First 2013 Mock Draft - December 4, 2012

1.  Kansas City      Luke Joeckel*         OT      Texas A&M          While the Chiefs would prefer to draft a "franchise" quarterback, there is not one worth the top pick, so they grab Joeckel to upgrade their offensive line. 

LUKE JOECKELUS PRESSWIRETexas A&M OT Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville        Bjoern Werner*     DE      Florida State        Jacksonville has few high level players and for it to become a quality team they will need to upgrade at many positions. Werner is very similar to Chris Long who has developed into an excellent defensive end and Werner could really upgrade the Jaguars' pass rush.

3. Oakland              Manti Te'o*            MLB     Notre Dame         After Rolando McClain's failure the Raiders need to find an impact defender and Te'o would be able to handle that role as a rookie and is a much better prospect coming out of school than McClain was.

4. Philadelphia      Chance Warmack   OG       Alabama             In 2013 the Eagles will have Jason Peters back at left tackle, so they add Warmack who can bring stability and a physical presence to their interior offensive line.

5. Carolina             Star Lotulelei          DT        Utah                    With Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy the Panthers have quality outside pass rushers, but their interior defensive line is a mess and Lotulelei can be an immediate impact starter.

6. San Diego          Jake Matthews*      OT         Texas A&M         After all the Chargers' offensive line struggles in 2012 they must find a way to protect Philip Rivers much better if they are ever going to get back to the playoffs.

7. Cleveland           DeMontre Moore*   DE         Texas A&M        The Browns defensive line has three good starters and adding Moore would give them a chance to have an elite defensive line for the forseeable future.

8. Tennessee          Jonathan Cooper   OG         North Carolina   Despite two quality offensive tackles, the Titans have struggled protecting the quarterback due to inconsistent interior offensive line play, so adding Cooper should improve them in this area immediately.

9. Arizona               Geno Smith           QB          West Virginia  

GENO SMITHWest Virginia QB Geno Smith

Smith is not an elite quarterback in my eyes, but the Cardinals are desperate to find a quarterback so they reach for the ultra talented Smith who needs a ton of technique work.

10. Detroit               Dee Milliner*         CB          Alabama           Milliner is viewed by some scouts as a better prospect than former teammate Dre Kirkpatrick and the Lions are desperate to find a quality cornerback.

11. Buffalo               Matt Barkley         QB           USC                  Even though Barkley is not considered a premier prospect, the Bills have made it clear that they want to upgrade at quarterback and Barkley will not be available when they pick in the second round.

12. New Orleans     Barkevious Mingo*  DE           LSU       Will Smith is 31 and the Saints struggled greatly to consistently pressure the quarterback in recent seasons, so they are willing to take gamble on Mingo who has rare explosiveness and physical talent, but had a disappointing 2012 season.

13. Miami               Sam Montgomery*  OLB         LSU                 The Dolphins' pass rush has been inconsistent as offenses are able to focus all their attention on Cameron Wake, so getting Montgomery would give them a dangerous pass rusher opposite Wake.

14. NY Jets             Dion Jordan*           OLB         Oregon            Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace are both on the wrong side of 30, so the Jets jump at the chance to grab Jordan who has the rare dynamic and explosive athleticism to make an impact as an edge rusher.

15. St. Louis          Taylor Lewan*          OT           Michigan         The Rams' offensive line has struggled to consistently give Bradford a clean pocket and time to go through progressions, so adding Lewan makes too much sense as he becomes their best offensive tackle on draft day.

16. Tampa Bay      Johnathan Banks     CB           Mississippi St.   After trading away Aqib Talib the Buccaneers need to add talent at the cornerback position and Banks' height, long arms, athleticism and ball skills remind many of Jimmy Smith.

17. St. Louis (from Washington)    Keenan Allen*    WR    California  

KEENAN ALLENUS PRESSWIRECal WR Keenan Allen

  Even with the impressive rookie season of Chris Givens, the Rams need to find more weapons to help Bradford and Allen has the size and athletic talent to be a big play receiver for the Rams.

18. Dallas              Eric Fisher              OT             Central Michigan  The Cowboys have struggled all season to protect Tony Romo and Fisher would give them an upgrade at right tackle.

19. Minnesota       Sheldon Richardson*    DT        Missouri               Long time star defensive tackle Kevin Williams is 32 and the Vikings could use an infusion of young talent and Richardson has the talent to be an explosive, interior force.

20. Cincinnati       Kenny Vaccaro       SAF            Texas                  The Bengals have a number of solid safeties, but to get a safety with Vaccaro's athleticism and play making ability to too much for the Bengals to pass on.

21(P)  Pittsburgh   Uday Aboushi         OT              Virginia              The Steelers offensive line has been a major problem in 2012 leading to Big Ben taking a beating, so they grab Aboushi who has really been flying up draft boards recently.

22(P) Seattle         Tavon Austin          WR             West Virginia     Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are good receivers, but Austin has the rare explosiveness and game changing speed to really open up the Seahawks' offense.

23(P) NY Giants     Tyler Eifert*            TE               Notre Dame      With Martellus Bennett the Giants have a solid tight end, but Eifert has the size, speed and receiving skills to be a big play maker for their offense.

24(P) Indianapolis    Jonathan Hankins*    DT        Ohio State        Hankins is a big, strong and athletic player who played defensive tackle in college, but is ideally suited to playing defensive end in the Colts 34 scheme.

25(P) Chicago           D.J. Fluker*              OT          Alabama         While Fluker is not a great athlete, he is a massive man with great strength which gives him the ability to physically dominate his man. He should be able to step in and start at right tackle or guard as a rookie.

26(P) Green Bay       Barrett Jones            C / OG   Alabama         

BARRETT JONESICONAlabama C Barrett Jones

The Packers' interior offensive line has struggled to protect Aaron Rodgers the last few seasons and Jones would give them a tough, hard nosed starting center or guard.

27(P) San Francisco  Jesse Williams         DT          Alabama          Even though the 49'ers defense is the strength of their team, Williams gives them a young, massive body to play NT and DE in their scheme.

28(P) Denver             John Jenkins            DT          Georgia           The Broncos have two older defensive linemen, Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson, starting so grabbing Jenkins gives them a very gifted young defensive tackle who can backup both in 2013 and eventually become a starter.

29(P) Baltimore        Jarvis Jones*             OLB        Georgia           The Ravens have won the bulk of their games in 2012 despite an inconsistent pass rush. Jones is an explosive athlete with electric pass rush skills who could challenge to start as a rookie and the Ravens have shown a willingness to gamble on players with medical questions.

30(P) New England   Ezekial Ansah            OLB        BYU                Extremely raw, but immensely talented, Ansah is the type of player that Belichick loves to gamble on because of the potential upside.

31(P) Atlanta            Zach Ertz*                   TE           Stanford        With all signs pointing towards Tony Gonzalez retiring after this season, the Falcons want to make sure they continue to have a tight end who is a receiving weapon.

32(P) Houston          Robert Woods*           WR           USC             For years the Texans have been looking to find a receiver opposite Andre Johnson and Woods would be a good compliment because he is a fundamentally sound, sure handed receiver with deceptive big play ability.

P - TO BE DETERMINED BY PLAYOFFS

* - UNDERCLASSMEN

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