The 2013 NFL draft order provides the backbone for the first round, but various surprise picks and trades will alter the landscape. With plenty of depth and a lack of elite talent, this draft class should increase the amount of trades that happen on the first day.
The biggest question mark in this draft has to be considered the top three offensive tackles. There is a clear drop-off after Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. How early those players go and when they are available could lead to the first trades of the draft.
Here is a look at the teams that must trade up in the first round. The complete first round draft order is posted below.
The Dolphins need to improve their offensive line in order to be competitive in 2013. If the Dolphins are going to have success with Ryan Tannehill as their quarterback, they need to protect him and be able to run the football.
If the Dolphins want one of the top three offensive tackles in the first round, they are definitely going to need to move up. Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson have demanded much attention and could be gone within the first five picks. The Dolphins' aggressiveness this offseason could indicate they are willing to make the move.
Despite signing Greg Jennings during the initial free agency period, the Vikings need to improve at the wide receiver position. Besides Jennings, Jerome Simpson is the only proven player currently under contract. The Vikings could look to use one of their first round picks to move up into the top 15 in order to get one of the best receivers in the class, likely Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson.
If the Vikings want Austin, who would be a nice replacement for Percy Harvin, they almost certainly need to get into the top 15. If Austin falls outside the top 10, the Vikings could look to the San Diego Chargers as a possible trading partner. Patterson should be available a little bit later, but could be an option for the St. Louis Rams with the 16th pick.
The Falcons are surely a team to watch throughout the first round with regard to trading up. With 11 total picks in the draft, the Falcons have the ammunition to put together a nice bundle and get to wherever they want in the first round. The Falcons could look to move up in order to get a defensive end, a cornerback or tight end Tyler Eifert.
It seems unlikely that Eifert makes it all the way to the 30th pick. Teams that might select the Notre Dame tight end include the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. To jump them all, the Falcons would have to get to the 18th pick. If they want a defensive end or cornerback, it depends on which players they like and how the early picks play out.
Complete Draft Order
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
5. Detroit Lions (4-12)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
9. New York Jets (6-10)
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-9)
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
19. New York Giants (9-7)
20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins, 10-6)
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks, 11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
31. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
32. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)