It’s that time of year again. With the Dallas Cowboys sitting out once again on the post-season, we look ahead to the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. We will now begin providing a new mock draft of the first round every week all the way up until the event in April.
With no further ado, here is our second, first round NFL mock draft of the year:
NOTE: This is as accurate a draft order as possible. Currently, the top 20 spots are set. The remaining picks will be determined as teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
Seeing how Andy Reid is the new HC, he will be looking for a QB. Expect Matt Cassell or Brady Quinn to be released or traded because Reid’s offense will fit well with Smith. He is mobile and has a good deep ball. Two things Reid likes in a quarterback.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
Jacksonville is getting Tim Tebow in the future according to several reports so no need for a QB. If Daryl Smith test the free agency waters, then expect this pick to happen.
3. Oakland Raiders – Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU
Oakland hasn’t had the smartest of drafts, in my opinion. It just seems they have a chance at getting Damontra Moore but they will want Mingo. After reading several reports about Mingo, I have concluded that the Raiders like a project and Mingo is a good project player to get to develop his talents. He may not start immediately but give him a couple of weeks into the season.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
After seeing Joeckel play several games throughout the season, I can’t help but think that the Eagles will try to fix one of their biggest problems throughout the season. The offensive line took on many injuries during the season so I see this as a good pick for the Eagles.
5. Detroit Lions – Damontre Moore, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M
Detroit will drool at the fact that Moore will be sitting here at number 5. With the hybrid DE/OLB still being utilized, I can see the Lions trying to make Moore the next Demarcus Ware.
6. Cleveland Browns – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
You may think defense with this pick but I would select a WR to start complementing Brandon Weeden. Face it, the Browns do not have a top-flight WR to throw to. With Weeden and Richardson developing as they have, this pick makes sense for the Browns.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Kevin Kolb is going to be the man, for at least one more season. Now they will work on getting him some protection. Lewan would be a great pick for the Cardinals.
8. Buffalo Bills – Manti T’eo, Linebacker, Notre Dame
T’eo will go to the Buffalo Bills! Buffalo needs to upgrade their linebacking corp and T’eo will be the centerpiece of a new LB squad that Buffalo could be proud of.
9. New York Jets – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
After seeing Vaccaro play a few games, Vaccaro has the tendency to be an electrifying defensive player who has the presence of a linebacker when lining up close to the line of scrimmage. Over time, Vaccaro and current Jets safety LaRon Landry would form one of the strongest defensive backfields in the league.
10. Tennessee Titans –Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
The Titans will concentrate on defense after allowing 29.4 points a game. Getting pressure from this 310 defensive lineman would be a plus for a defense that was undersized in the middle last season.