1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Nick Foles…Alex Smith…Matt Flynn. Who knows if any of these guys will be the quarterback of the Chiefs during the upcoming season. What we do know is that it won’t/can’t be Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn. Everyone and their Mike Mayock believe that the Chiefs shouldn’t take a quarterback in this slot. I’m not disagreeing with the value of the pick but sometimes necessity outweighs the value.
Until the Chiefs actually sign/trade for a quarterback I will be mocking Geno Smith at this spot.
Check out what Chiefs GM John Dorsey had to say about the top of the 2013 QB class…it doesn’t bode well for my selection.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of Dion Jordan to the Jaguars pick. I figured Jags fans would go nuts on that one but the feedback is pretty good which means they are being well schooled on Gus Bradley and his brand of defense. That said, the reality is that Jason Babin may be a one year rental at the LEO spot and Lotulelei is a big body, versatile defender that is more a sure a thing than Jordan is. They would be wise to play it safe with Star and let Babin work in as the LEO for a season.
3. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
I keep landing with Richardson to Oakland. You won’t find a more disruptive DT in this draft class. Richardson’s motor runs extra hot and he could be just what the doctor ordered in Oakland. The Raiders lack playmakers in their front seven and Richardson gives them an immediate impact type player.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Last week we were in a real bind with Joeckel and Star on the board for the taking. With Star off the board this week it makes this pick a fairly easy one with the draft’s top player available. Drafting Joeckel allows the Eagles to move Todd Heremans inside, killing two birds with one stone.
5. Detroit Lions – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
This pick should come down to a pass rusher or Dee Milliner. Dion Jordan and Jarvis Jones could burn a hole in Martin Mayhew’s pocket. I’m not sure they can afford to gamble on Jordan panning out as an everydown DE in their system or bank on Jones making the successful transition to 4-3 SLB. This pick comes down to Milliner and Jones with Milliner probably being the safer of the two.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Dion Jordan is a fascinating fit in Ray Horton’s defense. His ability to bend the edge is rare and he shouldn’t fall much further than this point. Jordan gives the Browns a double-edged sword as he has rare ability to drop in coverage at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds. The Browns linebackers were abysmal in coverage last season (see Kirk Cousins torching them)
Jordan offers a unique complement to Jabaal Sheard and gives the Browns a lot of options. This pick makes a ton of sense despite there being bigger needs in the secondary.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher is a rare specimen as he brings loads of athleticism to the position. If he can keep weight on his frame, this guy has a shot at being a very good one in the league. Nate Potter and Bobbie Massie filled in admirably and could be the answers long-term at RT but passing on a franchise type LT is not wise for this organization.
8. Buffalo Bills – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Outside of finding a long-term solution at the QB position, LB remains the Bills biggest need. With no QB being an absolute certainty at this point, the Bills turn their attention to a versatile LB that should be a solid fit in Mike Pettine’s defense. Jones cleared his first hurdle with a clean bill of health but team doctors will run him through the ringer again at the Combine. There’s no doubt that Jones’ versatility will play well in Pettine’s system and should being an immediate impact player in Buffalo.
9. New York Jets – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Damontre Moore makes a ton of sense at this point but I’m going a little less traditional on this one. They are lacking weapons in a major way. Whether its Mark Sanchez or someone else at the helm, they are going to have to find a legitimate threat at the WR position. Patterson lacks experience and needs some work but finding a more physically gifted receiver is an impossible task. He brings rare athletic talents to blend plus size.
10. Tennessee Titans – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Titans are probably ok at the defensive tackle position but passing on a value like Floyd with the 10th pick is not wise. While they have some nice, young options at the position none of them offer the upside and impact that Floyd can have on this defense. He gives them a disruptive force in the pass game and run game.
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
This would really put the Chargers in a bind…but a good one to be in. Chance Warmack is a stud but Johnson’s upside at a premium position may outweigh the sure thing in Warmack. Johnson brings a unique skill set despite being relatively new to the position. His athletic talents make him a prototype LT and could be the long-term answer at a spot that has been sore spot.
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