Hey BGO readers, Uman here with my final mock draft before Thursday night’s 2013 NFL Draft. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to leave comments. Bear Down!
1. Kansas City Chiefs –
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – Joeckel is the best player available in this draft and fills a hole on Kansas City’s line. He has good size and will make an immediate impact in pass-blocking for the Chiefs.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars —
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon – Jacksonville’s defense took a huge step back in 2012 after a promising season the year prior. The Jaguars lack a solid pass rusher. Lucky for them, Jordan is the total package in that category. He’s got great size, length and is agile enough to be a force for many years to come on Jacksonville’s defensive front.
3. Oakland Raiders —
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida – The Raiders’ roster is similar to swiss cheese. They’ve got holes everywhere and need help at nearly every position. The best bet for them is Floyd, who will anchor their D-Line for the foreseeable future.
4. Philadelphia Eagles —
Lane Jones, OT, Oklahoma – There remains plenty of uncertainty on the offensive line for the Eagles. With Jason Peters coming off an Achilles injury, drafting a young offensive lineman will give the Eagles some options going forward on their offensive front.
5. Detroit Lions —
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan – After losing Jeff Backus to retirement, Gosder Cherilus to the Colts and Stephen Peterman to free agency, the Lions need to fill a void on the offensive line. The Central Michigan product is a great fit for the Motor City.
6. Cleveland Browns —
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama – In the pass-heavy NFL, cornerbacks are a premium and with the Browns’ lack of depth at the position, drafting Milliner here is a must.
7. Arizona Cardinals —
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama – The Cardinals’ offensive line was porous in 2012. Help is sorely needed in Arizona and Chance Warmack is on the way to patch up the offensive front in the desert.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – It’s no secret that the Bills desperately need a QB. This draft class isn’t necessarily ripe with talent at the position, but Smith is their best bet at finding a capable signal-caller in 2013.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU – Much like the Raiders, the Jets’ roster is a mess. With needs at most positions they could go a number of different ways in the draft. Starting with Mingo on the defensive side of the ball is a good start.
10. Tennessee Titans
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah – The Titans’ pass rush could use a young gun to anchor the attack. Lotulelei is more than capable of soldifying the defensive unit.
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina – Philip Rivers needs protection in the pocket to have success as he’s not known for his mobility. A guy like Cooper will help ease the pressure Rivers has dealt with the past two seasons in southern California.
12. Miami Dolphins
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State – Trading Vontae Davis leaves a void in the secondary for Miami. Rhodes is a great option to fill that hole and will provide stable cover on defense.
13. New York Jets (from Bucs)
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri – The Jets could opt for some help on the offensive line with this pick, but without a solid option under center, the safer option is to go with a defensive anchor like Richardson.
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama – Cam Newton is as mobile as they come, but that didn’t stop him from taking some pretty big hits last season. Signing a big man like Fluker should help to ease the impact Newton could face in the pocket.
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – With Jonathan Vilma nearing the end of his contract and his on-field production slowing down, the Saints should start to look for a replacement in the middle. Jones could be that guy.
16. St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia – With the loss of Danny Amendola, the Rams could use a playmaker at wide out. Austin fits the bill and could be of immediate help if he clicks with Sam Bradford coming out of camp.