With the NFL Draft within a month from now, I'm trying my hand at mocking this first round.
1. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Joeckel (OT - Texas A&M)
With the Chiefs actively shopping LT Branden Albert, there will be a need for a new offensive tackle. Here the Chiefs will take the pick that's been assumed since Alex Smith arrived in Kansas City.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ezekiel Ansah (DE - BYU)
Rumors are circulating that the Jags are the favorites to acquire Seattle's backup QB Matt Flynn before the draft. If this happens, the Jags would not be wise to draft Geno Smith at #2. This is where they will decide to build up the pass rush that has struggled for quite some time now.
3. Oakland Raiders- Star Lotulelei (DT - Utah)
There are many options for the Oakland Raiders at this point. Geno Smith seems to be a favorite, but there isn't too much that Smith has that Terrelle Pryor doesn't. I don't see the Raiders using a 1st round pick on a QB that isn't Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan at this point, considering Pryor. With the Raiders just cutting Tommy Kelly, it'll be time for a new defensive tackle.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Eric Fisher (OT - Central Michigan)
The Eagles still do not have the offensive line that they want. With Jason Peters's future not seeming bright for much longer, it's time to draft a franchise LT.
5. Detroit Lions- Dee Milliner (CB - Alabama)
The Lions lost defensive end Cliff Avril to the Seattle Seahawks in free agency; however, the Lions still need a better secondary, which has haunted them for some time now. There are more pass rushers to take later in the draft, but Milliner is here now.
6. Cleveland Browns- Dion Jordan (OLB - Oregon)
The Browns upgraded their pass rush with Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, but still need to improve. Many Browns fans are calling for another pass rusher with the #6 pick. When running a 3-4, you can always use more pass rushers, allowing for more flexibility.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Chance Warmack (OG - Alabama)
The Cardinals are in need of an improved offensive line. After passing up on David DeCastro in 2012, I can't see them passing up on the best guard in the draft, especially since the two best tackles are gone.
8. Buffalo Bills- Ryan Nassib (QB - Syracuse)
Surprise pick #1 of the draft. The Syracuse QB will reunite with his college head coach in the NFL after having a strong Pro Day. He may not be the best QB in this draft, but he is obviously comfortable playing for Doug Marrone.
9. New York Jets- Geno Smith (QB - WVU)
Rex Ryan is stuck between a rock and hard place now. He either has to abandon Mark Sanchez or lose his job. There is one way to escape this fate, and that is to win in 2013. Mark Sanchez is obviously not the answer at QB, and the Jets will not be able to pass up Smith #9.
10. Tennessee Titans- Jonathan Cooper (OG - UNC)
With Warmack off the board, the Titans will have no other choice but to grab the versatile offensive guard that they have been showing much interest in to fortify the pocket for Jake Locker and Chris Johnson.
11. San Diego Chargers- Lane Johnson (OT - Oklahoma)
With the recent release of Jared Gaither, the Chargers are showing that they are want to upgrade the offensive tackle position. with Joeckel and Fisher gone, this is a no-brainer.
12. Miami Dolphins- Desmond Trufant (CB - Washington)
With the departure of Sean Smith to Kansas City, the Dolphins need to continue to improve on a pretty good offseason. They will do so by grabbing another starting cornerback.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Sharrif Floyd (DT - Florida)
The Buccaneers have had a very strong offseason thus far. Look for them to upgrade the defensive line with a very impressive tackle from Florida.
14. Carolina Panthers- Tavon Austin (WR - WVU)
Because offensive tackle Jordan Gross has restructured his contract, the Panthers do not need to grab an offensive line at 14. They will either take a wide receiver to help Cam Newton or take a defensive tackle.
15. New Orleans Saints- Kenny Vaccaro (Safety - Texas)
The Saints are looking to improve their secondary under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They could look for a new outside linebacker, but many fans believe that there is no way that they pass up a safety.
16. St. Louis Rams- Cordarrelle Patterson (WR - UT)
Patterson is a raw and freakishly athletic wide receiver. He is not the best route runner but has big play ability. Jeff Fisher will take Patterson here to help Sam Bradford out with the departure of Amendola.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Xavier Rhodes (CB - FSU)
The Steelers need to improve. With the loss of Mike Wallace, they need to improve the receiving corps, but with Tavon Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson off the board, look for the Steelers to take another corner to fix the secondary.
18. Dallas Cowboys- Sheldon Richardson (DT - Missouri)
Jay Ratliff has too many injury issues can cannot be trusted. Time for the Cowboys to fix that problem here with Sheldon Richardson.
19. New York Giants- Alec Ogletree (ILB - UGA)
The Giants need help with their linebacking corps, which has not been elite for a quite some time. They will definitely improve the middle of the field with the addition of Ogletree.
20. Chicago Bears- Arthur Brown (LB - KSU)
The Bears lost Nick Roach and have let Brian Urlacher go. They are moving on to a younger offensive line. The Bears will take Dan Kadar's #1 middle linebacker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- D.J. Fluker (OT - Alabama)
Another 'Bama offensive lineman goes off the board. The Bengals have an open spot for an offensive tackle, so don't be surprised to see them take an offensive tackle here.
22. St. Louis Rams- Johnathan Cyprien (Safety - FIU)
Jeff Fisher needs another safety. The Rams reportedly are interested in Cyprien, as many consider him the best safety in the draft.
23. Minnesota Vikings- Manti Te'o (ILB - ND)
The jury is out if Te'o has first round talent after the National Championship beatdown; nevertheless, he had a pretty good Pro Day, and the Vikings could use an inside linebacker. Considering that they have two first rounders, they can risk taking Te'o here.
24. Indianapolis Colts- Keenan Allen (WR - Cal)
With Reggie Wayne only getting older and Darius Heyward-Bey having left Indy without a contract, they will need to look for a new receiver. Here goes Keenan Allen from California.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Quinton Patton (WR - LA Tech)
The Vikings need to improve the passing game even more. Greg Jennings will be a great addition, but they need another good receiver to accompany him. Here is Ponder's new man.
26. Green Bay Packers- Eddie Lacy (RB - Alabama)
Eddie Lacy is a beast. The Packers have a pretty strong offense but need to add another receiver and a running back. You really can't go wrong with this guy at #26.
27. Houston Texans- Terrance Williams (WR - Baylor)
Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger, and Kevin Walter is gone.The Texans will look to upgrade their offense. Williams will be a good new receiver for Schaub.
28. Denver Broncos- Bjoern Werner (DE - FSU)
With Elvis Dumervil now with the Ravens, the Broncos just have a few spots that need to be solidified for them to be astounding. Bjoern will be a great pick.
29. New England Patriots- Matt Elam (Safety - Florida)
The Patriots need to aid the secondary, and Matt Elam would be an excellent pick for them to do so.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Eifert (TE - ND)
Eifert is Mike Mayock's favorite tight end in the draft and looks really good. Tony Gonzalez likely only has one more season left in the tank, so the Falcons should take Eifert here and deal with having two really good tight ends in 2013 before the future Hall of Famer retires.
31. San Francisco 49ers- Jesse Williams (DL - Alabama)
The 49ers need another defensive lineman. Their lack of depth really hurt them and there is not safety worth taking at this spot. The 340 pound lineman from Alabama will really help the team.
32. The Baltimore Ravens- Kevin Minter (ILB - LSU)
The Ravens need a new inside linebacker to replace the retired Ray Lewis. Look for the Ravens to take this linebacker that NFL.com compares to Takeo Spikes.