2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Teams That Will Reach for Positions of Need

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2013

Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Teams reach for positions of need every year in the NFL draft, whether it be on offense or defense.

Sometimes it works out, sometimes it fails miserably.

This year, there are several bottom-feeders who need to find a starter right away and, as always, quarterback seems to be a position teams will reach for.

Here's a look at teams I see reaching for a position of need in the 2013 NFL draft.


Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1)

This is a no-brainer. The Chiefs have one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL and they obviously need someone new under center (unless, of course, they would prefer to continue with Brady Quinn).

I expect the Chiefs to go after West Virginia's Geno Smith, who is widely regarded as the best quarterback in the draft.

While Smith could become a franchise quarterback, I don't know if he's worth the No. 1 overall pick. That won't sway the Chiefs from drafting him, though.


Arizona Cardinals (No. 7)

Arizona is the only team that rivals Kansas City's putrid quarterback situation this season.

That figures to end in the 2013 NFL draft.

There are several possibilities here, including USC's Matt Barkley, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and North Carolina State's Mike Glennon. All of them would be reaches inside the top 10 in a quarterback class that doesn't have a lot of depth, but continuing with what the Cardinals have now is only asking for trouble moving forward (or backward).


Buffalo Bills (No. 8)

I originally had the Bills drafting someone who could help stop the run (like Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson), but, the more I think about it, the more I see them trying to find their next quarterback of the future.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's struggles down the stretch are all too familiar and he's too careless with the football to be a franchise quarterback. Expect the Bills to go after Barkley, Wilson or Glennon in the top 10.


What are your thoughts?

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