WCSN 2013 Mock Draft 2.0: Round 1

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Updated: March 7, 2013

Is WCSN draft guru Joe Mixon a prophet? We’ll know if Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd goes first overall as predicted in our Mock Draft 2.0

You’ve been waiting for it on pins and needles, and here it is: the WCSN 2013 Mock Draft 2.0. Much has transpired since we released our Mock Draft 1.0 — the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, some players have been re-signed while others have been released, and teams are gearing up for the imminent onset of free agency on March 12th — so the landscape looks a little different now. I know you can’t wait to see how much has changed on our board, so let’s get directly to it.

1st Round

1. Kansas City Chiefs – DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)

Almost everyone had offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) going first overall, but now that the Chiefs have franchise-tagged offensive tackle Braden Albert, I just don’t see that happening. They could trade Albert and take Joeckel anyway, but I think drafting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd out of Florida is more likely.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE/OLB Björn Werner (FSU)

The Jaguars were 30th in the league in points allowed at 27.8 and 32nd in the league with 20 sacks. Head coach Gus Bradley needs a defensive playmaker, and with medical concerns lingering around Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, the Jaguars will go to the next best pass-rushing defensive end available.

3. Oakland Raiders — LT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)

The Raiders need all the help they can get. They won’t pass up an opportunity to improve their offensive line; they will snag the best left tackle in the draft.

4. Philadelphia Eagles — OG Chance Womack (Alabama)

The Eagles had the second worst offensive line in the league last year, giving up entirely too many sacks and getting stuffed in the run. Philadelphia will want to bring in some help for tackle Jason Peters, who is coming off  a ruptured ACL. Incoming head coach Chip Kelly will enjoy having the Man-Child blocking defensive players for him.

5. Detroit Lions – CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)

Yet another draft with a top-five pick. This time their biggest need is a shutdown corner. The secondary had its share of troubles with elite wide receivers last year. They were ranked a respectable 15th in passing yards allowed but only 23rd for interceptions. Dee Milliner has no problem fighting good receivers. Standing 6’1″ and having run a 4.37 40-yard dash, he has the size and speed to compete with the likes of Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers.

Will Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones dominate NFL competition the way he dominated Florida?

6. Cleveland Browns — DE/OLB Jarvis Jones (UGA)

The Browns need help everywhere. Since there are no quarterbacks or receivers worth taking this high, I see the Browns ignoring the medical red flags and grabbing the best defensive player available. The Browns were 25th in pass yards allowed last year; Jarvis Jones would make them a much better pass-rushing team.

7. Arizona Cardinals — LT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)

The Cardinals had the absolute worst offensive line in the NFL in 2012. Now that they’re finally committed to quarterback Kevin Kolb, this is about as much of a no-brainer as any pick in the draft.

8. Buffalo Bills — DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah (BYU)

The Bills have plenty of talent, but they severely underperformed last season. The addition of the physical phenom Ezekiel Ansah to go with defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus could make Buffalo one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

9. New York Jets — QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)

Mark Sanchez isn’t the long term solution at quarterback and neither is Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy. The Jets will take the best quarterback available.

10. Tennessee Titans – DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

The Titans defense severely underperformed last season, and they need some playmakers. Barkevious Mingo is the kind of fast linebacker head coach Mike Munchak desperately needs in order to keep the pink slip at bay.

11. San Diego Chargers – WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)

The Chargers have had a lot of talent over the years. Too bad general manager A.J. Smith ran it all off. With wide receiver Robert Meachem failing to perform and tight end Antonio Gates aging, quarterback Philip Rivers needs some new offensive pieces to work with. Cordarrelle Patterson gives Rivers another weapon.

Oklahoma offensive tackle could be the successor to Jake Long with the Miami Dolphins.

