By Jay Skurski
One thing is certain about the 2013 NFL Draft: there is no certainty when it comes to the No. 1 overall pick. The Kansas City Chiefs made it known over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine that they’re open for business when it comes to trading out of the top spot, but the question then becomes, who’s worth moving up for?
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock calls the 2013 class lacking in elite talent and says there are serious questions about each of this year’s quarterbacks. That is of particular interest to teams like the Chiefs at No. 1 and the Buffalo Bills, who hold the eighth overall pick in the first round and have a need at the game’s most important position.
The draft does have good depth, however, especially at defensive tackle. That’s shown here, with six of the first 32 picks being made at the position. Despite questions about the quarterbacks, two of them go in the first seven picks in this version of how things might go.
While workouts won’t wrap up at the combine until Tuesday, here is The News’ first shot at what the first round will look like when the picks start being called out by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on April 25 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
1. Kansas City Chiefs. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. New General Manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid made it clear at the combine they won’t reach for their biggest need, a quarterback, if they don’t feel one is worthy of the top overall selection. Instead, they get someone to protect whoever will be taking snaps next season.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. St. Francis grad David Caldwell hopes to grab a franchise quarterback with his first pick. It’s time to move on from Blaine Gabbert and Caldwell has said the team’s got no interest in the Tim Tebow circus coming to town.
3. Oakland Raiders. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Durable three-year starter is an excellent run defender and above average as a pass rusher and fills a need for the Raiders, who are expected to part ways with Richard Seymour.
4. Philadelphia Eagles. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. Has the size (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) and flexibility to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Has adopted former A&M linebacker and Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller as a mentor.
5. Detroit Lions. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St. Leaving school a year early after a monster season (13 sacks) for the Seminoles in 2012. Fills a big hole after the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch.
6. Cleveland Browns. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. Gets to pave the way again for former Crimson Tide teammate. Consider this some gamesmanship after Browns CEO Joe Banner said drafting Warmack “wouldn’t fit philosophically” with how the team was being built.
7. Arizona Cardinals. Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Don’t be swayed by the Matt Leinart comparisons. Quarterbacks always go higher than you think. Biggest need in the draft might be Arizona’s at QB.Where's No. 8, the Bills' pick, you ask? Well, that will debut in the print edition Monday morning. That's what they call a tease in the TV business. Feel free to comment with who you think the Bills should take.