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2013 NFL Mock Draft, Edition 2: Round 1, 32 Picks, Includes 4 Trades

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2013 NFL Mock Draft, Includes Four Trades in Top 30

2013 NFL Mock Draft, Includes Four Trades in Top 30
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Welcome to the second week of the 2013 NFL free-agency period. What has happened in the past week that would affect mock drafts? How about the Elvis Dumervil contract snafu? There was also the parting of Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kevin Kolb were both released from their teams.

Due to the lack of a surefire No. 1 overall pick at the quarterback position, there’s nothing but uncertainty as to what teams will do in the top ten. Teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns could have five or more options with their pick. If a team falls in love with Geno Smith, they may trade up into the top two.

There’s about five weeks remaining until the 2013 NFL Draft. That’s held from Apr. 25-27. Anyone who has been searching the internet for mock drafts will know that there are dozens of opinions on how the draft will unfold. It becomes even more unpredictable when one adds in the uncertainty of potential trades.

With five picks in the top three rounds, would the Miami Dolphins look to trade into the top seven for Dee Milliner? Would any team consider taking Chance Warmack, Lane Johnson or Jonathan Cooper in the top ten? Will any running back get taken in the first round? Will any quarterback other than Smith get taken in Round 1?

This slideshow is my second attempt at a 2013 NFL mock draft. Please note that I’ve included four trades with teams who are in the top 30. Furthermore, I’ve included a backup plan for each of the top 20 representatives. These picks will change as free agents are signed, players get released and trades are announced. Here was the first edition of my mock draft.

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

No. 1 (Kansas City Chiefs): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft

Backup Plan: OT Eric Fisher

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No. 2 (Buffalo Bills via Jacksonville Jaguars): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

No. 2 (Buffalo Bills via Jacksonville Jaguars): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Jaguars get picks No. 8, No. 41 and a first-round pick in 2014. Bills get No. 2).

Let’s make a list of potential top 10 prospects: OT Luke Joeckel, OT Eric Fisher, OT Lane Johnson, QB Geno Smith, CB Dee Milliner, DE/LB Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB Dion Jordan, DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DT Shariff Floyd and OG Chance Warmack

One could make a case for any of these players on the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a 2-14 season, the Jaguars need all the help they can get. If the Cleveland Browns (No. 6), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) or Buffalo Bills (No. 8) want Smith, they’re perfect trade partners. Jaguars can acquire more picks and still get a first-round player who’ll pay immediate dividends.

I’m eliminating the Browns because they don’t have a second-round pick. I’m not buying into the smokescreen with Drew Stanton starting in Arizona. Between Arizona and Buffalo, whoever offers the highest bid will get the No. 2 pick and the chance at Smith.

Now if the Jaguars want a new quarterback? They have the lead pick.

Backup Plans (for Jaguars): Trade Down to No. 8, QB Geno Smith, DT Shariff Floyd, OT Eric Fisher

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No. 3 (Oakland Raiders): Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

No. 3 (Oakland Raiders): Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With Geno Smith off the board, the Oakland Raiders look to improve a defensive line who finished 31st in sacks. That was before they lost Richard Seymour this offseason.

Backup Plans: OT Eric Fisher, QB Geno Smith

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

No. 4 (Philadelphia Eagles): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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I’m favoring the offensive player because Chip Kelly is an offensive-minded coach. There are strong cases for DE/LB Dion Jordan (former Oregon Ducks player) and CB Dee Milliner (Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both gone).

Backup Plans: DE/LB Dion Jordan, CB Dee Milliner

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No. 5 (Detroit Lions): Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

No. 5 (Detroit Lions): Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

In my previous mock draft, I had the Detroit Lions taking Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. Although Ansah has the bigger body that head coach Jim Schwartz seems to prefer in his defensive linemen, Dion Jordan is the more polished player. That could come into discussions because it’s widely believed that this is a do-or-die year for Schwartz.

