NFL Draft 2013 – Turn On The Jets Mike Nolan Mock Draft 1.0

Turn On The Jets Draft Writer Mike Nolan submits his predictions for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft

With the first round of the NFL Draft only 9 days away, it is time to ramp up the mock drafts. This version does not account for trades, which will happen. Some teams in the top half that I can see making trades on draft day are Cleveland, Miami, and San Diego. There will be QBs taken in the 1st round, just not with any of the current picks, as a team like Arizona or Buffalo could trade into the mid to bottom first round to get a QB.

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    1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M:  Andy Reid employs a pass first offense that is meant to set up the run. I think he goes with the best pass protector in the draft. Although many like Fisher’s upside more, there is no denying Joeckel is a pass pro technician. He has great feet and balance and has dominated some of the best pass rushers in the SEC. He is the most NFL ready OT and should be a pro bowler for years to come.
    2. AnsahJacksonville Jaguars – Ezekial Ansah, Defensive End, BYU: Gus Bradley will bring his 4-3 defense with 3-4 elements to Jacksonville this season. Considering Ansah’s upside and ability to excel at 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB, I think Bradley will opt for him over Dion Jordan. Ansah has shown that he is coachable and can learn both positions. His natural instincts are incredible for a kid who has only been playing football for a few years; he should only get better working under Bradley.
    3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida: The Raiders need a playmaker along the defensive line and they might just get the best player available to boot. With the Raiders likely to operate out of a 4-3 base, Floyd can be utilized to his full potential at the 3-technique.
    4. Philadelphia Eagles – Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon: Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman have continuously said that they are going to draft the best player available at #4.  While I don’t know that I think Jordan is the best player available, I have a feeling Kelly will think so (Oregon Bias). Even though they have pretty good depth with the addition of Connor Barwin, the Eagles will run a multiple defense and someone with Jordan’s versatility could thrive.
    5. FisherDetroit Lions – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan: With Ansah off the board, the Lions take Fisher. Many consider Fisher to be the top Offensive Line prospect in the draft and the Lions lost Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus this offseason. While they could draft Dee Milliner, the current powers that be in Detroit haven’t shown they are committed to the secondary at the top of the draft despite a recurring need.
    6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama:  I have a feeling the Browns will look to trade down from this pick considering Joe Banner’s history to move around on draft day. However, if they keep the pick I think they go Milliner. Sheldon Brown is a free agent and the Browns could immediately have one of the best CB tandems with Joe Haden and Milliner.
    7. Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma:  The Cardinals have to draft offensive line here as they had arguably the worst line in the NFL in 2012. They are lucky that Johnson is here as many consider him just barely under the caliber of Joeckel and Fisher.  The former QB has risen up draft boards after his Senior Bowl and Combine performances.  Mike Mayock said that Lane Johnson had the “Freakiest” Combine in his career of covering it.
    8. Buffalo Bills – Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama:  While a lot of people still think the Bills take a QB, I think the better strategy is to wait until the 2nd round or trade into the bottom of the first round to get the QB they want.  nstead they draft the most NFL ready prospect in the NFL Draft. While he didn’t have great workouts, Warmack has shown that he can dominate the best the NCAA has to offer on a weekly basis.
    9. MingoNew York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU:  The Jets desperately need an edge pass rusher and I think they smartly opt for the best one available. Mingo’s versatility should suit Rex Ryan’s defense better than anyone in the draft with the possible exception of Ansah.  On film he has shown that he can take over and be unblockable at times and play with good technique in a system at others. Jets fans should be happy with this pick as he fills a huge need on defense and adds some much needed character and leadership.
    10. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Cooper, Offensive Guard, North Carolina:  It is almost unthinkable that two guards can go in the top 10 on an NFL draft, but this is the best guard tandem to come out of the draft in a long time, possibly ever. Even though they added Andy Levitre this offseason I think former Guard Mike Munchack will recognize what a player like Cooper will bring to the table and sure up the offensive line for Chris Johnson.
    11. StarSan Diego Chargers – Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah:  The Chargers desperately need help on the Offensive Line and I could see them trading up to get someone. But with the 3 top tackles and 2 top guards off the board, they have to settle for a guy who some consider to be the top prospect in the draft. Lotulelei can be a game changer at the 5 technique and, with the departure of Aubrayo Franklin and Antonio Garay, can add depth at Nose Guard similar to Haloti Ngata of the Ravens.
    12. Miami Dolphins – Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington: The Dolphins are going to have to wait until later rounds to sure up the OL, but here they can fill another void by landing a second CB. Since they currently have about 4 nickel caliber CBs on the roster, here they take Trufant who is a fast, athletic corner with ball hawking skills and big play ability. While this may be a bit of a reach at 12, Trufant has been skyrocketing up draft boards after great performances at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
    13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State: The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2012. They already added Dashon Goldson at Safety, but have yet to improve the Cornerback position. Rhodes has the length and physicality to play the type of press coverage that Greg Schiano wants to play. Obviously, the Bucs can easily trade this pick to the Jets if the Darelle Revis deal goes through.
