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Kyle’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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-updated 4/23/2013

1. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Eric Fisher, CMU

-This pick looks like it will be either Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel. Chiefs really can’t go wrong here, but I’ll take Fisher given his superior athleticism. I think the Chiefs and Andy Reid will favor that over Joeckel.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU

-Jaguars need just about everything but the most likely picks here are a quarterback (Geno Smith) or one of the various top pass rushers in this draft. Given Gux Bradley’s defensive background, i think they go pass rusher. Though a number of guys could make sense I think Barkevious MIngo might be the best of the bunch. He’s got a huge ceiling and will remind Bradley of Bruce Irvin.

3. Oakland Raiders- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

-The only team that has more needs than the Jaguars is the Oakland Raiders. Defensive tackle, cornerback, quarterback, guard, defensive end and outside linebacker are all real possibilities. Jones would be an outside linebacker in their system, and would be a nice pick here. He was highly productive in college and should give their weak pass rush a much needed boost.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

-The Eagles don’t have to take an offensive tackle, but it would definitely help them. A guy like Joeckel gives them insurance in case Jason Peter’s doesn’t comeback well from his injury. If Peter’s does comeback, Joeckel can move to RT and Todd Herremans will kick inside to guard, which strengthens two positions. Chip Kelly is going to want to run the football and much of that starts up front with the offensive line.

5. Detroit Lions- DE Dion Jordan, Oregon

-The Lions lack edge rushers big time, but they land a pretty good one here in Jordan. Jordan is an athletic freak and should fit in well as a rusher in the Lions wide nine defense. With the pressure they have up the middle with those two DT’s Jordan should get lot of opportunities to make plays in the backfield.

6. Cleveland Browns- CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

-Browns land the best corner in this class to pair up with the best corner from the 2010 draft Joe Haden. In the past that would probably be too many resources put in the corner position, but with the rookie wage scale, Milliner will be extremely affordable for the next four years.

7. Arizona Cardinals- G Chance Warmack, Alabama

-A left tackle like Lane Johnson would make sense, but it is tough to pass up a stud guard like Chance Warmack. Warmack is a day one starter, and should be a perennial Pro Bowler. An offensive tackle is more pressing, but the Cards line needs all the help it can get.

8. Buffalo Bills- DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU

-Ansah would be an interesting guy for the Bills as he should be able to conform to hybrid fronts. Playing with his hand in the dirt and standing up, Ansah gives the Bills the flexibility to match-up against various offenses.

 9. New York Jets- QB Geno Smith, WVU

-Jets have a ton of needs, but it starts with the quarterback. If it was anyone but Geno Smith I wouldn’t have them taking a quarterback in the first round, but Smith is a talent and should soon help Jets fans forget about the Mark Sanchez debacle.

10. Tennessee Titans- DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

-The Titans need to get better in their front seven if they want this defense to turn it around. A lot of that starts with the pass rush, and on the edge. Werner gives them a guy who can play either end spot, get good pressure on the QB and handle the run pretty well at the same time.

11. San Diego Chargers- OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

-The Chargers offensive tackles are well below average, making this about the easiest pick you will find in the draft. If San Diego doesn’t protect Phillip Rivers better they don’t stand a chance of competing. Johnson would be a good first step to ensuring that they do protect him.

12. Miami Dolphins- G Jonathan Cooper, UNC

-The Dolphins could use an offensive tackle, but should gladly take the consolation prize of Jonathan Cooper. He’s an impact talent at guard and should really boost their offensive line performance.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida

-Gerald McCoy is starting to really live up to his draft selection, but he’s about the only thing the Buccaneers have going for them along the defensive line. While an end could make sense, the Bucs at least have some potential there. Adding a guy like Floyd next to McCoy is too enticing to pass up. The Bucs can fill their corner/DE needs later in the draft.

14. Carolina Panthers- DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

-The Panthers defensive tackles have been awful in recent years which is unfortunate given how talented their edge rushers are. Adding Lotulelei would go a long way to fixing their biggest need.

15. New Orleans Saints- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

-With the signing of Victor Butler the Saints could look more to their secondary with this pick. Vaccaro should be an immediate upgrade at safety for them. He should just be the first of many defensive picks as the Saints look to reboot this secondary.

16. St. Louis Rams- WR Tavon Austin, WVU

-Rams need a wide receiver in general, but with the loss of Danny Amendola could really use a slot guy. Austin could be a really nice weapon to pair up with the physical Brian Quick and the vertical threat Chris Givens.