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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Geno Smith going to Kansas City

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Without a quarterback, the Chiefs will take their chances on a signal-caller.


Earlier this week, Dan Kadar of SB Nation took his stab at a new mock draft, putting only two quarterbacks in the first round. Is the man insane? He is not, because I did the exact same thing.

Geno Smith has remained at the top spot in my NFL mock draft with the Kansas City Chiefs desperate for a quarterback to replace the very un-dynamic duo of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn.

With the Senior Bowl now in the rear view mirror, it's time to spin things forward. The NFL Combine is a tad less than a month away with pro days soon to follow before the actual NFL Draft on April 25.

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

Smith makes the most sense for Kansas City. If the Chiefs draft a tackle or defensive lineman, riot patrol will be needed outside of Arrowhead Stadium. With a new regime led by general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, Kansas City desperately needs to push the reset button on the quarterback position.

Joeckel is the other option here, but he doesn't fit if Branden Albert is brought back, which many close to the team expect to happen.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Jacksonville can draft just about any position, which is the ideal time to take the best player available. Lotulelei looks like the best defensive player in the draft and could be someone around whom the Jaguars can build their lackluster defensive line.

The Jaguars are in dire need of a pass-rush, and while Lotulelei might not rack up sacks himself, he can command a double-team and push the pocket, opening up chances for others.

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

The Raiders are an absolute sieve defensively, so the pick has to be on that side of the ball if no quarterback is there that general manager Reggie McKenzie falls in love with.

Moore provides a player that could help anchor the front for Oakland, with Richard Seymour an unrestricted free agent. On top of that, the Raiders play in a division with Peyton Manning. Without a defense that can rush the passer, they have no chance.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

The Eagles are dealing with a changing of the guard, and it appears the defense will be switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new head coach Chip Kelly.

With that transition, Jones would be a perfect fit here. While he can improve his run defense, Jones is an animal coming off the edge. Paired with Trent Cole, Philadelphia would have an explosive 1-2 punch that could rattle the likes of Robert Griffin III and Eli Manning.

5. Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

This is the easiest pick in the history of sports to mock. Detroit needs a cornerback in the worst way after losing Eric Wright prior to the 2012 season. Even worse than that, Lions fans had to watch Jacob Lacey and co. try to cover in a division with Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Percy Harvin and Brandon Marshall.

Detroit has an excellent front four but no secondary. Milliner represents a lockdown corner that the Lions haven't had since the days of Lem Barney.

6. Cleveland Browns - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Browns would love to take a playmaker here, but the value isn't close to being available. The wide receiver crop is brutal this season, leaving Cleveland to add on defense with Werner.

Werner could add to an already potent defensive line that features Jabaal Sheard and Phil Taylor. In a division that has a bevy of solid running games, the line can never be strong enough. Werner would also represent a pass-rusher that Cleveland doesn't have.

7. Arizona Cardinals - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

Along with Kansas City, no team in the league needs a quarterback more than Arizona. With a new head coach in Bruce Arians, who has worked with elite quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, expect a signal-caller to come off the board here.

Wilson is an elite prospect who can make all the throws. The biggest concern here is health, as Wilson has a history of concussions.

8. Buffalo Bills - Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

The Bills defense was supposed to be vastly improved in 2012, and yet it was horrid. Mark Anderson was brought in from New England to provide the newly-acquired Mario Williams, and provided a measly one sack.

Jordan can come in immediately and fill a void that Anderson's lack of productivity has created. At 6'7'' and 245 pounds, Jordan can become a force pressuring the passer while also batting down some passes. Jordan has plenty of potential in a 4-3 scheme.

9. New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

New York would love to pick up a shiny new toy on offense here, but just like Cleveland will find out, the value just isn't available. In the meantime, the Jets can get better on defense and maybe find some pass rush.

Mingo would provide New York with some versatility off the edge, something that it lacks in spades. The only question is whether Mingo can play without his hand in the dirt. At 240 pounds it would be easy to figure he'll transition into an outside linebacker, but it remains to be seen.

