Texas A&M star Luke Joeckel may be the best player available this spring, but that doesn't mean he presents the most value to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1 overall in 2013.
The 2013 NFL draft is just over six weeks away, and while every NFL team continues to evaluate the talent on their big boards, value is the one factor that often determines which direction a team takes when it finds itself on the clock.
Below we'll run down all 32 first-round selections in this year's NFL draft, highlighting some of the top value picks.
*Top value picks are italicized.
No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT
If the Kansas City Chiefs decide to hold onto the No. 1 pick this year, then Florida's Sharrif Floyd would be the best value pick for them at the top spot. After all, Kansas City has already tagged offensive tackle Branden Albert and acquired a quarterback in Alex Smith.
The next logical move for the Chiefs is to shore up their defensive line. Kansas City ranked 27th in rush defense a season ago, surrendering over 135 yards on the ground per game. Floyd could help fix that.
The 20-year-old measures in at around 6'3", 300 pounds, and uses every bit of that size to his advantage. Floyd is strong enough to move opposing lineman back and sound when it comes to using his technique to play the gaps.
No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE
LSU's Barkevious Mingo provides great value for a team that ranked last in the NFL in 2012 with just 20 sacks. He's a freak athlete, as evidenced by his combine performance, and his potential is seemingly endless.
No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) : Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT
Oakland could go any number of directions at No. 3, but the best value pick would be a dominant offensive lineman like Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel. The Raiders must get their running game jump-started in 2013 after ranking 28th in that category a season ago.
No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE
Dion Jordan makes a lot of sense for the Philadelphia Eagles, beyond the fact that he already has a relationship with first-year head coach Chip Kelly going back to their days at Oregon.
Jordan is an elite pass-rusher, and quite frankly, Philly was lacking in that area for the most part in 2012. At No. 4, Jordan would be a sensational pickup for Kelly and the Birds.
No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB
I'm not sure if Dee Milliner will still be around by the time the Detroit Lions find themselves on the clock at No. 5, but assuming he is, this is a no-brainer. The former Crimson Tide has blazing speed, which he displayed at the combine, and stellar cover skills.
Georgia's Jarvis Jones wouldn't be a bad move here either, but Milliner is a one-of-a-kind playmaker.
Detroit wasn't dreadful against the pass in 2012, but starting cornerback Drayton Florence is aging fast and coming off a season in which he only played in eight games. The Lions will earn an A+ for their first round if they can land Milliner in the top five.
No. 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT
A 6'7" offensive tackle out of Central Michigan, Eric Fisher would be a solid pickup for Cleveland at No. 6. Fisher is one of the best tackles in the country and could help pave the way for Trent Richardson next season.
No. 7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB
With so few top-flight passers available this offseason, West Virginia's Geno Smith is the top value pick for the Arizona Cardinals in the first round. He fills an obvious need and brings lots of potential to the table as a strong-armed, accurate thrower who prefers to play from the pocket.
No. 8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB
If the Bills opt to hold onto the No. 8 pick this spring, then Georgia's Jarvis Jones is the player they would like to get their hands on. An unstoppable force for the Bulldogs in 2012, Jones led the nation in sacks, recording 14.5 in 12 games.
No. 9. New York Jets (6-10): Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT
A lot of questions need to be answered about Star Lotulelei's health before any team is willing to take him in the first round this year, but assuming everything checks out and he is cleared to continue competing at a high level, the massive defensive tackle would be an ideal fit with Rex Ryan's Jets.
No. 10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G
Chance Warmack just gets the job done at guard. He can hold up well in pass protection and really shines in the running game. Chris Johnson and the Titans could really take advantage of his services in the future.
No. 11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT
Philip Rivers went down a ton in 2012. He was sacked 49 times, second-most in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson is athletic enough to make sure that doesn't happen again in 2013.
No. 12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Keenan Allen, California, WR
If Miami is looking for a go-to receiver for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, then it would be wise to target Cal's Keenan Allen.
Allen has excellent hands and looks to be a reliable target at the next level. He won't blow defenders away with speed, but he can make the tough catches look easy more times than not.
No. 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE
Damontre Moore's draft stock has taken a hit recently following his interviews at the combine, but there's no doubt that the Aggies defensive end offers tremendous value for a team like Tampa Bay at No. 13.
With Lane Johnson off the board, the Bucs could make a run at one of the most athletic pass-rushers coming out this spring in Moore.
No. 14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE
Ziggy Ansah brings a ton of excitement to the table at 6'6", 270 pounds. The former Brigham Young defender is super fast for his size and is still developing his skills. A team like Carolina could really benefit from lining him on the edge and letting him use his athleticism to make plays.
No. 15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G
The Saints have become one dimensional offensively. They ranked just 25th in rushing last season despite ranking first in passing. North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper is gaining a lot of momentum this March as arguably the most versatile guard coming out.
