2013 NFL Draft Projections: 1st-Round Picks Who Will Turn into Superstars

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17:  Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The first round of the NFL draft is the time when teams need to address their biggest issue, and some are lucky enough to draft budding superstars with their first picks.

Of the players who will be drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, these are those guys who will eventually turn into the next wave of stars.


LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

The star of Notre Dame's defense is going to be almost as good at the next level as he has been in college.

Te'o's natural physical gifts are always in question, but the same questions were asked about a certain Hall of Fame linebacker named Ray Lewis. Obviously it would be foolish to say that Te'o will be as good as Lewis, but you get my point.

He has the ability to play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense because of his versatility. He can rush the passer, stop the run or even drop back into coverage and intercept passes.

Te'o can do things that most linebackers would kill to be able to do, but what makes him so special is that he does them on a regular basis.

Don't forget about this kid's character and work ethic. He said it was "easy" to get past award season and focus on the BCS National Championship Game. How many other guys can honestly say that?


DE, Bjoern Werner, Florida State

The 6'4" 275-pound defensive end out of Florida State has a ton of potential, and Werner should develop into a star in a few years.

Werner is coming off a huge 2011 season, during which he recorded 37 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble and eight pass breakups.

Werner is an elite run stopper. He does a great job of plugging up holes and tackling ball-carriers.

There are a ton of teams who are looking for a guy like Werner to solidify their run defense, and he should definitely be a very early pick in the draft. Whoever makes the move to get him will be rewarded nicely.


QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Smith is a mystery right now, but I'm willing to bet that he is going to have a successful career as a pro.

Smith should go first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. The team desperately needs a quarterback, and he is the best available.

That will create a match made in heaven, as the Chiefs recently inked Andy Reid to a head coaching contract.

Reid has a way of getting the best out of his quarterbacks—especially mobile ones. Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and even Kevin Kolb found success under Reid when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, and I expect Smith to do so as well.

He has a great arm and solid mobility, and Reid should find a way to turn this "project" into a star.