Mark Craig's mock draft: A look at how the first round could go

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 9:22 AM

With the help of writers from other NFL cities with different general managers blowing the same old smoke, here’s our 2013 NFL Mock Draft.

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In other words, this … could … get … ugly.

But, hey, when has failure ever docked a mock?

Doing many, many mock drafts seems to be the new way around the whiffs. Labeling them 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 or MyGoodnessWillThisEverEnd.0 increases the odds of being right eventually.

But we swing only once around these parts. So here goes. With the help of writers from other NFL cities with different general managers blowing the same old smoke, here’s our 2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.only.

1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Fills a need (yawn) with a safe pick (zzzz) while making the Colts happy they stunk up the league a year earlier than the Chiefs.

2. Jacksonville: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

In an effort to actually touch an opposing QB this season, the Jags make a risky pick by reaching on a boom-or-bust player.

3. Oakland: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

After dumping 38 of the 53 mutts he inherited just last year, GM Reggie McKenzie is poised for a Raider rarity: A solid first-round pick.

4. Philadelphia: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Eagles new 3-4 defense needs new personnel to thrive. Michael Vick needs a young, athletic tackle to keep him alive.

5. Detroit: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Bad news: Lions are in the top 10 for the 10th time in 12 years. Good news: The “MM” on the GM’s door stands for Martin Mayhew, not Matt Millen.

6. Cleveland: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The Browns want Milliner to fall to them. Unfortunately, like most draft days and game days, they’ll be disappointed. If they stay put, give them an outside 3-4 pass rusher.

7. Arizona: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson is the tempting pick, but replacing RG Adam Snyder is the better move for a line that needs an upgrade to give the statue that is Carson Palmer a chance to succeed.

8. Buffalo: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

You know the old saying. When you have two quarterbacks named Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb, you really have no quarterbacks. New coach Doug Marrone, who coached Nassib at Syracuse, reaches big-time for a familiar face.

9. New York Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Jets QB Mark Sanchez can dream about adding the most explosive and versatile receiver in the draft. At least until he sees what happens at No. 13.

10. Tennessee: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Titans signed 12 free agents at a cost of $105 million. They deserve to get a top DT who will work (relatively) cheaply.

11. San Diego: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

After gutting his offensive line, new GM Tom Telesco has his fingers and all 10 toes crossed in hopes we’re right about Johnson falling this far. No worries, Tom. These things are only wrong about 78.1 percent of the time.

12. Miami: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

The Dolphins need a left tackle, but they’re all gone. They like Hayden, even though he seems to be a reach this high.

13. New York Jets (From Tampa Bay): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Sorry, Sanchise. Sanchez plus David Garrard plus Greg McElroy plus Tim Tebow equals further desperation.

14. Carolina: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Panthers are comfortable with Lotulelei’s heart condition and need a fleet-footed wide load in front of LB Luke Kuechly.

15. New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

New Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan needs a pass rusher for a defense that gave up an NFL-record 7,042 yards a year ago.

16. St. Louis: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Rams have only three receivers who have caught an NFL regular-season pass. One fewer than the Vikings. Youch.

17. Pittsburgh: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

The Steelers have more needs than usual. They have their sights on Jarvis Jones, but if he’s gone, they’ll replace Heath Miller, who’s 30 and coming off major knee surgery.

18. Dallas: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The Cowboys want to continue their offensive line overhaul, but they don’t think Cooper will last this long. Surprise, Jerry. You have about a 21.9 percent chance that this pick will be right.

19. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia

Ogletree comes with off-the-field baggage. But the Giants haven’t selected a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984.

20. Chicago: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Bears need a middle linebacker, but they have to be tired of watching other teams beat their QB to a pouty pulp.

21. Cincinnati: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Good match leaves Bengals filling a need with the best safety in the draft.

22. St. Louis (From Washington): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Receiver isn’t the Rams’ only need on offense. Not with Steven Jackson now in Atlanta.

23. Vikings: Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame

Is the three-down player worth the three-ring circus? Probably. Eventually, the circus always leaves town.

24. Indianapolis: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Colts GM Ryan Grigson spent $138 million on 10 free agents, so he has the flexibility to jump all over Rhodes if he falls this far.

