Mock NFL draft by The Bee's Matthew Barrows

Published: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 - 8:50 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 - 10:47 am


The Bee's Matthew Barrows offers his predictions for today's first round of the NFL draft:


1. Chiefs — Eric Fisher — OT — Central Michigan

Fisher follows Joe Staley's path from Central Michigan to the NFL's trenches.

2. Jaguars — Luke Joeckel — OT — Texas A&M

Joeckel and Fisher are similar talents; Joeckel might be more NFL-ready because of a higher level of competition at Texas A&M.

3. Raiders — Sharrif Floyd — DT — Florida

The only position the Raiders shouldn't take here: quarterback. Better ones will be available next year. Trading back with a team that covets Dion Jordan also is a scenario.

4. Eagles — Dion Jordan — OLB — Oregon

Chip Kelly adds a former Ducks pupil, one who can rush from the edge in the Eagles' new 3-4 scheme.

5. Lions — Ezekiel Ansah — DE — BYU

Detroit finds someone to replace Cliff Avril and add a bit of punch to its pass rush.

6. Browns — Dee Milliner — CB — Alabama

Don't believe the rumors that Milliner will slide on draft day. Instead he'll make a solid bookend at cornerback with incumbent Joe Haden.

7. Cardinals — Lane Johnson — OT — Oklahoma

How bad has Arizona's offensive-line situation become? The Cardinals added Chilo Rachal in the offseason.

8. Bills — Chance Warmack — OG — Alabama

One of the signs there's not a lot of talent at the top of the draft: Guards make it into the top 10.

9. Jets — Tavon Austin — WR — West Virginia

The electric-quick Austin distracts Jets fans from the fact that Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow still are on the roster but Darrelle Revis is not. This might put Austin out of reach for a 49ers trade-up scenario.

10. Titans — Jonathan Cooper — OG — North Carolina

The Titans not only get a guard who can help them become more of a power team but one who is quick enough to get in front of Chris Johnson on long runs.

11. Chargers — D.J. Fluker — OT — Alabama

When in doubt, go with an offensive lineman. The Chargers certainly could stand to bulk up their pass protection; trade-down scenario also possible.

12. Dolphins — Tyler Eifert — TE — Notre Dame

Eifert might be the safest pick in the draft, and he gives ascending quarterback Ryan Tannehill another target.

13. Jets — Barkevious Mingo — OLB — LSU

Fast and fluid but not overly powerful, Mingo would give the Jets someone they haven't had in a long time - an exciting pass rusher off the edge.

14. Panthers — Star Lotulelei — DT Utah

Any team in need of a powerful and quick interior lineman will carefully watch how far Lotulelei, who was red-flagged for medical reasons, falls in the first round.

15. Saints — D.J. Hayden — CB — Houston

New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could use a lot of help. When you face the Falcons twice a year, shoring up the cornerback position is a must.

16. Rams — Kenny Vaccaro — S — Texas

A former safety himself, coach Jeff Fisher continues to build a defense that aspires to rival the 49ers' and Seahawks'. Plus, someone has to replace Craig Dahl.

17. Steelers — Jarvis Jones — OLB — Georgia

Once considered the top pass rusher in the draft, Jones is falling because of disappointing workouts. A smart team like the Steelers catches him.

18. Cowboys — Sheldon Richardson — DL — Missouri

You'd have to think that the 49ers, who have had excellent luck with Missouri products, would consider trading up if Richardson dropped this far.

19. Giants — Cornellius Carradine — DE — Florida State

The 49ers and Giants have been closely eyeing this pass rusher in recent weeks. "Tank" is another player the 49ers could leap ahead to snag.

20. Bears — Alec Ogletree — LB — Georgia

The Bears need a replacement for Brian Urlacher who can pair with Lance Briggs.

21. Bengals — Jonathan Cyprien — S — Fla. International

This might be a little early for the small-school safety, but the Bengals have a big need at the position, and Cyprien is a big hitter with good range.

22. Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson — WR — Tennessee

Patterson is raw but perhaps more talented than any wideout in this draft. He provides immediate impact as a returner, too.

23. Vikings — Sylvester Williams — DT — North Carolina

The Vikings have a fondness for interior defensive linemen named Williams. Like his predecessors, he has a nice combination of size and speed.

24. Colts — Xavier Rhodes — CB — Florida State

Indianapolis needs a tall, strong cornerback in a division with physical receivers like Andre Johnson and Justin Blackmon.

25. Vikings — Justin Hunter — WR — Tennessee

What kind of team would take a risk on a wide receiver who's still recovering from a torn ACL? One that watched its own ACL patient run wild last season.

26. Packers — Menelik Watson — OT — Florida State

The run on offensive linemen continues with the Packers, who are about to dump a lot of money into Aaron Rodgers and must protect that investment.

27. Texans — Keenan Allen — WR — Cal

Allen's dud of a workout causes him to fall. The Texans, however, see the strong-handed receiver as the perfect complement to Andre Johnson.

28. Broncos — Datone Jones — DL — UCLA

John Elway goes with the best player available, and Jones can either play outside or, more likely, inside along the Broncos' defensive line.

29. Patriots — DeAndre Hopkins — WR — Clemson

Hopkins isn't flashy, but he's a good route runner who is strong after the catch. He could quickly become a trusted receiver for Tom Brady.

30. Falcons — Desmond Trufant — CB — Washington

The Falcons aren't shy about making dramatic draft-day moves, and they could swoop in for Jordan at No. 3. If not, they hang tight and address their biggest need - cornerback.

31. 49ers — Eric Reid — S — LSU

This is why the 49ers may trade up. If they don't, there's no one here they couldn't grab at No. 34. Reid is big and versatile, and he'd be expected to step in at Dashon Goldson's former spot at some point during his rookie season.

32. Ravens — Matt Elam — S — Florida

The Super Bowl champs must replace Ed Reed - among others - and do so with this small but hard-hitting safety.

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