The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft will take place two weeks from today. That’s a good thing.
Trades are sure to shake up the order of round one, but no trades will be projected in this first-round mock. Things just get messy when projecting trades.
This mock will be updated in a week before the final version is released on draft day.
Some great value presented itself when the Packers were on the board at No. 26 in this projection. But what position of need would they choose to address if the board fell this way? Read on.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
KC: No surprise at the top. The Chiefs tagged Branden Albert, but they can’t pass on a guy like Joeckel. They’ll move Albert to right tackle and plug Joeckel in as the starting left tackle from Day 1. Had they not traded for Alex Smith, I think Geno Smith would be the guy. But clearly, the Chiefs aren’t enamored with this quarterback class.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
JAX: Jaguars GM David Caldwell has hinted that it’s down to two players at No. 2. Those two players are likely quarterback Geno Smith and pass rusher Dion Jordan. Jacksonville invested a first-round pick on Blaine Gabbert a few years ago, but he’s been a bust thus far. It’s a new regime, and I think Geno Smith is their guy.
3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
OAK: Ever since the draft order was finalized, I’ve been saying the Raiders should trade down. They have needs all over the roster and would be wise to trade down, add some picks and continue to overhaul the roster. That said, Floyd has to be the pick if they stay at No. 3.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
PHI: For the Eagles, I think it’ll be one of three players: Dion Jordan, Geno Smith or Eric Fisher. Smith is off the board in this projection, so the pick would come down to Jordan or Fisher. The offensive line was atrocious last season, but the Eagles are transitioning to the 3-4 defense, so Jordan makes a lot of sense. The Chip Kelly-Oregon connection doesn’t hurt, either.
5. Detroit Lions: DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU