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2013 NFL Mock Draft: (Collaboration) Kevin Hanson / Sean Beazley
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
     
The 2013 NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 25th to 27th.

Once again, Sean Beazley and I are posting a collaborative NFL mock draft.

Instead of picking for the all the teams with an odd- or even-numbered pick like last year, Sean and I will be splitting the picks by conference this time.

Sean will pick for all of the AFC teams while I will pick for all of the NFC teams and we will each provide comments for our own conference picks.

This mock draft is being done live and we will post the picks in blocks of four as they are made and updated.

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

[Sean's pick] With the news that the Chiefs will trade for San Francisco QB Alex Smith, this pick is the easiest one of the draft. The one knock on Joeckel if you can call it a knock is he isn't as highly rated as some of the other LTs in recent drafts. I just can't see Kansas City going in a different direction.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history) - Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

[Sean's pick] Remember when the Jaguars defense was actually feared? I know it was a long time ago. The defense had one constant and that was the pair of DTs that they had in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud.

Adding an edge rusher who can put pressure on the QB would also be ideal, but there is more than one way to fix the Jaguars being last in the NFL in sacks last year. Floyd is my top-rated DT prospect now that Star Lotulelei has a heart condition.

3. Oakland Raiders (draft history) - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

[Sean's pick] I had the Raiders taking Geno Smith in my last mock, but I think they wait on QB as Smith really didn't separate him from the other QBs in this draft. Jordan impressed in Indy, and may be the best DE in this year's draft. This is a need for a team that finished 31st in the NFL in sacks last season.



4. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history) - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

[Kevin's pick] During Senior Bowl practices, no prospect was more impressive than Fisher regardless of position. At 6-8 and 305 pounds, Fisher is the top senior left tackle prospect in this year's draft class.

In addition, Fisher was more impressive than Joeckel at the combine and it's certainly possible that Fisher, the No. 2-ranked prospect on our big board, could potentially leapfrog Joeckel and even become the top overall pick in April.

With Nnamdi Asomugha due to earn $15 million next year and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie set to become a free agent in 2013, however, it's also possible the Eagles consider Alabama's Dee Milliner here as well.

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

[Kevin's pick] The secondary is clearly the weakest unit of the Lions defense and three of their top four corners are due to become free agents in 2013: Chris Houston, Drayton Florence and Pat Lee.

Milliner, who was the top-ranked cornerback prospect out of high school, led the country in passes broken up (20) and was tied for first in passes defended (22). Collectively as a team, the Crimson Tide allowed a mere seven passing touchdowns while intercepting 19 passes last season.

When he ran a 4.37 forty at the combine, Milliner solidified himself as a top-five pick in the draft despite needing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

If the Lions don't take Milliner, I would expect them to go with a defensive end like BYU's Ziggy Ansah. The Lions released Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

6. Cleveland Browns (draft history) - Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU

[Sean's pick] Ansah in my opinion has the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. He was very impressive at the combine as well. This draft may not be very good at the fantasy positions, but it is filled with tons of quality offensive and defensive linemen. There may be some safer picks than Ansah at No. 6, but I think Cleveland needs to find that "home run" kind of guy.

7. Arizona Cardinals (draft history) - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

[Kevin's pick] The Cardinals certainly lack elite, or even mediocre, quarterback play with the quartet of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer, but their offensive line allowed a league-worst 58 sacks last season.

Therefore, I think this pick comes down to Geno Smith or Oklahoma's Lane Johnson.

Through the first five games of the season last year, (Geno) Smith played the quarterback position as well as it could possibly be played. Leading the Mountaineers to a 5-0 start, Smith threw for just shy of 400 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Since then, however, the Mountaineers lost five of their final eight games although they won their last two before losing to Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (full bowl results). During that span, Smith threw 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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8. Buffalo Bills (draft history) - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

[Sean's pick] Like Oakland, I have Buffalo passing on a QB this time around. It is a need, but I think they address the QB situation later in the draft.

