2013 NFL Mock Draft: Staff Writer GM Edition

February 27th, 2013
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Could Geno Smith go to the Oakland Raiders? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Kyle Casey and Mike O’Connor, Staff Writers 

With the NFL’s premier scouting expo, the Scouting Combine, coming to an end on Tuesday, draft prospects have done almost all they can to prepare for the draft. Aside from pro days and individual workouts with teams, most teams’ draft boards are close to being solidified.

Now for online draftniks, all there is left to do is try to predict what will happen April 25-27. In order to do that, NYJD staff writers Kyle Casey and Mike O’Connor compiled a first round mock draft. Mike took the odd picks and Kyle took the even picks. 

The picks are based on who should get drafted at each spot, not who will. Essentially, this is what would happen if Kyle and Mike were drafting for each team.

Here is their mock:

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Geno Smith being the #1 pick overall always had it’s skeptics, so it’s no surprise that the Alex Smith to KC rumors are turning the tables.  With Star Lotulelei’s apparent condition (possibly heart issue, being speculated), and the solid chances of the Chiefs resigning Brandon Albert; defensive tackle becomes the top need by far, so Richardson slides right in.  The explosive and versatile tackle doesn’t possess the consistent tools that Star or Shariff Floyd do, but I think his potential is apparent as soon as you turn on his clips.  An upside pick for a team that isn’t as hopeless as most former #1 overall teams have been.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

Geno Smith was considered here, but instead the team opts to take the best defensive player. Jordan can make an impact right away and could emerge as the best defensive player in this class.

3. Oakland Raiders – Geno Smith, QB West Virginia

The clear-cut best quarterback in the draft is a very safe pick here, as he proved at the Combine, though he didn’t really need to.  The greatest part about this pick, however, is that Geno can sit if the Raiders still want to suck all of the possible solid play they can out of Carson Palmer after their woeful trade for him.  An already consistent quarterback can learn in a system that won’t pressure him as much as Luck was last year when inserted right away, and that’s if he is the starter come September. Easy pick.

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

While the Eagles have defensive needs, Luke Joeckel was too intriguing to pass up. Joeckel helps bolster an Eagles offensive line that should be much better in 2013. Regardless of who the starting quarterback is in Philadelphia next year, a talented offensive line is needed.

5. Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU

The end-of-the-season and Combine rave goes off the board early, as the Lions get to take their pick from their favorite defensive end prospects.  While some can argue that the Lions desperately need a corner or a franchise offensive tackle, a team drafting this early that depends on their pass rush so heavily can’t pass up on a top ten rich with pass rushers.  Despite his Combine performance, I still think Ziggy’s tape shows that his fluidity and flexibility he’d need to require to be an outside linebacker are quite there yet, so he fits in nicely with Detroit’s 4-3 scheme. If anything, a powerful pair of tackles inside with Suh and Nick Fairley will only free him up more often, so he can focus on developing as a rusher, since we all know his other tools.

6. Cleveland Browns – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

With the Browns switching to a 3-4 defense, Barkevious Mingo is an ideal pick. Mingo would start immediately as a rushing outside linebacker and gives the Browns an impact defender that the team has been lacking.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Cardinals offensive line had no trouble proving to be the worst offensive line in the NFL last year, and the criticism can start with their tackles.  Fourth-round rookie Bobby Massie was atrocious at the start of the season, but slowly worked his way up to a manageable level of play.  On the other side, D’Anthony Batiste proved to be so bad that seventh-round rookie Nate Potter had to be inserted into the starting lineup.  Whoever is quarterbacking the Cards next season will need some edge protectors, and where else better to start than Fisher, the best tackle in the draft besides Luke Joeckel.

8. Buffalo Bills – Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer and it’s time for the Bills to move on at the quarterback position. With Barkley available, who is my top quarterback in the draft, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

9. New York Jets – Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M

Rag on me all you want Jets fans, but Damontre Moore is still my guy.  His combine performance should hardly diminish his stock, as nobody should have expected the highly productive defensive end to run a forty time that compared to those of Mingo and Jordan.  Such overall speed simply isn’t his game.  Moore relies on his quick feet, hand usage, and burst to be one of the most versatile defensive prospects in this draft class. We all know Rex likes his edge defenders big, and the 6’4.5 ft, 250 lb mammoth doesn’t disappoint.  Sure, us Jet fans would welcome the talents of Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo as well, but Moore makes for a more realistic and ideal fit, who can bring an instant impact to this defense. Moore will start from Day One.

10. Tennessee Titans – Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

The Titans need all the defensive help they can get. Shariff Floyd is a top defensive talent who can make an impact in the middle of Tennessee’s defense.

11. San Diego Chargers – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

With Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer both being obnoxiously average corners and potential goners, cornerback is the obvious direction, here.  As much as Lane Johnson is rightfully rising up boards, Milliner is a special talent that this defense needs in their secondary this season.  Eric Weddle can do quite a lot, but not everything.

12. Miami Dolphins – Keenan Allen, WR, California

After drafting Ryan Tannehill last year, it’s time to get him some help. I opted to go with Keenan Allen, as he’s the most talented all-around receiver in the draft and will be prepared enough to make an impact as a rookie.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Not as much of an obvious pick here as San Diego’s, but a Bucs’ secondary that took a pathetic swing-and-a-miss on Eric Wright and has an aging Ronde Barber starting needs a stable corner for the future.  I think that the physicality (though it needs to be managed) and tenacity that Rhodes brings to the table matches up very well with the overall speed of the Bucs’ defense. Mark Barron will become much happier with this pick.

