As 2012 nears its end, what will the 2013 NFL draft hold in store for fans? Well, to put it simply, nothing too thrilling.
Don’t let the title mislead you, this is a draft class with pro talent, but the order the players may go in is very weak to say the least. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has his first mock draft, and the top five of the draft is as such:
- Kansas City Chiefs- Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Damontre Moore, defensive end, Texas A&M
- Oakland Raiders- Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State
- Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
- Carolina Panthers- Johnathan Hankins, defensive tackle, Ohio State
Wow. Even if McShay was great at predicting, this is one of the weakest openings to the NFL draft ever. Lotulelei could be first overall, but he isn’t even a unanimous number one at a position that has the most depth this year. Moore and Werner might not even be as good as either of the LSU tandem, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. The best pick here is probably the Eagles taking Joeckel, but this mock draft has teams reaching for average players who in any other draft would be picked in the middle of the first round.
A year without a true number one quarterback or any skill position players, this draft will rely more on what player a team likes and less on the value of a pick. This could result in a record amount of trades in the draft, but it is too early to predict that players like Manti Te’o, Jarvis Jones, and Matt Barkley won’t be in the top five.