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The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was dominated by players on either side of the trenches. There were nine offensive linemen among the first 32 picks. Four defensive tackles and six edge rushers were taken. Outside of the trenches, seven defensive backs and one middle linebacker went off the board. There wasn’t a single running back to come off the board. That leaves five first round players that could find themselves being snatched up by fantasy owners, particularly in dynasty leagues.
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The Quarterback
The Buffalo Bills shocked the world a bit by taking Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and passing up both Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib, a player that Doug Marrone coached at Syracuse. A lot of analysts are suggesting that there must be something wrong with Nassib since Marrone bypassed him. Personally, I don’t buy into that school of thought. They think that Manuel has more upside. Coming on the heels of the success that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick had last year, it’s not surprising that an athletic quarterback like Manuel was a hot commodity on draft day. Pairing Manuel’s ability with C.J. Spiller has the makings of an exciting brand of football.
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So what are Manuel’s fantasy prospects? He has plenty of appeal in dynasty leagues, but won’t like make his mark this year. The Bills brought in Kevin Kolb to be the short-term answer. Manuel could get a shot if towards the end of the year as the Bills fall out of contention. He could get a look sooner if Kolb is injured or completely ineffective. Regardless, there is no reason to concern yourself with E.J. Manuel in redraft leagues.
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The Wide Receivers
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin has the opportunity to be a dynamic playmaker in the St. Louis Rams’ offense. He combined for 215 receptions over the past two seasons for 2,475 yards and 20 touchdowns. He should be a nightmare in the slot with his explosiveness. He could also produce in the return game. Austin is most valuable in PPR leagues. His size (5-foot-8, 172 pounds) could be an issue, but his blazing speed makes him worth the risk.
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Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins gives the Houston Texans a potential threat opposite of Andre Johnson. He exploded last year for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns on 82 receptions. He has good size (6-foot-1, 214 pounds) and should benefit from all the attention that Johnson and Arian Foster command. It’s possible that he’s the most productive rookie wide receiver in standard fantasy leagues.
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Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson could take some time to develop for the Minnesota Vikings. He is explosive and powerful, looking like a running back in the open field. He’s a bit raw having played just one year of Division I football. Patterson should make an immediate impact in the return game, but it could take some time to develop into a reliable option in the passing game. Patterson can likely be overlooked in redraft leagues.
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The Tight End
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, along with incumbent Jermaine Gresham, give the Cincinnati Bengals a nice 1-2 punch at tight end. Eifert has the size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), speed, body control and hands to become a solid NFL tight end. It will likely take him some time to develop into a fantasy option, particularly due to Gresham’s presence.
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The NFL Draft is around the corner. Here’s a look at my 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
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3. Oakland Raiders: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
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6. Cleveland Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
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8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
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9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
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11. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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12. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
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13. New York Jets: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
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14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
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15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
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16. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
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17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
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18. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
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19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
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20. Chicago Bears: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, S, LSU
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22. St. Louis Rams: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
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24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
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25. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
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26. Green Bay Packers: Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DE, Florida State
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27. Houston Texans: Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal
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28. Denver Broncos: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
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29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
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30. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
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32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida
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2013 NFL Mock Draft

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The NFL Draft is around the corner. Here’s a look at my 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
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3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
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6. Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
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8. Buffalo Bills: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
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9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
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11. San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT/G, Alabama
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12. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
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13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
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14. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
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15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
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16. St. Louis Rams: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
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17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
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18. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
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19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
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20. Chicago Bears: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Elam, S, Florida
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22. St. Louis Rams: Eric Reid, S, LSU
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23. Minnesota Vikings: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
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24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
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25. Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
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26. Green Bay Packers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
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27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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28. Denver Broncos: Cornellius Carradine Carradine, DE, Florida State
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29. New England Patriots: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
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30. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
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32. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California
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Here’s my first look at the top ten picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The success of rookie quarterbacks in recent years will not be lost on the Chiefs. They were an embarrassment at the position with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. Smith has good size (6’3″, 214 lbs) and has been extremely successful. He has 97 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions over the past three years.
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is equally powerful as he is agile. Jacksonville ranked 30th in the league in run defense and had a league low 20 sacks. Lotulelei should help improve both areas.
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3. Oakland Raiders: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones had 13.5 sacks last year for the Bulldogs. Oakland ranked 31st in the league with just 25 sacks. He may be better suited for a 3-4 alignment, but he could serve as an edge rusher in a 4-3 as well, using his quickness to get to the quarterback.
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4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A & M
The Eagles allow too many sacks, giving up 43 sacks per season over the last three years. Nick Foles had some decent moments last year. The Eagles aren’t as bad as their record suggests. Grabbing a tackle that they can pencil in for the next decades makes sense for a good, young offense.
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5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Moore could make it back-to-back Aggies. He showed the versatility to play the Joker position in the Aggies’ 3-4 scheme and defensive end when they switched to the 4-3. Moore combined for 21 sacks over the past two year, and could be a menace playing outside of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
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6. Cleveland Browns: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner recorded 13 sacks last year and would be a nice complement to Jabaal Sheard, who has 15.5 sacks in two seasons. He should also bolster the Browns’ run defense.
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7. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.
The more immediate need is quarterback, but presently there doesn’t appear to be a QB worth taking this early. Plus, after allowing at least 50 sacks for three straight years, there is a serious need to upgrade the offensive line.
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8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not cutting it. Glennon has the size and arm strength to quarterback at the NFL level.
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9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Mingo has the makings of one of those freak athletes that shoots up the draft board. The Jets need to improve their pass rush and Mingo could be a tempting option.
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10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner fills an immediate need for the Titans. They ranked 26th against the pass and allowed 31 passing scores.
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