NFL Draft Order 2013: Teams That Must Take Quarterbacks in First Round

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 17, 2013

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans drops back to pass against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at the Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated USC 38-28.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NFL Season quickly coming to a close, the 28 teams that have been eliminated from Super Bowl contention have already turned their attention to April's 2013 NFL Draft, and rightfully so.

This year, we watched as a record five rookies began the season as starting quarterbacks, and though this draft class doesn't feature the same sort of high-end talent as the previous crop of prospects, there are a number of teams in need of new signal-callers.

For now, there doesn't seem to be an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, or even a Russell Wilson for that matter, but that doesn't mean there isn't a handful of teams that must draft a quarterback in the opening round of the draft out of necessity.

Here's an early look at the teams that need a fresh start under center, and keep reading for a full updated draft order.




Two seasons in, it appears that the Kevin Kolb experiment in Arizona has failed, and one has to think that the team's next head coach will want to start from scratch. 

Yeah, Kolb hasn't been healthy for a full season thus far, but the Cardinals won't be able to climb back to respectability if they can't get gain some stability at quarterback.

At the very least, Kolb could play the role of mentor for a season or two, and then the 'Cards could phase in whoever they choose to take at No. 7.

After a season in which the Cardinals started out 4-0 and proceeded to lose 11 of their next 12, and started four different quarterbacks in the process, a major change has to be made. 




With new head coach Doug Marrone now in control of the Bills, the former Syracuse play-caller will want to remedy the quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't lived up to expectations since signing a six-year, $59 million in October of 2011. 

Fitzpatrick had his moments, but he hasn't been able to deliver when it counts, as evidenced by consecutive 6-10 seasons. Marrone should hit the restart button, and start over with the prospect he feels most confident in.



Kansas City

With offensive mastermind Andy Reid now in Kansas City, the Chiefs offense will be getting a makeover, starting at quarterback.

Matt Cassel was a Pro Bowler, but after a string of disappointing seasons, it's time for KC to move on, especially given that they have the pick of the litter with the No. 1 pick.



Here's the current 2013 NFL Draft order (via

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 (8-7)

19. New York Giants (9-7)

20. Chicago Bears (10-6)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6)

23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)

27. Houston Texans (12-4)

28. Denver Broncos (13-3)


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