2013 NFL Mock Draft Update: NFL Free Agency Edition

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Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (13) participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
To say the Chiefs have had quite an offseason would be an understatement. They have pretty much filled every need they could have possibly had, except ILB and the need they created at RT by releasing Eric Winston. I think that has basically solidified this pick as an offensive tackle. There are some who believe it could be Eric Fisher, but I think Luke Joeckel is still the top tackle in the draft and he’ll wind up being the pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
From what I’ve been reading, the Jaguars have legitimate interest in Geno Smith. I think to this point, Blaine Gabbert has been a bust after being replaced by Chad Henne last season. They need a quarterback of the future in Jacksonville if Gabbert is not the answer, and I think they would have to be considered one of the favorites to land him on draft night. If not Smith, I could see the Jags upgrading their defensive line as well as potentially the CB position.

3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders have gutted their roster, and they need to build in the trenches. Sharrif Floyd is gaining steam as the top defensive tackle available, and he’d be a great fit for Dennis Allen’s defense.

4. Philadelphia Eagles — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
I think at this point, it’s a safe bet to go with offensive tackle to the Eagles, who have filled a ton of other needs in free agency. After cutting/letting go of both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, cornerback is also a possibility but we all know how important protecting Michael Vick is, especially in this new offense.

5. Detroit Lions — Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
The Lions are in desperate need of pass rush, especially after losing both Cliff Avril and Kyle VandenBosch on the outside. Dion Jordan might be a better fit for a 3-4 defense on paper, but the Lions aren’t going to be picky about getting potentially the best pass rusher in the draft. Another option here is to go with Alabama corner Dee Milliner.

6. Cleveland Browns — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Browns filled some key needs in free agency by signing Paul Kruger (Ravens) and Desmond Bryant (Raiders). They don’t have another corner for the future to pair with Joe Haden, but adding Milliner could give them an enviable couple of young stars at that position for years to come.

7. Arizona Cardinals — Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Cardinals desperately need to solve their quarterback woes. So much so that I think they could trade up to take Geno Smith this year. That being said, they need to upgrade their offensive line just as bad. Warmack is a rare prospect at his position and he’s gotten very lucky in a draft that doesn’t offer much at the top end. This is overly high for a guard in terms of history, but fills a huge need for Arizona.

8. Buffalo Bills — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Bills are a player for a quarterback as well. There could be some over-drafting happening. If they choose to wait, though, they could come up with potentially the biggest playmaker in this year’s draft in Cordarrelle Patterson. That would be a huge get for whatever QB they add.

9. New York Jets — Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
The Jets need a pass rush more than ever, and Jarvis Jones’ health has checked out. Due simply to that fact, he might not last this long. This would be a great pickup for Rex Ryan’s defense.

10. Tennessee Titans — Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Titans solved their need for a guard prospect by adding Andy Levitre in free agency, so I think the next step is finding a potentially elite edge rusher, and Werner has that ability.

11. San Diego Chargers — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
We’ve been preaching it for months here, and it’s nothing new. Johnson might not last this long, but he’d be a fantastic pickup for the Chargers who need to protect Philip Rivers or they’ll be picking this high again next year.

12. Miami Dolphins — Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Dolphins are now without both Sean Smith and Vontae Davis just a year after having two of the more promising young corners in the league. Rhodes would be an instant starter on this defense and fills their most pressing current need after they shocked the league with their free agent pickups.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Bucs need an interior presence with Gerald McCoy, especially after losing Roy Miller. Lotulelei could be a great value at this juncture for Tampa Bay, who is also looking to add Darrelle Revis potentially. Cornerback is their top need but the need fits the value here.

14. Carolina Panthers — Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
After his pro day, there is talk that Tavon Austin could be a top 15 pick. I would tend to agree. Austin is more explosive than any player in this year’s draft, and has the potential to be a big time playmaker for Carolina’s offense.

15. New Orleans Saints — Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
The Saints strike a bit of gold here with Ansah, who is a boom or bust pick in this year’s draft. He has loads of potential, which has some people talking top 10 for him. I am not so convinced of that, though. I think if he lasts to this point, though, the Saints would love to have him.

16. St. Louis Rams — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Rams have a need at the safety position after striking out in free agency, and they could also have a need at tackle if Jake Long can’t come to terms. They courted him for what seemed like forever, but I think in the draft, they’d love to add the top young safety on the board with their first pick.

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