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2013 Writers' Mock Draft

Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them. Patriots Football Weekly polled beat reporters from every NFL city and compiled a 2013 mock draft with their opinions and comments.


Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them. Patriots Football Weekly polled beat reporters from every NFL city and compiled a 2013 mock draft with their opinions and comments.

The following Writers' Mock Draft appears in the April 9th edition of Patriots Football Weekly on newsstands now.

PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolWriterOther needs
1.Kansas City ChiefsLuke JoeckelTTexas A&MAdam Teicher, Kansas City StarILB, S

Writers Comments:
This is an excellent chance for the Chiefs to secure their franchise tackle for the long term.

2.Jacksonville JaguarsSharrif FloydDTFloridaVito Stellino, Florida Times UnionQB, RT, DBWriters Comments:The Jaguars are desperate to upgrade their defensive line so Floyd would be a good fit, especially with no franchise QBs available in this draft.

3.Oakland RaidersDee MillinerCBAlabamaBill Williamson, ESPN.comS, DL, OL, TEWriters Comments:The Raiders would jump on Floyd here if available but they need talent at cornerback. Milliner would be a great start.

4.Philadelphia EaglesEric FisherTCentral MichiganDave Spadaro, Philadelphiaeagles.comCB, WR, DLWriters Comments:A strong offseason has solidified Fisher's stock and the Eagles could use another piece for an offensive line that was decimated by injury in 2012.

5.Detriot LionsZiggy AnsahDEBYUChris McCosky, Detriot NewsT, CB, WR, DTWriters Comments:The Lions choice here will be between the best pass rusher on the board and the third best left tackle. In this scenario, it's an easy call.

6.Cleveland BrownsGeno SmithQBWest VirginiaMary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain DealerWR, DL, DBWriters Comments:Not sure if the Browns would go with the quarterback here but if they don't somebody else will.

7.Arizona CardinalsChance WarmackGAlabamaDarren Urban, azcardinals.comOLB, S, OLWriters Comments:At this point the Cardinals seem headed for an offensive lineman, and while tackle would be nice, Warmack has a chance to be a long-time Pro Bowler.

8.Buffalo BillsE.J. ManuelQBFlorida StateChris Brown, Buffalobills.comLB, CB, WRWriters Comments:Despite the addition of Kevin Kolb the Bills still need a long-term future QB. Manuel has flaws, but fantastic physical tools and intangibles.

9.New York JetsDion JordanOLBOregonRich Cimini, ESPNNewYork.comG, TE, RBWriters Comments:The Jets desperately need an edge rusher for their pass rush, which needs an upgrade - especially if their best defender Darrelle Revis is traded.

10.Tennessee TitansBarkevious MingoOLBLSUJim Wyatt, The TennesseanG, C, CBWriters Comments:The Titans ignored pass rushing help in free agency, so Mingo would fill a remaining need.

11.San Diego ChargersLane JohnsonTOklahomaMichael Gehlken, San Diego Union TribuneDB, DL, WRWriters Comments:Philip Rivers hasn't been protected well for years and the selection of Johnson should help correct that.

12.Miami DolphinsTavon AustinWRWest VirginiaBen Volin, Palm Beach PostT, CB, TE, DEWriters Comments:The Dolphins still could use more playmakers to help Ryan Tannehill, and race to the podium to grab Austin, the most electrifying player in the draft.

13.Tampa Bay BuccaneersXavier RhodesCBFlorida StatePat Yasinskas, ESPN.comDT, OLB, TEWriters Comments:Bucs have a desperate need at CB after ranking last in pass defense. Even if they trade for Darrelle Revis, they need to add more than one CB.

14.Carolina PanthersSheldon RichardsonDTMissouriPat Yasinskas, ESPN.comCB, S, WR, TWriters Comments:Panthers haven't had much of a presence in the middle of the line since Kris Jenkins departed after the 2007 season. Richardson would fix that.

15.New Orleans SaintsJarvis JonesLBGeorgiaPat Yasinskas, ESPN.comT, DT, CBWriters Comments:Would give the Saints some much-needed athleticism at OLB as they make the switch to a 3-4 defense with new coordinator Rob Ryan.

