By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
We are officially in 2013 NFL Draft week mode. Mr. Revis is gone, in my opinion a practical and future driven move, for a first rounder (#13) and a 3rd rounder, plus a future 5th round….wait, there is no guaranteed 3rd rounder or 5th rounder?!! Just a potential 4th! To be clear ESPN New York (Adam Shefter and Rich Cimini) are reporting if Revis is a Buc in 2014 the second pick is a third, not fourth rounder.
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This mock also has another major trade I think will go down. Miami deals up to take… Sorry for the sitcom commercial pitch, but you’ll need to read on to find out about that one!
That should be a third rounder barring a major turnaround. Tampa certainly seems to love the guy. As for the trade, its not heresy but you need more value for arguably the best defender in the league. Tavon Austin, Tyler Eifert, Jon Cooper or even Ziggy Ansah are not enough for the property rights to Revis Island. Again, I’m more on board than most, but surprised it happened now and for what Gang Green got. At least at first glance, a third rounder is MUCH better than a fourth historically.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
Whether or not the Chiefs make a deal with the Dolphins and send away OT Branden Albert they will likely target one of the strengths of this draft: a franchise left tackle. The question is do you take a taller, slightly more athletic Eric Fisher who is also more of a project or the experience and safer Luke Joeckel? My guess is Joeckel who proved he can handle quality defensive ends in the vaunted SEC and was a rock on the left side for a more traditional quarterback in Ryan Tannehill as well as a scrambling Johnny Football.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – 3-4 OLB/DE Dion Jordan Oregon
The Jags have a new regime and boy does that group have some work to do. Blaine Gabbert will get another year, purely by default, because there are no quarterbacks worthy of a top pick. The defensive pass rush was anemic and Sharrif Floyd or Dion Jordan would help in a major way. Both are young with big time upside, but Jordan, who could be the most physically gifted defensive player in the entire draft, offers the versatility and upside that should provide hope and energy on the defensive side of the ball.
3. Oakland Raiders – DT Sharrif Floyd Florida
With Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly out of the long term picture the Silver and Black will be in position to address that defensive tackle position in a big way. Sharrif Floyd has a lightening quick first step and can be a handful to deal with especially in clear passing downs. He has short arms yes, but at 20 years old and incredibly athletic he should bring some juice to the interior pass rush. Utah’s Star Lotulelei is another viable option.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Star Lotulelei Utah
Looking back at last year’s mock drafts made me trust SI’s Peter King more than anyone. He didn’t mock Utah’s freakish defensive tackle here, but multiple media outlets have been citing his inside information that Chip Kelly and company really like the Tongan. Kelly got an up close look at Lotulelei during his time in the Pac 12 and in addition to his beastly ability in run defense he offers tremendous scheme versatility.
5. Detroit Lions – OT Eric Fisher Central Michigan
Fisher could have easily gone higher, with #1 overall even a strong possibility, so this fits the Lions perfectly. They are widely known to take the best player available but this would be a huge need as well, and would hopefully secure Matt Stafford’s blindside in the long term. Stafford isn’t overly mobile so in order to keep the Stafford-Johnson connection going to its record setting pace this would be a sensible and all around terrific pick.
6. Miami Dolphins – OT Lane Johnson Oklahoma
TRADE Projected: It’s been a splashy (no pun intended) offseason for the Fish after signing speedster Mike Wallace to a big money long term deal. The Dolphins don’t have too many glaring weaknesses, but locking up a blindside protector for their franchise signal caller has to be a priority. Lane Johnson had a truly insane Combine and is a superior athlete for the left tackle position. Miami has a good enough second rounder this year (#54 overall) to offer the Browns for the #12 to #6 switch. Not positive this trade will materialize, but I think there is a great chance it happens.
7. Arizona Cardinals – DE Ezekiel Ansah BYU
Carson Palmer was brought in to appease Larry Fitzgerald and could be much better than people expect. If the Dolphins don’t trade up to #6 then the Cards would think long and hard about taking Lane Johnson to sure up the left tackle position, but I think Ansah has so much upside and potential to be a dynamic edge rusher that it would be hard to pass up here. This is one of the first turning points in the top ten, and could shape the rest of the draft, especially if the Browns hang tight at #6 and likely take Dee Milliner leaving Johnson still on the board.
