Brace Yourself, the NFL Mock Drafts are coming!
Isn’t it crazy how the football world has evolved? Mock Drafts in January? With the 2013 Senior Bowl just one day away, why not?
The biggest storyline coming into this year’s NFL Draft will be that there are not enough quality quarterbacks. You’re not going to find any Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III type players, but you may find some Joe Flacco and Colin Kapernick type players (Sleepers, not Super Bowlers per say).
Here is my first version of the 2013 NFL Draft.
1) Kansas City Chiefs – LB Jarvis Jones (Georgia) – Junior
Yes, it is early, but there is a nice chance that we could see the first overall pick traded this upcoming April. The Kansas City Chiefs need a quarterback above all else. However, there are no Andrew Luck type players in this draft. That is why I feel KC will trade the pick. Although, Jarvis Jones should be considered as the first overall pick. He has dynamic athleticism and playmaking skills. His spinal stenosis will be looked at, but I believe he will be cleared to play.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars – DE/LB Damontre Moore (Texas A&M) – Junior
The biggest thing I love about Damontre Moore is that he can play both the defensive end and linebacker position effectively. As a DE, he can play stand-up or hand-down and can play on either side of the line. He could be seen as one of the most versatile defensive players in this year’s draft. I know Jacksonville needs tons of help, but why not start working on the defense. Like they do say “defense wins championships.”
3) Oakland Raiders – DT Star Lotulelei (Utah) – Senior
One spot the Oakland Raiders could look to improve in this year’s draft is their interior defensive. That is why Utah’s Star Lotulelei could be a nice fit. Lotulelei is a powerful nose tackle prospect, but is versatile enough to play both inside tackle positions. He is usually the first player off the snap and has very quick feet. However, the biggest concern with Lotulelei is consistency. Sometimes he does not keep his eyes in the backfield to find the ball.
4) Philadelphia Eagles – QB Geno Smith (West Virginia) – Senior
Although there is not an Andrew Luck in this year’s draft, the Philadelphia Eagles could find a perfect marriage in Geno Smith. The biggest question mark for the Eagles is who will run Chip Kelly’s “high flying offense” (no pun intended). At Oregon, Kelly ran a fast paced offense that moved the ball quickly down the field. Smith could work in this style because of his quick delivery and quick decision making. His weakness of playing exclusively out of the shotgun could play as an advantage. This is because Kelly uses the shotgun formation heavily in his offense.
5) Detroit Lions – CB Dee Milliner (Alabama) – Junior
One position we could see the Detroit Lions look for in the first round is cornerback. This is because of the talent that comes from ex-Alabama corner Dee Milliner. One part I love about why he could go to Detroit is how he plays against the run game. Everyone knows that Minnesota and maybe even Chicago can run the ball (more-so Minnesota). Milliner has the ability to both tackle and pitch in on run defense. I expect this to be a “can’t pass up” pick for the Detroit Lions.