2013 NFL Draft Order: Impact Players Who Will Turn Lowly Teams into Contenders

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2013

Arkansas Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson
Arkansas Razorbacks QB Tyler WilsonWesley Hitt/Getty Images

With the sheer amount of parity in the NFL, teams drafting in the top 10 of the NFL draft can go from the outhouse to the penthouse with the addition of one key player.

The Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins all made the playoffs the year after selecting in the first 10 picks of the draft.

With that trio in mind, here's three players who will get their new teams into the postseason.

5. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

No one's doubting the Detroit Lions have enough offense to make a deep run through the postseason. It's on the defensive end where the biggest concerns are.

The Lions finished 27th in scoring defense, giving up 27.3 points a game. Sacks were a problem area, with Detroit only getting 34 on the year. Aside from Cliff Avril, the team doesn't have another solid option to come off the end.

With Damontre Moore officially in the 2013 draft, the Lions should pounce. The junior has recorded 26.5 sacks over his career, with 12.5 coming in 2012.

Moore has a good combination of enough speed to beat offensive tackles off the edge or power through them.

He is also flexible in how he's lined up. Moore could play as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense or standing up as more of an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

At this point, fans are at the "I'll believe it when I see it" stage when it comes to the Cleveland Browns and the playoffs. In the franchise's 14 seasons since returning, it's made the postseason just once.

Dee Milliner can help get Cleveland back.

The Browns aren't a bad football team. They had some close losses and were much better than their 5-11 record. Their offense should improve next year with the continued development of Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon.

With Joe Haden already occupying one cornerback spot, adding Milliner would give Cleveland one of the best pass defenses in the league.

He's isn't the most athletic player in the draft, but Milliner has the physicality to bump receivers at the line of scrimmage and the on-field awareness to be in the right position at the right time.

8. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

The Buffalo Bills are almost assuredly going to take a quarterback here. Whomever they select will have a solid offensive situation around him.

With C.J. Spiller, the Bills have a running back who could make the leap to elite next season, and Stevie Johnson is a good target at wideout.

In addition, whomever Buffalo selects will probably be a reach, yet he'll be an upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tyler Wilson is a very solid pick considering the needs at QB. He may not have the strongest arm in the draft, but he's at least at the level of Matt Barkley. The Arkansas Razorback also has enough mobility to move around the pocket and avoid the rush.

He does have a tendency to be a bit of a gunslinger. Wilson threw 13 interceptions during his senior season, which was a little over twice as many as in 2011.

2013 NFL Draft order (via NFL.com)

Note: underlined picks are subject to change with final results of playoffs.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)

3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)

5. Detroit Lions (4-12)

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)

8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)

9. New York Jets (6-10)

10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)

11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)

12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)

14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)

15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)

19. New York Giants (9-7)

20. Chicago Bears (10-6)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

22. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) (trade with Washington Redskins)

23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

25. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

26. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

27. Green Bay Packers (11-5)

28. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)

29. Houston Texans (12-4)

30. New England Patriots (12-4)

31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

32. Denver Broncos (13-3)


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