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2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
By Matt Horkman

1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The hiring of Andy Reid as head coach has many thinking quick turnaround in Kansas City. Reid is notorious for getting production from his offense, but offensive line woes plagued his Philadelphia teams late in his tenure there. Selecting Joeckel ensures that won’t happen in Kansas City. Having played against the Big 12 and SEC, Joeckel’s already battle tested. He’s ready to enter the picture and give a franchise 10 good years on the left side.

Alternative: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Perhaps no team needs a roster overhaul more than Jacksonville does. They can focus on a number of needs, but their biggest task is finding a good way to counter Andrew Luck for the next 10-plus years. They can start by upgrading their 22nd ranked pass defense. Milliner’s physical at the line of scrimmage and excels in man-to-man coverage. There were concerns regarding his speed, but he solidified his top 10 status with a 4.37 40-yard dash.

Alternative: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

3. Oakland Raiders -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Losing Desmond Bryant and Richard Seymour created a void along Oakland‘s defensive line. Floyd’s explosive off the ball and consistently gets penetration into the backfield. He’s an ideal three-technique with excellent size and athleticism. More importantly, he has the potential to develop into a special player.

Alternative: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
In switching to a 3-4, Philadelphia must get bigger upfront. They did so in free agency by signing Isaac Sopoaga, but Lotulelei is a different animal. He’s a violent run defender and versatile enough to play any position along the defensive line. Drafting him gives Philadelphia a foundation (along with Fletcher Cox) on their new 3-4 frontline.

Alternative: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

5. Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Despite drafting Riley Reiff last year, Detroit remains in the market for an offensive tackle. Enter Fisher who solidified his draft stock with a strong senior bowl and combine. He’s a good athlete with ideal size, and his pass protection is good enough to make him a day one starter. Drafting him allows Detroit to relegate Reiff to the right side, giving them a pair of bookend tackles to keep Matthew Stafford upright.

Alternative: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

6. Cleveland Browns -- Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Signing Paul Kruger may give Cleveland options, but it doesn’t solidify their pass rush. Drafting Jordan does. He’s a tall, lengthy, athletic pass rusher capable of developing into a perennial 10-sack a season rush linebacker. Bringing him into the fold allows Cleveland to employ Jabaal Sheard to situational duties, while moving Kruger to defensive line in sub packages, where he was productive in Baltimore.

Alternative: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

7. Arizona Cardinals -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Cardinals will take a quarterback in this draft. The round they select one in is up for debate. If they believe Smith is a franchise quarterback, then they‘ll end that debate in round one. Scouts believe Smith’s size, arm, and athleticism gives him a higher ceiling than any other quarterback available in this draft. A strong pro day workout reassured their beliefs. 

Alternative: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYUEzekiel Ansah
Some may shy away from Ansah because of his lack of production and inexperience. However, his combination of size, speed, and strength makes him the total package. He may need a year to learn the game, which is why a first-year coach with job security may be more willing to take a chance. It’s a risk worth taking if he develops into a household name.

Alternative: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

9. New York Jets -- Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
It’s become a tradition to link the Jets to pass rushers this time a year. As an attacking rush linebacker, Mingo finally would solve the problem. He’s explosive off the ball and turns the corner really well. His shoddy run defense may make him just a situational player, but Ryan’s creative enough to utilize his strengths, while covering up any weaknesses.

Alternative: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

10. Tennessee Titans -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Signing Andy Levitre to play guard doesn’t rule out Chance Warmack with this pick. But in today’s pass-happy NFL, the edge goes to the wide receiver. Patterson has an excellent combination of size (6-2 & 216 pounds) and speed. He and Kendall Wright would compliment each other well, as Tennessee can finally move on from Kenny Britt.

Alternative: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
One of San Diego’s off-season priorities was to re-sign guard Louis Vasquez. Denver had other ideas and plucked Vasquez away from them. Warmack is an ideal replacement. He’s a good pass protector, dominate run blocker, and would bring a nastiness to San Diego’s offense that’s been missing since Marty Schottenheimer was head coach.

