NFL Mock Draft 2013: Impact Meter for Every Single First Round Pick

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Impact Meter for Every Single First Round Pick
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When selecting talent in the first round of the NFL draft, NFL shot-callers are constantly measuring impact.

Sure, every team enters the offseason with specific needs that must be addressed on draft weekend, but often times acquiring the prospect with most instant impact potential is the smartest move a franchise can make. 

Below we'll run through the entire first round of the 2013 NFL draft, measuring the impact of each selection on a scale of 1-10. 

*Top impact selections are italicized.

 

No. 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT

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You would be hard-pressed to find a draft expert who doesn't see Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel as the top overall pick in this April's draft.

Although there is a real possibility the Kansas City Chiefs go in a different direction, seeing as they placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert and acquired quarterback Alex Smith via a trade with San Francisco, Joeckel may be too good to pass up.

He possesses prototypical size for the position and has the ability to excel against dominant pass-rushers. Joeckel would be able to step in right away and make an immediate impact for the Chiefs in 2013. 

Impact Meter: 10

 

No. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14): Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT

Like Kansas City, Jacksonville could go in a number of different directions with its first-round selection this spring. The Jaguars definitely need to bolster their pass rush, but assuming they take the best player available at No. 2, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher will be their guy.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) : Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT

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Lots of experts had Oakland targeting Utah's Star Lotulelei at No. 3, but his health concerns have decreased his stock. That said, a rising star like Florida's Sharrif Floyd would be a brilliant move for the Raiders in the top five. 

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12): Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB

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Philly could really use Dee Milliner's playmaking ability on defense now that it's already addressed its pass-rushing needs through free agency, bringing in Connor Barwin and Isaac Sopoaga. The Eagles lacked explosion in their secondary last season and Milliner would be a fantastic pickup for a team that lost 11 of 12 games to end 2012.

His speed, as evidenced at the combine in February, is top flight and his cover skills are every bit as impressive. 

There are a lot of solid defensive back prospects that are sure to have their names called in the first round this year, but Milliner stands out as the hands-down best available. He's almost a lock for the top five.

Impact Meter: 10

 

No. 5. Detroit Lions (4-12): Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE

With leading sacker Cliff Avril headed to Seattle this offseason, the Lions will need to address their pass rush this April. Oregon's Dion Jordan is a promising player who could help fill the void left by Avril's departure. 

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 6. Cleveland Browns (5-11): Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE

LSU's Keke Mingo is a super athletic defender who isn't limited to one specific position or role. Cleveland could do a lot of things with Mingo in 2013 if they decide to draft defense at No. 6.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

Despite some of the concerns about Jarvis Jones' ability to hold up in the NFL in terms of staying healthy, the former Georgia linebacker looks primed to become a havoc-wreaking defender at the next level. Jones led the nation with 14.5 sacks last season, and can change a game in an instant with his ability to force turnovers.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 8. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB

With Kansas City acquiring Alex Smith this offseason, and Oakland acquiring Matt Flynn via trade as well, it's looking more and more likely that Buffalo will take Geno Smith No. 8 overall. The Bills need a steady hand under center, and Smith could provide just that. 

He looks poised to transition smoothly from college to the NFL, as he excels from the pocket. Smith doesn't rely on his legs to bail him out, but he can escape and run when called upon.

Smith also boasts a big arm and promising accuracy. He'll have to get used to the speed of NFL defenders, but there's no denying that the West Virginia star is the top signal-caller in the 2013 draft class. 

Impact Meter: 10

 

No. 9. New York Jets (6-10): Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT

Star Lotulelei's heart condition is problematic, but for now we'll assume that he can continue to play at a high level without issue.

In that case, the New York Jets could take a shot at him. Rex Ryan is a defensive mind, that's no secret, and the Jets certainly have room to improve one year after ranking 26th in the NFL in rush defense. 

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 10. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT

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Tennessee would be wise to get stronger and more physical up front in order to jump start its running game in 2013. The Titans made a great move signing Shonn Greene to backup Chris Johnson, but now they have to get better up front.

