DraftBrowns.com Editor: Brendan Leister
With one week between now and the Super Bowl, I feel that it’s time for me to come out with my first mock draft of the pre-draft process. Please keep in mind that rather than posting what I would do in the given situations, I am predicting what the teams will do using the information at my disposal.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
The Chiefs need a franchise quarterback in the worst way and I feel that Geno Smith possesses the tools to become just that. He has a big, accurate arm and he’s strong in the pocket.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Wilson, Quarterback, Arkansas
In two years as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert still hasn’t lived up to what the team hoped he would be. The Jaguars have a new regime in place and they have a need for a franchise quarterback. If they are confident in Tyler Wilson’s potential, he could be the pick.
3. Oakland Raiders: Luke Joeckel, Left Tackle, Texas A&M
The Raiders are deprived of talent at nearly every position on their roster and are in a position to take the best player available with the third pick. Luke Joeckel would give the Raiders a franchise left tackle to protect the blind side of whatever quarterback they trot out in 2013.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, Left Tackle, Central Michigan
Eric Fisher isn’t your typical left tackle. Although he possesses the quick feet and anchor that are necessary to play the position, he is also strong in the run game. With Jason Peters’ health still in question after rupturing his Achilles tendon, Fisher would be a great pick. In Chip Kelly’s offense, the offensive linemen are going to have to get out in space and succeed in the run game.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
The Lions are severely lacking talent at the cornerback position. Dee Milliner’s cover skills are excellent and he is the type of talent that the Lions need at the position.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, LSU
The Browns are currently deprived of players that can rush the quarterback. Of all of the players on the Browns’ roster, the only player that has shown the ability to get after the quarterback with any consistency throughout his career is Jabaal Sheard. In making the transition to Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense, the pass rush will mainly come from the outside linebackers. Barkevious Mingo possesses a rare combination of length, explosiveness, and motor that make him a very attractive fit for the Browns. Mingo is raw in some aspects of his game, but if he develops, he has a chance to become the best player to come out of this draft class.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, Quarterback, North Carolina State
The Arizona Cardinals have been held back by their quarterbacks ever since Kurt Warner retired. Bruce Arians’ offense is a vertical passing attack and Mike Glennon has the skill set to be an excellent fit.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, Quarterback, Syracuse
Ryan Nassib’s college coach, Doug Marrone is the new head coach of the Bills and the team has a huge need at the quarterback position. Marrone will know better than anyone in the NFL what kind of talent Nassib possesses. If the Bills pass, it could be a red flag.
9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
The Jets have one of the least talented rosters in the NFL in my opinion and they need impact players. Although Jarvis Jones has medical questions due to his spinal stenosis, I could see Rex Ryan pushing the new Jets GM John Idzik to make the pass rusher the selection with the ninth pick.
10. Tennessee Titans: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Bjoern Werner is the best player available and the Titans would be making a mistake by passing him up at this value. Werner possesses an explosive first step and excellent hand use. He could end up being the most productive pass rusher from this draft class.
11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, Left Tackle, Oklahoma
The Chargers have a huge need at the left tackle position. Lane Johnson has the talent and potential to develop into a top flight left tackle in the NFL. He is a tremendous athlete with the frame to add weight.
12. Miami Dolphins: Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M
The Dolphins got next to no production out of the right defensive end position in 2012. Cameron Wake had an all-pro type of season on the left side, but the team needs someone to compliment him on the other side. Damontre Moore may be the best player available at this point and he is also a talented pass rusher.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
Star Lotulelei would give the Buccaneers an excellent complement to Gerald McCoy at the defensive tackle position. The selection would also add excellent depth to the position by allowing Roy Miller to play a lesser role as a rotational defensive tackle.
14. Carolina Panthers: Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Cordarrelle Patterson is a dynamic playmaker at the wide receiver position. Cam Newton and Patterson could develop into one of the top quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the NFL.
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Although the Saints have a lot of money wrapped up in the Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper, safety is still a huge need for the team. According to profootballfocus.com, Harper and Jenkins graded as the two worst safeties in the entire NFL in 2012. Kenny Vaccaro has ability to play either safety position along with covering slot receivers. He would be an excellent value at this point in the draft.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Many have Chance Warmack pegged as the best all around prospect in this draft class. He would be able to step in and start at left guard from day one for the Rams.