Apr 252013

NFLDraftSo it’s the 11th hour before the draft, and I thought this would be a good time to come out of hibernation and post some predictions for the first round of the NFL Draft, which will be taking place tonight. I should preface with the fact that I am not good at picking drafts, and this year’s draft in particular is wide open. It’s a “meat and potatoes” draft if there ever was one, without sexy picks at quarterback and running back. yet I am certain that will not stops some team (read: Bills or Jets) from going after a quarterback in the first round and blowing up my draft board.

This set of picks also assumes that teams pick in their assigned slots, which is highly unlikely. Look for at least four trades in the first round tonight to add to the chaos. But if nothing else, this will be a highly unpredictable and rather exciting first round. One final note… my pick for the Patriots is entirely an emotional one… I have never accurately guessed a Belichick first round pick!

First Round:

1. Kansas City Chiefs – T Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – T Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
3. Oakland Raiders – DL Shariff Floyd, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles – DL Dion Jordan, Oregon
5. Detroit Lions – T Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
6. Cleveland Browns – DL Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
7. Arizona Cardinals – G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
8. Buffalo Bills – G Chance Warmack, Alabama
9. New York Jets – DL Barkevious Mingo, LSU
10. Tennessee Titans – DL Star Lotulelei, Utah
11. San Diego Chargers – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
12. Miami Dolphins – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
13. New York Jets – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
14. Carolina Panthers – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
15. New Orleans Saints – DL Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
16. St. Louis Rams – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Keenan Allen, California
18. Dallas Cowboys – S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
19. New York Giants – T DJ Fluker, Alabama
20. Chicago Bears – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati Bengals – S Eric Reid, LSU
22. St. Louis Rams – LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
23. Minnesota Vikings – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
24. Indianapolis Colts – DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
25. Minnesota Vikings – DL Bjoern Werner, Florida State
26. Green Bay Packers – DL John Jenkins, Georgia
27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, USC
28. Denver Broncos – DL Tank Carradine, Florida State
29. New England Patriots – DL Margus Hunt, SMU
30. Atlanta Falcons – DL Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
31. San Francisco 49ers – DL Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
32. Baltimore Ravens – S John Cyprien, Florida International

Ghost Rat

Football fan and longtime follower of the New England Patriots. Happily married father, professional, and author.

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