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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, 32 Picks, Trades, Edition 1

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2013 NFL Mock Draft, Includes One Trade in the Top 12

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It’s time for football junkies everywhere to put together their best efforts in creating mock drafts for the 2013 NFL Draft. When it’s all said and done, everyone can collectively pat each other on the back after they’ve correctly predicted five, maybe six of the 32 first-round picks.

There are approximately six weeks left until the draft that lasts from Apr. 25-27. At that time last season, most fans knew that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were destined for the first and second overall picks of the 2012 NFL Draft. The only question was who would go first and who would go second.

That’s not the case in 2013. With the No. 1 pick, the Kansas City Chiefs could take anything from an offensive tackle, defensive tackle or cornerback. Before the Chiefs completed a trade that netted them quarterback Alex Smith, some fans were hoping to draft either Geno Smith or Matt Barkley.

Many people have labeled this draft as one that is full of good—not great—players. Normally, that’s an excuse that’s used whenever people can’t determine what players will flourish in whoever’s system. From picks 1-32, each team will have an opportunity to find a gem.

This slideshow is my first attempt at a 2013 NFL mock draft. Please note that I’ve included a trade with a couple teams who are in the Top 12. Furthermore, I’ve included a backup plan for each of the top 20 representatives. These picks will change as compensatory picks are announced, free agents are signed, players get released and trades are announced.

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No. 1 (Kansas City Chiefs): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Do the Chiefs prefer offensive tackles Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher? Fisher had the better combine and has experience at right tackle. Joeckel played against Big 12 and SEC competition.

They have six weeks to decide.

Backup Plans: OT Eric Fisher, Trade Down to No. 7 or No. 8 and Draft Lane Johnson

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No. 2 (Jacksonville Jaguars): Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

First-year head coach Gus Bradley comes from a Seattle Seahawks defense that understands that winning the war starts in the trenches. After a 2012-13 season that concluded with 20 team sacks, Bradley must find players who can pressure the quarterback and collapse the pocket. Enter Shariff Floyd, who will remind Jacksonville Jaguars fans of the days of Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. Maybe not the same type of player—but you get my point.

Backup Plan: OT Eric Fisher

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No. 3 (Oakland Raiders): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In his second season as general manager, Reggie McKenzie will look for his franchise quarterback. Geno Smith has the character and intangibles that would make him happy.

Backup Plan: OT Eric Fisher

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No. 4 (Philadelphia Eagles): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One of Chip Kelly’s first major decisions will come with the No. 4 pick. Does Kelly try to replace cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? Does the offensive-minded coach focus on developing his offensive line with Fisher? Maybe Kelly goes with Dion Jordan, a former University of Oregon player?

I’m thinking that Kelly focuses on fixing an offensive line that has gotten Michael Vick crushed over the past couple of seasons.

Backup Plan: DE/OLB Dion Jordan

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No. 5 (Detroit Lions): Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, BYU

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Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

While some fans would argue that the Detroit Lions need a shutdown cornerback, head coach Jim Schwartz has always emphasized his defensive lines. Schwartz will look to revamp a group that’s missing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Sammie Lee Hill.

Backup Plan: DE/LB Dion Jordan

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No. 6 (Cleveland Browns): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

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Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Help is needed at outside linebacker as first-year defensive coordinator Ray Horton installs his 3-4 defense. Jordan could handle one of those positions along with Jabaal Sheard.

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No. 7 (Miami Dolphins via Arizona Cardinals): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

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(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Cardinals get picks No. 12, No. 42 and No. 82. Dolphins get No. 7).

With Geno Smith taken at No. 3, the Arizona Cardinals are a perfect candidate to trade back into the teens. It’s too early too pick Lane Johnson, Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack. No quarterback will succeed behind that offensive line.

The Miami Dolphins (No. 12) or Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 13) are possible trading partners. Both teams need a shutdown cornerback like Dee Milliner. Dolphins have the advantage because they have five picks in the first three rounds. That flexibility lets them put together a better offer than the Buccaneers or even the Tennessee Titans.

