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April 23, 2013

Predicting the 1st round of NFL draft

(Continued)

SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, FLORIDA

5. DETROIT (4-12)

Coming off a distressing collapse in which they gave up 437 points, the Lions must find a way to close the wide-open door to their end zone. They're fortunate to have several options here, and go for the pass rusher.

ZIGGY ANSAH, DE, BYU

6. CLEVELAND (5-11)

After holding their breath that the cornerback they seek will be on the board — the previous three teams all have a need there — the Browns can exhale and call the name ...

DEE MILLINER, CB, ALABAMA

7. ARIZONA (5-11)

If they can't trade down, the Cardinals won't have to swallow hard to upgrade their offensive line with a proven winner and another Crimson Tide player.

CHANCE WARMACK, G, ALABAMA

8. BUFFALO (6-10)

Every team puts up smoke screens before the draft. And the Bills sure seem to have polluted the air with them because we think they aren't convinced Kevin Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson is more than a backup or fill-in QB. So the first quarterback off the board is ...

GENO SMITH, QB, WEST VIRGINIA

9. NEW YORK JETS (6-10)

Having finally dealt Darrelle Revis, the Jets could look at a cornerback here, perhaps FSU's Xavier Rhodes. And, yes, they might have considered Smith. But someone who can get to the quarterback from the outside is a must for Rex Ryan's defense.

BARKEVIOUS MINGO, DE-OLB, LSU

10. TENNESSEE (6-10)

The Titans sang a sour song on defense all through 2012, so it's time to fix some of that in Music City. They might look at the offensive line, but their needs are so hefty on D, and there are lots of solid prospects on the board. Such as ...

JARVIS JONES, LB, GEORGIA

11. SAN DIEGO (7-9)

Another team starting over after the talent base was erased by ill-advised moves in the last few years. New coach Mike McCoy is offense-minded, and he sees all the holes on the line.

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