Backup Plans: DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, OT Lane Johnson

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No. 6 (Cleveland Browns): Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE/LB, BYU

No. 6 (Cleveland Browns): Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE/LB, BYU
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Add another pass-rusher into a mix that already includes Paul Kruger. Dee Milliner is also a realistic choice.

Backup Plans: CB Dee Milliner, LB Jarvis Jones

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

No. 7 (Miami Dolphins via Arizona Cardinals): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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

Pick same from last mock draft.

Backup Plans (for Cardinals): OT Lane Johnson, OG Chance Warmack

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No. 8 (Jacksonville Jaguars via Buffalo Bills): Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU

No. 8 (Jacksonville Jaguars via Buffalo Bills): Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU
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(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Jaguars get picks No. 8, No. 41 and a first-round pick in 2014. Bills get No. 2).

After trading down with the Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars could take an explosive pass-rusher or an offensive tackle (Lane Johnson). With Gus Bradley known as a defensive-minded coach, he’ll look at the pass-rusher for the NFL’s 32nd-ranked team in sacks from one year ago.

Backup Plans (for Bills): WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Trade Down and Draft Ryan Nassib

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

No. 9 (New York Jets): Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
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Pick same from last mock draft

Backup Plans: OG Chance Warmack, NT Star Lotulelei

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

No. 10 (Tennessee Titans): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft.

Backup Plans: CB Desmond Trufant, Trade Up and Draft CB Dee Milliner

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

No. 11 (San Diego Chargers): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft

Backup Plans: DE Damontre Moore, OG Jonathan Cooper

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

No. 12 (Miami Dolphins via Arizona Cardinals): Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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

Pick same from last mock draft

Backup Plans (for Dolphins): CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Desmond Trufant

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

No. 13 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft.

Backup Plans: CB Desmond Trufant, DT Sheldon Richardson

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

No. 14: (Carolina Panthers): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft.

Backup Plans: CB Desmond Trufant, DL Star Lotulelei

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No. 15 (St. Louis Rams via New Orleans Saints): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

No. 15 (St. Louis Rams via New Orleans Saints): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
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(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Saints get picks No. 22 and No. 46. Rams get No. 15).

Who wants Kenny Vaccaro: Dallas Cowboys or St. Louis Rams?

After losing a second-round pick from bountygate, the New Orleans Saints have limited options in restructuring their new 3-4 defense under first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They should try to trade back into the 20s and acquire another second-round pick.

If the Cowboys (No. 18) or Rams (No. 16, No. 22) are willing to sacrifice a first-round pick and second-round pick, they should have enough ammunition to trade up into the No. 15 slot.

The Rams have the advantage because they have an extra first-round pick from when they traded the rights to draft Robert Griffin III to the Washington Redskins. This keeps the Cowboys from jumping over the Rams at No. 16.

Backup Plan (for Saints): DT Star Lotulelei

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No. 16 (St. Louis Rams): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

No. 16 (St. Louis Rams): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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In my previous mock draft, I had Keenan Allen going here. While that could still happen, it’s hard to see the St. Louis Rams pass up on using Tavon Austin and his speed in the Edward Jones Dome.

Backup Plans: WR Keenan Allen

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No. 17 (Pittsburgh Steelers): Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah

No. 17 (Pittsburgh Steelers): Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
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It’s hard to envision Star Lotulelei falling any further than this.

Backup Plans: LB Arthur Brown, DE/LB Damontre Moore

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No. 18 (Dallas Cowboys): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

No. 18 (Dallas Cowboys): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
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With Kenny Vaccaro off the board, the Dallas Cowboys shift their attention to the trenches.

Backup Plans: Trade Up to No. 15 and Draft Kenny Vaccaro, Trade Down and Draft Larry Warford

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

No. 19 (New York Giants): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Pick same from last mock draft.

