NFL Draft 2013: Best and Worst Picks in Round 1

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NFL Draft 2013: Best and Worst Picks in Round 1
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The 2013 NFL draft is just one month away, and there are sure to be some surprising picks when teams start making selections on April 25.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio recently released his first mock draft of the 2013 season, and some of the picks on his mock just didn't make any sense.

With this as our springboard, let's take a look at two potentially horrible picks and two potentially brilliant picks that may end up happening when the draft kicks off in one month's time.

 

Best: Cleveland Browns Select Dee Milliner (No. 6)

This is a selection that is popular on many mock drafts. NFL.com features three of its four recent mocks with Milliner being selected at No. 6.

The Browns did some damage in free agency to shore up their front seven. Paul Kruger was signed to rush the passer opposite Jabaal Sheard and Desmond Bryant was brought on to provide flexibility, talent and depth to the team's defensive line.

These two moves give new defensive coordinator Ray Horton the players he needs to attack the quarterback and stuff the run.

The Browns signed cornerback Chris Owens to replace the aging Sheldon Brown, but he isn't a starting-caliber player and will be relegated to nickel and dime packages.

Adding Milliner to the team's secondary to play opposite Joe Haden would give the Browns two physical, talented corners to lock down the perimeter, allowing their safeties to roam the middle. This would give Horton even more leeway to send blitzers and wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.

 

Worst: Kansas City Chiefs Select Dion Jordan (No. 1)

Florio's first pick on his mock had me floored.

The Chiefs, first and foremost, don't need a pass-rusher. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are both highly skilled pass-rushers from their outside linebacker positions, having combined for 19 sacks last season.

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Second, while Jordan is certainly a talented young man with plenty of upside, he's nowhere near the best player in this year's draft.

The Chiefs would be much better off drafting either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher to protect Alex Smith's blind side. If offense isn't the team's target, then it would be wise to pick a dominant defensive lineman like Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei or Sheldon Richardson.

Kansas City's run defense was horrible last year. The team allowed 135.7 yards per game to opposing runners, which ranked No. 27 in the NFL. Adding a stud defensive tackle would at least address the team's need.

 

Best: St. Louis Rams Select Kenny Vaccaro (No. 16 or No. 22)

St. Louis featured a middle-of-the-road pass defense in 2012, despite the fact that the team's front seven generated plenty of pressure (52 sacks) and despite the fact that Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan are both excellent cornerbacks.

Last year's two starters, Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell, are both gone. Dahl signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers and the Rams released Mikell.

Mock drafts have Vaccaro being selected anywhere from within the top 10 to the 20s.

If he's available when the Rams select with the No. 16 overall pick, the team would be wise to take him off the board. If the Rams decide to select another player with the No. 16 pick and Vaccaro is still on the board at No. 22, the team would be foolish to take another player.

Vaccaro is a multi-dimensional safety who will give any defensive coordinator flexibility and confidence. Adding him to the Rams' roster to play with the team's two exceptional cornerbacks would give the team the defensive backs it needs to dominate on defense.

 

Worst: Buffalo Bills Select Matt Barkley (No. 8)

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This was another jaw-dropping selection from Florio's mock, though it's certainly not the first time we've seen Barkley mocked to the Bills at No. 8.

Barkley isn't a dynamic quarterback.

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A passer with limited arm strength, limited mobility and limited creativity, Barkley is a pure system quarterback who can succeed in the NFL, but a first-round quarterback he is not.

The signal-caller from USC just doesn't exhibit any elite qualities, aside from his extensive experience in a pro system.

NFL.com's Greg Cosell recently gave Barkley a fourth-round grade, and though it's a bit harsh, Cosell's grade is closer to the truth than anyone giving him a first-round grade.

The Bills shouldn't even consider Barkley until Round 3, and if any quarterback ends up heading to Buffalo in Round 1, it'll be Geno Smith.

 

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