16.St. Louis RamsMatt ElamSFloridaHoward Balzer, The Sports Xchange/101sports.comWR, RB, DTWriters Comments:Both starting safeties from 2012, Quintin Mikell and Craig Dahl, are gone and this is the best value with Tavon Austin off the board.

17.Pittsburgh SteelersD.J. FlukerTAlabamaAaron Wilson, Baltimore SunOL, TE, LBWriters Comments:They could use a tackle and like Alabama players. Fluker is a road-grader, and would be a nice fit in AFC North, as would G Jonathan Cooper.

18.Dallas CowboysJonathan CooperGNorth CarolinaTodd Archer, ESPNDallas.comS, DL, WRWriters Comments:The Cowboys need all the help they can get on the offensive line and Cooper would be just the second first-round OL since Jerry Jones took over.

19.New York GiantsBjoern WernerDEFlorida StateRalph Vacchiano, New York Daily NewsLB, OL, CBWriters Comments:With Osi Umenyiora gone and Justin Tuck on a downward spiral, the Giants need a young pass rusher to take some pressure off Jason Pierre-Paul.

20.Chicago BearsDesmond TrufantCBWashingtonBrad Biggs, Chicago TribuneLB, GWriters Comments:GM Phil Emery has put the pick up for sale, announcing he wants to trade down. If Bears stay put, look for them to add a building block on defense.

21.Cincinnati BengalsKenny VaccaroSTexasGeoff Hobson, Bengals.comLB, OL, DBWriters Comments:Bengals look to shore up secondary for a developing defense and Vaccaro could be a step in that direction.

22.St. Louis RamsStar LotuleleiDTUtahHoward Balzer, The Sports Xchange/101sports.comRB, WR, CBWriters Comments:Rams would be thrilled if Lotulelei drops this far. Assuming his heart issue is not a concern, he would be a steal at this point.

23.Minnesota VikingsCordarrelle PattersonWRTennesseeMel Kiper, ESPN.comWR, LB, DBWriters Comments:Vikings badly need a WR and in Patterson they get maybe the highest-upside projection on the board. Patterson is electric with the ball in his hands.

24.Indianapolis ColtsKeenan AllenWRCaliforniaMike Chappell, Indianapolis StarDL, CB, SWriters Comments:The Colts would love to add some weapons for Andrew Luck and Allen is as well-rounded a receiver as there is in this draft.

25.Minnesota VikingsKevin MinterLBLSUMel Kiper, ESPN.comWR, LB, DBWriters Comments:Vikings have a huge need at middle linebacker and Minter could step in and play immediately. Manti T'eo and Alec Ogletree are possibilities as well.

26.Green Bay PackersMargus HuntDESMUBill Huber, Packer ReportS, TE, WRWriters Comments:The Packers are looking for length up front and the 6-8 native of Estonia provides that and a lot of upside - not to mention 17 blocked kicks.

27.Houston TexansDeAndre HopkinsWRClemsonJohn McClain, Houston ChronicleT, OLB, ILBWriters Comments:The Texans desperately need some weapons on offense and Hopkins will take some of the pressure off an aging Andre Johnson.

28.Denver BroncosD.J. HaydenCBHoustonMel Kiper, ESPN.comRB, DL, SWriters Comments:Hayden has shot up draft boards thanks to some excellent pre-draft workouts and the Broncos will jump at the chance to improve secondary.

29.New England PatriotsDatone JonesDEUCLAPFW StaffWR, CB, DTWriters Comments:A bit of a 'tweener but his upside could cause the Patriots to take a look. Jones isn't a pure pass rusher but he can be effective in that role.

30.Atlanta FalconsKyle LongOLOregonMel Kiper, ESPN.comDE, OL, TEWriters Comments:Long is a very good athlete with power who gives the Falcons options with his experience playing guard and tackle.

31.San Francisco 49ersEric ReidSLSURob Rang, NFLDraftScout.comDL, CB, TEWriters Comments:The Niners still need some help in the secondary even with the acquisition of Nnamdi Asmougha and Reid should help replace Dashon Goldson.

32.Baltimore RavensAlec OgletreeLBGeorgiaAaron Wilson, Baltimore SunLB, OL, SWriters Comments:The Ravens lost some personnel on defense but Ozzie Newsome is used to replenishing through the draft. Ogletree is the next in a long line.

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