Cherilus puts the Lions in a bind. Detroit needs to find protection for Matthew Stafford and after Johnson there is more prospects that are classified as “projects” more than anything. This is also a prime trade spot for someone looking to move up for a certain prospect.

6. Cleveland Browns- CB Dee Milliner, 6’1 196 lbs, Alabama

Cleveland is in a great spot for what they want to do. They can trade out of this spot and still grab a great player later in the first round, or they will take the best player available at a need position. Corner back is a concern but not a glaring need. The Browns can take a pass rusher like Dion Jordan or they can do what most people think they will do and draft Milliner. He is the best player at his position and will add instant help opposite of Joe Haden. Like the Lions, this is a great trade spot for someone trying to grab a player they love also.

7. Arizona Cardinals- OLB/DE Dion Jordan, 6’6 243 lbs, Oregon

Arizona needs a left tackle but all the elite ones are gone, so they grab the best player available in a spot that needs an upgrade. Jordan is one of the best athletes on defense in this draft and is a great prospect to mold. Jordan is great in coverage and also proven as a pass rusher. Ideal 3-4 outside linebacker.

8. Buffalo Bills-  OL Chance Warmack, 6’3 320 lbs, Alabama

This is a little high for a guard, but Warmack is special. If you add his great ability to the fact that the Bills lost guard Andy Levitre in free agency than you can see why this fits. The Bills need a quarterback and I believe they grab one either by trading up or taking one in the second round. Warmack adds protection to the quarterback who steps into Buffalo’s lineup.

9. New York Jets- OLB/DE Ezekial Ansah, 6’6 270 lbs, BYU

Rex Ryan needs to win now and that means grab a player that can make a difference. Ryan knows he is on the hot seat and is going to do everything he can to win. Grabbing Ansah gives them a guy that has the potential to be one of the best. But his “bust factor” is higher than you would like. Ansah is relatively new to the game and has trouble with play recognition. But Ansah packs the most speed/power combo of any player out there. The Jets need pass rushers too and this

10. Tennessee Titans- OG Jonathan Cooper, 6’3 310 lbs, North Carolina

I think this is a prime trade spot when it is all said and done, but as is the Titans need to upgrade the line. Cooper is an athletic big man who could play guard or center. It is early to take interior lineman, but Cooper is special and can help solidify the line with the addition of Levitre from the Bills.

11. San Diego Chargers- CB Xavier Rhodes, 6’1 210 lbs, Florida State

12. Miami Dolphins- OT D.J. Fluker, 6’6 335 lbs, Alabama

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Star Lotulelei, 6’4 320 lbs, Utah

14. Carolina Panthers- DT Sheldon Richardson, 6’4 295 lbs, Missouri

15. New Orleans Saints- DE Barkevious Mingo, 6’5 240 lbs, LSU

16. St. Louis Rams- WR Tavon Austin, 5’8 174 lbs, West Virginia

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- OLB Jarvis Jones, 6’3 241 lbs, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys- S Kenny Vaccaro, 6’1 215 lbs, Texas

19. New York Giants- DE Bjoern Werner, 6’4 272 lbs, Florida State

20. Chicago Bears- ILB Arthur Brown, 6’1 228 lbs, Kansas State

21. Cincinnati Bengals- S John Cyprien, 6′ 217 lbs, Florida International

22. St. Louis Rams- OLB Alec Ogletree, 6’2 242 lbs, Georgia

23. Minnesota Vikings- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, 6’3 205 lbs, Tennessee

24. Indianapolis Colts- OLB/DE Damontre Moore, 6’4 250 lbs, Texas A&M

25. Minnesota Vikings- ILB Manti Te’o, 6’1 241 lbs, Notre Dame

26. Green Bay Packers- TE Tyler Eifert, 6’6 251 lbs, Notre Dame

27. Houston Texans- WR DeAndre Hopkins, 6’1 200 lbs, Clemson

28. Denver Broncos- DT Sylvester Williams, 6’3 320 lbs, North Carolina

29. New England Patriots- WR Keenan Allen, 6’3 206 lbs, California

30. Atlanta Falcons- CB Jamar Taylor, 5’11 192 lbs, Boise State

31. San Francisco 49ers- S Eric Reid, 6’2 208 lbs, LSU

32. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Kevin Minter, 6’2 242 lbs, LSU


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