25. Vikings (From Seattle): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Hunter has the size, long arms, top-end speed and a lot of other skills that could help the Vikings make a more informed decision on whether Christian Ponder is as good as they say he is or as bad as the fans say he is.

26. Green Bay: Matt Elam, S, Florida

Concerned that they were pushovers in their playoff loss to the 49ers, the Packers replace Charles Woodson with a nasty hitter.

27. Houston: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

With Kevin Walter gone, finding a receiver opposite Andre Johnson is the top priority.

28. Denver: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Executive VP John Elway says he still likes his D-line even after that fax machine fiasco. Yeah, right.

29. New England: Robert Woods, WR, USC

With only five picks, you know Bill Belichick will hunt down someone to trade with. The Chiefs would be wise to take all forms of communication away from new assistant Brad Childress.

30. Atlanta: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

The Falcons might look to trade up. But if Rhodes or Trufant slide, they could stand pat.

31. San Francisco: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Justin Smith is 34 and his body started to break down late last year. If Richardson is still on the board — a big if — the 49ers would end up with great value here.

32. Baltimore: Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

 

Losing future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed leaves Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome looking for an inside linebacker and a safety, among other positions of need created by a tumultuous offseason. LSU linebacker Kevin Minter is a possibility, too, but Cyprien could be more of a three-down playmaker.

