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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Linemen at the top, Geno Smith falling, Cardinals get pass rusher

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Another addition to our ROTB Mock Draft Series.

Who will be on that Podium this year?
Who will be on that Podium this year?

1: Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel- OT, Texas A&M

This pick should be all but locked down. Alex Smith to KC told everyone Geno Smith was no longer a viable option, and the release of Eric Winston who did not have a bad season shows that the Chiefs are ready to go tackle first. He can play either tackle position and for the foreseeable he would likely start on the right side.

2: Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Fisher- OT, Central Michigan

The Jaguars have a need at right tackle. They may also have a need at left tackle if Eugene Monroe leaves this season. He was franchised to play at least one more in Jacksonville but if they cannot reach an agreement with him the Jags are unlikely to tag him for another season and would let him walk. Fisher can get valuable time to get to learn the strings of the NFL then shift over to the left side.

3: Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei- DT, Utah

After destroying Utah's pro day, Lotulelei may have put his "heart condition" behind him. After being unable to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine, putting his future of being a Top NFL Prospect in jeopardy, he nailed his second chance solidifying him a spot in the Top 10, possibly the Top Five. (What they believed was a hear condition may just have been a case of Dehydration after it was reported he lost 10 pounds in three days leading up to the Combine)

4: Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan- OLB, Oregon

Potentially Sharrif Floyd could land here, but Kelly may want to bring in someone who is familiar with how Kelly likes to play, fast and aggressive. They also have a need for an outside rusher and Jordan could fill that need with his raw athletic talent.

5: Detroit Lions: Sharrif Floyd- DT, Florida

With the cutting of Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril going to Seattle, Defensive End is needed desperately. Jim Schwartz is high on recent signing Jason Jones, saying he "gives him more flexibility than Avril". They're also interested in Chargers DT Vaughn Martin. However Floyd can will be a monster in this league, and playing alongside Ndamukong Suh will give the youngster plenty of gaps to run through and more than enough time to adjust to the speed of the NFL.

6: Cleveland Browns: Chance Warmack- OG, Alabama

He's considered by many to be one of the greatest guards to enter the draft, by many to be the best guards in the draft, and by many a more than likely top 10 selection. They're already stacked at the O-Line, with the exception of a struggling Right Tackle. Adding Warmack would give former Alabama Runningback, Trent Richardson, the big guy who gave him massive lanes to walk through.

7: Arizona Cardinals: Ezekiel Ansah- OLB, BYU

Lane Johnson is still on the board, and he is a likely candidate, but I'm siding with Arians and Keim on this... The Cardinals Offensive Line isn't as bad as many seem to place it. Yes we were horrendous to start the year, but after replacing Batiste with Nate Potter midway through the game against the Packers we saw the O-Line become solid and block better. We have a young Guard who could replace the overrated and horrible Adam Snyder, in Senio Kelemete. Ansah addresses a much needed outside rusher as Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield have yet to prove they can do that.

8: Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith- QB, West Virgina

The Bills breathe a sigh of relief as the Cardinals pass up on drafting a Quarterback, letting Geno Smith fall to them. Buddy Nix said he wants a Franchise QB in this years draft, and until I see Matt Barkley throw, Geno Smith will be the first QB off the board and Barkley won't be drafted till round two. They also need a receiver, but they can get a solid guy in the second round if they go Smith in Round One.

9: New York Jets: Cordarelle Patterson- WR, Tennessee

Santonio Holmes is fresh off a torn ACL, and likely won't remain with the team past next season, Stephen Hill was hot and then not last year. They need someone who can be a Franchise guy for the next 10 year and make an immediate impact. Patterson isn't going to do that, he's raw so needs some development, but he's drawn comparisons to Atlanta's Julio Jones, and could be more useful than Stephen Hill.

10: Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner- CB, Alabama

He fell quite a bit. I had him mocked to the Browns for awhile because he fits exactly what Ray Horton likes in a defensive back. But I think the Browns will solidify their right side and go with a DB later. However the Titans could use secondary help and Milliner will do that from the get go. Strong candidate for ROY next season.

11: San Diego Chargers: Barkevious Mingo- OLB, LSU

They need to replace Shaun Phillips who departed this offseason. Ken Whisenhunt isn't a big fan of drafting O-Line early so, we can say kiss Lane Johnson goodbye with this pick. The Chargers also need to replace Antoine Cason who returned to the Desert but it wouldn't matter if they had an All-Star Secondary if they have no pass rush to pressure the QB.

12: Miami Dolphins: Lane Johnson- OT, Oklahoma

The departure of Jake Long doesn't hurt as much as some fans believe it may. Jonathan Martin did a good job filling in for the injured Jake Long and seems to be the lock in for the starting left tackle spot, but their right side is weak and Johnson would be an immediate upgrade.

13: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes- CB, Florida St.

Much of the Offseason it was rumored that Darelle Revis was a shoe in to be traded to the Buccaneers, yet it never came to fruition. They are shallow at this position and were dead last in Pass Defense during the 2012 season. They gave up 30 passing TD's and the oppositions QB completed 65% of his passes against them on average. Ronde Barber turns 38 soon, and who else is there?

