NFL Draft 2013: Predicting Landing Spots for Wide Receivers in First Round

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 20, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Keenan Allen #21 of the California Golden Bears runs around Alex Hoffman-Ellis #17 of the Washington State Cougars at AT&T Park on November 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL draft doesn't feature a whole bunch of offensive talent, but there are wide receivers available in the first round that can have an immediate impact. 

Free agency could change how the wide receiver class is viewed. With the likes of Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe all expected to be leave their teams, teams will surely focus on trying to bring in one of those proven talents. 

While those guys will add plenty to a new team, they will surely cost a good amount of money. If teams miss out in a bidding war, there are some decent options to be had in the first round.  


14.Miami Dolphins–Keenan Allen, California  

The Dolphins desperately need wide receiver talent to help out Ryan Tannehill. The position has been a weakness and it's the biggest need heading into the 2013 season. With Reggie Bush's re-emergence and the decent play of Tannehill, the Dolphins finally have a plan on offense. 

By drafting Keenan Allen, they get a wide receiver who can grow into the team. Allen is widely regarded as the top wide receiver in the draft because of his complete package. Allen has a good combination of size, speed and ability after the catch to be a successful NFL player. He will be a big help to Tannehill as their careers grow together.


23. Minnesota Vikings–Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

The Vikings need help at the wide receiver position as they haven't had success via free agency. Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu and Jerome Simpson haven't been able to become the players the Vikings hoped they would. With Adrian Peterson playing his best football, the Vikings need to make things easier on Christian Ponder. 

Patterson would be a nice addition to the Vikings roster as a good-sized (6'3", 205 pounds) receiver who is athletic enough to get separation. The biggest knock on Patterson is his route-running, which would hurt Ponder, but that's definitely coachable.


28. Houston Texans–Tavon Austin, West Virginia

The Texans need some players on offense to complement Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Their offense just couldn't keep up with the New England Patriots in the postseason. They need another option that can take pressure off everybody.

Tavon Austin is the perfect player to do this. He's got incredible speed that makes him a big-play threat on every play. He would fit nicely in the slot to give Matt Schaub a dump-off game. His speed and vision could also allow a team to use him in a fashion similar to how the Vikings use Percy Harvin or how the Green Bay Packers use Randall Cobb.