2013 NFL Draft Projection:
1. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M – With a trade for LT Brandon Albert reportedly in the works with the Dolphins, the Chiefs will solidify their offensive line here.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan- Fisher has sparked the Jaguars’ interest, and should be a starter from day one.
3. Oakland Raiders- Shariff Floyd, DT Florida- Floyd is a dominant run stopping talent, and can fit a variety of schemes. The Raiders could trade down here with other teams looking for one of the premier OT’s in this year’s draft, especially the San Diego Chargers.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Dion Jordan, LB Oregon, Chip Kelly is familiar with the versatile Jordan who would fit in defensive coordinator Billy Davis’s expected 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme. Lane Johnson could be in play here as well.
6. Cleveland Browns- Demarcus Milliner, CB Alabama- Missing out on Jordan and Ansah, Cleveland would look to cover up their lack of a dominant DE by grabbing the best corner on the board.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma- The Cardinals have two glaring areas of need: offensive line, and quarterback. Johnson, Geno Smith, and OG Chance Warmack are all in play at number seven.
8. Buffalo Bills- Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina- The Bills need to add a dominant run blocker for C.J. Spiller to run behind, Geno Smith could be an option here as Kevin Kolb is likely nothing more than a band-aid over the gaping wound that is the Bill’s quarterback situation.
10. Tennessee Titans- Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas- The titans have a viable front seven, but need help in the secondary. That being said, Star Loutelei could land here as well.
11. San Diego Chargers- DJ Fluker, OT Alabama- The Chargers must get better on the offensive line if they expect Ryan Matthews to contribute this season. San Diego also needs a wide receiver and a tight end, so any offensive selection is a viable one at number 11.
12. Miami Dolphins- Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia- The SEC’s leading tackler would fill the void left by the departure of Karlos Dansby. Should the trade talks for Chief’s tackle Brandon Albert fall through, Miami could also opt to address their offensive line.
13. New York Jets- Geno Smith, QB West Virginia- Smith is the best quarterback prospect in the draft, the Jets would be wise to gamble on Geno with their second selection in the first round.
14. Carolina Panthers- Tavon Austin, WR West Virginia- Austin will follow his former quarterback off the board while presenting himself as a nice complement to the ageing Steve Smith. Adding Austin to Cam Newton‘s arsenal would make the Panthers a viable contender for a wild card berth.
15. New Orleans Saints- Manti Te’O, LB Notre Dame- The Saints must look to solidify the center of their defense,but they lack depth at corner as well.
16. St. Louis Rams- Sheldon Richardson, DT Missouri- The Rams would solidify their front seven after losing out on the lottery for Vaccaro, and still add another offensive weapon later in the first round.
17.Pittsburgh Steelers- Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame- Eifert would go a long way to replace Mike Wallace,and with the injury to veteran TE Heath Miller, Eifert would be a great value pick at number seventeen.
19. New York Giants- Chance Warmack, G Alabama- Should Warmack fall this far, he is a steal at number twenty. The Giants could also opt for some help in the secondary or at linebacker here.
20. Chicago Bears- Kyle Long, OL Oregon- Long is an immediate starter on the offensive line, is athletic, and can play either a guard or tackle. The Bears must get better pass protection for Jay Cutler, and run blockers for Matt Forte.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Alec Ogletree LB Georgia- Ogeltree has visited with the Bengals, and Marvin Lewis needs an abundance of talent at linebacker in his 3-4 system, so Ogletree could be an option here. The Bengals could also target a wide receiver to start opposite A.J. Green or help on the offensive line.
22. St. Louis Rams- Deandre Hopkins, WR Clemson - Hopkins would replace former Rams’ receivers Danny Amendola, and Brandon Gibson in Sam Bradford‘s offense, but the Rams could also opt for help at safety. Safety could be priority one for the Rams as they have one of the most aggressive tandem of corners in the league.
23. Minnesota Vikings- Bjoern Werner, DE Florida St.- Werner has great speed for his size as an edge rusher, and would complement Jared Allen on an aging defensive line.The Vikings could also target a corner here, or a quarterback prospect.
24. Indianapolis Colts- Xavier Rhodes, CB Florida St. – Rhodes would be a day one starter in Indianapolis, and would fill an area of need on the Colt’s less than stellar defense.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Barkley, QB USC- Barkley is the second best prospect in this year’s draft alongside EJ Manuel of FSU. The Vikings could go for a wide receiver here, but their lack of a quality quarterback has been their downfall over the past few seasons.
26. Green Bay Packers- Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama- Lacy would have tremendous impact as a member of the Packer’s offense, Aaron Rodgers would benefit from an offense with versatility. The Packers could also opt to add depth in the secondary at number twenty six.
27. Houston Texans- Robert Woods, WR USC- Woods has great hands and would be an excellent complement opposite the ageless wonder, Andre Johnson. The Texans also need help at safety and corner, so either of those positions could be addressed here as well.
28. Denver Broncos- Desmond Trufant, CB Washington, The Broncos must fill two voids in this draft: corner and defensive line. Since Elvis Dumervil was released, the Broncos could also add a defensive end here, but Champ Bailey can’t play forever, so look for Denver to pick his successor apparent in the upcoming draft.
29. New England Patriots- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennesse- The Patriots would be happy if Patterson were to fall this far. Tom Brady is always looking for another weapon on offense, and Patterson’s speed would make him a vertical threat alongside Danny Amendola, who is more of a possession style receiver.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Datone Jones, DE UCLA- Jones would make the Falcon’s front seven very threatening, and they must add a pass rusher with the departure of Jonathan Abraham, their sack leader from a season ago.
32. Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Minter, LB LSU- Minter would fill the void left by Ray Lewis‘s retirement, and the departures of Paul Krueger, and Daniel Ellerbie. Though the Ravens may look to add depth in the secondary here, Minter is the type of talent who could make an immediate impact from day one.Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Champ Bailey, Cordarelle Patterson, Dallas Cowboys, Danny Amendola, Datone Jones, Geno Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jonathan Cyprien, Kansas City Chiefs, Kevin Kolb, Kevin Minter, Luke Joeckel, Matt Barkley, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL Draft, Paul Krueger, Philadelphia Eagles, Tavon Austin, Tom Brady