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Buffalo 17 FINAL
New England 9
Cleveland 10 FINAL
Baltimore 20
Dallas 44 FINAL
Washington 17
Indianapolis 27 FINAL
Tennessee 10
Jacksonville 17 FINAL
Houston 23
San Diego 7 FINAL
Kansas City 19
NY Jets 37 FINAL
Miami 24
Chicago 9 FINAL
Minnesota 13
Philadelphia 34 FINAL
NY Giants 26
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Tampa Bay 20
Carolina 27 3rd Qtr 5:59
Atlanta 3
Detroit 14 3rd Qtr 6:35
Green Bay 14
Oakland 14 3rd Qtr 7:34
Denver 27
Arizona 17 3rd Qtr 7:05
San Francisco 13
St. Louis 6 3rd Qtr 4:45
Seattle 6
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Detroit 90 4th Qtr 7:27
Cleveland 66
Houston 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 6:30 PM
Dallas
New York 8:00 PM
Portland
Toronto 8:00 PM
Denver
Phoenix 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 1 2nd Prd 9:58
Florida 1
Vancouver 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Tulane 57 FINAL
St Johns 82
Central Conn St 48 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Iona 81 FINAL
Drexel 62
Concordia (MI) 42 FINAL
Eastern Mich 100
Harvard 46 FINAL
Arizona State 56
Longwood 64 FINAL
Ball State 69
Sacred Heart 76 FINAL
Brown 79
Colgate 64 FINAL
Columbia 69
MD-Eastern Shore 78 FINAL
Duquesne 69
UNC Greensboro 50 FINAL
East Carolina 71
Marist 64 FINAL
Elon 69
NJIT 71 FINAL
Lafayette 76
Cincinnati Christian 58 FINAL
Liberty 78
Morgan State 53 FINAL
Marquette 81
Campbell 56 FINAL
Samford 65
Bucknell 71 FINAL
Siena 73
Long Beach State 67 FINAL
Syracuse 85
Coppin State 80 FINAL
Evansville 85
UMKC 73 FINAL
Indiana State 70
Hofstra 88 FINAL
Long Island 62
Coast Guard 48 FINAL
Army 93
Thomas (GA) 48 FINAL
High Point 85
Texas Southern 58 FINAL
Kansas State 56
Rutgers 59 FINAL
Monmouth 58
NC Wesleyan 54 FINAL
NC A&T 58
South Dakota St 63 FINAL
Northern Iowa 74
Central Penn College 69 FINAL
Radford 119
Bowling Green 79 FINAL
South Florida 70
Harris-Stowe 66 FINAL
SE Missouri St 94
Robert Morris-IL 56 FINAL
SIU Edwardsville 104
Northland College 59 FINAL
North Dakota St 83
Milwaukee 60 FINAL
South Dakota 84
Northwestern St 92 FINAL
Arkansas 100
Saint Peters 59 FINAL
Cornell 52
St Katherine 62 FINAL
Fresno State 93
Haskell 42 FINAL
Oral Roberts 94
Wake Forest 65 FINAL
Richmond 63
Fla Gulf Coast 57 FINAL
Xavier 71
SD Christian 45 FINAL
Northern Ariz 71
Judson 46 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 80
Ill-Chicago 28 2nd Half 15:49
Bradley 36
Loyola-Maryland 33 2nd Half 12:02
Fairfield 40
Miss Valley St 41 2nd Half 14:08
Houston 54
Lehigh 37 2nd Half 13:50
UMBC 39
Delaware State 40 2nd Half 10:13
Temple 49
Belmont 19 1st Half 11:50
Butler 14
Howard 8 1st Half 12:35
Fordham 11
NW Christian 7 1st Half 11:37
Nevada 13
UC Davis 8 1st Half 9:01
Washington St 21
Abilene Christian 10 1st Half 15:36
Grand Canyon 5
UCLA 5:30 PM
Alabama
Stony Brook 7:00 PM
Washington
Buffalo 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
CS-Bakersfield 9:00 PM
California
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
Toledo 1/4/15 8:00 PM
Arkansas State
Drexel 71 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 54
Holy Cross 63 FINAL
Norfolk State 62
East Carolina 62 FINAL
South Florida 69
(10) Oregon State 63 FINAL
(8) Tennessee 74
Providence 51 FINAL
Boston College 79
Florida A&M 47 FINAL
Miami-Florida 83
Oakland 69 FINAL
Central Michigan 74
Chattanooga 59 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 49
Fairfield 59 FINAL
La Salle 73
St Francis-PA 59 FINAL
Pittsburgh 97
Milwaukee 72 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 78
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Longwood 63
New Hampshire 58 FINAL
Manhattan 54
Bucknell 68 FINAL
Binghamton 57
Northeastern 70 FINAL
Albany 67
George Mason 70 FINAL
Towson 72
Richmond 59 FINAL
William & Mary 56
Tulane 60 FINAL
Cincinnati 50
North Florida 51 FINAL
Florida 63
(14) Georgia 51 FINAL
Seton Hall 70
Tennessee St 75 FINAL
(12) Kentucky 87
American Univ 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 77
Massachusetts 78 FINAL
Boston U 57
Quinnipiac 69 FINAL
Saint Josephs 67
Lafayette 49 FINAL
Saint Peters 34
Northwestern 61 FINAL
(20) Michigan State 57
Duquesne 82 FINAL
Lehigh 75
George Washington 72 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 49
(17) Rutgers 66 FINAL
Indiana 51
(24) Green Bay 66 FINAL
Dayton 72
Western Mich 55 FINAL
Stony Brook 59
Davidson 67 FINAL
Virginia 57
UNC Greensboro 61 FINAL
LSU 82
Denver 63 FINAL
North Texas 55
VA Commonwealth 63 FINAL
Coppin State 52
Huston-Tillotson 36 FINAL
Houston Baptist 86
Lamar 63 FINAL
Rice 97
Miss Valley St 40 FINAL
Alabama 71
Saint Louis 63 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 49
Middle Tennessee 98 FINAL
Tenn Tech 76
Penn State 52 FINAL
(23) Iowa 77
Purdue 62 FINAL
Illinois 55
DePaul 99 FINAL
Illinois State 62
Sam Houston St 46 FINAL
Wichita State 70
South Dakota 76 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 69
(4) Notre Dame 82 FINAL
UCLA 67
Coll of Charleston 51 FINAL
SC State 60
Alcorn State 53 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 63
Dartmouth 76 FINAL
Niagara 70
Michigan 53 FINAL
Wisconsin 63
Fla Gulf Coast 73 FINAL
CS-Northridge 64
Colgate 64 2nd Half 1:06
Siena 78
Yale 51 FINAL
(25) Arizona State 69
UC Santa Barbara 27 2nd Half 5:49
(16) Stanford 78
Long Island 51 2nd Half 11:54
Long Beach St 43
Jackson State 32 2nd Half 15:51
Louisiana 36
Eureka 29 2nd Half 20:00
Western Ill 49
Cornell 23 1st Half 7:07
(22) Syracuse 18
Temple 7:30 PM
Memphis
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