In the year round evaluation process that is the NFL Draft, it should be no surprise we are already being seeing first round projections for 2013. Clearly there’s no way to know what the order will look like or which players stock will change dramatically, but it’s still fun to take a shot.
ESPN’s Todd McShay had 16 of his first round picks in the initial 2012 mock come off the board in the first two rounds of the actual draft, not a bad job a year ahead of time. In his first stab at the 2013 field, McShay sends Oklahoma QB Landry Jones to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Using the first Power Rankings released after the draft by Scouts Inc. the Chiefs are predicted to be selecting 19th overall after owning the 11th pick in 2012.
In this scenario, Jones is the third quarterback off the board after USC’s Matt Barkley and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas.
Due to the Chiefs (hopefully) not drafting nearly high enough to get near Barkley, Jones is the player I hear most about. He’s had ups and downs during his three seasons running the Sooner offense and could jump to the top of the round (though not ahead of Barkley) with a solid senior effort.
Speaking of Oklahoma, I’m interested in how much of Blake Bell, Oklahoma’s backup QB, we get to see this season. Blake is the nephew of former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Bell and made an impact as a redshirt freshman last year even though he barely got to throw the ball.
Bell ran for 13 touchdowns, including three in the Insight Bowl victory over Iowa.