2013 N.F.L. Draft: 1st Round Mock Picks 1-32

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  • 1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M: Given what seems the inevitable departure of LT Branden Albert (which could happen in days or next offseason), taking Joeckel at the top makes sense at every level for the Chiefs. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 22. Rams (from Washington Redskins) – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee: Patterson arguably has more ability than any wideout in the draft. And if he's a bit immature, Jeff Fisher is just the right coach to help him grow up while harnessing his skills. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 21. Atlanta Falcons (PROJECTED trade with Cincinnati Bengals) CB Desmond Trufant, Washington: GM Thomas Dimitroff has made intriguing moves this offseason, but his team is awfully thin at corner after Dunta Robinson was released and Grimes left. Trufant's ability to play inside or out is a plus. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 23. Browns (PROJECTED trade with Vikings) – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia: At this point, Smith is too tempting to bypass, especially since he has skills similar to those of Cam Newton, whom new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski worked with in Carolina. And with an excellent offensive line and RB Trent Richardson on hand to help, this could be a perfect place for Smith to blossom ... even if he has to marinate behind Brandon Weeden and/or Jason Campbell at the outset.(Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 18. Dallas Cowboys – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri: New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 scheme requires athletic gap shooters in the trenches. DEs DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer applaud this selection. Vaccaro or one of the guards would be even better choices if the Cowboys can make it happen. (Photo: USA Today)
  • 19. New York Giants – OT Menelik Watson, Florida State: He's unpolished but allows RT David Diehl to move inside (or move on) if he's ready to play by Week 1. Otherwise, Watson can glean Diehl's wisdom (much like LT Will Beatty once did) until the time is right. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 20. Chicago Bears – CB D.J. Hayden, Houston: Hayden would allow Chicago to better defend NFC North gunslingers Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford and provides insurance if Emery has to let Tillman and/or Jennings go. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 24. Indianapolis Colts – OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse: Let's safeguard QB Andrew Luck, who endured 41 sacks and countless more hits as a rookie, first and continue rebuilding the defense later. Pugh was a tackle in college but could plug in at guard right away for Indy. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 17. Pittsburgh Steelers – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame: Heath Miller, probably (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 30. Bengals (PROJECTED trade with Falcons) – WR Keenan Allen, California: It's clear this offense needs more weapons after flaming out in the wild-card round twice in the past two seasons. Allen would be a very nice alternative to usually double-covered WR A.J. Green. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 29. Eagles (PROJECTED trade with New England Patriots) QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State: Philadelphia might pull the trigger on Geno Smith before this, but it seems to make more sense to upgrade the roster with the No. 4 pick before grabbing a passing prospect for Kelly to mold. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 31. San Francisco 49ers – DL Datone Jones, UCLA: With a draft-high 13 picks, they could certainly construct a package for Vaccaro – who'd nicely replace Dashon Goldson – or anyone else they desire. But at this spot (or No.34), it seems likely the Niners will bolster a depleted and aging D-line (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 25. Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks) – ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame: You could sail a Viking longboat through Minnesota's hole at middle linebacker. Te'o is a perfect remedy and should be comfortable in a locker room full of Golden Domers.(Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 26. Bills (PROJECTED trade with Green Bay) – QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: Nassib seems destined for a reunion with coach Doug Marrone. The Bills, who hold the 41st pick, probably need a bold stroke for Nassib considering other teams looking at quarterbacks ahead of them (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 27. Houston Texans – WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee: It seems Houston has needed a running mate for WR Andre Johnson forever, and the need is only underscored in light of Kevin Walter's release. As a speedster who can open up the hashes for Johnson, RB Arian Foster and TE Owen Daniels, Hunter is an ideal complement to the offense now and might one day be worthy of taking the No. 1 mantle from Johnson.(Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 28. Buccaneers (PROJECTED trade with Denver Broncos) DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State: The Bucs are a team boldly making moves in a bid to return to prominence. Their league-worst pass defense was markedly improved by Revis' arrival, but another pressure player would obviously help. A high-effort guy like Werner would be a perfect base end on the left side.(Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 4. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: A former quarterback and tight end, Johnson showcased the athleticism at the combine that might one day render him this group's best blocker. His movement skills make him ideally suited to the up-tempo offense of new Eagles coach Chip Kelly while also allowing RT Todd Herremans to return to guard. