2013 NFL Draft Order: Unlucky Teams in Toughest Positions

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2013 NFL Draft Order: Unlucky Teams in Toughest Positions
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There are always those NFL teams that see prospects they desire get taken right before they are about to draft.

There are also those teams that have various needs and must decide whether to select a potential franchise quarterback or a defensive player.

Where would the Washington Redskins be if there wasn't a second franchise quarterback after the Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck at No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL draft?

Exactly.

Here's a look at the teams that won't be so lucky in 2013, complete with projected draft order (the first 20 spots are set).

 

Cleveland Browns (No. 6)

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The Browns wouldn't have gone 5-11 this season if they didn't have a multitude of problems.

They could conceivably draft a quarterback to relieve Brandon Weeden, a pass-rushing defensive end or a cornerback to put opposite Joe Haden

The Browns will have a variety of intriguing options at No. 6 overall, but finding the right player (not to mention, seeing him drop to them) will be key.

Many draft experts have Cleveland going with a defensive end like Texas A&M's Damontre Moore, but things could change throughout the draft process.

 

Arizona Cardinals (No. 7)

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The Cardinals likely won't see West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith fall to them, but someone like USC's Matt Barkley, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson or North Carolina State's Mike Glennon could be there at No. 7 overall.

Of course, having an offensive line that can actually protect the quarterback would be a smart choice, too.

There are several intriguing offensive tackles in the 2013 class and more than a couple have a shot of becoming franchise players.

Arizona must decide if the offensive line can be improved later in the draft or via free agency or trade. Otherwise, taking a quarterback may not matter.

 

Buffalo Bills (No. 8)

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It appears Ryan Fitzpatrick's days as the "franchise" quarterback in Buffalo are over. Now the Bills must decide whether they will reach for a quarterback in the 2013 draft.

At this point, at least two quarterbacks could be off the board in a relatively weak quarterback class as it is. Is it worth reaching and hoping a quarterback could develop into a franchise player (like the Minnesota Vikings did with Christian Ponder in 2011) or is it better to look at other options?

Beyond the Bills' quarterback woes, they also have been dreadful against the run. If someone like Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o or Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson makes it to No. 8, will Buffalo go a different direction?

It's certainly a quandary. 

 

New York Jets (No. 9)

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It's gotten so bad under center for the Jets that they may actually draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2013 draft.

Of course, Rex Ryan is still the coach so it's also possible the Jets stick with Mark Sanchez.

Will the Jets draft a potential difference-maker at quarterback or will they find a pass-rusher like LSU's Barkevious Mingo, who would be a good fit in their system?

Choices, choices. No pressure guys, you only play for New York.

 

2013 NFL Draft Order

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Detroit Lions
6. Cleveland Browns
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Buffalo Bills
9. New York Jets
10. Tennessee Titans
11. San Diego Chargers
12. Miami Dolphins
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Carolina Panthers
15. New Orleans Saints
16. St. Louis Rams
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. New York Giants
20. Chicago Bears
21. St. Louis Rams (via WA)
22. Minnesota Vikings
23. Indianapolis Colts
24. Houston Texans
25. Cincinnati Bengals 
26. Baltimore Ravens
27. Green Bay Packers
28. Atlanta Falcons 
29. Seattle Seahawks
30. New England Patriots 
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Denver Broncos 

 

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