Alternative: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

12. Miami Dolphins -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
After losing Jake Long to St. Louis via free agency, Miami will focus on finding his replacement through either trade or the draft. Building around Ryan Tannehill has been Miami’s biggest off-season priority, and I can’t think of a greater benefit to the young quarterback than a young left tackle that’ll keep his jersey clean.

Alternative: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Buccaneers gave up 4,758 passing yards last season, which was dead last in the NFL. As a result, they made addressing their secondary a priority. They already added Dashon Goldson at safety, but they still need as many as two cornerbacks. Darrelle Revis is in play via trade and Rhodes is definitely in play via the draft. His stock is trending upward because he fits the profile of big, physical corners.

Alternative: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

14. Carolina Panthers -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Winners of five of their last six games, Carolina enters the off-season with hope of a postseason run this season. They have a young, ascending roster, but they do have a couple of glaring needs. One of them is defensive tackle. Richardson’s a strong, quick-footed defensive tackle with an explosive enough first step to develop into an interior pass rushing force. The Panthers could stand to add two new starters inside. Drafting Richardson would give them one.

Alternative: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

15. New Orleans Saints -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
With the hiring of Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, the Saints are transitioning to a 3-4 on defense. They want to create more big plays and Ryan’s defense centers around creating plays with a pass rush and a swarming secondary. Vaccaro fits the latter. He was a first-team, all-conference player in 2011 (and second-team in 2012). He has good size, is fluid in coverage, and can serve as the last line of defense in any secondary.

Alternative: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

16. St. Louis Rams -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Going into his fourth year as a starter, Sam Bradford has yet to play with a dynamic receiver. The Rams hTavon Austinave two first-round picks and odds are good they’ll rectify that mistake with one of them -- possibly both. Austin’s a playmaker. He’s quick in space and has outstanding straight-line speed. He’s not limited to a slot role and his skill set makes him the big-play receiver Bradford’s been waiting for St. Louis to draft.

Alternative: Matt Elam, S, Florida

17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Steelers are a franchise with a proud history at linebacker, but they enter the draft needing two new starters at the position. Jones is an explosive rush linebacker and is relentless in his pursuit of quarterbacks. His underwhelming pro day has created a fuss, but he has plenty of good tape.

Alternative: Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Dallas needs to find a center and Cooper could be the answer. He’s a big-bodied, first-round interior player. At the combine, he did 30-plus reps of 225 on the bench. He’s a four-year starter, who is very agile despite weighing 311 pounds. Whether he plays center or guard, Dallas needs options along the offensive line, and Cooper represents value and need at No. 18.

Alternative: Matt Elam, S, Florida

19. N.Y. York Giants -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
General manager Jerry Reese has done a great job of assembling one of the most talented rosters in the league. He’s made a living of injecting his defense with pass rush and never shies away from taking a luxury over a need. Werner is a solid football player. He doesn’t do anything particularly great, but there aren’t many significant red flags that make you dislike him as a player.

Alternative: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

20. Chicago Bears -- Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia
Brian Urlacher’s decision to reject a reported one-year offer from Chicago now creates a hole at mike linebacker. Like Urlacher, Ogletree is a former safety with outstanding athleticism. He can defend the pass, shows good pursuit, and is a three-down starting linebacker.

Alternative: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

21. Cincinnati Bengals -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Re-signing Andre Smith would nullify this selection, but if the Bengals do lose their starting right tackle, then Fluker is a more than adequate replacement. In fact, he’s a long-term upgrade. He has a solid build (6-5 & 339 pounds) and freakish arm length of 37 inches.  His weight needs monitoring, especially in the off-season, but he’s a very good right tackle prospect.

Alternative: Matt Elam, S, Florida

22. St. Louis Rams -- Matt Elam, S, Florida
Jeff Fisher is a defensive-minded guy and he could solidify St. Louis’ secondary with a safety. Elam is a thumper. He tackles well and has the speed to cover a lot of ground. He’s also capable of covering the slot, which elevates his value. His combination of ball skills, range, and tackling makes him the most polished safety available.