With talented guard Andy Levitre already on board, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson would be a great pick. He's ridiculously athletic and his style is tremendously successful.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 11. San Diego Chargers (7-9): Chance Warmack, Alabama, G 

It's nearly impossible to see the Chargers going any other route than guard at No. 11 this year. After all, Philip Rivers was sacked nearly 50 times last season. Signing King Dunlap was a nice move this offseason, but now San Diego must shore up the interior offensive line.

Impact Meter: 8

 

No. 12. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB

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Miami made a big free-agent addition signing wide receiver Mike Wallace this March, which gives them some options at No. 12. But seeing as the Dolphins' secondary ranked 27th defending the pass in 2012, cornerback wouldn't be a bad route.

Desmond Trufant has potential and he's picking up steam as the draft nears.

Impact Meter: 6

 

No. 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9): Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE

The combine is not a game. There are no pads and there is no score. So despite Texas A&M's Damontre Moore struggling in Indy, it should be noted that he's still an athletic pass-rusher who can change a game in a hurry.

Plus, after losing Michael Bennett to Seattle, the Bucs have a need at defensive end.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 14. Carolina Panthers (7-9): Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE

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Carolina could look to get Cam Newton some help at No. 14, but it's perhaps more likely that the Panthers pursue a defensive addition with their first-round selection. Brigham Young's Ziggy Ansah would be a phenomenal pickup at this stage of the first-round. 

A speedy defender with excellent size at 6'6", 270 pounds, Ansah could shine off the edge as a defensive end and also hold his own as a sure tackler in run defense.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 15. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE

The Saints have no choice but to get better on the defensive side of the ball this offseason after putting up historically bad numbers in 2012. Florida State's Bjoern Werner is an impact player who could step in right away and make a difference for New Orleans.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1): Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR

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Don't expect West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin to make it past pick No. 16 in this year's draft. Austin wowed at the combine and is best suited for a dome team like the St. Louis Rams. If he ends up there, he could be even more deadly as a playmaking wide receiver and return man.

With Danny Amendola signing with the Patriots, Austin would be a huge selection.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, DE

Pittsburgh could use a rusher off the edge after releasing veteran James Harrison this offseason. Florida State's Cornellius Carradine, known as Tank by many, would be a strong pickup at No. 17. 

He's an under-the-radar first-round prospect but looks ready to make a smooth transition from college to the pros.

Impact Motor: 7

 

No. 18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT

Dallas must become more physical up front on the defensive side of the ball. Missouri's Sheldon Richardson would be a smart acquisition for a team that ranked 22nd in rush defense last season.

Seen by many as one of the top defensive tackles coming out in 2013, Richardson isn't overwhelmed by multiple blockers and can make mince meat of smaller protectors. 

Impact Meter: 8


No. 19. New York Giants (9-7): Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G

The New York Giants are going to have to keep Eli Manning upright in order to challenge for the NFC East crown this coming season. After re-signing tackle Will Beatty, guard is a position the G-Men could look at this spring.

And NFL higher-ups are no doubt aware of Jonathan Cooper's physical abilities.

Impact: 9

 

No. 20. Chicago Bears (10-6): Keenan Allen, California, WR

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With the addition of tight end Martellus Bennett via free agency, Chicago can ensure that fields a threatening aerial attack in 2013 by adding a sure-handed wideout like Cal's Keenan Allen to play alongside Brandon Marshall.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6): Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR

Tennessee's Justin Hunter would provide Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton with another huge target on the outside. The 6'4" wideout has room to improve, but in time he could develop into a solid No. 2 alongside A.J. Green. 

Impact Meter: 6

 

No. 22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6): Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S

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Kenny Vaccaro would be an excellent fit in St. Louis. There's a lot of dimensions to Vaccaro's game and a smart defensive coach like Jeff Fisher will take notice.

Impact Meter: 9

 

No. 23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR

With Percy Harvin moving on to Seattle, Minnesota must address its depleted wide receiving corps this April.

