2013 NFL Mock Draft – Geno Smith still topping our post Christmas mock draft

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1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The debate will begin next week whether Geno Smith is worthy of the top pick. The result matters very little as the Chiefs are in desperate need of a signal caller. I’m not sure that waiting until the 2nd round is good enough for this desperate franchise, making Smith the most obvious choice leading up to April. There will be much debate on this pick and whether or not he’s worthy of it, but at the end of the day he’s the best of this quarterback class.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Chiefs and Jags appear to be dead set on battling until the end for the top pick. Don’t let the Jason Babin acquisition fool you into thinking the Jags won’t take a pass rusher if they sit in this spot. Babin could wind up being a rental for the season leaving the Jags empty handed at DE. Werner is the top pass rusher in a stacked class. He’s a much better athlete than given credit for and adds the bonus of being able to stop the run. He’s the most complete of the bunch and a very worthy selection with the 2nd pick.

3. Oakland Raiders – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Raiders have to chalk up Carson Palmer as a loss and begin the process to move on from that abysmal trade. Palmer didn’t get any help in Oakland with oft-injured running back Darren McFadden on the shelf most of the season. That said, Palmer will be 33 next season and hasn’t been the same since his knee injury in Cincinnati and this may be the end of the road for Palmer as a starter in the NFL.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Nick Foles appears to be deserving of a look as a starting QB in the league. The Eagles are almost certain to bring a veteran to mentor and challenge Foles in the offseason. The biggest issue for the Eagles this season has been their offensive line. Granted some or even most of the cause has been injuries, they aren’t strong on the interior. The selection of Joeckel allows the Eagles to move Todd Hereman’s inside, where he’s best suited.

5. Detroit Lions – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

The Lions have a plethora of options here. Manti Te’o could really intrigue Martin Mayhew but they are in need of a dynamic pass rusher. I give the edge to Moore because of positional value. In a division with Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you have a top flight pass rusher. The Lions have some tough decisions in free agency this season with limited cap space and will have to be creative in the draft to fill holes.

6. Buffalo Bills – Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

Chan Gailey’s fate has been sealed and the Bills will be looking to move forward with a new signal caller. They cannot enter next season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a starter for this team despite giving him big bucks last season. Some people don’t have one quarterback in their top ten, I have three already. An argument can be made for my sanity but I think Glennon will be a favorite of Nix’s. Glennon has legitimate NFL tools and I think he winds up in the top ten. Here’s my personal plug for Glennon to Mobile, so I can see him in person with top weapons.

7. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Sheldon Brown has played pretty well in 2012 all things considered. Against Denver you saw him exposed as he was forced to cover Eric Decker, who completely outclassed him. In today’s NFL it’s important to have two stud corners with a solid nickel. The Browns lack another top end talent to pair with Joe Haden. In a conference with A.J. Green, Torrey Smith, and Mike Wallace this pick should be a slam dunk.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama"Chance Warmack"

Nate Potter’s emergence gives the Cards a little flexibility. With Smith, Wilson, and Glennon off the board I don’t see the Cardinals reaching for Matt Barkley. They should look to further strengthen their offensive line by bringing in a stud guard that is capable of making an instant impact in the league. This would be considered too high by many for a guard to be taken but Warmack is as good as they come and certainly deserves consideration this high.

9. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Titans are terrible on defense. They struggle mightily to stop the run and could use a big body in the middle. They have some solid three-techniques but very little in the way of run stuffers. Star Lotulelei instantly gives them a legitimate run stuffer with the ability to push the pocket. While they are young at the position with solid depth they need to upgrade it if they want to be better against the run.

10. San Diego Chargers – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Chargers have been abysmal at tackle for a long while. Counting on Jared Gaither’s health is fool’s gold and Jeromey Clarey is just plain terrible. As bad as Phillip Rivers has been, they won’t really know what they have in Rivers until they find him some protection. Matthews may be a long shot to declare. If he does, he is talented enough to land in the top 10. I think he possesses the skills to play the left side and at worst you have a very good RT.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

I fully realize that any pick that doesn’t involve a defensive back will be criticized. That said, I can’t see the Bucs passing on a talent like Richardson for Xavier Rhodes or Johnthan Banks. Pairing Richardson with a healthy Gerald McCoy is dangerous and instantly gives this defense a major boost. Richardson is a phenomenal athlete that I highly doubt makes it this far after pre-draft workouts have him skyrocketing up draft boards.