12. Miami Dolphins – LT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)

The Dolphins probably aren’t going to pay left tackle Jake Long what he want, but Lane Johnson will make a fine replacement.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — CB Xavier Rhodes (FSU)

The Bucs had the best run defense but the 32nd-ranked pass defense last year. In the wake of cornerback Aqib Talib’s departure, this secondary has a lot of holes, especially if safety Ronde Barber decides to retire. Xavier Rhodes is the best defensive back available and will match up well against NFC South receivers like Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Marques Colston.

14. Carolina Panthers — WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)

Quarterback Cam Newton needs some more weapons. Tavon Austin ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the Combine and has great hands. He will be a younger version of Steve Smith.

15. New Orleans Saints — DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)

The 2012 Saints had the worst defense in NFL history, at least in terms of yards given up. Head coach Sean Payton’s first act upon reinstatement was to dump defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. New Orleans has needed a legitimate pass-rush threat for years. They get that in Dion Jordan.

16. St. Louis Rams — OG Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)

The Rams have some talent but they need some grinders and some maulers. That’s exactly what they get in Jonathan Cooper.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – DE/OLB Damontre Moore (Texas A&M)

The Steelers have always been known as a defensive team that pounds the ball with the running game. The Steelers key defensive playmakers are getting long in the tooth and with Damontre Moore they get some much needed youth.

 18. Dallas Cowboys — DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)

The Cowboys want to switch to a 4-3 defense and need another defensive tackle. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff is growing long in the tooth and recently was busted for DUI.

19. New York Giants — CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)

The Giants were ranked 28th in pass yards allowed as their corners were torched all season. Desmond Trufant is a young, fast (4.37) corner with an NFL pedigree who will give New York some much-needed depth.

20. Chicago Bears — OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama)

The Bears fielded a top-five defense that was stocked with playmakers. It was their offense that got head Coach Lovie Smith fired. Quarterback Jay Cutler took a beating last season; D.J. Fluker will anchor a line that has struggled desperately at times.

21. Cincinnati Bengals — WR Keenan Allen (Cal)

The Bengals have a pretty good defense and they have some weapons on offense, but if they are to get over the hump, they need to give quarterback Andy Dalton another explosive threat.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton would love to have Oregon wide receiver Keenan Allen sprinting down the sidelines.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) – RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)

Running back Steven Jackson has voided the final year of his contract and will depart in free agency. The Rams need a long-term replacement. Eddie Lacey would be the ideal candidate.

23. Minnesota Vikings — WR Robert Woods (USC)

The Vikings need as much help at wide receiver as possible. With the recent release of Michael Jenkins, they lack depth, and they could lack talent if they trade Percy Harvin away. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Vikings take a wideout with their first two picks.

24. Indianapolis Colts – FS Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)

Kenny Vaccaro is versatile and can play either safety position. He will be a great complement to free safety Antoine Bethea.

25. Seattle Seahawks – DT Kwann Short (Purdue)

The Seahawks must re-sign several free agents at the defensive tackle position. This pick  enables them to keep their defensive line strong and adds plenty of depth.

26. Green Bay Packers – DE Datone Jones (UCLA)

The Packers gave up way too many sacks and quarterback Aaron Rodgers took too much of a beating. As bad as their defense looked against the 49ers, the Packers’ top priority must be to keep Rodgers healthy. But there is no offensive lineman available worth taking right here, so they might as well beef up their defensive line.

27. Houston Texans – DT Star Lotulelei (Utah)

The Texans have a strong team, but they are at a standstill and need to take a chance. The Texans hope that Star Lotulelei can become that the missing element and that they will be no health concerns.

28. Denver Broncos – SS Matt Elam (Florida)

If Denver had one weakness, it was in deep coverage, as we witnessed in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens. With Matt Elam they fill a void left behind by Brian Dawkins, who departed two seasons ago.

29. New England Patriots – DE/OLB Alex Okafor (Texas)

The Patriots were so close once again. They have plenty of talent up and down their roster, so they have the luxury of taking the best defensive player available.

Texas defensive end Alex Okafor would add another punishing presence to the New England Patriots defensive line.