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Warmack is a beast who mauls would-be defenders in the run game. Tennessee desperately needs some help on the interior of its offensive line, and Warmack is the man who can provide that.

With Warmack on the board, it would be impossible for the Titans to bypass him. The Crimson Tide star would quickly become a great alley of running back Chris Johnson, who has to be sick of getting stuffed behind the line of scrimmage on runs between the tackles.

11. San Diego Chargers - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

The Chargers won't believe their luck when Joeckel is still available at No. 11. While the Aggie left tackle is a top prospect, the board won't fall in his favor if Kansas City doesn't scoop him up.

San Diego needs to solidify its offensive line before Philip Rivers gets injured, and Joeckel can go a long way toward fixing this problem. The Chargers would have a franchise left tackle for the next decade, replacing the retired Marcus McNeill.

12. Miami Dolphins - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Hopkins is getting no love in a thin receiving crop this year, and frankly, I can't understand it. The Clemson product put up insane numbers as a junior in 2012, making 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Miami has to help out Ryan Tannehill, and Hopkins would do that in a huge way. Hopkins only has average size for a man on the outside at 6'1 and 200 pounds, but his athleticism is through the roof. Hopkins will be the first receiver off the board, book it.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

At 6'2, Banks is a big corner who possesses good speed and instincts. Outside of Milliner, Banks is the most polished cornerback in draft and an immediate upgrade for Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers couldn't cover anybody last year, constantly putting Greg Schiano and co. behind the 8-ball. Banks would play alongside Eric Wright, giving the Bucs a formidable tandem.

14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Carolina needs to upgrade its defensive line in the worst way, and Richardson would be a clear way to do that. The Missouri star helps against the run more than anything, giving the Panthers some help on the interior.

Ron Rivera needs a better defense if he wants to keep his job. If Richardson is still available when Carolina is on the clock, it shouldn't be much of a decision.

15. New Orleans Saints - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Hankins got some terrific coaching last year under Urban Meyer and really flourished, helping his draft stock to rise. New Orleans should be looking on the defensive side of the ball after having one of the worst defenses in NFL history, making this a perfect marriage.

The Saints can go a few different ways here, but it makes sense to take Hankins, who has versatility and a ton of upside.

16. St. Louis Rams - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

If Fisher falls this far, he won't get any further. The Rams have a glaring need or an offensive lineman, and Fisher is a stud. The hulking youngster looked excellent at the Senior Bowl, getting him noticed by quite a few pundits.

St. Louis needs to help Sam Bradford out, and keeping him upright would be a nice start. Fisher is the pick here because with a deep receiver pool this year, the Rams can nab one in a few picks.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

Jenkins is the best nose tackle in the draft, making him the perfect selection for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have to be looking for Casey Hampton's replacement at this point. The veteran is still talented but can never seem to stay healthy.

Jenkins is a huge man at 358 pounds who can clog the middle and free up the inside linebackers, making Pittsburgh more formidable against the run.

18. Dallas Cowboys - Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Dallas is in the midst of going from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense, leaving them with some holes on their interior. Floyd is shooting up draft boards everywhere thanks to his athleticism and strength.

The Cowboys need an anchor in Monte Kiffin's scheme, something Floyd projects to be. If he lasts to this point, it's a no-brainer.

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

Ansah is simply too great a talent to pass up for the Giants. The BYU product is a physical specimen who can rush the quarterback with seeming ease.

With the future of Osi Umenyiora very much in doubt, Ansah provides New York with some insurance should Umenyiora leave. General manager Jerry Reese would be hard-pressed to bypass Ansah's raw ability here.

20. Chicago Bears - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

There is not a team in the league that has had more problems with its offensive line recently than Chicago. Frankly, it's nothing short of a miracle that Jay Cutler hasn't gotten hurt more often.

Johnson is a top-10 pick in some experts' eyes, but he could fall with the board being heavy on teams in need of defense early on.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Keenan Allen, WR, California

Cincinnati needs to add onto an offense that killed it in the playoffs against Houston. The defense is already close to being championship caliber, but the points just haven't been there in either of the last two playoff appearances.

