2013 NFL Mock Draft By Rant Sports: First Edition
First Edition: 2013 NFL Mock Draft
The NFL offseason has been filled with plenty of excitement so far, but nothing compares to what's in store for the end of April when the 2013 NFL Draft finally gets under way. Here's a look at the first edition of the 2013 NFL Mock Draft by Rant Sports:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders: Shariff Floyd, DT Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB Alabama
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan
6. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
9. New York Jets: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
10. Tennessee Titans: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
14. Carolina Panthers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
18. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
23. Minnesota Vikings: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
26. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
27. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
28. Denver Broncos: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
29. New England Patriots: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
31. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam, S, Florida
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel
Drafting a quarterback can hold off for now since they acquired Alex Smith. Plus, they have to protect Smith somehow.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Dion Jordan
Arguably one of the best defensive players in this year's class and Jordan has the chance to make an immediate impact.
3. Oakland Raiders--Shariff Floyd
No need for the Raiders to select a quarterback after acquiring Matt Flynn and this team could use all of the help in the world on defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner
Nnamdi Asomugha is out of the picture and this team can hold off on Geno Smith.
5. Detroit Lions--Eric Fisher
Great protection for Matthew Stafford should be key for the Lions and Fisher is one of the best offensive tackles in this year's class.
6. Cleveland Browns--Ezekial Ansah
If the Browns are going to compete in the AFC North, they're going to need defense. No solid offensive players to take in this position and Ansah seems like the perfect fit.
7. Arizona Cardinals--Lane Johnson
Just look at the sacks allowed from last year and it's clear the Cardinals need all of the help in the world to protect Carson Palmer.
8. Buffalo Bills--Geno Smith
Forget Kevin Kolb, this team needs a quarterback of the future and Smith may be the best in this year's class.
9. New York Jets--Matt Barkley
Sorry Mark Sanchez, but you've had enough time to prove yourself. Barkley would have been a top-five pick last season if he entered the draft and nearly threw for 7,000 yards and 75 touchdowns over the last two seasons--so this is a smart pick.
10. Tennessee Titans--Jarvis Jones
Tennessee's defense ranked 27th overall last season and it would be foolish to pass on Jones if available.
11. San Diego Chargers--Jonathan Cooper
Protection for Philip Rivers is key and Cooper is one of the best guards in this year's class--so it's a no brainer here for the Chargers.
12. Miami Dolphins--Xavier Rhodes
The Dolphins have been busy this offseason with numerous key additions and why not continue the trend with one of the best cornerbacks in this year's class in Rhodes.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Star Lotulelei
Despite ranking at the top of the league for stopping the run, the Buccaneers' defense was terrible last year overall--which is why Lotulelei makes sense here.
14. Carolina Panthers--Tavon Austin
Austin could be the top wideout from this year's class and could make an immediate impact on the Panthers' offense.
15. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Richardson
Once again, the Saints' defense was terrible last year and Richardson is great when it comes to stopping the run.
16. St. Louis Rams--Chance Warmack
This team could use a wide receiver, but the offensive line needs help as well to protect Bradford.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--Cordarrelle Patterson
Losing Mike Wallace won't be easy, but Patterson is certainly worthy of a first-round pick.
18. Dallas Cowboys--D.J. Fluker
Now that they're paying Tony Romo top dollar, the Cowboys might as well focus on protecting their quarterback.
19. New York Giants--Bjoern Werner
Werner was expected to be selected higher and could end up being a steal in this year's draft.
20. Chicago Bears--Arthur Brown
There's a gap to fill at linebacker for the Bears with Urlacher out of the picture and a player like Brown could be a start in the right direction as far as a replacement.
21. Cincinnati Bengals--Kenny Vaccaro
One of the league's top up-and-coming defenses over the last two years, the Bengals could still use help at safety.
22. St. Louis Rams--Keenan Allen
One of the benefits of having two picks in the first round is the Rams can get a solid wide receiver later on--which is where Allen comes into play.
23. Minnesota Vikings--Johnathan Hankins
Hankins makes a great late-round pick up for a surprise playoff contender last year in the Vikings.
24. Indianapolis Colts--Datone Jones
This team needs help on the defensive line--especially if they want to make the playoffs again in 2013.
25. Minnesota Vikings--Manti T'eo
This may be a questionable move, but it could be worth the late-round risk for the Vikings.
26. Green Bay Packers--Tyler Eifert
Nobody knows what to expect from Jermichael Finley in the future--so the Packers may want to consider another tight end early on.
27. Houston Texans--Justin Hunter
This team desperately needs help with a No. 2 WR to play alongside Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos--Jesse Williams
Losing Elvis Dumervil hurt this team on defense and there's a good chance the Broncos will be strong contenders once again with a solid defense.
29. New England Patriots--Damontre Moore
The Patriots can always use help on the defensive line and Moore makes a great late-round selection.
30. Atlanta Falcons--Desmond Trufant
The Falcons already have one of the top offenses, but the defense could use some work.
31. San Francisco 49ers--Matt Elam
San Francisco is already loaded with plenty of weapons on offense and the defense is solid, but they could use help with safety.
32. Baltimore Ravens--Kevin Minter
They may be defending Super Bowl champions, but the Ravens lost plenty of good defensive players and Minter is a solid pick to end the first round.