Backup Plans (For Cardinals): Trade Up to No. 1 and Draft Geno Smith

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No. 8 (Buffalo Bills): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

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Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

What a tricky pick. Ryan Nassib may not be available when the Buffalo Bills pick in the second round. At the same time, they have a chance to add a big receiver for whoever their new quarterback is.

It’s far too early to take Nassib—isn’t it? Then again, it’s too early to take a wide receiver. This is another team who’d benefit from trading down to No. 12 or No. 13. If they want Geno Smith, they may need to outrace the Cardinals to the top of the draft board.

Backup Plans: Trade Up to No. 1 and Draft Geno Smith, Trade Back and Draft Ryan Nassib or Matt Barkley

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No. 9 (New York Jets): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s another team who could make several decisions on their pick. In a playoffs-or-bust type of season, Rex Ryan must find a player who will contribute immediately. Jarvis Jones could give them a pass-rusher on the outside.

Backup Plan: OG Chance Warmack

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No. 10 (Tennessee Titans): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Despite adding Andy Levitre, the Titans need another offensive guard. They could wait until the second round and get Larry Warford. Since Milliner isn’t on the board, they’ll just go with one of the highly-touted guards.

Backup Plan: OG Jonathan Cooper, Trade Up to No. 7 and Draft Dee Milliner

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No. 11 (San Diego Chargers): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Someone must protect Philip Rivers. It doesn’t help that Louis Vasquez signed with the Denver Broncos.

Backup Plan: DE/LB Damontre Moore, DE/LB Barkevious Mingo

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No. 12 (Arizona Cardinals via Miami Dolphins): Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Cardinals get picks No. 12, No. 42 and No. 82. Dolphins get No. 7).

After acquiring more picks from their trade with the Dolphins, the Cardinals can still get someone like Jonathan Cooper at No. 12. Head coach Bruce Arians would get extra picks in his first attempt at revamping the roster to his preference.

Backup Plan (For Dolphins): Don’t Trade Up and Draft Xavier Rhodes

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No. 13 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s another candidate to trade up to the No. 7 spot in an attempt to get Milliner. The Buccaneers made no secret that they want a cornerback—just look at their attempt to get Darrelle Revis.

If they don’t trade up, they’ll go with Xavier Rhodes or Desmond Trufant.

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No. 14 (Carolina Panthers): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

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Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Needing some help in the interior of their defensive line, Carolina Panthers should have no problem with their choice of Sheldon Richardson or Star Lotulelei. They could also decide that they must replace Chris Gamble.

Backup Plan: CB Desmond Trufant

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No. 15 (New Orleans Saints): Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah

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Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

With just five picks in this draft and a need to revamp a defense into a 3-4 scheme with first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the New Orleans Saints would benefit from trading down. They seem like a perfect trade partner with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have 14 picks and a need for a nose tackle such as Lotulelei.

Maybe the Saints accept a package with three or four picks. In this mock draft, they’ll consider Lotulelei at No. 15 as too good to pass up.

Backup Plan: Trade Down

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No. 16 (St. Louis Rams): Keenan Allen, WR, California

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Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports

An already weak receiver unit was weakened more when Danny Amendola left this offseason. The St. Louis Rams replaced his slot presence with Jared Cook, a tight end who normally lines up in the slot. Brandon Gibson is another player who isn’t expected to return.

Would the Rams prefer a speedster like Tavon Austin or a more physical receiver like Keenan Allen? They need more of an outside option, so I’ll give them Allen.

Backup Plan: WR Tavon Austin, S Kenny Vaccaro

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No. 17 (Pittsburgh Steelers): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After an impressive combine, Arthur Brown could find himself in the Top 20. Brown is a versatile linebacker who would fit perfectly in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 3-4 defense.

Backup Plan: DE/LB Damontre Moore, DE/LB Barkevious Mingo

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No. 18 (Dallas Cowboys): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Following the release of Gerald Sensabaugh, it creates an even bigger need at safety for the Dallas Cowboys. Why wouldn’t they pursue the No. 1 safety prospect in this draft? Some fans would love that he played collegiate football for the Texas Longhorns.

