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Sam Farmer's 2013 NFL mock draft

A pick-by-pick look at the first round, which begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

April 25, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Eric Fisher of Central Michigan is one of two prized offensive tackles likely to be selected in the top five of the NFL draft on Thursday.
Eric Fisher of Central Michigan is one of two prized offensive tackles likely… (Dave Martin / Associated…)

Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft is Thursday night, beginning at 5 PDT. Rounds 2 and 3 start at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Rounds 4-7 begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Live television coverage will be on ESPN and NFL Network.

No., Team, Player, Pos., School, Comment

1. KANSAS CITY: Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M

Eric Fisher could go first, but Joeckel has more big-game experience. If Andy Reid goes defense, it will be Star Lotulelei.

2. JACKSONVILLE: Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan

Modern draft has never gone tackle-tackle, but making the sexy pick isn't always a franchise maker. Big man's draft.

3. OAKLAND: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

Have lots of holes, especially along D-line. Have vacancies in secondary too, so it could be CB Dee Milliner.

4. PHILADELPHIA: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Secretive Chip Kelly could pull stunner and take WR Tavon Austin. If he passes on Dion Jordan, the Oregon DE could take a tumble.

5. DETROIT: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

Lions lost three starters on their offensive line, so they could take T Lane Johnson. Ansah is a raw but gifted pass rusher.

6. CLEVELAND: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Have only one solid corner in Joe Haden, so getting another is the most pressing need. Milliner is tops in this class.

7. ARIZONA: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma

Johnson might be the best tackle in draft. Chargers want him too, so don't be surprised if they try to leapfrog Cardinals.

8. BUFFALO: Tavon Austin, WR, W. Virginia

A bold and controversial move would be Bills taking Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, who might not last until second round.

9. N.Y. JETS: Barkevious Mingo, DE LSU

Desperately need someone who can bring pressure from the edge. Mingo fits scheme. It's too high to take a QB here.

10. TENNESSEE: Jonathan Cooper, G, N. Carolina

Landed Andy Levitre in free agency, but need another guard. A pass rusher like Jordan would be tempting with this pick.

11. SAN DIEGO: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

If they stay put here, Chargers should be able to get one of the guards. Another option is less polished tackle Menelik Watson.

12. MIAMI: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Big corners are in vogue. Look how Seattle did with two of them. Not likely to be a top-shelf offensive tackle left here.

13. N.Y. JETS-a: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Some believe Jets will go defense-defense with two top picks, or trade down, but Eifert's a talent who belongs in top 10.

14. CAROLINA: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Some scouts prefer Trufant over Rhodes. In division loaded with big, elite receivers, need another corner who can cover.

15. NEW ORLEANS: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

Opinions vary on Jordan, with some mocks putting him at No. 2. Long and lean but strength an issue. What will Chip do?

16. ST. LOUIS: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Vaccaro is best among a lot of good safeties in draft. He might not make it past New Orleans, which needs playmaker.

17. PITTSBURGH: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Might take an OLB such as Jarvis Jones, or S such as Matt Elam. But Lacy is a big, powerful back who fits their style.

18. DALLAS: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Cowboys need to start planning for future along the defensive line, and the massive Richardson would be a good start.

19. N.Y. GIANTS: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

With Mathias Kiwanuka at DE and Michael Boley gone, need an edge rusher. Guard Justin Pugh is a possibility too.

20. CHICAGO: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

With Brian Urlacher out of picture, need an inside linebacker, and Te'o is best available. Drafting for depth, otherwise.

21. CINCINNATI: D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama

Bengals have a vacancy at right tackle, and that's Fluker's side. Seems like a hand-in-glove fit if big man is still on board.

22. ST. LOUIS-b: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Added Jared Cook and have some promising young talent, but could use Allen or Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson.

23. MINNESOTA: Eric Reid, S, LSU

Safety isn't most pressing need, but Vikings like Reid's range and playmaking skills. Could go inside linebacker here.

24. INDIANAPOLIS: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

Jones is a hard worker who would upgrade line that lost Dwight Freeney. Another team that could use Pugh on O-line.

25. MINNESOTA-c: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Woods a safer pick than Patterson, and USC standout's stock has been on rise. With Percy Harvin gone, there's a need.

26. GREEN BAY: Matt Elam, S, Florida

With Charles Woodson gone, need safety to pair with Morgan Burnett. Sleeper pick is UCLA back Johnathan Franklin.

27. HOUSTON: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Have No. 1 receiver in Andre Johnson, but need a second threat. Might go defense if they're confident there's a WR later.

28. DENVER: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

Lacy is tempting if still available. If not, Hankins is massive space eater that Jack Del Rio likes anchoring his D-line.

29. NEW ENGLAND: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int.

Safety raw but talented. Probably too early for Honey Badger, but Bill Belichick could roll dice on Tyrann Mathieu soon.

30. ATLANTA: Menelik Watson, T, Florida State

Watson is inexperienced but has potential. Also need a tight end to learn behind future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez.

31. SAN FRANCISCO: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

If Ertz is still around, a good fit for team that lost Delanie Walker. Might have to package picks to move up for a safety.

32. BALTIMORE: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

With Ray Lewis retired, Minter would be a good fit. If USC receiver Woods is on the board, he also could be the pick.

a-from Tampa Bay; b-from Washington; c-from Seattle.

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