14. Carolina Panthers – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Bjoern Werner’s slide finally ends here. The Panthers have several needs, but defense is the biggest concern. Werner is a talented pass rusher and is athletic for his size, but his inconsistent effort is a concern the Panthers are willing to look past.

15. New Orleans Saints – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

A Saints team with many minors needs but no stressing ones can totally afford to go with simple value, here.  As mentioned earlier, Star’s medical issue is a question mark, for sure, but recent reports make it sounds very precautionary and not too much of a worry.  Without the condition, Star is arguably the best defensive tackle in this class with his blend of sheer strength, fluidity, and surprising quickness.

16. St. Louis Rams – Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama

With two first round picks, I decided to use one to give the Rams some help on the offensive line. Chance Warmack is an All-Pro talent who is a top-tier talent in this year’s draft. Sam Bradford needs more time in the pocket to continue to progress and Warmack helps him with that.

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5 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Staff Writer GM Edition”

  1. JetOrange says:

    Demontrae Moore, 12 reps in the Bench and runs a 4.95, I think you could say there is a limited upside. Ordinarily it doesn’t bother me too much, if a player is busted with 2 ounces of weed, but weed and Moores combine performance is an indicator that his head is not right. I would if need be, take a risk on Jones or Lotulelei and their medical conditions rather than Moore. More data is needed in all these cases but I’m not taking Moore at 9. I think Sheldon Richardson is a very insightful pick for the Chiefs. If the Medicals don’t check out for Jones and Lotulelei, I have the Jets taking Werner in this scenario at 9… IMO there are great trade down possibilities at 9 with CB Millner on the board, and OT Lane Johnson (won’t get past the Chargers at 11)
    There are a lot of players that IMHO are signicantly overdrafted…
    The worst are Steadman Bailey and Marcus Wheaton overdrafted by two full rounds..
    The other guys that don’t belong in the first Round is Sam Montgomery, Arthur Brown, Jonathan Cyprien, DeAndre Hopkins and Jamie Collins.

    • Mike O says:

      I see where you’re coming from with the immaturity issues, but there’s a thing with weed. Players will smoke in college, but they clean it up before the reach the big leagues. I don’t think it shows that a guy has any bad in him, and it comes down to how he interviewed; because I truly think that he is a perfect fit for the Jets. Also, you mention upside. I know Moore doesn’t offer upside to the ceiling, but like I stated, his play style and skillset fits the mold of a player who can contribute immediately.

      You have guys like Mingo and Jordan who need the clean up their body control and find their place as a rusher, but Moore knows his ability. As for Werner, I’m not his biggest fan if he was a contender for #9. As a prospect? I think he’s really solid. But his skillset embodies a player I’d picture in a scattered 4-3 scheme, meaning he can play from the 5 tech or be bumped inside to the 3. Personally, I cringe imagining Werner being forced to stand up at OLB, since it just seems like a waste of talent to me.

      As for Wheaton and Bailey, yes, they might be reaches. But that my friend is what mocking is all about. Picks that you can see happening come April based on a player’s rising stock are what makes mocks special, and I see that happening to at least one of those guys mentioned. Besides, what’s the point in mocking realistically; what you think teams will do? Mocking based on your own opinions offers more insight and purpose. Collins also falls under the category of a slight reach, but only as of right now.

      As for Arthur Brown, Hopkins, and Cyprien, I can guarantee you that each ends up in Round One come April. In fact, I’d put money on it. All 3 are rising players, who have nothing to lose until the draft unless they get in trouble.

  2. JetOrange says:

    You are 100% correct in your evaluation of Moore as a perfect fit for the Jets, and I agree it comes down to interviews. To defend my Werner pick, I believe the jets Hybrid is about to go 90% 4-3. Baily is a GREAT FIT for marty’s offense. As certain guys rise others fall,and the Jets may find opprotunity in the second round. Theguys that didn’t make your cut , could be Jets. I would love Okafor or Datrone Jones (think 4-3) , Jonathan Hankins or Short would be great replacements for De Vito. My receivers in this scenario, would be Robert Woods, Quinton Patton and Terrance Williams in that order. Lacey and Bernard could be there at RB, with Fluker and Warford for the OL. In the event that Revis is traded, go eith the big CB’s in Trufant & Banks… Thought, how would you like Arthur Brown as your Will LB in the Jets 4-3, again with Werner at DE

    • Mike O says:

      You bring up an interesting point about the potential 4-3…we already run a lot of 4-3, so any of the guys you mentioned could be quality fits. I would like that final proposition, and that is why Arthur Brown is so valuable. He fits as a 4-3 OLB at SAM or WILL, and he could be a force in our current 3-4. I’m not big on either Trufant or Banks, both seem like early 2nd rounders to me. Some CBs who I love in the mid rounds are Leon McFadden, Darius Slay, and Will Davis. They’re all pretty different corners, but they could all adjust well to the slot, and I think Slay could become a force out wide, too.

      • jetorange says:

        Slay could be a second rounder. I think you bring up an important point . The Jets need more than 7 picks. There is some excellent values like Davis and McFadden in the mid rounds. Whether its trading Revis , trading down in the first or second round look for the jets to try and acumulate an extra 4th round pick


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