KCCD Contributor: Jeremy Brade
With the Senior Bowl winding down and combine preparation gearing up, here is what I see happening this April in the 2013 NFL Draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT – Luke Joeckel; Texas A&M
This is essentially a two position decision for Kansas City. This pick also will shape the entire 1st Round if they go QB. But, they won’t. Despite needing a new Quarterback to start the Andy Reid regime, there just isn’t one worthy of the #1 pick overall. Therefore, the Chiefs will instead fortify their line with an anchor of a Left Tackle and pick up a QB later on.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE – Bjoern Woerner; Florida State
Another team that could use a QB (seriously, it’s a long list). Still too high though. Fortunately for Jacksonville, there are a lot of holes to fill. The Jaguars will have to decide who the best Defensive End is of the top 3 guys and set the tone for the rest of the teams in need of the same position. I think they stay in-state with Woerner.
3. Oakland Raiders: DT – Star Lotulelei; Utah
The Raiders need help on both the Offensive and Defensive Line. With Star considered to be perhaps the best player in the Draft, the decision will get made for them. Reggie McKenzie will jump at the chance to put a future Pro-Bowler in the middle of his Defensive Line.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: OG – Chance Warmack; Alabama
Despite their record, the Eagles don’t appear to have as many holes as their Draft slot would indicate. One glaring weakness however, is at Guard. Warmack is the obvious choice.
5. Detroit Lions: CB – Dee Milliner: Alabama
If there is an obvious pick in this Draft, it is the Lions getting a lockdown Cornerback for the first time since…uh…hmm….Lem Barney in the mid-70’s? Expect Milliner to put on a Detroit hat while in NYC.
6. Cleveland Browns: DE – Barkevious Mingo: LSU
Cleveland will be quick to improve their pass rush through this Draft. The 2nd DE will come off the board and Mingo will head to the Dawg Pound. There is a ‘Bark’ reference in there somewhere.
7. Arizona Cardinals: QB – Geno Smith; West Virginia
Prepare to be amazed. Without moving up and wasting Draft picks, the Arizona Cardinals will still get the 1st Quarterback to come off the board. Smith will be tabbed as the new Quarterback of the Cardinals to run the Offense under Head Coach Bruce Arians.
8. Buffalo Bills: S – Kenny Vaccaro; Texas
The easiest way for the Bills to improve the back of their Defense, is to take the best player available to do that. Say hello to Vaccaro. He provides them with the coverage skills they need in their secondary which should lead to improvement from their Defensive Line.
9. New York Jets: DE – Damontre Moore; Texas A&M
There’s a good chance the Jets will look at every position available in this Draft. That makes this pick an easy one. Start by taking the best player on the board at the time. Moore is a Top 5 talent and will fall only because he is the 3rd DE taken in 9 picks.
10. Tennessee Titans: OG – Jonathan Cooper; North Carolina
The Tennessee pick will ultimately come down to Offense or Defense (at least I eliminated Special Teams). Ultimately it comes down to Cooper or Jarvis Jones. The opportunity to improve the interior of their Offensive Line is too good to pass up.
11. San Diego Chargers: OT – Eric Fisher; Central Michigan
New Head Coach Mike McCoy would like to start his San Diego tenure with a healthy Quarterback. In order to do that, they will need to improve their Offensive Line with a new Tackle in order to try and keep Phillip Rivers playing all year. Fisher is the clear choice and should be able to take over immediately.
12. Miami Dolphins: LB – Jarvis Jones; Georgia
After Jones gets passed over by the Titans, the Dolphins couldn’t be happier. He should be a perfect fit for their Defense to go after the Quarterback opposite Cameron Wake.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB – Johnathan Banks; Mississippi State
The Defense of the Bucs could use some attention and after selecting guys up front the past couple Drafts, this year they go Defensive Back. Banks is the best Cornerback left and should make an immediate impact.
14. Carolina Panthers: DL – Sheldon Richardson; Missouri
Though the Offensive Line could use some attention, there are no players highly rated enough to take at 14. The Panthers are a perfect fit to trade down but if they remain, Richardson seems like a good fit among their Defensive Line.
15. New Orleans Saints: DT – Johnathan Hankins; Ohio State
Yet another team that needs serious help on the defensive side of the ball (actually no one needs it more than the Saints). Hankins might be a bit of a reach here but will desperately help them in the middle of their Defensive Line and should help shore up their running D.
16. St. Louis Rams: OT – Lane Johnson; Oklahoma
The Rams could use immediate help at Wide Receiver, but they will wait until their 2nd pick of the 1st Round to fill that need. They pick up Johnson and try to help Bradford stay off the turf.