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Daily Norseman Mock NFL Draft, v1.0


This is not to be confused with the Mock Draft Database or anything like that. This is going to be a first-round projection done by yours truly for the 2013 NFL Draft. I'm just going to list the picks straight down the board, give a sentence or two for each selection, and that will do it. The latest update to the database will be coming later on. I'm not sure how frequently I'll be doing new mocks at this point. . .we'll just have to see how things go.

With that, here we go!

1) Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

With the Chiefs having made the deal for Alex Smith, quarterback is off the table. With the possibility of losing Branden Albert in free agency, they need to do something to make sure their new acquisition doesn't get killed. (Read more about the Chiefs at Arrowhead Pride.)

2) Jacksonville Jaguars - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

So the question becomes, "Do the Jaguars take a quarterback?" And I think the answer is yes. You know how hard folks are on Christian Ponder around here? Yeah. . .Blaine Gabbert wishes he had it that good. (Read more about the Jaguars at Big Cat Country.)

3) Oakland Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Maybe Mike Mayock wasn't so crazy for having Floyd as the best d-tackle on his board. He was very impressive at the Combine, and the combination of that and Star Lotulelei's heart condition moves Floyd up the board here. (Read more about the Raiders at Silver and Black Pride.)

4) Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Jason Peters can't stay healthy, and is getting up in age anyway. Whether his quarterback is Nick Foles or Michael Vick, Chip Kelly's new offense is going to need someone that can keep them upright. (Read more about the Eagles at Bleeding Green Nation.)

5) Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Lions have been looking for help in the secondary since the retirement of Dick "Night Train" Lane. Milliner has size, speed, and the ability to be a lockdown corner. We're not going to want to see this guy twice a year. (Read more about the Lions at Pride of Detroit.)

6) Cleveland Browns - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

The Browns are starting to get the makings of a pretty decent offense, but the defense still needs a lot of work. Jordan would add to their pass rush and get them moving in the right direction. (Read more about the Browns at Dawgs By Nature.)

7) Arizona Cardinals - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The Cardinals' offensive line is like the Lions' secondary. . .it seems like they've been drafting guys there forever, but it really doesn't do much. Warmack might be the best overall OL in this class, and is the rare guard that deserves Top 10 consideration. (Read more about the Cardinals at Revenge of the Birds.)

8) Buffalo Bills - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

Surprise! I have a feeling that the Bills might be done with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Nassib has as much chance as anyone to be the second QB off the board. It also doesn't hurt that the Bills just hired his college coach, Doug Marrone, to be their new man on the sidelines. (Read more about the Bills at Buffalo Rumblings.)

9) New York Jets - Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young

Ansah has a ton of athletic ability. He also needs a ton of polish, as he's only been playing football for a few years. Sounds like just the kind of guy that Rex Ryan would like to have under the big top in New York. (Read more about the Jets at Gang Green Nation.)

10) Tennessee Titans - Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State

Just like so many other teams in the NFL, the Titans need a little more pass rush. Unlike the guys that have gone before him in this scenario, Warner is an actual hand-on-the-ground defensive end, which fits the style of defense the Titans play. (Read more about the Titans at Music City Miracles.)

11) San Diego Chargers - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Prior to the Combine, Lotulelei was a candidate to be the top overall pick in the draft. Then it was discovered that he had a heart condition. It's unknown whether it was because he had suddenly dropped 10 pounds in three days leading up to the Combine or what it is. Provided that he checks out. . .and hopefully he will. . .this would be an incredible steal for the Chargers at this spot. (Read more about the Chargers at Bolts from the Blue.)

12) Miami Dolphins - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Much like our favorite team, the Dolphins are going to be in the wide receiver market in some form this off-season. In all likelihood, barring someone trading up, they'll have their pick of the litter, and at this point that appears to be Patterson. (Read more about the Dolphins at The Phinsider.)

13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Johnson was very impressive at the Combine this past week, and did a fine job protecting Landry Jones' blind side with the Sooners. The Bucs could be looking at a defensive tackle here, but their offensive line is a slightly higher priority, in my opinion. (Read more about the Buccaneers at Bucs Nation.)

14) Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers' rush defense was giving up yardage in bunches towards the end of the season. Richardson is one of the best tackles in a very deep class of them, and there's a chance that he won't reach here. If he does, however, Carolina would pounce. (Read more about the Panthers at Cat Scratch Reader.)

15) New Orleans Saints - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, Louisiana State

The Saints' defense was historically (or hysterically, depending on your perspective) bad in 2012. Man. . .if there was only some sort of system that could be implemented to give their players on that side of the ball some incentive to perform at a higher level. Anyway, the defense stinks, so that's where they'll be focusing. (Read more about the Saints at Canal Street Chronicles.)

