2013 NFL Draft: One Prospect Each NFL Team Must Target

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2013 NFL Draft: One Prospect Each NFL Team Must Target
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Now that each team has played a handful of games, we have an idea of what—or, more specifically, who—they need in the 2013 NFL draft. For example, the Cardinals need help on the offensive line, the Dolphins need a true No. 1 wideout, the Chiefs need a quarterback and the Browns need...a lot.

So here is a list of each NFL team, in alphabetical order, and one prospect they must target. Predicted draft order is also taken into consideration—not every team can realistically target Geno Smith, sorry. 

 

Arizona Cardinals

Who: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Simply put: Well, the Cardinals have surrendered a league-high 23 sacks through five games. Need I say more?

 

Atlanta Falcons

Who: RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

Simply put: Though the Falcons air it out more now than recent years, Lattimore forces defenses to stay honest. He's also a reliable receiver out of the backfield.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Who: CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

Simply put: A seasoned starter, Rhodes is physical at the line of scrimmage and fluid in his movements. 

 

Buffalo Bills

Who: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

Simply put: Don't let the dip in stats fool you; Wilson is a very efficient quarterback. He has prototypical size (6'3", 220 pounds), arm strength and surprising athleticism.

 

Carolina Panthers

Who: WR Robert Woods, USC

Simply put: Outside of Brandon LaFell and an aging Steve Smith, Cam Newton has few weapons to work with on the outside. Woods can also play slot and contribute in the return game.

 

Chicago Bears

Who: OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina 

Simply put: The dream scenario is Manti Te'o replacing Brian Urlacher; the realistic scenario is Williams solidifying an otherwise shaky line. 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Who: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama

Simply put: Keeping Andy Dalton upright is the top priority. I mean, how else will he have time to throw the ball to A.J. Green?

 

Cleveland Browns

Who: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Simply put: With Mingo as a pass-rush specialist, Joe Haden as a shutdown corner and a solid supporting cast, the Browns become a top pass defense.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Who: S Eric Reid, LSU

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Simply put: A natural center-fielder, Reid has range, above-average ball skills and can step up in the box to lay the wood.

 

Denver Broncos

Who: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

Simply put: If this actually happens, feel sorry for the rest of the AFC West. Eifert is an athletic tight end with an unfair catching radius. Add Peyton Manning to the mix, and it's double unfair.

 

Detroit Lions

Who: CB David Amerson, North Carolina State

Simply put: He set a new ACC and school record with 13 interceptions as a sophomore. He already has three more this year. The Lions have yet to pick off a pass in four games. 

 

Green Bay Packers

Who: S T.J. McDonald, USC

Simply put: Expected to draft late in the first round, the Packers likely have their eyes on upgrading the secondary. McDonald is a playmaker at free safety, strong in run support and pass coverage.  

 

Houston Texans

Who: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Simply put: The 5-0—and very deep—Texans don't need much. As defenses focus on stopping Andre Johnson, Patterson could capitalize on single coverage.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Who: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Simply put: The Colts—after focusing primarily on offense in last year's draft—need a ton of help on defense. No better place to start than with my No. 1 overall prospect. 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Who: QB Matt Barkley, USC

Simply put: Blaine Gabbert is not getting any better. And no, it's not too early to pull the plug. Barkley is an experienced leader ready to step in and compete.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Who: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Simply put: Gaudy numbers aside—1,996 yards for 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions in just five games—Smith is the guy to turn this team into an actual contender.

 

Miami Dolphins

Who: WR Keenan Allen, California

Simply put: A true No. 1 receiver teamed with Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush makes for a real lethal three-headed attack. 

 

Minnesota Vikings

Who: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Simply put: Fills a need, and in the NFC North, you can never have too many corners. Banks has proven himself against elite competition and could easily start as a rookie.

 

New England Patriots

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Who: WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

Simply put: As if Tom Brady needed more weapons. Williams has top-flight speed, good size and has proven productive even without RG3 under center. 

 

New York Giants

Who: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Simply put: Huh, another defensive end—isn't that a bit excessive? Nope. Moore, still a junior, has tallied 19 sacks in his career as a speed-rush demon. 

 

New York Jets

Who: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Simply put: Werner is having a monster season—6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble—and skyrocketing up draft boards.

 

New Orleans Saints

Who: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

Simply put: In the modern pass-happy NFL, pass-rushers are a hot commodity. Montgomery has a knack for getting after the quarterback in a hurry, using power, technique and an array of moves. 

 

Oakland Raiders

Who: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State 

Simply put: Fans are clamoring for a new quarterback, but this is the right pick. It's not too often you see a 330-pound lineman equally effective as a run-stuffer and pass-rusher.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Who: S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Simply put: The Eagles need depth at safety. Jefferson, should he declare, is arguably the premiere safety in the entire draft. He has manned both safety spots, nickel and outside linebacker for the Sooners.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Who: DE/OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn 

Simply put: The defense needs a youthful spark. Lemonier has an explosive first step, relentless motor and uses his hands well to shed would-be blockers. 

 

St. Louis Rams

Who: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

Simply put: The current o-line resembles an automatic door—as opposed to an impenetrable wall. Joeckel is the elite tackle of this class; he'll start Week 1.

 

San Diego Chargers

Who: DE/OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

Simply put: Whether at end or outside linebacker—where he projects at the next level—Jeffcoat provides plenty of speed and power off the edge.

 

San Francisco 49ers

Who: OG/T Barrett Jones, Alabama

Simply put: Coach Jim Harbaugh covets versatility; Jones has lined up—and performed admirably—at center, guard and tackle for the Crimson Tide.   

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Seattle Seahawks

Who: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Simply put: A weak receiving corps has handcuffed the Seahawks offense. Hunter is a big, physical target with sure hands and sub-4.5 speed. His addition would open up the playbook. 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Who: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

Simply put: After giving up 510 yards to Eli Manning and Co., enough is enough. Milliner is a gluey corner with two interceptions and nine passes defended this season.

 

Tennessee Titans

Who: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

Simply put: Star is the best all-around defensive tackle prospect. He takes on multiple blockers and still finds a way to make plays.

 

Washington Redskins

Who: LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

Simply put: RG3 is the quarterback of the future on offense; Te'o is the same for the defense. He pressures the quarterback, stops the run and can drop back in coverage.

 

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