Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel: Unlike the 2012 NFL draft, where Indianapolis was clearly going to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, this year, half a dozen players have the potential to be drafted by Kansas City. OT Eric Fisher has been climbing up mock drafts instead of OT Luke Joeckel, the original favorite to be selected by Kansis City. Though Joeckel remains my first overall pick in the draft, Eric Fishers has a legitimate shot at playing in Kansas City in the 2013 NFL season.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE/OLB Dion Jordan: Jacksonville might just have the worst roster on paper in the entire National Football League. Technically, every position apart from running back needs to be improved if they wish to compete for a playoff spot. If the Jaguars were to draft defensive end Dion Jordan, Jordan would be playing alongside fellow defensive end Jason Babin, and hopefully, Jacksonville's pass rush will be more reliable in 2013.

3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd: A surprisingly silent offseason for the Oakland Raiders means 2013 will not be any more successful than 2012. The signing of defensive tackle Vance Walker will not be able to solve their problems on the defensive line, which is why Sharrif Floyd will be drafted third overall in April.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Dee Milliner: After what appeared to be the construction of a Dream Team, Philadelphia's hopes of a Super Bowl title were quickly dashed. In March, the Eagles organization parted ways with cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomgha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, two former Pro-Bowlers. The Eagles will look to add Milliner to their roster, so they can focus on a struggling offensive line in the next several rounds.

5. Detroit Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah: Ansah has been playing football for approximately three years since he moved to the United States from Ghana, but already has skills resembling All-Pro defenders in the National Football League. His technique is in need of tweaking, which is why he will not overtake Dion Jordan at the number two spot, but the Lions need a defensive end after their busy offseason on the offensive side of the ball.

6. Cleveland Browns: QB Geno Smith: It seems the Cleveland Browns are willing to give quarterback Brandon Weeden another shot at the starting quarterback position, even though his mediocre rookie season did not lead Cleveland into the 2012 playoffs. With the sixth overall pick in the draft, it would be very tempting to draft Geno Smith as a backup. Head coach Rob Chudzinski served as the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, and has experience with mobile quarterbacks, seeing that he was able to re-animate the Panthers offense with quarterback Cam Newton.

7. Arizona Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher: Despite having the worst offensive line in the entire league (an NFL worst 58 sacks allowed in 2012), the Arizona Cardinals did not add a single offensive lineman through free agency. Clearly, the Cardinals are looking to draft someone to protect their quarterback in a draft class loaded with offensive linemen. Eric Fisher's draft stock is gradually climbing upwards, and it is possible the Arizona Cardinals won't even have the opportunity to draft Eric Fisher at the seventh overall pick in the draft.

8. Buffalo Bills: DE Björn Werner: The Buffalo Bills organization signed Mario Williams to a blockbuster deal in 2012, but his productivity did not live up to the hype. Björn Werner, a junior coming out of Florida State, is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and when alongside Mario Williams, teams will be forced to adjust their offensive schemes.

9. New York Jets: OLB Barkevious Mingo: Rex Ryan and the New York Jets have been showing a lot of interest in Barkevious Mingo, an outside linebacker/defensive end from LSU. Mingo posted a 40-yard-dash time of 4.58 seconds at the combine, and hopefully, Mingo would be able to ressurect a fading franchise.

10. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack: There is little doubt in my mind that Tennessee will draft a guard with the tenth overall pick. The titans signed running back Shonne Green to a minor deal this past off season, as he will join Chris Johnson in the back-field. The Titans offensive line needs minor tweaking before Week 1, and Chance Warmack fits the bill. Chance Warmack is a very talented offensive lineman, but he is also competing against guard Jonathan Cooper in the 2013 draft for a spot on the Titans roster.