NFL mock draft 2.0

March 04, 2013 | Jeffrey Gilley

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Jeockel, tackle, Texas A&M
Jeockel has been connected to the Chiefs for a long time. The Chiefs have their franchise quarterback in Alex Smith and need to protect him. If they can resign Branden Albert, they will have one of the better tackle duo’s in the league.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
Floyd was very impressive at the combine, which ensured his status as a top five pick. The Jaguars have a huge need in the pass rush department and Jarvis Jones’s health is too much of a question to be taken second overall.

3. Oakland Raiders: Geno Smith, quarterback, West Virginia
The Raiders have made poor decisions at the quarterback position recently. Smith is not the franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck or RG3 but is still a better option than Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, defensive end/outside linebacker, Oregon
Jordan one of the best athletes in this draft. While Jordan is a great pass rusher, he is also able to drop in coverage and cover receivers in the slot. His combination of size, speed, and athleticism will make Jordan ideal for defending the read option seeing as he will be able to chase down mobile quarterbacks.

5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, corner back, Alabama
Offensive line is another option here but Milliner is the best player available and fits a need. Milliner doesn’t have elite ball skills but is tremendous in coverage. Milliner will be under a lot of pressure his rookie season as he will face Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Vincent Jackson, AJ Green, and Larry Fitzgerald.

6. Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Jones, outside linebacker, Georgia
The Browns have some solid pieces on defense but need a pass rushing threat. Viewed by many as the top prospect in the draft this year, Jones has major health concerns that will drop him out of the top five. The Browns could pass on Jones but he is the best player available and fits a need.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, tackle, Central Michigan
Matt Barkley is a popular pick here but I dont see it. Barkley just went through shoulder surgery and putting him behind the Cardinals woeful offensive line is a recipe for disaster. Fisher is an elite prospect and quarterbacks like Ryan Nassib and Mike Glennon will be available in the second round.

8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, quarterback, USC
The Bills have many needs but a quarterback is the biggest need. Chance Warmack is another option here.

9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end/outside linebacker, BYU
Ansah will act as Rex Ryan’s project. He is incredibly raw but dominated the Senior Bowl. If Ansah developed his technique, he will be among the top pass rushers in the NFL.

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama
If Chris Johnson wants to have more rushing yards than Adrian Peterson, he is going to need an offensive line to run behind. Michael Roos is a nice left tackle but the Titans have a major need at guard.

11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, tackle, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson is the most athletic left tackle in this year’s draft class. Johnson is a former tight end and has risen up draft boards since his performance in the Senior Bowl. The left tackle position has been a major question mark for the Chargers for the past few years and Johnson will provide stability.

12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
Patterson is a freak athlete. Imagine Torry Smith’s Speed with Brandon Marshall’s after the catch ability. That is what I see when watching Patterson. The Dolphins top need is wide receiver and they just got a legitimate number one target for Ryan Tannehill.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bjorn Werner, defensive end, Florida State
Adrian Clayborne is a nice defensive end but Michael Bennett, their other defensive end is a free agent. Werner is not a great athlete but just knows how to get to the quarterback.

14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
The Panthers top need in my opinion is safety. Vacarro would be a nice pick here but Lotulelei is the best player in the board right now. He will be a force on an already respectful front four.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
The Saints are switching to a 3-4 defense and need the personell to make that switch. Richardson is a versatile defensive lineman that fits well as a 3-4 defensive end.

16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vacarro, safety, Texas
The Rams have a formidable defense and an elite safety would put them over the top. Vacarro is versatile and will excel in a Rams defense with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan at the two cornerback positions.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Barkevious Mingo, defensive end/outside linebacker, LSU
The Steelers struggled to force turnovers and generate a pass rush last season. Mingo will help in both departments with his athleticism and great first step. He is raw and needs to develop but when he does, watch out.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Damontre Moore, defensive end, Texas A&M
The Cowboys are switching to a 4-3 defense and need a complimentary defensive end should Anthony Spencer leave. Moore had a terrible combine but is still a great prospect. Learning from Demarcus Ware is great for his development.

19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, linebacker, Georgia
Ogletree has major off the field issues but is too good of a player for the Giants to pass up. He would be able to play inside linebacker in their scheme.

20. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Copper, guard, North Carolina
In any other draft, Cooper would be long gone by now. The Bears need to take advantage of this strong offensive line class.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Minter, inside linebacker, LSU
No matter what happens to Rey Maualuga, the Bengals need an inside linebacker. Minter is a tackling machine and would start immediately on a rising defense.

22. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
The Vikings, Seahawks, Texans, and Patriots draft rooms just went crazy. Those four teams need wide receivers and the other teams would draft him anyway. Sam Bradford has a lot of potential but doesn’t have the weapons to realize that potential. Do not be surprised if a team trades up ahead of the Rams to pick Austin.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Allen, wide receiver, California
Now that Tavon Austin is off the board, the Vikings will select the next best receiver. Allen is a good receiver but did not have a quarterback to get him the ball at California. Ponder needs weapons even if Percy Harvin is not traded.

24. Indianapolis Colts: DJ Fulker, tackle, Alabama
The Colts have a lot of options here but their best option is to protect their franchise quarterback.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA
Chris Clemons tore his ACL and Bruce Irwin is not a good run defender. Jones is a very versatile defensive lineman and is a candidate for NFL defensive rookie if the year. He will benefit from a secondary that will give him a lot of time to reach quarterbacks.

26. Green Bay Packers: Barret Jones, center, Alabama
The Packers have several needs on the offensive line. Therefore, Jones is the perfect pick here. He won three national titles with Alabama and played three different positions while doing so. His versatility will be a great asset for the Packers.

27. Houston Texans: Jesse Williams, nose tackle, Alabama
The Texans need to improve their defense up the middle. Brian Cushing is returning from a knee injury and the Texans dont have a lot of depth at nose tackle. Williams could be a starter right away. Margus Hundt is another possibility and would be terrifying playing across from JJ Watt.

28. Denver Broncos: Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington
Champ Bailey is not far from retirement and the Broncos will need a replacement. Trufant ran an official 4.38 40 yard dash which to many, cemented his status as a first round pick.

29. New England Patriots: Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State
Rhodes is a physical corner who reminds me of Aquib Talib, the man who rescued the Patriots secondary last season. If Talib returns, this would still be a smart pick.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Okafor, defensive end, Texas
Okafor’s 4.5 sacks in the Alamo Bowl were very impressive. Okafor fits a need now that John Abraham is no longer on the team.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, defensive end/outside linebacker, SMU
The 49ers struggled when Justin Smith was injured and Hundt can fil that void should Smith get injured again. Hundt is a risk because of his limited football experience but like their first pick last year, AJ Jenkins, the 49ers can gamble on Hundt because the team is loaded with talent. Can you immagine how good this defense will be if Hundt realizes his potential?

32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te’o, inside linebacker, Notre Dame
This might not be a popular pick after Te’o’s unimpressive combine. Vontaze Burfict and Brandon Spikes were two other linebackers that ran slow times but have dominated since being drafted. Te’o might not be as great of an athlete as we thought but he knows football and has great instincts.