Alternative: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

23. Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Vikings have invested youth into their secondary, but several of them, (namely Josh Robinson) remain unpolished. Trufant could start on day one. He’s aggressive, quick-footed, and breaks on the ball well. He does have a tendency to grab a lot and he won‘t get away with it in the pros. Nonetheless, Minnesota needs corners if they’re going to topple Green Bay in the NFC North.

Alternative: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

24. Indianapolis Colts -- John Jenkins, DT, GeorgiaJohn Jenkins
Entering year two of their transition on defense, the Colts still lack key components to make their 3-4 defense work. Nose tackle is arguably the biggest of those needs. Jenkins has the natural size (346 pounds) to play nose tackle. Because of his conditioning, teams will monitor his rep count, but he flashes the dominance against the run Indy needs to upgrade their 29th ranked run defense.

Alternative: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

25. Minnesota Vikings -- Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Signing Greg Jennings helps, but it doesn’t solidify Minnesota’s receiving corps. The Vikings still need to add another young pass-catcher to take pressure off Adrian Peterson. Williams is a big-bodied possession receiver. He has the quickness, size, and route running to be an excellent outside threat in Minnesota’s offense.

Alternative: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

26. Green Bay Packers -- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
When it comes to Green Bay’s major needs, many pundits focus on their secondary and linebacker core. The Packers also need to inject youth into their defensive line. Williams is a 300-plus pound space eater that dominates versus the run. He may have to come off the field during sub packages, but he’s an upgrade over C.J. Wilson in their base defense. His presence gives the Packers more leeway with Ryan Pickett’s rep count.

Alternative: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

27. Houston Texans -- Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Texans are a balanced team in the sense that they can run and pass. If you examine the bigger picture, though, their threats are Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. They must find a complimentary receiver opposite of Johnson. Woods is the perfect fit. He possesses good speed, runs crisp routes, and has soft hands. If he lives up to his 2011 tape, then this could be a steal at the backend of round one.

Alternative: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

28. Denver Broncos -- Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Last postseason, Baltimore exposed aging cornerback Champ Bailey by attacking him vertically. The Broncos will turn to the draft to right the wrong. Slay’s a big, fast corner with good ball skills and fluid hips. An excellent combine workout has elevated his draft standing enough to make him a potential surprising day one selection.

Alternative: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

29. New England Patriots -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
At the backend of round one, Hunter provides big-play ability and value. He goes up and gets the ball at its highest peak and he uses his size to out position defensive backs. He also has the straight-line speed to consistently separate from defenders. The major red flag holding him back is a lack of focus catching the ball. Nevertheless, he’s the deep threat Tom Brady’s been lacking.

Alternative: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

30. Atlanta Falcons -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Signing Steven Jackson and luring Tony Gonzalez back may have kept Atlanta’s window opened one more year. The Falcons still need to address their defense, and pass rush is their biggest priority. Okafor is a powerful edge rusher that gets off the ball well and does a good job of using his hands. He could push for playing time early, which fits Atlanta’s win-now mentality.

Alternative: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

31. San Francisco 49ers -- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Free agency hit San Francisco’s defensive line hard. The 49ers watched Ricky Jean-Francois sign a big deal with Indianapolis, in addition to parting ways with Isaac Sopoaga. They need depth and Williams provides it. He doesn’t dominate in any facets, but his versatility would be valuable to San Francisco’s d-line rotation.

Alternative: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

32. Baltimore Ravens -- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
You don’t win a Super Bowl without good players, and the Ravens have found that out the hard way. Free agency has hit them hard, but their front office won’t panic and reach for a need. They’ll take the best player on their board. The Ravens offense played its best with Michael Oher on the right side, so plugging the quick-footed Watson in on the left side, gives them bookend tackles to protect their $120 million dollar quarterback.

Alternative: Eric Reid, S, LSU

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