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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Mocking Round 1 and beyond

By Mike Reiss
ESPNBoston.com

And for another opinion, check out Field Yates' mock draft HERE.

FIRST ROUND

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

A new regime lands a franchise left tackle to protect QB Alex Smith; they'd like to replenish their second-round pick by trading franchise-tagged left tackle Branden Albert.


2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

First-year general manager David Caldwell said the Jaguars will take the "best available [player] that fits a need," and Fisher provides left tackle insurance with Eugene Monroe in the final year of his deal and can start right away on the right side.


3. Oakland Raiders

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has a multiple scheme and Floyd has a "scheme-diverse skill set" (Pro Football Weekly draft preview) to help fill the void created by Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly departures.


4. Philadelphia Eagles

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

They are reportedly looking to trade back, but if they stick here, they can address an aging position on their roster with a bookend who can play either side.


5. Detroit Lions

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Lions haven't selected a cornerback in the first round since Terry Fair in 1998, and as long as they are comfortable with Milliner's medical history, he projects as a Day 1 starter at a position that could use a boost.


6. Cleveland Browns

Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Browns are focusing on sustainability, and Warmack, assuming he checks out medically, is a Day 1 starter and franchise building block for a team that has to match physical power with division foes Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati in the NFL's most physical division.


7. Arizona Cardinals

Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

First-year coordinator Todd Bowles plans to run a one-gap penetrating hybrid scheme, and Jordan could be a marquee pass-rusher.


8. Buffalo Bills

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

Bills GM Buddy Nix: "This quarterback class better than everyone thinks it is ... two or three of these guys will be franchise QBs." Nassib played under first-year Bills coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse and has the intangibles the franchise wants at the position.


9. New York Jets

Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

Rex Ryan talked about a new level of aggressiveness with his defense and Mingo gives them a potential dynamic pass-rusher.


10. Tennessee Titans

Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

To become a smash-mouth team on offense, and protect quarterback Jake Locker, the Titans add a Day 1 starter in continuing to fortify the interior.


11. San Diego Chargers

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

First-year head coach Mike McCoy is considered a creative offensive mind, and Austin gives him a dynamic chess piece with whom to work.


12. Miami Dolphins

D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

They've added weapons to help QB Ryan Tannehill but enter the draft looking for help along the offensive line.


13. New York Jets (from Buccaneers)

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

A press corner who fits the style of play Rex Ryan likes as they look to replace Darrelle Revis.


14. Carolina Panthers

Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah

First-year general manager Dave Gettleman comes from the Giants, where stockpiling defensive linemen was a big part of their success.


15. New Orleans Saints

Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU

Plenty of focus on sparking the defense under first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who will implement a 3-4, and Ansah has high upside as a pass-rush threat.


16. St. Louis Rams

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Immediate starter at a spot where they need help, and can address receiver and offensive line spots later.


17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Helps fill the void created by James Harrison's departure.


18. Dallas Cowboys

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Has potential to make a "Warren Sapp-like impact" (Pro Football Weekly draft preview), and first-year coordinator Monte Kiffin knows firsthand how valuable that could be.


19. New York Giants

Eric Reid, S, LSU

Difference-maker and a projected Day 1 starter. Considered TE Tyler Eifert here, too.



20. Chicago Bears

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

Would be a bold pick for second-year general manager Phil Emery, as Bears look to replace the departed Brian Urlacher.


21. Cincinnati Bengals

Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Adds an element of speed and athleticism to a linebacker group (Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict and James Harrison) in need of reinforcements, and Bengals haven't been hesitant about taking on character "risks" in the past.


22. St. Louis (from Washington)

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Big-play potential to help quarterback Sam Bradford.


23. Minnesota Vikings

Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

An aging defensive line gets a boost with an interior presence.


24. Indianapolis Colts

John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

Second-year GM Ryan Grigson wants to get bigger on defense and Jenkins would be a hard-to-move presence inside.


25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

After losing Antoine Winfield to the Seahawks, they select his possible replacement.


26. Green Bay Packers

Matt Elam, S, Florida

Steps in as a starter from the get-go.


27. Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

GM Rick Smith said: "It's been well documented, we could use some help at the wide receiver position."


28. Denver Broncos

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Running backs aren't always the best value in the first round, but at this point, Lacy would be a solid pick, as Willis McGahee is closer to the end of his career.


29. New England Patriots

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

Trading back would be desired, but in this scenario, the Patriots go with a future No. 1 corner who has the unique combination of physical skills and top intangibles. Others to consider: WR Keenan Allen, OL Justin Pugh, DL Jesse Williams, WR Robert Woods.


30. Atlanta Falcons

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
A long-term replacement for veteran Tony Gonzalez who will also help as a rookie.


31. San Francisco 49ers

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
For a team that runs as many two-tight end sets as the 49ers do, and having lost Delanie Walker in free agency, the 49ers select a player Jim Harbaugh recruited at Stanford.


32. Baltimore Ravens

John Cyprien, S, Florida International

GM Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens planned to take a safety at some point in the draft.


PATRIOTS' PICKS: ROUNDS 2-7


Second round (59th overall) New England Patriots

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State


Third round (91st overall) New England Patriots

Jeff Baca, C/G, UCLA


Seventh round (226th overall) New England Patriots

Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa-Pacific


Seventh round (235th overall) New England Patriots

Arby Jones, DL, Georgia