The combine is in the books and it’s time for everyone to speculate based on what the college players can do in their underwear. Game tape will still play a major role as GMs and coaches focus on finding the next crucial pieces for their teams, but the combine will undoubtedly have an effect on some players’ rises and falls.
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Fortunately, I am here to ease your desire to see a premature guess at who each team will take with their first round picks. I’m not saying I’m right (It’s before free agency after all!), but hey, I could be. Here are the picks from last time. Now, let’s turn to our NFL Mock Draft 2013.
Let’s get to the picks!
Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M (Previous Pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia)
- The Chiefs will likely change their tune about Smith after seeing him fail to separate himself from the other quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Joeckel is a surefire thing at left tackle and the Chiefs will be able to focus on other spots in free agency by tabbing Joeckel.
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU (Previous Pick: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah)
- Mingo is a fast defensive end who performed very well in the 40 and in the three cone. He is a pass rushing specialist and did enough to show that the Jags, drafting based on need, can doubtfully do better than Mingo in the draft.
3. Oakland Raiders
Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State (Previous Pick: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M)
- Werner didn’t do enough to show that he is the definitive best pass rusher in this year’s draft, but he is a good athlete and likely successful pass rusher. Werner would be tough to pass on, unless the Raiders decide that Star Lotulelei’s heart condition doesn’t matter as much as they thought.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (Previous Pick: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M)
- The Eagles are in need of a nose tackle after choosing to transition to a 3-4 this season. There is no better defensive tackle in this year’s draft than Lotulelei. The heart condition will cause some pause as teams evaluate him, but until more information is garnered I can’t see him getting past the Eagles.
5. Detroit Lions
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon (Previous Pick: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State)
- Jordan really turned it on at the combine and teams in need of a pass rusher will likely look to Jordan to fill the need. While more of an outside linebacker type, Jordan moves so well that he could play at defensive end for the Lions as well.
6. Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (Previous Pick: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia)
- Don’t expect too many teams to shy away from Jones just because he missed the combine. The guy can play and while he has some injury concerns, his talent will keep teams interested. The Browns need some help rushing the passer, and Jones is their guy.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (Previous Pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan)
- The Cards are desperate for help along the offensive line, but they could easily be swayed to take Smith if he’s still on the board. Smith would at least provide some consistency at quarterback, even if he’s getting squashed every other play. The team cannot afford to start four different players in another season.
8. Buffalo Bills
Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State (Previous Pick: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State)
- Walter Football made a pretty good argument as to why Glennon will be picked this high by the Bills. Leave it to the Bills to pick a player that should be a second round talent in the top 10. If the argument is correct, then I could see Glennon going to the Bills despite not having the appropriate value. It helps that at this point the discussion for next best available player really begins to devolve.
9. New York Jets
Ezekial Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU (Previous Pick: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama)
- The pass rush in New York needs help. Ansah will provide the rejuvenation required. With the team backing away from trading Darrelle Revis, fixing the pass rush becomes a major priority.
10. Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama (Previous Pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas)
- Warmack would be an immediate upgrade over the three unrestricted free agents the Titans have at guard. He will be able to step in and contribute and improve the offensive line, a specialty of head coach (and hall of fame offensive lineman) Mike Munchak.
11. San Diego Chargers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Previous Pick: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU)
- The Chargers need O-line help immediately. They face very still pass rushing competition in their division and Philip Rivers just hasn’t been the quarterback he can be in recent years because of deficiencies along the O-line. Fisher just makes sense here.
12. Miami Dolphins
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Previous Pick: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State)
- Sean Smith may walk in free agency, so the Dolphins will need to replace him. Milliner is the real deal and the Dolphins may even have an upgrade in him.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Previous Pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State)
- The Bucs really need defensive back help so don’t be shocked if they trade up to get either a safety or corner to ensure they have a man to fill in the void. But at #13 it wouldn’t be shocking to see them reach for Rhodes. A lot of college teams threw away from Rhodes so his numbers are not as pretty as some other top corner candidates, but the need may be too great for the Bucs to not go after him.
14. Carolina Panthers
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Previous Pick: Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State)
- Floyd is a big space-eating defensive tackle. Fortunately for the Panthers, that’s exactly what they need. Floyd has some seriously impressive tape that will make teams like the Panthers gravitate toward him.
15. New Orleans Saints
Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU (Previous Pick: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon)
- Montgomery had a good workout and revealed himself, again, to teams as a strong rusher. He is a little overshadowed by Barkevious Mingo, but this guy is a first round talent, make no mistake.
16. St. Louis Rams
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina (Previous Pick: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama)
- Jeff Fisher needs help along his offensive line in order to turn Sam Bradford into the quarterback he is supposed to be. Cooper is about neck and neck with Warmack as the best guard in the draft, so the Rams won’t be afraid to take a swing at him at #16.
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