Pre Free Agency-Post Combine First Round Mock Draft

March 8th, 2013

MDD Staff Writer:  Chad Pullen

With free agency set to begin next Tuesday and a few of the free agent dominoes already having fallen, we take a quick look at how the first round of the draft could shake up before teams start to address their biggest needs in free agency.  We will follow with more mock ups as the free agent pieces fall and adjust each teams draft boards leading up to the draft. 

1.  Kansas City

OT Luke Joeckel – Texas A&M

Having already added QB Alex Smith and resigned WR Bowe followed by cutting OT Winston, Joeckel looks to be a natural fit here with Fisher as a sleeper.

 

2.  Jacksonville

DT Sharrif Floyd – Florida

Jaguars gave up a lot of rushing yards last year, here they can add a local talent in Floyd to help shore up the middle of their D.

 

3.  Oakland

DT Star Lotulelei – Utah

Oakland gave up a lot of running lanes and plugging the middle of that leak is a high priority.

 

4.  Philadelphia

DE Dion Jordan – Oregon

Chip Kelly fills a need with someone he is very familiar with, Jordan has Jason Taylor/Javon Kearse type physical talent and could wreak havoc in the NFC East.

 

5.  Detroit

CB DeMarcus Miliner – Alabama

Lions have some strong areas at QB, WR, and Dline.  They need to improve their secondary and take the best one in the draft.

 

6.  Cleveland

DE Barkevious Mingo – LSU

Mingo continues a run on defense at the top of the draft as teams focus on getting to the QB or at least impacting opposing passing games in some way.

 

7.  Arizona

QB Geno Smith – West Virginia

Smith may drop a bit from where he might have gone, but seeing Larry Fitzgerald should make him feel good right away.

 

8.  Buffalo

QB Tyler Wilson – Arkansas

There are pieces in Buffalo that are useful, its time they take a young QB and begin building around one properly. Wilson could have been the 8th pick for Miami in 2012 as well.

 

9.  New York Jets

OT DJ Fluker – Alabama

New York needs an upgrade at QB, but even if they don’t find that guy soon, they have to protect whoever is back there as well as help the run game.

 

10.  Tennessee

OG Chance Warmack – Alabama

Titans need Oline help to give Chris Johnson space to utilize his speed and take the best interior lineman in the draft.

 

11.  San Diego

OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan

The tackle position was dreadful for the Chargers last year and each team in their division is solid in the pass rush department.

 

12.  Miami

CB Xavier Rhodes – Florida St

With Sean Smith likely leaving via free agency, Miami opts first to plug in a solid young corner as well as someone the people of South Florida can be familiar with.

 

13.  Tampa Bay

CB Desmond Trufant – Washington

Trufant makes a solid leap into the first round after a strong combine showing, corner play is in his bloodlines, and after trading Talib last year, TB needs CB badly.

 

14.  Carolina

DT Sheldon Richardson – Missouri

Panthers could go Safety here as well, but find great value in Richardson to help plug the middle as they can still grab a solid Safety in the mid rounds.

 

15.  New Orleans

DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St

With no second round pick, Saints need as sure a thing as they can get on defense, Werner helps get to the passer, which in turn will also help the secondary a bit.

 

16.  St. Louis

OG Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina

Rams need to build up multiple facets of their offense to give Bradford his best chance at success.  Cooper helps him, and the run game.

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