The first week of the NFL playoffs is complete, and every division winner except the Redskins marched on.
This means that the three Wild Card teams—and the Redskins—will be slotted into the draft order from No. 21 to No. 25. The eight remaining spots will be determined as the playoffs continue. The Super Bowl winner will pick 32nd, and the remaining slots will be filled in reverse order from there.
The Bengals, Vikings, Redskins and Colts fell in the Wild Card Round. Despite the disappointment, each of these teams had a successful season. However, they all have holes that must be filled though the draft.
Here are the areas that the Wild Card losers need to spotlight in the first round of the 2013 draft.
*Note: Full draft order is below.
Minnesota Vikings: Wide Receiver
Outside of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota offense was unable to drum up much in the way of production.
A big reason for that was the Vikings' lack of talent on the outside. Percy Harvin is great, but he is more of a slot threat than a No. 1 option.
Adding a player like Justin Hunter from Tennessee or Robert Woods from USC would give Christian Ponder the threat on the outside that he has lacked.
Indianapolis Colts: Defensive Tackle, Offensive Line and Secondary
The Colts have more holes than most playoff teams, making their run to the postseason all the more impressive.
Andrew Luck was magnificent in his rookie season, but he got battered in almost every game due to suspect O-line play. The defense also had issues stopping the run, and the Colts secondary was not great, either.
Adding a playmaker at safety like Florida's Matt Elam or drafting an impact defensive tackle like Georgia's John Jenkins would instantly improve the Colts.
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive End, Corner
Andy Dalton is the team's future at QB, whether fans like it or not. This leaves the Bengals’ biggest area of need on the defensive side.
Cincinnati's defense was steady in 2012, but what it lacked was big-play ability. A game-changing pass-rusher or shutdown corner would help change that.
The corner spot is thin in the 2013 draft, but there are tons of playmakers to be had at defensive end. LSU's Sam Montgomery would fit in nicely.
Washington Redskins: Secondary
The Redskins are without a first-round pick after they made a trade with the Rams last year in order to select Robert Griffin III.
But when the Redskins do get on the clock in the second round, they must target secondary help.
Washington gave up a number of big plays this year, and a big part of that was due to a lack of depth on the outside. Brandon Meriweather's injury hit the team hard, and the 'Skins must acquire more help at corner and safety.
2013 Draft Order
1. Chiefs (2-14)
2. Jaguars (2-14)
3. Raiders (4-12)
4. Eagles (4-12)
5. Lions (4-12)
6. Browns (5-11)
7. Cardinals (5-11)
8. Bills (6-10)
9. Jets (6-10)
10. Titans (6-10)
11. Chargers (7-9)
12. Dolphins (7-9)
13. Buccaneers (7-9)
14. Panthers (7-9)
15. Saints (7-9)
16. Rams (7-8-1)
17. Steelers (8-8)
18. Cowboys (8-8)
19. Giants (9-7)
20. Bears (10-6)
21. Bengals (10-7)
22. Rams (from Redskins)
23. Vikings (10-7)
24. Colts (11-6)
25. Ravens (11-6)
26. Seahawks (12-5)
27. Packers (11-5)
28. 49ers (11-4-1)
29. Texans (12-4)
30. Patriots (12-4)
31. Falcons (13-3)
32. Broncos (13-3)
*Note: Picks 25-32 have yet to be set.
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