NFL.com's senior analyst Gil Brandt joined the 2013 Mock Draft season yesterday, publishing his first projection of the NFL's annual selection meeting. Like Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft, who's mock we looked at yesterday, Brandt is bucking the trend of the Dolphins selecting a wide receiver in the first round, instead using their twelfth overall pick to address needs on the defensive side of the ball.
Brandt's 2013 Mock Draft has the Kansas City Chiefs picking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall selection. After that the Jacksonville Jaguars pick Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, the Oakland Raider select quarterback Geno Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles add Alabama guard Chance Warmack, and the Detroit Lions pick Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner to round out the top five selections.
Between the fifth and twelfth spot, the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, the Arizona Cardinals select USC quarterback Matt Barkley, the Buffalo Bills pick Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree, the New York Jets add Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, the Tennessee Titans take Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, and the San Diego Chargers select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
Which brings us to the Miami selection of BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. This is the earliest I have seen Ansah picked in mock drafts so far this offseason, with the Cougar usually going late in the first round or early in the second. However, with Werner, Jones, and Jordan all being selected just ahead of the Dolphins' pick, it could be a combination of looking for the best player to fit a need, as well as the Dolphins falling into the run of pass rushers that seems to happen early in Brandt's mock.
About the pick, Brandt writes, "The upside on Ansah? That he turns into the next Jason Pierre-Paul."
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