My, how the mighty have fallen. In his mock draft, staff writer Matt Daniels projects zero — you read that right — Big Ten players to go in the first round:
1. Chiefs, Luke Joeckel
Offensive tackle Texas A&M
Protected Johnny Football and the man lucky enough to marry Lauren Ufer (also known as Ryan Tannehill). Now he gets to do the same for Alex Smith.
2. Jaguars, Sharrif Floyd
Defensive tackle Florida
Team owner Shahid Khan, an Illinois graduate, needs a big body up front after his club finished 30th against the run last year.
3. Raiders, Dion Jordan
Outside linebacker Oregon
Raiders hope speed pass rusher doesn’t go nuts like last first-round pick (Rolando McClain, 2010).
4. Eagles, Dee Milliner
Chip Kelly’s a maestro on offense, but Birds’ secondary is woeful.
5. Lions, Eric Fisher
Offensive tackle Central Michigan
Gotta keep Matthew Stafford upright. For at least one season.
6. Browns, Chance Warmack
Offensive guard Alabama
With Milliner off the board, new coach Rob Chudzinski picks Trent Richardson’s old blocking buddy.
7. Cardinals, Lane Johnson
Offensive tackle Oklahoma
Carson Palmer will count on former Sooner to keep his jersey clean.
8. Bills, Star Lotulelei
Defensive tackle Utah
Tempting for Doug Marrone to take his former college QB Ryan Nassib, but Mario Williams needs help inside on the D-line.
9. Jets, Geno Smith
Quarterback West Virginia
The wild card of the first round in an underwhelming QB class.
10. Titans, Ziggy Ansah
Defensive end BYU
Folks in Nashville hope football newcomer resembles Jevon Kearse.
11. Chargers, Jarvis Jones
Outside linebacker Georgia
Jones initially signed with USC out of high school. He’ll head back out West again.
12. Dolphins, Sheldon Richardson
Defensive tackle Missouri
Miami finished in the middle of the pack last year against the run. Could change in 2013 with this dynamic athlete.
13. Jets (acquired from Buccaneers), Xavier Rhodes
Cornerback Florida State
Ronde Barber isn’t getting any younger. Rhodes provides boost for worst pass defense in the league last year.
14. Panthers, Tavon Austin
Wide receiver West Virginia
Finally, some playmakers in the first round. All Cam Newton has to do is get the ball in the flat to speedster and watch him go to work.
15. Saints, Desmond Trufant
Problem wasn’t Drew Brees and his 5,177 passing yards last year. Problem was the ability to stop the other team’s QB from looking like Drew Brees.
16. Rams, Cordarrelle Patterson
Wide receiver Tennessee
St. Louis hasn’t used a first-round pick on a wideout since Torry Holt in 1999. He turned out all right.
17. Steelers, Kenny Vaccaro
Free safety Texas
Mike Tomlin is hopeful Longhorn becomes next Troy Polamalu. Without the injuries.
18. Cowboys, D.J. Fluker
Offensive tackle Alabama
Jerry Jones gave Eastern Illinois product Tony Romo big money this offseason. He’ll need capable protectors. Enter Fluker.
19. Giants, Eric Reid
Free safety LSU
Ball-hawking defender (Alabama, 2011, anyone?) fills crucial need for Tom Coughlin’s squad.
20. Bears, Tyler Eifert
Tight end Notre Dame
Last time Chicago picked a skill position player in the first round, it was Greg Olson in 2007. New coach Marc Trestman hopes Eifert’s career in Chicago fares better than Olson’s.
21. Bengals, Menelik Watson
Offensive tackle Florida State
BenJarvus Green-Ellis averaged 3.9 yards a carry last year. Watson could help bump up that average.
22. Rams, Eddie Lacy
Running back Alabama
With Steven Jackson gone to Atlanta, makes sense for Jeff Fisher to go after draft’s top back.
23. Vikings, Bjoern Werner
Defensive end Florida State
German-born Werner led ACC with 13 sacks last year. If Vikings get half that production, they’ll be happy.
24. Colts, Alec Ogletree
Outside linebacker Georgia
Ogletree has potential — key word, potential — to contribute early. If he stays out of trouble.
25. Vikings, Jamar Taylor
Cornerback Boise State
Leslie Frazier’s team only had 10 interceptions last season. Taylor had four last season with Broncos.
26. Packers, Barkevious Mingo
Outside linebacker LSU
Raw talent drops into Mike McCarthy’s lap in a heck of a steal for an already-talented team.
27. Texans, Jonathan Cooper
Offensive guard North Carolina
Adrian Foster can never have enough good run blockers. Cooper fits that category.
28. Broncos, Manti Te’o
Inside linebacker Notre Dame
How he handles scrutiny from fake girlfriend hoax will be more interesting to watch than how he plays.
29. Patriots, Sylvester Williams
Defensive tackle North Carolina
Not as big as Vince Wilfork, but Williams can produce in same way.
30. Falcons, Jonathan Cyprien
Strong safety Florida International
Remember the Seahawks and 49ers gashing Atlanta’s pass defense in the playoffs? So does Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff.
31. 49ers, Matt Elam
Strong safety Florida
Joe Flacco made mincemeat of Jim Harbaugh’s defensive backfield in Super Bowl XLVII. Upgrades are necessary.
32. Ravens, DeAndre Hopkins
Wide receiver Clemson
Anquan Boldin bolted for San Francisco. Clemson’s all-time leader in receiving yards and TDs after only three seasons makes up for departure.
Note: This mock draft was done before the New York Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets acquired Tampa Bay's No. 13 pick in the first round as part of the deal.