With free agency reshaping teams, the picture for the 2013 NFL draft is coming into view.
This makes mocking a lot easier. Although, it also limits the excuses I'll have in the unlikely possibility I miss a pick.
In my full first-round mock below, I will pay extra attention to a few of the more intriguing picks. Those will be marked in italics.
Langford's 2013 NFL Mock Draft
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Initially placing the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, the Chiefs looked like they were moving away from drafting a tackle.
However, all signs are now pointing to this being the move.
The Chiefs are going to take a tackle, and my money is on Luke Joeckel.
The Chiefs brass recently flew in to hold a private workout with Joeckel, and the massive youngster will convince the Chiefs he is their guy.
Joeckel is a powerful run blocker, and a solid—if not polished—pass protector. If the Chiefs do hold onto Albert, Joeckel would be an excellent right tackle while Albert plays out his tag.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
With Gus Bradley making the switch from defensive coordinator of the Seahawks to head coach of the Jaguars, he can't be thrilled with the overall picture of his new defense. Most notably with the pass rush. The Jags were dead last in sacks last season.
Jordan is an amazing talent, and his ability to get to the passer makes him a nice pick here.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders still have Tommy Kelly for the interior of the defensive line, but he has a cap hit of $11 million and the Raiders will have a hard time justifying that salary.
The point is, Oakland needs to reshape its defensive tackle position, and Floyd is the place to start.
At 6'3" and 297 pounds, Floyd is stout against the run and has the explosion to get to the passer. Last season at Florida, he had 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Eagles must get better along the offensive line. This is even more important with Chip Kelly bringing his spread-option mentality to the team.
Fisher is supremely talented and a good value at No. 4.
5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
With Cliff Avril going to the Seahawks, the Lions' need for an increased pass rush has only increased.
Bjoern Werner is a solid pick. He is a high-effort player with the ability to get to the passer and hold his ground against the run.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Browns must get more athletic along the defensive line. This would help solidify a young defense.
Ansah is the complete package. He has been flying up draft boards, and he is a nice fit for the Browns.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
I'm not completely convinced Geno Smith will last this long. Teams get itchy with quarterbacks in the draft—see Jake Locker, Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Tannehill as evidence.
That said, there is no way I see him getting past No. 7. Larry Fitzgerald might retire if this franchise doesn't find someone who can get the ball within 5 feet of him.
Kevin Kolb was improving to adequate before he got hurt, but he was increasingly looking like he would always get hurt. Combine that with his inflated salary, and the Cardinals cut ties with him.
Smith can make all the throws. He has to improve his consistency and ability to read a defense, but he will be an instant upgrade.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Well, with Ryan Fitzpatrick gone, the Bills are in need of a new signal-caller.
Barkley, while not standing out in any particular aspect, has all the tools needed to start in the NFL. The only question here is if the Bills will feel No. 8 is too high for Barkley and wait until the second round to go for Ryan Nassib.
The lure of the superior quarterback will be too much for the Bills to pass on.
9. New York Jets (6-10): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
The Jets have to get back to being a physically dominant team. That is going to start in the trenches on offense and defense.
Chance Warmack will help them accomplish this. He is a mauling guard who will give the Jets' run game an instant boost.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Tennessee's defense is a mess. The Titans must make upgrading the maligned unit a priority, and the best defensive player on the board at this point is Dee Milliner.
He also will fill a need for the Titans, who were 20th in yards allowed per pass last season.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
If Philip Rivers is going to get back to being a dominant quarterback, he needs better pass protection. The Chargers severely lack talent at tackle, and their only legit starter, Jared Gaither, can't stay healthy.
Lane Johnson is an athletic tackle, and a smart pick.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Dolphins must help a solid front seven with some added talent in the secondary. Xavier Rhodes is a physical corner who can handle a receiver in man coverage.
This will help free up the Dolphins to send more blitzes and improve their pass defense.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotulelei has the talent of a top-five pick. Unfortunately, his heart condition will keep him on the board longer.
With Tampa Bay losing the services of Roy Miller via free agency, this would solidify the interior of the defensive line.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Panthers need defense. However, they could also use a dynamic threat on the outside, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings that.
He is the most exciting receiver in this draft and a solid value at No. 14.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Saints have to find a way to get better on defense. Luckily for them, there will be a host of talented defensive lineman still available to them.
Barkevious Mingo is a solid athlete and a well-rounded player.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Rams must finally find a consistent option for Sam Bradford to grow with.
Keenan Allen would be a great fit. He is a natural receiver with the ability to pop for the occasional big play. While he may never be dominant, he should consistently produce at a high level.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones will fit in nicely with the Steelers 3-4, and he will add speed and a nice pass rush.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Cowboys will be transitioning from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense. As such, they will need some added bodies for defensive tackle. Short is a well-rounded tackle who can be effective against the run or pass.
19. New York Giants (9-7): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants have been able to mask their deficiencies at corner with a strong pass rush provided by the defensive line. That is, they were able to do so until their second-half swoon last year.
The Giants must add some talent to their group of corners.
20. Chicago Bears (10-6): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Bears need an infusion of talent along the offensive line. While the Bears signed left tackle Jermon Bushrod, and are solid at right tackle, D.J. Fluker would be an upgrade at guard, with the potential to be an excellent tackle.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Bengals have an impressive defensive front. However, they could use another body along their defensive line, and Moore is a good value at No. 21.
22. St. Louis Rams* (From 10-6 Washington Redskins): Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
With their first first-round pick going to the defensive side of the ball, the Rams will help complete their secondary and add to a promising defense.
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is not the player he once was, and he is in the last year of his deal.
Datone Jones has the size to play inside and the athleticism to also handle the end. He will give the Vikings flexibility and help ease the load on Williams.
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Colts need to find a massive nose tackle. The 323-pound Jesse Williams should do the trick.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from 11-5 Seattle Seahawks): Robert Woods, WR, USC
Robert Woods draft stock has slipped, but I still don't see him falling out of the first round.
He is a talented and natural receiver. While he may not be a game changer, he will be a consistent target for Christian Ponder.
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
The Packers must continue to invest in the group of five charged with protecting franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Cooper is a quality guard, and a safe pick at No. 26.
27. Houston Texans (12-4): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin's speed and prowess in the slot will help the Texans diversify their offense.
This addition would ease some of the attention paid to Andre Johnson and prevent teams from stacking the box to stop Arian Foster.
28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Broncos' are in need of defensive tackle help, and they will be doing backflips if Sheldon Richardson makes it to them.
29. New England Patriots (12-4): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
New England's pass defense is a work in progress and it is time that this franchise stops trying to simply patch that group together and adds some legitimate talent.
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Falcons must find upgrades along the defensive line. Williams is the best defensive lineman available at this point, and he will help solidify a suspect Falcons' rush defense.
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
Taking a center in the first round is certainly not the sexiest pick, but it addresses a big need for the 49ers, and Jones is a quality player.
Last year's starter, Jonathan Goodwin, is not only 34, he also is a free agent.
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
After retirement and free agency, the Ravens are essentially starting over at the linebacker position. They would be wise to start with the middle of that group, and grab the sound and consistent Kevin Minter.
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