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2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

This year’s free agency has shaken a lot of teams up lately, changing the landscape of the draft. This is my second mock draft, my first since the free agency period began.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, Luke Joeckel,  OT, Texas A&M – Smart money says they’ll take Joeckel. There are rumors they’ll trade Brandon Albert, which would make the transition even easier.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon – Dion Jordan has jumped up the draft boards and Gus Bradley has expressed interest in taking him because of his speed and athleticism. Shariff Floyd would be a great fit here too and they’ll take him if all this Dion Jordan talk is just a smokescreen.
  1. Oakland Raiders, Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida – Rumor has it that Dennis Allen has had it with Tommy Kelly and they’re probably going to get rid of him. The Raiders have also cut ties with Richard Seymour so there is a need for an interior defensive lineman.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles, Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – According to Sal Paolantonio, the Eagles and Chip Kelly are “dead serious” about talking Geno Smith. Apparently the entire staff including Jeffrey Lurie went to see his pro day. The last time Lurie went to a pro day was to see Donovan McNabb and we all know how that turned out. Personally, I disagree with the idea of taking him but maybe Chip Kelly cam work him into that system.
  1. Detroit Lions, Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan – In my last mock, I had the Lions taking Dee Milliner. Since then, they’ve resigned Chris Houston. I think there’s still a need at cornerback but Fisher will be the best player available and an immediate help. Not to mention, he’ll be close to home.
  1. Cleveland Browns, Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama – The Browns have done a pretty good job in free agency, most notable signing Paul Kruger away from their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Paul Kruger alleviates the need for a pass rusher like Ziggy Ansah. Milliner is probably the best prospect not the board at this point, especially since there isn’t much depth at cornerback this year.
  1. Arizona Cardinals, Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU – The Cards have come out and said they won’t take a quarterback with the 7th pick. That doesn’t mean they won’t trade up to take one. Its all about semantics. If they really don’t take a quarterback or trade up, the pick here will likely be Ziggy Ansah. Passing on him would be stupid.
  2. Buffalo Bills, Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee – The Bills might be more likely to trade up to take a quarterback and if the Eagles are smart, they’ll smokescreen the hell out of their pick to try and get the Bills to make an offer. If the Bills stay put, Buddy Nix hasn’t kept it a secret that he wants a big time wide receiver to play opposite Stevie Johnson.
  1. New York Jets, Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama – I think Chance is a great fit here. The Jets need to bolster their offensive line. I think the smartest thing they can do is trade up to get Ziggy Ansah though.
  1. Tennessee Titans, Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC – The Titans absolutely have to address their issues in the offensive line. Signing Andy Levitre was a  good start but Cooper could really help solidify it.
  1. San Diego Chargers, Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma – I keep saying it. You keep Phillip Rivers upright, and you might give yourself a chance to win. The Chargers keep losing players and not replacing them and expect him to keep taking them to the playoffs. There’s only so much the man can do.
  1. Miami Dolphins, Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU – Rhodes is a solid corner and the Fins have already lost Sean Smith a year after trading away Vontae Davis.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Star Lutulelei, DT, Utah – Now that Star is cleared to play, its hard to see too many teams passing on him, especially Tampa. He should go higher and if he’s not available at 13, the Bucs should take a cornerback or try to package this pick and future picks to the Jets to bring in Darelle Revis.
  1. Carolina Panthers, Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri – Richardson has gotten the nod of approval from Steve Smith and the Panthers are in desperate need of an interior defensive lineman. Late last season, they were gashed up the middle against mediocre teams.
  1. New Orleans Saints, Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU – This pick could also be Jarvis Jones but its definitely going to be a hybrid pass rusher.
  1. St Louis Rams, Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas – The Rams have some major holes at safety and they can’t afford to wait to take Vaccaro at 22. Its a bit of a reach but it has to be done if they plan on getting some help in the secondary.
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers, Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia – Like I said in my previous mock, the Steelers will benefit from teams being scared off and get a great defensive player in Jones. If for some reason teams smarten up and take him, I can see Mingo falling here.
  1. Dallas Cowboys, DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama – Clearly the Cowboys are committed Tony Romo long term. That offensive line is horrendous and they’ll have to help him out.
  1. New York Giants, Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU – The Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to free agency and they’ve been busy signing interior linemen like Mike Patterson. Jerry Reese likes to have depth on defense and they might look to grab Werner because of his athleticism. He didn’t have a great combine and there are questions about his limited experience and the fact that he was surrounded by talent on that Seminole defense.
  1. Chicago Bears, Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas St – The Bears cut Brian Urlacher and signed DJ Williams but there is speculation Williams could move to SAM linebacker if the Bears pick up Brown. Personally, I like Brown a lot. He’s the brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown and he was great in his short time as a Miami Hurricane.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals, Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia – Ogletree is another guy who will get to benefit from this crazy free agency period. There is talk about him playing WILL linebacker if the Bengals move Vontaze Burfict to middle linebacker. Ogletree will fit right in as Bengal because he already has had his share of off the field issues.
  1. St. Louis Rams, Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia – Austin is versatile like Percy Harvin. The Rams are looking to add weapons for Sam Bradford and Austin could be an instant help, especially since Danny Amendola has moved on to the Patriots.
  1. Minnesota Vikings, Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC – What are the odds that the Vikings find yet another good interior defensive lineman with the last name Williams? They could go with a wide receiver here after losing Harvin to the Seahawks but I think they’ll address that need later in the draft, especially after signing Greg Jennings.
  1. Indianapolis Colts, Datone Jones, DE, UCLA – Jones is a very solid choice along the defensive line. His ability to play both inside and outside makes him very versatile and valuable.
  1. Minnesota Vikings, DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson – This pick was originally the Seahawks pick and the Vikes should use it to replace (or try to replace) Percy Harvin.
  1. Green Bay Packers, Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame – Just because Jermichael Finley resigned doesn’t mean he’s in the long term plans for the Packers. Eifert is a great tight end prospect and will be a great addition to that offense.
  1. Houston Texans, Kevin Minter, LB, LSU – Scouts have cooled on Minter for some strange reason. I thought he had a pretty good combine. I think he’s a great fit for the Texans.
  1. Denver Broncos, Tank Carradine, DE, FSU – Carradine didn’t get a lot of publicity because of his torn ACL but reports say that he’s recovering faster than anticipated and should be fully recovered soon. If thats the case, the Broncos would be getting a good player to replace Elvis Dumervil after the debacle that took place when he tried to restructure his contract.
  1. New England Patriots, Kawann Short, DT, Purdue – This pick hasn’t changed just like my skepticism that the Pats will actually take a player without trading back 10 times.
  1. Atlanta Falcons, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington – Even though Osi won’t be the savior for them, he’s going to be a help along that defensive line so they can address their needs in the secondary. Dunta Robinson has moved on and Brent Grimes may not be around much longer either.
  1. San Francisco 49ers, Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int’l – Dashon Goldson signed with the Bucs so there’s a huge gap at safety.
  1. Baltimore Ravens, Keenan Allen, WR, California – Allen hasn’t been able to work out due to injury but he’s a decent talent at wideout. The Ravens have a need for a wide receiver after trading away Anquan Boldin. Another option here for the Ravens is Damontre Moore. He’s a guy that has a lot of talent but his stock has dropped since the Combine.

The Queens native handles all things football on KeepingItRealSports.com. Stan attended Holy Cross High School in Flushing, Queens and SUNY Old Westbury. He's spent his post graduate career in different parts of the media, as an editorial assistant, a production assistant and a board operator. He can be followed on twitter @FunnyManStan and routinely performs standup comedy all over New York City.

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