8. Buffalo Bills – QB Geno Smith West Virginia
Buddy Nix has made it abundantly clear he wants a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft. Apparently he feels like there are multiple such signal callers, which is probably wishful thinking, but the clear cut number QB this year is Geno Smith. Doug Marrone’s quick hitting system has done wonders for Drew Brees and Ryan Nassib at Syracuse and Smith has the smooth release and arm strength to have similar success. The aforementioned Nassib, who would make for a logical reunion with Marrone, has been getting rave reviews from ESPN’s Jon Gruden among others and might not be there for the Bills in round two. If Smith slides to them at #8 look for Nix’s influence to push the Bills in that direction.
9. New York Jets – 3-4 OLB Barkevious Mingo LSU
Mingo seems like an ideal fix to the Jets inability to generate a consistent pass rush. He may not be a finished product and could use some more bulk, but he has elite speed and the athleticism to make flat-footed lineman pay. While not excelling in run support he has improved throughout the year and does shy away from contact. Those are all very good signs. A bit of a risky selection, but Rex needs to gamble in order to save his job. Expect a QB to be taken at some point, but other needs like help at S, WR and RB maybe push that down to the mid to late rounds. If Lotulelei is still available they could take him to pair with Mo Wilkerson on the line.
10. Tennessee Titans – CB Dee Milliner Alabama
Milliner is a hot name in the media but WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell warns he could be in for a draft day slide. As much as I like Milliner and his all around game, he isn’t a playmaker or sure fire lock down corner. A 4.37 40 at the combine is a great sign and the impetus for the media attention surge, so at #10 overall the Titans would be getting terrific value. Milliner isn’t a stud in one area but has every trait you look for from size, length and physicality to speed.
11. San Diego Chargers – OG/C Jonathan Cooper North Carolina
Philip Rivers’ career looks to be on its last legs, but if he can squeeze out a few more productive seasons with his big arm he’ll need some more help from his offensive line. With most of the premium linemen already long gone Bama G Chance Warmack or North Carolina’s Cooper seems like logical choices. The 311 lb Tar Heel guard has the lower body explosion and mobility to excel in space and handle a variety of tasks. That versatility will be highly valued and could easily make the move to center depending on scheme.
12. Cleveland Browns – CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State
TRADE Projected: The difference between Milliner and Rhodes might not be as big as people think (I love Rhodes). The Browns trade down and pick up an extra second rounder and still get a premium corner talent to pair with Joe Haden. Rhodes has all the athletic ability to shine as a man cover corner or in a zone scheme with his size, physicality and speed not to mention the fact he is a great tackler. If the trade doesn’t happen Dee Milliner is a likely option at #6.
13. New York Jets – WR Tavon Austin West Virginia
TRADE Projected: Whether or not Austin will hold up in the long term, his blazing speed and big play ability will have an immediate impact a Rex Ryan firmly on the hot seat. This would certainly be a Woody Johnson inspired selection that would garner a lot of media attention on draft day, and be welcomed with open arms by Mark Sanchez. Austin would give the Jets a dynamic playmaker that would allow Sanchez to make some relatively easy throws on screens and go routes that have the potential to go the distance.
14. Carolina Panthers – DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri
The Panthers have a major need at defensive tackle and an attacking Sheldon Richardson would be a nice fit for a Carolina defense that is reluctant to blitz. With an explosive first step and quickness you rarely see from a tackle, the Mizzou product is inconsistent but brings massive upside and pass rush ability.
15. New Orleans Saints – S Kenny Vaccaro Texas
The Saints defense was a disaster in 2012, plain and simple. The 2012 campaign was actually a historically bad season. Kenny Vaccaro is considered the best safety in this class and would help sure up a horrific pass defense. He is a long and athletic CB/S hybrid who is also a good tackler with fantastic intangibles.
16. St. Louis Rams – OG Chance Warmack Alabama
Normally you don’t consider any guard prospect falling to your lap a major steal, but his would be ideal for St. Louis. After a stellar rookie season Sam Bradford has struggled and the porous offensive line is a major reason why. Adding Jake Long was a great decision, but further solidifying the line would be logical here. Warmack has the bulk and strength to dominate in the running game and the heavy hands to easily win battles inside and would be a huge value pick here.