2013 NFL mock draft: Defensive tackles dominate round 1

Ed Zurga

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

Our pals at Mocking The Draft put out a new mock draft today and for the first time since probably December... I can say that we're seeing an almost entirely new name being mocked to the Eagles. DT Sheldon Richardon from Missouri.

With the switch to a 3-4, the Philadelphia Eagles have begun to clean house at the defensive tackle position. Last year's first round pick Fletcher Cox projects as a solid fit in the 3-4 scheme, but the Eagles could look to add another end across from him. Sheldon Richardson's quickness and non-stop motor will make him a solid fit for the team's defensive scheme

There's no question that defense tackle (or 3-4 DE) will be high on the Eagles shopping list this offseason. With the release of veterans Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, it's a pretty thin group.

Richardson is certainly not an out of left field pick and is a guy that many believe is a legit top 5 prospect. Last month, former scout and current NFL.com draft guru Bucky Brooks said he rated Richardson above Star Lotulelei.

"Richardson...is an absolute beast," said Brooks. "You don't find a 3 technique that leads your team in tackles like this... You see his ability not only as a pass rusher, but a dominant run defender. He can play the 3 technique, he can play the 1, he can do everything that you want to see from a DT. I think he's a better player than Star Lotulelei."

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

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