2013 NFL Mock Draft

Written By: David Maziasz - Dec• 27•12

David’s Draft Scenarios (Mock Draft) 

(Updated 12/27) -

This mock draft includes the first twenty picks of the draft.

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Rankings from NFL.com:

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Geno Smith- Whether it is the Chiefs or some other team, recent history indicates this pick will be used for a quarterback. With a savvy choice of quarterback here, Kansas City will soon erase the sting of this season. Remember, this team was a preseason playoff contender when the quarterback play was reliable.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Barkevious Mingo- It certainly is not for a lack of trying that Jacksonville still struggles to generate a legitimate pass rush. But once again, their defense ranks among the league’s worst in that critical metric. I should think that the Jaguars will be hoping to imitate Denver by unleashing their own frenetic pass rush nightmare.

3. Oakland Raiders

Anthony Barr- The 2012 NCAA sack champion goes to one of the NFL’s poorest pass rushing teams. Anthony Barr made his debut on defense as a OLB this season after converting from running back. He has the frame (6’4″/235), speed, elite bend, and coverage skills to develop into one of the game’s premiere three down defenders.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Jarvis Jones- For a team that earned itself a top 5 pick, I must say they have a boat load of talent. If it weren’t for the entire offensive line getting placed on the injured list, Philadelphia could very well be a playoff team. If they stay put, they could select Jarvis Jones, a very fine linebacker with impressive production and top notch consistency. Just what the doctor ordered.

5. Detroit Lions

Bjoern Werner- Ever since taking the reigns in Allen Park, Lions’ GM, Martin Mayhew has been predictably unpredictable with his draft decisions. If Detroit wanted to address their poor production in the defensive backfield, they would do well to select Dee Milliner from Alabama. He is a perfect fit in terms of scheme. However, the Lions’ wide 9 defense hinges not on the superb coverage, but on quality play from their defensive front. Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh, and Cliff Avril are excellent players, but their leader Kyle Vanden Bosch’s production has fallen off. The Lions would be wise to invest in another player to challenge Willie Young as the eventual replacement for Vanden Bosch. Bjoern Werner is a high effort, high production player who can play the run on the way to the quarterback, precisely the type of player for the wide 9.

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6. Buffalo Bills

Alec Ogletree- The desperate Bills spent huge sums of money in free agency to upgrade their roster. They have a formidable defensive line, and have some playmakers in the secondary, but they should welcome some aid for the linebackers. Alec Ogletree, a converted safety, is as versatile as he is athletic. He plays his best in the biggest games (vs. Alabama in SEC championship), and he would be a fine addition for the Bills, especially as a WLB.

7. Cleveland Browns

Sheldon Richardson- The Browns defense is a strong unit, but since there are no offensive playmakers to choose here, Cleveland can bolster the defensive line by adding a pass rushing element to their interior line. Sheldon Richardson is a highly disruptive player who can line up anywhere. He reminds me very much of Nick Fairley.

8. Tennessee Titans

Star Lotulelei- Surprised by seeing him slip this far, the Titans select Star Lotuleilei, the man who re-defines “blow delivery.” He can dominate opponents, and truly demands a great deal of interior attention, especially in run defense. If he had more pass rush upside, he could be the first defender off the board.

9. Arizona Cardinals

Matt Barkley- Barkley is a quarterback with good tools, soft touch, and and advanced understanding of the game of football. He is a great fit within the West Coast offense. Although he isn’t the best player in the draft, he will be able to put Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to good use.

10. San Diego Chargers

Luke Joeckel- Regarded by some as the top talent in this draft, Joeckel would help Philip Rivers stay upright, while giving the Chargers some flexibility in moving around Jared Gaither and Jeromey Clary.

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11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dee Milliner- The draft’s best cover man could be a dyn-o-mite in Tampa’s zone coverage scheme.

12. New York Jets

Dion Jordan- This giant pass rusher is the prototype rusher for Rex Ryan. The Jets need rush help desperately.

13. Carolina Panthers

Taylor Lewan- Not a great spot for Carolina, but they make the best of it with the draft’s most athletic lineman, who has 4 years of experience blocking for ultra athletic quarterbacks.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers

Johnathan Hankins- The future replacement for Casey Hampton has arrived. Hankins is a load to block, and will free up the Steeler LBs to do what they do best.

15. Miami Dolphins

Keenan Allen- Getting Ryan Tannehill some targets to throw to should be top priority.

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16. New Orleans Saints

Damontre Moore- Saints get a steal at a position of great need with a highly productive, high upside rusher like Moore.

17. St. Louis Rams

Kenny Vaccaro- The next great Texas safety. Jeff Fisher will be hoping Vaccaro is like the Texas safety he had in Tennessee (Michael Griffin).

18. Dallas Cowboys

Tavon Austin- Dallas needs a safety, but Jerry Jones is not afraid to bring in role players. Tavon Austin will take over for Felix Jones as the Cowboys’ home run hitter in the backfield and in the slot. This season, no one in college football has been more dangerous with the ball in his hands than Austin.

19. New York Giants

Ezekiel Ansah- The Giants are very willing to invest in their defensive front. Ansah is new to football and is just learning to play the game. Given some time, the 6’6″ former soccer play could live in the backfield as a DT, DE, or rush linebacker.

20. Chicago Bears

Eric Fisher- Jay Cutler needs to be protected better, and Matt Forte could use some wider holes to run through. Eric Fisher will likely be great help for the Bears offense by protecting the left side.

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