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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Senior Bowl bumps up offensive linemen

Following a week of practices at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Draft stock of some players has been bumped up. In our latest mock draft, some linemen get a push in draft position and we're back to where we started with the first overall pick.

Chris Graythen

In the most uncertain draft of recent memory, look for our mock drafts to be extremely fluid up until draft day on April 25.

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If you're the type of person that only checks out a mock draft once a week, come back here Wednesday. A second round will be added on then.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

How could I go with Smith to the Chiefs this week after mocking offensive tackle Luke Joeckel here last week? It's because there is no obvious No. 1 choice this year. Feel free to dissect Andy Reid's press conference quotes or look at past drafting trends. Or even point out new general manager John Dorsey saying he's going to "pick the best available player." But at this point in the process, the Chiefs' board isn't set. They don't have a best player designated. We don't know if they're letting Brandon Albert walk or going after Jake Long in free agency. Say it with me: No one knows. So for now, it's back to Smith as the No. 1 pick. It's the more obvious choice than an offensive tackle, and probably the biggest immediate upgrade.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

With Terrance Knighton facing free agency and Tyson Alualu struggling, it's time for an upgrade along the defensive line for Jacksonville. Lotulelei can be used in a variety of ways up front, which we pointed out in our scouting report:

Much of Lotulelei's value comes in his versatility. He's a staunch run defender and built for taking up two gaps as a 3-4 nose tackle. In a 4-3 system, he can stick as a one-technique tackle. Lotulelei isn't just a stationary run stuffer. His first step is impressive for a 320-pound athlete. Because of his get off, some teams will use Lotulelei as a three-technique, gap-shooting tackle.

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3. Oakland Raiders: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Not only did Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy have a poor season with just 3.5 sacks, but he's an impending free agent. By adding Moore, the Raiders can be more aggressive on pass defense, but not lose much in run defense. There has been some speculation that the Raiders may be looking at a quarterback here, so look for that to gain momentum the next couple of months.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

The hiring of Chip Kelly was a big splash for the Eagles. Could they look to splash again in the draft? On the surface, an offensive tackle doesn't make a lot of waves. (Sorry for all the water-based metaphors.)

However, drafting arguably the best player in the draft with the fourth overall pick should be viewed as an excellent move. Having his franchise left tackle set for years would allow Kelly to tinker with the skill positions going forward.

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5. Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

Doing a mock draft before free agency always leads to plenty of assumption. It's difficult to project where free agents will land, but it's easy to guess where they'll leave. Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is facing free agency again, and if he's not brought back Detroit will need pass rush help. Werner is the best natural end available here. He's a technician on the defensive line and could be a good foil next to Ndamukong Suh.

6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU

New defensive coordinator Ray Horton was blunt last week stating the Browns are playing a 3-4 defense and not a hybrid scheme. With that, Cleveland needs to add a pass rush threat at linebacker. If that's where they go in the first round, the pick should be between Mingo and Jarvis Jones. Mingo gets the nod due to his pure upside. He's the kind of player who will win the offseason process and test out well at the NFL Combine and his pro day.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Every report from the Senior Bowl last week was that Fisher was the best player on the field. While he can't throw touchdowns for the Cardinals, he's a vast improvement over Nate Potter on the left side. Fisher excels in pass blocking and will only get better in the run game as he gets stronger.

8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

I keep going back and forth on which quarterback the Bills should take eighth overall. In the last solo mock draft i did, it was Ryan Nassib because of the Syracuse connection with Doug Marrone. Now the pick is back to being Glennon. He didn't have a star-making Senior Bowl, but he has the arm strength to work the ball deep. If Buffalo wants to have a more explosive offense, Glennon can help open up the entire field.

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9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Jones is a perfect fit for a 3-4 NFL team after playing that scheme at Georgia. Rex Ryan, who is firmly on the hot seat next season, may be looking for players that can immediately help his team. In his system, Jones would be a plug and go player as a pass rusher, something the team has struggled with in recent seasons.

