2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting the First Round with Trades

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting the First Round with Trades
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The off-season has officially begun for 20 NFL teams as of this Sunday and surely many fan bases have diverted their attentions towards the spectacle and lure that is the NFL Draft. With a new year upon us and bowl season in full swing, now is a great time to see the best college football has to offer in terms of talent available next April. 

While this year's class may lack elite talent at the top, there is still plenty of potential and depth throughout, rewarding teams that invest wisely and identify which positions the talent is the deepest and most abundant. Although the official draft order will be unknown until February or which underclassmen have officially declared themselves eligible until January 15, now is a great time play around and get a general feeling for what some teams may be looking to do come draft day. Surely things will change between now and then but its always fun to project trades and generate debate amongst fans and loyal followers. 

In a period of personal New Years Resolutions and weight loss goals, many teams are now in full-fledged evaluation mode, looking to "trim the fat" and "pack on the muscle". To see the impact the NFL Draft can have on a franchise, one must look no further than the Indianapolis Colts and their young quarterback Andrew Luck who has managed to lead his team from the darkness and despair of a losing season to the joy and jubilation of an NFL playoff run. Lets take an early look at how I could see the draft potentially playing out, with a few keynote trades sprinkled in to keep things interesting

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