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. It is not straying too much from my original selections in my first mock draft minus a few changes including a few surprises with a more realistic pick for our Cowboys.
With no further ado, here is our latest, first round NFL mock draft of the year:
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 – Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, FSU
The Cardinals go to the defensive and get strongman Werner, he is a fast, strong DE who can wreak havok in the offensive backfields. The next two DE’s(Jarvis Jones and Anthony Barr) in the draft have more sacks than Werner but they don’t have the strength of this young man.
8. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU
I originally had the Bills selecting Manti T’eo but after all his drama, Buffalo goes with a safer selection and less drama from Kevin Minter from LSU. Minter will remind them of Takeo Spikes and they will jump at the chance to see if get lucky to have a player the Bills let go back in 2006.
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 – Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Warmack is probably the best interior lineman in the draft. He might go higher than this pick but I also see that Tennessee might even trade up to get him. With tremendous upside to his ability, the Titans will be adding a key component to their offensive line.