NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Will Land Dream Player in First Round
The 2013 NFL draft’s first round is Thursday and will provide some teams with their dream player. Although organizations can sometimes end up with a bust, everyone is always optimistic on draft day.
The Kansas City Chiefs hold the top pick, but no one knows for sure what they’re going to do with it yet.
Thirty-one other teams also have picks in the first round or could trade back into the first day of drafting in order to get their next franchise player.
This year’s draft class is not one of the greatest we've seen in recent years, but there is enough talent for some teams to land the perfect player.
St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Sam Bradford has not lived up to his potential thus far in St. Louis. If the Rams intend on competing in the NFC West, they’ll need to add more weapons to their offense.
Free agent receiver Danny Amendola left for New England in the offseason, leaving a huge void at the receiver position.
St. Louis’ leading wideout Chris Givens is returning, however he is not a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and there is no depth behind him.
Tavon Austin is an explosive receiver that will be able to stretch defenses vertically, giving Bradford something he’s never had before. If Austin’s available when the Rams are on the clock, he’ll be their guy.
Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Buffalo Bills lost quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency, leaving that as their biggest need in the draft. They have the eighth pick in the first round and will most likely have their choice of any quarterback available.
A lot of mock drafts have Buffalo going with either Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib. The team really has no other options at starting quarterback, so I think they’ll address it early rather than later.
Nassib works perfectly for the Bills because he has both the size and ability to be a solid starter in the league. He also would be able to transition from the college game faster by reuniting with his old coach Doug Marrone.
New York Jets: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Another team who desperately needs help on the offensive side of the ball is the New York Jets. After dealing Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, the Jets now have two first-round picks at No. 9 and 13.
Rex Ryan’s club could not score when they needed to last year due in part to being ranked 30th in passing. New York could potentially address the quarterback position, although no matter who’s starting in 2013, he will need targets to throw to.
Dustin Keller was the Jets leading tight end the past few seasons, but he will be playing with division foe Miami next year.
Eifert would be a perfect replacement for Keller and help give the Jets’ offense some life. Every Jet quarterback would love a reliable safety option in the middle of the field and Eifert will be just that.
New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The New Orleans Saints’ biggest need in the 2013 draft is to improve a defense that held them back last season.
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is implementing his 3-4 scheme this offseason and will need some more pieces to help him. In order for his defense to work, he’ll need pass rushers that can blow up the edge and pressure the quarterback.
The good thing for the Saints is that there will be plenty of people available that fulfill these needs.
Jarvis Jones could be an option, but New Orleans would love to land their hometown guy Mingo at No. 15.
Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Although many experts are predicting the Dallas Cowboys take an offensive lineman in the first round, I think they can address that later in the draft. This year’s class is stocked with quality guards and tackles, so there’s no reason to go that route in the opening round.
One glaring problem the Cowboys have besides their O-line is their secondary. Jerry Jones helped solidify that unit last year by acquiring cornerbacks Brandon Carr in free agency, and Morris Claiborne in the first round.
They have yet to fix the safety position, though, where they haven’t had a solid duo since the days of Roy Williams and Darren Woodson.
With Gerald Sensabaugh no longer with the team, former Texas Longhorn Vaccaro would step right into a starting role. Monte Kiffin’s new defense needs a playmaking safety, and Vaccaro is Dallas’ dream pick.
Chicago Bears: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
The decision to not re-sign middle linebacker Brian Urlacher left a big hole in the middle of the Chicago Bears defense.
For a team that prides themselves on playing shutdown defense, new head coach Marc Trestman now has to replace the captain of the Bears for about the last decade.
Even though Chicago signed linebacker D.J. Williams last month, they will need to draft someone to take over in a long term role.
Manti Te’o is the perfect match for the Bears, despite his draft stock falling lately due to off-the-field issues. Te’o showed last year that he is very capable of leading a defense as he finished second in the Heisman voting and led Notre Dame to the national championship game.