NFL Draft 2013: Biggest Question Marks in 1st Round

Chris ImperialeCorrespondent IApril 9, 2013

Geno Smith
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April has arrived, which means that the NFL draft is right around the corner. 

This draft class is a little different than in years past however, as there seems to be no lock for the No. 1 overall selection.  Many players and teams are uncertain of where they’ll be in a few weeks.   

Even though we're so close to an exciting draft day, no one knows what to expect heading into the first round. 

Here are the biggest question marks regarding the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.


Geno Smith

One of the more exciting and talked about players in this draft is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

The versatile Smith is rated as high as the No. 2 pick to Jacksonville in mock drafts and was in discussions as possibly being the No. 1 overall choice to Kansas City before the Chiefs acquired Alex Smith from San Francisco.

Smith seems like he will be the first quarterback chosen, but no one really knows exactly where that will be. 

His stock has been uncertain for this draft mainly because teams don’t know how he’ll fit into an NFL-style offense.  According to Sharon Katz of ESPN Stats and Information, 96 percent of Smith’s passes in his career have been out of a shotgun or pistol formation.   

Smith could realistically be taken anywhere in the first round.


Kansas City Chiefs

In NFL Drafts of years past, the No. 1 pick is usually just a formality because most teams already agree to terms with their prospect.

This year however, the Kansas City Chiefs don’t specifically know what direction they’re taking yet.

Many mock drafts have the Chiefs going with an offensive lineman to help shore up protection for newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith.  This isn’t a lock though, as they’ve already put the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert and could be looking to extend his contract for the long term.

If the Chiefs go with an offensive lineman, it will probably be either tackle Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel. 

With new coach Andy Reid at the helm for his first draft with the team, I don’t count out Kansas City potentially making a big splash with an unpredictable pick.


Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the Jerry Jones show are always one of the biggest question marks every draft.  This year, they have the No. 18 selection and have a number of ways they can go with the choice. 

Most mock drafts on think Dallas should draft an offensive lineman to help Tony Romo and probably the weakest part of the team.

Others see the safety position being even worse for the Cowboys as they’ve recently released veteran Gerald Sensabaugh. 

Another route would be to add a weapon to their defensive line as Dallas moves in a new direction defensively with Monte Kiffin and his 4-3 scheme.  The good thing for the Cowboys is that there is plenty of talent at the positions they’re looking to address. 

This means nearly nothing in regards to what they may do in first round, however, because of Jerry Jones’ erratic decisions on draft day.