2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams Most Likely to Shake Up First-Round Arrangement
Baltimore’s win over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII rounded out the bottom of the 2013 NFL draft order.
Each first-round slot has been defined, but not every pick will go unchanged once April arrives. Teams are constantly jockeying for position in order to maximize their success during the league's best roster-building event.
Washington is the only team without a pick in the first round after dealing its selection to St. Louis in exchange for the rights to draft Robert Griffin III during last year’s draft.
Who will it be this year that does some draft-day dealing and shakes the order up?
We'll take a look at a couple of teams below who may end up making some moves on draft day.
Last season, then GM Tom Heckert used a second-round supplemental draft pick on Baylor WR Josh Gordon. That means Cleveland will be without a second-round pick this season and may be looking to trade down from its No. 6 overall selection in order to add more picks to its arsenal.
The Gordon pick certainly seems to have panned out, but the team still has multiple holes along its roster. Cleveland is also in the process of transitioning to a 3-4 defense after new head coach Rob Chudzinski hired former Arizona Cardinals DC Ray Horton. That transition would definitely be helped along by having a couple of extra selections to mold into the new system.
The Buffalo Bills are also a team with new management, as former Syracuse HC and New Orleans Saints OC Doug Marrone will be leading the team into the future. That means Buffalo will also be looking to add some new faces that fit Marrone’s philosophy and system.
Quarterback is the perfect place to start. Unfortunately, Buffalo is slotted behind Kansas City, Jacksonville and Arizona—all teams who are in need of making improvements at the position. With that being the case, the Bills could end up trading down in the first round.
They would do it in order to acquire more picks and then select QB Ryan Nassib—Marrone’s QB at Syracuse—later in the first round or at the top of the second round.
St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are the team best positioned to do some moving around in the middle of the first round. As mentioned, they acquired the Redskins’ No. 22 overall selection during last season’s draft. They could use that pick along with their No. 16 pick in order to trade up if there is someone they covet badly enough.
Trading down is also an option, too, as the Rams could stockpile picks and still grab a top prospect in the first round with one of its two selections.
2013 NFL Draft order (h/t CBS Sports)
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. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
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