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By Tony Grossi
The Morning Kickoff …
Mock draft 1.0: This is our first mock draft of the 2013 season. I will be the first to admit it will be obsolete by the time of the NFL draft on April 25.
That’s why we will do it again and again and again … up to five more times before posting our final, official, this-is-what-we-truly-think-might-happen mock draft on the morning of April 25. That will be our mock draft of record.
Why do we post more than one mock draft? Because things change. Teams change their minds. I change my mind. Unexpected transactions happen and alter draft scenarios.
Trades and free agency don’t begin until March 12. Those two methods of roster-stocking obviously will have a huge impact on what teams do in the draft.
This first mock draft reflects my thoughts on the first round, post-combine and pre-free agency. I reserve the right to change my mind.
1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
2. Jacksonville: Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon.
3. Oakland: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia.
4. Philadelphia: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.
5. Detroit: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.
6. Cleveland: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, OLB-DE, Brigham Young.
Yes, it’s high risk, high reward, and higher than most experts see him going off the board. But none of the top pass rushers is a sure thing and Ansah has the most upside. (Perhaps the most bust potential, too.) He’s also the most versatile, able to play the so-called 5-technique defensive end in a three-man front or as a rush end in a four-man front, or even outside linebacker in the 3-4. All of that plays into coordinator Ray Horton’s “multi-front” attack scheme. Ansah has natural speed and power. One concern other than his lack of football experience is his commitment to the game in the offseason. Will he take off to Ghana for months to be with his family or will he use the time to continue to develop his game?
7. Arizona: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
8. Buffalo: Matt Barkley, QB, Southern Cal.
9. N.Y. Jets: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.
Of the pass rushers, he has the best track record and production playing in a true 3-4 scheme. But his spinal stenosis condition should be reason for the Browns to pass on him.
10. Tennessee: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State.
11. San Diego: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama.
12. Miami: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.
13. Tampa Bay: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.
14. Carolina: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida.
15. New Orleans: Barkevious Mingo, LB, Louisiana State.
16. St. Louis: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.
17. Pittsburgh: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M.
18. Dallas: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri.
19. N.Y. Giants: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.
20. Chicago: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee.
21. Cincinnati: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas.
22. St. Louis: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.
23. Minnesota: Keenan Allen, WR, California.
24. Indianapolis: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State.
25. Seattle: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA.
26. Green Bay: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.
27. Houston: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame.
28. Denver: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.
29. New England: Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal.
30. Atlanta: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas.
31. San Francisco: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International.
32. Baltimore: Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State.
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