I've been pretty silent on AP since my attempt at a controversial mock thread back in December. I had Tiny Hands Tyler Wilson going #1 overall. I also tried to stir up controversy with Collin Klein going in the 5th. Whoops!
But my predictions weren't all bad. I was calling Tayvon Austin a top 15 pick back in December before he was even slated to go in the first round. Now it is looking as if he could challenge Cordarrelle Patterson to be the top WR off the board. I was also quite high on E.J. Manuel, who at the time was slated to be around a 4th round pick. Now he might be the 3rd QB taken. But, hey, you win some you lose some.
If those predictions aren't enough for you, don't forget that I said back in pre-season that we should trade for Colin Kaepernick (but I also made some stupid suggestions there too). If that still isn't enough for you, look at some of my mocks last year. I predicted that Kevin Zietler would be off the board by #29 (ended up being picked 27th), I said Brandon Bolden was worth a 6th rounder, I was high on the relatively unknown Chris Greenwood out of Albion who is now pushing for the starting Lions corner spot. I'm not a draft guru, and yes I try to make exciting/controversial picks in order to spice things up, but I'm not devoid of football knowledge.
Anyway, back to the draft. During my hiatus, other than studying medicine furiously to get ready for my 3rd year of medical school, I've been silently pondering the NFL draft and what direction I would like to see the Chiefs take in a week's time. I have some ideas that I'm still holding onto from last time (still very high on Tayvon Austin, still not so high on Geno Smith), and some ideas I've given up on (Tebow clone, Collin Klein). So without further nonsense, here is my final mock draft before the 2013 NFL draft. Per usual, I'm not mocking any trades, and I will list other possibilities below each pick.
1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Am I pleased about this pick? Not really. I feel like this is a waste of a first overall pick. We had our bookend tackles locked up with Albert and Winston. Neither of them were perfect but I think they were doing fine. Now it is looking as if we will trade Albert to the Dolphins and we just cut Winston loose. Seems like we are just treading water here. But hopefully Joeckel can turn into a solid OT from the start. I believe he is smart, athletic, and a good balanced tackle. I honestly think that by this time next year we will not be talking about Johnny football being a top 10 pick. I think he was surrounded by more talent than people realized and he will experience a drop in production, much like Barkley's most recent campaign. Joeckel is a big reason for A&M's huge year, and he has the potential to be our starting LT for the next 10 years. But lets be honest, in today's NFL, we will be lucky to get 5 before he hits the open market.
If I had my way, we would trade out and acquire a first rounder next year. Just like everyone else, I'm down to play the Clowney game. And even if we can't mortgage our future for the best defensive lineman talent in the past 10 years, the QB crop next year is much stronger than this years.
Eric Fisher: I think both Joeckel and Fisher will end up being solid tackle prospects. Fisher might have the higher ceiling but I think that at this point Joeckel is the safer pick.
Dion Jordan: Jordan is an absolute beast with a ton of potential to grow. I really like him, but honestly, where would we play him?
Geno Smith: I still think that this is a possibility. I'm really not very high on Geno Smith (at one time I had him ranked as my #6 QB on the board). I've changed my opinion on him now, but I still don't like him as much as Barkley or Manuel. Even having said that, he does have the capability to be a solid professional quarterback. And if the Chiefs take him #1 overall next week, you certainly can't say it isn't an exciting pick.
3a. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
Thomas is an absolute beast and I had him around here in my last mock back in December. Luckily, he hasn't quite shot up the boards as I thought he would. It looks as if he will be taken in the 2-3 rounds so there is a possibility he might be on the board at this point. The convenient thing about what Dorsey has done this off-season is that he has addressed nearly every area of need through free agency. He is setting us up to be able to take the BPA, and at this point I think we get both a need and a want with Thomas in the 3rd. He will be a very solid safety for us and may be able to quickly take the spot away from Kendrick Lewis, who, while capable, is now the weak spot in our secondary.
Terron Armstead, OG/OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama
David Quessenberry, C/G, San Jose State
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Robert Woods, WR, USC
3b. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Oh boy, here we go. I know what you are thinking. But reflect again on what I said about being able to take BPA due to Dorsey's management of our roster via FA. Do we need Lattimore at this point? Absolutely not. I think Charles is one of the top 5 RB in the NFL right now, and I think Cyrus Gray has a ton of potential. The thing is, Lattimore might be the best RB in this draft. Think about this, there might not be any RBs taken in the first round. If Lattimore didn't have a history of injuries, he might be the only RB taken in the first round. Problem is, he probably would've been gone in the first round last year. Luckily for us he falls due to injury concerns and we snatch him up before someone else decides to take a chance on him. If he is here at 3b, we should really take him.
Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Mizzou
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
4. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Now this is just getting crazy! Dirty Laundry Jones!? Hear me out. Geno Smith will get taken early, probably top 5. Barkley will most likely be next off the board in the 15-25 range, and someone is going to trade into the late 1st to get E.J. Manuel. When that happens, all hell is going to break loose and there will be a mini run on QB's in the top of the 2nd. Nassib, Bray, Glennon, and Wilson will all come off in the 2nd to early 3rd (in roughly that order as well). As much as I would love to have one of them fall in our laps, I just don't see it happening. That leaves us with Dysert, Jones, Matt Scott (bleh), or Sean Renfree (great!... in round 6). Jones has a ton of experience and has all the physical tools to be a very good NFL quarterback. Yes, he is missing the "it" factor, but for a 4th round quarterback, you aren't going to find anyone better.
Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M
5. A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State
From here on, things in this draft get a little tricky. I mean, we don't really NEED anyone here. We certainly don't need another linebacker after thoroughly addressing that need through FA. But here's the thing, Dorsey seems to love to bring in competition for positions. I think he sees that open ILB spot as an open competition and he wants as many bodies vying for it as possible. I think he might bring in someone through the draft to do so. Klein is a solid pickup in the 5th if he's still here.
Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta State
6. Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
I love, and I mean love, small school skill position players. Guys who are good enough to really catch scout's eyes from these small schools seem to stick pretty well in the NFL when they can make a team. Taylor is no different. Coming from Richmond, he wasn't exactly playing big name talent, but he had solid stats as a senior and impressed at the East-West Shrine game.
Damian Square, DE/DT, Alabama
Marqise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
7. Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
We need depth on our OL. Right now things are a little up in the air with Albert's possible trade looming and the number 1 pick maybe filling his place. I know that this pick isn't exciting, but don't expect anything this late.
Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State
A.J. Francis, DT, Maryland
Jareed Gaines, CB, Stonehill