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Friends,

I haven't seen a thread like this posted yet, so I thought I would take it upon myself to start one and see if there is interest. As we get closer and closer to this year's NFL Draft, mock drafts and "who will we / should we pick" discussions are at the foremost of Bears fans thoughts. I've seen many of you chime in at various points providing opinions, but I thought it would be good to have one place for WCG members to post your Mock Drafts for Round 1 of this year's draft. If there is good interest and discussion, I may post a new one each week leading up to the draft, including a final one the Monday before the draft. I think it would be fun to not only discuss each other's mocks, but to vote on them (via "rec") and see whose mocks people agree with the most. Lastly, it would also be neat to see which of us comes closest to the actual NFL draft.

To that end, there are a couple of ways to do this:

1) You can do it the old fashioned way, and post your entire Round 1 mock in the comments. Lots of typing, really messy, makes for a real long comment thread.

2) Go to the ESPN 2013 Draft Machine by using this link:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2013/features/draftmachine/index

This will allow you to complete a mock draft, hit SUBMIT, and then COPY the URL for pasting into the comments. The rest of us can then click your link and view your mock.

As with all mock drafts, the only rule when doing your mock is NO TRADES. That's the beauty of using the ESPN link, is there's no way to actually do one. I'll say it again, since some folks seem to miss this fact in other mock draft threads. These mocks are to be done with NO TRADES. That means leaving out comments below saying "We should trade down here." If I had a way to add HTML code to have a tack hammer come out of a computer screen and smack someone making a "trade down" comment, I'd put it in there. Just sayin'

I'll start this out with my link below, but I'll also do a write-up of my thought process. Feel free to comment on mine and share your opinions. And, of course, post your own mocks below since that's really the point here anyway. :)

MY MOCK: MDC's Round 1 Mock Draft v1.0

[1] Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - I think the Chiefs are locked into taking a franchise Left Tackle. By the time my final version is done, I may have Eric Fisher here. He's been discussed as perhaps being the better of the two, although they are close. For now, I'm sticking with Luke.

[2] Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Lot's of experts are mocking Dion Jordan to Jacksonville, but I'm not buying. There seems to be a lot of interest in Geno Smith from Jacksonville. Their new weapon Justin Blackmon needs someone competent to get him the ball, and Blaine Gabbert isn't it.

[3] Oakland Raiders: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon - Sharrif Floyd is a popular pick here, but with Dion on the board, I don't see how Oakland can pass him up. He's a great fit for their 3-4 defense, and an explosive pass rusher, which is something this team has been lacking.

[4] Philadelphia Eagles: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU - The Eagles are switching to a 3-4 defense and need to add a pass rushing OLB to compliment last years DT selection Fletcher Cox. Barkevious Mingo seems a great fit to add athleticism from the outside. Also, he has an awesome name. Reminds me of this little gem of a video.

[5] Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young - I realize a lot of people expect them to go with Eric Fisher here, as their O-Line does need help after Jeff Backus retired. However they also lost BOTH of their starting Defensive Ends in Kyle Vanden Bosh and Cliff Avril. As a result, I see them taking the most athletic Defensive End they can get their hands on, and they will like Ansah's upside.

[6] Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama - There's a lot of directions the Browns could go here, but this seems to be a consensus favorite and I tend to agree. Perhaps the best athlete in the draft, Milliner would be a fantastic corner opposite Haden.

[7] Arizona Cardinals: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - Arizona's O-Line is pretty brutal, so I see them taking the best OT available, which in this mock is Eric Fisher. Arian's system also requires better pass protection so this seems like a necessary upgrade.

[8] Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse - OK, here it is. The first real reach of my mock. With Geno Smith off the board, and the Bills head coach having coached Nassib at Syracuse this year, I really feel like this is the guy they want. I just don't see them taking a chance that he gets selected before their pick in the 2nd round, so they go all-in right here. Additionally, I've read several evaluators articles (include Greg Cosell's) that feel Nassib may be the best QB prospect in the draft based on film.

[9] New York Jets: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida - The Jets lost their Nose Tackle to Free Agency so I see them making a move to pick up Floyd here, and being happy he fell this far to them. I also see the New York newspapers printing headlines like "There's a new Sharrif in town" the day after the draft.

[10] Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - Everyone and their grandmother is mocking Chance Warmack to the Titans but I've never bought it. I don't think NFL teams value Guards this highly, not to mention they did sign LeVitre to a nice contract in Free Agency, upgrading their Guard position already. Also, have you watched these guys play? Their defensive line is pretty brutal. I see them taking Star here and hoping for some success next to Cameron Wimbley.

[11] San Diego Chargers: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - The Chargers O-Line was awful last year. Their best player, Luis Vasquez, was lost in Free Agency, and they simply let Jared Gaither go because he was dreadful. A guard is a possibility here, but with Lane Johnson being on the board, I think they make the move for a solid Tackle.

[12] Miami: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - There are people that think they will go O-Line here. I don't see Miami going Guard at #12, and with the top Tackles off the board, instead of reaching for DJ Fluker, I think they go fill another critical hole: CB. Vonte Davis was traded last year, and they lost Sean Smith to Free Agency, so CB is a big need. Xavier Rhodes may seem like a reach depending on whose article you read, but he has great size, plays physical man coverage, and even supports the run defense well.

