2013 NFL Mock Draft: Worst-Case Scenario for Every Team's First-Round Pick
This article focuses on the potential outcome of the 2013 NFL Draft, along with the worst-case scenario for each team. The draft doesn't always play out as a positive for each team, and there are always situations where a team fails to meet a need or reaches on a prospect that doesn't pan out.
Each of the following slides break down what situation would help each team the least. That includes reaching for a prospect or believing in a player on the current roster too much.
*EDITOR'S NOTE: The following draft order is simply a projection based off of the current standings and is not official.
No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
Worst Case Scenario: Lack of an elite quarterback prospect
The Kansas City Chiefs are about to live out their worst draft scenario. This is a team that desperately needs an upgrade at the quarterback position, however, the 2013 draft class doesn't feature a prospect worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.
Kansas City should be more upset by the fact that they missed out on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III by one season.
West Virginia's Geno Smith is a talented quarterback, but has some holes in his game. He must improve on his ability to quickly make reads and anticipate his throws. Smith has the potential to develop into a top-notch NFL quarterback. Still, he's anything but a sure thing.
It would be a risk for the Chiefs to make him the No. 1 overall pick, and it also opens up the possibility that Kansas City could target someone like Utah's Star Lotulelei or Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.
No. 2: Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Georgia
Worst Case Scenario: Jones' injury history becomes a future problem
The Jacksonville Jaguars are desperate for an upgrade in the pass-rush department. Georgia's Jarvis Jones is the top pass-rusher in the 2013 class, and he has the potential to have an immediate impact. Jacksonville could use Jones in a similar way that the Denver Broncos use Von Miller.
However, Jones' history features a neck injury that threatened his career. That injury is also combined with other injuries that have popped up throughout the course of his career. An injury issue has the potential to derail any career.
Jones is one of the few players that holds high value and fits for the Jaguars. They could target someone like Utah's Star Lotulelei, but Jacksonville already has some good depth at the defensive tackle spot.
No. 3: Oakland Raiders
Pick: Manti Te'o, Linebacker, Notre Dame
Worst Case Scenario: Losing and negative vibes impact Te'o's development
The Oakland Raiders are several years away from becoming competitive again, and they have a ton of holes on both sides of the ball. However, one of the biggest issues that they face is the lack of leadership. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o possesses both the talent and leadership needed to help this Raiders' defense turn things around. He would provide them with the type of playmaker that they expected to get with Rolando McClain.
Selecting a middle linebacker this early isn't a normal situation. However, Te'o fits a need and possesses tremendous upside.
No. 4: Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Worst Case Scenario: They select the wrong left tackle prospect
The overwhelming consensus is that Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is the top offensive tackle eligible for the 2013 draft. However, there's a few things about his game that could impact his overall potential. This is why I have Michigan's Taylor Lewan rated as my top offensive tackle.
Joeckel's biggest concern surrounds his ability to open running lanes and anchor in the passing game. He must spend more time in the weight room in order to improve his strength. On the other hand, Lewan's nasty play makes him a top-notch run blocker.
It's very likely that both of these players will have very successful NFL careers. However, the Philadelphia Eagles need to make sure that they land the better of the two.
No. 5: Carolina Panthers
Pick: Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
Worst Case Scenario: Star Lotulelei and Johnathan Hankins are off the board when they select
The Carolina Panthers greatest need is at the defensive tackle position. They need someone that can come in and help support the run and generate pressure up the middle. This is why Utah's Star Lotulelei would be the ideal selection.
However, there's a chance that both of the top defensive tackles are off the board when the Panthers are on the clock. To make matters even worse, there is a significant drop-off from Lotulelei and Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins and the next tier of defensive tackle prospects.
It would be an absolute reach to select someone like North Carolina's Sylvester Williams with the No. 5 pick.
No. 6: San Diego Chargers
Pick: Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Worst Case Scenario: Both Luke Joeckel and Taylor Lewan are off the board
Jared Gaither possesses a ton of natural talent, but injuries have made him a very unreliable player. The San Diego Chargers can place a lot of their struggles this season on the fact Gaither was out of the lineup.
