Final Mock Draft
Geno Smith
Geno Smith
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 25, 2013


Eric Fisher is the top pick, Geno Smith is taken in top 10 and other surprises in my final mock draft.

Mock drafts are a whole lot of fun to do but are difficult to predict simply because of the trade element. There will certainly be a bevy of first round trade action tonight as teams move up and back within the round.

I believe most of the teams in the top ten could potentially move back, including Kansas City, Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia. Teams would have to pay a steep price for the Chiefs or Jags top pick. More likely moving out are the Raiders and Eagles, especially the silver and black.

Cleveland is a team that could move up and perhaps back. For Arizona to make sure they grab an offensive tackle the Cardinals would have to move up into the top three. And I don't see Buffalo hanging on to their first selection at the eight spot. Look for the Bills to find a dance partner, move back in the round and land their quarterback.

Speaking of quarterback, I think as many as four could be taken in the first round. Only one is mocked here but I believe if the Bills move back they grab one and then at least two teams trade back into the first round to make sure they get their guy.

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Round 1
1
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Eric Fisher
Height: 6-7
Weight: 306
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Andy Reid
2012 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: I am not convinced that Kansas City goes the offensive tackle route if they don't trade Brandon Albert prior to the draft. So don't be surprised if they if they go for a pass rusher and shock many. But I am still hesitant because I think they find a way to get a deal done with Miami or someone looking for o-line help. Fisher is the close call over Joeckel because he has a higher ceiling.

Round 1
2
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player: Luke Joeckel
Height: 6-6
Weight: 306
Hometown: Arlington, TX
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Gus Bradley
2012 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: The Jags go for the safe pick and land Joeckel. Paired with Eugene Monroe, Jacksonville would be set with a pair of bookends. No doubt the Jags will be fielding plenty of offers to trade out of this spot. They will be tempted.

Round 1
3
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-2
Weight: 297
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: Florida
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Dennis Allen
2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: Floyd to Oakland makes a lot of sense. While they are tempted to grab quarterback Geno Smith or even defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, lood for the Raiders to grab this former Gator IF they hold on to this spot. I think there is a great chance they trade down and pick up another pick or two. If they don't go too far down they may still be able to land Floyd.

Round 1
4
Philadelphia Eagles
Lane Johnson
Player: Lane Johnson
Height: 6-6
Weight: 303
Hometown: Groveton, TX
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: Chip Kelly inherited a line that has battled health issues of late so the pick here could be Lane Johnson. This former high school quarterback is freaky athletic and he could be the cornerstone of Kelly's Eagles offense in Philly. It all starts up front and Johnson is the call here although you know the Eagles are seriously considering three defensive linemen in Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo and Star Lotulelei. This is another team that could opt to trade down with the right offer.

Round 1
5
Detroit Lions
Ezekiel Ansah
Height: 6-5
Weight: 271
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
College: BYU
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz
2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: Detroit could use a tackle and even a corner but they desperately need a defensive end to get after the quarterback. Ansah is the pick here. His upside is as high as anyone in the draft.

Round 1
6
Cleveland Browns
Player: Geno Smith
Height: 6-2
Weight: 218
Hometown: Miramar, FL
College: West Virginia
Class: 2013 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 19
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Rob Chudzinski
2012 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: For the first time in five mocks I have Cleveland picking a quarterback. The new regime inherited the Brandon Weeden experiment and it doesn't look promosing for this former Oklahoma State star. Cleveland spent a ton of money in free agency on revamping their defense but the Browns brass realize they are only going to go as far as their quarterback takes them. Geno is the pick here and it looks like a good marriage with their new head coach Rob Chuzinski. He was Cam Newton's offensive coordinator in Carolina. Cleveland is another team that can make a move down in the draft. They would love to recoup their second round pick they lost and they could still grab their QB.

Round 1
7
Arizona Cardinals
Height: 6-4
Weight: 241
Hometown: Monroe, LA
College: LSU
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2012 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: I don't know what to make of the Cardinals. They would love for one of the tackles to fall. Perhaps this is too high to take a guard. The true value here is to grab Mingo or Jordan, two athletic and versatile defenders that both have a chance to become stars. Mingo gets the call because he has the clean bill of health.