10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The Titans have three free agents at guard and Steve Hutchinson is 35 years old. Warmack is among the handful of best players in the draft this year. He's a stellar run blocker and could help make Chris Johnson and even more dangerous rusher.

11. San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma

Much like Fisher, Johnson put together a good week of practices at the Senior Bowl. The mean and nasty Oklahoma blocker is a fast riser on the cusp of being a top 10 pick.

12. Miami Dolphins: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

This isn't a panic move, but after Jordan comes off the board there is a deep drop off in talent among outside linebackers that can cover and get after the passer. Jordan can become a stellar all-around player. He's pro-ready in pass coverage and will only get better as a pass rusher.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Milliner is the best cornerback in the draft and no one is arguing it. He has good size and is physical in all areas of the game. Tampa Bay finally needs to go after a great cornerback early in the draft. It's conceivable that they double up on the position this year.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Richardson is the best gap-shooting defensive tackle in the draft this year, and he's stout enough to hold up well against the run. Among the most obvious needs to fill in the draft this year is a tackle for Carolina. Richardson is a best player available/need fit that just makes sense.

15. New Orleans Saints: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Moving to a 3-4 defense and without a pick in the second round makes it even more important for New Orleans to hit in the first round. Williams is a perfect fit as a nose tackle, which would push Akiem Hicks to right end, but he's a safe pick. Williams is a premier run stopper and can set the tone for the entire defense.

16. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California

If the best offensive line prospects gone, like they are in this scenario, the Rams should go after the best receiver on their board – whether its a wide receiver or tight end. Allen gets the nod here over players like Tyler Eifert or Cordarrelle Patterson. He's often overlooked after missing a lot of his junior season, but Allen projects as a No.1 wideout because he has speed, size and solid hands.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

"Big Snack" Casey Hampton is near the end of his career and the future of Alameda Ta'amu in Pittsburgh is uncertain. Pittsburgh's 3-4 is centered on having nose tackle that's hard to push off the line. At 358 pounds, Jenkins can be difficult to move, and he can command double teams.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Much like St. Louis, the Cowboys will go in another direction if the best offensive linemen are off the board. As they transition to Monte Kiffin's 4-3 system, the Cowboys will need to add talent at defensive tackle. Hankins was used in multiple spot for Ohio State. His versatility would allow the Cowboys to base out of the 4-3, but still use 3-4 looks if they want.

19. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ansah didn't have the stellar week of practices at the Senior Bowl some were anticipating, but he did well on game day with 3.5 tackles for loss. Ansah's potential is as high as any player in the draft this year and going to a team like New York would allow him to ease into the NFL.

20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

The Bears will have their pick of tight ends in the first round between Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz. Eifert's pass catching numbers were down this season, but that's only because teams often had multiple defenders on him. After greatly improving as a blocker last season, he's a better all-around tight end than Ertz.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

The Bengals are expected to move Vontaze Burfict inside, which will leave an opening at outside linebacker. Brown is an ultra-athletic linebacker capable of making plays all over the field.

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22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins): Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

Cooper may not be as good of a run blocker as Warmack, but he's the better pass blocker. Rokevious Watkins has potential as a guard for the Rams, but Cooper is much more of a sure thing.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

If the Vikings want to make Christian Ponder more than a game manager, he needs better receiving threats on the outside. Patterson is one of the best vertical threats in the draft this year and can be used in the return game as well.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

The Colts haven't gotten much out of Fili Moala or Drake Nevis as defensive ends and Cory Redding is 32 and couldn't stay healthy. Floyd could be plugged into end with Josh Chapman coming back to play nose tackle.

25. Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

The Seahawks are the new darlings of the NFL, and going forward they don't have a lot of glaring needs. Pete Carroll has made it known he's going to add defensive linemen this offseason, so a player like Sam Montgomery of LSU could get a look. But a wide receiver like Hopkins could be a star with Russell Wilson throwing deep passes.