There's no way that San Diego can head into next season counting on Gaither to fill the all-important left tackle spot. This is why the Chargers should target either Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Michigan's Taylor Lewan with their first-round pick.
Because of the importance of the left tackle position, it's possible that both players are off the board. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers could all potentially target Joeckel and Lewan.
The No. 6 pick is a little high for someone like Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, so San Diego would have to target a different position.
No. 7: Cleveland Browns
Pick: Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
Worst Case Scenario: Jordan fails to add bulk and struggles at the defensive end position
Dion Jordan is a talented and relentless pass-rusher, but he's a little thin through the hips and might be a better fit at outside linebacker. The Cleveland Browns could be willing to gamble on the assumption that Jordan can add some bulk and play defensive end in the NFL.
It's possible that Jordan just has a thin build and will never fill out. This would make it difficult for him to hold up at the line of scrimmage. Defensive ends who struggle to defend the run can be exploited by an NFL offense.
However, Jordan possesses the high motor and tenacity needed to hold his own. He just won't reach his maximum potential if he's miscast as a defensive end.
The Cleveland Browns need someone to help draw blockers away from Jabaal Sheard. Outside of Jarvis Jones, Jordan possesses the most upside of any other pass-rusher in this draft.
No. 8: Detroit Lions
Pick: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
Worst Case Scenario: Milliner is off the board
The Detroit Lions' secondary lacks both talent and depth. They have several guys that fit the bill of a No. 4 cornerback, but nobody on the roster is even close to being a shut-down corner. Alabama's Dee Milliner possesses the size and athleticism to develop into that type of player.
Detroit's need at the cornerback position is so much greater than the needs elsewhere that missing out on Milliner would be a problem. The next best cornerback on the board, Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, is a better fit to come off the board in the middle of the first round.
Banks is a savvy cornerback who plays with a lot of tenacity. However, he just doesn't have the upside or natural talent of Milliner.
No. 9: Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Worst Case Scenario: Geno Smith is off the board
The Arizona Cardinal's quarterback situation is a complete disaster. It's at the point where Ken Whisenhunt can't find a better option other than rookie Ryan Lindley. Addressing this position needs to be a priority in the offseason.
However, West Virginia's Geno Smith is the only clear-cut first round quarterback prospect. He even has some holes in his game that could force his stock to drop a little.
At this point, need will trump whatever holes the Cardinals can find in Smith's game. Arizona could do a much worse than pulling the trigger on Smith. For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars are stuck with Blaine Gabbert after selecting him with the No. 10 overall pick in 2011.
With Smith off the board in this mock, the Cardinals must turn their attention to improving the offensive line. Texas A&M's Jake Matthews is a solid prospect with a ton of upside. He currently plays right tackle at Texas A&M, but Matthews possesses the technique and foot speed to make the switch to left tackle.
No. 10: Tennessee Titans
Pick: Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
Worst Case Scenario: Believing Jake Locker is capable of leading a high-powered offense
The Tennessee Titans appear to have seen enough from Jake Locker to move forward with him as their starting quarterback. However, he hasn't shown anything to prove that he's capable of leading a high-scoring offense.
This is why it's important for the Titans to ensure that they have a top-notch defense. Ensuring that happens starts with the defensive line. Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins possesses the size to hold up against the run and athleticism to penetrate the pocket.
Failing to build a strong defense will only magnify Locker's struggles as a quarterback.
No. 11: Buffalo Bills
Pick: Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU
Worst Case Scenario: Missing out on a high-upside pass rusher
The Buffalo Bills decision to give Mark Anderson a large free agent contract was a questionable decision. Outside of his one productive year with the New England Patriots, Anderson only topped the double-digit sack mark once in his seven-year career.
Buffalo needs to land a young pass-rusher who possesses a ton of upside. This would allow them to hang on to Anderson for one more season while they develop that young pass-rusher.
LSU's Barkevious Mingo is a perfect candidate to fill that role. He possesses the burst, balance and closing speed needed to generate pressure on the quarterback. However, he needs time to get stronger and add some bulk.