Round 1
8
Buffalo Bills
Player: Dion Jordan
Height: 6-6
Weight: 248
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: Oregon
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Doug Marrone
2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: I don't believe the Bills stay in the eight hole. I think they trade down and get a quarterback at their new spot in the first round. But, this mock doesn't factor trades. If they don't move they stay true to their board and pick the highest rated player. It's a pass rusher and his name is Dion Jordan. He will give the Bills a versatile athlete on the defensive side of the ball.

Round 1
9
New York Jets
Player: Tavon Austin
Height: 5-8
Weight: 174
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
College: West Virginia
Class: 2013 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Rex Ryan
2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Jets are rebuilding and they have to get quarterback Mark Sanchez some help. With Tavon Austin a Jet he can add a whole lot of versatility to the New York offense and inject some life into the return game as well. Austin is a big play threat that's electric with the ball in his hands. Cordarrelle Patterson is the same player as an outside wide receiver. Either player would be huge for Rex Ryan and his offense. For this mock I will go with Austin to the Jets.

Round 1
10
Tennessee Titans
Dee Milliner, Alabama
Player: Dee Milliner
Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 201
Hometown: Millbrook, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Munchak
2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Titans will be tempted to take Star Lotulelei but they go with the draft's top cornerback - Dee Milliner. While he has had some injury issues Milliner is just too good to pass up.

Round 1
11
San Diego Chargers
Player: D.J. Fluker
Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 339
Hometown: Foley, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike McCoy
2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Chargers would love to land an offensive tackle but at this point they would have to package some picks and move up in the draft. If they stay at No. 12 Fluker is a giant right tackle prospect that could also play guard. Phillips Rivers needs help and Fluker is the call here.

Round 1
12
Miami Dolphins
Height: 6-2
Weight: 317
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 11
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Joe Philbin
2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Miami goes with a player in Chance Warmack that has top 10 caliber ability. He's the top guard in this draft and could be a fixture on the Miami offensive front for years to come.

Round 1
13
New York Jets
Star Lotulelei, Utah
Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
Hometown: South Jordan, UT
College: Utah
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Rex Ryan
2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Jets will be tempted to go get a speedy edge guy like Jarvis Jones, a guard like Jonathan Cooper or even a quarterback but Lotulelei is a top five talent that fits Ryan's defense. The Jets could build this unit around this former Ute.

Round 1
14
Carolina Panthers
Height: 6-2
Weight: 294
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Ron Rivera
2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: I have done five mocks and all five times I had Sheldon Richardson to the Carolina Panthers. He fits their scheme and defensive tackle is a primary need. Here they are also getting the best player available.

Round 1
15
New Orleans Saints
Jarvis Jones
Player: Jarvis Jones
Height: 6-2
Weight: 245
Hometown: Columbus, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: New Orleans gets their pass rusher in Jarvis Jones. He was simply the best player in the best league (SEC) for the last two years. Jones may not test well but on the field he's a relentless pass rusher. At No. 15 the Saints get an absolute steal in Jones as they transition to a 3-4 defense.

Round 1
16
St. Louis Rams
Kenny Vaccaro/GETTY IMAGES
Height: 6-0
Weight: 214
Hometown: Early, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2013 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2012 Record: 7-8

ANALYSIS: St. Louis has two primary needs at safety and wide receiver. With their first pick they land the top safety in the draft in Vacarro. He's a plug and play guy for a very long time for the Rams.

Round 1
17
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player: Tyler Eifert
Height: 6-5
Weight: 250
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2013 SR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 26
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2012 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Steelers would love to draft a pass rusher here but the elite ones are off the board. Drafting a player like Eifert would give Pittsburgh a different dimension to their offense. He has size, can run and catches everything in sight. Big Ben will love him.

Round 1
18
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2012 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: Dallas has needs in many places but none greater than at offensive guard. They just put millions into quarterback Tony Romo and they have to protect that investment. Cooper is the call here. This is a no brainer.

Round 1
19
New York Giants
Height: 6-5
Weight: 310
Hometown: Manchester, Great Britain
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 25
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
2012 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: The Giants take Menelik Watson from Manchester, England. He played basketball at the Marist College. After realizing he had no chance of making it to the NBA he solicited JUCOs to play college football, even though he had never played the game and knew very little about it. After one year at Saddleback and one semester at FSU he's a first round pick by the Giants. This kid is raw but also long, athletic and very coachable.