12. New York Jets – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

I’m cautious with Jarvis Jones until after the Combine. His medical concerns are concerning enough to warrant my caution. That said, he’s a top ten talent with special abilities to rush the passer, a much needed ability in New York. The Jets have struggled to get much pass rush this season and could use an upgrade at rush linebacker. If Jones can clear team’s medicals this will be a pipedream for the Jets as he’ll settle somewhere in the top 10.

13. Carolina Panthers – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

The Panthers are riding a hot streak and could finish the season on a four game win streak if they can knock off the Saints this Sunday. The biggest problem in Carolina is stopping the run as they have little talent in the middle of their defense. Adding Johnathan Hankins would be huge for the Luke Kuechly as Hankins is skilled enough to demand double-teams, freeing Kuechly to read and react. Hankins’ wore down as the season progressed and will need to improve from a consistency and conditioning aspect.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Te’o is going to be a polarizing prospect as some have him in the top three of their draft. I’m not sold on that idea but I think the floor for Te’o will be wherever Pittsburgh winds up picking. Te’o would be an absolute steal for the Steelers and bring exactly what they need to the table. He’s a solid leader that fits the Steelers draft history to a tee.

15. Miami Dolphins – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

This pick could be dependent on what the Dolphins do with Jake Long. It would be costly to franchise Long and I don’t know that giving him another monster contract is the right thing to do. If Long bolts South Beach, they could look to another UM tackle in Taylor Lewan. For now, the Dolphins need to find a pass rusher opposite Cam Wake. Dion Jordan is an absolute steal at this point and the Dolphins would do well to get him at 13.

16. New Orleans Saints – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Saints lack a force in the middle of their defense. Floyd gives them a dynamic three technique that is capable of rushing the QB from the inside and could be used on the edge in a three man front. The Saints will look to vary their fronts with an improvement in personnel and Floyd gives them the versatility to do so.

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  • Justin

    Chiefs are going to trade down a few spots and draft joeckel and pick up a extra 2nd and 3rd. Then their going to draft logan thomas in the 2nd, david amerson in the 2nd and leveon bell in the 3rd.

    • Matt

      are you kidding me? with what Washington gave up for RG3, the asking price at a bare minimum is two additional first round picks plus a teams first round pick this year, and probably more. Plus Joeckel is not an option, Albert is a great LT, and re-signing him is the ONLY option at LT. Logan Thomas will be no good at all either, KC can’t trade that pick, they have to draft a QB with it.

      • bradc11

        I would have to agree. I can’t see anyone wanting to trade up but I also can’t see the Chiefs wanting to trade out of this pick. Geno Smith is a solid QB and ready to play. Logan Thomas is a major project and won’t be ready to play for at least two more seasons. They have to find a way to re-sign Albert and look for help at WR if Bowe bolts. This is a pretty attractive roster for a new HC especially if you put Geno Smith on it. If there’s a way to keep Albert and Bowe, they are in business as early as next season.

      • Justin

        Theres not a player in the draft any team is going to trade 2 additional 1st round picks for.. the only reason washington traded 2 first round picks for rg3 is well hes rg3.. i could see the chiefs and eagles swapping spots or the chiefs and cardinals.. but at best would only get a 1st round pick in the 2014 draft.. but im still sticking with probably a 2nd and 3rd to slide down to the 4th pick. And everybody is down on logan thomas but just watch!! Hes about to tear up the bowl game tomorrow and watch out at the combine.. and brandon albert is getting up there in age and everybody forgets he was a lg in college, slide him inside and put the more athletic joeckel at lt and you have one of the best lines in football.. remember this post come draft time, because i think its gonna be pretty close to what the chiefs do..