30. Atlanta Falcons – TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)

Tight end Tony Gonzalez is probably retiring, and Atlanta needs a security blanket for quarterback Matt Ryan. Tyler Eifert is the best fit for the Falcons’ scheme; they shouldn’t miss a beat with him in the offense.

31. San Francisco 49ers – CB Jonathan Banks (Miss St.)

San Francisco needs a cornerback, and thanks to his disappointing performance at the Combine, Jonathan Banks will still be available, so the 49ers will get themselves a pretty good one.

32. Baltimore Ravens – MLB Kevin Minter (LSU)

Kevin Minter is a good, strong choice to take over for the retiring Ray Lewis.

About the author

Joe Mixon covers the Atlanta Falcons beat for the Water Cooler Sports Network and also serves as the NFC South Insider for the It's Your Dime radio show. A graduate of Okefenokee Technical College with an associates degreee in Allied Health and Radiology Technology, Joe is a fan of not just the game of football but also its players. He is a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, good southern barbecue, and comedies, as well as a maven of all things pop culture. He wants his readers to have fun and love the game -- win or lose. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments, or suggestions for future articles at .

395 comments
Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

I love you guys!

I mean it, man!


Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

 

And I love you too!

Because I've learned that platonic love CAN exist between two grown men!

Joedirte
Joedirte

So if you were Jadeveon Clowney would you sit out to ensure that you are the #1 overall pick next year?

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

 

Regardless of whether he's #1 pick or not, he should sit out. There is absolutely NO upside to playing. He can't possibly improve his draft stock any more by playing another year.

Joedirte
Joedirte

   I understand this which is why IMO if your good enough to go then you should go. I don't think we should see 18 year olds getting drafted but I think we should allow players to enter the draft and come back as long as they dont hire an agent and if they dont sign then a team can get an extra pick in next years draft.

Joedirte
Joedirte

   Well I was thinking about maybe the NFL using MLBs draft philosophy and just keeping a players rights for a year.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

  

Right, but in that case the NFL has no tie or media backlash for it. 

Joedirte
Joedirte

   Well they are just as likely getting hurt in college for nothing ....ask Lattimore about that

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

  

Meh, the NFL has no reason to open that pandora's box.

This scenario will happen from time to time, but until it because a recurring problem, and not an anomaly  it's better for them to just stick to the rule and let it work itself out, rather than becoming liable or responsible for a couple other kids who get hurt because they went up too early.

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

Joedirte
Joedirte like.author.displayName 1 Like

  The thing about Tropic Thunder that was funny was that Jack Black was basically making fun of Robert Downey Jr. the entire movie just like Ben Stiller made fun of Tom Cruise with both of them acting in the movie

Joedirte
Joedirte

Best Hockey fight in MMA ever

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

magic ref:

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

 

"WOAH WOAH WOAH! Let's get Johan Franzen away from this guy before he eats his soul."

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 Also, this gif is a better fight than the video woody posted below.

SDL
SDL

Later hate promulgators


Joedirte
Joedirte

I see we have many people still here because talking about another mans mustache in depth is a little fruity

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 LOL, I didn't even know there was a new (ish?) article.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

OMG!  This needs to be posted on the NFCW boards.

Joedirte
Joedirte

I aint like Todd McShay and have Star Louteleli #1 even after the heart condition. He still will be a 1st rounder IMO but no way anyone will take him #1 overall.

Joedirte
Joedirte like.author.displayName 1 Like

The thing about mock drafts is that none of them are right......so when you tell me I'm wrong, I'm pretty much like yea I know. So with trades, FA, Pro Days, and more dumb guys like Alec Ogletree getting DUIs I will change it several more times

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

 

Haters gonna hate.

Joedirte
Joedirte

   Well all I want to do is get the  debate going and get the subject moved back to the draft.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

As some awesome guy pointed out, the release of Eric Winston puts the Chiefs back in the market for a tackle in the draft. 

Also, although Chase Warmack is awesome, why would the Eagles pass on the value of Eric Fisher? Guards can be had in later rounds.

Joedirte
Joedirte

  This mock was made before Winston was released BTW.