    14. Sheldon+RichardsonCarolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri:  The Panthers need DTs who are going to make plays and keep the LBs clean. Since they haven’t had that since Kris Jenkins left, they should add Sheldon Richardson here.  Richardson is an extremely strong and athletic DT and is really good value at 14 as he isn’t far behind Floyd.
    15. New Orleans Saints – Alec Ogletree, Inside Linebacker, Georgia: In switching to Rob Ryan’s 46/3-4 defense, it would make sense to go out and get a dominant pass rusher.  However, the Saints also have a need at ILB and Ogletree would be a huge pick for a team that desperately needs to change the way they play defense. Instead of taking an outside-in approach in building the defense, the Saints should take the same Inside-Out approach that the 49ers took with Patrick Willis.  Ogletree will be a great, every down linebacker.
    16. St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia: With the departure of Amendola, the Rams are left with Chris Givens and Brian Quick as their only viable options at receiver (if you consider them viable). While they could favor a more downfield threat like Patterson or Hunter, Austin projects to be the next great slot receiver in the NFL.
    17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia: Jones has dropped down on a lot of draft boards due to his poor 40 times. This sounds like a perfect time for the Steelers to take a guy who will have a chip on his shoulder and who did nothing but produce in the SEC despite an ankle injury. While he isn’t as explosive as the top 3 edge rushers, he will fit nicely in the Steelers 3-4 scheme if he can improve his physicality. He brings that timely play making ability that players like Polamalu and Harrison have brought for years.
    18. Dallas Cowboys – D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama:  While it will be tough for Jerry Jones, the Cowboys need to improve their offensive line.  Doug Free was horrible at right tackle last year and I think they cut ties with him and draft Fluker. Fluker is the best run blocker in this draft and has shown that he is a capable pass protector from the right side. The Cowboys could think about Manelik Watson here who has a little more upside.
    19. Bjoern-Werner-FSU-GreenNew York Giants – Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State:  The Giants probably have more pressing needs, but with Osi Umenyiora’s departure and the constant need to have DL depth, the Giants go with a DE with some upside that many had near the top of the draft pre-combine.
    20. Chicago Bears – Manti Te’o, Inside Linebacker, Notre Dame: The Bears can go in numerous directions here, but Te’o could be the leader they need to replace Urlacher. He could fit well in the Bears scheme after he improved his coverage skills in 2012 and is a somewhat local kid with a ton of Notre Dame Fans in Chicago.
    21. Cincinnati Bengals – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas: Vaccaro fills the Bengals biggest need and is arguably the best player still available in this draft. He is an extremely versatile and physical safety, who would be a great fit in the AFC North.
    22. St. Louis Rams – Eddie Lacy, Running back, Alabama:  While the Rams desperately need help at Safety, I think Jeff Fisher will be licking his chops with Lacy on the board. Lacy is a very similar runner to Steven Jackson, who ended his stint with the Rams this year.
    23. CordarelleMinnesota Vikings – Cordarelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee:  The Vikings need a big play WR to play opposite Greg Jennings and Patterson can fill that void. He has to improve his route running and consistency, but he has the upside to eventually become their number one guy.
    24. Indianapolis Colts – Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA: The Colts could take a WR here, but in the end I think Pagano goes with the guy he sees as the best defensive player on the board.  Jones gained some momentum after his Senior Bowl efforts and is a versatile player that could play DE in multiple fronts.
    25. Minnesota Vikings – Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina: The Vikings probably won’t expect to take a DT in the first round, but with Williams still sitting on the board their plans could change. He is unblockable at times at the 3 technique and is very similar to a young version of Kevin Williams, the guy he could eventually replace in Minnesota.
    26. Montee ballGreen Bay Packers – Montee Ball, Runningback, Wisconsin: The Packers are another team that could go anywhere with their 1st round pick. Probably hoping to get Lacy in the first round, they could settle for Wisconsin’s Ball. Ball is a first round talent that is being underrated as a pro prospect. He would fit nicely in Pack run game as he is adept at running both zone and power schemes effectively.
    27. Houston Texans – Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee:  All reports are indicating that the Texans are looking to draft a WR in Round One to play opposite Andre Johnson. Here they take the biggest vertical threat available in Justin Hunter.
    28. Denver Broncos – Tank Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State:  The Broncos get great value here with Carradine who might end up being an upgrade over Elvis Dumervil off the edge. Carradine has really gained a lot of momentum as of late, with some people considering him a top ten talent.
    29. New England Patriots – Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California:  The Patriots need to replace a lot of their production in the pass game and Allen is a kid that would fit in nicely. He is a savvy wide receiver with great hands that could be undervalued coming of an injury.
    30. EifertAtlanta Falcons – Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame:  Although Kyle Long might be the need pick here, the Falcons take Eifert who is amazingly still on the board to be Tony Gonzalez’s heir apparent. Eifert will give the Falcons a lot of flexibility in 2013 before being the guy after Gonzalez retires.
    31. San Francisco 49ers – Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford:  Jim Harbaugh takes one of his former TEs from Stanford to fill the void that the underappreciated Delanie Walker will leave in 2013.  Ertz is a versatile receiver and blocker who can jump right in and provide another weapon in the pass game for the growing Colin Kaepernick.
    32. Baltimore Ravens – John Cyprien, Safety, Florida International:  Even with Matt Elam on the board, Cyprien is the kid who fits the Ravens a little better. He is equally good against the run and the pass and could provide that physical, play-making presence in the deep middle of the field that Ed Reed has vacated.