14: Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson- DT, Missouri

This HAS to be addressed in the first round. They have two solid Pass rushers who both collected double digit sacks during the 2012 season. However their interior line was abysmal. Dwan Edwards can get to the Quarterback, but he lacks the size to be effective at stopping the run. Richardson can easily turn the Panthers front seven into a danger around the league.

15: New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones- OLB, Georgia

The Saints new 3-4 needs a pass rusher. While Jones disappointed at his Pro Day, he is said to have several private workouts scheduled with multiple teams. Once deemed, by himself of course, the best player in this years draft, he has fallen out a little bit. But despite the fact that he disappointed at his Pro Day, he has plenty of great game film to support him.

16: St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin- WR, West Virginia

This one is tough. Despite the addition of Jake Long in Free Agency, the Rams still need interior O-Line help. That's where Jonathan Cooper comes into play. However they need someone for Sam Bradford to throw to, as Danny Amendola left the team and ran to New England. Austin is small, but he could ultimately fill the niche that Amendola left vacant.

17: Pittsburgh Steelers: Damontre Moore- OLB, Texas A&M

This is a reach but I think the Steelers will do it. They need to replace James Harrison following his departure and refusal to take a pay cut. They have other holes to fill but Moore replaces a gigantic loss.

18: Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro- S, Texas

Barry Church tore his Achilles tendon and Gerald Sensabaugh was released thus meaning if Vaccaro isn't drafted by the Cowboys at 18... They made a big mistake. However, they may have to trade up to the Top 15 if they are desperate and fearful enough.

19: New York Giants: Bjoern Werner- DE, Florida State

Justin Tuck struggled this year, and Osi Umenyiora will not return to the Giants. That leaves whom exactly? Werner has fallen down the charts following an unspectacular Combine showing, but if he can do well at his Pro-Day... Well he can boost himself back into top 10 consideration.

20: Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree- OLB, Georgia

They NEED a linebacker. Brian Urlacher is not longer a Bear. While Ogletree does have a plethora of off field issues, Lance Briggs could whip him into shape before his time is up. He's a unique specimen and if Ogletree keeps from doing anything dumb, he can be a strong candidate for DROY next season.

21: Cincinnati Bengals: Menelik Watson- OT, Florida State

This is only if... Andre Smith doesn't return, but with Volmer returning to the Patriots, Smith is more than likely going back to the Bengals. If Smith does return, then perhaps Te'o gets taken off the board.

22: St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper- OG/C, North Carolina

They fill two needs and can breather a sigh of relief as no one nabs Cooper. They can fit Cooper in nicely next to new arrival Jake Long and make a once poor O-Line into a n incredibly solid one.

23: Minnesota Vikings: Justin Hunter- WR, Tennessee

Percy Harvin bolted for the Seahawks, leaving a void that Greg Jennings can't fill for long. Hunter gives a legit option for Ponder/Cassel to throw to.

24: Indianapolis Colts: Sylvester Williams- NT, North Carolina

The Colts have two NT's on their roster... Brandon McKinney and Josh Chapman. McKinney coming off of a torn ACL and Chapman was selected in the 5th round last year and didn't play in any games last season. While looking at film Williams appears to be better suited to a 4-3, I can see him transitioning to a 3-4 with very little issues.

25: Minnesota Vikings: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Kevin Williams is... Getting past his prime. It's time they bring in someone to develop this season and allow him to rotate in and out of the lineup to get his reps.

26: Green Bay Packers: Zach Eritz- TE, Stanford

Tyler Eifert made an impression on everyone at the combine but I have always been high on Eritz. I think he's got what it takes to last plenty of years in the NFL. Although don't be surprised if Eifert makes his way here instead.

27: Houston Texans: Keenan Allen- WR, California

They have never been able to get a #2 option opposite of Andre Johnson. With Johnson getting up there in age, the next few drafts are imperative that they not only find a #2, but a guy who can ultimately take the starting role and not miss a beat.

28: Denver Broncos: Datone Jones- DE, UCLA

Elvis Dummervil is gone, and has signed with the Ravens. Jones, other than Tank Carradine of Florida State, is most impressive to me. However looking at the film Jones sticks out more to me. Both are excellent draftees but Jones is my guy.

29: New England Patriots: Johnathan Hankins- NT, Ohio State

I had Hankins here last time. They need an interior pass rush and they lack that. Vince Wilfork is a monster when it comes to eating up the running lanes, and he made some good plays in pass protection last year, but he can't keep that up.

30: Atlanta Flacons: Tank Carradine- DE, Florida State

He's picking up a lot of attention and despite an ACL injury back in November he's moving quickly through the recovery process and may land himself in 30-32 come draft day.

31: San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien- S, Florida International

It pains me to have to be fair in the draft. They have 14 selections and I have no doubt... All 14 will benefit the team in one way or another. I'll go with Jonathan Cyprien because of the issue at the safety position. Whitner gave up the most touchdowns than any safety in the league and Dashon Goldson is now a Buccaneer. At least one of their Safeties will keep players out of the endzone...

32: Baltimore Ravens: Alex Okafor- DE, Texas

The Ravens have been known to reach for a player and Okafor may fit this mold. He's a freak and can pressure the QB. In a division with Big Ben, Andy Dalton, and that one guy who is nearly over the hill already, (Brandon Weeden I know) Okafor has a division full of QB's who we can get to easily. Except Big Ben... He's a toughy.