This week’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft will be based on Mocking the Draft’s draft order with my take on the playoffs.
Will Geno Smith’s recent struggles cause him to fall in the 2013 NFL Draft
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Romeo has passed off the defense and will be passing over the HC duties at the end of the season. It’s been bad in KC and things don’t look brighter without a competitive quarterback. Geno Smith may not be a No. 1 pick in any other year but KC’s need drives this pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Jacksonville has no pass rush and they were just manhandled by Detroit. It’s ugly in Jacksonville and owner Shad Khan isn’t pleased, probably spelling the end to Gene Smith’s tenure as GM. Moore is the most dynamic, productive pass rusher in the country. Moore has said he doesn’t intend on leaving A&M after this season, but so does everyone when they are ten weeks in. The lure of going in the top 5 will be too much to pass on for Moore and he makes a wise decision by entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
3. Cleveland Browns – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
James Michael-Johnson has been a bright spot for the Browns defense. That said, he could be in for a move to the weakside with Jones’ arrival in Cleveland. The Browns need playmakers on this defense and Jones is the best in the draft at doing so. Jones ability to rush the passer and force turnovers will be a welcomed addition for the new coaching staff that will inevitably be in place at season’s end.
4. Carolina Panthers – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Panthers DE’s have been outstanding this season. Unfortunately they get little help on the inside. Hankins is a big body defender that has a lightning quick first step. He’s a force against the run and can apply pressure to the quarterback. His ability to make plays in the backfield will have him going before Star Lotulelei.
5. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS) – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The trade with Washington will pay off if the Rams are able to lock in Luke Joeckel. Joeckel is a worthy top five selection that can secure the blindside for Sam Bradford for a decade. Joeckel has been very impressive in 2012 and showed that he can be an elite tackle.
6. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Titans have some young talent at DT but none in the realm of Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei gives the Titans a force in the middle making everyone around him better. Certainly there are bigger needs for the Titans but adding a stud DT is never a bad idea.
7. Cincinnati Bengals – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Mingo will blaze the combine and excel in pre-draft workouts but the reality is that he hasn’t been as productive as you would like for someone of his skill level. Mingo’s versatility to put his hand in the dirt and stand up could intrigue the Bengals. Read the rest of this entry » «2013 NFL Mock Draft: Damontre Moore rising, Matt Barkley falling»