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 my last, first round NFL mock draft before the lights turn on:
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
After seeing Joeckel play several games throughout the season, I can’t help but think that the Chiefs 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 Chiefs.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Standing at 6-8, 305 Fisher has excellent pass blocking skills and in this pass happy NFL, you want your star QB well protected. The Jaguars get themselves a good selection out of the Central Michigan product.
3. Oakland Raiders – – Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Floyd has adequate size and quickness but he is a project player. Lacking in the strength department, don’t expect Floyd to be playing right away but he is a good enough athlete to be drafted in the 1st round.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
If Luke Joeckel is available then the Eagles go with him, if not look for them to select Johnson. Johnson, a former high school QB, will make the transition from college TE to professional OT as the Eagles work on their offensive line.
5. Detroit Lions – Ziggy Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
The Lions have lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. The Lions need a pass rusher and need one now! Ansah will be a good fit for the Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
Cleveland will drool at the fact that Milliner will be sitting here at number 6. With his speed concerns handled at the combine, look for Milliner to come in and complement Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
The Cardinals will hope for a similar success out of another Virginia product, Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick. Smith has the speed, we will see if he has the skill set to be a successful NFL quarterback.
8. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Minter, Linebacker, LSU
I originally had the Bills selecting Manti Teo 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.