2013 NFL Mock Draft V4.0: Picks 1-7 (Gallery)
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith
QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs have a better team than their 2012 record would indicate. They have remade the top of the organization, now it’s time to refocus on personnel. A quarterback is the missing piece; Geno Smith is the best quarterback available this year. Obviously the Combine might change things but, for the time being, this is the most likely scenario.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bjoern Werner
DE, Florida State
Jacksonville is a team that is incapable of attacking opposing quarterbacks in a division headlined by one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks. Bjoern Werner would instantly upgrade this defense, and as the Houston Texans can attest to, all you need is one or two studs on that side of the ball to completely change a unit’s identity.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei
This team has too many offensive and defensive deficiencies to count. Star Lotulelei is far and away the best tackle available this year and the perfect starting piece with which Oakland can begin to rid itself of all the nutjobs currently pervading the defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel
OT, Texas A&M
The best tackle in this draft to shore up an absolutely embarrassing offensive line. This pick speaks for itself.
5. Detroit Lions: Jarvis Jones
Before it’s all said and done Jarvis Jones could emerge as the best defensive player in the 2013 draft. Be it through free agency or the draft Detroit needs one more pass rusher – this pick just makes sense on all fronts.
6. Cleveland Browns: Damontre Moore
DE, Texas A&M
This team desperately needs a quality pass rusher. Damontre Moore wasn’t on folks’ radar before, but he sure is now. No way he dips out of the top 10 barring a horrific showing at the Combine.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson
Tyler Wilson is basically a place-filler. You can insert any non-Matt Barkley quarterback into this position, because there is a very good chance that Arizona will reach for one. Except it won’t be Barkley. Even the Cardinals aren’t that stupid.