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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Brendan Donahue
Updated: Wednesday, April 24th
     
The 2013 NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 25th to 27th.

Below you will find the 2013 NFL mock draft from EDSFootball.com contributor Brendan Donahue.

More 2013 NFL Mocks: Kevin Hanson - Collaboration

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1. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history) - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

We have been able to pencil in a left tackle to the Chiefs for quite a while now, but now that the Chiefs are "95% confident" that Branden Albert will be traded, I think we can put this in pen now. The only question remains is which one do they prefer: Joeckel or Eric Fisher. They are both very similar in size and strength but the tape on Joeckel in college appears to be a bit cleaner making him the safer of the two picks, which is why I think coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs will make Joeckel the first pick overall in this year's draft.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history) - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

The Jaguars are said to have narrowed their decision down to two players (which is what you would like to hear out of the team with the 2nd pick). Now is it between two pass rushers in Jordan and Mingo? Or is it between a pass rusher and possibly a tackle which is what we are hearing this week? I happen to think it is between the two pass rushers and still think they go with Jordan, who is just a physical freak and is getting comparisons to Jason Taylor. He has the size, speed and versatility to lineup at OLB, which is where I expect him to begin his career, but still have the frame to put on some more weight and evolve into that Jason Taylor role on the D-Line.

*** Projected Trade between Raiders and Cardinals ***

3. Arizona Cardinals (draft history) - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Arizona is coming to the realization that if they want one of the top three tackles in this draft they are going to have to move up. Many scouts actually prefer Fisher to Jocekel this year so this is a great spot for the Cardinals to move up and get their franchise left tackle, which they desperately need. While their QB play last year was pathetic (and it truly was), their offensive line was nearly as bad. Fisher will help keep their newly acquired QB and investment in Carson Palmer upright and hopefully healthy for next season.



4. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history) - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Now that Chip Kelly is at the helm, it is very hard to predict where the Eagles will go with this pick also given their many needs. First, it was they are definitely going to be offensive line, then it was they are definitely going with a defensive back, then it was well now they want to get the QB of the future that can fit Kelly's system, and now with just two days to go it is they are going to go for the best defensive tackle and lineman in the draft in Lotulelei. I am going to go with the latest rumor because I feel he is the best player available and also fits a need. He is not simply just a space-eating defensive tackle, he can shift on the line and get after the QB.

5. Detroit Lions (draft history) - DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama

Detroit could possibly look to trade down here as people are starting to back off of Milliner due to medical concerns, but these were the same concerns he had at the beginning of the draft process and that was before he quieted some of his doubters at that combine showing his 4.37 speed to go along with his 200-pound frame. Milliner has the rare combination of size and speed that teams covet in a corner these days and I think it will be very hard for the Lions to pass on him here.

*** Projected Trade between Browns and Jets ***

6. New York Jets (draft history) - Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Rex Ryan has been rumored to be in love with Mingo, which is why he will probably force the hand of his new GM and make him trade up to ensure that he gets him. Now that Milliner is gone, Mingo would be a distinct possibility for the Browns here, but they are happy to move down to receive extra picks from the Jets and hope that Ansah falls to them. Even though Mingo had a disappointing season last year, he has really excelled in the offseason where he ran a 4.58 forty and has said to have done very well during the interview process.

*** Projected Trade between Raiders and Cardinals ***

7. Oakland Raiders (draft history) - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

In this scenario, the Raiders are able to get extra picks, which they desperately need, since they are in a rebuilding mode, and still get the guy they want which would probably be the most-heralded move the Raiders have made in a long time. The Raiders have let go Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour is a free agent so Floyd can come in right away and make an impact on the defensive line. He is a perfect fit in the Raiders scheme and has the size and quickness to slip through the line and get to the quarterback or running back as evidenced by his 13 tackles for loss last year with the Gators.

*** Projected Trade between Bills and Chargers ***

8. San Diego Chargers (draft history) - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Chargers will and should be the first team to call the Bills if Lane Johnson is still on the board here. He fills a glaring hole for them and if he does fall to Buffalo at 8, it will not compromise the rest of their draft to move up only 3 spots to get him. Johnson has been shooting up draft boards as this once quarterback and tight end is finally getting acclimated to playing offensive tackle and made huge strides last year at Oklahoma. He is widely considered as the last elite offensive tackle in the draft so look for the Chargers (or another team) to try and trade up to get him at some point.

