2013 Mock Draft: Broncos Focus on Defensive Line Again
By Eric Mergens
The Broncos could be eyeing Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports).
With the scouts pouring over the details of the prospects at the Senior Bowl, now is a great time for a 2013 Mock Draft. Last year’s class made it easy to predict how things were going to shake out because of the strongest quarterback class of a generation. The 2013 draft is much more up in the air, as is the Broncos‘ first-round pick. Last year, fans could set their watch to “defensive tackle,” and then got one in Derek Wolfe (though not until the second round), but 2013’s first-round pick could go to the offense as easily as it could the defense. Have a look into the crystal ball:
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
A Chiefs-drafted quarterback hasn’t won this franchise a game since Todd Blackledge in 1983. No way this changes with Geno Smith, right? They’ve still got to address that offense somehow.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
3. Oakland Raiders – Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Philadelphia Eagles sacks allowed in 2012: 48. Oregon Ducks sacks allowed in 2012: 19. Not apples to apples, but a blur offense starts with its line.
5. Detroit Lions – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
He won’t save their 2012 season, but he just might save 2013.
6. Cleveland Browns – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
7. Arizona Cardinals – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Cardinals’ quarterback play was terrible, their offensive line play was a Stephen King novel. Arizona needs to address the former with a proven winner and use that top-10 pick where it counts most.
8. Buffalo Bills – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
10. Tennessee Titans – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
11. San Diego Chargers – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
12. Miami Dolphins – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnthon Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
14. Carolina Panthers – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
15. New Orleans Saints – Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon