Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois
Daryl Smith is one of the most underrated players in the NFL, but he'll be a free agent in March. The Jaguars will need to bring in someone to replace him if he leaves.
Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
The Chiefs don't have much depth behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston - as they discovered in the Week 1 loss to Atlanta - so they could spend an early 2013 NFL Draft pick on a rush linebacker.
Pick change; previously Sean Porter, DE/OLB
Cleveland Browns: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Brandon Weeden is past his prime, so the Browns need to bring in a young quarterback for the future.
Pick change; previously John Simon, DE
Tennessee Titans: Robert Lester, S, Alabama
The Titans have major problems at safety. Jordan Babineaux is just a marginal talent, while Michael Griffin has inexplicably dropped off this year. At first, it was believed he was struggling because he was at strong safety instead of free safety, but he's continued to play poorly despite moving back to his natural spot.
Oakland Raiders: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
The Raiders really miss Kamerion Wimbley, as Matt Shaughnessy struggles to put any pressure on quarterbacks - even when he's battling undrafted rookie free agent left tackles.
Pick change; previously James Gayle, DE
San Francisco 49ers: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford
The 49ers have a fantastic defense, but they have a serious lack of depth at rush linebacker. With so few needs, they can afford to take the best player available to address that problem.
Indianapolis Colts: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Winston Justice has actually played surprisingly well this year at right tackle, but can that continue over 16 games? I'm not so sure. If not, the Colts will need to improve Andrew Luck's pass protection.
Pick change; previously Ricky Wagner, OT
New York Jets: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
The Jets have to find an upgrade at right tackle. Mark Sanchez has no chance behind Austin Howard.
Pick change; previously Zac Dysert, QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Da'Quan Bowers tore his Achilles in early May, while Michael Bennett will be a free agent in March. The defensive end position will have to be addressed next offseason.
Pick change; previously Arthur Brown, LB
Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is starting to fumble, which is terrible news for him because ball security was his only positive trait.
Buffalo Bills: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Bills have to find help for their cornerbacks. Both Aaron Williams and Terrence McGee are struggling this year, while Leodis McKelvin is due to hit free agency this March.
St. Louis Rams: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Rams have played well defensively this year, but they still could use an upgrade at one of the outside linebacker positions, where Rocky McIntosh has struggled.
Pick change; previously Dion Sims, TE
New Orleans Saints: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
There are many reasons why the Saints are struggling offensively, one of which is the poor play of the offensive tackles. Jermon Bushrod also happens to be a free agent.
Dallas Cowboys: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of Ohio
Tony Romo will turn 33 just prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. The Cowboys will have to think about bringing in a young quarterback.
Pick change; previously Trevardo Williams, DE/OLB
San Diego Chargers: Alex Hurst, OT, LSU
The Chargers desperately need help at tackle. Jared Gaither is always hurt, while Jeromey Clary always struggles.
Pick change; previously Da'Rick Rogers, WR
Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida
Demetress Bell is confirmed as a bust signing. He couldn't even beat out King Dunlap for the starting left tackle gig prior to the season. He's playing now, but he stinks. If Jason Peters isn't making good progress coming off his Achilles, the Eagles might be desperate for a tackle next spring.
Pick change; previously Da'Rick Rogers, WR
Detroit Lions: Shawn Williams, S, Georgia
More help for Detroit's beleaguered secondary. Amari Spievey desperately needs to be upgraded, while Louis Delmas can't seem to stay healthy.
Pick change; previously Graham Pocic, C/G
Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Vikings can do a lot better than Jasper Brinkley at middle linebacker. He's a pretty big liability on their defense.
Washington Redskins: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Redskins absolutely need to do something about the safety position. Sam Bradford was able to look like a Pro Bowler against them.
Pick change; previously Bacarri Rambo, S
Arizona Cardinals: Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT, Missouri
Arizona's lack of depth up front was exposed when Darnell Dockett went down with an injury. The Cardinals need a better third defensive end than Nick Eason.
Pick change; previously Alex Hurst, OT
Miami Dolphins: James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
Jared Odrick stops the run very well, but he can't get to the quarterback. Rookie Olivier Vernon hasn't really flashed yet, so the Dolphins may spend a mid-round selection on a defensive end.
Pick change; previously Datone Jones, DE
Pittsburgh Steelers: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
The Steelers will have to make a tough decision on Rashard Mendenhall, who will be a free agent next spring. They'll probably opt to go in a different direction at running back because Mendenhall has not proven that he can stay healthy.
Seattle Seahawks: Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
Another second-day linebacker for Seattle. The Seahawks re-signed Leroy Hill this offseason, but that was only for a year. They may find someone else if they can't bring him back again.
Miami Dolphins: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins have zero depth at linebacker, so this is an area that'll need to be address this upcoming offseason.
Pick change; previously Sheldon Richardson, DT
Denver Broncos: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
The Broncos have an overrated receiving corps. Eric Decker produces in fantasy, but he drops way too many passes.
Pick change; previously Aaron Dobson, WR
Baltimore Ravens: Omoregie Uzzi, G, Georgia Tech
The Ravens need to find a replacement for Ben Grubbs. The linemen they have at left guard aren't working out.
Pick change; previously Marcus Davis, WR
San Francisco 49ers: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Teams are always looking for cornerback depth, especially if they have extra picks. Besides, Carlos Rogers isn't playing as well this season.
Atlanta Falcons: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
Michael Turner is done. He's looked like he's been running in quicksand this season, so he won't be on the roster much longer.
Pick change; previously Stedman Bailey, WR
New England Patriots: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
It's amazing that New England's offense has been this incredible considering that Deion Branch is playing two-thirds of the snaps every game. Imagine how explosive the Patriots would be if they added a legitimate threat opposite Brandon Lloyd.
Pick change; previously Mario Benavides, C/G
Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
James Starks has yet to prove that he can stay healthy, while Alex Green is coming off an ACL tear. Cedric Benson is obviously not a long-term answer, so the Packers may address the running back position early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously Mike Gillislee, RB
Houston Texans: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Glover Quin is a free agent this upcoming offseason. It'll be difficult to retain him with Connor Barwin also hitting the market.
Pick change; previously Duke Williams, S
New York Giants: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jerry Reese is never one to shy away from bolstering his defensive front. With Osi Umenyiora struggling this year, there's a good chance the Giants will spend an early pick on a pass-rusher.
Dear Walt, this is becoming prime "mock draft season." And while you have gone the extra mile by including 4 full rounds, I really wish you'd explain why the players are deserving of their draft slots, instead of solely focusing on team needs. It seems like your M.O. to explain for a few sentences why the team would pick a certain position. Then only explain in a sentence or two why the player is worth of said selection. Maybe in Round 4 that'd be acceptable, but for the Top 10-15 picks really should have in depth analysis of the player. That's just my 2 cents. Take care.
I've been on a hiatus with draft work lately and was focused on my Draft Prospect Rankings which you could find in the rants on this site. So, I figured doing one more before the Combine where more prospect movement could occur to see where I stand before and after with those prospects. So, without further adieu here we go!