Mock Draft For April 25th, 2013

LaneJohnson8I was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama earlier this year and I stood and stared at Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher as he was kicking butts during the team practices.  I didn’t go down there to see this young offensive tackle in particular, but he stood out so much that he was the player I remember more than any other player.

Fisher was dominating everybody who lined up on him whether it was a defensive end or linebacker, passing play or running play, it didn’t matter.  I was totally impressed with his discipline in his technique and loved the way he finished his blocks.  It looks like he’s going to be the number one pick in the draft.

It’s starting to look like the Eagles are going to have the chance to draft Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei.  They could also fool everybody by drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.  E.J. Manuel has come out and said that the Eagles want him very badly.  Be aware of the head fake by the Eagles.

I think the Birds will eventually settle on drafting Johnson, if they can’t find the right trade down partner.  Johnson is the most athletic of the three top offensive tackles and that fits what Chip Kelly and his staff want to do with their offensive linemen.  He may have the biggest upside of all the three top offensive tackles.

Johnson was a quarterback in high school and was a tight end when he went to Oklahoma.  He’s only been playing offensive tackle for a couple of years and seems to get better every time he plays.  They want athletes on the offensive line, so they can get out there on those quick screens to the wide receivers.  That was a favorite play for Kelly while he was a college coach.  Johnson is a perfect fit.

He will move into that right tackle starting position and Todd Herremans will take over from Danny Watkins at right guard.  Eventually Johnson will move over to the left tackle spot when Jason Peters retires.

They can’t make the mistake of drafting BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah because he’s only started nine games in his entire college career.  He had 4.5 sacks a year ago, but is that enough to draft him.  How could anyone be confident that he’ll be able to star at the NFL level against professional competition because he hasn’t proven that at the college level?

There’s talk of West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin flying up draft boards and he’s likely to get swallowed up by the Jets at pick number 13.  The Rams are said to want him badly, but they won’t be able to get him unless they move up.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

5. Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah, LB/DE, BYU

6. Cleveland Browns –  Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Arizona Cardinals –  Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9. New York Jets – Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama

10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

11. San Diego Chargers – Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

12. Miami Dolphins – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

13.  New York Jets – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

14. Carolina Panthers – Star Lotuleilei, DT, Utah

15. New Orleans Saints – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

16. St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

17. Pittsburgh Steelers –  Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

18. Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas

19. New York Giants – D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

20. Chicago Bears – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International

22. St. Louis Rams – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

23. Minnesota Vikings –  Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

24. Indianapolis Colts -DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

25.  Minnesota Vikings – Robert Woods, WR, USC

26. Green Bay Packers – John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

27. Houston Texans – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

28. Denver Broncos – Bjeorn Werner, DE, Florida State

29. New England Patriots – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

30.  Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

31. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, FS, LSU

32. Baltimore Ravens – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

11 thoughts on “Mock Draft For April 25th, 2013

  1. Lane Johnson has the Tony Mandarich cautionary tale label slapped all over him if you ask me. The Jaguars will take either Dion Jordan or Geno Smith, I don’t really see them addressing the O-Line with their pick. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Raiders surprised everyone and snatch Joeckle.

  2. Solid mock draft, I could definitely see the Eagles taking Lane Johnson with the #4 pick. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles take Dion Jordan at #4 if he’s available, I know they have other areas of need but Dion Jordan is the type of playmaker that will make our defense in the future scary like it once was. Then they could trade Cole/Curry to move up or acquire more picks. Plus Kelly is in love with him

  3. Stop flip flopping GC! LOL! Smith is not going to Cleveland. John Jenkins to GB???? He’s a 3rd rounder. And you have Justin Hunter going twice, to Houstin & Baltimore. Come on! LOL!

  4. If next year’s draft is supposed to be great and this year’s just ok, why not trade like hell for more picks next. the #10 or #4 pick next yr will be more talented than the 4 or 10 this yr.
    By the time we are good enough for a Championship, Herraman’s and other players will be past prime, so I would trade now!!!

  5. As I stated on the mock article, My final mock & what I believe will happen-
    1. Kansas City Chiefs– Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
    2. Jacksonville Jaguars– Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
    3. Oakland Raiders– Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
    4. Miami (trade)– Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
    5. Detroit Lions– Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
    6. Cleveland Browns- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
    7. Arizona Cardinals- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
    8. Buffalo Bills– Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
    9. New York Jets– Matt Barkley, QB, USC
    10. Tennessee Titans– Ezekiel Ansah, LB.DE, BYU
    11. San Diego Chargers– Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
    12. Philadelphia (trade)- Star Lotuleilei, DT, Utah
    13. New York Jets– Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
    14. Carolina Panthers– Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
    15. New Orleans Saints– Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE, Georgia
    16. St. Louis Rams– Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
    17. Pittsburgh Steelers– Slyvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
    18. Dallas Cowboys– Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
    19. New York Giants- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
    20. Chicago Bears– Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
    21. Cincinnati Bengals– DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
    22. St. Louis Rams– Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
    23. Minnesota Vikings- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
    24. Indianapolis Colts- Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St.
    25. Minnesota Vikings– Keenan Allen, California
    26. Green Bay Packers– Robert Woods, WR, USC
    27. Houston Texans– Tyler Effert, TE, ND
    28. Denver Broncos– Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
    29. New England Patriots- Matt Elam, SS, Florida
    30. Atlanta Falcons– Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
    31. San Francisco 49ers– Eric Reid, FS, LSU
    32. Baltimore Ravens- Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida St.
    Trade Cole for 4th rounder.
    Birds get-
    1st- Lotulelei DE/NT
    2nd- Johnathan Banks CB & Kyle Long RT
    3rd- Rambo SS/ Swearinger SS/FS
    4th- Kiko ILB & Barrett Jones C
    5th- Reddick ILB
    7th- Quanterus Smith ROLB, Mike Williams TE, Oday Aboushi OT, & Jeff Baca OG

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