2013 NFL Mock Draft: The re-rise of Geno Smith

Andy Lyons

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

Early on in the college football season, when Geno Smith appeared to be a God among men throwing 8 TD passes in a game, he was seen as the sure fire #1 pick in the NFL draft. But then West Virginia faded and Geno was only throwing 3 and 4 TD passes a game and suddenly mock drafters all decided to move on.

However, as the pre-draft process has progressed no other QBs have really distinguished themselves and mockers seemed to remember that QB starved teams with high picks are probably going to be targeting a signal caller... and the best one in this draft is still probably Geno Smith. So we've certainly seen a shift in sentiment towards the Mountaineer in recent weeks.

Of course, that may not be at all reflective of where he's been on actual NFL draft boards, where he probably hasn't moved much and has likely been fairly high on teams' lists throughout this process.

Related: 2013 NFL Mock Draft database

Turning to the Eagles, Geno Smith is not in the cards in our latest SBNation mock draft, nor is the most popular pick for them, Luke Joeckel. This time around, our mockers have the Birds grabbing OT Eric Fisher from Central Michigan.

Fisher's rise up NFL Draft boards is one of the bigger stories of the offseason. Once a fringe first-round pick, Fisher is now firmly entrenched inside the top 10. The Eagles gave up Demetress Bell last week and it may not be wise to rely on Jason Peters coming back healthy. Fisher fits Chip Kelly's offense, which requires offensive linemen to have good stamina and movement skills.

For full analysis of each pick, check out Mocking The Draft.

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