Thursday, February 7, 2013
We've got new NFL mock drafts
By Dan Graziano
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have new mock drafts out today, and here's a look at who they project for each NFC East team in the first round. (Remember, the Redskins don't have a first-round pick this year).
4. Philadelphia Eagles
McShay: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Kiper: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
In Mel's mock, Joeckel is gone at No. 1 to Andy Reid and the Chiefs. But if he's there at 4, I think he makes a ton of sense for the Eagles as a right-now right tackle (with Todd Herremans moving to guard) or a right-now left tackle (if Jason Peters can't make it all the way back from injury) or a critical building block for the future. With Joeckel and Star Lotulelei off the board in Mel's mock, Milliner makes sense as the Eagles look to rebuild the secondary. And I still think West Virginia QB Geno Smith gets heard from up here before this is all said and done.
18. Dallas Cowboys
McShay: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Kiper: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Can't go wrong either way, can the Cowboys, picking offensive line or defensive line here. Warmack at 18 would be incredibly tempting for a team that has huge weaknesses on the interior of its offensive line.
19. New York Giants
McShay: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Kiper: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
All due respect to Todd, and while I agree with the assessment of need, I will believe the Giants are taking a linebacker in the first round when it is announced and not one second before. Mel's prediction of a potentially elite passing-game weapon at tight end feels more like Jerry Reese's speed.