The 2013 NFL Draft is fast approaching. Free agency has taken a backseat for teams as they begin designing their draft boards. There does not seem to be a clear cut number one pick this year. The strength of this draft is depth not superstars. No one can truly predict what 32 general managers and head coaches will do; I simply chose who I would go with. I do not claim to be a draft expert, while I do watch them on TV. So here is my 2013 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The popular pick here is Luke Joeckel or Erik Fisher. However, after franchising left tackle Brandon Albert I just do not believe the Chiefs will use the number one overall pick on another tackle. Take Star and make a good defense even better.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd fits. The versatile defensive lineman will help new coach Gus Bradley build his defense and will only get better.
3. Oakland Raiders: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After acquiring Matt Flynn recently Oakland should take a top tackle to keep his jersey clean. Joeckel fits the bill.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
As bad as the Philadelphia offense was last season, the defense was worse. Jordan gives the Eagles length, talent, and familiarity.
5. Detroit Lions: Erik Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
With Jeff Backus retiring, Detroit solidifies the oline with some local talent.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Pairing Milliner with Hayden may give Cleveland one of the best cornerback tandems in the league.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Someone will take Geno Smith in the first round. Still think it is a reach, but he seems to fit in Arizona. Carson Palmer is simply a stop-gap option at QB.
8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Warmack would be an upgrade over the departing Andy Levitre. New coach Doug Marrone can get his quarterback in the second round.
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
Ansah may be raw but Rex Ryan will love his athleticism and potential.
10. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper. OG, North Carolina
Cooper will help build a solid line for Chris Johnson to run behind.
11. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Chargers have been missing this kind of dynamic player on offense. Austin can help coming out of the backfield or at receiver.
12. Miami Dolphins: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Miami filled most of their needs in free agency. Johnson would fill one they missed. Still learning the position may turn out to be the best tackle in this draft.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Will step in to start from the day he gets to camp.
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon, Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson would revitalize the Panthers defensive front.
15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Would instantly improve the pass rush, while bringing youth to the linebacking corps.
16. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Sam Bradford finally has a downfield target.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Medical concerns made Jones drop this far. The Steelers get yet another very productive linebacker.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams would anchor Monte Kiffin’s defense in Texas.
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
With a great motor, German-born Werner takes Osi Umenyiora’s spot in the defensive line rotation.
20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
The undersized Brown will try to make up for the mishandling of Brian Urlacher this offseason.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker is easily an upgrade over former RT Andre Smith.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The best tight end in the draft gives Bradford another weapon.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Minnesota may be hoping for another Randy Moss. A boom or bust pick, has the talent but only one year of major college experience.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The best safety in the draft.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle): Alec Olgetree, OLB, Georgia
Instantly upgrades the linebackers.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Finally, Green Bay gets a running back to take pressure off of Rodgers.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Should pair nicely with Andre Johnson, catches everything.
28. Denver Broncos: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Elvis has left the building. Jones should fit in nicely.
29. New England Patriots: Matt Elam, S, Florida
Belichick loves players from the University of Florida. Elam helps a weak secondary.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Sideline-to-sideline instinctive middle linebacker. 1st day starter.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Raw player with incredible athleticism. The “eastern block” should make a scary defense even better.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
Another south Florida safety to take Ed Reed’s place, great instincts and range.