Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Complete First Round

With the NFL draft set to kick-off in about 10 days, we thought it was finally time to whip out a complete mock draft of the first round.

We asked our friend, and aspiring college football analyst, Patrick Woo to come up with who he believed would be selected by each team in the first round next Thursday evening. A junior at Penn State University, Patrick is aspiring to one day become a college football analyst for a big-time network such as ESPN.

Unfortunately due to a busy schedule this spring, Patrick has only provided us with the picks. We decided to add a couple of sentences about each pick to round out his selections. Hopefully he'll be contributing more college football posts this coming summer and fall, if all goes well.

2013 NFL Mock Draft
Patrick Woo

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M OT

The signing of Alex Smith solved new head coach Andy Reid's franchise quarterback question mark. Protection for his blindside seems like the next logical selection.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

The Jags sure could use some help in the pass-rushing category, as their 20 sacks last season ranked last in the league.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, Florida DT

The 305 pound tackle is athletic and durable, meaning he could line up in the middle or on the outside, giving the Raiders options on the front line. Floyd attracts double teams and can help his teammates get open lanes to the backfield.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, Alabama CB

Parting ways with Nnamdi Asomugha, Milliner could anchor the secondary for the Eagles for years to come. Milliner is the top corner in this draft class and has great instincts and awareness when on the field.
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, Central Michigan OT

Arguably one of the best tackles available this year, the consistent Fisher would be a welcome addition to Matt Stafford's offensive line. With a very thin running back class, bringing in o-line help is the best option for Detroit in the top five.

6. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, BYU DE

The former basketball and track star out of BYU is another hybrid D-End/outside backer that can contribute to the pass rush. Alongside Paul Kruger I believe he can make an immediate impact in the NFL, but he's not exactly the strongest against the run.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, Oklahoma OT

The Cards went out and did something about the quarterback position, bringing in wide receiver Carson Palmer for All Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald to catch passes from. Looks like Arizona will join Kansas City as teams who bring in a top prospect to help with protection. Not to mention he can play on both the left and right side.

8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, USC QB

I'm not so sure on this one. The addition of Kevin Kolb may force the Bills to build the offense around him rather than snagging Barkley off the board at No. 8. But, then again, I'm sure the Bills saw what Kolb did while in Arizona. If they take Barkley with this pick, then we'll know exactly what their stance on the Kolb signing is.

9. New York Jets: Star Lotulelei, Utah DT

The 320-pound Lotulelei has the potential to anchor the Jets' defensive front for the next 10+ years. The explosive Lotulelei is great against the run, but could use some improvement in his pass-rushing skills. Luckily for him, though, he wont be paid to record double-digit sack totals.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina G

Cooper is really athletic and, though normally the guard's biggest skill set should involve pulling and run-blocking, he is also very good at pass-blocking. A top three prospect at offensive guard, I'm almost surprised he's coming off the board before Warmack.

11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, Alabama G

Here he is, coming off the board right behind Cooper. I think Warmack is the top-ranked guard in the draft. Going up against SEC defenses, Warmack will be ready for the NFL from day one.

12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State CB

The former Seminole is a very physical corner and has great size for the position (6'2"/215 pounds). Watching his highlights he appears to play the ball in the air very well and typically plays in a cover 2.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, Washington CB

The younger brother of former Seattle Seahawk cornerback Marcus and former AFL cornerback Isaiah, Trufant has defensive back in his bloodline. Desmond (5'11"/190) is bigger than Isaiah and about the same size as Marcus. He's not the fastest guy on the field but he does have some quick feet and knows the game well.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, Missouri DT

Richardson had a huge game against the pro-ready Alabama offensive line, recording double-digit tackles and a sack. Richardson is quick off the line and has the ability to get into the backfield in a hurry.

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, LSU OLB

Mingo is a sideline-to-sideline tackler and at 6'4"/240 is one of the bigger outside linebackers in this year's draft class. His sack total was down in 2012, but the ability is still there and was on display with his 8.0 sacks in 2011.
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, West Virginia WR

Some "experts" aren't projecting the little man Austin (5'9"/177) to come off the board until the 2nd or 3rd round, but with a weak WR class we think the Rams will snag him. The loss of Danny Amendola opens up a void at the wideout position and the shifty Austin can also make plays in the return game.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, Georgia OLB

James Harrison likely isn't coming back to Pittsburgh in 2013, and the Steeler defense continues to age. Sure, there are always questions in the offensive line and Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace have left holes on offense, but Jones is a top-tier pass rusher in this year's draft. The reward far out-weighs the injury risk.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas S

Last year Dallas selected cornerback out of LSU Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick, and this year it'll be Vaccaro out of Texas. Vaccaro is a very physical safety and that may be his only downfall (overaggressiveness). He's a tackling machine and has great football instincts in the defensive backfield.

