2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams in Perfect Position to Land Superstars
Four more slots were determined for the 2013 NFL draft as the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts were eliminated from the playoffs. The most coveted spots were already known.
Although the complexity of a draft class can change quite a bit between January and April, this year's group is shaping up to have more depth than star power. Having an early pick, when the top names are available, is a nice luxury. After the first handful, there are plenty of question marks.
With that in mind, let's examine three teams in an ideal position to land a college star that should make an instant impact. A complete draft order, including the Wild Card Weekend results, is also included after the breakdown.
Who is the best option for the Chiefs?
No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs must address their need at quarterback in some way, shape or form this offseason. Since they own the first overall pick, getting one through the draft seems like the easiest option. Right now, Geno Smith has emerged as the favorite.
Kansas City will do its due diligence with other big names like Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson, but Smith is the most complete QB on the board. He made noticeable strides during each season with West Virginia and completed 71 percent of his passes with 42 touchdowns as a senior.
Although he's not quite on the same level as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, Smith still has immense upside and would be able to step right into the lineup for new coach Andy Reid. The new regime needs a new QB, and Smith is the best option available.
The Pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
No. 3 Oakland Raiders
After finishing the regular season with just 25 sacks, ranking them 31st in the NFL, it's no secret the Raiders must address their pass rush. With all the high-flying passing games around the league, the path to victory shrinks considerably if a team can't pressure the QB.
That makes Jarvis Jones the best fit. The Georgia linebacker was a dominant force during his junior season, racking up 85 tackles, including 24.5 for loss, 14.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He's clearly ready for the next level.
His combination of size and athleticism will make him a prototypical edge rusher in the NFL. The Raiders can't afford to pass that up, even though they have several other needs to fill. Jones will improve the pass rush, and that will have a positive impact on the entire defense.
The Pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
No. 6 Cleveland Browns
In a perfect world, the Browns would be able to land a true No. 1 wide receiver with this pick. There simply isn't one available, however. It might turn out to be a blessing in disguise, especially if Damontre Moore is still on the board.
Even though the Browns finished in the top half of the league in sacks, they lack a star rusher. Jabaal Sheard led the team in sacks with seven, so it was more of a cumulative effort. Having one player who can demand attention from the opposing team is key.
That's why Moore, who averaged nearly a sack per game, should be the target. He has the versatility necessary to play in whatever system the new coaching staff will implement, and would give the team the feared rusher they need to improve the defense.
The Pick: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Wild Card Weekend Results
Cincinnati Benglas 13, Houston Texans 19
Minnesota Vikings 10, Green Bay Packers 24
Indianapolis Colts 9, Baltimore Ravens 24
Seattle Seahawks 24, Washington Redskins 14
2013 NFL Draft Order (as of Divisional Round)
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. Cincinnati Bengals
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. Baltimore Ravens
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. Green Bay Packers
28. Houston Texans
29. San Francisco 49ers
30. New England Patriots
31. Denver Broncos
32. Atlanta Falcons
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