[13] Tampa Bay: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia - People seem to be mocking Ogletree lower because of his "off the field" issues, but I think that's being overblown by the media. From all accounts, his interviews have gone well and he seems to be well spoken and has solid football knowledge. Tampa Bay could use some help on the inside, so they get the best athlete of the group.

[14] Carolina Panthers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina - Carolina has decent outside pass rush, but their interior defensive line has been disappointing. Williams has been creeping up some draft boards according to a few articles so I see Carolina making a move for him to help with interior pass rush and to keep the OGs off Luke Kuechly.

[15] New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri - New Orleans is also switching to a 3-4 defense this season, so the fact this draft is fairly deep at DT is very lucky for them. Sheldon Richardson should be a great fit for their new defense.

[16] St Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - Losing Danny Amendola to the Patriots hurts, so the Rams will look to replace him with Austin, who has been hyped up considerably since the combine. St Louis won't take the chance that he gets picked before their next selection in the 1st, so I think they take him here.

[17] Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - With the Steelers losing Harrison (or rather, letting him go) they will be all too happy to grab Jarvis Jones here.

[18] Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas - Many are saying Warmack/Cooper here, but while O-Line is a need for Dallas, it's a need they can fill in the 2nd round IMO. I was also tempted to go with Bjoern Warner here as Dallas is switching to a Tampa 2 4-3 this year under Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli. However, they lost Gerald Sensabaugh to Free Agency and don't have a Safety. Vaccaro may be the best athlete on the board at this point, and he is EXACTLY the type of Safety that Kiffin covets for his system. This may be a natural for the Cowboys, and perhaps the BPA on their board.

[19] New York Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State - The Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to Free Agency, injury, and general ineffectiveness in 2012. They take the best defensive end available at this point in the draft to help their pass rush.

[20] Chicago Bears: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama - While on one hand I didn't think it likely for Warmack to fall this far, it seemed to work out that way this time. I think the Bears would jump all over this, as he is powerful against the run, solid in pass protection, and our interior O-Line needs a long-term solution.

[21] Cincinnati Bengals: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama - It appears as if the Bengals are losing Andre Smith, so they look to replace him with Fluker.

[22] St Louis Rams: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina - The Rams have had a bad O-Line for pretty much the entire time they have had Sam Bradford and this is the year they address it. They already signed Jake Long to be their LT and now they take the best Guard on the board to further solidify their line.

[23] Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - Greg Jennings does not replace Percy Harvin, and Jerome Simpson has been a disappointment. With their first pick, I see the Vikings taking one of the top receivers in the draft, in a futile effort to improve Christian Ponders play by adding more weapons.

[24] Indianapolis Colts: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia - The Colts switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 last year, and it was met with decent success. Still, they could stand to upgrade their D-Line a bit. Jenkins will give them good interior rush to compliment Robert Mathis on the end.

[25] Minnesota Vikings: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue - The Vikings could stand to improve their interior pass rush as well, in addition to finding a long-term replacement for Kevin Williams. Kawann Short should be a good fit in their 4-3 scheme.

[26] Green Bay Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - With this possibly being the last year of Jermichael Finley in Green Bay, and also losing both Donald Drive and Greg Jennings, having the Packers select the premier pass catching Tight End seems like a logical choice. There is good value drafting Eifert here, and he can be used split-out even when Finley is on the field, giving another weapon to Rodgers.

[27] Houston Texans: Keenan Allen, WR, California - The Texans have been searching for a solid #2 WR for years, and now Andre Johnson is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. Allen may be the best WR in this draft, so the Texans should be more than happy to take this playmaker here, to work alongside Andre Johnson and add a much needed weapon to their passing attack.

[28] Denver Broncos: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU - With the whole Elvis Dumervile debacle leaving Denver without a pass-rushing DE, the Broncos will look to add the best talent they can as quick as they can to address that need. Sam Montgomery should be a perfect fit for this place in the draft for the Broncos.

[29] New England Patriots: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State - Looking to improve their defensive line last year, the Patriots traded up to get Chandler Jones. Hankins would be a solid addition to the interior to further build that Defensive Line.

[30] Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - The Falcons have been trying to add a CB all off season, and Trufant should be a perfect fit of ability, need, and value at #30.

[31] San Francisco 49ers: John Cyprien, S, Florida International - The 49ers don't have a ton of glaring holes, but one area they could look to improve is their Safety play. Cyprien has been climbing draft boards and generating a lot of buzz. He may be someone they 49ers add to address their secondary against their rival the Seahawks.

[32] Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame - I realize Mel Kiper said there is NO WAY that Manti Te'o is available by the time the Ravens pick, but I think this is exactly where he will go. He's a good football player, and could step right in and try to start filling the void left by Ray Lewis.

That's how I see it going down right now. As with most Mock Drafts, it gets much harder the farther down the 1st round you get. I'm also not fully versed on ALL the various teams needs, but did my best to research what I could. Please post comments and contribute thoughts, and I'll look to use them to tweak my next version.

Most importantly, post your mocks here as well and let's see how the rest of WGC sees Round 1 shaping up.

Lastly, if anyone is reading this still, who do we think will be the first wiseguy to make a post about trades since I went to great lengths to cover that above? :)

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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