2013 NFL Mock Draft V5.0: Picks 1-7 (Gallery)
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith
QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs are better than their 2012 record would have you believe. They have remade the top of their organization, now they’re turning their attention to personnel. A quarterback is the missing piece, obviously. Geno Smith is the best quarterback available this year, not Matt Barkley or Tyler Wilson. It goes without saying 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 can't for the life of them get after opposing quarterbacks. They're in a division boasting one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks. Those two things don't mix. Bjoern Werner would instantly upgrade this defense, and as the 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 a ton of offensive and defensive holes. Star Lotulelei is far and away the best tackle available this year, and the perfect piece with whom Oakland can begin to wipe the slate clean as it rids itself of all the losers currently pervading the defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel
OT, Texas A&M
Worst offensive line in the league, meet the best tackle in this draft. This pick needs no explanation.
5. Detroit Lions: Jarvis Jones
Jarvis Jones is possibly the best defensive player in the 2013 draft. Be it through free agency or the draft Detroit needs another pass rusher. This pick just makes sense on all fronts.
6. Cleveland Browns: Damontre Moore
DE, Texas A&M
Cleveland needs a quality pass rusher. Damontre Moore wasn’t on folks’ radar before, but he sure is now. No way he falls out of the top 10 barring a horrific showing at the Combine.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson
As we noted in the last version of the draft: 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 a quarterback. Except it won’t be Barkley. Even the Cardinals aren’t that stupid.