|04.25.13 at 8:52 pm ET|
The Lions took a big gamble with the fifth overall pick, selecting pass-rushing project Ezekial Ansah out of BYU.
Ansah, who comes from Ghana, is a very raw and athletic prospect. He has only been playing football since 2010 after not making the basketball team. His production was limited in his first two seasons (just 10 tackles), but he had 4.5 sacks in 13 games last season.
|04.25.13 at 8:44 pm ET|
Three offensive tackles went in the first four picks Thursday night as the Eagles chose Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson with the first pick of the Chip Kelly era.
The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Johnson is a raw and athletic prospect who has been compared to current Patriots left tackle Nate Solder. Johnson played quarterback in high school and tight end in college before moving to left tackle.
|04.25.13 at 8:39 pm ET|
The Raiders were the first team to trade down on Thursday night, with the Dolphins moving up from No. 12 to No. 3 to select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
Jordan projects to be a premier pass-rusher and has impressive measurables at 6-foot-6 2/8 and 248 pounds with a 4.60 second 40-yard dash. He could stand to bulk up, but he should give Tom Brady fits in the AFC East.
|04.25.13 at 8:28 pm ET|
The Jaguars scooped up the man many believed would go first overall in the pre-draft process, drafting Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel after Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher went first overall to Kansas City.
Joeckel is the second offensive tackle the Jaguars have taken in the top 10 in the last four years, as they drafted Virginia’s Eugene Monroe eighth overall in 2009. Monroe was the team’s starting left tackle last season, but he can be moved to right tackle while Joeckel man’s Blaine Gabbert’s blindside.
|04.25.13 at 8:19 pm ET|
The Chiefs chose Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft Thursday night, confirming week-long speculation that they would take Fisher over Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel.
Joeckel was long believed to be the first player chosen, but he and Fisher, who stands at 6-foot-7 2/8 to Joeckel’s 6-foot-6, were neck and neck throughout the pre-draft process.
The selection of Fisher gives the Chiefs a left tackle of the future, as the team franchised current starter Branden Albert this offseason. Albert could potentially be moved to the right side, or they could trade him, with the latter appearing to be the more likely scenario.
|04.25.13 at 1:42 pm ET|
The 2013 NFL draft generally is considered to lack the talent of the past few years, and that could lead to more teams offering up their picks for future selections. It also could lead to teams looking to find talent that already is in the league and might be available in a trade.
Enter Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. The former Arkansas star has had two years learning under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and with the lack of elite quarterbacks in this year’s draft, he is an appealing option (as WEEI.com’s Chris Price covered here last month).
According to multiple reports Thursday, the Patriots have received numerous calls about Mallet’s availability. New England picked up Mallett in the third round in 2011 and reportedly wouldn’t take less than a second-rounder for him.
According to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe, one team that might have interest is the Browns. New general manager Mike Lombardi raved about Mallett when Lombardi worked for NFL Network, and Lombardi’s son, Mick, was a coaching/scouting assistant with the Patriots and got a first-hand look at Mallett in practices.
(The Browns also reportedly are considering trading up from No. 6 in an effort to land West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.)
The other quarterback on the Patriots roster is Mike Kafka, although the team reportedly has been heavily scouting QBs in this year’s draft.
In 2012, Mallet completed 1-of-4 passes for 17 yards and was intercepted once.
‘¢ The 22nd overall pick that the Rams received from the Redskins last year is said to be for sale. ESPN’s Adam Schefter made the Rams’ intentions clear on Twitter.
The team also has the 16th overall pick and likely would attempt to trade down to obtain more picks. Last season, coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead had a good draft, picking up Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, among others.
‘¢ ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Vikings “would like to find a way to take Manti Te’o” in the first round. The Notre Dame linebacker’s future is uncertain following his fake-girlfriend issue and his disappointing in the national championship game.
|04.25.13 at 8:07 am ET|
Draft day finally is upon us. Though I still long for the olden days of all-day Saturday, all-day Sunday action, it’s still the best time of the year — even if we have to wait until prime time.
Before we get to the good stuff, I just want to point out that this is my eighth year of doing mock drafts, and it has by far been the most challenging year, for quite a few reasons.
First of all, it’s just a weak class. There are four great offensive linemen in tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, and guards Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper. After that, there are some good pass-rushers and two or three plus corners, but the star power in this class is highly lacking. For that reason, when mocking these picks, I found myself frequently coming to spots where the team would want to trade down, but who would want to trade up?
The uncertainty at the quarterback position also makes things tough to predict. There are teams that need quarterbacks, but do they like Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib enough to spend first-rounders on them? The aforementioned lack of star power in this draft applies to signal-callers especially. The guess here is that Smith goes somewhere in the top six picks — to either the Eagles, Browns or a team that trades up — and the Bills make their pick at No. 8 and later move back into the first round to grab Nassib.
Typically, good mock drafts get six picks right, while great ones get 8-10 picks right. The bar should be lowered for this one.
1. Chiefs (2-14) — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Deciding between Joeckel and Fisher might be a closer call than many think.
2. Jaguars (2-14) — Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Jordan will help a defense that finished last in the league with 20 sacks last season.
3. Raiders (4-12) — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The safest pick they could make, but remember, Robert Gallery once was considered safe.
4. Eagles (4-12) — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel still is arguably the best player in the draft. This would be quite the steal.
5. Lions (4-12) — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
A true No. 1 corner to team with the re-signed Chris Houston.
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