        • bradc11

          I love Joeckel as much as anyone, he’s been my No. 1 prospect since October and will stay there barring injury. That said, the Chiefs are a good QB away from being a solid football team. The defense is fairly solid, good running game, solid OL, and if they can keep Bowe they are decent on the outside. A little help and depth is needed in the secondary. They just can’t afford to come away from the draft without Geno Smith. He’s NFL ready. Thomas is at least two years away from competing to be a starter in the league. He needs a lot of work on the mental side of the game. He reads half the field at VT and rarely do you see him going through his whole read progression. That spells trouble in the NFL. Anyone taking him will have to know that he’s a long-term project with upside. I agree someone will take him in the 2nd but its to sit for a couple of seasons to learn the position. A team like Dallas would be a great landing spot. He can learn while Romo finishes out his career.

        • Matt

          so how about him tearing up that bowl game? LOL

          • Justin

            Lol yea kinda a bad game… but without a running game a offensive line and a center that cant get you the ball, kinda hard to have a good game. Even manning and brady would have had a bad game with that team.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Good draft. Like Jordan & Ansah more than Te’o but I have no problems taking Te’o at 14.

    • bradc11

      It came down to Jordan and Te’o. I gave the slight edge to Te’o just because I thought he really fit the mold of a Steeler. Jordan isn’t a finished product and will take some time to acclimate to the NFL game.

  • Alex

    San Francisco re-signed Brooks to a nice hefty contract last offseason. Plus, they’ll have Darius Flemming next year, and possibly Haralson. They also have Cam Johnson, which I haven’t heard much about lately, but was dealing with a nagging injury earlier this year. I just dont see San Fran drafting a linebacker in the first.

    • bradc11

      I made this pick knowing that it was going to be scrutinized because of Brooks re-signing. I think if you’re one of the top teams in the league and you can find an impact pass rusher, pass blocker, or passer you take him regardless of need.

  • Matthew Morton

    He lost me when he had 3 QBs in the top 6 and Jarvis Jones and Manti Te’o both falling out of the top 10

    • bradc11


      You may be lost when the draft comes in April and that scenario takes place. Jarvis Jones will fall if his spinal condition doesn’t 100% check out which from my understanding is a great possibility. Te’o could go anywhere from 7-14 in the current order. Don’t believe all the Mel Kiper hype that he’s the top pick. Trust me, no NFL GM is taking Te’o with the 1st pick. He’s a nice prospect but not elite enough to go in the top 5. You said it yourself in your other post….you would look to slide a few spots before seriously considering him. Prepare yourself for as many of 4 QB’s going in the first round and I think realistically 2 could come off the board in the top 6 if Buffalo stays there.

  • Matthew Morton

    If Werner is off the board, if I’m the Lions I pass on Moore for Milliner in this case. Moore’s skill set is built more for a 3-4 OLB than a 4-3 DE with his size he could get dominated at times by better OTs in the NFL. CB is a gaping hole in the Lions’ defense, Milliner sures up one side, then you can re-sign Houston to be your #2 or make a play on Grimes or DRC in FA. Te’o would be another option, but I’d look to slide a few spots before seriously considering him

  • Braeden

    I don’t like the Patriots draft pick in Rhodes (and I am both a pats and FSU fan). to me he will end up not having the movement skills in his big body and eventually have to move to safety in the NFL. Unless he can follow in the mold of fellow Nole Alum and present NYJ corner Antonio Cromartie and he has a rare athletic skill set. I’d rather see us take Logan Ryan or Johnathan Banks.

    • bradc11

      I don’t see Rhodes as a safety in the NFL. He’s got enough foot quickness to stay at corner. He’s run with faster receivers at FSU and I think he sticks as a corner in the league. That said, I’m a fan of Logan Ryan’s…if he declares he will be a fast riser and may not make it to the Pats pick. Rhodes is getting a lot of love from people in the scouting community. Some have him early round one.

      • Braeden

        ok. Why is Murray (who I am a big fan of) in your top 25 on your big board but not drafted in here?

        • Brad

          I just don’t think he declares. Those rankings are a little out of date as well, but I do like Murray. I think he stays at UGA for his senior season.

  • Kevin

    Cardinals will go with Joeckel or Lewan in Round one, Barrett Jones in round two, and Eddie Lacey in round three. They like Matt Scott the QB from Arizona in later rounds.

  • Skinsfan

    Kenny V in the 2nd round? Bahahaahha! Are you serious? Tony Jefferson in the 2nd? C’mon Man!!!