1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT/ Texas A&M – Johnny Manziels blindside protection is without question the best overall prospect. It’s just a matter of whether Kansas City puts an emphasis on rebuilding from the trenches or if they plan on drafting a quarterback.
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3. Oakland Raiders – Geno Smith – The ghost of Al Davis lives. This is such an Al move. Selecting one of the most physically gifted athletes in this year’s draft. Not say Carson Palmers 14 Interceptions, and 33 year old body would persuade the Raiders to look elsewhere for their general on the field. There is some talk about Pryor getting a chance in 2013, my guess is that he plays until Smith is ready, and that Palmer may not be with the team by OTA’s.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Bjoern Werner DE/ Florida State – The Eagles would be ecstatic to get Werner. After only picking up the game at the age of 15, Werner closed his career as a Seminole with 35 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in just two seasons! Wow.
5. Detroit Lions – Jarvis Jones OLB/ Georgia – A 6’2” 242 pound first team All-SEC Performer, Jones also suffers from Spinal Stenosis; a restriction to the spinal canal that causes pain, numbness, and in some cases loss of motor control. Jones has both the most to gain as well as the most too loose at this years’ combine.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milner CB/ Alabama – Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com said Milliner is extremely aggressive with the ball in the air and plays with excellent timing, instincts and anticipation. The former 5 star prospect had his breakout season in 2012, as he was a first-team All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team pick after finishing the regular season tied for third nationally with 18 passes defensed. He totaled 54 tackles, four for loss and 22 pass break-ups by the time Alabama wrapped up the national title.
7. Cardinals – Eric Fisher OT/ Central Michigan – Yes, the Cardinals need a quarterback and both Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib are still available I get that. What’s the point if he isn’t standing upright after most downs? Call me old fashioned but I believe the only way to fix a bad offense is by helping both the run and the pass with a 6’7” 304 pound tackle who has the potential to be an immediate impact for Bruce Arians and his offensive prowess.
8. Buffalo Bills –Ryan Nassib QB/ Syracuse– The Amish Rifle is not the answer. Fitzpatrick has shown his inability to finish out a season as well as he starts. Nassib will be battling with Chance Warmack here and we will see which way Doug Marrone and his new coaching staff decides to go.
9. New York Jets – Ezekiel Ansah DE/ BYU – The Jets defense can’t function without a pass rush. Regardless if Mark Sanchez is the quarterback or not, Rex Ryan still wants to win games through imposing his will on the other team. Ansah is a freak of nature, and is flying up draft boards, as I wrote a piece for gmenhq.com last week with him at #19. See link below. http://gmenhq.com/2013/01/16/2013-nfl-draft-g-men-strike-gold-again-in-byus-ansah/
10. Tennessee Titans – with 40 career starts and the ability to get to the second level, Warmack has developed himself into a definitive top ten selection.
11. San Diego Chargers – Mingo possesses the frame at 6-5, 240 pounds and athleticism to warrant top 10 considerations but at this point he remains an unpolished prospect.
12. Miami Dolphins – Patterson scored a touchdown via kickoff return, punt return, receiving, and rushing, joining Carl Pickens (receiving, KR, PR, INT) as the only players in Tennessee history to score a touchdown four different ways in a career. If he can bring that versatility to the NFL, Miami would look pretty smart in a few years’ time.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – With Aquib Talib finding a new home in New England, The need for a corner is Massive in Tampa. Still, Mark Barron was such a beast in his first yr, they may just try it again.
14. Carolina Panthers – – How do you make Cam better? Simple, a better defense. Lotulelei is considered to be the best DT prospect at this time, We’ll see how the combine may change this selection, but Cam needs help winning games, and the best way to do that is by giving Greg Hardy some help upfront. Oh and his first name is Star!!!!
15. New Orleans Saints – NO ranked 26th in sacks, and 24th in forced fumbles, so clearly they need some help with the front seven. Richardson, became Mizzou’s first-ever All-SEC designee, as he was named to the 2nd-team for his outstanding play in 2012. Richardson led all SEC interior linemen with 75 tackles which is 2nd-best on the Tiger squad.
16. St. Louis Rams –