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Dustin Meritt’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Full First-Round with Trades

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Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

7. MIN trades (23, 25) with KC – WR/KR Tavon Austin

KC keeps moving back and gets two firsts and another third from the AZ trade, and why not? MIN surprises and gets a healthy, more team oriented WR/KR/HB in Tavon Austin.

8. SF Trades (31, 34, 74, 128) with Buffalo– WR Cordarrelle Patterson
A shocker in the top ten, it is hard to buy “all” the negative press on Patterson. Bottom line: he is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. Remember, SF was one contested catch from a SB win.

9. NYJ – OLB Barkevious Mingo
With Rex tied to the Sanchize for at least another year, the Jets take Mingo, who will fill a need and help with the anemic pass rush that is usually not associated with a Ryan defense.

10. TEN – G Jonathan Cooper
Even after the addition of Levetri, the Titans stay put to grab a top guard to help the running game and protect a young QB.

11. CLE – G Chance Warmack

Yes, at eleven Micheal Lombardi picks, in my opinion, the best player in the draft and grabs a 3rd rounder. Look for CLE to feature the running game and deep passing attack.

12. PHI – QB Geno Smith
Who knows what Chip Kelly has planned but if Vick goes down again, can Nick Foles run the offense the way Kelly envisions? Smith is a perfect fit for the offense providing just enough mobility and athleticism. He can also sit for a year to refine his skills.

13. TB – DT Star Lotulelei
Tampa stays put and still doesn’t grab a CB, instead choosing to get the best player left on the board. Star is hot and cold, and had he been more consistent, he might have been in play to go higher. Xavier Rhodes makes a lot of sense here as well, but the defensive tackle class drops off after the first 5 are gone. Look for TB to target someone like DJ. Hayden or Jonanthan Banks in the second.