2013 NFL Mock Draft: A surprise name in the top 5


Check out our 2013 Eagles mock draft central for more opinions on who could be the #4 pick in April.

We will often chat about the merits of media draft pundits and the validity of mock drafts. Often times, they're being done by people that really don't know any more than you or me and are just for entertainment purposes only.

However, there are certain guys who cover the draft that really know what they're doing. One such guy is Daniel Jeremiah, who writes for NFL.com and made his bones as an NFL scout for the Browns, Ravens and most recently... the Philadelphia Eagles.

So if there is one person in the media that's truly familiar with what Howie Roseman is looking for, it's his former employee Daniel Jeremiah. Plus, I enjoy his mocks because he's not just copy and pasting and following the general wisdom as so many of these do. There is a real variety of names in here and unfamiliar picks.

For the Eagles, he's got Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

"The Eagles are focused on getting bigger on defense as they adjust their scheme with a new coaching staff," wrote Jeremiah. "Lotulelei would form an excellent tandem with last year's first-round pick, Fletcher Cox."

Related: Our full 2013 mock draft collection

Here's Jeremiah's full 2013 mock. For analysis of each pick, check out NFL.com.

Pick Team Player
1 Kansas City Chiefs Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5 Detroit Lions Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
6 Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7 Arizona Cardinals Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
8 Buffalo Bills Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
12 Miami Dolphins Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
14 Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 New Orleans Saints Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
16 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
18 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
19 New York Giants Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
20 Chicago Bears Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
21 Cincinnati Bengals Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
22 St. Louis Rams (from WAS) Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
23 Minnesota Vikings DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
24 Indianapolis Colts Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
25 Seattle Seahawks Keenan Allen, WR, California
26 Green Bay Packers Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
27 Houston Texans Eric Reid, S, LSU
28 Denver Broncos Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
29 New England Patriots Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
30 Atlanta Falcons Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31 San Francisco 49ers Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
32 Baltimore Ravens Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
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