16) St. Louis Rams - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

With the first of their two first-round selections, the Rams will look to shore up their secondary with the lone safety in this class that has a first-round grade on him. Vaccaro would be a very nice center field-type safety to play behind Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan. (Read more about the Rams at Turf Show Times.)

17) Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

From an athletic standpoint, it would be ridiculous for Jones to slide this far. Realistically, as he's had injury issues with his neck, he's a candidate to do just that. If he can stay healthy, Mike Tomlin and company are getting an insane steal here. (Read more about the Steelers at Behind the Steel Curtain.)

18) Dallas Cowboys - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The Cowboys' offensive line hasn't been that good, so this would probably be the smartest pick for them. Then again, Jerry Jones is still running this team, so as far as what they'll actually do, your guess is as good as mine. (Read more about the Cowboys at Blogging the Boys.)

19) New York Giants - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Moore appears to be dropping down draft boards after a bad showing in Indianapolis, but he's still an awfully good player. With Osi Umenyiora appearing to finally be on his way out of the Big Apple, the Giants will need someone to plug in across from Jason Pierre-Paul. (Read more about the Giants at Big Blue View.)

20) Chicago Bears - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Yes, we know that the Bears' offensive line is beyond awful. But I'm not sure if there's anyone in this scenario that's worth taking at that spot here. So, the Bears look for Brian Urlacher's replacement at this spot instead. (Read more about the Bears at Windy City Gridiron.)

21) Cincinnati Bengals - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

This might seem a bit high for Te'o to be taken, but the Bengals need linebacking help with the looming loss of Rey Malaluga. Somebody is going to take a chance on the guy, and he fits what Cincinnati needs. (Read more about the Bengals at Cincy Jungle.)

22) St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) - Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

St. Louis continues to shore up their defense with the selection of Brown, who would be a nice piece to help the Rams rebuild on that side of the ball. (This pick originally belonged to the Washington Redskins, who you can read more about at Hogs Haven.)

23) Minnesota Vikings - Keenan Allen, WR, California

Yes, Tennessee's Justin Hunter is my "man crush" in this draft, but if things fell this way, Allen would be too good to pass up here. At this point, the Vikings could also be looking at Xavier Rhodes, Sylvester Williams, or Tavon Austin, among others. In this scenario, however, Allen is the pick.

24) Indianapolis Colts - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

The Colts could go looking for offensive line help with this pick with a guy like Larry Warford, but they need help in the secondary as well. Rhodes has the size to play either corner or safety, both of which are positions of need for the Colts. (Read more about the Colts at Stampede Blue.)

25) Seattle Seahawks - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Seahawks are finding out the same thing that Vikings fans already know. . .Sidney Rice is hurt a lot. So, they need a guy on the outside to complement Golden Tate, and Hopkins would fit the bill in that regard. (Read more about the Seahawks at Field Gulls.)

26) Green Bay Packers - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Because that's the kind of guy he is, Jermichael Finley has said that he doesn't want to take a pay cut, meaning there's a good chance he'll be dropping passes somewhere else in 2013. The addition of Eifert (who can actually catch) and the subtraction of Finley would be doubly bad news for Vikings fans. . .which is exactly why it will happen. (Read more about the Packers at Acme Packing Company.)

27) Houston Texans - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

The Texans could use someone to take a little bit of heat off of J.J. Watt up front in their 3-4 scheme. The big man from Alabama could eat up blockers on the inside and make that happen. (Read more about the Texans at Battle Red Blog.)

28) Denver Broncos - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Remember what happened at the end of the Broncos/Ravens playoff game? Yeah. . .I think we could say that the Broncos need help at safety. Elam is a bit undersized, but he would solidify the safety spot in Denver. (Read more about the Broncos at Mile High Report.)

29) New England Patriots - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The Patriots are frequently mentioned among the teams that might have an interest in dealing for Minnesota's Percy Harvin. In this scenario, they just stay put and get their own version of him. (Read more about the Patriots at Pats Pulpit.)

30) Atlanta Falcons - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

With the release of John Abraham and the complete flameout of Ray Edwards, the Falcons need someone that can get heat on the quarterback. If the Falcons stay on offense, this could be the spot that a running back goes in the first round. (Read more about the Falcons at The Falcoholic.)

31) San Francisco 49ers - John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

Like the Texans, the defending NFC champions need a big space-eater in the middle of their 3-4 defense. Such a move would make their great inside linebacking tandem of Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman even more effective. How ridiculous would that be? (Read more about the Niners at Niners Nation.)

32) Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State

Hey, did you guys hear that Ray Lewis retired? I think it was on the news at some point. But, with Lewis leaving the game, the Ravens have a hole in the middle of the defense, and need somebody to try to step into it. No pressure or anything, Mr. Minter. (Read more about the Ravens at Baltimore Beatdown.)

So, that's what I've got. I'm not sure how frequently I'll be doing these, but here's the first one, if nothing else.