April 25th has arrived. Today is the day Mock Drafts go from entertaining guesses to educated predictions. However, this year is the most unique I've covered thanks to the shear uncertainity among the top four picks, where the quarterbacks will land, and just how many trades are expected on draft day.
That being said, despite not being as confident as last year when I finished 8th in the Huddle Report challenge, this final mock draft of the 2013 NFL Draft season is complete.
1 . Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher - OT - Florida
-We have Fisher as the best tackle and player in this draft. Seems the Chiefs agree as well.
2 . Jacksonville Jaguars - Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M
-While I think this pick still could be shipped to the Lions (so they can take Joeckel), the Jaguars are too linked to the 2nd offensive tackle to ignore.
3 . Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd - DT - Florida
-I fully expect the Raiders to move from this pick whether it's the Lions moving up for an offensive tackle or the Browns moving up for a pass rusher. I believe the Raiders target Floyd regardless of where they land in the Top 10.
4 . Philadelphia Eagles - Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah
-The Eagles could use a nose/5-technique more than any other position. Star is highly viewed by the coaching staff, but Chip Kelly could really go a number of ways with his first NFL Draft.
5 . Detroit Lions - Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma
-Trading up for Luke Joeckel seems very possible. The Lions GM is on the hot seat, so taking a high upside Ezekiel Ansah would be a mistake. The pick is likely an OT, Dee Milliner, or a trade back to the mid-1st round.
6 . Cleveland Browns - Ezekiel Ansah - DE/OLB - BYU
-Reports are that the Browns are targeting a trade up for Ansah, which makes sense as they afford a bit of a long-term ceiling type pick. Don't rule out Geno Smith or Dee Milliner either.
7 . Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Cooper - OG - North Carolina
-The Cardinals don't need an offensive tackle as much as those in the media have said. I think they look to trade back to get another 2nd rounder, and get Cooper. Dion Jordan/Barkevious Mingo may be hard to pass on though.
8 . Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib - QB - Syracuse
-I believe the Bills will leave the 1st round with a quarterback. The pick came down to the two they like the most, Ryan Nassib and EJ Manuel. I'll lean Nassib as of now, though it could go either way.
9 . New York Jets - Dion Jordan - OLB - Oregon
-If Dion begins to slip, I could see Jets GM John Idzik making a play to move up to get him. Regardless, I highly doubt Jordan falls past the top nine picks, so a team like the Saints or Steelers could move up to get him.
10 . Tennessee Titans - Sheldon Richardson - DT - Missouri
-If Kenny Vaccaro is here, that's likely the pick. But I don't see Tennessee moving up for him, and I think he'll be gone by this pick via trade up. Richardson is a great value who shouldn't leave the Top 10.
11 . San Diego Chargers - DJ Fluker - OT - Alabama
-It wouldn't shock me for the Chargers not to go tackle (I don't think guard is a major need), especially with a pass rrusher like Mingo potentially available. However, Fluker can start at RT as a rookie, fills major need.
12 . Miami Dolphins - Dee Milliner - CB - Alabama
-The Dolphins could move up to secure Milliner, even after trading for Brandon Albert. They likely feel they only need a CB and OT to be a playoff team. Milliner fits their defense and needs. Xavier Rhodes is likely the pick if Milliner is gone.
13 . New York Jets - Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama
-I'm not sure the Jets really need a guard this bad as they rebuild, but he is a set starter who's capable of playing immediately. I think they trade at leats one of their 2 firsts, with Warmack/Pugh/Eifert being targeted as they move down.
14 . Carolina Panthers - Tavon Austin - WR - West Virginia
-I doubt Austin "falls" to 14, but he may be within reach for the Panthers to move up by only dealing a 2013 3rd rounder to get him.
15 . New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo - OLB - LSU
-I don't completely believe that Mingo will be here at 15, nor do I think the Saints will trade up to get him. But if he is here by some miracle, it shouldn't take long for the Saints to scoop him up.
