Final NFL Mock Draft

April 18, 2013 | Jeffrey Gilley

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, Tackle, Central Michigan
Many were projecting Luke Joeckel to go here but I think Fisher would be the better pick. Fisher has more upside and is a more athletic prospect.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon
Out of all the players in the draft, Jordan may be the most athletic. The 6’6” defensive end is a great pass rusher and even played some cornerback in the slot.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd Defensive Tackle, Florida
Floyd might not be the best defensive tackle in the draft but he is a safe pick with a lot of upside. Floyd has shorter arms but is an elite talent who will develop into a very good player.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, Tackle, Texas A&M
The Eagles could go with Dee Milliner but the offensive line has been a large area of need for a long time. This should be a no-brainer.

5. Detroit Lions: Lane Johnson, Tackle, Oklahoma
This may be a strange pick seeing as Dee Milliner is still on the board. The Lions are very fortunate here because this draft is very deep in terms of talent at cornerback and offensive. Lane Johnson is a great athlete and a possible franchise left tackle. In addition, Jeff Backus retired and Riley Reiff is more of a right tackle leaving no one protect the blind side of Matt Stafford who has had injuries in the past.

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
The Browns are very fortunate to get Milliner. Milliner is a great coverage man but his ball skills have to improve. Drafting Milliner will give the Browns one of the better cornerback duos in the league with Joe Haden on the other side.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Chance Warmack: Guard, Alabama
This is usually far too high for a guard even for one with Warmack’s talent. Wamrack is the best guard prospect in the draft and is a solid pick with the franchise left tackles off the board. Don’t be surprised of the Cardinals make a trade with the Chiefs to get a franchise left tackle.

8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
The Bills signed Kevin Kolb but they still need a quarterback. Kolb doesn’t have the biggest arm, which is needed for a quarterback in Buffalo. Smith has that arm the Bills need and his mobility would be deadly weapon with CJ Spiller in the backfield as well.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU
I originally had Jarvis Jones here but now that I think about it, Mingo makes more sense. In addition, I have heard Red Ryan loves Mingo. Mingo is purely a speed pass rusher that is not much of a run defender. But then again, the AFC East is not a run heavy division. Mingo’s ceiling is higher than Jones and he will play for a longer period of time. The Jets need to get this pick right and can’t afford to have a player that might play for a short period of time in Jarvis Jones.

10. Tennessee Titans: Ezikiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
The Titans need a pass rusher to battle the high-powered offenses in their division. Ansah is a project player but his athleticism, explosiveness, and power are uncommon for someone his size.

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Copper, Guard, North Carolina
Cooper is not far off from the talent of Warmack. He is an excellent overall prospect that the Chargers need to protect Phillip Rivers.

12. Miami Dolphins: Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
The Dolphins have two outside receivers in Wallace and Hartline. Austin completes this offense as a slot receiver. Austin gives the Dolphins two threats at wide receiver that can score at anytime.

13. New York Jets: Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State
The Jets just lost the best cornerback in the league and need to replace him. Kyle Wilson struggles on the outside so Rhodes would be a good fit here. He is big, physical, and has good athleticism.

14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
The Panthers just hit a homerun here. Before his heart condition was revealed, Star was projected in some mock drafts as the number one overall pick. His size, speed, physicality, and power are extremely uncommon for someone of his size.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
Richardson will have to play at 3-4 defensive end in the Saints new defense. Richardson provides a lot of pass rush at that position and fits a need for the Saints.

16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson
The Rams missed on Julio Jones two years ago, which was a huge mistake in my mind. The Rams need weapons for Sam Bradford with the Seahawks and 49ers in his division.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
Jones has been connected with the Steelers for a long time and I think it’s almost too perfect of a fit. The Steelers lost James Harrison and need a pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker. The Steelers coaching staff will be elated to have a top-flight talent fall to them.

18. Dallas Cowboys: DJ Fluker, Tackle, Alabama
Fluker is monster run blocker and a solid pass blocker. He fits a need with Doug Free’s struggles the last two seasons.

19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Oregon
Ogletree could be a much higher pick if he did not have off field issues. Ogletree is a great athlete that fits well in the passing league the NFL has become.

20. Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, Linebacker, Notre Dame
Te’o has answered questions about his speed at the Notre Dame pro day. With the departure of Brian Urlacker, the Bears need an inside linebacker that can lead a defense for the next ten years.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Alabama
Eddie Lacy is a great prospect and the Bengals need a running back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a good player but Lacy is a game changer who fits perfectly into the physical AFC North.

22. St. Louis Rams: Eric Reid, Safety, LSU
This might be a little high for Reid but Reid’s stock is rising and is the best safety on the board at this point. The Rams need a great safety to put that defense over the top. Reid will join a secondary that has two of the better cornerbacks in the league in Finnegan and Jenkins. He will be free to roam and make plays, which is what he does best.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Bjorn Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Werner is a great fit in this defense and will be able to learn a lot from Jared Allen. Werner fits a need and is a great value pick at 23.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA
Jones is a great player who should play a 3-4 defensive end in the Colts Scheme. He is a great athlete that is very versatile and adds pass rush ability.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Minter, Inside Linebacker, LSU
With Te’o and Ogletree gone, Minter is the next best inside linebacker on the board.

26. Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
The Packers defense was at its best when Nick Collins was patrolling the secondary. Elam reminds me a lot of Collins and will give the Packers a fast, physical, and instinctual safety.

27. Houston Texans: Arthur Brown, Linebacker, Kansas State
The Texans had a pass defense that finished 16th in the league. Brown is a great coverage linebacker that is a great tackler despite his shorter stature.

28. Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M
Moore had a terrible combine but is much better on film. The guy can just get to the quarterback.

29. New England Patriots: Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington
Trufant should not drop this low. He could go as high as 13 to the Buccaneers. The Patriots might have beaten the Ravens if Talib did not get injured early in the game. Therefore, Trufant fits a need with uncertainty around Denard’s off field issues.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine
If Carradine did not sustain an injury, he would be a top 15 pick. He is a great pass rusher who is also great against the run. The Falcons need a pass rusher now that John Abraham is gone.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hundt, Defensive End, SMU
Hundt is a physical freak but is also a project player. He will take time to develop but the 49ers can take chances with the way they have drafted talent in the later rounds.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kennan Allen
Allen is a polished receiver who would have been drafted higher if he had a good quarterback at California. Allen is quicker than he is fast and can play inside or outside. I think some sleeper picks here could be Jonathan Banks or David Amerson, the cornerbacks from Mississippi State and North Carolina State respectively. Both are big corners that the NFL really values. Amerson has better ball skills than Banks but both are solid players.