Who will go first in the 2013 NFL draft?

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    The 2013 NFL draft begins next week and could make or break a franchise’s future prospects. Here is my 2013 NFL mock draft.

    You can read the results of my 2012 mock draft here.

    Once again, I do no film review of any college prospect, nor do I watch any college games through the season, so this mock draft will more be a review of positional need for each of the teams than a specific pick of a particular player.

    Players are chosen from what I believe to be a reputable source – NFL analyst Mike Mayock’s top five position rankings.

    Each player chosen is my opinion of the team’s greatest need, and then the selection is the highest-rated available player at that position.

    Where I consider the team has multiple needs, the selection is the highest available prospect at the relevant positions of need.

    2013 NFL mock draft

    1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT, Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
    2. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT, Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
    3. Oakland Raiders – DT, Sharrif Floyd, Florida
    4. Philadelphia Eagles – CB, Dee Milliner, Alabama
    5. Detroit Lions – OLB, Jarvis Jones, Georgia
    6. Cleveland Browns – DE, Star Lotulelei, Utah
    7. Arizona Cardinals – S, Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
    8. Buffalo Bills – QB, Geno Smith, West Virginia
    9. New York Jets – OT, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
    10. Tennessee Titans – OG, Chance Warmack, Alabama
    11. San Diego Chargers – OLB, Dion Jordan, Oregon
    12. Miami Dolphins – DE, Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
    13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DE, Bjoern Werner, Florida State
    14. Carolina Panthers – S, Matt Elam, Florida
    15. New Orleans Saints – DT, Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
    16. St. Louis Rams – WR, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
    17. Pittsburgh Steelers – OLB, Barkevious Mingo, LSU
    18. Dallas Cowboys – ILB, Alec Ogletree, Georgia
    19. New York Giants – C, Brian Schwenke, Cal
    20. Chicago Bears – ILB, Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
    21. Cincinnati Bengals – WR, Tavon Austin, West Virginia
    22. St. Louis Rams – S, Jonathan Cyprien, Florida
    23. Minnesota Vikings – OG, Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
    24. Indianapolis Colts – DE, Datone Jones, UCLA
    25. Minnesota Vikings – WR, Keenan Allen, Cal
    26. Green Bay Packers – RB, Eddie Lacy, Alabama
    27. Houston Texans – CB, Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
    28. Denver Broncos – C, Barrett Jones, Alabama
    29. New England Patriots – WR, DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
    30. Atlanta Falcons – CB, D.J. Hayden, Houston
    31. San Francisco 49ers – S, Eric Reid, LSU
    32. Baltimore Ravens – ILB, Kevin Minter, LSU

    Overall positions drafted

    QB: 1
    RB: 1
    WR: 4
    TE: 0
    OT: 3
    OG: 2
    C: 2
    DE: 4
    DT: 2
    OLB: 3
    ILB: 3
    CB: 3
    S: 4

    Top Colleges

    Alabama: 4
    LSU: 3
    Florida: 3

    Of course, this mock draft doesn’t account for draft-day trades, which always destroy any good (or bad) mock draft. The NFL draft will commence on April 25 in New York.

    Notable players who weren’t drafted in my mock were QB’s EJ Manuel and Matt Barkley, TE Tyler Eifert and CB Desmond Trufant.

    Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts/criticisms!