Backup Plans: CB Johnthan Banks, DE/LB Damontre Moore

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No. 20 (Chicago Bears): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

No. 20 (Chicago Bears): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
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Now that the Chicago Bears have cut ties with Brian Urlacher, they have a good chance at drafting one of the top linebackers in this draft.

Backup Plans: LB Alec Ogletree, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Keenan Allen, Offensive Lineman

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No. 21 (Cincinnati Bengals): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

No. 21 (Cincinnati Bengals): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Where will Andre Smith go? There’s a fair chance that the Cincinnati Bengals will need to replace an offensive tackle on a line that already allowed 46 sacks in 2012.

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No. 22 (New Orleans Saints via St. Louis Rams): Damontre Moore, DE/LB, Texas A&M

No. 22 (New Orleans Saints via St. Louis Rams): Damontre Moore, DE/LB, Texas A&M
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(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Saints get picks No. 22 and No. 46. Rams get No. 15)

As an outside linebacker, Damontre Moore would give the Saints a pass-rusher in their new 3-4 defense.

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

No. 23 (Minnesota Vikings): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
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Pick same from last mock draft.

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No. 24 (New England Patriots via Indianapolis Colts): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

No. 24 (New England Patriots via Indianapolis Colts): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Colts receive picks No. 29 and No. 91. Patriots receive No. 24).

Although Johnthan Banks was a good fit at No. 29, the New England Patriots have put themselves into a corner after not re-signing Wes Welker, probably not re-signing Julian Edelman and releasing Brandon Lloyd.

Since cornerback Aqib Talib did return on a one-year contract, the Patriots will strongly consider a wide receiver with their first-round pick. They may need to trade up because the Minnesota Vikings (No. 23, No. 25) and Houston Texans (No. 27) could use wide receivers.

It’s worth noting that there are rumors about the Patriots possibly sacrificing their 3rd-round pick for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. That shows that they’re willing to deal one of their mid-round picks in an attempt to give more weapons to Tom Brady.

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No. 25 (Minnesota Vikings): Keenan Allen, WR, California

No. 25 (Minnesota Vikings): Keenan Allen, WR, California
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From 23-25, the Minnesota Vikings have four candidates who could take two selections: LB Alec Ogletree (mocked at No. 23), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 24), DT Sylvester Williams and WR Keenan Allen.

I’m thinking they add another weapon for Christian Ponder but they could choose Williams because of scarcity value.

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

No. 26 (Green Bay Packers): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
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Pick same from last mock draft.

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

No. 27 (Houston Texans): Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama
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Pick same from last mock draft.

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No. 28 (Denver Broncos): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

No. 28 (Denver Broncos): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
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The Denver Broncos could pursue a replacement for Elvis Dumervil. At the same time, John Abraham and Dwight Freeney are still available in free agency. If anyone would take a running back in the first round, the Broncos are a decent option. They could use a physical running back such as Eddie Lacy.

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No. 29 (Indianapolis Colts via New England Patriots): Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

No. 29 (Indianapolis Colts via New England Patriots): Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

(This is a PROJECTED TRADE. Colts receive picks No. 29 and No. 91. Patriots receive No. 24).

In 2012, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wreaked havoc on the Indianapolis Colts offensive line. On Dec. 16, Watt had 10 tackles (all solo) with three sacks, three stuffs and a forced fumble. On Dec. 30, Watt had four tackles with four stuffs.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had better improve his offensive guards—and fast. At age 24, Watt could destroy offensive lines for the next decade.

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No. 30 (Atlanta Falcons): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

No. 30 (Atlanta Falcons): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
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Cornerback depth is needed for the Atlanta Falcons. Asante Samuel is 32 years old, Dunta Robinson was released and Brent Grimes may not return. Johnthan Banks could end up as the top cornerback in this draft.

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

No. 31 (San Francisco 49ers): Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
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Pick same from last mock draft.

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

No. 32 (Baltimore Ravens): Bjoern Werner, DE/LB, Florida State
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Pick same from last mock draft.

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