Draft Strategy

NFL Mock Draft #3

By Lenny Pappano 12:00am EDT 4/21/13

Some guys who do mock drafts try to project the player THEY would like a team to take. Not here. This is a mock draft that tries to project where a prospect will actually be drafted – based on analysis, news reports and good old fashioned speculation. Enjoy. 1. Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Rumor has it that the Chiefs are desperate to trade out of this spot. But, really, what prospect is any other team dying to get at #1 that they would give up additional picks for? Nada. So the Chiefs hold the pick and grab perhaps the safest player, and a need position. Joeckel has the athleticism, build and skill-set to excel in the NFL. Who knows if he’ll be a Pro Bowler, but the 2012 Outland Trophy winner comes with little downside – and dominated against SEC pass rushers this past season. 2. Jags – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida New Jags coach Gus Bradley spoke highly about OLB Dion Jordan at the Combine. Which is exactly why he won’t select him here. The Jags need to shore up their front 7, but look for them to draft a safer player than Jordan. Sharrif is a tested wide-body who is sturdy enough to clog running lanes, and nimble enough to split the gaps and get into the backfield. 3. Raiders – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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