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Clark Judge
By Clark Judge
CBSSports.com Senior Columnist

Someone the other day asked which of the draft picks -- outside of the first one, that is -- I considered a slam-dunk, and I didn't know what to say.

The reason: I'm not even sure of the first pick. Never have I seen a draft this unpredictable, with talent so widely dispersed and no conviction about a quarterback anywhere.

Translation: Anything is possible Thursday. I expect a flurry of trades, especially with quarterback-needy teams trading into the bottom of the round, but until or unless that happens here???s what we have:

NFL Mock Draft - 04/25/2013
Round 1
1. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: OK, I'm convinced. After staying with Luke Joeckel for months, I've switched ... mostly because scouts tell me the Chiefs prefer Fisher in a close call.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: It's either Fisher or Joeckel, and with Fisher off the board, the Jags take the next best tackle. It makes sense. If they're invested in Blaine Gabbert they better protect him.
3. Oakland Raiders

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: There are so many needs here, but this is a club that just lost both starting defensive tackles. I think I'd start there.
4. Philadelphia Eagles

Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: I still like Geno Smith here, but I can't see Chip Kelly passing on Jordan. There's too much talent, plus there's the familiarity.
5. Detroit Lions

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: He's raw, but he could be the next JPP ... and the Lions need an outside pass rush.
6. Cleveland Browns

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Coaches are down on Brandon Weeden. I know that. And I know they want to replace him. Well, here's their chance.
7. Arizona Cardinals

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: He could go higher ... and may, with teams trying to trade in. But if he doesn't, look for the Cards to jump.
8. Buffalo Bills

Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: I refuse to believe that Ryan Nassib is the choice here. In fact, there's more buzz now about Matt Barkley. So I go with the safe pick.
9. New York Jets

Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: The Jets start their rebuilding by finding an outside pass rush. Rex Ryan thrives with pass-rush linebackers, and this is one of the best.
10. Tennessee Titans

Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: The Titans lost Steve Hutchinson and found Andy Levitre. Still, they can't pass on the chance to take one of the top two guards out there.
11. San Diego Chargers

Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The Chargers want to trade up for offensive line help, but that may not be possible. Getting Lotulelei here would be value for the pick.
12. Miami Dolphins

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: My guess is the Dolphins get the Brandon Albert deal done. If so, tackle is no longer the most pressing need. Cornerback is.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay)

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: This makes too much sense not to happen. If the Rams are going to get him, they have to get ahead of Gang Green.
14. Carolina Panthers

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: This is another guy I haven't moved since the beginning of the mocks, and I'm not moving him now.
15. New Orleans Saints

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: The Saints would take Mingo if he were here. But he's not. So they go for a press cornerback to help rebuild a leaky defense.
16. St. Louis Rams

Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas: The Rams lost both their starting safeties, so if Vaccaro lasts this long he's theirs.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: It's either here or New Orleans, take your pick. Pittsburgh could go for a nose tackle, too.
18. Dallas Cowboys

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: The Cowboys would love Vaccaro to fall to them. But if he doesn't, they find the next Jason Witten.
19. New York Giants

D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: I can't imagine him lasting this long. If he does, he doesn't get past Big Blue. Safeties Vaccaro and Eric Reid are also possibilities.
20. Chicago Bears

Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State: I give up on Alec Ogletree. There's too much baggage. Plus, I've talked to people who think Brown's the better choice.
21. Cincinnati Bengals

Eric Reid, FS, LSU: The Bengals are looking for safeties. Reid is the second best choice.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

Robert Woods, WR, Southern California: The Rams lost Danny Amendola and desperately need to replace him. You can't get around Woods' production.
23. Minnesota Vikings

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame: People who should know tell me the Vikings have been on this guy for weeks. He fills a need, and, they believe, makes an impact.
24. Indianapolis Colts

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: A year ago the Colts seeded their offense with top draft picks. Now it's the defense's turn.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Antoine Winfield is gone. The Vikings play in a division with Rodgers, Stafford and Cutler. Do the math.
26. Green Bay Packers

Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: The Packers could go for an offensive lineman or outside linebacker, too. But with the contracts of B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett up after this season they're going to need insurance.
27. Houston Texans

Keenan Allen, WR, California: The Texans need someone to take the heat off Andre Johnson. Just a hunch, but this could be that someone.
28. Denver Broncos

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: He shouldn't last this long, but he could. The Broncos lost to Baltimore because they didn't have a pass rush in the playoffs. Maybe he can change that.
29. New England Patriots

Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: He can play inside or out, and the Patriots can't get enough help on defense. They want a receiver, but can find one in the second round.
30. Atlanta Falcons

Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State: The Falcons want to trade up to get one of the top two cornerbacks in the draft. If they don't, they take the best one available here.
31. San Francisco 49ers

Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International: The 49ers are another team I expect to trade up. When you have 13 picks you have a zillion possibilities.
32. Baltimore Ravens

Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse: You can never have enough tackles, and left tackle Bryant McKinnie is unsigned. With the money the Ravens invested in Joe Flacco they look for more protection.

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