NFL Draft Order 2013: Teams That Must Trade Up to Fill Major Need

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 4, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after a play against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Draft is rapidly closing in with every passing week as teams look to stuff their rosters with some of the most exciting young talent available in the league.

This year's draft class has no obvious standouts or top selections, with the entire first round likely to have great players available throughout. Despite that, a number of teams would be well served by trading up to fill a major need heading into the 2013 NFL season.

Read on to find out which teams should trade up in this year's draft.

San Diego Chargers (Pick No. 11)

The San Diego Chargers desperately need some help on the offensive line in order to protect Philip Rivers in 2013, and Eric Fisher is seemingly the guy who fits that bill well for the Chargers.

However, ever since the Senior Bowl, Fisher has been growing in reputation and rising up draft boards heading towards the draft—meaning that the Central Michigan OT could well find himself going inside the Top 10 picks in the draft and out of reach for the Chargers.

Unless they move up to get their man this year.

It wouldn't be a bad move to make, given that they wouldn't have to go that far to get Fisher on board. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Pick No. 13)

Tampa Bay has a talented offense with the potential to seriously compete in the NFC South on their good days, but until it fixes its defense, it just won't win the close games. Mark Barron was a bad call for the Bucs to have made in the 2012 draft, and with the trade of Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots, suddenly Tampa now has a huge hole to fill at cornerback.

Dee Milliner is the standout secondary player in the draft this year and will likely go inside the Top 10 picks—if not inside the Top 5 picks overall.

For the Bucs to get him, they'll likely need to give up a fair bit, but given that this team isn't that far away from being a surprise challenger in the South, it could be a risk worth taking for coach Greg Schiano. 

St. Louis Rams (Pick No. 16 and 22)

With the trade to the Washington Redskins last year, St. Louis acquired three first-round picks—one in this year's draft—making for a very interesting draft package indeed. With two picks in the first round, the notion of moving up the board isn't at all out of the question here, nor should it be.

The Rams desperately need some help for Sam Bradford on the offensive line; they've shown they can be a real threat if Bradford is protected well. They could look to pick up a good tackle or two in the mid-to-late part of the first round, or they could move up the boards by using one or both of their first- round picks and try to nab one of the real top guys in the draft.

Giving up one of their picks and some later picks seems to work in that it still allows them a first-round draft pick in the middle but also gives them a true top player.

Fisher wouldn't be that big of a reach for the Rams to make.

San Francisco 49ers (Pick No. 31)

With their plethora of draft picks on hand, it's no surprise that the 49ers are going to make some sort of a move around the draft this year—be it in terms of selling their picks to nab a star like Darrelle Revis or in terms of the draft itself.

Moving up could be a worthwhile move for the 49ers to make come draft time, for they could turn their already-brilliant squad into a truly fantastic one.

Imagine the San Francisco 49ers with a guy like Sheldon Richardson of Missouri or Utah’s Star Lotulelei in the mix? What about someone like Milliner?

Few teams can afford to pass up the draft picks that the 49ers could offer with their incredible number of picks on hand. Don't be surprised to see a move up the board by coach Jim Harbaugh's team in order to pick up a real star of the draft.

2013 NFL Draft Order

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 (from 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)

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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Which teams do you think should trade up in the 2013 NFL Draft?

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