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Ranking the 2013 NFL Draft's 5 Most Likely Candidates for the Top Pick
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Whether Geno Smith should be a No. 1 overall pick is seriously debatable, but he is among the top candidates to be the top choice.

There is no equivalent in the 2013 NFL draft to what Andrew Luck was in the 2012 NFL draft—or, for that matter, what Cam Newton was in 2011 or Sam Bradford in 2010.

In recent drafts, a quarterback has often been the No. 1 overall pick. That was the result of a quarterback-needy team holding the top pick and one quarterback standing out as the top signal-caller in the draft (Luck had steep competition from Robert Griffin III, but either would be considered the top quarterback in most draft classes).

This year, the Kansas City Chiefs are certainly quarterback-needy, but there is no quarterback in the draft class close to being an elite prospect. But with the importance and value of the quarterback position, will the Chiefs take a chance on a field general anyway, or will they draft simply for value?

We usually have a pretty good idea of whom the No. 1 overall pick will be well in advance, but this year’s draft is likely to keep us guessing until close to draft time. With more than three months left in the process, big boards and prospect rankings are still subject to change, but ahead we'll take a look at the most likely choices to emerge as the first player off the board on April 25.

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