2013 NFL Mock Draft: Players on Every Team That Benefit Most from 1st Round Pick
When it comes to the NFL draft, we typically focus on how that rookie will make an impact in his first professional season.
While that's important, many times they do a great deal for already established players.
Let's look at the guys who will benefit the most from 2013 rookies being added to the roster.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith is the most polished pocket passer in the class with a good arm talent and considerable upside. He is certainly a quarterback, who, with coaching, can become a franchise signal-caller.
Players who benefit: Jon Baldwin, Jamaal Charles
With the future of Dwayne Bowe unknown, Baldwin and Charles represent the future of Kansas City's offense. Despite running in a clearly one-dimensional attack in 2012, Charles has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau and averages more than five yards per carry.
Smith would be a significant upgrade over Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, two quarterback's who have combined for a 67.5 QB rating this season, and would make defenses respect the pass, especially down the field—something that would clearly benefit the explosive running back.
As for Baldwin, he has the physique and natural talent to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver. However, he has been unable to blossom with the Chiefs, as the start of his career coincided with the organization's acquisition of Cassel.
Smith and Baldwin would undoubtedly help each other for many years.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jarvis Jones is a well-rounded pass-rusher who has a fantastic blend of supreme athleticism and a non-stop motor. Though you know what you're getting from him, he has room to grow as a player and has elite potential.
Players who benefit: Jeremy Mincey, Tyson Alualu
The Jaguars have struggled to rush the passer in 2012, as their 14 sacks rank last in the NFL entering Week 15's action.
Jeremy Mincey is a talented defensive end, but opposing offensive lines can easily stymie him without having to worry about any other dangerous edge-rusher on the roster.
Jason Babin could become that guy, but at 31 years of age, he's likely past his prime.
Jones would give Mincey much more one-on-one opportunities, and he would do the same for underrated defensive tackle Tyson Alualu.
Alualu is best known for being the guy Jacksonville "reached" on in the 2010 draft, and while he probably hasn't lived up to his lofty draft status, he's far from a liability and would greatly benefit from a successful speed rusher on the outside.
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star Lotulelei is the total package at the defensive tackle spot. Size, strength, agility—he has it all. If you've watched the Raiders this year, you'll understand why they need a youthful defensive line anchor.
Players who benefit: Philip Wheeler, next Raiders QB
Wheeler leads Oakland in tackles with 97 and has two sacks from his strongside linebacker position. At 28-years-old, he is in the prime of his career and could undoubtedly benefit from a disruptive force on the defensive line in front of him.
Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly are shells of their former selves, and Lotulelei would presumably make the league's statistically worst defense better.
From that, the next Raiders QB—and it could be Carson Palmer—won't be placed in as many precarious, come-from-behind situations.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel is light on his feet but possesses great power and technique. If there's a sure-fire franchise left tackle in this class, it's this Texas A&M stud.
Players who benefit: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy
There's no definitive evidence that Foles will be the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2013, but he should be. He has progressed since replacing the oft-injured Michael Vick and finally got his first win in Week 14.
Are we sure Jason Peters will return from his Achilles injury and return to All-Pro status?
Even if he does, there's a major hole on the right edge of Philadelphia's offensive line, and Joeckel would lock down the right tackle spot—making life much easier for Foles in the pocket.
As for McCoy, he was productive even when the Eagles' offensive front was destroyed by injury, but adding a well-rounded tackle to pave running lanes certainly won't hurt.
5. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Jesse Williams is a mound of sheer power, a guy who wins with brute strength and leverage on the interior. The Panthers look to have enough offensive talent to compete, but the defense needs many upgrades.
Players who benefit: Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton
Kuechly has pieced together a fine rookie campaign, pacing the team by a wide margin with 130 total tackles along with one sack and one interception.
Has he made a major impact?
With Williams plugging the middle of the opposition's offensive line, theoretically, it would allow Kuechly to play downhill more often, thus making a bigger mark on every game in which he plays.
For Newton, it's simple.
A more stout defense would lead to more wins instead of devastating fourth-quarter collapses.
Reducing the 4.4 yards per carry Carolina has allowed this year would undeniably help the club become more balanced.
6. Tennessee Titans: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Dion Jordan is a sturdy athlete at 6'7'' and around 245 pounds. His 2012 was ultimately marred by injury, but he has the inherent tools to become one of the game's preeminent pass-rushers.
Players who benefit: Kamerion Wimbley, Alterraun Verner
Wimbley has performed admirably for the Titans this year as the club's major offseason addition, however, he desperately needs a complementary pass-rusher.
Derrick Morgan just doesn't scare opposing offenses.
With Jordan, the former Oakland Raider standout could be in for a nice spike in production late in his career.
Although Jason McCourty is the team's franchise cornerback, Verner is an up-and-coming defensive back ready to break out. With opposing quarterbacks dealing with more pressure, Verner's interception numbers could increase.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matthews isn't as polished as Joeckel, but he has the moldable skills to become a solid edge-protector at the next level. Do the Cardinals need offensive tackle help? They've allowed 155 sacks since the start of the 2010 season.
Players who benefit: Next Cardinals QB, Larry Fitzgerald
Quite the obvious picks here, but they're too blatant to ignore.
Whether it's Ryan Lindley, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb—for Cardinals fans, let's hope it's neither of these three—the next Cardinals quarterback must be protected better. Much better.
Matthews would instantly be the best offensive lineman on Arizona's roster.
With more sound offensive line play, Larry Fitzgerald wouldn't be rendered useless like he has for much of the 2012 season.
8. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Damontre Moore is a rangy pass-rusher with good size (6'4'' and 250 pounds) and power.
Players who benefit: Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh
The two interior defensive linemen for the Lions are young, ferocious and naturally talented. They've done relatively well early in their careers and the presence of Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch have helped.
However, Avril's future is unknown and Vanden Bosch is will be 35 next November.
Moore is needed in Detroit and will benefit Suh and Fairley as they enter their primes.
9. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Taylor Lewan has crazy length and at 6'8'' and nearly 310 pounds and has the perfect frame to man the left tackle spot in Miami for the next decade plus.
Players who benefit: Ryan Tannehill, Reggie Bush
Obviously, if Jake Long is franchised for upwards of $15 million, Lewan probably won't be selected. Then again, there's a distinct possibility the Dolphins move on with the player they picked No. 1 overall in the 2008 draft.
Lewan was Long's successor at Michigan, and although he wasn't as dominant, he has vast experience and has the feet to deal with speed rushers at the next level.
Tannehill hasn't been hindered by shoddy offensive line play much during his rookie campaign, however, bringing in Lewan would help the Texas A&M product's development.
The same goes for Bush, a guy who's shown significant improvement as a well-rounded runner during his tenure with the Dolphins.
10. San Diego Chargers: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Bjoern Werner isn't a household name, but he should be. He is deceptively athletic around the edge and isn't a liability against the run. For a team starting to rebuild, Werner is a good pass-rushing foundation.
Players who benefit: Melvin Ingram, Corey Liuget
With A.J. Smith and Norv Turner gone at season's end, the immediate future of the Chargers organization is in flux, so there may be an abundance of new pieces in San Diego next season.
Melvin Ingram and Corey Liuget aren't going anywhere, though.
Liuget definitively shed the bust label that was approaching him and demonstrated his ability as a disruptive defensive tackle this season.
With Werner adding a much-needed presence to the edge rush, Liuget will see more one-on-one match-ups on the interior.
As for Ingram, the team's 2012 first-round pick, he needs to show major improvement as a versatile pass-rusher after a catastrophic rookie campaign.
Werner will help him, as well.
11. Cleveland Browns: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Manti Te'o doesn't appear to have Patrick Willis instant impact potential, but he's one of the safest picks in the entire draft class. At 6'2'' and 255 pounds, he's a massive middle linebacker and has great instincts in pass coverage.
Players who benefit: Kaluka Maiava, D'Qwell Jackson
With Te'o, Jackson could slide over to the weakside spot, a place in which he could be much more active.
The Browns are trending upward, especially on defense, and with Maiava, Jackson and Te'o, Cleveland's defense could be an elite unit in 2013.
12. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson has the size, arm strength and top-notch experience in a pro-style offense to blossom into a franchise quarterback at the next level, something the Bills have been searching for since Jim Kelly retired.
Players who benefit: Stevie Johnson, C.J. Spiller
Johnson is a crafty route-runner who gets open often, but he has been hindered by the inconsistent play of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Though not the fastest or biggest, Johnson has No. 1 wideout potential.
With the strong-armed Wilson under center, Johnson could become a productive, high-volume, chain-moving receiver.
As for Spiller, his natural burst and tremendous lateral agility make him a dynamic playmaker regardless of who the quarterback is, but with a guy that can stretch the field with the pass, the former Clemson could be absolutely electric.
13. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri
Sheldon Richardson is one of the preeminent 3-4 defensive ends in the 2013 class. Loaded with power and sneaky athleticism, he'll be a welcomed addition to the Saints' defensive line.
Players who benefit: Cameron Jordan, Drew Brees
It took time for Jordan to acclimate himself to the professional game, but he has had accumulated seven sacks and 56 tackles heading into Week 15.
With Richardson, the defensively desperate Saints will have their bookend ends for the long-term.
If the defense can hold its own, Brees won't feel the need to carry New Orleans every Sunday.
Seriously, the Saints defense has been totally deplorable in 2012—no team has allowed more yards and only two clubs (Titans, Raiders) surrender more points per game.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Dee Milliner isn't as impressive of a prospect as SEC guys like Morris Claiborne, Patrick Peterson or even Dre Kirkpatrick were but is super clean and can step in as the Buccaneers' No. 1 cornerback.
Players who benefit: Doug Martin, Mark Barron
With the steady Milliner manning the top corner spot, the Buccaneers won't be as susceptible against the pass as they have been in 2012.
Therefore, they won't be forced to pass as frequently in the second halves of games in the future, thus giving Martin more of a chance to contribute.
For Barron, playing alongside a former teammate will undoubtedly help a secondary that needs major work.
15. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Barkevious Mingo hasn't been nearly as productive in 2012 as he was in 2011, but with his raw skill and SEC experience, Rex Ryan is bound to love him.
Players who benefit: Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson
Coples was drafted to be the team's chief pass-rusher, but he only managed three sacks in his rookie campaign.
With Mingo on the outside, the UNC product would have a much easier time transitioning to the NFL.
On the inside, Muhammad Wilkerson has quietly emerged as a penetrating defensive lineman.
With better edge-rushers around him, Wilkerson could really blossom.
16. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
Dwayne Allen isn't a truly special wide receiver prospect like Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green, but he has adequate size and good playmaking ability—two things that are needed in St. Louis.
Players who benefit: Sam Bradford, Chris Givens
Bradford has experienced an up-and-down career thus far, but he hasn't been helped with much receiving talent. Allen could become the team's go-to chain mover while Chris Givens, a player who's shown the ability to get down the field and make plays, would see much more single coverage.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Terrance Williams is a long-strider who excels at getting downfield and threatening opposing defenses with the deep ball. If you check the Vikings' roster, you'll see that they need someone like this Baylor product.
Players who benefit: Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson
Ponder has regressed over the last month, and a lot of that has to do with the lack of receiving talent around him.
Williams would add a necessary dimension to the Vikings' passing game, and should help Ponder take the next step as a signal-caller.
Along with helping Ponder, Minnesota's sensational running back would benefit from an intimidating wideout on the outside.
With fewer stacked boxes, who knows how productive Peterson could be.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Johnathan Hankins isn't as aggressive as you'd want your defensive tackle to be, but he moves exceptionally well for a 320-pounder. The Cowboys need more interior defensive line bulk.
Players who benefit: DeMarcus Ware, Sean Lee
Ware is one of the best pass-rushers of the last decade. However, for him to continue his dominance into the late stages of his career, he'll need imposing interior defensive linemen to keep all the attention off him.
Hankins can be that interior anchor.
Before his injury, Lee was emerging as one of the game's elite middle linebackers. With Hankins controlling the middle, he could become even more valuable.
19. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Sam Montgomery is another safe pick who shouldn't have much trouble transitioning to the NFL from two years as a solid contributor on LSU's defense.
Players who benefit: Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap
Atkins already is the most prolific penetrating defensive tackle in football. It's not even close. He has 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss through 14 games.
With another scary edge-rusher on his defensive line, the former Georgia standout would garner All-Pro consideration again.
As far as Dunlap is concerned, the more pass-rushing talent around him, the better.
20. St. Louis Rams (From Washington Redskins): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Chance Warmack has Ben Grubbs-potential at his guard spot, and actually, could become a more dominating professional with time and coaching.
Players who benefit: Sam Bradford, Daryl Richardson
Bradford rarely receives adequate protection and although he would probably prefer the Rams to acquire more offensive tackle talent, Warmack will hold down either guard spot for the next decade.
Richardson is the scat-back complement to Steven Jackson now, but he has a bright future in St. Louis.
With Warmack paving the way, Richardson can continue to improve over the next few seasons.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
C.J. Mosley is a versatile outside linebacker who can cover, play the run and blitz the quarterback. Perfect for Dick LeBeau, right?
Players who benefit: LaMarr Woodley
Only one guy here.
Woodley dealt with injuries in 2012, but still has plenty of great football remaining. With Mosley's versatility, the former Michigan standout can focus solely on getting after the passer.
22. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Just give it time—Eric Fisher will be a household name soon enough. The Central Michigan star has franchise tackle upside.
Players who benefit: Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch
Two clear candidates.
Brent Giacomini has been a decent stop-gap option at the right tackle spot, yet Fisher is the future.
With two sound offensive tackles, play-action calls for Russell Wilson will be made with more confidence.
Furthermore, with better blocking, Marshawn Lynch could be that much more devastating.
23. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
D.J. Fluker is mauling left tackle with vast SEC experience that could slide over and play left guard. He has been a legitimately dominating collegiate offensive lineman.
Players who benefit: Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard
Luck has been astonishing in 2012, doing more with less than any other player in the NFL. Yeah, I said it.
With an upgrade along the offensive line in front of him, Luck could take a huge stride as an NFL sophomore.
Donald Brown certainly will be in the Colts' future plans, but Ballard has played well and has feature back potential. With Fluker, a strong presence who's ready to impose his will as a run-blocker, Ballard could emerge as a viable runner.
24. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee
Dallas Thomas has faced many of the 2013 class' best pass-rushers and rarely has been significantly overmatched. A safe left tackle prospect at 6'5'' and 310 pounds.
Cutler needs to be protected. We all know that has been the one problem since he's come to Chicago. J'Marcus Webb simply isn't good enough for the Bears to go to the Super Bowl.
If the team's quarterback can stand in a clean pocket, Marshall could be even better than he's been this year.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree exudes athleticism and makes a ton of plays due to his natural physical abilities. He seems like the perfect fit for the Ravens.
Players who benefit: Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe
We don't know how much longer Ray Lewis will play, but by adding an athletic specimen like Ogletree to the linebacking corps, there won't be much of an initial drop off.
These two 3-4 inside linebackers will love playing next to someone as aggressive as this Georgia standout.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Tyler Eifert has outrageous ball skills and will instantly be a fabulous red-zone target at the NFL level.
Players who benefit: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White
If Tony Gonzalez indeed calls its quits at the end of the 2012 season, the Falcons will need to replace the legendary tight end.
With Eifert, Ryan will have another solid option over the middle and Roddy White and Julio Jones won't be able to be singled out by opposing secondaries.
A win for the Falcons' offense.
27. Denver Broncos: Eric Reid, S, LSU
The 2013 class doesn't have a Mark Barron or Eric Berry-type safety prospect, but Eric Reid certainly has first-round talent.
Players who benefit: Peyton Manning, Tracy Porter
Manning is undeniably capable of leading a successful team without a stellar defense, but as he's entering the twilight of his career, it would help if the Broncos were as stingy as possible against the pass.
We don't know how much longer Champ Bailey will play, but Tracy Porter is here to stay.
With Reid's presence over the top, Porter can be as aggressive on the ball as he'll want to be.
28. Green Bay Packers: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
DeAndre Hopkins is a threatening deep threat who can flourish from the slot or on the outside. Another wideout for the offensively-efficient Packers.
Players who benefit: Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb
Greg Jennings is a free agent at year's end, so Green Bay could actually use another receiver in 2013 and beyond.
Rodgers wouldn't have to experience a dip in production, and Randall Cobb could remain as the gadget YAC option in one of the game's most dynamic offenses.
29. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin is the best YAC receiver in the 2013 class. Give him the ball with space in front of him, and there's a chance he'll take it to the house.
Players who benefit: Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub
The Texans run a traditional but extremely effective run-heavy, play-action offense. Andre Johnson has played well off a slew of injuries, however, he needs a complement.
That's what Austin brings to the field.
For Matt Schaub, he won't have to zero in on Johnson as often and will be able to move his offense with a variation of short passes.
30. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, Brigham Young
Ezekiel Ansah is a raw but innately talented pass-rusher who'll intrigue many coaches and general managers during the 2013 draft process.
Players who benefit: Chris Canty, Jason Pierre-Paul
Ansah is actually similar to Osi Umenyiora when he came out Troy. Jerry Reese is in a position to take a luxury pick with this Brigham Young star.
With another frightening edge-rusher, interior disruptor Chris Canty could be as imposing as ever before. The same goes for outside stalwart JPP.
31. New England Patriots: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
John Jenkins is a pretty solid guy at 6'3'' and 360 pounds. He's a run-plugger with better agility than initially expected.
Players who benefit: Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower
Wilfork has remained a steady contributor from his nose tackle spot, but as he's entering the latter stages of his illustrious career, he may be the most productive if given adequate rest each game.
For the linebackers, they'd be able to play aggressively with someone who occupies multiple blockers like Jenkins in front of them.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Johnthan Banks isn't a big name, but he's a sound prospect with good NFL potential. The 49ers don't need more defensive help, do they?
Players who benefit: Chris Culliver
Culliver has become one of the league's brightest young cornerback stars, but he'll need a defensive back mate as he enters the prime of his career.
That's where Banks will come in.