Paul G's mock NFL Draft

Paul G's mock NFL Draft
April 24, 2013, 7:45 am
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Still think the Raiders trade down, but if they stay put, Sharrif Floyd fits the bill.
—Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez

Editor's note: Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez breaks down the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft the way he sees it playing out. Check out our NFL Draft central for comprehensive draft analysis.

1 Kansas City: LT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M -- Seems a no-brainer with the Chiefs shopping Branden Albert, no? Then again, you might see Eric Fisher here.

2 Jacksonville: LT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan -- The Jaguars unveiled hideous new uniforms Tuesday, so why not address an ugly and porous O-line?

3 Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida -- Still think the Raiders trade down, but if they stay put, Floyd fits the bill -- stout against the run, disruptive vs. the pass, best player available and high character, to boot.

4 Philadelphia: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU -- Somewhat surprising considering new coach Chip Kelly's offensive background, but sometimes the best offense is a good defense.

5 Detroit: LT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma -- A steady left tackle is Matthew Stafford's best friend. And, in a way, Megatron's, too.

6 Cleveland: OLB Dion Jordan Oregon -- Browns continue to rebuild its defensive front-7 with a freaky athlete in Jordan.

7 Arizona: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama -- Cardinals might prefer an OT to protect Carson Palmer, but Milliner makes life easier for D-linemen to get "coverage" sacks.

8 Buffalo: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse -- Right place, right time for a reunion between Nassib and new Bills coach Doug Marrone.

9 New York Jets: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State -- The loss of Darrelle Revis is made more palatable by Rhodes being available here, even if the Jets would prefer Milliner.

10 Tennessee: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU -- The most intriguing edge-rusher in the draft adds to Kamerion Wimbley's sack-happy ways.

11 San Diego: G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina -- An interior offensive lineman? This high? Philip Rivers and new offensive-minded coach Mike McCoy will explain later.

12 Miami: LT D.J. Fluker, Alabama -- Jake Long is gone, Dolphins are talking trade with Chiefs for Albert. Just keep Fluker off Twitter. Or have him change his password.

13 New York Jets: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame -- But who is going to throw him the ball in the red-zone?

14 Carolina: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah -- Might also go as high as No. 3 to the Raiders.

15 New Orleans: WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia -- The playmaker gets to show his playmaking ability on the fast turf of the Superdome with Drew Brees tossing him the ball.

16 St. Louis: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas -- Remember, the Rams were 4-1-1 in the rugged NFC West last season, so defensive-minded coach Jeff Fisher goes with his gut.

17 Pittsburgh: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia -- Not overly physical, but his speed on the edge complements the Steel Curtain just fine, thank you very much.

18 Dallas: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri -- Cowboys moving to a 4-3 defense and are shocked that Richardson is still on the board here to help the transition.

19 New York Giants: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston -- Better coverage on the outside will make the Giants' defensive front push that much better.

20 Chicago: LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame -- No, you're not imagining a Golden Domer staying close to home to replace Brian Urlacher, though it does seem fanciful, no?

21 Cincinnati: LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State -- Bengals continue to address their defense after consecutive playoff losses to Houston in which the D was exposed.

22 St. Louis: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee -- Sam Bradford likes. A lot. Though a running back would also make him feel good.

23 Minnesota: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina -- Vikings were hoping Te'o would still be on the board, alas, Williams still helps them address the defense…in a big way.

24 Indianapolis: G Chance Warmack, Alabama -- Colts back in a position to draft for need, rather than for best-player-available. Warmack just might fit both for Andrew Luck.

25 Minnesota: DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State -- How does "Tank" help Adrian Peterson and the offense? By getting them back on the field ASAP.

26 Green Bay: S Eric Reid, LSU -- Think Reid could help the Packers against a zone-read quarterback?

27 Houston: WR Keenan Allen, Cal -- Andre Johnson has a complement now, and Matt Schaub has another weapon.

28 Denver: DE Datone Jones, UCLA -- Elvis (Dumervil) has left the building; Jones can enter it now as a versatile defensive weapon.

29 New England: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson-- Tom Brady can continue trashing defenses the way Hopkins' Combine hotel room was trashed…allegedly.

30 Atlanta: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State -- Seen as a project in some corners, he is a sack machine. Though Falcons might be tempted to take a tight end with Tony Gonzalez entering his last year…again.

31 49ers: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford -- Simply makes too much sense for Jim Harbaugh to pass on his former Cardinal charge, right?

32 Baltimore: S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International -- Ed Reed is gone, Michael Huff is here. Yeah, the Ravens still need a safety for the future.

 

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