On the NFL
5:05 PM CDT, April 6, 2013
With the NFL draft less than three weeks away, it's time to take a first stab at how things might shake out in the first round. At this point, NFL teams already have about 95 percent of the information that will influence whom they select. Now it's a matter of team decision makers getting on the same page and solidifying opinions.
1. Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan. It's a coin flip between Fisher and Luke Joeckel. The bet here is the Chiefs go with the player with more upside.
2. Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon. The closer it gets to the draft, the more people like him. He'll be a perfect fit in Gus Bradley's defense.
3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT. Florida. After recently cutting Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, the Raiders need an interior presence.
4. Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. They could go for a defensive tackle here as well, but it would be tough to pass up Joeckel if he's still on the board.
5. Lions: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU. Dee Milliner or an offensive tackle will be tempting, but Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz prioritize the pass rush.
6. Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. He appears to be a perfect fit, but the Browns are somewhat of a wild card with a new management team in place.
7. Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma. Left tackles never last long, and the Cardinals need one. Bruce Arians says he won't take a quarterback — does that mean he will?
8. Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Almost everyone believes the Bills will take a quarterback. Will they feel pressured to move up to get Smith?
9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU. With Jarvis Jones' stock possibly slipping, Mingo could jump ahead of him. Some suspect the Jets will go for a receiver.
10. Titans: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. Star Lotulelei also would be a fit, but Richardson is a different type of player who could give the Titans some interior pass rush.
11. Chargers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. If one of the top three offensive tackles still is on the board, the Chargers likely would go that way. In their absence, a defensive lineman makes sense.
12. Dolphins: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina. An offensive tackle probably is their preference, but they would have to trade up to get one of the top three. Cooper is not a bad consolation prize.
13. Buccaneers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. He has weaved up the draft boards the way he has weaved through defenses. The Bucs could trade this pick for Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
14. Panthers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. They might prefer an offensive tackle or defensive tackle, but in this scenario, Rhodes could be a fit.
15. Saints: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Would they take him ahead of Jones? They need a playmaker for Rob Ryan's defense. Alec Ogletree is another possibility.
16. Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee. The Rams are not afraid to go out on a limb. Patterson might be a risky pick, but he could pay off big.
17. Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia. He is a typical Steelers linebacker. They also could go for a cornerback here.
18. Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. Could he be the second coming of Larry Allen? The Cowboys also could pick Kenny Vaccaro from their backyard.
19. Giants: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama. They always are a threat to take a pass rusher and also could look at Ogletree. But Fluker might be hard to pass.
20. Bears: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia. If he makes it this far, Ogletree seems like an easy pick. A trade down remains a viable possibility, as the Bears have flexibility as far as needs.
21. Bengals: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington. Some think they will try to find a right tackle, but there might not be one available worth drafting here.
22. Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas. If they take an offensive playmaker with their previous pick, the Rams could go defense with their second first-rounder. RB Eddie Lacy might be in play.
23. Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina. They figure to draft a receiver with one of their two first-round picks, but they could snag a defender first.
24. Colts: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee. This could be the start of a run on receivers. Some think Hunter is better than his teammate Patterson.
25. Vikings: Keenan Allen, WR, California. Some think they might package picks to move up for a more highly rated receiver. A cornerback also is possible.
26. Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame. What they need most is a running back, but Ted Thompson is pretty good about staying true to the board.
27. Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson. They also could be tempted by a safety, but the second-round dropoff at receiver will be steeper.
28. Broncos: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State. Manti Te'o is a possibility here, but John Fox likes big men up front. A pass rusher such as Damontre Moore also would fit.
29. Patriots: Matt Elam, S, Florida. A trade down always is in play with the Patriots. Bill Belichick also has a history of taking defensive linemen high.
30. Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford. Tony Gonzalez is back, but that only takes care of 2013. The Falcons need a successor.
31. 49ers: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia. The 49ers like players who can overpower opponents. Jenkins is one of those players.
32. Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU. They could move back, but if they stay put, they might try to find a replacement for Ray Lewis. They could have their choice of Minter or Te'o.
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