2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Will Get the Most Value from Their Pick

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJanuary 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 7 :   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 7, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL draft order is nearly set after Wild Card Weekend saw four teams get eliminated from contention. Those four teams know will they will be drafting, though, as a result of losing out on their championship aspirations.

The Washington Redskins still don’t have a first-round pick, meaning the St. Louis Rams will benefit from their loss. They will pick No. 22 overall with the 'Skins' pick they obtained in their trade for the rights to Robert Griffin III in last season’s draft.

Value is a big term that is thrown around during the buildup and results of each season’s NFL draft. In order to maximize value, teams are best served to draft the best player available (BPA) in early rounds as opposed to filling key needs.

Let’s take a look at three teams who are positioned perfectly to maximize value by also addressing key needs in this year’s first round.


4. Philadelphia Eagles

No matter who falls to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4 overall, the team is going to get a key offensive line player to help bolster its shaky unit.

Luke Joeckel is widely regarded as the best offensive tackle in this class and should be available when the Eagles go to the podium. His contributions would address an immediate need for the team as well as act as perfect value for the team’s selection.


16. and 22. St. Louis Rams

With two mid-round picks the Rams are in a good position to draft the best player available and for need simultaneously. They also have flexibility to trade back, or up, if the team’s draft room desires.

That flexibility on draft day will be huge for a team that has some glaring needs along its offensive line. Picking and choosing where they select by trading picks will allow them to maximize their value.


23. Minnesota Vikings

Looking at the Vikings' roster, they don’t have too many holes to address this offseason. Wide receiver may be the biggest glaring whole, though, and they should be able to pick up one of the top prospects at this position in the draft.

There are only three wide receivers ranked within in Scouts INC.’s top 32 players. All three should be available around the time the Vikings come up to pick, although one or two could possibly be nabbed earlier.

If the Vikes have their choice of all three at No. 23 overall, they would be in the best position to maximize need and value of anyone in the lower third of the draft.


Updated 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 through 32 have yet to be set.



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