Because creating pressure on the quarterback is such an important part of the game, there's a chance that all of the top pass-rushers are off the board when the Bills make their pick.
No. 12: Miami Dolphins
Pick: Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
Worst Case Scenario: A wide receiver fails to make a late rise up the draft board
The Miami Dolphins really need to add an offensive playmaker to aid the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, the 2013 draft class currently doesn't boast a wide receiver that looks like a sure-fire No. 1 target. This will force the Miami Dolphins to look in a different direction.
Tennessee's Justin Hunter, California's Keenan Allen and Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson are the top receivers on my board. All three are extremely talented, but each come with question marks.
Hunter struggles with his focus and catching the football. Too often he lets the ball get into his body, which results in drops. He doesn't do a good job using his size to his advantage. Hunter must do a better job attacking the ball at its highest point.
Allen's late-season injury could impact his ability to gain some momentum. He's another guy with good size and potential. However, there's been a few games where he just disappeared and failed to make an impact.
Patterson's one season at Tennessee has been a major success, but teams are a little cautious to pull the trigger on a prospect with such little experience.
Other than targeting a wide receiver, Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks could step in and immediately help the Dolphins' secondary.
No. 13: New Orleans Saints
Pick: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Worst Case Scenario: Missing out on a pass-rusher
Poor play on the defensive side of the ball has been one of the reasons why the New Orleans Saints have struggled this season. Those issues center around the team's problems generating consistent pressure on the quarterback.
Steve Spagnuolo's defense requires the front four to create pressure on the quarterback. Cam Jordan and Will Smith both lack the overall explosiveness to fill that need, and this is why someone like Florida State's Bjoern Werner would be a great fit.
Werner possesses an excellent first step, good balance and a non-stop motor. His ability to dip his shoulder and get the edge is another reason that he is able to generate consistent pressure. Adding Werner to the mix would allow Spagnuolo to put together more disruptive packages.
No. 14: New York Jets
Pick: Damontre Moore, Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M
Worst Case Scenario: Being stuck with Mark Sanchez for another year
The New York Jets worst case scenario is very likely to play out. This is because the 2013 draft class lacks the quarterback prospects to instantly replace Mark Sanchez. West Virginia's Geno Smith is likely to be off the board, and New York won't go with another former USC quarterback in Matt Barkley.
Their best option would be to target someone like Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon on day-two of the draft. However, that's more of a plan for down-the-line and does little to fix the quarterback problem for next season.
Outside of addressing the quarterback position, New York must turn their attention to improving the pass rush. They currently rank No. 29 in the NFL with only 19 sacks this season. Neither Bryan Thomas or Calvin Pace is getting the job done at the outside linebacker position.
Texas A&M's Damontre Moore has exploded up the draft board this season. His quickness off the ball and his length have helped him to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. He can be someone that Rex Ryan can immediately use to upgrade the defense.
No. 15: St. Louis Rams
Pick: Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Worst Case Scenario: Lack of a premier wide receiver prospect
The St. Louis Rams did a great job this past year filling a lot of holes through the draft. However, they continued their trend of being unable to find a legitimate No. 1 receiver for Sam Bradford. He continues to deal with a cast of average targets.
This draft doesn't offer much hope for the Rams to address this need. So far, the top wide receiver prospects all come with question marks. There's Tennessee's Justin Hunter and his issues with drops, California's Keenan Allen dealing with an injury and Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of experience.
Luckily, the Rams have two first round picks which could allow them to target that position later in the draft.
As for this mock, Alabama's Chance Warmack possesses the ability to make a major impact as a rookie. He's an explosive player who excels at opening running lanes. Warmack also possesses the balance and fluid movements to protect the passer.
If you can't help a quarterback with a playmaker, the next best thing is to address the offensive line.
No. 16: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
Worst Case Scenario: Having to settle for Alex Okafor
Texas' Alex Okafor is a talented defensive end prospect with upside as a pass-rusher. However, there's some distance between him and the other top defensive end prospects. Okafor hasn't had the same type of impact this season as he has had in the past.
However, I'm convinced that a lot of that has to do with the way Texas utilized him. This season, Texas asked Okafor to mostly lineup in a two-point stance. But he gets a much better start off the ball and plays with better leverage when rushing from a three-point stance.
His struggles playing from a two-point stance should limit Okafor's stock as a candidate to play linebacker at the next level.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to bring someone in to improve their pass-rush. Okafor can fill that role, but someone like Florida State's Bjoern Werner possesses more upside. Tampa Bay basically has to wait and see who's the best pass-rusher available when its on the clock.
No. 17: Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
Worst Case Scenario: Geno Smith is available when the Vikings are on the clock
Christian Ponder has had a rough second season with the Minnesota Vikings. His inability to consistently produce explosive plays has brought questions about his overall potential. NFL quarterbacks must be able to stretch the field and put points on the board.
Minnesota could be faced with a very tough decision if West Virginia's Geno Smith is on the board when it picks. Throughout his career, Smith has shown that he has the ability to make plays down the field. He isn't afraid to vertically attack the defense.
The Vikings are saying all the right things, but that doesn't mean they're fully in on Ponder. Even passing on Smith could bring some negative attention.
It only takes one solid season by Smith and more struggles by Ponder for people to start questioning why the Vikings passed on Smith.
In this mock, I have the Vikings taking California's Keenan Allen in an attempt to give Ponder more weapons. Outside of Percy Harvin, Minnesota's receiving corps lacks the talent to win one-on-one matchups. Bringing in Allen will give Minnesota a more accurate look at Ponder's overall potential.
No. 18: St. Louis Rams (From Washington)
Pick: Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Worst Case Scenario: The Washington Redskins keep winning
The St. Louis Rams own the Washington Redskins' first round pick this year because of the trade that netted Washington their new quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Obviously, the Rams are hoping that the Redskins finish with the worst possible record.
St. Louis is still going through a rebuilding phase, and looking to acquire the best talent available. Washington's recent winning streak could mean this pick falls somewhere in the mid 20's.
If Washington somehow passes the Dallas Cowboys in the standings, the Rams could face some competition in the offensive tackle market. The struggles of Doug Free means that the Cowboys could target a tackle early in the 2013 draft.
St. Louis' offensive line needs a ton of work, and especially needs an increase of talent at the tackle position. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher possesses the size, athleticism and balance to make an immediate impact.
No. 19: Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Line, Missouri
Worst Case Scenario: The top offensive tackle prospects are off the board
Doug Free is having another terrible season, and it might be time for the Dallas Cowboys to go in a different direction. His struggles have played a major role in Tony Romo's inability to find a rhythm. Romo's interception total is higher than usual because he is often faced with pressure.
The 2013 draft features around four offensive tackle prospects that figure into the first-round mix. This group includes: Michigan's Taylor Lewan, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.
In this mock, all four of those prospects are off the boards. If this is the case, Dallas could turn its attention to improving the talent along the defensive line.
Missouri's Sheldon Richardson would be a great fit as a five-technique in the Cowboys' 3-4 alignment. He's a well-rounded player who can generate pressure on the quarterback and hold up against the run.
No. 20: Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Khaseem Greene, Linebacker, Rutgers
Worst Case Scenario: The Bengals' decision makers fully trust Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict has been able to keep his emotions in check this season, and that's why he's been able to claim a starting job with the Cincinnati Bengals. However, it would be a poor decision for the Bengals' to avoid adding talent to the linebacker position because of Burfict.
His history of making poor decisions and immaturity is too extensive for one season of good behavior to earn a ton of trust. This is why the Bengals would be wise to target someone like Rutger's Khaseem Greene in the upcoming draft.
Greene possesses the versatility to crack the starting lineup, even if Burfict remains on the right path. His explosiveness and tenacity consistently puts him in position to make a play on the ball. Of the traditional linebacker prospects in this draft, Greene does the best job of meeting blockers in the hole and using his hands to disengage.
No. 21: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama
Worst Case Scenario: Reaching for a running back in the first round
The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone through a revolving door at the running back position this season. Players like Jonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman have not been able to completely grab a hold of the long-term job.
This could force the Steelers to reach for a running back early in the 2013 draft. However, that would be a mistake, as there isn't a running back worthy of a first round selection.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy and North Carolina's Giovanni Bernard are the top two running backs on my board, but both shouldn't be selected before the second round.
Pittsburgh has proven in the past that they won't reach to fill a specific position. That's why Alabama's C.J. Mosley would make sense for them in the first round. He would both fill a position of need and give good value.
No. 22: New York Giants
Pick: Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina
Worst Case Scenario: Comparing Sylvester Williams to Marvin Austin because of UNC ties
When the New York Giants selected Marvin Austin they were expecting him to quickly develop into a dominant force along the defensive line. However, his inconsistency and string of injuries have kept him from making an impact.
New York shouldn't allow Austin's struggles to keep them from adding a potential difference maker in North Carolina's Sylvester Williams. The only similarity between the two is the fact that they attended the same college.
Williams is one of the faster rising prospects because of his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield and hold up against the run. For his size, he possesses excellent quickness and an explosive first step off the line of scrimmage.
He'd be an excellent fit alongside Linval Joseph, as someone who can penetrate the pocket and disrupt the timing of the offense.
No. 23: Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Worst Case Scenario: Pass on someone like Tavon Austin to grab Justin Hunter
The Seattle Seahawks have gotten a great year out of Russell Wilson, and they should head into this offseason aiming to surround him with better talent. This year's wide receiver class boasts talented but unpredictable prospects.
Tennessee's Justin Hunter might be the most polarizing member of that group. He possesses all the physical tools needed to develop into a No. 1 wide receiver at the next level. However, his lapse in focus and questionable hands are a problem.
Hunter has a tendency to let the ball get into his chest, which results in drops. He needs to do a better job using his hands to pluck the football. This is also an issue when Hunter attacks the deep part of the field.
His inconsistency plucking the ball limits his size advantage, as it's only beneficial if he's attacking the ball at its highest point.
Hunter's physical attributes make him a very attractive prospect, but someone like West Virginia's Tavon Austin could be a safer pick. Teams like the Seahawks need to keep in mind that big upside players don't always pan out.
No. 24: Green Bay Packers
Pick: Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Worst Case Scenario: The Packers miss out on the top middle linebacker and offensive tackle prospects
The Green Bay Packers used most of the 2012 draft to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. However, that shouldn't deter them from adding more talent on defense in 2013. This team could use an upgrade over A.J. Hawk.
It'll be very close to whether or not top-notch linebacker prospects are available when the Packers are on the clock in the first round. Alabama's C.J. Mosley and Rutgers' Khaseem Greene both figure to come off the board in this range.
However, both are also considered rising prospects and could crack the top-20.
The offensive tackle scenario is even more of a reach for the Packers. It's highly unlikely that any of the first-round tackle prospects are on the board when the Packers select.
Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert would have to be someone Green Bay considers. He'd be an upgrade over Jermichael Finley, who is quickly wearing out his welcome.
No. 25: Indianapolis Colts
Pick: John Jenkins, Nose Tackle, Georgia
Worst Case Scenario: Falling in love with someone on the offensive side of the ball
The Indianapolis Colts are on pace to earn a surprise playoff berth this season. They're making this run despite some glaring holes on defense. Indianapolis must head into the 2013 draft focused on upgrading the talent at all levels of the defense.
They can't fall in love with a playmaking wide receiver like Tennessee's Justin Hunter or California's Keenan Allen. Both would be great additions to help Andrew Luck, but the Colts need to become a more balanced team.
Georgia's John Jenkins would be a great fit as a space-eating nose tackle in the Colts' 3-4 system. He possesses the size and strength needed to clog the middle. Jenkins would also help the Colts' linebacker cleanly pursue the football.
No. 26: Chicago Bears
Pick: Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina
Worst Case Scenario: Heading into next season with J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi as starters
The Chicago Bears need a lot of help along the offensive line, so the worst case scenario is bound to happen. It's unlikely that they'll be able to find enough new pieces to fix all the problems on the offensive line.
In this mock, all the top-tier offensive tackle prospects are already off the board. However, North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper possesses the potential to be one of the better interior linemen in the league. He's an explosive player that excels at opening running lanes.
Chicago is at a point where they need to just add talent along the offensive line. Ideally, they'd like that to be a tackle, but it's unlikely to work out.
They could also look at one of the top linebacker prospects with the though of finding a long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher. Rutger's Khaseem Greene would be a perfect candidate to fill that role.
No. 27: San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Worst Case Scenario: Dashon Goldson leaves via free agency
The San Francisco 49ers have enjoyed back-to-back successful seasons, mainly because of the play of the defense. San Francisco's ability to return every starter from last year's team played a major role in that success.
However, there's a chance Dashon Goldson receives a lucrative offer from somebody during the offseason. That would leave a big hole in the secondary, an area that could already be deemed the weakest link.
Goldson's impending free agency is why I have the 49ers selecting Texas' Kenny Vaccaro who is a well-rounded safety prospect. Vaccarro is a physical presence who loves to come up and support the run. However, he also has the range to hold up in deep coverage.
No. 28: Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Tony Jefferson, Safety, Oklahoma
Worst Case Scenario: Both Ed Reed and Ray Lewis retire after the season
The Baltimore Ravens defense is as much about attitude as it is about talent. They get that attitude from their two leaders, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. With both players getting up there in age and dealing with injuries, it's possible that both will decide to call it quits after the season.
Losing both would be absolutely devastating, and that's why they must start thinking ahead. Adding someone like Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson would put someone in place for the long-term.
Jefferson is a multi-talented safety who has a knack of putting himself in position to make a play on the ball. It's his elite-level athleticism and instincts that help him gain that positioning. Jefferson won't replace Reed, but he can have a strong impact.
No. 29: New England Patriots
Pick: Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU
Worst Case Scenario: Bill Belichick making a trade to move down in the draft
The New England Patriots and Bill Belichick love to orchestrate trades that allow them to stockpile picks later in the draft. However, those picks haven't always panned out and the Patriots need more top-level players.
They'll have a chance to add an impact player in the upcoming draft like LSU's Sam Montgomery. He'd be a nice fit along an improving defensive line. Montgomery's ability to rush the passer and hold up against the run makes him an excellent fit opposite Chandler Jones.
New England could also look at one of the top safeties like Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson or Texas' Kenny Vaccaro.
No. 30: Denver Broncos
Pick: Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
Worst Case Scenario: Focusing too much on providing Peyton Manning with more weapons
Peyton Manning is having a ton of success with the Denver Broncos with the current makeup of the roster. Denver needs to commit more resource to improve a defense that's on the verge of becoming one of the better units in the league.
Manning possesses the talent to make those around him better. However, he doesn't have the ability to make the defense better.
Adding a disruptive force like Arizona State's Will Sutton could be the move that pushes the Broncos' defense over the hump. He'd be a great complement to Von Miller's edge pressure because he can get a push up the middle.
Sutton doesn't only make plays behind the line of scrimmage, but he also does a good job holding up against the run.
No. 31: Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
Worst Case Scenario: The Atlanta Falcons head into next season with John Abraham as their lone pass-rushing threat
John Abraham is the player on the Atlanta Falcons' defense that will top the double-digit sack mark. Atlanta's defense has been surviving thanks to an opportunistic secondary and help from the offense. This defense needs to find a way to create more pressure on the quarterback.
BYU's Ezekiel Ansah boasts a good combination of quickness and strength that allows him to work his way into the backfield. That combination of skills makes it tough for any offensive lineman to completely neutralize him.
This is a player that could be the long-term replacement for Abraham.
No. 32: Houston Texans
Pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Worst Case Scenario: Adding talent on defense, and overlooking the offense
Last year, when the Houston Texans decided to select Whitney Mercilus in the first round, they overlooked a need at the wide receiver position. Houston's offense can't afford another season failing to address this position.
It's possible that we will see the lack of another option at wide receiver come back to haunt the Texans in the playoffs.
Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the faster rising prospects in the draft, and his explosiveness gives him the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Gary Kubiak possesses the offensive mind needed to get the most out of Patterson.