Adam L. Jahns’ mock draft
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 25, 2013 12:29AM
Chicago Bears' Martellus Bennett catches a ball during the team's NFL football mini-camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill., Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: April 25, 2013 7:41PM
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: The Chiefs go with the safe pick and get a long-term solution at left tackle.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion
Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon: A freak of an athlete, Jordan could be a star-in-the-making for a team moving to a hybrid defense.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: They’ll try to trade down, but they have competition. Enter the best defensive tackle in the draft.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: He could go at No. 2 to the Jaguars.
5. Detroit Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: A few years from now, Johnson — a rare athlete for an offensive lineman — might turn out to be the best tackle in this class.
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: A potential lockdown corner can give the Browns the best cornerback tandem in the league.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: The Cardinals need to improve up front, and Cooper is a rare interior lineman who warrants a top-10 pick.
8. San Francisco 49ers (via
projected trade with Buffalo Bills): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The 49ers move up to grab an ideal brute for a 3-4 defensive front.
9. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: The Jets have a ton of needs, but they opt for a game-changer on offense/special teams.
10. Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: The Titans need a long-term solution at defensive end, and Ansah has the potential to be an explosive pass rusher.
11. San Diego Chargers: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: With big holes up front, getting Warmack, whom some analysts have called the best player in this draft, would be huge.
12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: The Dolphins want to trade down, but they are in desperate need of a cornerback after losing both starters.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: With his athleticism and pass-rushing skills, Jones is a great fit for any team that runs
14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: They might target a receiver, but coach Ron Rivera gets a beast for his defensive line.
15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU: The Saints go local and find a good edge rusher for their new 3-4 scheme.
16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas: The Rams need a receiver badly, but they beat the potential safety rush behind them and grab a starter from Day 1.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert (right), TE, Notre Dame: The Steelers have several areas to address, but Heath Miller, a valuable target for Ben Roethlisberger, is coming off major knee surgery.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: They have plenty of options here, but adding a disruptive force up front fills a definite need.
19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia: This pick could change everything for the Bears because the Giants have similar needs on both sides of the ball.
20. Houston Texans (via projected trade with Bears): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Bears GM Phil Emery finds a trade partner with an extra third-round pick, and the Texans strike to grab a big receiver before the receiver-needy Rams and Vikings come up.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: With the re-signing of Andre Smith unlikely, Fluker steps in on the right side.
22. St. Louis Rams (from
Washington Redskins): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: With Steven Jackson gone, the Rams select a similar back.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame: With the Bears passing on Te’o by trading out of the No. 20 pick, the Vikings should be happy to have him.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Considered a hybrid player, Jones improves the Colts’ pass rush and finds a home in their 3-4 scheme.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from
Seattle Seahawks): Desmond
Trufant, CB, Washington: The Vikings opt to wait on a receiver and grab a top-notch cornerback to replace Antoine Winfield.
26. Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, SS, Florida: A good safety should solidify their secondary, especially with Charles Woodson gone.
27. Bears (via projected trade with Houston Texans): Arthur Brown, ILB/OLB, Kansas State: The Bears land a versatile linebacker and an extra pick or two to target cornerbacks and offensive linemen later in the draft.
28. Denver Broncos: Björn Werner, DE, Florida State: The Broncos need a pass rusher, and Werner has the motor teams covet.
29. New England Patriots: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: The next J.J. Watt? Hunt’s a monster at 6-8 and 272 pounds. He’s raw, but the Patriots could refine him.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford: Tony Gonzalez won’t play forever, and Ertz will make a solid replacement.
31. Buffalo Bills (via projected trade with San Francisco 49ers): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: The eighth overall pick would have been way too early for Nassib. But this works, and the Bills add picks from a team that has plenty.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: The Ravens need linebackers, especially with Ray Lewis now working for ESPN.