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Bills select QB Smith in TSN.ca's NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Justin Boone, TSN.ca
3/31/2013 1:21:57 PM
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With the NFL Draft less than a month away and the majority of big name free agents signed, team's draft plans are becoming more clear.

TSN.ca's NFL Editor Justin Boone delivers his second Mock Draft of the year as he takes a look at how the first round will unfold in April.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M

The Chiefs appear set to take Joeckel with the top pick in April. Joeckel may start as the team's right tackle, but will likely transition to left tackle down the road. Joeckel is a smart player who knows exactly how to get the most of his talents. The Texas A&M blocker is a hard worker, dedicated to improving and should develop into a franchise tackle.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dion Jordan - DE - Oregon

New head coach Gus Bradley will bring his defensive system to Jacksonville and that will require speed on the edge. Jordan is a very versatile player who can play in almost any scheme and can provide that speed rush the Jaguars desperately need. Jordan will have to add muscle and become a student of the game, but he could develop into an outstanding player in the Jags' front seven.

3. Oakland Raiders

Sharrif Floyd - DT - Florida

The Raiders have a variety of needs, but as of this post they appear to be set on trading for Matt Flynn to take over as their quarterback. That move would likely take Geno Smith off the table and allow them to focus on defence, specifically defensive tackle. Floyd will give them a versatile defender, who flashed some impressive speed at the combine for a man his size.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah

The Eagles recently worked out Lotulelei and are planning on hosting him at their facility in the coming weeks. As long as his heart condition isn't serious, he remains one of the top talents in this draft. Lotulelei is a massive run stuffer, who consistently draws double teams. As an unbelievable athlete, Lotulelei would be a solid addition on a very thin Eagles' D-line.

5. Detroit Lions

Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michigan

The Lions saw Jeff Backus retire and have discussed moving Riley Reiff to guard. That would leave major holes on the edge of their offensive line. Fisher visited with the Lions already and looks like the perfect fit in the fifth slot. Fisher showed his intelligence and athleticism at this year's combine and Senior Bowl. Fisher would be a dependable starter in Detroit from Day One.

6. Cleveland Browns

Dee Milliner - CB - Alabama

With Ray Horton taking over as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland, the Browns' defence could see significant improvement in 2013. One glaring weakness is the cornerback spot across from Joe Haden and Milliner would solve that problem instantly. Milliner has plenty of experience against top-tier competition and has the size to match up with even the biggest NFL wideouts.

7. Arizona Cardinals

Ezekiel Ansah - DE/OLB - LSU

The Cardinals appear to be interested in Carson Palmer, whether by trade or as a free agent if Oakland releases him. That means they likely won't be taking a quarterback a seven. Instead, they will choose to keep up with the defensive arms race that is happening in the NFC West and select Ansah. A native of Ghana, Ansah is a very raw talent with maybe the most potential out of anyone in this class.

8. Buffalo Bills

Geno Smith - QB - West Virginia

While he may not be in the elite class of an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, Smith would be viewed as a savior in Buffalo, where Kevin Kolb and Tavaris Jackson are not the answer. Smith is an excellent athlete with above average arm strength and accuracy and even if the Bills have to trade up a few spots, they may do so to land Smith.

9. New York Jets

Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama

The Jets are a team that likes to beat up on their opponents and Warmack is the type of tough interior lineman who can help them dominate the line of scrimmage. Warmack is a violent run blocker and is willing to do the dirty work to help his offence thrive. Warmack's drive and skill make him capable of becoming one of the league's best at the position.

10. Tennessee Titans

Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida State

The Titans needed help in their secondary and after signing George Wilson and Bernard Pollard in free agency, they can now focus on cornerback. With Milliner off the board, they select Rhodes, who has established himself as the second-best cornerback in this year's draft class, based on his long frame and physicality. Rhodes isn't scared to battle with receivers.