Round 1
20
Chicago Bears
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Marc Trestman
2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Bears go linebacker later in the draft and with this pick they take a big, physical and fast cornerback in Xavier Rhodes.

Round 1
21
Cincinnati Bengals
Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Height: 6-2
Weight: 242
Hometown: Newnan, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2013 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: With Vaccaro off the board they can address safety in the next round. The Bengals grab a top 15 talent in Alec Ogletree. This former safety is a player that is at his best chasing and playing sideline to sideline. Ogletree also excels in coverage.

Round 1
22
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 216
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
College: Tennessee
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2012 Record: 7-8

ANALYSIS: Maybe the Rams missed out on Tavon Austin but they pick up the most explosive outside wide receiver in Patterson. This kid has a chance to be special and is a steal at this spot.

Round 1
23
Minnesota Vikings
Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
College: Washington
Class: 2013 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 22
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier
2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Vikings pick a very good player to man one of the corner positions in Trufant. He excels in coverage, has good size and excellent speed.

Round 1
24
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Datone Jones
Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 283
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
College: UCLA
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano
2012 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Colts address the defensive front and draft the versatile and talented Jones from UCLA. They continue to rebuild their 3-4 and Jones would be an ideal addition to their line.

Round 1
25
Minnesota Vikings
Player: Manti Te'o
Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2013 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 28
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier
2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: Te'o goes off the board to the Vikings. He's a great fit in their scheme and there's a huge need at this position. This pick makes a ton of sense for Minnesota.

Round 1
26
Green Bay Packers
Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz (USA Today)
Player: Zach Ertz
Height: 6-5
Weight: 249
Hometown: Danville, CA
College: Stanford
Class: 2013 JR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2012 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: Green Bay is one of the big mystery teams of this draft and they are difficult to get a feel for what they are thinking at this spot. They could go a variety of ways but in this final mock the Packers add the talented tight end from Stanford in Ertz. Aaron Rodgers will love this weapon in Green Bay.

Round 1
27
Houston Texans
Player: Robert Woods
Height: 6-0
Weight: 201
Hometown: Gardena, CA
College: USC
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak
2012 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Woods is the most ready to play wide receiver in this draft and Houston needs to find a player to pencil in opposite of Andre Johnson. There are plenty to pick from and Woods is the pick here.

Round 1
28
Denver Broncos
Height: 6-3
Weight: 266
Hometown: Salisbury, CT
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: John Fox
2012 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: Denver could go d-tackle or end but here they land a very talented pass rusher in Bjoern Werner. Honestly, Werner falling to the Broncos would be one of the steals of the first round. They are getting tremendous value and addressing a need area after the loss of Elvis Dumervil.

Round 1
29
New England Patriots
Height: 6-2
Weight: 313
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 27
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
2012 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Patriots could go d-line or defensive backs. Here, they find themselves lucky to land defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. He's a talent that can move around the front and Williams is very quick off the ball. Don't be surprised if New England trades down and out of this spot at No. 29.

Round 1
30
Atlanta Falcons
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 195
Hometown: Edinboro, PA
College: Connecticut
Class: 2013 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 67
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Mike Smith
2012 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: Hayden is a talent at corner and the Falcons are in the market for secondary help. They would love Werner to fall to them. They will be tempted to take defensive end Tank Carradine. But here Atlanta takes Hayden. Don't be surprised if the Falcons move up in the first round.

Round 1
31
San Francisco 49ers
Player: Margus Hunt
Height: 6-9
Weight: 277
Hometown: Karksi-Nuia, Estonia
College: SMU
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 50
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh
2012 Record: 11-4

ANALYSIS: No way do I see San Francisco hanging on to this spot. They have enough ammo to move up anywhere in this round. The question is who are they targeting and how high will they move? If they do stand pat Margus Hunt has to be tempting. He's a mammoth defensive end with freaky good measurables.

Round 1
32
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-0
Weight: 241
Hometown: Wichita, KS
College: Kansas State
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 32
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Ravens go after this speedy linebacker from K-State - Arthur Brown. This kid is a tremendous athlete, an intelligent and instinctive player and a big hitter.

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