*** Projected Trade between Browns and Jets ***

9. Cleveland Browns (draft history) - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

The Browns look to be willing trade partners this year with whomever wants to trade up whether its the Jets or like I said possibly the Chargers to get Lane Johnson. Ansah is another one of those 'tweeners that can line up at OLB or DE, but his role will be to get after the passer no matter where he lines up. Ansah is another player in this draft that came to not only his position but actually the sport of football late and is viewed to be very raw but has huge upside.

10. Tennessee Titans (draft history) - D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

Today's dumb tweet aside, Fluker has been moving up many draft boards as teams are interested in his versatility to play tackle or guard. The Titans need help along the line at both spots so Fluker makes sense here because he has the ceiling of a starting tackle in the NFL and the floor of an excellent guard. While both Cooper and Warmack may be better guards at this point in their careers, they do not project at any point to play tackle in the NFL, which as we know is much more coveted, so look for the Titans to go with Fluker in this spot.

*** Projected Trade between Bills and Chargers ***

11. Buffalo Bills (draft history) - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

The Bills are able to land their franchise QB in Nassib and still pick up extra picks along the way so that has to be viewed by a win in their book. Even if many people feel that this is way too high for Nassib to go, the Bills (particularly new head coach Doug Marrone) feel that he is a franchise QB in this league and if they are correct this certainly isn't too high for him. Nassib will be looked to come in early since he is already very comfortable and familiar with the playbook and newly acquired Kevin Kolb doesn't exactly make you confident the Bills are winning the Super Bowl any time soon (even if Kolb believes it).

*** Projected Trade between Dolphins and Rams ***

12. New York Jets (draft history) - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

There are strong indications the Dolphins have been very active in making phone calls to teams to gauge the interest in moving out of this pick and moving down in the draft to acquire extra picks. If this is indeed the case, the Rams should gladly answer their call to move up and take the best playmaker in this draft. Although Austin is undersized, he showed he does have strength benching 225 lbs 14 times at the combine and then following that up with 4.34 forty time which solidified that he has the chance to be a game-breaker at the next level. The Rams have sorely lacked playmakers to pair with Sam Bradford and this is their chance to finally add one to the roster.

13. (Via TB) New York Jets (draft history) - D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

Hayden held a workout this week and the only head coach to attend was Rex Ryan. Now that the Jets have departed ways with Revis, cornerback all of a sudden becomes a need on this team to go along with the many others that they already have. Hayden is considered a supremely talented player and has the traits you look for in a cover corner, but he had a freak accident in college that nearly killed him, which is why there is some hesitancy here. But again, if Rex Ryan is still calling the shots (and I think he is), he is enamored with the talent of Hayden and will make him the replacement for Revis.

14. Carolina Panthers (draft history) - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

This is a spot where value meets need. The Panthers are desperate for a disruptive defensive tackle and Richardson more than fits the bill here. He not only had 75 tackles from the defensive tackle spot, which is impressive, but also had over 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles.

15. New Orleans Saints (draft history) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Many are surprised to see Rhodes as the third corner off the board, but the Saints will be very happy if he does indeed fall to them here. The one thing we know the Saints will do with their first pick is go after defense, which set an NFL record for yardage allowed last season. Now that the Bucs have added Darrelle Revis, the Saints will hope to add a shutdown corner of their own in the pass-happy NFC South. Rhodes is one of the biggest corners in the draft but also showed he has the speed running a 4.47 at the combine; the only knock on him is that he may be too physical with receivers at times and could be flagged more often in the NFL than he was in college.

*** Projected Trade between Dolphins and Rams ***

16. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Warmack only falls this far because guard is no longer considered a high priority on draft boards, otherwise he could very well be a top-5 pick. Warmack is an absolute stud and dominated in the BCS game on a national stage. The Dolphins need help on the offensive line and are able to pick up a possible Pro-Bowl guard who can come in and start on day 1.

- Continue to Picks 17-32

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