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, Florida State DE

The FSU defensive end recorded a career-high 13.0 sacks this past season and truly shined coming off the edge in the ACC. The Germany born Werner is a relentless pass rusher and very quick off the snap. The Giants may be lucky if he falls to them at 19.

20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, Kansas State LB

There a couple of teams that could use a guy of Brown's ability, but Chicago could really use a guy to replace Brian Urlacher. Brown's back-to-back 100+ tackle seasons shows his ability to bring down ball-carriers.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, Georgia LB

Ogletree is a former safety, giving him great ability to cover in man-to-man situations and is a sideline-to-sideline tackler. The former Bulldog has the potential to be an every-down 'backer at the next level and would be a solid fit with the Bengals.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Matt Elam, Florida S

Thanks to a draft pick from the Skins in the RGIII deal last season, the Rams will get two chances to make huge improvements on a sub-par 2012 squad. Strong safety Elam from Florida would be an immediate impact over Craig Dahl, who started all 16 games for St. Louis last season.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee WR

With Cassel and Ponder competing for the starting quarterback job this summer, they will need a wideout to step-up in place of Percy Harvin (traded to Seattle). The signing of former Green Bay Packers veteran Greg Jennings will take some pressure off the young Patterson to make an immediate impact, but he'll still make a viable No. 2 option.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame LB

It's no secret that the BCS Championship game against Alabama and the scouting combine in February hurt Te'o's chances at a top 10 pick in the draft. His weaknesses were exposed against a pro-ready offense and teams have shied away from the inside linebacker. But, it may not have been enough to knock him out of the first round completely.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State CB

Antoine Winfield has been the cornerstone of Minnesota's secondary since the 2004 season. But now that he's on his way to Seattle, perhaps the Vikes should use a pick they received from those same Seahawks to find themselves Winfield's replacement at the corner position.

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, Alabama RB

We've seen over the years that the Packers' run game has been lacking. In fact I'd go as far to say that they haven't had a legitimate and consistent No. 1 running back since Ahman Green. But the 26th pick isn't too early to snag the top back off the board. Lacy is the only RB expected to go in the first round.

27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson WR

Houston has been on the lookout for a No. 2 option to put alongside All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson. Can you imagine what the Texans could do with multiple targets on the offensive side of the ball? Hopkins could be what this offense has been waiting for.

28. Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, North Carolina DT

Williams has a large frame, but don't be fooled. He has quickness to go along with that and is a great find for this late in the first round. Denver doesn't need any help on offense at the moment, but making an addition up front would be more than welcome.

29. New England Patriots: Margus Hunt, SMU DE

New England went defensive end with Chandler Jones last season, which is a move that paid off. But Patrick must be very high on Hunt, because most projections and so-called "experts" have Hunt coming off the board around the 3rd round. But Hunt does have upside in terms of side and speed.
30. Atlanta Falcons: DJ Fluker, Alabama OT

Fluker, the best tackle still left on the board at this point in the round, would be an upgrade over Clabo on the right side. But, I'm still not 100% sure that the Falcons would go offensive tackle at the No. 30 pick.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, LSU S

Reid seems to always be in on plays and around the ball. While at Florida, Reid was known as a tough hitter and racked in nearly 100 tackles in the defensive backfield.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Tank Carradine, Florida State DE

The key for Baltimore at this point, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, is to get younger. Clearly that will be done via the draft, and selecting a viable pass-rusher to fill the void that Paul Kruger left will be huge. With the addition of Dumervil at outside linebacker, Carradine will complement his pass-rushing skills perfectly. Carradine plays with great passion and is great off the edge of the line.

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Other possible first round selections:

QB Geno Smith
RB Giovani Bernard
RB Le'Veon Bell
WR Justin Hunter
WR Keenan Allen
TE Tyler Eifert
TE Zach Ertz
C Barrett Jones
DE DaMontre Moore
DE Alex Okafor
LB Kevin Minter

Disclaimer: Take notice that West Virginia's quarterback Geno Smith has fallen out of the first round in this mock draft. This year's QB class, obviously, is very weak...especially when compared to last season's. While I agree that I'm not 100% sold on Geno becoming a franchise quarterback for the next 5-10 years, we here at All-Out Blitz do believe he will go in the first round.

At this point, it appears that Philadelphia is one of the few teams that could take a stab at a quarterback in the top 10, in order to provide insurance at the position for when Michael Vick's time is done. The free agency buzz surrounding veteran quarterbacks has further dampened the potential market for the likes of Geno and Matt Barkley.

We'll just have to see what happens, as Patrick could very well be spot-on in his prediction of Smith dropping out of the first round of this year's draft. That's the great (and bad) thing about the draft: it's very tough to correctly project how the draft will go until five or six years down the road.

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1 comment:

  1. I think Jacksonville might just have the worst roster on paper in the entire National Football League.

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