A.J. Green needs help, and Allen would be a nice fit. At 6'3, 210 pounds, Allen would be another big-bodied receiver who can go up and get the ball. Last year, Allen caught seven touchdowns while amassing 737 yards.

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

St. Louis could go with another offensive lineman here, but the need of wide receiver is simply too overwhelming. Patterson would immediately fit in as the Rams top receiver on the outside, moving Danny Amendola back into the slot, where he belongs.

Patterson had an excellent 2012 season at Tennessee, hauling in 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns.

23. Minnesota Vikings - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The Vikings will be looking for a receiver, but in this scenario, all the first-round talents are off the board. Minnesota will have to look at other options, leading the Vikings to Vaccaro.

Vaccaro would provide a great athlete to pair with second-year safety Harrison Smith. The Vikings ranked 24th against the pass last year, a statistic that Vaccaro could help improve.

24. Indianapolis Colts - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Short might be the most underrated defensive lineman in a draft chock full of them. The Purdue standout can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and has the ability to stuff the run and get after the quarterback.

Indianapolis can use help along the line against both the pass and run, making Short an ideal candidate. At 315 pounds, Short maintains incredible athletic ability, giving him the ability to kick outside to end in Chuck Pagano's scheme.

25. Seattle Seahawks - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Eifert finds a perfect spot to land with the Seahawks. Seattle has solid weapons all over the field, but Zach Miller gets hurt too often, which leaves some uneasy feelings when looking at the tight end spot.

Eifert is easily the best in the draft for his position and would give Russell Wilson a nice security blanket.

26. Green Bay Packers - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The Packers can't block their own shadows half the time. With Aaron Rodgers accounting for about 80 percent of your franchise's ability to compete, it would be wise to invest in some linemen.

Cooper can play either guard or center if he needs to. Outside of Warmack, Cooper is the best guard going into the draft and is a steal at this point in the process.

27. Houston Texans - Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

Ogletree is much better than this draft slot suggests, but sometimes, the board just falls a certain way. Houston won't be complaining, as it's inside linebacking situation needs some attention.

The Texans also need a right tackle, but that can be addressed in a later round. Ogletree would be impossible for Houston to leave undrafted.

28. Denver Broncos - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Rhodes is a big, physical corner who can step in right away and start for Denver. The Broncos have a ton of uncertainty at cornerback with the exposing of Champ Bailey in the playoffs.

Rhodes is arguably the best athlete at corner in the draft and would help the Broncos against pass-happy offenses, especially in the playoffs. Even if Bailey rebounds, Rhodes can play opposite him along with Chris Harris in sub-packages.

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

Reid is one of the most undervalued players coming into the 2013 draft. The Bayou Bengal is a punishing hitter with a slew of upside and a ballhawking mentality, a combination to enticing for Bill Belichick to pass up.

The Patriots need secondary help badly, something that has been said for the past five years.

30. Atlanta Falcons - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Montgomery won't make it out of the first round with Atlanta looking for help along the defensive front. General manager Thomas Dimitroff knows the value of having a good line coming from New England, and Montgomery helps move that idea into a reality.

With John Abraham a shell of his former self, it's time for the Falcons to hedge their bets on a player the caliber of Montgomery.

31. Baltimore Ravens - Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

Brown is a great player who has gone a bit under the radar. Baltimore is going to need a replacement for Ray Lewis (did you know he is going to retire? Newsflash!) and Brown fits the bill.

At 6'1 and 230 pounds, Brown needs to add some weight, but he's a great talent regardless. There isn't an insider linebacker with better football IQ or explosion than Brown going into the draft.

32. San Francisco 49ers - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Elam would be a nice addition for Jim Harbaugh's team, especially if Dashon Goldson leaves for more money elsewhere. The Florida product reminds many of Goldson as a hard-hitting safety who can drop well into coverage.

Even if Goldson stays, Elam can play in different packages along with Donte Whitner. The 49ers have no depth at safety right now, a major problem should someone get hurt.