2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Where This Year's Top Studs Will Land

Zachary KruegerCorrespondent IIApril 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Dee Milliner of the University of Alabama works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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There have been various opinions and predictions on how this year's NFL draft could play out on April 25.  Nobody seems to know for certain where some of the top players at any position could go.  Let's take a look at some possible landing spots for some future NFL stars.  


Dee Milliner:  Cleveland Browns (CB)

With the fourth overall pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns could try to shore up their secondary with former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.  He has all of the makeups of a top corner in the NFL.

Milliner has good size for a player at his position, coming in at 6'0", making him a nice matchup against most wide receivers.  Milliner also ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine, ranking among the top defensive backs in that category.

The Browns allowed 245.2 passing yards per game last season, good for eighth most in the league.  Cleveland already has cornerback Joe Haden shutting down receivers on one side of the field.  What better way to solidify your secondary than going out and drafting the top cornerback in this year's draft?


Geno Smith:  Buffalo Bills (QB)

After a whirlwind offseason that saw teams in need of quarterbacks acquire them mostly through trades.  The Chiefs, Raiders and Cardinals all looked to be candidates for drafting Geno Smith before trading for their quarterbacks in 2013.

Smith would be a great addition to a struggling Bills' offense.  The Bills chose to part ways with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was a turnover machine in 2011 and 2012.  Smith could help turn around the Bills' turnover woes in his first season.  

Smith threw only 21 interceptions in his four seasons at West Virginia, including a remarkable six interceptions all of last season.  While keeping his interceptions down, Smith threw for 42 touchdowns in his final year with West Virgina, posting one score after another to keep a depleted defense in the game.

Smith grew accustomed to playing behind in games last season, which is something he may have to do in his first year with the Bills.  He still needs other offensive weapons around him to help him truly flourish, but Smith could be a big piece in Buffalo's rebuilding process.


Tavon Austin:  New York Jets (WR)

The New York Jets could make a play for wide receiver Tavon Austin, also a former West Virginia Mountaineer, at pick 13.  The Jets will have some decision making to do after acquiring the 13th overall pick from the Buccaneers in their trade for Darrelle Revis.  As it stands right now, the Jets now have two first-round picks, the other being the ninth overall.

Last season the Jets traded up to select wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech.  New York still has Santonio Homes on their roster, who is coming back from a season ending injury in 2012.

The Jets would be wise to pick Austin if he is still available to them, as he may be the top playmaker in the draft.


Manti Te'o:  Minnesota Vikings (LB)

Manti Te'o may be the most interesting draft prospect on draft day.  Simply because where he could land ranges anywhere from 19th overall to the Giants, all the way to 32nd overall to the Ravens.

Te'o is a good player who saw his draft stock rise significantly after his performance in 2012 at Notre Dame.  Then again, Te'o's draft stock has also arguably fallen off after his combine performance and his well documented issues off the field.  

The Vikings could look to add another middle linebacker to their defense this year in the draft, and should see a shot at Te'o.  He is still a solid player and a tackling machine.  Te'o did show improvement in his pass-coverage abilities as a senior, recording seven interceptions last season.  

There are questions as to how Te'o's pass-coverage abilities will translate to the NFL level, but the Vikings should not hesitate to draft Te'o should he fall to them.