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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith still in the mix at #1?


I had originally planned for this weekend to be nothing but free agency rumors flying everywhere... but the NFL's "negotiation period" has turned out to be a bust in terms of being anything fans should care about.. So, as we've been doing for a while now, we continue to look ahead to the draft.

Mike Tanier, who previously wrote for Football Outsiders and now for USA Today's Sports On Earth, (and an Eagles fan) released his love it/hate it mock draft in which he describes why fans of each team should love and or hate each of his picks.

Interestingly, he has the Chiefs taking QB Geno Smith #1 overall even after the Alex Smith trade. There's some sense in it because it would allow Reid to sit Smith behind a veteran and develop him, much like he did with Donovan McNabb. Still, I think he paid too much for Smith for him to be just a stop gap until Geno Smith is ready in a year.

Plus, given Reid's kind of odd spending so far, it seems like he's trying to win in the short term.

For the Eagles, he's got Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher.

Chip Kelly opted out of this year's unimpressive quarterback class so he can rebuild the Eagles offensive infrastructure. Fisher can replace Jason Peters eventually (or immediately, if Peters' injury problems persist), and he can start on the right side as a rookie, allowing Todd Herremans to move back inside and quell an emergency at guard. Fisher can help Kelly take the Eagles' signature play of 2011-12 out of the playbook: Michael Vick dropping back, sprinting away from a rush straight up the middle, throwing an errant pass and getting injured.

For a full analysis of each pick, check out Sports on Earth.

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

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