No. 16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR
Tavon Austin is an awesome value pick for the St. Louis Rams at No. 16, their first of two first-round selections in 2013. Austin has incredible top-end speed and a rare big-play ability.
St. Louis' offense has been in desperate need of a spark for some time now, but Austin could change that. He's quick enough to beat defenders down the field and can also make a huge impact in the screen game and on crossing patterns.
Austin ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the combine, boosting his stock and propelling himself up big boards.
No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE
Bjoern Werner has a great motor and would fit right in with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Werner can put pressure on the passer, but he's also got exceptional awareness and rarely finds himself out of position.
No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT
Dallas has to address its porous rush defense this April, and the best way to do that is by drafting Missouri's Sheldon Richardson, a big-bodied defensive tackle with quick feet and an unrivaled intensity.
No. 19. New York Giants (9-7): D.J. Fluker, Alabama, OT
At 6'5", 340 pounds, Bama's D.J. Fluker can cure what ails the New York Giants up front. He looks comfortable in just about every situation and has long arms to keep defenders at bay.
No. 20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE
I really love this pick for the Chicago Bears, especially since they've yet to find an adequate replacement for Greg Olsen. Jay Cutler needs to be surrounded by more weapons in order to most effective, and Tyler Eifert is a unique offensive weapon to say the least.
With Brandon Marshall demanding plenty of attention on the outside, Eifert could expose the middle of defenses with his quickness and size. At 6'6", 250 pounds Eifert is both a matchup nightmare and a physical specimen.
Eifert isn't renowned for his blocking, but he will more than hold his own at the line of scrimmage.
No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR
Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson can improve his route running with time spent in the NFL. But already he's an explosive downfield threat who can develop into a legitimate No. 2 wideout opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati.
No. 22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S
Kenny Vaccaro isn't afraid to help out in run defense and is equally as talented playing the pass. It all adds up to tremendous value for a team like the St. Louis Rams. Jeff Fisher knows defense, and he's sure to use at least one of his team's two first-round picks on that side of the ball.
No. 23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB
For a team that ranked 24th against the pass last season, Washington's Desmond Trufant makes a lot of sense in the first round. Antoine Winfield isn't getting any younger.
No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT
It's certainly no secret that Colts need help on the interior defensive line after ranking 29th in rush defense last season. That's why North Carolina's Sylvester Williams would be an ideal target for Indianapolis.
Williams possesses a quick burst at the point of attack and could help Indy's defensive front gain more of a push and become more disruptive more often.
In addition to boasting a lot of ideal physical attributes, Williams is a high energy player who will tackles with excellent form. If he's still on the board at No. 24, the Colts would be foolish to pass on him.
No. 25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5): Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB
Sure, there's concern about Alec Ogletree's off-field behavior, but there are no doubts about what he can do in between the field lines. Ogletree plays a hard-hitting style of football that I'm sure Pete Carroll would love to see in Seattle.
No. 26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB
Drafting an offensive lineman wouldn't be a bad idea for the Packers in the late first round, but if Green Bay wants to get the best value, it should take a long look at former Crimson Tide playmaker, running back Eddie Lacy.
A powerful back, Lacy would take heaps of pressure off the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. The Packers haven't had a dependable option in the back field since the Brett Favre era.
Green Bay ranked 20th in rushing last season and put an unfair amount of pressure on Rodgers to carry the offense drive after drive.
No. 27. Houston Texans (12-4): Kevin Minter, LSU, LB
LSU's Kevin Minter wouldn't be a steal for the Houston Texans in the first round, but he offers a lot of value as a productive inside linebacker. Many believe Houston is just a few pieces away from winning a championship.
No. 28. Denver Broncos (13-3): John Cyprien, Florida International, S
An underrated safety with superb ball skills, John Cyprien would be a nice fit in Denver, where the secondary will be under tons of scrutiny in 2013 following last January's bitter playoff exit.
No. 29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, Florida, S
Over the past few seasons, New England's Achilles' heel has been its secondary. The Patriots have been rotating players in and out but have yet to discover the magic formula for success.
Florida's Matt Elam is a hard-hitting safety and one capable of bringing more attitude to Bill Belichick's defensive back field.
No. 30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Zach Ertz, Stanford, TE
Stanford's Zach Ertz would provide excellent value for the Atlanta Falcons. Tony Gonzalez's future is anything but certain, and assuming he retires, the reigning NFC South champions will need a pass-catching tight end.
No. 31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB
The San Francisco 49ers are a team with very few weaknesses on either side of the ball. That said, Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks would be a phenomenal selection nearing the end of the first round.
His production with the Bulldogs in the SEC suggests that he'll be able to step in and make a difference right away.
No. 32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB
At No. 32, Manti Te'o would bring solid value to a Baltimore Ravens team in need of an inside linebacker following Ray Lewis' retirement. Although there are some doubts about Te'o following a poor combine performance, his motor is undeniable.
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