This could change if Warmack or Cooper are still available. If the Cowboys like Warford, they could probably trade back into the 20s.

Backup Plan: Trade Back and Draft OG Larry Warford

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No. 19 (New York Giants): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

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James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Despite losing Osi Umenyiora to free agency, the New York Giants have drafted enough defensive linemen over the last few seasons to where they shouldn’t need to use such a high pick on one. What they need is a cornerback who can stay healthy.

Backup Plan: CB Jonathan Banks

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No. 20 (Chicago Bears): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Expect the Chicago Bears to either improve their offensive line or find a speedster who can complement Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey.

Backup Plan: OT D.J. Fluker, LB Alec Ogletree

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No. 21 (Cincinnati Bengals): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

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Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Before losing offensive tackle Andre Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals surrendered 46 sacks. Although Smith may return, this offensive line needs some upgrades.

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No. 22 (St. Louis Rams): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s tempting to put Eddie Lacy here. As Titans head coach, Jeff Fisher was known for his affinity with power backs (e.g. Eddie George and LenDale White).

The reality is that No. 22 is a stretch because the Rams already have Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. The Rams must focus on their offensive line. They’ll grab the best offensive tackle left on the board

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No. 23 (Minnesota Vikings): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Greenway needs help at linebacker. The Minnesota Vikings need to add depth behind Erin Henderson and Greenway doesn’t return. Some experts claim that Alec Ogletree is the best linebacker in this class.

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No. 24 (Indianapolis Colts): Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU

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Crystal Logiudice-USA TODAY Sports

At No. 24, the Indianapolis Colts would have their choice of Barkevious Mingo or Damontre Moore. While the Colts signed Erik Walden to a $16 million contract, they still need depth behind an aging Robert Mathis.

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No. 25 (Minnesota Vikings): Quinton Patterson, WR, Louisiana Tech

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This is the pick that the Vikings acquired when they traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks. The Vikings will look to replace his production and potential.

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No. 26 (Green Bay Packers): Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State

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Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Ted Thompson must find a defensive lineman who will contribute immediately. That’s especially true if Jerel Worthy isn’t ready to return from his torn ACL that he suffered on Dec. 30.

Since 2010, the Green Bay Packers have been obsessed with Big Ten defensive linemen. Mike Neal, Mike Daniels and Worthy are among those players. If that trend continues, Johnathan Hankins should end up at the discussion table. At 317 pounds, Hankins could help an inconsistent run-defense in a division that features Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush and Matt Forte.

Another thing to consider: If a team wanted to trade back into the late first round and draft a quarterback, Thompson always listens to offers.

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No. 27 (Houston Texans): Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

For the Houston Texans, one of the key things missing in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense is a quality nose tackle. Jesse Williams is a versatile defensive lineman who could help shore up the interior of that defense.

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No. 28 (Denver Broncos): Damontre Moore, DE/LB, Texas A&M

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Will Elvis Dumervil accept a pay cut to stay with the Broncos? Even if he does, Dumervil may get released. If Moore fell this far (that does seems crazy but there’s always one player who stumbles), the Broncos would get a decent replacement.

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No. 29 (New England Patriots): Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com compares him to Aqib Talib, the New England Patriots cornerback who’s currently an unrestricted free agent. Even before Talib left, the Patriots needed help in their secondary.

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No. 30 (Atlanta Falcons): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Edwards and John Abraham have both departed the Atlanta Falcons. Datone Jones is a defensive end who could fit into Mike Nolan’s 3-4 scheme.

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No. 31 (San Francisco 49ers): Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With 14 picks, why not take a chance on a high-risk, high-reward project? At age 26 (in July), the 6-8 and 277-pound Margus Hunt is a physical specimen who has been compared to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. It’s a worthwhile project for the 49ers coaching staff.

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No. 32 (Baltimore Ravens): Bjoern Werner, DE/LB, Florida State

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of options for a team who lost many of their key components to free agency or retirement. The Baltimore Ravens may like seeing Bjoern Werner fall to them at No. 32. Then again, maybe they’re like me and they’re not impressed with his college play.

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