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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Surprises from top to bottom

Pro Football Talk is known for adding a bit of their own spice to NFL coverage and they do not stop their signature intriguing outlook on mock drafts.

"If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it..."
"If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it..."

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:

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Chiefs Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
2 Jaguars Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
3 Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Eagles Sheldon Richardson DT/DE Missouri
5 Lions Desmond Trufant CB Washington
6 Browns Ziggy Ansah DE/OLB BYU
7 Cardinals Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU
8 Bills Matt Barkley QB USC
9 Jets Dee Milliner CB Alabama
10 Titans Chance Warmack OG Alabama
11 Chargers Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
12 Dolphins Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
13 Buccaneers Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
14 Panthers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
15 Saints Keenan Allen WR California
16 Rams Jon Cooper OG UNC
17 Steelers Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
18 Cowboys Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
19 Giants Bjoern Werner DE FSU
20 Bears Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
21 Bengals Sylvester Williams DT UNC
22 Rams D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
23 Vikings Geno Smith QB West Virginia
24 Colts Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
25 Vikings Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
26 Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27 Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Broncos Matt Elam S Florida
29 Patriots Xavier Rhodes CB/S FSU
30 Falcons Tank Carradine DE FSU
31 49ers John Jenkins NT Georgia
32 Ravens Kyle Long OT/OG Oregon

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?):

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