11. San Diego Chargers
 
Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma

There is no way that San Diego can enter the 2013 season without upgrading their offensive line and finding a way to protect Philip Rivers. Johnson had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing a good ability to deal with quick rushers off the edge. Johnson is now a lock to be drafted in the first round and is the clear third choice behind Joeckel and Fisher.

12. Miami Dolphins
 

Desmond Trufant- CB - Washington

The Dolphins would love to get one of the top three offensive tackles in this draft, but they will likely need to trade ahead of the Chargers to do so. If they stay put, they will have to look elsewhere and that will be cornerback. Though they signed Brent Grimes, they still have a starting spot open on the other side of the field. The Washington product has perfect size to match up with any receiver.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bjoern Werner - DE - Florida State

The Buccaneers would love to add a cornerback to their roster, but after an early run at the position, they will be forced to address other needs. With the 13th pick, the Buccaneers won't be able to pass on Werner, who is one of the best defensive ends available. Werner has only been playing football for five years, but he has no off-switch and will give everything to his new team.

14. Carolina Panthers


Sheldon Richardson - DT - Missouri

The Panthers run defence has been abysmal the last couple of years and the best way to cure that is with reinforcements on their defensive front. Richardson may not be as big as some of the other defensive tackles, but he uses his quickness to get penetration. Richardson may not get the sack, but he often causes problems in opponents' backfields.

15. New Orleans Saints

Barkevious Mingo - DE/OLB - LSU

As the Saints transition to a 3-4 defence, they will be in the hunt for a pass rusher on the outside. Mingo's athleticism and body type are ideal for the pro game. While physical attributes don't always translate to on-field production, Mingo is poised to wreak havoc off the edge in the NFL. The addition of Mingo is a solid first step towards an overhaul on New Orleans' defence.

16. St. Louis Rams

Kenny Vaccaro - S - Texas

If Vaccaro falls this far, the Rams will gladly give him a home after they let go of both their starting safeties from last season. Vaccaro is coming out of a program known for producing above average defensive backs and he will be the latest example. Vaccaro is strong in coverage and against the run, meaning he can play either safety position.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jarvis Jones - OLB - Georgia

Despite being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, Jones is arguably the most dangerous pass rusher in this draft class and could be a top-five pick, depending how teams evaluate his medical situation. His falling draft stock won't scare away the Steelers, who will take advantage and add a player with elite talent. With James Harrison not returning, Jones could be in a perfect situation.

18. Dallas Cowboys

Jonathan Cooper - OG - North Carolina

After giving Tony Romo a big extension, the Cowboys will now be tasked with protecting their investment. Cooper isn't a dominating lineman, but instead uses his mobility and technique to excel as a blocker. Warmack is considered the best interior lineman available in this draft, but Cooper isn't far behind. Cooper's presence will only help to give Romo more time in the pocket, opening up the offence.

19. New York Giants

D.J. Fluker - OT - Alabama

The Giants are always searching for their next productive pass rusher, but this year they use their first round pick to solidify their offensive line. Fluker is a massive tackle, who can completely dominate with his size and strength and will likely start off on the right side of the line. Fluker is especially skilled in the running game, where he could open lanes for David Wilson and Andre Brown.

20. Chicago Bears

Tavon Austin - WR - West Virginia

With a new offensive minded coach in Marc Trestman, the Bears will add a dose of speed to their offence. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery make a formidable duo on the outside, but Austin would give the Bears a dynamic speedster in the slot. The West Virginia pass catcher is electric to watch and will fill the role the team always envisioned for Devin Hester on offence.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

 
Alec Ogletree - ILB - Georgia

Ogletree comes with some off-field baggage, including a recent arrest for DUI. The Bengals have never been scared off by character concerns and that won't change this year. Ogletree has superb speed to go along with explosive tackling ability. An added bonus is that Ogletree has shown glimpses of being a pass rusher as well, and can play inside or outside.


22. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins)

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Tennessee

With their second pick of the first round, it's time for St. Louis to give Sam Bradford a weapon in the passing game. While a few of the Rams' receivers showed ability a year ago, Patterson has ideal size and showed how he can stretch the field, averaging 16.9 yards per catch last season. The Tennessee product has all the tools to be a go-to receiver in the NFL.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Keenan Allen - WR - California

Keeping up with the Packers, Lions and Bears isn't easy and the Vikings can't always rely on Adrian Peterson to save the day. With Percy Harvin now in Seattle, Allen will give them a new option in the passing game. Allen brings a nice complement of skills to the field. Allen has the size, speed and athleticism to be a top target at the pro level, but it's his competitive nature that will make him rise to the top.

24. Indianapolis Colts

DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Clemson

The Colts want to surround Andrew Luck with as many weapons as possible and Hopkins represents a potential number one receiver of the future. Hopkins has all the tools to be an excellent NFL receiver, despite not having out-of-this-world physical abilities. With the end of Reggie Wayne's career on the horizon and Donnie Avery leaving in free agency, Hopkins could step in right away.

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks)

Manti Te'o - ILB - Notre Dame

After dealing with an embarrassing hoax, which put him in the headlines, Te'o made matters worse with a poor showing at the combine. Other linebackers have fallen in the draft, only to use that as motivation in the pros. Te'o is still the type of aggressive ballhawk that teams covet at inside linebacker, a position the Vikings would be happy to upgrade.


26. Green Bay Packers

Eddie Lacy - RB - Alabama

The Packers were unable to find a consistent running game last season with any of the backs on their roster. Lacy may not have elite speed, but he has an excellent blend of power and agility, which will help take pressure of the passing game. Lacy is coming off a national championship season at Alabama and he will fit right in with a team that is accustomed to winning like Green Bay.

27. Houston Texans

Justin Hunter - WR - Tennessee

The Texans have made it very clear that they require a second receiving option behind Andre Johnson (or third if you count TE Owen Daniels). Hunter has long limbs and uses them well as he goes up to get balls and make big plays. Despite not having the biggest build, Hunter is not afraid to make catches over the middle and will add another threat to the Texans' offence.

28. Denver Broncos

Johnathan Hankins - DT - Ohio State

With Peyton Manning now leading the offence, it's time for the Broncos to stock the shelves on defence. Hankins will give them a big presence on the inside of their defensive line. Hankins has the size to draw double teams in the interior of the line, but has limitations as a pass rusher. While he needs to improve his technique, Hankins will be a force to reckon with at the next level.

29. New England Patriots

Sylvester Williams - DT - North Carolina

New England will continue to bolster their defence, which has been their weakness in the post-season. Projected to play the three-technique or five-technique, Williams is exceptional against the run and is a hard worker in all areas. Playing next to Vince Wilfork, Williams could give the Patriots' defensive line a nice infusion of talent..

30. Atlanta Falcons
 
Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame

With Tony Gonzalez potentially retiring, the Falcons' offence will have an opening at tight end. Eifert's ability as a blocker sets him apart from the other tight ends this year. Eifert is an elite pass catcher who combines a massive frame with excellent speed. Eifert will be sought after on draft day and may not be available for the Falcons by the time April arrives.

31. San Francisco 49ers

Zach Ertz - TE - Stanford

The 49ers love having two capable tight ends and with Delanie Walker departing in free agency, the team will quickly move to fill his position. Ertz is a Stanford product, which gives Jim Harbaugh an inside track on his evaluation. Ertz is a highly effective route runner and catches the ball extremely well. Ertz also has the athleticism to line up outside the hashmarks.

32. Baltimore Ravens
 
Damontre Moore - DE - Texas A&M

A few months ago, Moore was considered one of the best pass rushers in this class. After combine, the shine has come off a bit, but waiting to scoop him up will be the Super Bowl Champions. Moore is an explosive pass rusher, who can play defensive end or outside linebacker depending on the system. He is solid against the run and could become a very special player.

Geno Smith (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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