26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

The glaring need for Green Bay's offense is steady play at running back. Lacy won't have a spectacular 40-yard dash time at the combine, but he's a powerful runner with just enough wiggle and quickness to be a lead runner.

27. Houston Texans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Even if Glover Quin is brought back, Vaccaro is the best safety in the draft this year and could be a star as Houston's free safety. He can cover and hit, and will be forced by coordinator Wade Phillips to play with more discipline.

28. Denver Broncos: Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame

The drop for Te'o ends here. Denver is going to be desperate this offseason to add a middle linebacker. Te'o may not be an athletic marvel, but he's a dependable thumper as a linebacker. With players like Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, Te'o would only be needed to stop the run, which is his strength.

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29. New England Patriots: Eric Reid, S, LSU

Despite regularly adding talent to its secondary, the Patriots still have issues in the back four. Steve Gregory is a good backup, but he doesn't have much upside as a starter. Reid is a very good athlete that can be used to cover receivers or patrol the deep middle of the field.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Getting a player as good as Montgomery with the 30th pick in the draft would help ease the pain of getting beat at home in the NFC Championship game. He's a talented defensive end with size. With John Abraham nearing the end of his career, Montgomery could develop into the pass rusher the Falcons need going forward.

31. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU

If safeties like Vaccaro and Reid are off the board when Baltimore picks, the team should focus on finding a new starting middle linebacker. One of Minter's best assets is that he should be able to contribute immediately in the NFL after starring on Les Miles' talent-rich defense. He may not be an emotional leader like Ray Lewis, but he's a player that can improve Baltimore's defense.

32. San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

One of the things lost in San Francisco's run through the playoffs is the team's poor pass defense. The cornerbacks with Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Carlos Rogers, the cornerbacks are set. Swearinger could replace Dashon Goldson, an impending free agent, and help improve pass coverage.

33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

If Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and William Middleton are all free agents, so expect the Jaguars to take a cornerback early in the draft. If Jacksonville doesn't take a quarterback in the first round, this will be a popular landing spot for a signal caller. But if new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch can turn around the University of Miami passing offense, maybe he can do the same with Blaine Gabbert. Or the Jaguars could just wait until the third round for a player like Zac Dysert.

34. Kansas City Chiefs - Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

By adding a cornerback with their second pick in the draft, the Chiefs can keep Javier Arenas on the slot and Jalil Brown on special teams. Ryan should be a No. 2 cornerback immediately with upside to cover the opposing team's best wide receiver.

35. Philadelphia Eagles - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Nnamdi Asomugha hasn't played particularly well for the Eagles and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent. While the team has added several defensive backs the past few seasons, Banks is a very good player who could seamlessly replace DRC.

36. Detroit Lions - Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

The run on cornerbacks continues. Other than Chris Houston, the Lions didn't get much out of their cornerbacks a season ago. Poyer is the best corner available, so the Lions will have to decide whether or not he fits their scheme.

37. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

There was a time that Hunter was considered the top wide receiver in the draft. Questions about his hands arose this season, but Hunter's raw talent is worth a pick.

38. Arizona Cardinals - Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California

It's true that new head coach Bruce Arians will want to work the ball vertically. But at this point, Barkley is a severely underrated player. He can work the play action well and has high football IQ. At the least, he's better than any quarterback Arizona has right now.


40. New York Jets - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

It's time to either move on from Mark Sanchez or give him legitimate competition for the starting role.

41. Tennessee Titans - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

We've noted it several times that Kamerion Wimbley had just a decent season and Derrick Morgan hasn't panned out. Okafor is the best pure defensive end available at this point.

42. Buffalo Bills - Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia

Ogletree is the type of three-down linebacker that the Bills need. He's a little raw coming out of Georgia but has the skill to play the run and the pass. Because of his athleticism, he could stay in the middle or be transitioned to the outside.

43. Miami Dolphins - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

While the Dolphins do need an outside receiver, Austin is a player who could be lined up anywhere and be a threat.

44. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

Dallas Clark didn't produce much for Tampa Bay last season and the team should go after a top tight end. Ertz has the skill to be a team's top receiving threat and would be a nice addition to Tampa's offense.

45. Carolina Panthers - Robert Woods, WR, Southern California

Steve Smith is nearing the end of his career and receivers like Brandon LaFell and Louis Murphy don't offer a lot as top receiving targets. Woods is a good route runner with underrated athleticism.

46. New Orleans Saints: FORFEITED

47. San Diego Chargers - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer are both unrestricted free agents this offseason and it may be challenging for San Diego to bring both back. Trufant's draft stock is on the rise after the Senior Bowl and the Chargers may be lucky to have him fall here.

48. St. Louis Rams - DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

Barry Richardson may have had a decent season for the Rams, but he shouldn't be viewed as the answer on the right side. Fluker may not be the most fleet of foot in pass protection, but he can be dominant in run blocking.

49. Dallas Cowboys - Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

Warford may not be able to help Dallas at right tackle, but he would give the Cowboys a powerhouse blocker up the middle.

50. Pittsburgh Steelers - Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

It will be important for the Steelers to address the running back position this offseason. Bernard is a little bit undersized for a runner in Pittsburgh's offense, but many think he's the most naturally gifted running back in the class. Willie Parker fared well for a few seasons in Pittsburgh, and Bernard has similar size.

51. New York Giants - Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

The Giants unquestionably need to improve their linebacker group and Greene is a first-round talent. He may not have the size the Giants often covet, but he should be able to play inside and outside.

52. Chicago Bears - Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

Roberto Garza was one of the worst centers in the NFL last season and it's critical the Bears find an upgrade.

53. Washington Redskins - Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

Without a first-round pick, the Redskins need to hit in the second round. A pass coverage safety is a big-time need for Washington and the rising Cyprien is the best available.

54. Minnesota Vikings - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

This offseason, it will be important for the Vikings to get younger on defense. Williams would give Minnesota a powerful run defender who can push the pocket.

55. Cincinnati Bengals - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

The Bengals have several high-price free agents and may not be able to bring end Michael Johnson back. If they can't, finding a defensive end that can get into the backfield and play the run is important. Jones, who was often overlooked at UCLA, is a natural fit.

56. Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis Colts) - Will Davis, CB, Utah State

By the end of last season, Dimitri Patterson was getting a majority of the snaps as Miami's right cornerback. He's much better as a nickel corner, so the Dolphins could land a No. 2 to play opposite Sean Smith in the second round.

57. Green Bay Packers - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Elam is a tone setter. He would give the Packers a powerful hitter in the secondary that can play the run or drop into deep coverage.

58. Seattle Seahawks - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Pete Carroll has already said he wants to improve the team's defensive line. Short plays a lot like Brandon Mebane when he was at his best.

59. Houston Texans - Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama

Johnson is a dependable run stopper who showed at the Senior Bowl he can play in coverage. The Texans need to add a middle linebacker early in the draft and Johnson is the best one available.

60. Denver Broncos - Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

The Broncos need to continue adding talent on the defensive side of the ball. In this scenario, Logan is the best tackle available.

61. New England Patriots - Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

In our mock, the Patriots added another secondary piece in safety Eric Reid. That goes along with making the excellent trade for corner Aqib Talib and signing free agent defensive lineman Armond Armstead. With those pieces in place, New England should look to add pieces on offense. Dobson is the best receiver available here and the kind of physical presence the team doesn't have outside.

62. Atlanta Falcons - Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

Hey look, it's a tight end for the Falcons. What a novel idea.

63. Baltimore Ravens - Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia

Aboushi is arguably the best player available, despite struggling during the Senior Bowl process. Bryant McKinnie is 33 and near the end of his career.

64. San Francisco 49ers - Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

Hunt could become a star if he's given the time to develop. Behind a player like Justin Smith, Smith could learn for a couple years before becoming a fixture in San Francisco's three-man front.