Pro Football Talk is known for bringing a "unique" spin to NFL news. They have since gone corporate, after being acquired by NBC Sports, but their perspective really has not changed. That's why when checking out their first official mock draft for 2013, you will notice what will probably be considered "outlandish" picks.
That being said, new mock drafts are always interesting and they are tough to put together (especially 7 round ones), so when a rather high-profile website makes their picks, it is likely worth the head-shaking that coincides. The first PFT mock of the year features several surprising picks, starting off with our old buddy, Andy Reid, trolling half the Eagles fanbase by picking Oregon's Dion Jordan number one for the Chiefs. Also, you will notice a somewhat new name for the #BirdGang themselves, with Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson getting picked at 4.
Other noticeable surprises include: Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant rounding out the top 5 to Detroit and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei dropping out of the top 10. Also noteworthy is the fact that Geno Smith falls to Minnesota, who takes him just two years after drafting Christian Ponder, despite him helping the team get to the playoffs this year. If you are curious about the rest of the gang, look no further:
|2||Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|11||Chargers||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|13||Buccaneers||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|23||Vikings||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|25||Vikings||Manti Te'o||ILB||Notre Dame|
|26||Packers||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
Obviously, Mike Florio is not a draft expert, nor does he claim to be, but he certainly does deserves credit for creativity. If the first round turned out this way, would you be happy with Richardson? Among the vast majority of football fans, he seems to be the ignored defensive tackle of the top 3 talents (Star, Floyd). If you are unfamiliar with him, take a look at a few of his performances this season (remind you of anyone?):