Saturday, March 9, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.5

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel: I am still a firm believer that the Kansas City Chiefs will use their first overall pick to draft offensive lineman Luke Joeckel. The release of offensive tackle Eric Winston only solidifies my belief. At 6'6" and 310 pounds, Luke Joeckel will surely do a great job of protecting newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith. Joeckel has proven he can protect both types of passers while playing at Texas A&M; a mobile quarterback in Johnny Manziel, and a pocket-passer in Ryan Tannehill.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Ziggy Ansah: The NFL combine is a great way for small school individuals to blossom into first round draft picks. Ziggy Ansah has been playing football for just three years, but already he has proven himself to be worth the second overall pick. Ansah's size and talent closely resembles Jason Pierre-Paul, and rumors have been swirling around that Jacksonville would not be afraid to take a risk in the draft.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd: As the season progressed, Sharrif Floyd became a stronger presence on defense. In his final game at Florida, Floyd posted two sacks with 5 tackles. Even though he weighs close to 300 pounds, Sharrif Floyd ran 40 yards in 4.92 seconds, and his draft stock has been soaring upwards ever since.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB/DE Dion Jordan: Dion Jordan has all the attributes necessary to succeed in the NFL. His combination of size and speed resembles Aldon Smith, apart from the 40-yard dash times, where Jordan's time beat Smith's time by a decent margin. Jordan should not feel out of place in Philly with former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly leading the way.

5. Detroit Lions: CB Dee Milliner: Out of all the conferences in the NCAA, the conference with the most prestigious reputation as of late is awarded to the South Eastern Conference. Corner back Dee Milliner is a product of the SEC, so clearly, he knows what it takes to succeed in a competitive environment. A blazing 40 yard dash time will provide Detroit with a shutdown corner they so desperately need.

6. Cleveland Browns: OLB Jarvis Jones: The only major downside to Jarvis Jones is his spinal stenosis. Though Jarvis has said he feels fine at the moment, many teams are worried with his current state of health. When healthy, Jarvis Jones may be the highest rated prospect in the draft. His 14.5 sacks  and 24.5 tackles for loss in 2012 rightfully earned him All-American honors. Cleveland would certainly be taking a risk by drafting Jones.

7. Arizona Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher: Alex Smith has clearly effected Geno Smith's draft stock, where in our new mock draft, he is not even in the top 10. Eric Fisher is a great option at the seventh overall spot in the draft. Arizona allowed a mind-boggling 58 sacks. Maybe John Skelton or Kevin Kolb or whomever the Cardinals sign as quarterback can have more time in the pocket.

8. Buffalo Bills: WR Tavon Austin: Tavon Austin's blazing speed at the combine makes him a serious contender to be drafted in the top 10. While attending West Virginia, Austin posted a very honorable stat line, with 1,289 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. Buffalo has several options if they wish to enhance their wide receiver corp, whether it be through the draft or free agency. Tavon Austin would be a great teammate alongside Stevie Johnson in New York.

9. New York Jets: OLB Barkevious Mingo: Barkevious Mingo's sack production while playing for LSU has hurt his draft stock in the eyes of scouts. New York tends to draft defense when April rolls around. Truthfully speaking, Geno Smith may be one of the best options at ninth overall, but OLB Barkevious Mingo is likely going to be a member of the Jets in 2013.

10. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack: For a team that relies so heavily on the running game, Tennessee can not afford to have a weak offensive line. A young quarterback with a speedy running back could easily be well protected by Chance Warmack. Size and speed are not a problem, so NFL teams certainly love to draft defenders out of the SEC.

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