Patterson fills a big need at WR for Buffalo as it gives them another playmaker on offense. Patterson is my No. 1 WR in this year's draft. He has size, speed, and great hands.

9. New York Jets (draft history) - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

[Sean's pick] I had the Jets taking Alabama's Jarvis Jones in my last mock draft. Mingo has been skyrocketing up draft boards after his stellar combine. I have seen him as early as No. 2 overall in some drafts. Mingo could be the steal of the draft here.

10. Tennessee Titans (draft history) - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

[Sean's pick] The obvious pick here for the Titans would be either Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper as their interior line is their biggest weakness, but I fully expect them to solve that problem during free agency by signing one of the free-agent guards from the AFC East teams (Moore, Thomas or Levitre). They put all their eggs into the Peyton Manning basket last year and got burned. There is no chance they play that same game this year and hope Warmack is on the board.

Richardson fills a need upfront for the Titans. The Titans will not gamble and draft Utah's Star Lotulelei.

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

[Sean's pick] The Chargers, like Tennessee before them, have questions on the offensive line. Unfortunately the top two tackles are already off the board, and this is the position where they need the most help. Warmack is also another possibility but I think he slips in this year's draft just like David DeCastro slipped last year.

If the Chargers are ever going to get back to their winning ways, they will need to keep Philip Rivers healthy, so this is the perfect fit for them.

12. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

[Sean's pick] Rhodes answered all the critics' questions with a great workout running a 4.43 forty at the combine. Rhodes fills a need at CB for the Dolphins. I expect Miami to fill some of their other needs, most notably WR during the free-agent period.

12. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

[Sean's pick] Rhodes answered all the critics' questions with a great workout running a 4.43 forty at the combine. Rhodes fills a need at CB for the Dolphins. I expect Miami to fill some of their other needs, most notably WR during the free-agent period.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

[Kevin's pick] Like Sean noted one pick earlier, Rhodes satisfied those concerned about his top-end speed by running great at the combine. So did Trufant, who ran a 4.38 forty. Like Rhodes, that was really the only major concern for Trufant, who has grown his draft stock consistently and rapidly since the Senior Bowl.

Not only did Tampa trade away their most talented cornerback, Aqib Talib, to the Patriots, but the Bucs ranked last in the NFL in passing defense (297.4), which makes a cornerback the no-brainer pick at this point. (Of course, that means they will probably go in a different direction.)

14. Carolina Panthers (draft history) - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

[Kevin's pick] Before the combine, Lotulelei was viewed as a top-three prospect by many (including me). Of course, his heart situation (left ventricle pumping at less than normal efficiency) means that he will fall until there is more clarity about his medical condition.

If he checks out medically, Lotulelei will move back up the draft board. From a football perspective, he is a disruptive force requiring opposing offenses to double or triple team him and he has been compared to Ravens stud defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

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15. New Orleans Saints (draft history) - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

[Kevin's pick] Like with Lotulelei, the Saints get a player with the talent to go much higher but that carries with him some medical risks. (Or a lot of medical risks as his detractors would argue as some teams have removed him from their draft boards, according to reports.) Jones transferred from USC to Georgia due to spinal stenosis, a condition that prevented USC's doctors from clearing Jones to play.

That said, Jones is a two-time AP All-American, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the national leader in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) despite missing a couple of game during the year.

For a team with a historically-bad defense like the Saints had last year, this is a swing-for-the-fences pick that could turn out to be an enormous steal. (Or bust, for medical reasons.)

16. St. Louis Rams (draft history) - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

[Kevin's pick] Considered the top guard prospect by many, Warmack is considered to be one of the safest prospects in this year's draft. Like with Joeckel and Fisher, however, there are plenty of folks who think UNC's Jonathan Cooper is a better guard prospect than Warmack.

In fact, either Warmack or Cooper would be great here as both are worth being selected in the top 10. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently tweeted that both guards are better than last year's two first-round guards: Stanford's David DeCastro and Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler.

Since Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, entered the league, only four quarterbacks have been sacked more than Bradford (105).

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