With the recent 2013 Combine in the books, scouts, NFL front office members, executives and members of the media have all turned their attention upon the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
The performances, either good or bad, of several big-time players at the Combine means that the sports world’s latest mocks have gone through a fairly substantial transformation. Couple the Combine with the trade of Alex Smith to the Chiefs and impending NFL free agency, and CBS Sports has basically turned their mock draft on its head.
Overall, there are 14 former members of the SEC selected in this draft, which should not come as too much of a surprise considering the conference’s recent run of national championships.
That said, there is a real shocker at the very top spot. Read on, boys and girls, and sound off on this most recent mock draft.
32. Baltimore Ravens — Alex Okafor, DE, Texas Longhorns
31. San Francisco 49ers — John Jenkins, DT, Georgia Bulldogs
30. Atlanta Falcons — Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M Aggies
29. New England Broncos — Eric Reid, S, LSU Tigers
28. Denver Broncos — Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU Tigers
27. Houston Texans — Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia Bulldogs
26. Green Bay Packers — Jonathan Goodwin, OG, North Carolina Tar Heels
25. Seattle Seahawks — Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia Mountaineers
24. Indianapolis Colts — Daytone Jones, DE, UCLA Bruins
23. Minnesota Vikings — Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington Huskies
22. St. Louis Rams — Keenan Allen, WR, California Golden Bears
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Bjoern Werner , DE, Florida State Seminoles
20. Chicago Bears — Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
19. New York Giants — Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18. Dallas Cowboys — Kawann Short, DT, Purdue Boilermakers
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Longhorns
16. St. Louis Rams — D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
15. New Orleans — Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri Tigers
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State Seminoles
12. Miami Dolphins — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
11. San Diego Chargers — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
10. Tennessee Titans — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
9. New York Jets — Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU Tigers
8. Buffalo Bills — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers
7. Arizona Cardinals — Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans
6. Cleveland Browns — Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon Ducks
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, DE/LB, BYU Cougars
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Gators
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Chippewas
1. Kansas City Chiefs — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Milliner is the All-American Bama corner who had been faulted for a lack of top-end speed prior to the Combine. However, his blazing time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash put those fears for teams to rest and dramatically bolstered the young star’s draft stock.
But a defensive back is hardly ever selected with the top-overall selection. That spot is usually reserved for franchise cornerstone pieces, such as quarterbacks and running backs.
Back in 1956, Colorado A&M’s Gary Glick was selected with the top pick by Pittsburgh, but he only lasted for seven seasons and never made a Pro Bowl.
And that’s it. That is the entire list of defensive backs taken first-overall. The Chiefs have their quarterback in Alex Smith and tailback in Jamaal Charles. They recently signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a lucrative new contract and used the franchise tag on offensive tackle Brandon Albert.
If they don’t wind up trading the top pick, could they find themselves making NFL Draft history?