Cue up “It’s the Final Countdown” by ‘Europe’ (and picture Gob and his act for my fellow Arrested Development fans), because this is my final and definitive 2013 mock draft.
OK, so it’s actually one of literally thousands (or more likely millions) of mock drafts that will continue to flood the Internet between now and Thursday.
With the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place and the talent in this year’s prospects being so comparable from position to position, this has been a particularly crazy draft to mock.
Picture yourself standing in one of those booths where you have 30 seconds to grab as much cash as you can while it blows all around you. The timer goes off and you get to see just what amount of money you were able to latch on to. That’s how I’ll be feeling come Sunday night when tallying the number of correctly chosen draft picks.
With the lack of those two or three ‘must have’ talents, the proliferation of rumors, smoke screens and trade possibilities surrounding this draft, if I hit on five then I am smiling like the butchers dog.
I have included the selections made for each team in my prior mock and they will be listed under each team’s selection as MOCK 2.0- and then the player’s name and position. The many differences from Mock 2.0 to this final version really illustrate the uncertainty surrounding this year’s draft.
Without further ado, my final 2013 mock draft …
1. KANSAS CITY – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: I haven’t wavered on this being the pick here since before the combine, and I don’t believe the Chiefs have, either.
MOCK 2.0 – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. JACKSONVILLE – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: The Jaguars play it smart and safe on draft night by securing arguably the best offensive tackle prospect to start rebuilding from the inside out.
MOCK 2.0 – Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
3. OAKLAND –
, DT, Florida: The Raiders need major help along their defensive line, and Floyd can step right in to bring a solid interior presence with huge upside.
MOCK 2.0 – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4. PHILADELPHIA – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: Johnson has been on the fast track up draft boards since the combine and is the athletic prototype offensive tackle to excel in new coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
MOCK 2.0 – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. DETROIT – Ziggy Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: The Lions pass on Dee Milliner for the athletic, pass rushing force and rely on the depth at cornerback in this year’s draft to address that position later.
MOCK 2.0 – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
6. CLEVELAND –
, CB, Alabama: Lock this one in as the Browns have had their eye on Milliner for a long time and will finally exhale if and when the Lions pass on him.
MOCK 2.0 – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. ARIZONA –
, OLB/DE, Oregon: The Cardinals ease their pain at seeing the big three at offensive tackle off the board by selecting the versatile Jordan to upgrade the pass rush and overall defense.
MOCK 2.0 – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
8. BUFFALO –
, QB, Syracuse: Ideally, the Bills trade down and get Nassib later in the first round but the bottom line is that they get him. If they are stuck at eight, they still grab their quarterback of the future because Kevin Kolb is a stopgap guy and nothing more.
MOCK 2.0 – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
9. NEW YORK JETS –
, OLB/DE, LSU: Head coach Rex Ryan is reportedly infatuated with Mingo and pictures him as the pass rushing threat that the Jets have lacked. With the extra draft pick they’ve secured in the Darrelle Revis deal, the Jets can afford to reach a little here.
MOCK 2.0 – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
10. TENNESSEE – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Warmack is slightly less athletic than the other option here at offensive guard, Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, but gets the nod because he’s a better run blocking offensive guard.
MOCK 2.0 – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama