NFL Draft Order 2013: Trenches Set to Dominate Top 10 Picks
We all know that Kansas City and Arizona are in dire need of a QB. Heck, any franchise would jump at the chance to add a playmaker at the single most important position on the field. If you can't find a good QB, you can't win games in the NFL.
However, when it comes to the 2013 NFL Draft, the franchise playmaker each team seeks won't likely be in the cards.
What will be in the cards is a slew of offensive and defensive lineman set to shape this draft at its core. While most teams love to add the offensive piece that can either stretch the field or make a big play at any time, it looks like the trenches is where teams will need to make new, impactful selections.
Looking at the big board, it's easy to see that the highest-graded collegiate players come from the front seven.
According to Scouts Inc's Big Board, 15 of the first 20 players are either offensive or defensive lineman. Twenty out of the Top 32 end up being in either category, showing that we really do have a dearth of skill players ready to compete right away—according to draft graders that is. QB Geno Smith doesn't show up until No. 22.
At the top of the board is Star Lotulelei, the NT from Utah who graded out at a 96—a monstrous score for a defensive tackle of any conference. He leads the pack for the defenders but is followed by Damontre Moore, Barkevious Mingo and Bjoern Werner.
On offense, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is the nation's top tackle, followed closely by names like Taylor Lewan, Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper.
Simply put, this draft has the ability to make-or-break an offensive or defensive line. Looking at the Top 10, Oakland definitely needs help on defense. Philadelphia could use a game-changer along the offensive line, while Cleveland and Tennessee could go either way.
It's unlikely that anyone would pass up Geno Smith if he fell past the Chiefs at No. 1. But looking at the rest of the draft, it's not crazy to think that we could see more offensive and defensive lineman taken than ever before.
It's a strong man's game, and this draft falls into that stereotype.
Here's a look at the projected Top 10 for April's draft, including each team's record and where they should finish:
Projected Top-10 Draft Order
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12)
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2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)
3. Oakland Raiders (4-10)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10)
5. Detroit Lions (4-10)
6. Arizona Cardinals (5-9)
7. Cleveland Browns (5-9)
8. Tennessee Titans (4-9)
9. San Diego Chargers (5-8)
10. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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