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 6. Minnesota Vikings (PROJECTED trade with Cleveland Browns) – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia: The buzz surrounding multidimensional Austin has been growing louder for months, and the Vikes might have to jump this high rather than give the New York Jets or St. Louis Rams two shots at him. He is not as thick as Percy Harvin but offers a similar skill set (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 5. Detroit Lions – DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU: Ghana native Ansah might be raw, but he stands a better chance of flourishing with DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley commanding so much attention inside. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 7. Arizona Cardinals – OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon: Jordan, another converted tight end, offers intriguing skills as a pass rusher and coverage linebacker. Given the problems Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson pose in the NFC West, a rangy defender would be an asset. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 2. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan: He'd make a fine bookend for LT Eugene Monroe and could replace him in a year if Monroe walks in free agency in 2014. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 3. Oakland Raiders – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida: Floyd represents the intersection of talent and need at No. 3 as Richard Seymour's replacement. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 8. Buffalo Bills – G Chance Warmack, Alabama: There seems little doubt the Bills will take a quarterback, but it just doesn't seem to make sense at this spot unless they've fallen in love with Geno Smith. Better to hitch your wagon to a guy who will protect Buffalo's passer of the future – not to mention RB C.J. Spiller – while replacing departed G Andy Levitre. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 9. New York Jets – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama: Rex Ryan's love of cornerbacks is well known, and he just lost his favorite one. Best to grab the man who seems to be this crop's best corner now rather than let him fall into the clutches of the Miami Dolphins at No. 12. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 12. Miami Dolphins – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State: With 11 selections, Miami could become a player in the tackle market, either by dealing up or making a play for Albert or perhaps the Rams' Rodger Saffold. But corner also remains an issue given Vontae Davis and Sean Smith have moved on over the last year, and Brent Grimes (torn Achilles' in 2012) is no sure thing. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 14. Carolina Panthers – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah: Cornerback is a thought in the pass-heavy NFC South. But can you really bypass Lotulelei if he lasts this long? He shores up the defensive interior, allows for scheme versatility and, most important, makes life easier for edge rushers Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, who would become even more disruptive to divisional signal-callers Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Josh Freeman. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 13. Jets (from Tampa Bay) OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU: Tight end and offensive line (and, eventually, running back) could be options if they are serious about giving QB Mark Sanchez a fighting chance at reviving his career. But with no bona fide pass rusher on the roster and the secondary significantly weakened by Darrelle Revis' departure, his lockdown skills allowed Ryan to employ creative blitz packages – a hunter like Mingo becomes imperative. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 15. New Orleans Saints – OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia: As noted, NFC South quarterbacks spend a lot of time firing away, so Jones provides a needed counterweight ... provided the Saints aren't worried about his medical file or slow 40 times. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 10. Tennessee Titans – G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina: This is a big man who can move. He also is a candidate to play center. Most important, he makes QB Jake Locker and RB Chris Johnson more formidable players and surely will thrive under the watchful eye of coach (and Hall of Fame guard) Mike Munchak. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 11. St. Louis Rams (PROJECTED trade with San Diego chargers) – S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas: The Rams already missed out on Austin in this scenario, and we'd urge them not to lose out on the best safety, too – especially since teams such as the Cowboys and 49ers might make a run at Vaccaro. The Chargers' new regime has a lot of work to do; sliding back five spots could net them St.Louis' third rounder. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 16. Chargers (PROJECTED trade with Rams) OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama: It's time to get embattled QB Philip Rivers some real protection. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
  • 32. Baltimore Ravens – DL Sylvester Williams, North Carolina: Enlisting successors to LB Ray Lewis, S Ed Reed and WR Anquan Boldin is perfectly logical. But GM Ozzie Newsome never reaches, and Williams is the best player available in this mock ... and also is a guy who can push disappointing NT Terrence Cody in the middle of Baltimore's defense. Yet with an AFC-high 12 picks in his pocket, Newsome isn't short on options. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
    
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USA Today's N.F.L. insider Nate Davis gives his predictions on every pick of Thursday night's N.F.L. draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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