ESPN and Scouts Inc. NFL draft insider Todd McShay released his updated mock draft on Wednesday to reflect changes in team needs. A few teams made moves at the franchise tag deadline that could influence their draft strategies and McShay has given us some new insight on a few new ways the first-round could play out. Here is a look at McShay’s top ten:
1. Kansas City Chiefs — Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
My thoughts: With the Chiefs locking up Dwayne Bowe and Branden Albert at the franchise tag deadline, Star Lotulelei becomes a priority target. He is a playmaker along the defensive line and could add some depth to the Chiefs front seven.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
My thoughts: The Jaguars would benefit from the Chiefs passing on Joeckel by being able to add the player many believe to be the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft. Joeckel would bring some extra protection for young signal-caller Blaine Gabbert.
3. Oakland Raiders — Shariff Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
My thoughts: Floyd and the Raiders have been connected for a few weeks now. Floyd has the potential to be a star in a 4-3 defensive and would be brilliant as the three-technique in Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
My thoughts: Reports surfaced today that the Eagles are ready to part ways with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in the near future so this pick makes a lot of sense. By locking up the top cornerback prospect in this year’s draft class, the Eagles get an immediate upgrade in the secondary.
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
My thoughts: Ansah is an absolute freak of a talent. There are some rumors that the Lions are high on Florida State’s Bjoern Werner, but I’m not buying Werner as a top ten prospect. Ansah has the raw potential to become one of the league’s best and his upside should be enough for the Lions to choose him over Werner.
6. Cleveland Browns — Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
My thoughts: Dion Jordan is a special pass rusher. Some believe that he could fall out of the top ten because of his torn labrum surgery, but McShay sees enough on the tape to keep Jordan in the top ten.
7. Arizona Cardinals — Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
My thoughts: This is a pick that I am not a fan of. While the Cardinals could benefit from adding a rookie quarterback, they should check out USC’s Matt Barkley if they decide to go with a signal-caller. Smith is rated as the top quarterback on many draft boards, but Barkley is a much better fit for the Arizona offense.
8. Buffalo Bills — Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
My thoughts: Fisher could easily become a top five pick by the time the draft rolls around, but he would be great value here for the Bills. I would still prefer to see them go quarterback with this pick.
9. New York Jets — Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU
My thoughts: Mingo is a special player. He may not have popped out on film during his junior season, but he would be a great addition to the Jets linebacker corp. I like seeing Mingo in the top ten along with Jordan, but if I were McShay I would have flipped the two players.
10. Tennessee Titans — Jonathan Coopers, Guard, North Carolina
My thoughts: This is one of the most interesting picks in McShay’s top ten. Alabama’s Chance Warmack is believed by many to be the top guard prospect in 2013, but Cooper is quickly gaining steam. It appears that Cooper’s athleticism and quickness on his feet have done enough to win over McShay, but will the Titans feel the same way?
What do you think of McShay’s top ten selections? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section and be sure to check out McShay’s entire first-round mock draft HERE.