Now that the college football season is over and all but four NFL teams are enjoying the offseason, we can start to look ahead to April's draft. Quarterback is always the most popular position in the draft, but with a lack of quarterback depth this year, teams can be expected to primarily address other needs in the first round, except the desperate (looking at you, Chiefs, Cardinals and Bills).
With full knowledge that this will be laughably dated in no more than two weeks, here’s our first 2013 NFL mock draft:
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Chiefs clearly need a quarterback. Is Smith worthy of being the top overall pick? Probably not, but Kansas City may not be able to resist. Can Andy Reid go two-for-two with Big East passers at the top of the draft?
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Jaguars could probably use a quarterback too, but they just used a top-10 pick on Blaine Gabbert two years ago. Jacksonville has a new general manager, so it's possible they could look for a new passer. With needs pretty much everywhere, though, why not take the best player available?
3. Oakland Raiders
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
The Raiders' defense was awful in basically every phase this year. Jones will help a pass rush that generated the second-fewest sacks in the NFL this season. Other teams might be scared off by Jones' spinal stenosis diagnosis, but the Raiders aren't scared of much, which might end up being scary for Jones.
4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
This would be a great scenario for the Eagles. If Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans can all return from injury in 2013, adding Joeckel could give Philadelphia one of the NFL's best lines.
5. Detroit Lions
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
With Kyle Vanden Bosch likely on the way out, the Lions need to find a replacement pass rusher. That shouldn't be too hard, given Vanden Bosch’s 3.5 sacks this season. The German-born Werner should prove to be an immediate upgrade as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper.
6. Cleveland Browns
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns' defense was pretty respectable this season, but with most of the depth early in the draft on the defensive side of the ball, expect them to pick the best player available. Moore played as both a 3-4 rush linebacker and 4-3 end in college and learned from one of the best in Von Miller, maybe the Defensive Player of the Year.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Cardinals used four quarterbacks this season because of injury and incompetence, so it's likely they'll have no choice but to add a quarterback here. Wilson, a two-year starter at Arkansas, will have a lot of fun as a rookie behind Arizona's offensive line, just as Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have.
8. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Bills general manager Buddy Nix said he was going to draft a franchise quarterback. He at least got the quarterback part right, as Nassib does indeed play the position. This pick will probably depend on how much new coach Doug Marrone believes in his former college quarterback.
9. New York Jets
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Jets obviously could use a quarterback too, but it didn’t work out so well last time they reached for a quarterback in the top 10. The team's defense isn't what it was a couple years ago and could use a pass rusher like Mingo, who compares to DeMarcus Ware. Also, his name sounds like something out of this Key & Peele skit, which might be part of the Jets' draft philosophy for all I know.
10. Tennessee Titans
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Chris Johnson's early-season struggles had a lot to do with an offensive line that couldn't push a grocery cart. Warmack will make an immediate impact in the interior, where Tennessee could certainly use the help.
11. San Diego Chargers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher may have been the second-best tackle in the draft even before Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews decided to return to school. The Chargers definitely need help at the tackles, so Fisher should be the easy pick here. At 6-8 and 305 pounds, he's so big that he may be able to block out the dumb decisions Philip Rivers likes to make.
12. Miami Dolphins
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Jordan is a big man - 6-7. A converted tight end, he played as both a defensive end and linebacker at Oregon, which will likely be the case in the NFL. The Dolphins' defense was fairly stout in 2012, but could use a threat like Jordan. This is a pick on potential.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama
With the worst pass defense in the NFL this season, the Buccaneers can use all the help they can get in the secondary. The 6-1 Milliner is the top-rated cornerback in the draft, so it's a fit all around.
14. Carolina Panthers
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Panthers' numbers against the run this season don't look overly poor, but they are somewhat misleading thanks to a late-season surge. Though Williams played in the 3-4 at Alabama while Carolina plays a 4-3, he should be able to anchor the line for years to come.
15. New Orleans Saints
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Saints could start basically anywhere on defense. Why not in the middle of the line? For a rush defense that allowed a league-worst 147.6 yards per game in 2012, Richardson can provide run help as well as pressure the quarterback.
16. St. Louis Rams
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Johnson might be a bit of a reach here, but the Rams desperately need offensive line help. A converted tight end via quarterback, he might be St. Louis' best bet to help protect Sam Bradford.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Te'o will likely fall after his performance in the BCS Championship, and it's fitting that he'd go to the Steelers, who need to begin turning over their linebacker corps. A perfect fit if he drops this far.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
With the hiring of Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator, the Cowboys will likely return to a 4-3. Hankins would be an ideal candidate for nose tackle in the 3-4, but he'll be no less effective as a three-technique tackle.
19. New York Giants
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Giants love drafting defensive linemen. Since they'll likely lose at least Osi Umenyiora in the offseason, Ansah fits New York's mold. Think Jason Pierre-Paul.
20. Chicago Bears
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Bears really need an offensive lineman, but there likely aren't any worth drafting here. With Brian Urlacher likely to leave as a free agent, Ogletree could step right in as his replacement.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Bengals could use a linebacker, but they could also use a pass rusher to complement Geno Atkins. Montgomery has upside there and is already a good run defender.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
In addition to some protection up front, Sam Bradford could use someone to throw the ball to besides Danny Amendola. The 6-3 Patterson is plenty big enough for even Bradford to hit with a pass.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Keenan Allen, WR, California
Percy Harvin was definitely missed by the Vikings after suffering a season-ending injury midway through the year. Assuming he's back and healthy next year, pairing with Allen would help Christian Ponder and perhaps make it that Adrian Peterson only has to do mostly everything.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia Tech
Remember Winston Justice? He started 12 games for the Colts this season. They need an offensive tackle, and Aboushi has the potential to be a very good one with some coaching.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Sidney Rice is good but often injured and Golden Tate is best known for a catch he didn't make, so the Seahawks should get some help for Russell Wilson. Williams is 6-2 and a legitimate deep threat, earning comparisons to Torrey Smith.
26. Green Bay Packers
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
Jeff Saturday wasn't very good for the Packers, which could be said of the entire line. Jones is a safe pick here and probably could play guard as well as center in the NFL.
27. Houston Texans
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Matt Schaub had Andre Johnson and not much else to throw to this season. Adding a 6-6 target in Eifert should help take the load of Schaub, Johnson and the Texans' running game.
28. Denver Broncos
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
You saw the tying play at the end of regulation in the Broncos' loss to the Ravens, right? Safe to say they need some secondary help. Even the great Champ Bailey can't keep at it forever. Banks is tall (6-2) and a good tackler.
29. Baltimore Ravens
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Not that it matters much if the opponents choose not to play defense, but the Ravens could use another threat opposite Smith. Hopkins is their guy.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The 49ers don't look like they need much at this point. Every team could use a run-stuffing tackle though, and the massive Floyd fits the bill perfectly for an already dominant San Francisco defense.
31. New England Patriots
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Patriots were 29th in the league in passing yards allowed and need a lot of help back here. Vaccaro is a good place to start.
32. Atlanta Falcons
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Falcons' defense has done a lot of bending but not too much breaking in 2012. Short is huge (6-3, 315 lbs.) and should help improve a rushing defense that allowed 123.2 yards per game.