2013 NFL Mock Draft 7.0
Stuff we're hearing as my final mock gets put to bed and the first round of the NFL Draft mercifully approaches:
? Most everybody in the league now thinks the top three offensive tackle prospects -- Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson -- will go in the top five, meaning trades by No. 6 Cleveland, No. 11 San Diego and No. 12 Miami are much less likely.
? The 49ers">49ers and Falcons are among the teams that want to move up in the right scenario (I have both doing so in this, my last mock attempt), while the two-pick teams like the Jets, Rams and Vikings are open to moving down with one of their selections (see below).
? There's going to be a run on cornerbacks starting somewhere in the mid-to-late 20s, and it'll extend well into the second round.
? The Browns have been focused this offseason on getting tougher as a team across the board, but in the final analysis, I have them going for a franchise quarterback in Geno Smith in the first round. Maybe a small part of the reasoning is taking Smith will be a useful distraction from the fact owner Jimmy Haslam's other business is under investigation.
? When the smoke clears late Thursday night, quarterbacks Geno Smith and Matt Barkley will definitely be in the first round, with a decent likelihood of Ryan Nassib and maybe even E.J. Manuel joining them.