SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has posted their second 2013 NFL Mock Draft of the week, this time with Dan Kadar authoring the projection. Kadar spent the past week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine, watching the draft hopefuls run around the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium. After getting a first hand look at the players, here's Kadar's prediction of the first round.
Kadar keeps the current favorite for the top pick, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, going to the Kansas City Chiefs with the first overall selection. The second pick then send West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to the Jacksonville Jaguars, a pick that seems to be gathering steam lately.
With the Oakland Raiders on the clock third, Kadar sees Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd heading west to the Oakland Raiders, with the Philadelphia Eagles bringing Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan east. The Detroit Lions round out the top five with Alabama's cornerback Dee Milliner.
Despite no wide receivers being selected before the Miami Dolphins' pick with the 12th overall selection, Kadar joins the growing swell of mock drafts that have the Dolphins addressing the defense. Kadar projects the Dolphins to pick Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Writing about the pick, Kadar states:
"At 6'2 and running a 4.42 40, Rhodes just looks like a Miami cornerback. With Sean Smith possibly on his way out, the Dolphins' need for a quality cornerback is high and Rhodes is a solid value. We've often associated the Dolphins with a wide receiver, but there are cracks in each of the top players at the position."
By the end of the first round, Kadar only sees to wide outs selected, Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson going to the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd pick and Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins headed to the New England Patriots with the 29th selection.
That would be great news for the Dolphins, who could be looking to use one of their second round picks on a wide out.
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