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.
|1.||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel||T||Texas A&M||Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star||ILB, S|
This is an excellent chance for the Chiefs to secure their franchise tackle for the long term.
|2.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida||Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union||QB, RT, DB|
|Writers 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 Raiders||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama||Bill Williamson, ESPN.com||S, DL, OL, TE|
|Writers Comments:The Raiders would jump on Floyd here if available but they need talent at cornerback. Milliner would be a great start.
|4.||Philadelphia Eagles||Eric Fisher||T||Central Michigan||Dave Spadaro, Philadelphiaeagles.com||CB, WR, DL|
|Writers 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 Lions||Ziggy Ansah||DE||BYU||Chris McCosky, Detriot News||T, CB, WR, DT|
|Writers 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 Browns||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia||Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer||WR, DL, DB|
|Writers Comments:Not sure if the Browns would go with the quarterback here but if they don't somebody else will.
|7.||Arizona Cardinals||Chance Warmack||G||Alabama||Darren Urban, azcardinals.com||OLB, S, OL|
|Writers 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 Bills||E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State||Chris Brown, Buffalobills.com||LB, CB, WR|
|Writers 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 Jets||Dion Jordan||OLB||Oregon||Rich Cimini, ESPNNewYork.com||G, TE, RB|
|Writers 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 Titans||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU||Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean||G, C, CB|
|Writers Comments:The Titans ignored pass rushing help in free agency, so Mingo would fill a remaining need.
|11.||San Diego Chargers||Lane Johnson||T||Oklahoma||Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union Tribune||DB, DL, WR|
|Writers Comments:Philip Rivers hasn't been protected well for years and the selection of Johnson should help correct that.
|12.||Miami Dolphins||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia||Ben Volin, Palm Beach Post||T, CB, TE, DE|
|Writers 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 Buccaneers||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State||Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com||DT, OLB, TE|
|Writers 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 Panthers||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri||Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com||CB, S, WR, T|
|Writers 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 Saints||Jarvis Jones||LB||Georgia||Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com||T, DT, CB|
|Writers 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 Rams||Matt Elam||S||Florida||Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange/101sports.com||WR, RB, DT|
|Writers 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 Steelers||D.J. Fluker||T||Alabama||Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun||OL, TE, LB|
|Writers 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 Cowboys||Jonathan Cooper||G||North Carolina||Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com||S, DL, WR|
|Writers 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 Giants||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News||LB, OL, CB|
|Writers 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 Bears||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington||Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune||LB, G|
|Writers 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 Bengals||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas||Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com||LB, OL, DB|
|Writers Comments:Bengals look to shore up secondary for a developing defense and Vaccaro could be a step in that direction.
|22.||St. Louis Rams||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah||Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange/101sports.com||RB, WR, CB|
|Writers 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 Vikings||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee||Mel Kiper, ESPN.com||WR, LB, DB|
|Writers 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 Colts||Keenan Allen||WR||California||Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star||DL, CB, S|
|Writers 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 Vikings||Kevin Minter||LB||LSU||Mel Kiper, ESPN.com||WR, LB, DB|
|Writers 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 Packers||Margus Hunt||DE||SMU||Bill Huber, Packer Report||S, TE, WR|
|Writers 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 Texans||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson||John McClain, Houston Chronicle||T, OLB, ILB|
|Writers Comments:The Texans desperately need some weapons on offense and Hopkins will take some of the pressure off an aging Andre Johnson.
|28.||Denver Broncos||D.J. Hayden||CB||Houston||Mel Kiper, ESPN.com||RB, DL, S|
|Writers 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 Patriots||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA||PFW Staff||WR, CB, DT|
|Writers 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 Falcons||Kyle Long||OL||Oregon||Mel Kiper, ESPN.com||DE, OL, TE|
|Writers Comments:Long is a very good athlete with power who gives the Falcons options with his experience playing guard and tackle.
|31.||San Francisco 49ers||Eric Reid||S||LSU||Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com||DL, CB, TE|
|Writers 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 Ravens||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia||Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun||LB, OL, S|
|Writers 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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