16 . St. Louis Rams - Kenny Vaccaro - S - Texas
-He won't last until 16, but with the Seahawks and 49ers in division having such unique playmakers, I can't see this team leave the draft without Vaccaro.
17 . Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones - OLB - Georgia
-If enough people say it, it has to be true, right? The Steelers may consider a safety or receiver here, but Jones is rumored to be a top player on their board.
18 . Dallas Cowboys - Eric Reid - S - LSU
-The Cowboys are in need of serious safety help. With the guards and tackles likely gone at this spot (outside of Menelik Watson), the Cowboys likely target Reid to shore up their defensive backfield.
19 . New York Giants - Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame
-Not a major need, the Giants need to add more weapons to Eli Manning's offense. They have some luxury without many needs.
20 . Chicago Bears - DJ Hayden - CB - Houston
-The Bears could use some youth at cornerback after adding to their offensive line in free agency. The pick came down to Hayden (who may go higher) or Arthur Brown.
21 . Cincinnati Bengals - Menelik Watson - OT - Florida State
-The Bengals can take Watson, move on from Andre Smith, and get a potential elite left tackle in the long-term if Watson continues to develop.
22 . St. Louis Rams - Alec Ogletree - OLB - Georgia
-After gettign Kenny Vaccaro (likely via trade up) the Rams could sit here at take another top defensive prospect with high upside to complete their already talented defense. Receiver may need to wait a year.
23 . Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te'o - ILB - Notre Dame
-The Vikings need an inside linebacker in the worst way, and while I'd personally prefer Kevin Minter or Arthur Brown, they reportedly have Te'o viewed highly on their board.
24 . Jacksonville Jaguars (via Trade) - Geno Smith - QB - West Virginia
-Geno could be the pick if they move down from number two overall, which would be the ideal situation. He's a franchise quarterback who should be a Top 10 selection.
25 . Minnesota Vikings - Robert Woods - WR - USC
-Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson have been linked to the Vikings, but I think Robert Woods makes sense for what they need at the position.
26 . Green Bay Packers - Jonathan Cyprien - S - Florida International
-If the Packers stay here, they can go with either a pass rusher or safety. Cyprien should go higher than this, and Ted Thompson likely saw all he needed to at the Senior Bowl to know he's worth a 1st rounder.
27 . Tennessee Titans (via Trade) - Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida State
-He could be a target for this team if they trade back from #10 overall. They seem to be angling for a cornerback or safety early. If they move up, it could be for Rhodes or Cyprien.
28 . New York Jets (via Trade) - EJ Manuel - QB - Florida State
-Manuel could go as high as #8 overall to Buffalo (they like him a lot), but if he slips past the Top 10, the Jets at one of their 1st rounders, the Browns if they move back, or the Jaguars moving up if they pass on Geno are all options.
29 . Cincinnati Bengals (via Trade) - Eddie Lacy - RB - Alabama
-I'll stick by my "Bold Prediction" and say that at least one running back goes in round one. The Bengals trade back up into the 1st to get an instant starter and leap ahead of other RB needy teams at the top of the 2nd.
30 . Atlanta Falcons - Desmond Trufant - CB - Washington
-Odds are he won't fall this far, but the Falcons are strongly considering to move up for a cornerback. Trufant is high on their board. If they stay here, they may bank on either Trufant or Jamar Taylor falling here.
31 . San Francisco 49ers - Datone Jones - DE - UCLA
-The 49ers are being linked to trading up for a defensive lineman, and while Sheldon Richardson may be under consideration, Datone Jones fits exactly what the team likely needs to eventually replace Justin Smith.
32 . Baltimore Ravens - Arthur Brown - ILB - Kansas State
-The Ravens are likely targeting a safety with this pick, but if Brown is here, he may be too good to pass up. Inside linebacker isn't as big of a need as those in the media believe, but Brown is worth taking here.