2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Will Be Forced to Reach in 1st Round

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks at the press conference announcing his hiring as the new Bills head coach at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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When it comes to the NFL draft, a high pick isn't always the best-case scenario. Some teams may even find themselves wishing they were a little bit lower on the totem pole when it comes time to turn in their selections.

Taking the best player available is a nice little catchphrase for teams around draft time, but the fact of the matter is that every team drafts to address needs. The downside of that reality is that some players are taken way earlier than they should be.

The obvious solution is to trade down. However, that's not always as easy as fans and armchair analysts make it out to be. If teams can't find a dance partner in trade negotiations, they can be forced to reach for a player that may confound the pundits.

Here are some likely candidates to have people scratching their heads with selections that will be considered a reach. 

Buffalo Bills, No. 8

The Bills are in an unfortunate predicament. They desperately need/want a new quarterback, but this is simply not the draft class to be in dire need of a quarterback.

Geno Smith appears to be the consensus No. 1 player at the position (even that is disputed though) and he isn't expected to be on the board when the Bills go on the clock in Round 1. That leaves them with the unfortunate position of reaching on whatever prospect they like at the position.

Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley are the kind of quarterbacks that would make good choices in the second round as development projects, but it's difficult to justify spending a top-10 selection on any of them.

The move may work out for the Bills, but it isn't an ideal situation.

Tennessee Titans, No. 10

The Titans are another team whose needs simply don't line up with their spot in the draft order.

The secondary is a huge area of need, but the only player in the secondary that is worthy of a top-10 selection (Dee Milliner) is not likely to be available when the Titans are up. Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks is a likely selection, but he doesn't have the smooth athleticism that you'd like to see out a cornerback taken that early.

A guard would also fill a need, but it's rare to see a guard taken as early as No. 10. Either way, the Titans should be looking to trade down. If they can't get that done, they'll be bucking conventional wisdom with their pick.

Miami Dolphins, No. 12

The Miami Dolphins' most glaring need is at wide receiver.

The Dolphins could pick up a receiver like Greg Jennings in free agency and still need to draft a wideout to round out the receiving corps for Ryan Tannehill. The only problem is that every receiver available in this draft class presents a risk at No. 12.

Cordarrelle Patterson is a physical beast, but only has one year of game tape against top competition. Keenan Allen was productive but inconsistent, and no other receiver has done enough to be considered this early.

Outside of receiver, the Dolphins could use another cornerback, but with Milliner (and possibly Banks) off the board, they'd reaching with that position too.

Full Draft Order- Round 1

  1. Kansas City (2-14)
  2. Jacksonville (2-14)
  3. Oakland (4-12)
  4. Philadelphia (4-12)
  5. Detroit (4-12)
  6. Cleveland (5-11)
  7. Arizona (5-11)
  8. Buffalo (6-10)
  9. New York Jets (6-10)
  10. Tennessee (6-10)
  11. San Diego (7-9)
  12. Miami (7-9)
  13. Tampa Bay (7-9)
  14. Carolina (7-9)
  15. New Orleans (7-9)
  16. St. Louis (7-8-1)
  17. Pittsburgh (8-8)
  18. Dallas (8-8)
  19. New York Giants (9-7)
  20. Chicago (10-6)
  21. Cincinnati (10-6)
  22. St. Louis—from Washington* (10-6)
  23. Minnesota (10-6)
  24. Indianapolis* (11-5)
  25. Seattle (11-5)
  26. Green Bay (11-5)
  27. Houston (12-4)
  28. Denver (13-3)
  29. New England (12-4)
  30. Atlanta (13-3)
  31. San Francisco (11-4-1)
  32. Baltimore (10-6)


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