Bringing in Greg Jennings is a great start, but adding a younger player via the draft, like Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson would be an ideal move at No. 23. Like most incoming rookies, he still needs work, but the potential is there with Patterson.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT

North Carolina's Sylvester Williams would be the perfect addition for the Colts in the first round. Indianapolis' rush defense was almost nonexistent in 2012, and Williams would bolster a lackluster defensive front in 2013.

Williams is more than just a big-bodied defender, he has quick hands and feet and can pressure the passer up the middle as well. 

Indy may opt to take an offensive lineman in order to keep Andrew Luck out of trouble next season, but taking a dominant defensive tackle like Sylvester Williams would provide it with immediate impact at the point of attack.

Impact Meter: 10

 

No. 25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks) (11-5): Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB

The Vikings will receive the No. 25 pick in the 2013 NFL draft from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Percy Harvin according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer

Having just come off the clock at No. 23, the Vikings could possibly take a bit of a risk at No. 25 with Georgia's Alec Ogletree. The off-field issues are concerning when it comes to Ogletree, but it's difficult to imagine him not making an immediate impact on the field next season. He plays with unrivaled intensity and is as physical as football players come.

Impact Meter: 8

 

No. 26. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB

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Alabama's Eddie Lacy already has an NFL body, which means once he gets comfortable in a new offense at the next level, the sky is the limit. The best fit for Lacy in the first round has got to be in Green Bay. After all, the Packers have lacked a consistent go-to back since the Aaron Rodgers era began five years ago.

Lacy is strong, sheds arm tackles and is a decent enough receiver out of the back field to warrant a first round selection. Not to mention, he would take tons of pressure off Rodgers and the Packers' receivers. 

Whether he's picking up first downs in short-yardage situations or keeping defenses honest, Lacy would have a huge impact early on in Green Bay.

Impact Meter: 10

 

No. 27. Houston Texans (12-4): Kevin Minter, LSU, LB

A productive inside linebacker who excelled in the SEC, LSU's Kevin Minter looks poised to develop into a reliable defender at the next level. If he goes late in the first round a team like Houston would be the best fit for him.

Impact Meter: 6

 

No. 28. Denver Broncos (13-3): Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, CB

Denver was one of four teams that Joe Flacco and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens exposed on their way to winning the title last year. Denver's secondary looked completely outmatched in its AFC Divisional Round loss to Baltimore last January. That said, adding a talented corner or safety is the best route for the Broncos in the first round this April.

Impact Meter: 7

 

No. 29. New England Patriots (12-4): Matt Elam, Florida, S

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New England doesn't have a whole lot of flaws, but the most glaring one is in the secondary, where the Patriots ranked 29th against the pass a season ago. Florida's Matt Elam would be an ideal fit in New England's secondary in 2013. 

The hard-hitting safety could help bring a different attitude to Bill Belichick's defense.

Impact Meter: 8


No. 30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Datone Jones, UCLA, DE

With John Abraham likely not returning to Atlanta in 2013, the Falcons could look to replace the talented pass-rusher with a defensive end like UCLA's Datone Jones. 

Jones is a hard worker and has a great motor that coaches will love.

Impact Meter: 6

 

No. 31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB

After watching Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens torch San Francisco's secondary in Super Bowl XLVII, the 49ers' front office should seriously consider adding a young corner to the mix in order to ensure that their defense remains among the NFL's best for seasons to come (losing safety Dashon Goldson to Tampa Bay certainly doesn't help).

Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks was a consistent producer with the Bulldogs and would certainly be a worthy selection late in the first round.

Impact Meter: 5

 

No. 32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB

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With Manti Te'o performing poorly at the combine and Ray Lewis retiring last season this has become a popular pick in many mock drafts around the web. However it does make a lot of sense.

Te'o would fill a need for the Ravens and he's certainly worthy of a late-first-round selection based on his body of work with the Fighting Irish.

Impact Meter: 5

 

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