February 25, 2013 - 10:16 PM
By Jay Skurski
In case you missed it today, here's my first mock draft of the season for The News. Things will certainly change as the pre-draft process continues and free agency gets here next month.
I've got Texas A&M receiver Luke Joeckel going No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are all 32 selections in the first-round, including who I like to the Buffalo Bills at No. 8.
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
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.
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