The 2013 NFL draft should see a number of teams alter their fortunes and help set them up for success next year. While some teams will struggle again next season and end up in similar drafting positions, there are a number of talented teams within the top 15 picks that will have success next season.
Some of these teams will need overhauled systems and culture changes to have success, while others just need a few more weapons to get to the next level.
Here are a number of teams from the top 15 of the NFL draft order that will have success next season.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid is a big addition to the Chiefs and should strengthen the team heading into next season. Add in the likely first pick in Geno Smith, and the Chiefs look very much headed in a different direction from their disappointing 2-14 season.
The Chiefs have a number of playmakers, including Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali. Their roster indicates a better team than they displayed this season.
The new coaching staff and front office should bring about the change the Chiefs need.
5. Detroit Lions
The Lions were one of the most surprisingly disappointing teams in the league. They followed up their best season in decades with a 4-12 record, good for the fifth pick in the 2013 draft. While the team blew up on and off the field, it does have the talent to win football games.
Matthew Stafford needs to sort out his mechanics, and the Lions need to get some talent around Calvin Johnson. Mikel LeShoure's 798-yard season proved he can be a part of the offense, while Joique Bell also had some success.
This team needs a culture change, but with that and a strong draft class, it could be right back in the playoff hunt.
6. Cleveland Browns
While much of how the Browns do next season will depend on the coach they hire, they have a talented, youthful roster. They showed improvement over the season, finishing 5-6 after they started 0-5 on the year, in addition to getting tough divisional wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Whichever coach comes in, Trent Richardson provides the Browns with a bright future. After rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, Richardson should be even better next year.
If rumors prove to be correct and Chip Kelly is hired as head coach, the team should be definitely expected to have success.
12. Miami Dolphins
Head coach Joe Philbin has the Miami Dolphins moving in the right direction. While the offense needs work, Reggie Bush played the best football of his career and Ryan Tannehill proved he can be a quality starter in the league.
The defense did well to finish 7th in points allowed, but gave up the 12th most yards in the league. The Dolphins need to be better on this side of the ball. The draft and free agency should give them some chances to bring in defensive talent.
While they weren't a strong statistical team offensively or defensively, they found ways to win and stay competitive against better teams.
The Dolphins are a team that bought into the new system put in place by Philbin and will have success in another year with him as their coach.
15. New Orleans Saints
It's hard to count out the Saints. Even when they started the season 0-5, it still felt like they were capable of being a playoff team. Drew Brees and the offense looked unstoppable at times, but also lackluster at other times, while the defense looked poor throughout the season.
With Sean Payton back in the mix, the Saints should instantly get some improvement there. Their offense should be expected to be better, but they need to improve defensively.
If they can add some defensive talent in the draft or free agency, the Saints will be back to being competitive next season.
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