Editor’s NFL Mock Draft for 2013

Like every other football blogger and their football-blogging-on-the-interwebs uncle, it was time to throw out yet another annual mock draft. I’ve been doing this for longer than I care to remember, so why stop this year, even if there is no anticipation of the Redskins drafting a Robert Griffin III, or even picking on the first night of the draft in general?

Here goes nothing…

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns — Chance Warmack, OG. Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals — Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
8. Buffalo Bills — Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
9. New York Jets — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
10. Tennessee Titans — Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
11. San Diego Chargers — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
12. Miami Dolphins — Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) — Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
16. St. Louis Rams — Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
18. Dallas Cowboys — D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
19. New York Giants — Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
23. Minnesota Vikings — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
24. Indianapolis — Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) — Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
26. Green Bay Packers — Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
27. Houston Texans — Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
28. Denver Broncos — D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
29. New England Patriots — Keenan Allen, WR, California
30. Atlanta Falcons — Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri South St
31. San Francisco 49ers — Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
32. Baltimore Ravens — Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

A few other random thoughts:

- You’ll notice that I don’t have any quarterbacks going in the first round, even including Geno Smith from West Virginia. That’s not a misprint or mistake. That being said, I think three of them will be gone within the first 10 picks of the 2nd round. I think Jacksonville will seriously consider taking Smith, and if they don’t, Cleveland will almost certainly take him with their 2nd round pick. I think Arizona takes EJ Manuel, someone with more physical talent than any QB in this draft that new coach Bruce Arians could groom as Carson Palmer’s eventual replacement. Ryan Nassib goes to Buffalo and is reunited with former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone (that pick should surprise nobody), and Matt Barkley will fall to the Jets, where they’ll desperately pray the newer USC alum can take the job away from former USC QB Mark Sanchez.

- My favorite player in this draft is Dion Jordan from Oregon. If I had the #1 overall pick in this draft, I would take Jordan ten times out of ten, without any hesitation. His upside, to me, is like a a cross between DeMarcus Ware and Dwight Freeney. I truly think he’s going to be one of the top 5 pass rushers in the NFL no later than three seasons from now.

- On the flipside, this is one of the worst running back crops i’ve ever seen in 20+ years of following the draft. I have one guy who I think should go in the first round — Eddie Lacy from Alabama — and i’m not even that wild about him in general.

- I’ll (hopefully) be posting a column on 10 guys that Redskins fans should keep an eye on come Friday, when the team makes their first pick in the 2013 selection meeting (in the second around, #51 overall)

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3 Responses to “Editor’s NFL Mock Draft for 2013”

  1. Mort says:

    LOL “My favorite player in the draft is dion Jordan from Oklahoma”

  2. 007 says:

    I put up a final after round one.

    Right now here’s mine:

    I don’t see the talent level available to the REDSKINS at FS with the # 51 pick. The top three FS’s and the top two SS’s should be off the board by then, forcing the ‘SKINS to draft the best available which is not in the d-backfield at that point. I’m saying we have to go to Plan ‘C’ for FS and I really think that will be DeANGELO HALL and JONNY GOMES/TANARD JACKSON?

    My last guesses before the 25th;

    2 – RT TERRON ARMSTEAD – Arkansas Pine-Bluff. 8’5″ 306/ 4.65 40

    3 – TE GAVIN ESCOBAR – San Diego State 6’6″ 254/ 4.78 40

    4 – ILB A.J. KLEIN – Iowa State 6′ 1″ 250/ 4.66 40

    5 – OLB TY POWELL – Harding 6’2+” 249/ 4.60 40

    5 – CB SANDERS COMMINGS – Georgia 6′ 0″ 216/ 4.41 40

    6 – WR AARON MELLETTE – Elon 6′ 3″ 217/ 4.45 40

    7 – RB LaTAVIUS MURRAY – Central Florida 6′ 3″ 223/ 4.39 40

    UDFA’s

    C – DALTON FREEMAN – Clemson 6′ 5″ 291/ 4.97 40

    SS – COOPER TAYLOR – Richmond 6′ 5″ 228/ 4.55 40

    CB – JEREMY HARRIS – New Mexico State 6′ 3″ 181/ 4.49 40

    DE – DAVID KING – Oklahoma 6′ 5″ 270/ 4.70 40

    WR/KR – ZACH ROGERS – Tennessee 6′ 1″ 188/ 4.47 40 {possible BRANDON BANKS/NILES PAUL replacement]